Construction work began on Saturday on a project to renovate seven railway bridges and other railway works in the central region.
The project, part of the larger Ha Noi-HCM City Railway Bridge Rehabilitation Project funded by Japanese ODA, has an investment of US$32 million.
It will be carried out by a joint-venture between Japan-based Tekken Corporation and Yokogawa Bridge Corporation and local firm Thang Long Construction Corporation.
The seven bridges to be upgraded are: Le Ky, My Duc, Phu Hoa and My Trach in Quang Binh Province; and Tien An, Lai Phuoc and Bau Vit in Quang Tri Province.
The rail tracks in areas near bridge, many level crossings and underpasses will also be renovated under the project, according to the contractors.
Construction would take place in Quang Ninh and Le Thuy districts in Quang Binh Province; as well as Dong Ha City and the districts of Gio Linh and Trieu Phong in Quang Tri Province, said Phan Quoc Hieu, general director of the Thang Long Construction Corporation.
Many railway bridges in these areas were old and needed upgrading to ensure safety, Hieu said.
The Ha Noi – HCM City Railway Bridge Rehabilitation Project, with a total investment of VND3.7 trillion ($178 million), aims to renovate a total of 44 railway bridges and other works to enhance railway transportation capacity, improve safety of trains and increase efficiency.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the project will play a significant role in renovating the country's railway network that goes through 15 provinces from Nam Dinh in the north to Binh Thuan in the southern centre.
The work will be completed in 27 months, the contractors have said.
The Railway Project Management Unit has said that Viet Nam would benefit from advanced Japanese technology as the national railway system has been upgraded.
RoK Vietnamese alumni meet in Hanoi
The Vietnamese Students’ Association in Korea (VSAK) held an annual gathering for its alumni in Hanoi on February 25.
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The event attracted 170 Vietnamese alumni of the RoK, and 30 students studying Korean language from the College of Foreign Languages under Hanoi National University.
They shared their experiences after returning home from the RoK, discussed issues in their current lives, and gave input to help the VSAK to operate more effectively as well as boosting traditional friendship between Vietnam and the RoK.
At the meeting, President of Hanshin Construction Co, Ltd, Choi-Young Sun, said that he was very glad to organize the gathering and committed to providing continued support to the association’s activities in future.
Hanshin Construction Co, Ltd has supported the organization of annual meetings for Vietnamese alumni of the RoK on the occasion of National Day (September 2). It has also funded numerous activities to help VSAK maintain its website http://www.vsak.vn .
Rabid dogs killed seven last year
Seven people have died after being bitten by rabid dogs in the last 12 months, according to northern Son La Province's Preventive Medicine Centre.
Dang Thi Anh Duyen, deputy director of the centre, said rabies had been found in 16 communes.
Although medical workers mobilised local people to vaccinate domestic animals, little was done.
9-year-old boy killed, thrown into creek
32-year-old Le Van Phuc in Hai Phong City has been arrested for killing his wife’s nephew, a 9-year-old boy, and throwing the body into a creek.
The body of the boy, Cu Van Duy, who is the son of Cu Van Ha and his wife Nguyen Thi Ha in Thuy Nguyen District, was found in a bag in a creek in the Mo Ba Mountain on Saturday morning.
Duy’s family and local residents had searched for Duy since he did not return home after visiting Phuc’s house on Friday night.
The police said Duy’s face had been seriously deformed and his arms and leg were broken.
The police said Phuc killed the boy to get even after fighting with his wife, 31-year-old Cu Thi Hanh, and her relatives, including Cu Van Ha.
Phuc killed Duy in an uninhabited house owned by Pham Van Nang, a neighbor of Phuc’s, before packing the boy’s body in a bag and throwing it into the creek.
The police found a pool of blood and many big sharp stones in the house.
Hanh told the police that in mid-2003 the district People’s Court sentenced Phuc to 6 months in prison for acting against law enforecement officers.
After Phuc was released, he often beat her and threatened to kill her parents for no reason. A few days before Duy was killed, she was beaten by Phuc so she left home and went to live with an acquaintaince.
On February 24, she received from Phuc a text message that read, “If you don’t return home, you’ll regret what will happen.” Hanh did not return home until after the murder.
The police said they were still questioning Phuc and would charge him with murder.
HCM City to limit use of private vehicles
The HCM City People's Committee has announced five measures it will implement this year to limit personal vehicles.
It is studying a system of permits to buy cars, similar to the one in Singapore, and will submit it to the Government for approval once it is drafted.
It also plans to increase registration fees, slap an entry toll on cars in the downtown area, prohibit certain vehicles like large buses and taxis from several roads on designated days, and issue licences for using roads and pavements.
The city will work closely with the Ministry of Transport for finalising the measures. Car crashes taxi, bikes on Hanoi street
A man lost control of his Toyota car and crashed into a taxi and 3 bikes on Minh Khai Street in Hanoi last Friday evening.
At the scene of the accident, the car and the bikes were seriously damaged while the front area of the taxi was deformed.
There were 3 passengers in the taxi and 2 people in the car but no one was seriously hurt.
The accident attracted a crowd of curious passers-by, causing congestion for 2 hours on Dai La and Minh Khai streets.
The police of Hai Ba Trung District had to send rescue trucks to clear up the scene. At 9.40 pm, the street returned to normal.
According to some witnesses, after the accident, the driver got out of his Toyota car, smelling of alcohol.
The police are still investigating.
Massive housing project starts at Binh Duong
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and former State President Nguyen Minh Triet were among those who attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a massive social housing project in the southern province of Binh Duong on Friday, Feb 24.
The 220-hectare project, to be undertaken by Becamex IDC Corporation, will spread over 37 sites in five locations — Thu Dau Mot, Thuan An Town, and Di An towns and Ben Cat and Tan Uyen Districts – and have 64,707 apartments.
It will provide total floor space of more than 2.7 million square metres.
Ground was broken for the first three sites yesterday.
To cost VND10.830 trillion (US$515.7 million), it will provide housing for more than 164,000 people including workers, people with low income, public servants, and other State beneficiaries.
Those eligible to buy include local urban residents, people whose lands have been acquired for public works, and those with jobs in Binh Duong but no houses.
The province is also encouraging local companies to buy apartments to provide accommodation for their workers.
On behalf of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Hai appreciated Binh Duong province's leaders for the effort to improve living conditions for workers and others with low incomes.
The houses will cost VND3 million to VND6 million a square metre, meaning a 30sq.m apartment could cost as little as VND90 million (US$4,200).
Le Thanh Cung, chairman of the Binh Duong People's Committee, said workers have contributed a great deal to the province's economic development, and the project will help attract more workers and investment.
Every year the province attracts 70,000 to 80,000 workers from outside, and demand for housing has shot up, he said.
HCM City to combat river tide erosion
HCM City will draw up plans to combat erosion at 62 points caused by flood tides in Sai Gon River, HCM City People's Committee vice chairman Le Minh Tri said.
The municipal Department of Transport has been ordered to speed up construction of embankments currently underway and make plans to inspect erosion at nine of the 29 most vulnerable points.
A tide level of around 1.4m was measured on the river at Phu An station, inundating some low-lying areas. The Flood and Storm Prevention, Search and Rescue Committee has called on district authorities to mobilise personnel and materials to cope with the flooding.
Japanese-funded forestry project gets approval
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has approved a project on sustainable management of protected forests using ODA loans from the Japanese government.
The project has a total capital of over US$123 million, of which US$99.7 million comes from Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the remainder, sourced from Vietnam.
Forty three management boards for protected forests in 11 central and southern provinces from Thanh Hoa to Binh Thuan will implement the project from 2012 till 2021.
The project will help plant nearly 18,000 ha of upstream forests, improve the quality of 2,690ha of existing forests and put another 34,437ha under protection.
It will also help improve the capacity of local authorities and farmers in forest management, equip target localities with fire fighting equipment and build establishments to help local people earn a living from forest.
JICA funds food safety control project
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided funding to a US$5.1 million project to improve the food control system of agricultural and seafood products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
JICA is contributing more than US$4.66 million to the project and the remaining amount comes from Vietnam.
The three-year project lasting from 2011 to 2014, aims to improve staff capacity for inspecting and controlling the safety of agricultural and seafood products, ensuring the health of local consumers and strengthening the competitiveness of the agriculture and seafood sectors.
MARD says the project will train staff specialising in analyzing and inspecting food safety and improve management in laboratories under the TOT (training of trainers) model, which will ultimately raise the quality of Vietnamese agricultural and seafood products.
The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) will also receive additional equipment for training activities supported by Japanese experts.
The project will help implement and amend Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and develop a national supervision programme for agriculture and seafood food safety.
Int’l organizations donate to poor households in An Giang
Donations of everyday items and cash worth a total of VND3.3 billion from international sources have been channelled via the Vietnam Red Cross to nearly 6,000 poor households in An Giang province to help them overcome the aftermath of the 2011 floods.
The donations were made by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the German and Spanish governments.
The goods, such as water purification tablets, storage containers, water tanks, canvas, and water filters, were delivered to the flood victims in January and February this year.
The An Giang Red Cross is now reviewing the list of poor households that need assistance in repairing their house roofs.
More donations will be sent to poor households in An Giang in early March to help revive their livelihoods.
3 Vietnamese die in car crash in Laos
3 Vietnamese passengers died in a car crash at the Na Hin Mountain pass in Khammouane Province, Laos last Thursday, major Tran Duc Ha at the Cau Treo border gate in Ha Tinh Province has confirmed.
According to Ha, from 9 pm on Thursday until Friday morning, families of the victims asked for priority immigration passes to bring their relatives back to Vietnamese hospitals.
At the time of the accident, the car was being driven by Dau Ba Dan. Dan was driving from Vinh city in Nghe An Province to Vientiane.
The accident left 17 injured and 3 dead. 2 passengers died immediately in the car and the other died on the way back to Vietnam.
The cause of the accident is still unknown.