Three tonnes of rotten pork seized in capital

HA NOI — The Ha Noi Market Watch Department on Wednesday seized 3 tonnes of rotten pork meat at a slaughterhouse in Chuong My District's Dong Son Commune. The department inspected the slaughterhouse, owned by Nguyen Ba Trong, after stopping a car in which they found more than 450 kg of stale meat being transported to the city for consumption purposes. The car's driver said that he was hired by Trong's slaughterhouse. A large amount of pork without legal origin was also found at Long Binh Food Processing Factory in Hai Ba Trung District, which often bought meat from Trong. — VNS … [Read more...]

Landslips threaten public facilities and households

Landslips along the Tich River in Ha Nois Chuong My Districts Xuan Mai Town, 33km from the city centre, is threatening the safety of over 80 households and other public buildings. The district Peoples Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Doanh asked local authorities to closely monitor the situation and take necessary moves such as warning residents and vehicles to evacuate the landslip-prone area, in order to minimise losses and reinforce the river bank. Doanh said the committee had proposed that the municipal Peoples Committee build an embankment along the 250m river bank. The municipal committee vice chairman Trinh Duy Hung urged the Agriculture and Rural Development Department to quickly design an anti-landslip plan along the river. Nguyen Nhu Van, a local planning officer, said that landslips had started occurring since the 1990s when TanTruongBridge was built across the river but the bank had begun collapsing seriously since mid-June. At some points, the bank had caved in 2-3 metres. … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 15/6

Microfinance helps HIV business starters About 150 people living with HIV have been able to start-up small businesses thanks to a micro-finance pilot project supported by the US Agency for International Development. Beneficiaries of the small loans, located in Ha Noi and HCM City as well as Thai Nguyen and Nghe An provinces, received support in mid-2011. Funds under the project totalled nearly VND2 billion (US$97,560) in loans from the Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) and the TYM Fund under the Viet Nam Women's Union. As of May this year, most of the borrowers had already repaid their loans, proving that the lending model was effective in assisting HIV carriers and those at risk to integrate into society, said experts at a meeting to review the pilot project yesterday, June 14. "We now have an opportunity to increase access to micro-credit for all qualified individuals and to help eliminate the stigma and discrimination when loan making decisions are made," said Jonathan Ross, … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Social News 28/11

Conference seeks to boost Vietnam-Hungary educational links A conference of Vietnamese and Hungarian universities’ rectors was held in Hanoi on November 27, focusing on measures to foster links between the two countries in education and training. Addressing the event, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan stressed the important role of the education sector for sustainable development in each country, saying that Vietnam has built numerous policies to promote the sector’s development. He spoke highly of assistance from countries and international communities to Vietnam, including Hungary. He described the two countries’ traditional friendship as a firm foundation for them to further expand all-around cooperation. The minister expressed his hope that through the meeting, a number of orientations and plans will be outlined so as to accelerate the implementation of cooperation agreements between the two nations and their universities in … [Read more...]

Social News 5/11

Vietnam lifts Ebola quarantine on local visitor A local resident is free to move about unrestricted after testing negative for the deadly Ebola virus, say officials from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Ngo Thi Kim Yen, deputy director of the Danang health department said the quarantine order for Chu Van Chung has been removed but he must remain in the hospital and continue daily monitoring. Chung will be discharged from the hospital if he continues to show no symptoms of the deadly virus during the 21-day incubation period under Ministry of Health guidelines, Yen said. Chu Van Chung born in 1988 was admitted to Hoan My Hospital on November 1 after having high fever and showing symptoms of the Ebola disease. Highway 1A stretch urgently needs repair A portion of Highway 1A that runs through Long An's Ben Luc District is in need of repair and upgrade in order to reduce numerous road accidents there. "The number of vehicles and travellers in Ben Luc District is … [Read more...]

System to evaluate e-commerce sites

HA NOI (VNS) — The Department of E-commerce under the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Sunday introduced a system to assess the trustworthiness of e-commerce websites in Viet Nam in a bid to protect local customers from online trade frauds. Built in co-operation with Thang Long Indochina Joint Stock Co, a prominent online security firm in Viet Nam, the system was designed to provide consumer with concrete information on e-commerce websites, which have seen the set-up in the hundreds in recent years. The system will evaluate each e-commerce site basing on credibility, payment method, internet environment and quality of traded products. The result will be published on the trade and industry ministry's website at www.moit.gov.vn. Online trade has experienced growth, thanks to its convenience and diverse offerings of goods. The sector generates revenue of US$2 billion each year in Viet Nam. However, recent cases of fraud by e-commerce websites have raised serious concerns among … [Read more...]

Decree outlines regulations on local e-commerce sites

HA NOI (VNS) — Unregistered e-commerce websites will be fined between VND20-30 million (US$952-1,428). This follows the issuing of Decree 185/2013/ND-CP on consumer protection and trading in fake or banned goods. It came into effect in January. Under the decree, trading in fake products on e-commerce sites is subject to fines of VND40-50 million ($1,904-2,380). Fake goods will be confiscated and the website will be forced to suspend operations from six months to a year.The domain name may also be revoked. According to online.gov.vn from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, about 1,889 online retail services are in their process of providing information. Another 175 e-commerce providers are undertaking registration with the Viet Nam E-Commerce and Information Technology Agency (Vecita) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. This number is quite small compared to the thousands of sites in operation. Recently, Vecita and the Ha Noi Market Watch Department fined namvietvn.vn VND30 … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 2/6

Lean pork paste proved to emit light Information that lean pork paste was giving off light proved to be true and was witnessed by many people, said Truong Hoang Kien, deputy director of the Quang Ninh Food Safety and Hygiene Department. Earlier on May 22, Do Van Tuan, a resident in Ha Long City, discovered that a piece of lean pork paste he had bought to use as fish bait was giving off a blue light and called his neighbours to see. They washed the lean pork paste and cut it into many small pieces, but it continued to give off the blue light. Later, food safety and hygiene agencies searched for the reason why the lean pork paste was emitting light, said Kien. Vu Thi Hang, a lecturer at Ha Noi University of Agriculture, said the lean pork paste might be contaminated with phosphorus, which can be oxygenated, and give off light. People could suffer from food poisoning if they consume such food. Hanoi to replace overhead cables Authorities in Ha Noi are seeking to remove the … [Read more...]

Illegal imported cigarettes seized

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Market Watch Department's Team No 5 on Saturday apprehended a coach that was concealing more than 3,400 packs of cigarettes from the central province of Quang Tri to sell in Ha Noi. The illegally imported cigarettes, with the trademarks of Jet, Hero and George Karelias, were not enclosed with any papers designating their origin. The cigarettes were hidden under the passengers' beds. The driver, Tran Binh Trong, 39, admitted he was hired to transport the goods and was paid VND300,000 (US$14) for each trip. — VNS … [Read more...]

Inspectors seize stale beauty products

The stale products, most carrying famous brand labels, included perfume, shower gel and beauty cream.—Photo xaluan HA NOI (VNS)- The Ha Noi' Market Watch Department yesterday seized nearly 120 expired cosmetics products, said to be worth about VND120 million (US$5,600), at a warehouse in Hai Ba Trung District's Bach Dang Street. The stale products, most carrying famous brand labels, included perfume, shower gel and beauty cream. The department also confiscated another 700 cosmetic products without Vietnamese sub-labels and more than 300 cosmetic products with sub-labels suspected of being out of date and said to be worth about VND445 million ($21,000). Pham Le A, director of Star Asia Trading and Services Co Ltd, was identified as the owner of the cosmetic products. The department said that it would destroy all the expired goods. The case is under investigation. - VNS … [Read more...]

Motorbike helmet crackdown flagged

The most important work is not giving out fines, but improving people's awareness on the need to protect themselves while on a motorbike. Motorbike helmets that do not meet safety requirements will be withdrawn from shops.—VNA/VNS photo Phuong Vi Motorbike helmets that do not meet safety requirements will be withdrawn from shops, according to a new regulation in a draft joint circular signed by the ministries of transport, public security, science and technology and industry and trade. The regulation aims to ensure helmets have all the necessary parts such as adequate chin straps, along with a stamp indicating CR approval. The draft circular also regulates that motorbike drivers wearing fake helmets or helmets that do not meet safety standards will be fined, with fines at similar levels to those given to motorists who are not wearing a helmet. The fines will range from VND100,000-200,000 (US$4.7-9.5). Tran Hung, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Market … [Read more...]

Imported bras not harmful to women

HA NOI (VNS)- The liquid solution and small white particles found in imported bras that allegedly caused skin irritations are not harmful to women, announced the Ha Noi Market Watch Department yesterday. The announcement was made after tests carried out on the bras by the Criminological Institute under the Police's Anti-Crime Department. The viscous sticky liquid solution found in the bras was determined to be seal oil and the white particles were polystyrene composite, all were not harmful to humans, said vice head of the department Vuong Tri Dung. Late last month, the detection of the mystery liquid and particles in cheap imported bras on sale at local markets caused public concern. The city's market watch department confiscated hundreds of bras in Dong Xuan Market and from shops on Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District. The seized bras carry several brand names, many are Hunshi, while some are fake Wacoal brand bras, a famous Japanese label. All of the items … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 15/6

Microfinance helps HIV business starters About 150 people living with HIV have been able to start-up small businesses thanks to a micro-finance pilot project supported by the US Agency for International Development. Beneficiaries of the small loans, located in Ha Noi and HCM City as well as Thai Nguyen and Nghe An provinces, received support in mid-2011. Funds under the project totalled nearly VND2 billion (US$97,560) in loans from the Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) and the TYM Fund under the Viet Nam Women's Union. As of May this year, most of the borrowers had already repaid their loans, proving that the lending model was effective in assisting HIV carriers and those at risk to integrate into society, said experts at a meeting to review the pilot project yesterday, June 14. "We now have an opportunity to increase access to micro-credit for all qualified individuals and to help eliminate the stigma and discrimination when loan making decisions are made," said Jonathan Ross, … [Read more...]

Air conditioner, fan sales heat up

HA NOI — The sale of air conditioners and electric fans has become hot with the onset of summer. To purchase an air conditioner or a fan at a reasonable price and with useful features is not easy for consumers. "These days, home electric appliance centres such as Pico Plaza, Media Mart and Nguyen Kim are busy as many people rush to buy air conditioners and electric fans," Tuan Anh, a salesperson at Pico Plaza, said. Do Hien, a salesperson at the Nguyen Kim centre, said purchasing power in terms of air conditioners had been rapidly increasing, especially for 9,000 BTU to 12,000 BTU air conditioners. Some products were being sold like hot cakes including Daikin air conditioners at a cost of VND10.9 million (US$519) per unit, Reetech air conditioners at VND5.4 million ($257) and LG air conditioners at VND8.3 million ($395). Electric stand fans with price ranges between VND500,000 to VND1 million are also selling very well. Steam water fans are additonally favoured by buyers. It is … [Read more...]

Unquarantined eggs smuggled into capital

HA NOI — The Ha Noi Market Watch Department confiscated 32,000 unquarantined chicken eggs and a large amount of expired ham on Tuesday. Director Vu Thi Thanh Ngan of the TBF Food Joint Stock Company, owner of the products, presented two veterinary quarantine certificates granted by northern Hai Duong Province's Animal Health Department but was unable to produce certificates from the Ha Noi authorities as regulated. — VNS … [Read more...]

Dozens die from ingesting deadly pesticide paraquat

VietNamNet Bridge - The highly toxic weedkiller paraquat, banned in most countries because it is lethal to humans, is readily available in Viet Nam, to the dismay of health officials. Major hospitals in Ha Noi and HCM City have reported numerous fatalities over the last few years because of exposure to the herbicide. Dr Nguyen Thanh Mai, from Bach Mai Hospital, said ingestion of the herbicide resulted in irreversible organ failure. "Patients who are poisoned with paraquat are in a hopeless position because there is no cure." She said the fatality rate was between 70-80 per cent. Paraquat was liberally used in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta five years ago to kill wild grass. Recently, farmers in the northern provinces have been found using the pesticide, Mai said. Paraquat poisoning destroys a person's major organs - such as the liver, lungs and kidneys - within four to five hours of ingestion. If a person consumes more than 20ml of the pesticide, they will die immediately, … [Read more...]

Fire caused $3.4m in damages to factory

THAI NGUYEN — A large fire broke out at a garment factory owned by the TNG Investment and Commercial JS Company in the north-eastern Thai Nguyen Province last Friday, causing an estimated VND74 billion (US$3.4 million) in damages, according to the company. The fire destroyed a large amount of goods and equipment, said the company's CEO Nguyen Van Thoi. Two people received minor injuries due to the blaze. There were no casualties. Thoi said the company had bought fire and risk insurance for its properties. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.Tonne of decomposed goat meat seized HA NOI — The Ha Noi Market Watch Department seized more than 1 tonne of decomposed goat meat on Monday at a store in Cau Dien Township in Ha Noi. According to the department, the store specialised in providing goat meat and entrails to local restaurants. The owner of the store failed to show documents to prove the origin of the meat as well as food safety and hygiene certificates, said Nguyen … [Read more...]

Inspectors keep eye on capital’s market prices

A group of price inspectors has been keeping a check o­n city markets, said Thinh Van Ngoc, deputy chief of the Ha Noi market watch department.Ngoc said that for almost two weeks, a joint group comprising finance and taxation experts - and police - have carried out daily checks at supermarkets, shops and businesses to see if they were obeying regulations o­n product origin and prices, especially for essential commodities such as rice, petrol, medicines and building materials.Ngoc said the checks were to fight against speculation and curb inflation.In the first 20 inspections, officials found that most enterprises, corporations, and supermarkets obeyed the rules."However, we cannot hope to immediately stop prices rising," he said. "The price index for May was about 3 per cent higher than April."For example, all Hapro supermarket chains sell rice at VND11,000 (US$0.62) per kg, which is several thousand dong, lower than most retailers."Ngoc said inspectors found some small irregularities … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 15/6

Microfinance helps HIV business starters About 150 people living with HIV have been able to start-up small businesses thanks to a micro-finance pilot project supported by the US Agency for International Development. Beneficiaries of the small loans, located in Ha Noi and HCM City as well as Thai Nguyen and Nghe An provinces, received support in mid-2011. Funds under the project totalled nearly VND2 billion (US$97,560) in loans from the Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) and the TYM Fund under the Viet Nam Women's Union. As of May this year, most of the borrowers had already repaid their loans, proving that the lending model was effective in assisting HIV carriers and those at risk to integrate into society, said experts at a meeting to review the pilot project yesterday, June 14. "We now have an opportunity to increase access to micro-credit for all qualified individuals and to help eliminate the stigma and discrimination when loan making decisions are made," said Jonathan Ross, … [Read more...]