Viet Nam News by Cod Satrusayang Thailand goes to vote for the first time since the military took power in May of 2014. Despite clear attempts to influence the election by the military, voters are turning out in huge numbers to make their voices heard. We look at several likely scenarios that could emerge after today. Peu Thai and Allies win +376 seats What would happen then? Several possible outcomes are possible in this scenario. The first is that the junta backs off and finally fulfills one promise and lets the government govern. A more likely scenario is that the constitution court disbands Future Forward for breaking electoral laws and maybe even the Peu Thai party itself. Peu Thai and Allies win 250 seats but not enough to nominate PM What would happen then? There is a chance, like when the Democrat government was formed in the late noughties, where a Thaksin-backed party gains the parliamentary majority but is unable to gain enough seats to … [Read more...] about What are the likely and unlikely scenarios after Thailand’s election?
HÀ NỘI – Prison sentences ranging from 4-9 years have been proposed for two ex-leaders of the Vietnam-Russia oil and gas joint venture Vietsovpetro for “abusing position and power to appropriate assets.” The punishments were proposed at the first-instance trial held by the Hà Nội People’s Court on Thursday. Accordingly, the Supreme People’s Procuracy suggested a sentence of 8-9 years in prison for Võ Quang Huy (born in 1961, former Chief Accountant of Vietsovpetro) and 4-5 years in prison for Từ Thanh Nghĩa (born in 1962, former General Director of Vietsovpetro). The procuracy noted that Nghĩa admitted receiving a total of over VNĐ2.1 billion (US$90,700) in extra-interest that was not stated in Vietsovpetro’s deposit contracts at the Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank (OceanBank). The money had been given to him by then General Director of OceanBank Nguyễn Minh Thu on three occasions. … [Read more...] about Prison terms proposed for ex-leaders of Vietsovpetro
As many as 399 districts across Việt Nam have been identified as high risk areas for the outbreak of bird flu while another 314 districts are at low risk, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).— Photo tapchibaohiemxahoi.gov.vn HÀ NỘI — As many as 399 districts across Việt Nam have been identified as high risk areas for the outbreak of bird flu while another 314 districts are at low risk, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). According to the national plan on avian influenza prevention and control from 2019 to 2025 approved last month by the Prime Minister, the high-risk districts are those that fall into at least one of three categories. First, they are located in border provinces of Quảng Ninh, Lạng Sơn, Cao Bằng, Hà Giang, Lào Cai, Lai Châu, Điện Biên and Sơn La. Secondly, the districts had bird flu outbreaks or cases of … [Read more...] about 399 districts identified as high risk areas for bird flu
The Secretaries of the Party Committees of four Vietnamese northern border provinces – Lạng Sơn, Quảng Ninh, Cao Bằng and Hà Giang – and the Party Committee of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region held talks in Lạng Sơn on Friday as part of their New Year Meeting 2019.— VNA/VNS Photo Thái Thuần LẠNG SƠN – The Secretaries of the Party Committees of four Vietnamese northern border provinces – Lạng Sơn, Quảng Ninh, Cao Bằng and Hà Giang – and the Party Committee of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region held talks in Lạng Sơn on Friday as part of their New Year Meeting 2019. At the talks, Secretary of the Lạng Sơn Party Committee Lâm Thị Phương Thanh said the partnership between the four Vietnamese localities and China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been developing. Along with … [Read more...] about Vietnamese, Chinese border localities seek stronger partnership
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Minister of Transport Nguyễn Văn Thể has instructed the State-owned Airports Corporation of Việt Nam to complete the feasibility study for Long Thành Airport and submit it to the ministry by May 30. Speaking at a meeting on Thursday, he said: “In order to fulfill this task, units and relevant agencies should work closely with each other.” He also asked the various agencies tasked with the construction to study the creation of a direct route between the proposed airport and Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport in HCM City to enable passengers to travel more conveniently between them. Phạm Hữu Sơn, director general of Transport Engineering Design Inc (TEDI), a project consultant, said there were two options for this: a 40km road running parallel to the province’s Highway 25C and linking up with railway line No 3 and a 36km road along the HCM City-Long Thành-Dầu … [Read more...] about Ministry seeks feasibility study for Long Thành airport by May