Social News 19/11

Bribery scandal targets officials of many enterprises A Ministry of Health (MoH) working group investigating the bribery scandal involving American firm Bio-Rad Laboratories has revealed that senior officials and employees of dozens of local enterprises may be implicated. The documents uncovered to date reveal that 22 hospitals, 8 institutes, 4 medicine and pharmaceutical … [Read more...]

Social News 29/10

13 sailors rescued after collision at sea The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre saved 13 sailors off the coast of the central province of Quang Tri on Sunday after an unknown ship hit and sunk their vessel. The ships collided 56 nautical miles off the shore of Da Nang while the sailors were taking a rest around noon. No injuries were reported. HCM City approves … [Read more...]

Social News 28/10

President Obama thanks Vietnamese American nurse Nurse Nina Pham - the first person to catch Ebola on US soil has been declared free of the deadly disease 13 days after testing positive, clearing the way for President Obama to give her a big hug in the oval office. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and … [Read more...]

Social News 29/7

Khanh Hoa suffers factory pollution Residents in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa have been suffering from high levels of pollution caused by hundreds of unregistered manufacturers operating in populated areas, according to the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper. Reports from the Khanh Hoa Department of Environment and Natural Resources pointed out that 246 private … [Read more...]

Social News 12/7

New labour safety law sets workplace rules The new Law on Labour Safety aims to offer better protection for workers, setting out new workplace safety regulations and providing support for victims of workplace accidents and occupational diseases to switch jobs. At a conference held on Monday by the National Assembly's Committee of Social Affairs, Director of the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 10/7

Vietnam among top five nations with highest abortion rate A July 8 meeting in HCM City marking World Population Day announced that on a per capita basis, Vietnam has one of the five highest abortion rates in the world. Delegates at the event reported that Vietnam has the highest abortion rate in the Southeast Asian region, and its birth rate among adolescents aged 15-19 years … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 16/6

Vietnam, US discuss non-traditional gas development Safely and effectively developing non-traditional gas resources without damaging the environment was the focus of a workshop held in Hanoi on June 12-13. Jointly organized by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade's General Department of Energy, the event attracted a crowd of experts from both … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 25/3

Bach Mai hospital saves life of baby with measles The Bach Mai General Hospital's paediatrics faculty has saved the life of a three-month-old girl, the hospital's second-youngest measles patient, who was discharged from the hospital on March 20. The baby, Dang Truc Chi from Thanh Tri District in Ha Noi, was brought to the hospital one month ago with … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 11/3

Taxi driver jailed for fraud and robbery The People's Court in the capital sentenced a taxi driver to three years and six months' imprisonment on robbery charges yesterday. The driver, Nguyen Van Tien, 38, from northern Hung Yen Province's Hung Yen Town, charged 27-year-old Xiechao Yang of China US$600 for a taxi ride from the Old Quarter's Hang Bac Street to a sauna … [Read more...]

Social Headlines 23/1

Transport Ministry gets tough on speeding busesPassenger bus enterprises face suspension of operations for up to three months if their vehicles exceed the speed limit or pick up and drop off passengers at unauthorised spots, according to a Ministry of Transport circular that will take effect in March.With more and more transport enterprises violating traffic regulations, the … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 9/2

Trade surplus with Malaysia hits over US$1blnTwo-way trade turnover between Vietnam and Malaysia reached more than US$7.9 billion in 2012, up 17 percent from the previous year.According to the Vietnam Trade Office in Malaysia, Vietnam's exports to Malaysia were estimated at US$4.5 billion, representing a trade surplus of more than US$1 billion.Among key export items were crude … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 11/11

Beverage cans plant opens in DanangCrown Danang Beverage Packaging Co., a member of the U.S.-based Crown Holding Inc., on Wednesday opened a beverage can plant worth over US$40 million in Danang City.Constructed on an area of 3.6 hectares in Lien Chieu Industrial Park, the plant can produce over 700 million cans annually.Crown Danang Beverage Packaging Co. is supplier of … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 11/10

Beverage cans plant opens in DanangCrown Danang Beverage Packaging Co., a member of the U.S.-based Crown Holding Inc., on Wednesday opened a beverage can plant worth over US$40 million in Danang City.Constructed on an area of 3.6 hectares in Lien Chieu Industrial Park, the plant can produce over 700 million cans annually.Crown Danang Beverage Packaging Co. is supplier of … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 4

Shop blaze kills four family membersFour members of a family were killed after their general store suddenly caught fire in southern Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province's Toc Tien Commune yesterday morning. The victims are a couple, their 15-year-old son and 74-year-old father. The cause of the blaze remains unknown.Rescue teams failed to save the victims because it took time to break … [Read more...]

Shop blaze kills four family members

Shop blaze kills four family membersFour members of a family were killed after their general store suddenly caught fire in southern Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province's Toc Tien Commune yesterday morning. The victims are a couple, their 15-year-old son and 74-year-old father. The cause of the blaze remains unknown.Rescue teams failed to save the victims because it took time to break … [Read more...]

Immortal ‘statue’ in the heart of Mekong Delta people and troops

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PANO - Troops and people in localities of Military Zone 9, along with the whole country, offered incense to General Vo Nguyen Giap, the most excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and the Eldest Brother of the Vietnam People's Army. On October 13th, Division 330 of Military Zone 9 held a memorial service for the legendary general. Captain Dinh Viet Hieu, an officer from … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 12/10

Vingroup secures loan from international marketVingroup Joint Stock Company has announced that it has completed the negotiation and signing of an international syndicated loan agreement worth US$100 million.Vingroup's leaders said that the US$100 million loan will be disbursed in October with Libor interest rates of 5.5% per year and will be paid gradually for three years. The … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 6/10

Vietnam Public Commercial Joint Stock Bank makes its debutThe State Bank of Vietnam's Deputy Governor Dang Thanh Binh granted a license to the Vietnam Public Commercial Joint Stock Bank (PVcom Bank) in Hanoi on October 3.The PVcomBank was established following the merger of the PetroVietnam Finance Joint Stock Corporation (PVFC) and the Western Commercial Joint Stock … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 3/10

Vietnam attracts US$15 bil of FDI in nine monthsVietnam attracted more than US$15 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of this year, a surge of 36.1 percent year-on-year, according to the latest report by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).Of the figure, US$9.294 billion was poured into 872 newly-licenced projects, a yearly increase of … [Read more...]