Highlights from April 13, 2023

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Cua Van Fishing Village has been named one of the 16 best coastal towns in the world, and the picturesque destination is a must-visit for anyone looking for a breathtaking experience. Located in the north of Halong Bay, Vietnam, Cua Van is a charming village with a rich history and culture. Visitors can explore the traditional fishing boats, sample the freshest seafood, take in the stunning landscape, and even learn about the ancient fishing techniques used by the locals. With its unique charm, pristine waters, and friendly locals, Cua Van is sure to be an unforgettable experience for any traveler.

The view of Cua Van fishing village in Ha Long Bay. Photo: wyndhamhalong.com

The picturesque floating village of Cua Van in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam, is one of the world’s most beautiful coastal towns, as declared by the renowned American magazine Travel + Leisure. Nestled in the mountains of Ha Long Bay, the village is home to around 700 fishermen who have been born and raised on houseboats. It has become a popular destination for visitors wishing to experience a unique lifestyle, with its friendly locals, romantic seascapes, and traditional fishing practices. Visitors can explore the area’s stunning beauty, observe the locals going about their daily lives, and take part in fishing activities.

The 15 other most popular coastal towns, according to Travel + Leisure, are Polperro in the UK, Saint George’s in the Bermuda Islands, Manarola in Italy, Camden in Maine, USA, Kotor in Montenegro, Lunenburg in Canada, Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia, Cadaqués in Spain, Ilulissat in Greenland, Oia in Greece, Paternoster in South Africa, Rovinj in Croatia, Reine in Norway, Port Fairy in Australia, and Sausalito in California, USA.

Authorities must verify the on-sale ordinations of the emperor.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has verified the upcoming April 22 auction of ancient Vietnamese emperor’s ordinations at the Shanghai Yangming Auction Co. Ltd. The piece in question is printed on yellow paper and bears a dragon stamp, believed to have been issued during the Later Le dynasty and Nguyen dynasty as a form of reverence to the holy gods of Vietnam.

According to officials from Hanoi and the provinces of Phu Tho, Bac Ninh, Ha Nam, and Hai Duong, several items have gone missing and been stolen. Reportedly, the information concerning the items to be auctioned matches the traits of the stolen items. Moreover, Tran Ngoc Dong, a member of the Lang Viet Now and Then community, believes that some of the ordinations could be counterfeits or copies.

Insurances for the family of the crashed helicopter pilot have been advanced to provide financial security in this difficult time. This assistance can help to cover expenses associated with funeral costs, medical bills, and other unforeseen costs. The funds can also be used to maintain the family’s lifestyle in the wake of the tragedy. By providing this support, the families of those who have sacrificed their lives can continue to live with dignity and respect.

PetroVietnam Insurance Corporation (PVI) has advanced an impressive VND1.18 billion (US$50,000) worth of insurance to the family of pilot Chu Quang Minh, who tragically sacrificed his life in a helicopter crash early this month. Minh had been flying the Bell-505 VN-8650 when it crashed into the waters of Ha Long Bay on April 5.

Under the contract signed with the Vietnam Helicopter Corporation, PVI provides two insurance packages for the plane and cabin crew that will pay US$30 million for each incident, US$1.65 million for the helicopter Bell-505, and US$200,000 for each person on the flying team. Additionally, Minh’s family will be provided with the remainder of the insurance package upon the successful completion of all the required procedures. Furthermore, the insurance for the helicopter will be applied upon the conclusion of the necessary authorities and the submission of any related invoices.

Non-stop Toll Collection Plans Proposed for Domestic Airports

The Indian government has proposed a plan to introduce non-stop toll collection at domestic airports across the country. This would be a major step in facilitating a smoother journey for travelers, as they would no longer need to wait in long queues at toll gates.

The plan proposed by the government would use automated technology to collect tolls without any need for manual intervention. This would result in faster processing of payments and also reduce the chances of toll evasion. Additionally, it would reduce the number of personnel needed for toll collection, which would lead to cost savings for the airport authorities.

The government is currently in the process of discussing the proposal with various stakeholders, including domestic airport operators, airlines, and other authorities. The implementation of this plan is expected to take place in the near future.

The introduction of non-stop toll collection is expected to improve the overall experience of passengers travelling through domestic airports. It will also reduce the waiting time at the toll gates and make the process of travelling much more convenient.

The Department for Roads of Vietnam has suggested that the Airports Corporation of Vietnam and operators of electronic toll collection (ETC) terminals provide similar facilities at airports all over the country. Furthermore, the department recommends that ETC services be deployed in car parks, street parking areas, and entrances of seaports.

According to the Department, the implementation of ETC service will bring a number of benefits, including increased transparency in fare collection, reduced congestion in airports, seaports, and other public spaces, cost-saving in operation expenses for the Government, and an encouragement of cashless transactions among Vietnamese people. However, the regulatory framework currently only allows for ETC service in highway operations, thus the Road Department has proposed that the Ministry of Transport and the Government amend the relevant rules to make their recommendation a reality.

A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for disseminating anti-State information online. The court found that the man had used social media to spread false news and incite hatred against the government.

The court ruled that the man had violated the country’s law prohibiting the spread of false information and inciting public hatred against the State. He was found guilty of sharing posts that contained false information and inciting violence against the government.

The man was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000 for his crimes.

The sentence serves as a warning to anyone who would seek to spread false information and incite hatred against the State. The court noted that such actions are a serious offense and will not be tolerated.

A closed court in Hanoi sentenced 47-year-old Nguyen Lan Thang to six years in prison for compiling and distributing materials to oppose the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In July 2022, Thang was arrested for his actions and, upon completion of his sentence, will be required to serve two years of probation. His imprisonment serves as a reminder of the harsh repercussions of resisting the Vietnamese government.

From June 13, 2018, to December 31, 2020, Thang participated in interviews for various websites, had 12 videos posted online, and compiled a total of 42 reading materials to distort the Communist Party of Vietnam’s orientations and policies, sow confusion among the people, defame the people’s administration, disseminate false information, and insult organizations and individuals.