Man prosecuted for sending illegal workers to China The People's Procuracy of the Central Highland Dak Nong Province yesterday prosecuted and arrested a suspect for alleged involvement in sending 24 people to work overseas illegally. The initial police investigation showed that the 20-year-old suspect Nguyen Xuan Manh, of Dak Nong Province's K'Rong No District, and his cousin returned to Viet Nam from China to look for people who wanted to work in that country. The two men reportedly said they enticed 24 people to China for work. These workers were required to pay VND5 million (US$231,600) each. The police caught Manh in mid-March, when he and eight others travelled to the northern Thai Nguyen Province to meet his cousin and then, head to China. The police are expanding the investigation. 3-year-old's sudden death raises questions about hospital's role A three-year-old boy died suddenly in central Ha Tinh Province's Loc Ha District after he was given an injection at the General … [Read more...] about Social News 11/4
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Thanh Nien News investigation has revealed that the UK government routinely jails trafficked Vietnamese cannabis growers and then offers them money to leave the country, despite numerous obligations to protect them from the criminal organizations to whom they believe they are indebted. Vietnamese returnees are not monitored by anyone and do not go to the police in Vietnam because they believe they have been smuggled, rather than trafficked. On March 14, Sen Dang, 34 and Nhi Nguy, 33 were brought before a British Magistrate. Police found the two Vietnamese illegal migrants in a house in Portsmouth containing 200 marijuana plants; their fingerprints popped up in other grow houses throughout the country. Neither man had a registered address or an form of identification. "I have no doubt you were brought here under false pretenses," Magistrate Richard Price said before handing down their punishment. "I have no doubt you were led into this slavery, for it is a form of slavery, to … [Read more...] about The United Kingdom’s Vietnamese pot problem
Another baby dies from measles Measles claimed the life of another infant on Wednesday at Ha Noi's Bach Mai hospital, according to the health ministry's Preventive Medicine Department. The death brings this year's tally of nationwide measles fatalities to 136. The department recorded another 49 cases of the disease on the same day. — Vietnamese students win physics prizes Three outstanding Vietnamese students were yesterday awarded prizes for winning an Olympia Physical Competition titled Nuclear Education in Russia. Dang Quoc Anh from the Ha Noi University of Natural Science won first prize, with Nguyen Minh Nhan from the Luong Van Chanh secondary school in Nha Trang coming in second. Bui Thi Hang from Bac Giang Province's Lang Giang 2 secondary school received third prize. The contest, organised by the Russian National Nuclear and Energy Group (Rosatom), aimed to promote nuclear physics among students from different countries, including Bangladesh and … [Read more...] about Social News Headlines 10/5
Over 24,400 HIV carriers recorded in HN Ha Noi has recorded 24,454 people living with HIV as of August 2013, standing after Ho Chi Minh City in terms of the number of HIV carriers, according to the municipal HIV/AIDS prevention and control center. In the past nine months of 2013, the center worked with other agencies to organize activities against drug addiction and prostitution as well as support HIV-infected people. The Department of Social Evils Prevention and Control has met and provided counselling for more than 55,700 drug addicts and 2,700 ones living with HIV, and distributed more than 4,000 leaflets. In the rest three months, the center will closely cooperate with other ministries and agencies to organize HIV/AIDS prevention programs and training courses and launch activities in response to the World AIDS Day on December 1. Two million Vietnamese suffer blindness, visual impairment At an October 16 conference in Hanoi, to announce Vietnam's national plan on blindness … [Read more...] about Two million Vietnamese suffer blindness, visual impairment
"A project intended to commemorate the millennial anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi has not finished land compensation and site clearance yet because land owners do not agree with undervalued prices. If the land had belonged to them, it would have been very different," said Lawyer Truong Thanh Duc, Deputy General Director of Hanoi-based Maritime Bank. Duc said inadequacies in the Land Law have driven many situations to a deadlock. The nuisance also comes from law enforcers. At a recent seminar on "Completing report on reviews of Land Law" held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), many specialists expressed dissatisfaction with impractical regulations of the Land Law 2003, while land ownership is one of the most critical issues related to many shortcomings, even instability. Ambiguous concept Dr Tran Quang Huy, lecturer at Hanoi Law University and representative of the law review reporting workgroup, said: "The concept of 'the entire people's ownership of land' … [Read more...] about Has Land Ownership Diversification Become a Must?
Vietnam, Hong Kong develop Gulf of Tonkin economic belt A Vietnamese delegation led by Ho Xuan Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, held a working session with the Hong Kong-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, on July 31. Dr Jonathan Choi, Chamber president said that the meeting offered a good chance for members to learn about investment opportunities in the Southeast Asian nation. Dr Jonathan Choi expressed his belief that the improved Hong Kong-Vietnam relationship will contribute to the development of the Gulf of Tonkin economic belt, especially the Hong Kong-Guangxi-Vietnam triangle. For his part, Son reviewed the outstanding achievements in relations between Vietnam and China as well as Hong Kong. Son emphasized that State President Truong Tan Sang's State-level visit to China in June this year have laid a solid foundation for consolidating trust among senior leaders and boosting bilateral political relations. Accordingly, both sides have decided to further promote economic and … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 4/8
Positive FDI signs for Binh Duong The southern province of Binh Duong has attracted an additional US$597.3 million in foreign direct investment (FDI), split between 36 new projects capitalized at US$388.7 million and 35 additional capital projects totaling US$190.6 million. The results are particularly pleasing continuing international economic difficulties. A number of business delegation and entrepreneurs from Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as representatives from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) - have toured the province in late February, investigating its investment environment. Provincial People's Committee Chairman, Le Thanh Cung, summarised Binh Duong's socio-economic situation, its political security, and the industrial park and urban area technical infrastructure specifically completed to encourage investment. The Chairman pledged to continue administrative reforms to help ease business access to state agencies such as the Industrial … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 6/3
Four Vietnamese killed in Lao plane crash Bui Van Tuy, a spokesperson from the Vietnamese Consulate General in Champasak Province, said 44 passengers and five crew were on board the flight from Vientiane to Pakse Airport in Laos' southern region. Tuy revealed the Vietnamese victims included 74-year-old Le Hue, his 69-year-old wife Vuong Thi Ngan, his 45-year-old daughter Le Thi Trinh (also known as Phommasone Chida), and Canadian resident Dao Thi Lieu. The Consulate General in Champasak Province has sent condolences to the families of the deceased, he said. Cao Dinh Hanh, Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Champasak Province, said rescue teams are trying to recover the remains of victims still trapped in the wreckage. The crash was preliminarily attributed to turbulent weather caused by tropical storm Nari. French manufacturer ATR said the crashed plane was its latest ATR-72 twin-engine turboprop model, designed to seat between 68 and 74 people. It had left the … [Read more...] about Four Vietnamese killed in Lao plane crash
Noise pollution, especially from music at shops and restaurants, has become an alarming problem in Vietnam’s major cities in recent years. Noise pollution, especially from music at shops and restaurants, has become an alarming problem in Vietnam’s major cities in recent years. Many expats in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have experienced uncomfortable moments due to the noise. Tuoi Tre News conducted some short interviews to listen to their stories. Geoffrey Morris, Australian - English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City I have been in Vietnam for five years. My colleague told me that his neighbor played music until 4:00am in the morning once. He did not call the police, but the landlord, who came and spoke to the guy but apparently nothing changed. He lives in District 4. I think maybe the law is clear in Australia as we know that from Sunday to Thursday we must finish before 10:00pm, while on Friday and Saturday the law is midnight. Otherwise, the police can be called and … [Read more...] about What do foreigners think about noise pollution in Vietnam?