Truck driver attacks traffic cop on Ho Chi Minh City highway

Truck driver Nguyen Bao Toan at a police station. Photo: Cong Nguyen Ho Chi Minh City police on Monday arrested a truck driver for allegedly attacking a traffic police officer after ignoring an order to stop, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. Nguyen Bao Toan, 37, was spotted by three traffic cops who were patrolling the Hanoi Highway in District 9 at around 9 a.m. as his truck was on the wrong lane. The officers signaled him to stop. Toan was asked to produce papers but he did not say anything. He came back to the truck and jumped into the cabin. The officers thought he was about to come back with his papers so they did not follow him. Toan suddenly drove away. Senior-lieutenant Vo Van Thoai jumped on a police motorbike and chased after the truck. He caught up with the truck near an overpass. As Toan tried to drive away, he held on to the cabin’s window and ordered Toan to stop. Toan continued to drive for several hundreds of meters until he had to stop due to traffic … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman faces murder charges in Taiwan

A Vietnamese woman was arrested in Taiwan last week for allegedly killing a man and dismembering his body, local media reported. Nguyen Thi Soi, 33, was picked up at her workplace in Kaohsiung City on Nov. 27 as she was preparing to return to Vietnam, CNA quoted Taiwanese police as saying. According to the report, Soi was accused of killing her boyfriend Kieu Van Manh, 43, before chopping up his body and disposing of the remains in a ditch. It quoted the police as saying that Kieu was killed apparently for wanting to break up with Soi. The investigation was launched after a dog was seen carrying a human skull in its mouth on Nov. 18. Investigators found the rest of Kieu's remains in a bag used for pig feed, and later found Soi in a pig farm in Kaohsiung where she was working as a caregiver. … [Read more...]

Startups grow strongly in November

Quoc Hung Figures of the GSO indicated there have been 86,853 business startups in the year to date with combined capital of VND538.7 trillion, up 28.1% and 37.7% respectively. VND742.2 trillion has been added to operational projects. In all, capital registered by new and operational enterprises in January-November has amounted to US$57 billion. New enterprises set up in the January-November period are expected to create around 1.32 million jobs, a year-on-year rise of almost 32.9%. In the same period, 18,646 suspended enterprises have resumed operation, up over 31.2% compared to the same period last year. The number of dissolved enterprises in the period has declined 2.2% against last year’ same period to 8,468 enterprises, and most of them are small with registered capital of less than VND10 billion each on average. There are 62,713 enterprises closed from January to November, increasing 21.4% year-on-year. … [Read more...]

Front office, housekeeping workers see more job opportunities in ASEAN

Dao Loan A receptionist of Rex Hotel in HCMC performs check-in procedures for guests. The tourism authority says front office and housekeeping workers will have more job opportunities when the AEC comes into existence - PHOTO: DAO LOAN According to the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals, qualified tourism workers in the front office, housekeeping, food production, food and beverage service, travel agency and tour operation fields will be allowed to freely travel for guest work within the bloc, hopefully next year. The agreement clarifies qualified tourism professionals can apply for jobs in other ASEAN member states, and tourism companies can look for qualified candidates from the AEC to meet their employment needs. Front office and housekeeping workers would have more opportunities to find suitable jobs in the region, especially at international hotels, Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said at a … [Read more...]

Jan-Nov FDI approvals up 16.7%

Quoc Hung Data of the GSO showed foreign firms have registered a total of US$20.22 billion for their projects in January-November, close to the full-year target of US$22 billion. Around US$13.55 billion of the amount goes to 1,855 fresh projects, up 1.1% in capital and 30% in projects. Meanwhile, 692 operational projects have an additional US$6.67 billion. The GSO said US$12.93 billion (64%) of the total figure is for the processing-manufacturing industry; US$2.78 billion (13.7%) for production and distribution of electricity, gas, water and air-conditioning; US$2.33 billion (11.5%) for real estate trading and US$2.18 billion (10.8%) for other sectors. Among the 47 cities and provinces that have attracted fresh FDI this year, HCMC takes the lead with around US$2.55 billion (18.8%), followed by Tra Vinh Province with around US$2.53 billion (18.6%), Dong Nai Province with over US$1.46 billion (10.8%) and Binh Duong Province with less than US$1.2 billion (8.8%). South Korea is … [Read more...]

New hotel group to manage property in Cam Ranh Bay

Kieu Giang Thorsten Kirschke (L), president of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific, and Andreas Flaig, executive vice president of development of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific, are seen at a meeting to announce the Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay project with local media in HCMC last week - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG According to Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the beachfront property is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019 and is one of the most anticipated new developments along the coast of this stunning Vietnamese resort destination. "As we grow across Asia Pacific, we are pleased to expand our footprint into Vietnam and into a segment that is currently underserved in the region," Kirscheke added. The international 5-star resort, set on 11.4 hectares with an 800-meter beachfront in the world’s renowned Cam Ranh Bay, in Cam Hai Dong Commune, Cam Lam District, Khanh Hoa Province, is four kilometers … [Read more...]

Vietnam, China boost UN peacekeeping-related cooperation

(VOVworld)- Vietnamese and Chinese defence officials discussed professional knowledge about and China’s experience in joining United Nations peacekeeping missions at talks in Hanoi on November 30. Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Xuan Thanh, one of the three officers sent to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (Photo: VNA) Colonel Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre, and Colonel Li Xiuhua, deputy head of the Chinese Ministry of National Defence’s Peacekeeping Office, said the talks aimed to implement agreements regarding UN peacekeeping operations between the two defence ministries. The talks focused on promoting Vietnamese military medicine and engineering forces’ capacity of participating in UN peacekeeping activities to prepare for the deployment of Vietnamese officers to suitable missions in the near future. The event also aimed to contribute to friendship and cooperation in UN peacekeeping between Vietnam … [Read more...]

USDA’s inspection program on Vietnamese tra, basa fish unnecessary

(VOVworld)- The spokesperson for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Hai Binh told reporters on Monday that Vietnam was disappointed about the US Department of Agriculture’s plan to inspect fish of Siluriformes family including tra and basa fish in Vietnam. Tra fish harvest in An Giang In response to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s reaction to the US Department of Agriculture’s Inspection Program on fish of Siluriformes family in Vietnam, Binh said Vietnamese tra and basa fish are Vietnam’s main export items to the US market. Vietnamese companies operate under the market mechanism and always abide by food safety regulations when exporting these products to the US market. Therefore, it’s not necessary to implement the inspection program on these products in Vietnam. Vietnam and many American organizations, agencies and congressmen opposed this program. ASEAN countries are concerned about possible effect that this program has on their exports. … [Read more...]

World leaders launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris

French President Francois Hollande (C, 1st row), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (4th, 1st row) and Christiana Figueres (3rdL, 1st row), Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, pose for a family photo with head of states and government during the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, with French President Francois Hollande saying the world was at "breaking point" in the fight against global warming. Some 150 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, urged each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels. They arrived at United Nations climate change talks in Paris accompanied by high expectations and armed with promises … [Read more...]

Vietnamese banks urged to use latest IT

Domestic commercial banks need to give top investment priority to information technology if they want to develop better retail banking strategies, according to independent market watchdogs. Analysts said that most commercial banks in the country have implemented strategies to develop retail banking but they need to create an adequate technological infrastructure to reduce risks. Senior banking expert Dr. Can Van Luc said by 2020 most commercial banks would still distribute their products and services through branches and transaction offices. Photo for illustration: "To ensure the effectiveness of these facilities, the banks should restructure and allocate them in a more proper way," Luc told Dau Tu Chung Khoan newspaper. "Strong technology development has encouraged people to use modern devices such as mobile phones, the internet and social websites to access financial and banking services. So, investing in information technology is necessary for the banks to … [Read more...]

Ethnic minorities cope with climate change

Vietnam is home to 53 ethnic minority groups with a population of nearly 14 million, who mainly live in remote mountainous, midland and coastal areas that are vulnerable to natural disasters. Vietnam is one of the five countries most affected by climate change – especially rising sea levels. Each year, the country is hit by between five to seven storms and floods, which seriously impact 50 percent of land and 70 percent of the population. Ethnic minority groups in particular have become more aware of climate change, which has increased the frequency and severity of droughts, floods and landslides in recent years. Landslide in Lao Cai, a mountainous province of Vietnam. Photo: Landslides triggered by heavy rains in the northern mountainous provinces of Son La, Lao Cai and Yen Bai, as well as the Central Highlands, have spoilt farmland. Prolonged drought in the central province of Ninh Thuan has brought about water shortages. In the Central Highlands, water … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Korea lacquer painting exhibition in Hanoi

PANO – The Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam is holding an exhibition themed "Vietnam-Korea lacquer painting exchange" at the Fine Art Museum of Vietnam, at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Hanoi. A Korean lacquer painting on display at the exhibition. Photo: The art of lacquer painting is characterized by different typical features bearing cultural deposits. In Vietnam, artists make the lacquer from the latex of a special tree in Phu Tho province. The non-toxic and long-lasting latex is mixed with other materials to produce different colours. Meanwhile, the Ottchil (the art of lacquer painting) of Korea is the art of mixing oyster shells with latex from the Ott-namu tree, which can last for hundreds of years. The exhibition displays 39 Korean and 12 Vietnamese lacquer works, featuring the landscapes, the people and daily life of the two countries. On the sideline of the exhibition, workshops and forums will be held on December 1st at 49 Nguyen Du street to provide … [Read more...]

VietinBank inaugurates medical facility

PANO -The Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) and the Central Natural Disaster Prevention Support Fund (CNDPSF) held a ceremony on November 28th to inaugurate and hand over a medical station to Quynh Phuong commune, Hoang Mai town, Nghe An province. The ceremony The high quality project was built with the bank's investment of VND 2.5 billion and completed a month ahead of schedule. According to CNDPSF Deputy Manager Mr. Pham Van Quy, the construction is the 78th project to be funded and put into operation by the fund in the Central region. The facility will contribute to improving health service for the locals and at the same time provide shelter for them during natural disasters. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Scholarships for needy students in HCM City

PANO - The Khan Quang Do - Muc Tim Newspaper in association with the Binh Dien Fertilizer Joint Stock Company on November 29th held a ceremony to hand over the "For Vietnam’s future" scholarships to needy students in Ho Chi Minh City. Needy students receiving scholarships At the event, the organizing board presented 40 scholarships, worth VND 2 million each, to disadvantaged students from secondary and high schools in the city. The fund, founded in 1995, has given thousands of scholarships to needy students across the country. In 2015 alone, it had handed over 450 scholarships to farmers' children in the Mekong River Delta, Southern and Central regions. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Sappers making pontoon bridge

PANO - Engineering Brigade 25 of Military Zone 9 of the Vietnam People's Army has just conducted a training exercise on practicing building a pontoon bridge for its troops to cross the river and undertake missions. The exercise saw the close coordination among units with a strong sense of responsibility, contributing to improving their combat readiness and capability of crossing rivers with absolute safety. PANO would like to introduce images of the brigade's troops in training. Pontoons transferred into position by special vehicles A self-propelled pontoon open on river Sappers connecting pontoons together Strictly following the commander's orders Fixing both ends of the pontoon bridge Dropping anchors Vehicles safely crossing the river Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

New coast guards ship launched

PANO - Song Thu Corporation of the General Department of Defence Industry held a launch ceremony for Coast Guard Ship 8005 (DN2000) on November 30th in Da Nang. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Thanh Cung and representatives from ministries and sectors attended the ceremony. Coast Guard Ship 8005 The ship has a water displacement of up to 2,400 tons and can operate for 40 consecutive days within a distance of 5,000 nautical miles in the extremely strong wind speeds of level 12. It was designed to implement patrol missions to ensure national maritime sovereignty and conduct law enforcement and other missions. Ship 8005, the second of the DN2000-layer multifunctional ships, was built and launched by the Vietnamese corporation after 12 months of construction witha modern design meeting international standards. The same day, Song Thu Corporation and Damen Corporation of the Netherlands signed a contract to build four new ships of … [Read more...]

National defence ministry cares for frontline-conscripted labourers

PANO - The Minister of National Defence has just promulgated Resolution No. 95/CT-BQP on providing cares for frontline-conscripted labourers, who took part in the national resistance wars against foreign invaders and joined international missions, according to Direction No. 49/2015/QĐ-TTg of the Prime Minister issued on October 14th 2015. Frontline-conscripted labourers. Archived photo The policy aims to pay tribute to the people who made great contributions to the national liberation and protection cause and the noble international obligation, contributing to promoting the "when drinking water, remember who dug the well" and "gratitude" traditions. The defence minister urged the General Department of Politics to work with relevant agencies to effectively implement the resolution with clear instructions and open training courses for functional agencies in the whole army. In addition, he asked military commands to closely grasp the higher levels' directions to provide staff work … [Read more...]

MND mission works with Hai Phong municipal Military Command

PANO – A mission of the National Defence Ministry (MND) led by its Deputy Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung, on November 28th had a working session with the Military Command of Hai Phong. Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Cung visiting Hai Phong municipal Military Command At the session, the mission was briefed upon the task accomplishment of the military command in 2015. Accordingly, the Party Committee and Chain-of-Command of the military have directed the city’s armed forces in implementing the assigned tasks well. The military command has also fulfilled its advisory role to the city’s Party Committee and authorities in terms of military-defence work. Affiliate units of the command have always strictly maintained combat readiness posture and vigilance and coordinated with relevant agencies to maintain social order and security in the locality. On behalf of the MND, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung hailed the achievements of the … [Read more...]

Hoang Anh Gia Lai wins Thanh nien U21 Football Tournament

PANO – The final match of the Thanh Nien Newspaper International Football Tournament between Hoang Anh Gia Lai football club and the U19 team of the Republic of Korea (RoK) took place on the evening of November 29th, in heavy rain. Cong Phuong (number 10) in the match. Photo: TNO The match went without a score until the 24th minute when Cong Phuong tore through the net of the RoK team, scoring the first goal of the match. The match then went on without any major changes till the end of the first half. At the end of the second half, Cong Phuong shone once more when he and Striker Van Toan displayed an excellent combination and scored his second goal right at the 5.5m line, helping his team successfully defend their title of champion. Failing to beat Hoang Anh Gia Lai, the U19 team of RoK landed in second place. The U21 team of Singapore secured the bronze medal. Translated by Thanh Giang … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City conducts large-scale firefighting and rescue exercise

PANO – The Ministry of Public Security and the Ho Chi Minh municipal People’s Committee recently held a firefighting and rescue exercise at the Tower of Vincom Center B, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. About 2,000 people from departments, boards and sectors of the city, and 79 specialized equipment and vehicles including fire-trucks, rescue vehicles, stair vehicles, command vehicles, and ambulances joined the event. Rescue team participating in the exercise This is the first time the city has conducted such a large-scale exercise in the basement area and the top floor of a multifunctional skyscraper with high population density. The exercise was implemented successfully with smooth coordination among responsible units. The rescue contents consisted of first aid provision, transport of seriously-injured victims to hospitals, people evacuation, and fire control. The exercise aimed to promote people’s awareness of firefighting and search and rescue, … [Read more...]