A One-hour Deluge on Tuesday Had The City Swimming Again - News On 28 September 2016

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1) A one-hour deluge on Tuesday had the city swimming again

Just when people in Saigon thought that they had made it through the biggest rainfall in 40 years on Monday evening, it pelted down again on Tuesday evening, flooding streets and felling trees.

In just one hour, 11 streets in the country’s most modern city were underup to half a meter of water on Tuesday evening, according to an official report from the city.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time either, with people leaving work to be confronted with flooded streets and traffic jams at major crossroads.

Many motorbike riders had to struggle to push their bikes along Nguyen Huu Canh, a flood-prone street in Binh Thanh District.

Hong Thuy, a woman who works at a company on the street, said her motorbike broke down after 50 meters in the water, just a day after she…

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2) New, affordable cancer treatments offer hope

With the adoption of cutting-edge technology at a comparatively low cost, Professor Mai Trọng Khoa - Director of the Nuclear Medicine and Oncology Center, at Bạch Mai Hospital - and colleagues have saved many cancer patients "at death's door".

One of the patients, Đỗ Quốc Hùng, also a doctor - former head of the C7 Division of the National Cardiovascular Institute - has now totally recuperated. Five years ago, he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

"In Hùng's case, where cancerous tumours had spread throughout his body, a surgical operation could not be performed.

Old-school radiotherapy was out of the question since full-body radiation might be too punishing to endure and would just do more harm than good," Khoa said.

Traditional treatment methods administered to late stage cancer patients could merely seek to treat symptoms and improve their physical condition; however the disorder itself remained incurable.

However, the latest methods have exhibited …

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3) Vietnamese men top world ranking for drinking alcohol, says survey

In Vietnam, up to 77% of men drink alcohol compared to 44% in Africa, 73% in Europe and 48% on average in the world.

According to a survey on alcohol use in Vietnam, conducted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of alcohol and beer drinkers, the amount of alcohol used, and illness and accidents related to alcohol has skyrocketed in Vietnam.

Mr. Tran Quoc Bao from the Preventive Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health said the comparison between 2010 and 2015 showed the strong increase of the number of alcohol and beer drinkers.

The percentage of men using alcohol at harmful level in 2010 was 25% and above 44% in 2015. In 2010 Vietnamese people consumed over 2.4 billion liters of beer and 3.4 billion liters in 2015.

Vietnam ranks 2nd in Southeast Asia (after Thailand), 10th in Asia and 29th in the world for the volume of alcohol used. However, Vietnam tops the region and also...

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4) More than 3.3 million students borrow loan

Till the end of last month, more than 3.3 million poor students nationwide had borrowed loan with preferential interest from the Social Policy Bank for schooling, according to the bank’s statistics.

The loan programme was implemented under then Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng’s Decision 157, issued in 2007.

Total borrowing under the loan programme was more than VNĐ56 trillion (US$2.5 billion).

The loan amount varied in different years. In 2008, each student could borrow VNĐ8 million ($350) for the year. At present, each student can borrow VNĐ11 million ($480) per year.

The interest rate was also adjusted from 0.65 per cent per month to 0.55 per cent per month to meet students’ real demands in accordance with the present socio-economic conditions.

The success of the programme was due to the agreement and encouragement...

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5) Ho Chi Minh city makes efforts in building authority for people

According to the city People’s Committee, in 2015 and 2016, the city has combined administrative reform with building smart urban areas, looking towards the successful development of an electronic authority by 2020; increased the quality of officers; and increased the application of science and technology to serve people and enterprises.

In addition, it has continued to help enterprises tackle difficulties in their business and production by organising dialogues between enterprises and the city authority on taxation, customs, labour, trade union, social insurance, information and technology, trade, investment and administrative reform.

Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong noted that, considering administrative reform one of the seven breakthrough programs, the city was making great efforts to adopt a smart city project in the first quarter of 2017 as an effective way of administrative reform, with an increase in the application of IT in addressing people’s problems in...

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