News on 14 September 2016


1) Environment Ministry's report shows serious environmental problems

It is estimated that 100,000 tons of plant protection chemicals are used in Vietnam every year, and that more than 2,000 investment projects have insufficient environmental impact assessments, while hundreds of industrial zones (IZs) have no waste water treatment systems. 

According to the ministry, Vietnam’s land, water and air environment remain ‘relatively good’. However, the environment bears pressure from development activities, international integration activities and cross-border impact. There are 283 IZs in Vietnam which discharge 550,000 cubic meters of waste water a day, and 615 clusters of industrial production workshops, of which only five percent have concentrated waste water treatment systems. 

The others either treat waste water themselves or discharge waste water directly to the environment.

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2) Shares volatile on foreign selling

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Staff of the Hà Nội Stock Exchange conduct transactions in the capital city. Yesterday, the VN-Index slid lightly in the local market. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Shares on the HCM Stock Exchange gained ground after a slight decrease in morning trade, following the recovery of several large-cap stocks, while continued foreign selling kept weighing on the market.

The benchmark VN-Index, the measure of 311 stocks in the southern bourse, closed marginally unchanged at 659.7 points. It was down 1.1 per cent in the previous session. On the smaller exchange in Hà Nội, the HNX-Index inched up 0.2 per cent to end yesterday at 83.9 points.

The Index lost 1.2 per cent in the last two trades. The market breadth was rather neutral with 209 stocks declining out of a total 690 codes and 199 advancing. Some large-cap stocks rebounded in afternoon trade, which rescued the market from another fall. Dairy producer Vinamilk (VNM), the biggest listed stock with a market value 

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3) HCM City in urgent need of blood donors 

Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy, deputy chairwoman of the Viet Nam Red Cross in HCM City’s Go Vap District, is urging companies with a large number of workers to schedule voluntary blood donation programmes. Speaking at a workshop late last week to review voluntary blood donation activities this year, she said: “It took many years to make them agree. They are afraid the donation could affect their manufacturing.

“So, to date, only a few companies have agreed. We have to pay attention to how to arrange things to ensure the workers work after donating blood.”

That is one reason why she and her colleagues do not encourage workers to donate more than 250 millilitres of blood at a time. The workers helped her district exceed the target set by the city’s Humanitarian Blood Donation Centre, she said.

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4) Việt Nam joins alcohol consumption global top ten list

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HÀ NỘI — Health experts have raised more concerns over the negative health impacts of alcohol after seeing an increased drinking rate among the Vietnamese population and an increased volume of alcohol consumed in the country.

The latest report, produced by the Việt Nam Beverage Association, shows that Vietnamese people drank more than 3.4 billion litres of beer and another 342 million litres of spirits last year – a 40 per cent increase from 2010 – putting the country in the top 10 global consumers of alcohol.

Early last week, the Health Ministry revealed results of a survey on non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors. The survey was conducted in 2015 by the ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on nearly 3,800 people aged between 18 and 69 in Việt Nam.

In the survey, more than 77 per cent of adult males and 11 per cent of females said they had consumed at least six units of alcohol in the past 30 days. More than 44 per cent of men and 1.2 per cent of women said that they had engaged in heavy episodic drinking.

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