helps ease traffic jams in HCM City
MANILA, PHILIPPINES —
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $10 million loan to help develop
an expressway that will ease traffic congestion in and around HCM City.
The technical assistance
project for the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway will help the Vietnamese
government to complete pre-construction activities for the proposed expressway,
according to the ADB.
Total costs of the
technical assistance is $11.22 million, with Viet Nam covering the remainder.
quality buses ready for the streets
HA NOI — The capital’s
Department of Tourism recently proposed that high quality buses should be used
for domestic and foreign tourists visiting the city.
According to the proposal,
high quality buses will service routes to tourist attractions such as Ho Chi
Minh Mausoleum, Van Mieu (the Temple of Literature), Tran Quoc Pagoda, Sword
Lake and West Lake.
These buses will be
equipped with automatic informative videos in different languages to introduce
tourists to the country’s history, culture and tourist spots.
supply may fall short in December
HA NOI — Demand for
electricity in December is predicted to exceed the supply capacity of
Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) by 1,600MW, and may cause shortages of electricity
during times of peak power-use, according to EVN.
The problem stems from a
reduction in the amount of water flowing to irrigation lakes. In addition, some
irrigation centres such as Uong Bi and Phu My 2 were not operating at optimal
EVN has called on
consumers to use electricity economically, especially during peak times.
office sale funds new centre
DA NANG — A State-owned
office building was put on auction last week by Da Nang City’s Bid Council to
raise funds for the construction of the city’s administration centre.
The former headquarters of
the Department of Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry located on an area of more
than 1,000sq.m, was the first State-owned office building to be put up for
Bach Khoa Construction and
Consultancy Company bought the office for VND52 billion (US$3.2 million), twice
the starting price.
soldier’s remains found
HA NOI — An Australian
team has found the remains of John Gillespie, a missing Australian who died in
the Viet Nam war in 1971, The Age newspaper reported on Thursday.
Operation Aussies Home,
led by Jim Bourke, found the remains of Lance Corporal Gillespie in South Viet
Affairs Minister Alan Griffin was cited by The Age as saying on Wednesday that
forensic testing had confirmed that remains found at the crash site were those
of the missing soldier.
washed up dead on Quang Tri shores
QUANG TRI — A large
whale was found dead after beaching itself on Con Co Island in central Quang Tri
Province on Wednesday.
The whale was 15m in
length and weighed 10 tonnes.
Local officials and
inhabitants used cable, stone and stakes to pull the whale ashore. The marine
mammal’s bones will be kept for future research and exhibition.
surgeons gather in HCM City
HCM City — The 27th
ASEAN Orthopaedic Conference opened in HCM City on Wednesday.
Speaking at the
conference, Dr Vo Van Thanh, vice president of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association
and president of HCM City Spine Association, said the conference was an ideal
opportunity for medical professionals to exchange experiences and to boost
The conference focused on
training programmes for orthopaedic surgeons in Southeast Asia.
More than 145 reports
covering limb and spinal surgery are discussed at the conference, which is
attended by 350 delegates from Asia, Europe and America.
childcare centre opens doors
HA NOI — Singapore’s
Cherie Hearts Group International has opened its first childcare centre in Viet
Located in Tay Ho District
of the capital, the centre will cater for children aged nine-months to six-years
old, divided into four grades: baby club, playgroup, nursery and kindergarten.
Children will be taught in
Vietnamese, English and Chinese together with other creative and dynamic
activities. — VNS