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Hanoi addresses legal bottleneck in public properties management

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A large amount of vacant public properties in Hanoi are a huge waste of social resources.

Hanoi addresses legal bottleneck in public properties management

The lack of legal framework in settling disputes related to properties of the public domain is among major issues for Hanoi in the management of such assets, which require drastic steps to resolve and avoid waste of social resources.

Statistics from the local authorities revealed thật the city currently has 10,711 houses with a total area of 10 million square meters and public domain lands of 43.8 million square meters. Of the total, around 300 houses and lands, or 3%, are subject to legal disputes or lack of legal basis for utilization.

In a recent move, the Hanoi People’s Committee has instructed the municipal Department of Finance to work with the Ministry of Finance on dealing with 1,937 public properties consisting of 18.2 million square meters of land, and 7.78 million square meters of houses.

This was under the Government’s decree No.167/2017/ND-CP, regulating any changes in the use of state properties would be subject to the approval of competent authorities.

According to Hanoi’s authorities, complicated administrative procedures with the involvement of multiple government agencies are making it hard for Hanoi to effectively utilize state properties in the city.

In response to a question related to state properties management from deputies of the 16th Hanoi People’s Council, the Hanoi People’s Committee said the municipal Finance Department is reviewing the existing status of the state properties and the process is expected to be completed before October 15.

The city would later propose solutions for these properties to the Ministry of Finance for consideration.

Vice-Chairman of the Hanoi Real Estate Club Nguyen The Diep said a large amount of vacant public domain properties in Hanoi are causing a huge waste in social resources.

“Not only the State is losing revenue, but it also has to allocate a significant amount of resources for management and maintenance,” Diep told The Hanoi Times.

“There should be greater flexibility in the management of State properties, in which those that are vacated should be handed over to a legal entity for leasing with clear and transparent financing mechanism,” he said, suggesting except for the deduction of parts of the revenue for management fees, the remaining should be returned to the State budget.

“Such measure should relieve the financial burden for the control these state properties on the budget and more importantly, to optimize state resources,” he added.

Former Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dang Hung Vo noted under current legislation, a state agency or a private entity are entitled to be granted a land-use rights certificate.

“There should be a clear concept on the land use rights for those under the private and public sectors,” he noted.

Source: hanoitimes

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Woman arrested after being wanted for 16 years in Vietnam

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Police in Vietnam have arrested a woman who had been at large for nearly 16 years after being convicted of a drug-related crime.

The Department of Public Security in southern Kien Giang Province confirmed on Sunday it had apprehended Le Thi Kim Tu, 41.

Police investigation showed that Tu and her husband were caught red-handed selling drugs in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2001.

The couple lived with their child in Hoc Mon District at the time.

In mid-2002, Tu was sentenced to seven years in prison while her husband got six years for illegally trading narcotics.

The woman was allowed to postpone her jail term as she needed to take care of her child, who was under 36 months old.

She was thus taken to Kien Giang Province so that authorities could supervise her during this period.

When Tu was ready to serve her prison sentence in 2005, officers found that she had run away from her place of residence.

The woman had been wanted by Kien Giang police since then.

Over the past 16 years, Tu had been living in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang after changing her name.

She had a romantic relationship with a local man and eventually lived with him and his family.

Following a recent argument, Tu attempted to attack her boyfriend’s mother with a knife.

Local police intervened in the incident and summoned Tu to their station for a working session.

Officers in Tien Giang eventually discovered Tu’s true identity and reported the case to their counterparts in Kien Giang Province.

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HCMC: eateries continuously allowed to operate until 10pm

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The People’s Committee of HCMC has approved a decision to extend a pilot program allowing food and drink facilities to operate until 10 p.m.

HCMC: eateries continuously allowed to operate until 10pm

The decision that has not required eateries to close before 10 p.m. will take effect from now until December 31.

Accordingly, businesses are allowed to operate in districts with the Covid-19 alert levels 1 and 2, resume on-site dining at 50 percent of their normal customer capacity in areas at the Covid-19 alert level 3 and move to mobile ordering and takeaway in the areas under the level 4.

The municipal government has also delegated chairpersons of the People’s Committees of Thu Duc City and districts to strengthen the inspection of food and beverage businesses serving alcoholic drinks and impose strict fines on violators

The city has seen the reopening of 9,796 food and drink services in Thu Duc City and districts, and 3,732 others selling alcoholic drinks from November 16-30, according to the Department of Industry and Trade.

The experimental program allowing dining venues to operate until 10 pm daily has made outstanding contribution in stimulating consumption demand, production activities and trading; increasing State budget; creating jobs; and relieving the pressure on people, said the department.

However, many businesses have not ensured a safe distance of two meters between tables and registered for QR code yet. They have not got organizational business planning and publicized their maximum approved seating capacity. Some localities have not strictly carried out the inspection of food and beverage establishments’ activities.

On November 16, the HCMC People’s Committee previously launched a decision No.3818 on allowing food and drink facilities to resume on-site dining until 10 pm daily. The decision took effect until November 30.

Source: SGGP

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Vietnam transport ministry floats quarantine regulation relaxation to restore int’l flights

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has mooted that the central government ease quarantine regulations and expedite recognition of ‘vaccine passports’ to prepare for resuming international flights.

The transport ministry submitted to the Government Office a document on solutions for restoring international flights, which was based on the suggestions of local airlines.

The government should request the Ministry of Health to consider the maximum relaxation of quarantine regulations for international arrivals, it said, adding that the country should gradually remove quarantine regulations for these passengers.

The government should task the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with speeding up the negotiations with countries and territories regarding the mutual recognition of ‘vaccine passports.’

The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of Information and Communications need to work together to establish a specialized app that allows flight passengers to file health declarations, which will assist in the control and tracing of international arrivals.

On November 30, the Ministry of Transport convened a working session with representatives of Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Bamboo Airways, Pacific Airlines, and Airports Corporation of Vietnam to discuss the difficulties and solutions regarding the restoration of regular international air routes.

At the gathering, all airlines and airport operators agreed that international flights between Vietnam and other countries should be resumed.

To ensure feasibility, local airlines suggested the removal of quarantine regulations for passengers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the disease if they test negative for the novel coronavirus 72 hours prior to their flights.

Airport operators stated that they are ready to welcome back international travelers as all of their employees have been fully inoculated against COVID-19, while the airdromes are equipped with necessary facilities and equipment for pandemic prevention and control.

Representatives of relevant ministries and sectors expressed their support for the proposal, stating that the resumption of international flights will meet the travel demands of residents and promote the recovery of international tourism and the whole economy in general.

Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year. 

Only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, highly-skilled workers, and students have been allowed in since with stringent quarantine requirements in place.

Vietnam has documented 1,309,092 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year, with 1,006,460 recoveries and 26,260 deaths.

More than 73 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while over 54 million are now fully immunized.

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