Police rescue woman trafficked to China

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. V.T.A. (R), an alleged victim of trafficking, at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City after being rescue by police Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Human trafficking ring busted Police said they stopped three Chinese nationals as they escorted the 34-year-old woman, whose initials are V.T.A, through Tan Son Nhat International Airport on June 14. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after T.A.'s elder sister contacted them claiming that T.A. had been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police, A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search for work. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese police rescue woman trafficked to China 

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after A's elder sister contacted them claiming that A been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search of work. Ut promised A. a high-paying job in China and took her to apply for a passport. About one month later, Ut took her to a hotel to meet with several Chinese men, she said. Later that day, A. was flown to Hanoi and driven into China across the border in Lang Son Province. After she arriving in China, the woman said, she was forced to marry Chuong Tuyen Minh, who … [Read more...]

Woman arrested for selling girls to China

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Police of Hanoi and the southern province of Kien Giang have rescued three girls who were sold to China. human trafficker Le My Han Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking Police rescue woman trafficked to China A 30-year-old woman named Le My Han, from Kien Giang, was arrested for this crime. In mid-June, Hanoi police was informed that a southern woman of around 30 would take four girls to China on a Saigon-Hanoi train on June 18. On the early morning of June 16, police officers ambushed at the Hanoi Railway Station, and seized the woman, named Le My Han, and the four girls for investigation. Initially, Han said that she took the four girls to Hanoi for travel. However, the woman finally confessed that she was taking three girls of 15, 20 and 27 from Kien Giang province to China for sale. The other girl is Han's niece, who joined the group in order to win the trust of the three girls. The woman declared that she has four children. After her husband … [Read more...]

Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking

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The Women's Union from the central province of Quang Tri is cooperating with its counterparts from Laos' Savannakhet province and Thailand's Mukdahan province to combat human trafficking, especially that of women. Police rescue woman trafficked to China Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Their representatives took part in a seminar held in Quang Tri on June 20 with the title 'Preventing and Fighting Human Trafficking'. Participants delivered speeches about human trafficking across the Vietnam-Laos border and suggested measures to improve the effectiveness of coordination amongst relevant agencies. They also shared their experiences in raising public awareness of the issue and assisting victims to reintegrate into the community. Women's unions from the provinces have recently stepped up efforts to improve their methods of education and train their members in skills to prevent human trafficking. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Public … [Read more...]

Vietjet receives Vietnam’s first ever 230-seat A321ceo with Sharklets

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Vietjet's newest aircraft is an A321ceo with Sharklet wingtips. Vietjet’s newest aircraft, an A321 (coded VN-A660), landed in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City yesterday after flying from Hamburg in Germany. The aircraft – an A321ceo with Sharklet wingtips – is the latest version of Airbus’ single-aisle family and the first ever in the world to feature 230 seats. This unique design helps reduce fuel costs, CO2 emissions and noise levels. Furthermore, the A321ceo with Sharklets is also designed to boost cabin efficiency whilst maximizing passenger experience. With this addition to its fleet, Vietjet is now operating 26 brand-new and modern A320 and A321, helping the new-age airline to improve service quality and further develop its network in Vietnam and across the Asia-Pacific region. "By welcoming this A321ceo with Sharklets into the Vietjet family, we can meet our expansion plans," said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh – … [Read more...]

Vietjet receives Vietnam’s first 230-seat A321ceo with Sharklets

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Vietjet’s newest aircraft, an A321 (coded VN-A660), yesterday landed in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport after flying from Hamburg in Germany. The aircraft – an A321ceo with Sharklet wingtips – is the latest version of Airbus’ single-aisle family and the first ever in the world to feature 230 seats. This unique design helps reduce fuel costs, CO2 emissions and noise levels. Furthermore, the A321ceo with Sharklets is also designed to boost cabin efficiency whilst maximizing passenger experience. With this addition to its fleet, Vietjet is now operating 26 brand-new and modern A320 and A321. PV … [Read more...]

Vietnamese passengers, airlines hurt by denied entry to Singapore

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Traveling to Singapore might now be a nuisance for Vietnamese women, as they are likely to be held, questioned, and even prevented from entering the city-state by immigration officers there, a reality vexing Vietnam’s aviation authorities and airlines. Many Vietnamese passengers, mostly women, have had their entry to Singapore denied and been forced to return to their home country immediately for unknown reasons in recent times, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said Wednesday, citing reports from local carriers. The denied entries resulted in cost overruns for both the airlines and passengers, according to the carriers, which have called on the aviation watchdog to intervene. A 26-year-old woman from District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, who prefers to be called N., said her first-ever trip to Singapore late last year was "very impressive." N. went on the trip with a friend of hers, but she was the only one who was held by an immigrant officer while they were completing … [Read more...]

Authorities to work with Singapore on entry denial of Vietnamese visitors

This file photo shows passengers boarding a Vietnam Airlines plane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.   Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese aviation authorities on July 22 submitted a document to the Ministry of Transport so that the ministry will work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about a recent issue relating to Vietnamese visitors to Singapore. According to many local carriers, many of their Vietnamese passengers, mostly women, have had their entry to Singapore denied by the authorities there without clear reasons when they arrived in the city-state recently, according to the document from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). They have not been permitted to enter the country even when having all necessary documentation, said the document. They then have had to go back home on the airplanes of the Vietnamese carriers having brought them to Singapore earlier following current obligation, causing costs incurred for both the passengers and the carriers, it said. To tackle such issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should send a diplomatic note to the Singaporean counterpart for … [Read more...]

Tan Son Nhat Airport runway re-operated

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The 25R/07L runway of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport was put into operation again from July 19th. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam decided to close the runway to fix two damaged sites totaling 10 square meters due to lighting. The repairs were made from July 16th to 19th. The Tan Son Nhat International Airport has an operating capacity of g 35 flights per hour. The runway closure reduced the number of flights handled by the biggest international airport in Vietnam to 30 flights per hour and forced local airlines to reschedule their domestic flights. The airport currently has two parallel runways – one of 3,000 meters and the other of 3,800 meters for large aircraft such as B747-400s and A340-600s./. … [Read more...]

Tan Son Nhat Airport workers caught stealing iPhone, charger from luggage: report

Tan Son Nhat International Airport has caught two employees stealing from passengers' luggage and another one siphoning jet fuel from an aircraft. According to news website VnExpress, these are among the five theft cases that the airport in Ho Chi Minh City discovered during the first half this year. On May 29, a baggage handler was caught hiding a portable charger that he had stolen from the bag of a Jetstar passenger. On June 4, a janitor was found hiding an iPhone in the underpants. In another case on January 28, another airport worker was caught stealing gasoline from a Jetstar plane. The report did not provide details on the other two theft cases. Dismissal Nguyen Nam Tien, deputy director of the airport, said airport thieves are usually fired and will not be given another job in the aviation industry. Tien said the airport is also asking the Southern Airport Authority to have police involved to see if the violations warrant a criminal investigation. Tan Son Nhat Airport … [Read more...]

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More patients need organ transplantation Just a few patients suffering kidney or liver failure received organ transplantation in Vietnam, said the Ministry of Health and Organ Transplantation Association at a meeting to call on people to donate their organs in Hanoi. According to the Ministry of Health, the country has 14 medical facilities which are able to perform organ transplantation and Vietnamese doctors' skill in transplantation is as good as their counterparts in foreign countries. However, the sector is in severe need of organ supply while the demand is increasing drastically. The main cause of shortage of organ donation is due to people's incorrect awareness of organ donation. In addition, information of organ donation is still limited and not popular among the community. By statistics, Vietnamese surgeons has so far carried out over 1,011 kidney transplant operations, 37 liver transplant surgeries, 11 heart transplantation, one operation for pancreas transplant and over … [Read more...]

A runway of Tan Son Nhat International airport temporarily closed for repair

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The Hanoitimes - According to a decision by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), runway 25R/07L of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport will be closed for repairs at two places spanning a total area of about 10 square metres damaged by lightning. The temporary shutdown will begin at 0:01 am of July 16 and last until 23:59 pm of July 19. The CAAV asked the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to enhance inspections and closely coordinate with the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation to ensure flight safety and aviation operations during the closure. It also requested airlines adjust flight timetables and prepare adequate reserve fuel for planes required to circle the airport while waiting for landing space. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City airport to close runway over lightning strike

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One of the two runways at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for repairs on Thursday, as its surface was damaged by lightning bolts late last month, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said Tuesday. Lightning struck the 25R/07L runway of the airport on June 30, damaging two spots on the surface with a total area of 10 square meters, according to the CAAV. The Airports Corporation of Vietnam fixed the affected areas shortly after the incident, but the damage was so severe that they required repair work on a larger scale. The concrete layers of the damaged surface need to be reconstructed to ensure the stability of the runway. Repairs are scheduled to be completed by the end of Sunday, with temporary plans to ensure operations of the country’s busiest airport already prepared, the CAAV said on its website. Airlines, however, were also asked to adjust their flight frequency during the repairs. While Tan Son Nhat is to be able to … [Read more...]

Lightning damages Tan Son Nhat runway

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VietNamNet Bridge – The surface of the runway 25R/07L, one of the two runways of HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, was damaged by lightning in two locations, covering a total area of 10m2. The runway has been closed from July 16 for repair. According to a press release from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) on July 13, the runway will be closed for repair from July 16 to 19. The CAAV asked the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, Tan Son Nhat Airport, and the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation to have plans to ensure normal operations at Tan Son Nhat Airport. Air carriers are asked to change their flight schedules to fit with the repair period. This runway serves 35 flights per hour. Thu Ly … [Read more...]

Lightning hit runway in HCM City airport closed for repairs

HA NOI (VNS) — One of the two runways at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City will close for several days to repair damage when hit by lightning recently. The runway, codenamed 25R/07L, will stop taking flights from Thursday until the Sunday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAA) said. The airport will reduce the number of flights during the closure. Airlines that run flights to or via Tan Son Nhat airport have been asked to supplement their fuel reserves in case the waiting time for landing is lengthened. New one in Ha Noi Meanwhile the CAA has submitted three plan options for the construction of a third runway at Noi Bai International Airport to the Ministry of Transport. The highest estimated cost was about VND78 trillion (US$3.5 billion). The first plan places the new runway to the south of the Ha Noi-based airport. New technical infrastructure, including terminals, an aircraft apron and support buildings, will be located nearby. Investment cost of … [Read more...]

Southern airport runway temporarily closed for repair

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An airplane on runway 25R/07L (Photo: VNA) A runway of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for repairs for three days from July 16, according to a decision by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). Repairs on runway 25R/07L will be conducted in two places spanning a total area of about 10 square metres damaged by lightning. The temporary shutdown will begin at 0:01 am of July 16 and last until 23:59 pm of July 19. The CAAV asked the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to enhance inspections and closely liaise with the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation to ensure flight safety and aviation operations during the closure. It also requested airlines adjust flight timetables and prepare adequate reserve fuel for planes required to circle the airport while waiting for landing space.-VNA … [Read more...]

Executive of Vietnam drug firm charged with smuggling

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Police from the Ministry of Public Security have charged a senior official at VN Pharma, a pharmaceutical joint stock company in Vietnam, and its chief accountant with smuggling as part of their investigation into a case uncovered last year. Ngo Anh Quoc, 31, deputy general director of VN Pharma, has been let out on bail, while chief accountant Le Thi Vu Phuong, 33, has been detained pending investigation, police said on Monday. On September 19, 2014, police detained the chairman and general director of VN Pharma, Nguyen Minh Hung, 36, for smuggling and counterfeiting bidding documents. Police officers later apprehended Nguyen Tri Nhat, 40, another deputy general director of VN Pharma; Phan Cam Loan, 42, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City-headquartered firm’s import-export department; and Vo Manh Cuong, 36, who claimed to be a representative of a foreign drug firm in Ho Chi Minh City, on the same charges. As such, a total of six people have so far faced prosecution in … [Read more...]

Ly Hoang Nam receives warm welcome home

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(VOV) -After the glorious victory 2015 Wimbledon Junior Championship in London, Ly Hoang Nam was warmly welcomed by his exuberant fans upon landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on July 14. He has become the first Vietnamese tennis player to earn a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy, with partner Sumit Nagal (Indian) on July 12. Nam will be on the proposed list for special investment from the government after the victory, according to Nguyen Quoc Ky, Vietnam Tennis Federation General Secretary and Deputy Chairman. He is going to prepare for another upcoming challenge in the Junior Group of the US Open in September. Let’s meet the tennis superstar through some photos: … [Read more...]

Fewer flight cancellations recorded in first six months

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HA NOI (VNS) — Airlines operated 96,022 flights in the first six months of this year, Civil Aviation Authority of Viet Nam (CAAV) head Lai Xuan Thanh said. Of these 14,042, or 14.6 per cent of the total, were delayed flights. Late arrival was the main reason, accounting for 68.5 percent, for the flight delays. Flights were also delayed or cancelled due to subjective reasons such as technicalproblems or poor service (25.5 per cent) and objective reasons such as poor weatherconditions (5.9 per cent), Thanh said. A total of 481 flights were cancelled during the period, accounting for 0.5 per cent ofthe total flights, registering a 2.7 per cent year-on-year decline. During the period, local airlines transported 14.6 million passengers, a 24.1 per cent year-on-year increase, and 119,000 tonnes of goods, an increase of 6.3 per centcompared with the same period last year. The total number of passengers passing through the country's airports reached 29.8million in the first half … [Read more...]

Long Thanh airport expected to get off ground in 2019

Le Anh Much time is needed for relevant parties to prepare a feasibility study for the project and submit it to the NA for consideration, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang told a review meeting in Hanoi on Monday. Le Manh Hung, general director of Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), said that after the airport project won the legislature’s approval, the Government will assign relevant agencies to conduct the feasibility study. Hung said ACV is preparing to pick consultants for the feasibility study via an international tender. It will take ACV 6-8 months to select consultants and 15-17 months to finish consultations on the project. Therefore, Minister Thang said that the ministry would be able to break ground for the airport project in 2019. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022 and operation in 2023. Thang was cited by VietnamPlus as saying that the ministry has asked the Prime Minister to choose ACV as the investor of the airport project in Dong Nai. … [Read more...]