Vietnamese official accused of raping 8-year-old girl

Family of a 8-year-old girl in Binh Thuan Province have filed accusations against a local government official for sexually abusing her many times. Officials in Ham Thuan Nam District confirmed that a deputy chairman of the People's Committee of Thuan Nam Town was accused of raping the child. The girl's sister, Nguyen Thi Thuy Dung, said that the official usually took the girl to his villa across the street, claiming that his daughter wanted to play with her. On May 29, the family found the girl to act strangely. When pressed, she told them that she had been violated many times by the official, who also gave her money and asked her not to tell anyone. Tests performed on the police's request showed her hymen had been broken. The family also provided police with text messages from the official, who allegedly asked them not to make a big deal out of the situation. Local media have attempted to contact the official and his office but were rejected. Authorities of Thuan Nam town said … [Read more...]

Two students dead after reservoir release swept them away

Rescuers look for the second body after two girls were swept away during a water discharge at Dau Tieng reservoir on July 26, 2015. Photo: Giang Phuong A sightseeing trip is southern Vietnam turned tragic on Sunday after two teenagers were swept away by water discharge at a reservoir in southern Vietnam. Rescuers have found the bodies of two 16-year-old girls, who joined seven other 11th graders from Tay Ninh Province in a trip to Dau Tieng Reservoir, about 90 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City. According to the other students, they were playing by the Ca Noc Lake near the discharge gate of the Dau Tieng reservoir, which was then releasing water. Four of them were reportedly missed their footing and fell into the lake. Two of them were swept away by the torrent and found dead soon later, while the other two managed to hang on to large rocks and survive. Police are investigating the deaths. Dau Tieng is one of the biggest reservoirs in Vietnam, with the capacity of around 1.6 … [Read more...]

More than 16,000 residents in HCMC beaten by mad animals

Just in the first six months of the year, up to 16,410 residents in Ho Chi Minh City were beaten by mad animals, said Le Xuan Hoa from the municipal Department of Preventive Medicine. All victims arrived at medical facilities for vaccination against rabies. Most people are beaten by dogs with the rate of 83.4 percent, next are cats with 9.8 percent. People are usually beaten in their legs with 70.2 percent; in hands with 23.8 percent. Around 7 percent of victims have wide wounds. All are health after vaccination. As per the warning of the Department of Preventive Medicine, to limit the mortality rate due to being beaten by mad animals, people should not raise dogs and cats and must have them injected periodically. People should not let children play with animals especially when animals are eating. If anyone is beaten by animals, they must go to nearby medical facilities for vaccination with enough shots as well as keep an eye on the animal later. … [Read more...]

Sweet potatoes for export in great abundance

Several farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long, Dong Thap, and Can Tho City have suffered huge losses as export price of sweet potatoes had continuously dropped in the past few months. Farmers collect sweet potatoes. (Photo: SGGP) According to Mr. Son Van Luan, chairman of Tan Thanh Sweet Potato Cooperative in Vinh Long Province’s Binh Tan District, export price of sweet potatoes has been at low level since the beginning of this year, hence, most farmers did not take good care of their sweet potatoes fields, causing low productivity as well as poor quality. Therefore, traders only offered VND100,000-180,000 for 60 kilograms of sweet potatoes and VND200,000-240,000 for 60 kilograms of sweet potatoes of better quality. This is the lowest price level in the past years so most farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have not earned any profits from growing sweet potatoes. Mr. Luan said that export of sweet potatoes mainly depends on Chinese market. However, the export … [Read more...]

Police nail man for allegedly killing Indian technician in central Vietnam

Police in central Vietnam have arrested a man for allegedly killing and robbing a 48-year-old Indian national earlier this month. Truong Van Quang, 30, is under investigation on suspicion of murdering Nathu Singh Solanki, a technician at a quarry in Chau Tien Commune, Nghe An Province, on July 11, police officers said. This is the latest official information released by provincial police about the case. Solanki had worked for Wolkem India Ltd., which formed a joint venture with a Vietnamese company to mine white stone in the commune. Locals discovered Solanki’s body on the evening of July 11 and reported it to police, who came to examine the scene, collect statements from witnesses and launch an investigation. After his arrest, Quang told police about his crime. At 7:00 pm on July 11, Quang was walking on a road in the commune when he saw Solanki stop his motorbike on the roadside and then start urinating. The location is about 500 meters from the Chau Tien … [Read more...]

HCMC council members to decide road maintenance fee on motorbikes

The 18th meeting of the 8th session of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council was opened this morning and scheduled to end on July 31 with the most interesting matter being road maintenance fee on motorbikes, which many council members and residents have proposed to abolish. Most HCMC residents propose to abolish road maintenance fee on motorbikes (Photo: SGGP) The council’s chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam told Sai Gon Giai Phong at the opening session that many issues related to the fee collection would be discussed at the session. If voters and council members found the fee collection too difficult, the People’s Council would ask the city People’s Committee to send the Government a report in writing on this issue. Most residents and the chairwoman had disagreed with fee collection because it was inconvincible, unreasonable, unfair, ineffective and unfeasible. Related article: Voters support proposal to abolish motorbike road maintenance fee … [Read more...]

Footwear exports to US skyrocket

(VOV) - Vietnam’s footwear exports jumped 21.2% to more than US$5.85 billion in the first half of this year, according to statistics released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Of the figure, exports to the US rose rapidly by 30.2% to US$2 billion, which was equal to export earnings from the EU market with a growth of 17%. The EU has been the biggest importer of Vietnamese footwear for many years. For example in 2009, footwear exports to the US were around US$1 billion, which was half of the value earned from the EU market. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, Director of Lien Phat Footwear Company in Binh Duong province said footwear exports in the second quarter of this year thrived and most footwear businesses have had orders up to the end of February next year. Currently, FDI and domestic businesses tend to focus on the US market, Lien revealed. According to statistics from the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the US Department of Commerce (DOC), the US imported … [Read more...]

President meets wiht IMF Resident Representative

The Hanoitimes - President Truong Tan Sang received IMF Resident Representative for Vietnam and Laos Sanjay Kalra, who is going to finish his tenure of working in Vietnam on July 27 in Hanoi. President Truong Tan Sang receives IMF Resident Representative for Vietnam Sanjay Kalra At the reception, State President Truong Tan Sang highly appreciated the financial and consultative assistance to Vietnam from Kalra and the IMF, and adding that Vietnam welcomes further support and always listens to the fund’s frank recommendations to avoid restructuring mistakes made previously in other countries. Representative Kalra expressed his delight that IMF support has contributed to policymaking progress in Vietnam. Vietnam has demonstrated its stability while facing challenges from the economic restructuring process, he said. Kalra said he believes in Vietnam’s enhanced role in the region in the coming time. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

President receives war veterans from Division 313 and 314

The Hanoitimes - The President expressed his hope that the veterans would continue joining hands with the armed forces and the entire society in protecting and developing the nation. On the occasion of the 68th of War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), President Truong Tan Sang received a delegation of veterans from Division 313 and 314 in Military Zone 2 in Hanoi on July 27. President Truong Tan Sang met with veterans from Division 313 and 314 in Military Zone 2 in Hanoi on July 27 The veterans, who fought to protect the nation in border battlefields in Vi Xuyen district in the the northern province of Ha Giang recalled their memories of fierce battles from 1984-1988. At the meeting, representative of the the Liaison Board for Veterans, said from 1979 to 1985, the two divisions were present at dozens of big battles to maintain battlefields, contributing firmly to preserve the nation’s territory and border. They also pledged to promote the revolutionary spirit and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese short film won over BiFan 2015 audiences

(VOV) - A Vietnamese short film titled The Scent of Fish Sauce was screened on July 16-26 at the 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan 2015) in the Republic of Korea. The 23-minute film directed by young director Trinh Dinh Le Minh tells a romance between a Vietnamese nurse and a young American male patient. Mai, a Vietnamese nurse, is hired to take care of an injured American man. After turning him on to the secret pleasures of Vietnamese cooking, Mai's romantic dreams take a strange turn. The film was made in eight days in 2014 with Ly Bao Tram taking the starring role. Tram has lived in the US for eight years. She is a nurse with innate acting abilities. Stage director Trinh Dinh Le Minh, 29 years old, graduated from Ho Chi Minh City Cinema and Theatre College. He won a Fulbright scholarship and got a MA degree after three years of study in the University of Texas at Austin. Stage director Trinh Dinh Le Minh After BiFan 2015, The Scent of Fish Sauce … [Read more...]

Vietjet Air wins Gold Award 2015

The first privately owned airline in Vietnam - VietJet Air has won the Gold Award 2015 from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The award highlights Vietjet’s innovative and meaningful marketing campaigns, which have greatly inspired and contributed to tourism development in the Asia-Pacific region. The award committee was impressive with its slogan "With Vietjet, Saigon is closer" to introduce both the airline and Ho Chi Minh City. Outperforming 269 entries from 83 travel and tourism organizations worldwide, the low-cost carrier becomes the first ever prize winner of PATA from Vietnam. The award ceremony will take place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center (BIEC) on September 8, 2015 during the PATA Travel Mart 2015 in Bangalore, India. Among its 36 Gold Awards, PATA will present up to four Grand Awards for best of show entries in the following broad categories: Environment, Education and Training, Heritage and Culture and Marketing Campaign. The carrier … [Read more...]

Thailand considers cabinet reshuffle in September

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announces the draft of the budget in front of the National Legislative Council on May 21 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on July 27 that his cabinet may be reshuffled in September as the Government has come under pressure to deal with its weak economy. According to Thai media, the reshuffle will be centred on economic positions amid the slow economic growth of Southeast Asia's second-largest economy in the first half of this year. The Thai Prime Minister underscored that cabinet reform may not bring about immediate changes to the economy as the stagnation is the result of numerous factors. Prayuth’s government has held power since September 2014. The nation’s economy expanded only 0.9 percent in 2014, the slowest growth in the last four years. In the first two quarters of this year, steep falls in exports hurt the Thai economy, coupled by the existing drought’s forecasted affect on the food … [Read more...]

Three killed in Quang Ninh 40 decade record downpour

Three people have been reported dead due to a 40-decade record heavy rain in the northern province of Quang Ninh for last two days, reported the National Steering Committee on Calamity Prevention and Control on Monday. Cam Pha city is flooded in a 40 decade record torrential rain in Quang Ninh province on July 26-27 (Photo: SGGP) (Photo: SGGP) Torrential rains unleashed flash floods in many areas of the northern region including Quang Ninh, Son La and Dien Bien provinces. The worst hit has been Quang Ninh with 617mm precipitation, higher than that in the ‘deluge’ in Hanoi in 2008. Heavy rain beginning Sunday night inundated Cam Pha city in the province under floodwaters killing a 27 mother and her two children. The provincial Steering Committee for Search and Rescue said that high tide had worsened the heavy rain's influence . Flooding has also ravaged other areas in the province such as Ha Long, Dong Trieu, Uong Bi, Cam Pha, Van Don and Hoanh Bo, where … [Read more...]

New Hanoi projects seeking for investors

People's Committee issues Decision on new land-use projects in the capital. The Hanoi People's Committee has issued Decision No. 3415/QD-UBND, adding new land-use projects in the capital to the list of projects currently seeking investors. New projects seeking investors are commercial districts with ancillary services (Quoc Oai district), a commercial and service zone (Thanh Tri district), and public facilities and two commercial markets (Hoai Duc district). The Department of Natural Resources and Environment will guide the District People’s Committees of Quoc Oai, Thanh Tri and Hoai Duc to conduct land-use planning to 2020. They will be required to make a list of construction works and projects every year, specify demand for land use and the conversion of paddy land into non-agricultural land, implement other related tasks, and ensure compliance with regulations on land management. The Department of Architecture Planning and the Construction Planning Institute will review … [Read more...]

DATC to increase charter capital

The draft allows that DATCwill be able to buy debts and assets which debt owners want to sell, including land use rights, bonds and debts.— Photo HA NOI (Biz Hub) – The Debt and Asset Trading Corporation (DATC) will increase its charter capital from current VND2.48 trillion (US$113.8 million) to VND6 trillion ($273.2 million), as per the draft circular about the regulations governing the company's organisation and operation. This circular is expected to replace Circular No 79/2011/TT-BTC dated June 8, 2011. The draft circular stipulates regulations on asset disposal. According to the draft, asset evaluation to clarify the starting price for selling or for negotiations on share contribution, joint ventures and conversion would be done as per regulations for businesses in which the government holds 100 per cent of charter capital. The draft states that DATC would be able to buy debts and assets which debt owners want to sell, including land use rights, bonds and … [Read more...]

HCMC, Dong Nai, Binh Duong attract over 50 percent FDI capital in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City was ranked first in foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction with US$2.4 billion accounting for 27.2 percent of the total number in the first seven months this year, reported the Ministry of Planning and Investment. HCMC continues to be at the top list of FDI attraction (Photo: SGGP) At the second and third positions were two neighboring provinces Binh Duong and Dong Nai where attracted US$1.11 billion and US$1.1 billion accounting for 12.6 percent and 12.5 percent. Total FDI amount from new licensed projects and additional capital reached US$8.8 billion, equivalent to 92 percent of the number in the same period last year. FDI capital in July was 3.6 fold higher than the average number of six previous months which lured US$900 million each. Manufacturing and processing, real estate and retail topped the list of most attracting fields with nearly US$3.5 billion, holding 39.7 percent of total capital in the seven months. Disbursement hit US$7.4 billion, … [Read more...]

Can Tho among world’s top 10 most beautiful canal cities

(VOV) -The Mysterious World website has listed Vietnam’s southern Can Tho province among top 10 most beautiful canal cities in the world. Can Tho is located in the Mekong Delta, in the centre of networks of canals and rivers. The total water traffic length of the city is 1157 km. The Hau River, the biggest branch of Mekong River runs along the northern side of the city. The Mysterious World says that apart from immense networks of canals the floating markets are the main attraction of Can Tho city. ‘The merchant boats down the river offer you all varieties of goods’, says the website. It also notes that touring floating markets is the best way to get local goods and cultural aspects of the city. Rounding on the list of top 10 are Cape Coral of the US, Bangkok of Thailand, Bruges of Belgium, Stockholm of Sweden, Alleppey of India, Suzhou of China, Giethoorn of the Netherlands, Birmingham of England, and Venice of Italy. … [Read more...]

From Bach to the Blues, Chamber music festival back in HCMC

Saigon Chamber Music Festival HCM CITY — A night of music, From Bach to the Blues will kick off the 2nd Saigon Chamber Music concert series in HCM City. The returning trio, Norwegian violinist Atle Sponberg, UK cellist Zoe Marlew and Vietnamese pianist Nguyen Bich Tra will carry the night. Music pieces of depth and variety begin with the likes of JS Bach, Ravel, Chopin, Mendelssohn and carry on to the 20th century with Gershwin and Nicholai Kapustin. "From Bach to Blues is a concept that we are very fond of because it will introduce a colourful programme ranging from Bach to Kapustin to the Vietnamese audience," said pianist Bich Tra. "The audience will experience music styles and ways of expression — from stylish Baroque dances, dreamy and expressive worlds of the Romantic era, to the sense of urgency in the modern vocabulary of living composers." Pianist Bich Tra. The concert start at 8pm on Saturday at HCM City Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, … [Read more...]

Myanmar reveals initial general election candidates

A sitting of Myanmar's parliament on June 25 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Forty-six candidates had registered to run in Myanmar’s upcoming general elections by July 26, according to the country’s Union Election Commission (UEC). A UEC official said on July 27 that the commission received the list of candidates for 10 seats in the House of Representatives (lower house), four others in the House of Nationalities (upper house), 23 in regional or state parliaments, and 9 in regional or state parliaments for national races. Among the candidates, 13 are independent nominees, 33 others from parties, including five from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, seven from the National Democratic Force, 14 from the National Union Party and one from the National League for Democracy. UEC has designated a total of 1,171 constituencies across the country for the vote, including 330 set for the election of the House of Representatives, 168 for the House of Nationalities, 644 for … [Read more...]

Indonesian President pays State visit to Singapore

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo: AFP/VNA) Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to pay a state visit to Singapore from July 28-29 to boost economic cooperation between the two countries, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s press release. He will be accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sofyan Djalil, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi and Minister of Youth and Sport Imam Nahrawi. During his stay, the Indonesian leader is scheduled to meet with Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and attend a meeting with entrepreneurs which is expected to include more than 150 CEOs of leading groups in Singapore. Together with bilateral issues, the two countries’ leaders will take the occasion to discuss ASEAN-related issues. Today, Singapore is one of Indonesia’s key partners in trade, investment and tourism. Trade reached … [Read more...]