Floods Kill 21 People in Vietnam, Next Storm Due Soon - News on 17th October 2016


1) Floods kill 21 people in Vietnam, next storm due soon

At least 21 people have been killed by floods in Vietnam’s four central provinces in the past week and eight are still missing, the government said on Sunday amid preparations for another tropical storm to hit the country.

Fifteen of the victims were in Quang Binh province, the region expected to be hit by typhoon Sarika by Wednesday, it said.

“We need to focus on searching for the missing,” Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung told a meeting on preparations for the typhoon, according to a Vietnam Television (VTV) broadcast.

Dung urged authorities in 22 coastal provinces…

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2) Bus terminals to turn a hi-tech corner

Obsolete methods” are being used to manage bus terminals in Việt Nam and a technological upgrade is badly needed, officials say.

They acknowledge that the current management system has promoted disorder, making it difficult to track transport lines and routes.

Đỗ Công Thuỷ, Director of Transport, Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam (DRVN), under the Ministry of Transport (MoT), said information bulletins including bus schedules are done manually at present, using paper ‘transport permits’ (Appendix 17, Circular 63/2014).

Under this method, only the most basic information about a route can be tracked. Other detailed information including the actual departure or arrival time, or the identity of drivers and other staff can only be accessed by referring to the permit slips.

When there is a hike…

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3) Vietnam leader slams corruption, eroding morality in Communist Party

Warns falling morality and degrading lifestyles among Party members have set them miles away from the public and their grievances.

Vietnam’s top leader has admitted that immorality is eroding the ruling Communist Party, chipping away at public trust and threatening the very political system.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was addressing delegates last Friday at the end of a six-day meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, a powerful grouping of 200 senior Party members. He said that falling morality and degrading lifestyles among Party members are manifesting most obviously in corruption, cronyism, bureaucracy, opportunism and individualism that have set them miles away from the public and their grievances.

Trong highlighted that deviation from socialism could take place in the process of “self-evolution” or “self-transformation” among Party cadres and government officials. “This could lead to…

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4) Hanoi: Launching “Start-up Youth” programme

On October 16, at the Vietnam National University (VNU), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc launched the program of “Youth entrepreneurship” in the period of 2016-2021 and Start-up Youth Festival, at the mean time dialoguing with students about start-ups.

Attending the ceremory, there were leaders of ministries, branches and central associations, departments and units of the Central Union, the representatives of the provinces and delegations, affiliated groups; representatives of donors, investors, individuals and 1,000 youth union members.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told more than 1,000 young people at the launch of a programme encouraging youths’ involvement in creating start-ups that agriculture is a “fertile land” for start-ups.

The “Start-up Youth” programme aims to persuade the young to develop start-up spirit and mobilise financial, personnel and infrastructure resources to support…

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5) Vietnam wins top titles at ‘Tourism Oscars’ ceremony

The central city of Da Nang was named ‘Asia’s Leading Festival and Event Destination’.

The 23rd World Travel Awards, known as “the Oscars of the travel industry”, landed in Vietnam for the first time on October 15.

The awards were established to honor interesting destinations and excellent organizations from all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

This year, the central city of Da Nang was awarded “Asia’s Leading Festival and Event Destination”.

The award is expected to boost the development of local tourism and promote the image of a young, dynamic city to foreign visitors, said Da Nang’s tourism promotion center.

Apart from Da Nang, 23 other Vietnamese enterprises were also honored at the ceremony.

The country’s flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines claimed the title of “Asia’s Leading Airline for Economy Class” while the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was named…

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