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Mining, civil service, consumer laws issued

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am




Mining, civil service, consumer laws issued


QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Three new laws were made public on Dec. 14, including the Law on Consumer Rights Protection, the amended Law on Minerals, and the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants which were passed by the National Assembly during its 8th session.

In a meeting held on Dec 14 by the President’s Office, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Danh Vinh said that the number of violations of consumer rights and the extent of the violations were on the increase, seriously affecting the rights of consumers.

The Law on Consumer Rights Protection regulated that disputes between consumers and individuals and organisational businesses will be settled by negotiation, conciliation, arbitration and courts.

Consumer protection organisations have the right to sue businesses for harming the public interest and the State will provide funding for organisations to implement the tasks outlined in the law.

Introducing the amended Law on Minerals, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Chu Pham Ngoc Hien said the law’s new points are regulations related to licensing mineral exploitation through auctioning exploitation rights, State management of minerals, and devolution of licensing powers to local authorities.

Auctioning mineral exploration rights will help abolish the current “give and take” mechanism in licensing and allow qualified organisations which have enough capacity and experience in the sector to be chosen, he said.

The Law also lays out regulations on the overall direction of the mineral sector as well as rules on mineral planning and exploration to avoid overlapping responsibilities between different State agencies, Hien said.

The breakthrough amendment of the revised law is the change in State’s mineral management mechanism which was based on financial regulations and in line with the rules of the market economy, he said.

Under the law, the State will collect a fee from individuals and organisations that are licensed to explore minerals.

The Law on Minerals and Law on Consumer Right Protection will come into effect on July 1, 2011.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Duy Thang said the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants will come into force on January 1, 2012.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Relic evokes civil war ‘memories’

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm




Relic evokes civil war ‘memories’


QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 20:11 (GMT+7)

The Luy Thay (Master rampart) system must have been an imposing structure 400 years ago.


It is still a must-see destination in the northern central province of Quang Binh, not least for its history, its place in what historians have called a 50-year civil war between the Trinh and Nguyen families. They ruled the north and south of the country respectively between 1558 and 1777.


Built in 1630 by Dao Duy Tu (1572-1634), a famous high-ranking mandarin of the Nguyen lords, the 34-kilometer system had three ramparts: Truong Duc, Tran Ninh (or Dau Mau), and Truong


Sa. It was called Thay rampart because Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, who ordered Tu to build the system, considered Tu as his master.


After four years of construction, the ramparts, made of clay and stones, were six meters high and at some points, the bottom had a width of six meters as well.


Wars and time have taken their toll, and the impressive defense system that once protected the Nguyen lords’ reign from the attacks of the Trinh lords can now only be seen along the Nhat Le River. The 12-kilometer long Tran Ninh rampart is one of the few vestiges of the Luy Thay.


Another section can be found in the center of Dong Hoi Town, marked by Quang Binh Quan – one of the three gates built along the Truong Sa rampart.


Now on Tran Phu Street, the gate was first strengthened with stones in 1825 by King Minh Mang, the second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). It was repaired again in 1961 but was almost destroyed by US bombs during the Vietnam War.


In 1994, the Quang Binh Quan section, which is 8.4 meters long and two meters high, was restored and recognized as a national relic.


Source: Thanhniennews


 


Source: QDND