-- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on May 4 met with voters in the Hanoi districts of Ba Dinh and Hoan Kiem to discuss the National Assembly’s upcoming third session, scheduled to open on May 21, and hear their opinions and complaints. The voters gave opinions on urban order management, traffic safety and congestion, land use and management, the quality of tertiary and preschool education, job generation, prices, medical services, food safety and hygiene, environmental protection and the rich-poor gap. General Secretary Trong held frank discussions with voters on issues of concern and took note of their opinions and recommendations.
-- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will inspect hydropower projects in 22 provinces and cities in the central region and the Central Highlands. The inspection is aimed at improving the State’s management over land, environment, natural resources and hydrometeorology in relation to hydropower projects. Inspectors will give strict punishment to violators of relevant regulations.
-- Yesterday the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption launched a website for anti-corruption activities at http://www.phongchongthamnhung.vn. The website, which is considered to be the official voice of the committee, will provide Party members, State officials and the public with the Party’s and the State’s policies and regulations in the field of anti-corruption. In addition to news and documents, the website also has a forum for everyone to express their opinions and proposals related to anti-corruption.
-- A joint inspection team in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, yesterday detected 261 kg of rotten pork carried by a 7-seat car from Dong Nai Province to the city. The car’s driver had no documents related to the goods. The team seized all the pork for destruction.
-- Families that are subject to relocation due to construction projects but have yet to be resettled will be given an allowance ranging from VND750,000 to VND15 million (US$720), depending on where they have lived before relocation, according to a new regulation by the HCMC People’s Committee that has taken effect from May 2, 2012.
-- 559 young intellectuals, at age of 22-30, selected from 20 provinces and cities will work for 62 poor districts across the country, said Deputy Minister of Interior Nguyen Tien Dinh yesterday. The intellectuals will be appointed deputy chairman of the People’s Committees of 559 poor communes in those districts and will work there for at least 3-5 years.
-- The Government yesterday announced a package of solutions to support businesses in overcoming difficulties they are facing in trade and production activities. The package includes corporate income tax reduction, VAT payment determent, license tax exemption, and land rent reduction. The total cost of the package is estimated at VND29 trillion (US$1.39 billion). In addition, the State Bank of Vietnam has also fixed the ceiling interest rate for loans at 15 percent per year.
-- Vietnam's low-cost Jetstar Pacific Airlines will resume its two routes from Hanoi to Nha Trang and from Ha Noi to Da Nang on June 1. Meanwhile, on launching a direct route from Ho Chi Minh City to Dubai on June 4, Emirates Airlines will offer preferential tickets, at just US$905 per passenger, including all fees and taxes, for those who fly from HCMC to Dubai and Europe.
-- The “European Days in Vietnam” event, including diverse cultural and art activities, will take place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Binh Dinh from May 9 to June 10, 2012, EU political and press counselor to Vietnam, Andrea Rossi, said to the media yesterday.