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Vietnam Airlines to fly to Moscow every day

From this date, amount of flights on route Ho Chi Minh – Moscow increases to four instead of three a week. Flights Ha Noi – Moscow will also take place more frequently, three times a week instead of two.

Two foreign airlines apply for services to Vietnam

CAAV confirmed with the Daily about the applications and provided some of the information regarding the two foreign airlines. The authority said Skywing registered its 165-seat MD83 aircraft while Saudi Arabian Airlines was planning to operate the Boeing B7 4 7F plane for their services to Vietnam.

Holiday tours see strong rise despite economic woes

According to travel agencies, the number of tourists booking tours during the four-day holidays increased by 20-30 per cent compared to the last year’s same period.

Fund shortage hinders new coach stations

Under the VND3.6 trillion (US$1.8 million) scheme by the city People’s Committee, Suoi Tien and Tan Quy Tay coach stations would have been commissioned by 2015 to replace the two existing Mien Dong and Mien Tay stations. Construction of the two new coach stations, to be invested by the Sai Gon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO), is also aimed to create a link with the bus system, and the metro and tram routes.

“Return to the Roots” tourism programme kicks off

At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the three provinces’ efforts in promoting tourism and said their cooperation provides a good example for others to follow. He said he hopes the programme will create more tourism products and give all three provinces a facelift for developing tourism.

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Complaints lead to water review

Under Decision No 117 dated July 11, 2007, every household has to pay a monthly minimum fee of VND16,000 (USmodule_ussslot1_2_1_2_1_data.8), equivalent to four cubic metres of water, to their water suppliers. This is the first legal document on water supply in Viet Nam following the Government allowing water suppliers to operate as businesses. Generally, the fee itself is not a major sum to concern locals, but those not consuming the regulated volume believe they should not have to pay the basic charge.

Housekeeping services in demand during Tet

The Lunar New Year is the biggest festival in Vietnam and many people go away on vacation, especially to take advantage of the long holiday, but a myriad things still need to be done at home.

Tet gala cheers up stranded city workers

The event, called Mai Vang (Golden Ochna) Gala Welcomes Tet, is part of the HCM City Labour Federation's charity and cultural activities for the holiday. Dozens of local and foreign organisations and sponsors are involved in the federation's community work.

New regulations passed to help ease congestion

Traffic-light and lane violations, overloading and drink-driving fines will be VND400,000 ($20) instead of the current VND200,000. Buses and coaches will also be targeted to avoid traffic jams around Nuoc Ngam, My Dinh and Gia Lam terminals caused by drivers searching for passengers and stopping illegally.

Five-year plan to add 10 million jobs

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the programme has a total budget of VND53,3 trillion (US$2.73 billion), of which more than VND38,1 trillion ($1.95 billion) comes from the central Government and the remainder from local governments, international donors, a national fund to support employment and other sources.

Parking space costs billion dong?

Some people joke that watching over cars is the most profitable business nowadays, because car keepers do not have to have high degrees to be able to earn big money. They can earn billions dong a year just by allowing people to park cars on their land. The increasingly high income has prompted people to replace their motorbikes with cars. However, before deciding to buy one, people have to think first about where they will park them. This has become difficult these days, especially when the land price has been escalating, and there is not much space left in the big cities to arrange parking lots.

Bus firms complain over parking space regulation

At the workshop held to review road transportation developments this year, Bui Van Quan, chairman of the city's Transport Association, said that it was very difficult for transport companies to have their own parking lot even though they desired it. Current land prices are too high not for individual firms, but also for co-operatives.

Chaos leads to cars-only rule for Thang Long Highway

Road maintenance workers and vehicles can use the road, providing they do not affect traffic. The Transport Ministry has also banned the construction and installation of advertising boards. The municipal Department of Transport has been instructed to establish a traffic management office for the highway to manage and handle traffic problems.

Unemployment rate stands at 2.88 percent in 2011

Compared to last year, the country’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.02 percent with the urban area down 0.17 percent, while the rural area was up 0.02 percent.


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