December 4-10: Thang’s arrest, toll station protests and new heritage recognition
Monday, 2017-12-11 12:48:42
NDO - Below is a selection of notable news stories from the past week.
Dinh La Thang arrested for alleged economic mismanagement at PVN
Dinh La Thang, a former Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, was arrested for alleged wrongdoing while chairman of the State-owned National Oil and Gas Group (PVN). Thang has also been suspended from all of his current posts and was barred from all Party activities for the duration of the investigation.
PM orders closure of toll station amid renewed protests
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered the closure of the Cai Lay toll station in the southern province of Tien Giang for a period of one to two months, following continuous protests from drivers against the improperly installed station forced its operator to allow free passage multiple times in recent months.
Cai Lay toll station
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc warned that Sapa, a popular resort town in northern Vietnam, may lose itself if local culture is allowed to be wiped out by urbanisation. Mass tourism in recent years has threatened Sapa’s tranquillity and environment as hotels, guest houses, and home-stay lodges mushroom across the town in a disorganised manner.
Xoan and bai choi added to UNESCO heritage list
Bai choi, a popular folklore style of singing in central Vietnam, and xoan, a community performance art from northern Vietnam, which both faced the risk of extinction several years ago, were added to UNESCO’s representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
A performance of xoan
Hanoi plans Hoa Lac as satellite town of 600,000 residents
The Hanoi government approved a master plan for construction of Hoa Lac as a satellite town to the west of the capital city with an estimated population of 600,000 by 2030. The town’s development will be driven by a high-tech park and the new campus of the National University of Vietnam.
A team from Animals Asia, a foundation dedicated to improving animal welfare, successfully rescued six moon bears that had been caged at a bile farm for at least 12 years in the southern province of Binh Duong. The bears will be transported to a rescue centre at Tam Dao National Park in Vinh Phuc province.
US slaps import duties on Vietnamese steel products
The US has imposed heavy import duties on a number of steel products from Vietnam saying that they originated in China. But Vietnam said there had been a substantial transformation of the products such that the steel produced in Vietnam, while using materials from a third country, has a Vietnamese origin.