15 primary school pupils hospitalized for food poisoning suspicion

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Fifteen pupils of a primary school in the southern Binh Duong Province were today hospitalized for suffering stomachache, headache, and feeling of nausea after taking lunch provided by Phu Nhat Hao Company. The third and fourth graders of Vo Thi Sau School, located in My Phuoc Ward of Ben Cat Town, were admitted into Ben Cat Health Center with the symptoms suspected of food poisoning. Five of them were under severe conditions and sent to emergency ward. They are all day-boarders at the school, displaying the symptoms just 30 minutes after eating lunch. Phu Nhat Hao supplied the school 388 food rations for lunch today, said Huynh Thi Lang, headmistress of the primary school, who added that the company, located in Bach Dang Commune in Binh Duong’s Tan Uyen Town, has provided the school with meals from August last year. Last month, Phu Nhat Hao was protested by parents of pupils of Long Binh primary school in the province’s Bau Bang District for providing stale … [Read more...]

Chinese enterprises to invest in Binh Duong

A delegation from the China Business Association - Ho Chi Minh Branch (CBAH) led by President Miao Ren Lai visited southern Binh Duong province on March 27 to evaluate the local investment climate. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Nam briefed the delegation on the locality’s socio-economic context in recent years, noting that the province prioritises projects using advanced and environmentally-friendly technology. To prepare Binh Duong for the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and other international and regional agreements, the province has zoned off areas for the textile support industry in Bau Bang district and Ben Cat town as well as for the timber support industry at Bac Tan Uyen Industrial Zone, according to Nam. The locality will continue to upgrade its infrastructure and reform its administrative procedures to attract more investors, he pledged. About 125 Chinese enterprises currently operate in Binh Duong with a … [Read more...]

Social News 14/3

HCM City to hold 58 job bazaars this year The HCMC Centre for Employment Service (CES) will organize 58 job bazaars this year to help locals find jobs and meet the recruitment demand of local enterprises. The center will launch 20 job bazaars in the downtown area and 38 at seven offices for unemployment insurance in districts in the city, the center’s director Tran Xuan Hai said at the opening of this year’s first job bazaar on March 10. The event was attended by 122 recruitment organizations, including 25 enterprises and four job placement centers. They were looking for 3,381 candidates in various sectors such as apparel, security, leather-shoe, customer care service, finance and sales, and the demand for unskilled workers was 865. Last year, CES organized 51 job bazaars, which attracted 2,560 enterprises. These events offered consultancy to nearly 307,000 jobseekers and more than 43,670 out of 88,780 people found jobs, Hai said. Toyota Vietnam holds traffic education … [Read more...]

Those seriously violating food safety regulation to be prosecuted

Early discovering, handling all violations of food safety as per the law and suspending operation, revoking certificates of food hygiene and even prosecuting if it is serious and recurring violation. In its document sent to municipal and provincial people’s committee chairpersons on March 12, the Food Safety Inter-Department Steering Board asked the departments of health, related agencies and authorities to tighten control over food safety and hygiene to caterers and eateries across the country. Following the document, local government should increase inspection and irregular check to catering companies. Inspection includes origin of food materials, facility, processing equipment, preservation methods and transportation. Food safety watchdogs will publicize the names of violating companies and inspection results on media. According to the Food Safety Inter-Department Steering Board, at present, many catering companies are mushrooming to deliver meals to enterprises and … [Read more...]

MoH asks to inspect company over food scandal

The Food Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health (MoH), sent a document to the Department of Health in the southern province of Binh Duong asking to liaise with related agencies to investigate Phu Nhat Hao Company which had used perishable foodstuff to cook meals for students. Immediately after parents of a student in Long Binh Primary School in Bau Bang District of the Southern Province of Binh Duong detected a foul odor and a vehicle of the company transporting perishable foodstuff for cooking meals for students, the Food Administration asked the Health Department to inspect Phu Nhat Hao and kitchen of the primary school. Inspection including inspecting their food supplies and processing methods; taking food samples for test. If inspectors discover any wrongdoing, they must issue strict penalties as per regulation and publicize on media. After receiving the tip from inhabitants that a vehicle of the company transported perishable foodstuff for cooking meals for … [Read more...]

Contaminated food reported in schools

Authorities have told Long Binh Primary School to stop providing canteen lunches for students until doubts about contaminated food are cleared up. Deputy Head of Bau Bang District's education and training department Nguyen Tuan Tu said that the matter was being investigated. He said that other schools that provided lunch for students had also been told to inspect their food supplies and processing methods. As many as five schools in the district have signed contracts with Nhat Phu Hao Ltd, a company specialising in food delivery. Nhat Phu Hao Ltd's head office is in Binh Duong Province's Tan Uyen Township, but it leases the Long Binh Primary School canteen for the cooking of food. The primary school has 774 pupils, of which 650 have registered for the lunch at school. The food suspected of being contaminated was identified as comprising 72kg of fish and 12kg of meat. The food was intercepted while it was being transported to the Long Binh Primary School canteen last Thursday … [Read more...]

Bau Bang – Dau Tieng Campaign (November 12th – 27th 1965)

Students of Lai Uyen Secondary School visiting Bau Bang Victory Monument

PANO - After the defeat in Binh Gia in 1964, signaling the risk of bankruptcy of the US special war strategy, Dong Xoai and Ba Gia campaigns in summer of 1965 totally pushed the strategy to go bankrupt. In response to the situation, the US imperialists massively sent US troops to South Vietnam, starting the strategy of "localized war" with the goal of "seek and destroy and pacification to crush the backbone of Viet Cong." In October 1965, the US 1st Infantry Division and the 3rd Brigade were dispatched to Lai Khe. In early November, the 3rd Brigade assigned two battalions stationed to Bau Bang, ready to join the Saigon government’s troops in launching an operation in the liberated areas to relieve pressure and provide supplies for Dau Tieng. In Bau Bang - Dau Tieng area, one US infantry division ("Big Red Brother" Division) and seven regiments of five divisions of Saigon troops were stationed. The troops were ready to conduct the "seek and destroy" strategy of the "localized … [Read more...]

70 years of development of the heroic Vietnam People’s Army – Major Events (Part 3)

President Ho Chi Minh observing the battle of Dong Khe (1950). A filed photo

PANO - Together with the Dien Bien Phu Campaign ending the anti-French war and the Ho Chi Minh Campaign driving American imperialists out of the country, in wartime, Vietnamese troops and people conducted such typical campaigns as: Part 3: Typical campaigns in the resistance wars against French and American invaders Campaigns in the anti-French war 1. Viet Bac Campaign from October 7th to December 20th, 1947 2. North Quang Nam Campaign in July 1949 3. Song Thao Campaign from May 19th to July 18th, 1949 4. Song Lo Campaign from April 29th to May 31st, 1949 5. Le Loi Campaign from November 25th, 1949 to January 30th, 1950 6. Cau Ke Campaign from December 7th to 26th, 1949 7. Cao-Bac-Lang Campaign from March 15th to April 30th, 1949 8. Le Hong Phong Campaign from February 7th to March 15th, 1950 9. Border Campaign from September 16th to October 14th, 1950 10. Ben Cat II Campaign from October 7th to November 15th, 1950 11. Tran Hung Dao Campaign from December 25th, 1950 to … [Read more...]

HCMC & Myanmar to continue opening more cooperation opportunities

The Ho Chi Minh Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai had a meeting with Speaker of the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar Thura U Shwe Mann and Myanmar high-rank level delegations in Ho Chi Minh City, on September 8. On behalf of the city's party leaders and government, Mr.Hai welcomed and appreciated highly the visit of Myanmar delegation in Vietnam. He said that this visit is an important event to mark the relationship between Myanmar and HCMC. Mr. Hai confirmed that the relationship between HCMC and Yangon city of Myanmar will continue developing incessantly. The import-export turnover increased three fold within last three years; expressing hope that Mr Thura U Shwe Mann will create the favorable conditions for two cities to tie cooperation in all fields. … [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 countries operating in the field, along with those from the member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN. … [Read more...]

Binh Duong spends big on rural transport

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The southern province of Binh Duong plans to spend VND152 billion (US$7.2 million) to improve rural transport and urban areas. Vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Tran Van Nam, said the projects were expected to connect national roads with provincial areas, including districts and communes. "This infrastructure will help to connect production areas with industrial processing zones more efficiently," he said. The districts of Phu Giao, Dau Tieng, Bac Tan Uyen and Bau Bang will focus on upgrading rural roads, while Thu Dau Mot City, Di An Town and the districts of Thuan An, Ben Cat and Tan Uyen will look to improve urban facilities. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 22/4

Vietnam seeks ways for overseas nationals to maintain nationality Vietnamese authorities are looking for ways to help millions of overseas Vietnamese maintain their nationality as the deadline for the regulation approaches, said a spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In accordance with the Nationality Law 2008, overseas Vietnamese who do not have valid Vietnamese passports, or who had Vietnamese nationality before the law took effect on July 1, 2009, must re-register with Vietnamese agencies in the country where they reside in order to maintain their citizenship. The deadline for re-regislation was set for July 1 of this year. However, only around 6,000 out of the total 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have completed so far. The figure is much lower than was expected. "Relevant authorities are checking into the issues related to the procedures before working out the best solution to ensure the legal rights and benefits for overseas Vietnamese communities," … [Read more...]

US senators present gifts to Danang dioxin victims

(VOV) - A US Senate delegation led by Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy visited and presented gifts to disadvantaged people, including victims of dioxin, in the central city of Danang on April 19. Vietnam, US cooperate in dioxin remediation Seeking legal evidence for dioxin lawsuit More dioxin spots found at Bien Hoa Airport They symbolically gave 18 wheelchairs to the handicapped, four chairs to mentally retarded children, and 18 hearing aids to needy people in Hoa Vang district. They also visited and presented gifts to a farmer family in Bau Bang village, Hoa Vang district, whose two children were disabled. The gifts were funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and channeled through the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH). Earlier the same day, President Leahy attended the launch of a thermal desorption system at Danang airport to clean up dioxin-contaminated soil. At a working session with municipal authorities, Leahy said his … [Read more...]

Yen Bai resettles households before storm

The northern province of Yen Bai has moved around 60 per cent of families living in the dangerous places, equivalent to 1,400 households, to resettlement areas. It said another 800 families remain in such places and need to be moved before the onset of the storm season this year. Tin Tuc (News) Denmark supports private enterprises The Danish Embassy in Ha Noi said it would continue with a programme to support private firms in Viet Nam, especially those operating in the food safety and green technology sectors. The programme began in 2007 and has so far assisted 300 projects. Thanh Nien (Young People) Binh Duong Province to redraw its map The southern province of Binh Duong last week announced a plan to create a new town called Ben Cat from the district of the same name. The town will comprise My Phuoc town and the communes of Thoi Hoa, Tan Dinh, Hoa Loi, Chanh Phu Hoa, An Dien, Phu An, and An Tay. The remaining areas of Ben Cat District will be renamed Bau Bang … [Read more...]

Binh Duong strives to drive future growth

The southern province of Binh Duong has acted as a magnet for both Vietnamese and foreign investors, helping drive future growth. Feature by the Vietnam Investment Review. * New administration hub The local authorities inaugurated a new integrated administration centre in Binh Duong New City on February 20, marking a milestone in the province's development and providing fresh opportunities for investors. Located in the Binh Duong New City project, the new hub includes 20-storey twin towers and a helipad. Work on the centre started in November 2010 and the towers now house the province's Party, Government and public agencies. The new Becamex IDC-constructed centre cost more than 1.4 trillion VND (67.54 million USD), and was designed by Singapore's infrastructure development and management services provider CPG, with French group Apave as project supervisor and manager. * For stronger future growth Deputy Chairman of the Binh Duong provincial People's Committee … [Read more...]

Binh Duong drives future growth

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the opening speech at the inauguration ceremony of Binh Duong's new integrated administration centre

The southern province of Binh Duong has acted as a magnet for both Vietnamese and foreign investors, helping drive future growth. New administration hub The local authorities inaugurated a new integrated administration centre in Binh Duong New City on February 20, marking a milestone in the province's development and providing fresh opportunities for investors. Located in the Binh Duong New City project, the new hub includes 20-storey twin towers and a helicopter pad. Work on the centre started in November 2010 and the towers now house the province's party, government and public agencies. The new Becamex IDC-constructed centre cost more than VND1.4 trillion ($67.54 million), and was designed by Singapore's infrastructure development and management services provider CPG, with French group Apave as project supervisor and manager. For stronger future growth Deputy Chairman of the Binh Duong Provincial People's Committee Tran Van Nam said the new administration hub … [Read more...]

Binh Duong off to great start in attracting foreign investment

A worker checks product quality at the Vietnam Kirin Beverage Company in My Phuoc Industrial Park 2, Ben Cat District., Binh Duong Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The southern province of Binh Duong has attracted US$300 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 20 days of this year, triple the figure seen in the same period last year. The province is on-track to meet its yearly target of $1 billion in FDI, the provincial People's Committee chairman Le Thanh Cung said. In order to capture the opportunities that will be unleashed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is expected to be signed this year, the province has established the 300-ha Bau Bang Industrial Zone, he noted, adding that the new zone will focus on attracting foreign investment in the textile and garment industry. Meanwhile, it has also approved the establishment of five additional industrial zones, raising the number of zones in the province to 33 by 2020 from 28 currently, he said. Since FDI is considered important for industrial development, the local authorities have paid considerable attention to the requirements of foreign … [Read more...]

Binh Duong Sets US$1 Bln FDI Target for 2014

The southernprovinceofBinh Duonghas acknowledged ongoing economic difficulties and set a modest US$1 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) target for 2014.

It will continue infrastructure upgrades in its industrial parks (IPs) and preference projects according with provincial development ambitions. Binh Duong encourages industrial energy-saving technologies, increasing the localisation rate, promoting product quality and competitiveness, limiting labour intensity, and reducing environmental impact. The locality has allocated 300 hectares in Bau Bang Industrial Zone to textile and support industry projects. It is heavily investing in support industries to anticipate a high influx of foreign investment as soon as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is signed. Twenty-six of the province's 28 IPs are operational, covering 9,073 hectares, while its eight industrial clusters cover an additional ​​600 hectares. IP rental rates reached 65 percent, and industrial clusters' 41 percent. Ten IPs enjoy 95 percent-100 percent rental rates, including VSIP 1, VSIP 2, My Phuoc, Song Than, Binh Duong, Viet Huong, and Dong An. The province's … [Read more...]