Dang Hung Vo Many corruption scandals have erupted around such transfers. Similar huge losses and squander also mark the transfer of land from private hands to the state by eminent domain, the legal provision that gives a government the right to expropriate private property for public use. Many land owners have felt deprived, and this has resulted in the fact land issues account for 70 per cent of all complaints and denunciations by the public. In countries with recognized private land ownership, there is a clear demarcation between public and private lands. Here, the transfer between public and private owners is quite simple and only requires a just determination of the market value and a reasonable benefit-sharing mechanism. Thus, there is less risk of corruption when public lands are sold to private buyers and fewer complaints when the government acquires lands. These countries adhere to the principle of pricing public lands properly when selling them, and taxing … [Read more...] about Inflection point reached, definition of ‘public’ land imperative
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AUCKLAND — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free. Moon and Kim have met three times in 2018 amid warming ties between the two Koreas, with Seoul hoping to host a first-ever visit by Kim to the South before year’s end. But prospects of another meeting in coming weeks have dimmed as denuclearisation talks have stalled, prompting Moon to say that the planned visit’s timing should not overshadow its historic nature. "There is a possibility that Chairman Kim Jong Un’s visit to Seoul may be made within this year, but there’s more important things than the timing," he said in translated remarks during a visit to New Zealand. "Whether it’s this year or not isn’t that important, what’s important is that the North Korea leader’s visit to … [Read more...] about S. Korea’s Moon still hopes to host Kim this year
Plastic surgery is no longer a big deal these days when people’s conceptions of beauty are varied and more open to modification. But it’s definitely not a pleasant experience when you risk missing an international flight because your new nose makes you look like a completely different person. A woman in Hà Nội last week almost missed a flight to South Korea because her nose job made her look much younger than how she looked in her passport photo. She was kept at the airport for an extra 20 minutes and asked to write a statement to prove she was the same girl in the photo before she was allowed to board the plane. She had the nose job three months ago and did not think of applying for a new passport, the woman told an online newspaper. Although she did get to board the flight in the end, the experience was uncomfortable enough. “I will get a new passport when I get back from the trip,” she said. Lesson learned: Your face makes up a big part of … [Read more...] about Who nose what’s going on?
In April 2018, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Singapore, which committed to supporting Vietnam in developing smart cities. How has this commitment been implemented so far? Singapore is keen to support Vietnam’s goal of having at least three smart cities by 2020. Under our ASEAN chairmanship this year, Singapore proposed the formation of an ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN). This platform will facilitate co-operation on smart city development, share best practices, and explore common technological solutions. In May, Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised the ASEAN Smart Cities Governance workshop for 75 delegates from 25 ASEAN cities, including 14 representatives from the Vietnamese government and Vietnam’s ASCN cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang. The four-day workshop included site visits and panel sessions with industry experts, think tanks, and private consultants to share ideas and global best practices … [Read more...] about Infrastructure on Singapore’s radar
China's ZTE apologizes after paying 'disastrous price' in U.S. sanction case <p align="left" class="SGTOSummary"> HONG KONG/SHENZHEN (REUTERS) - The chairman of ZTE Corp apologized to staff and customers last week after the Chinese technology firm agreed to pay a US$1 billion fine to the United States to end a supplier ban that has crippled its business.</p> <p> The deal allows China’s second-largest telecoms equipment firm to restart operations, reaffirm supplier relationships and rebuild trust with global clients, as it works to move on from an episode which it said threatened its very existence.</p> <p> But industry experts estimate it would take at least a month for ZTE to ship phones again after the ban is lifted, while employees fear job cuts, wage reductions and a potential loss of customers, as the firm is set to reshuffle senior management.</p> <p> The company agreed on Thursday to pay the fine and overhaul its leadership to … [Read more...] about China’s ZTE apologizes after paying ‘disastrous price’ in U.S. sanction case