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PM orders enforcement of firecracker ban during Tet

Update: January, 04/2009 - 00:00

PM orders enforcement of firecracker ban during Tet

(05-01-2009)

HCM CITY — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed local administrations to deal sternly with the illegal production and distribution of firecrackers, and to ensure safety and order during Tet (lunar New Year) which will come later this month.

In an instruction last Friday, the Prime Minister urged People’s Committees to work together with the Fatherland Front to propagate awareness of the issue.

He called on the media to highlight laws banning the production, stockpiling and trading of firecrackers.

Dung called on the border guards, customs officials, traffic police and market management agencies to keep a close eye on the border and other entry points like airports and bus stations as well as vehicles for violation of the firecracker and traffic laws.

Local authorities would have to bear full responsibility if there are excessive traffic accidents or firecrackers in their areas, he said.

Teachers and students in HCM City have pledged to the Ministry of Education and Training and the municipal Committee of the Youth Union not to violate traffic laws or let off firecrackers during the occasion.

Since August last year, authorities have seized over seven tonnes of firecrackers smuggled in from China and arrested 136 smugglers. — VNS

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