Police rescue woman trafficked to China


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 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese police rescue woman trafficked to China 


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


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 … [Read more...]

Women from Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam fight human trafficking


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 … [Read more...]

13 to stand trial for smuggling 280kg heroin

Thirteen people will be tried for smuggling 280 kg of heroin in northern Vietnam between 2013 and 2014, the highest prosecution authority of Vietnam said on Friday. The Supreme People's Procuracy said it has indicted Chu Van Vien, 33, and 12 other people on charges of operating a large ring that traded and trafficked drugs between Son La Province, which borders Laos, and Lang Son Province on the border with China. The ring members, aged between 25 and 40, had trafficked 280 kg of heroin on 22 occasions between 2013 and December 2014, when they were arrested, earning more than VND10 billion (US$450,000), according to the indictment. Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is punishable by death. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine also face the death penalty. … [Read more...]

Social News 24/5


One more Tan Son Nhat airport bus service launched Southern Airport Transportation Joint Stock Company (SATSCO) on May 19 launched Bus Route No. 49 using high-quality automobiles to shuttle passengers between Tan Son Nhat airport and downtown HCMC. Buses ply SATSCO's second such route from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and depart from the airport and the downtown every 15 to 30 minutes. The traveling time of the new shuttle bus service is 30 to 40 minutes, and fares cost VND40,000 per passenger. Yellow buses of the new route will stop at major hotels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the HCMC Opera House in the center of the city, instead of using public bus stops. SATSCO is working on a plan to develop more five-star bus services with free wifi and staff able to communicate in English. Two months ago, the company put into serve Bus Route No. 109 linking the airport and the downtown. The company expected the two bus routes will help reduce traffic congestion on the streets leading to Tan … [Read more...]

Man caught with over 500 kgs of ivory, allegedly tries to bribe police


Nguyen Quang Huy, 28, and 553 kilograms of elephant tusks which he illegally transported on May 21. Photo: Nam Anh Police in the northern province of Bac Giang arrested a truck driver transporting 553 kilograms of elephant tusks from Hanoi to Lang Son Province on Saturday. Nguyen Quang Huy, 28, failed to present documents verifying the origin of the tusks, when his truck was flagged down by local traffic police. Police officers also accused Huy of offering to pay them a bribe of VND500 million (US$22,400) to get away, according to the website. The case is being investigated. Vietnam has banned ivory trade since the 1990s, and yet it has been fueled by the rising affluence in recent years and the demand for using ivories for decoration. Some studies suggested that the country is one of the biggest markets for wildlife as many people believe rare animal parts can cure diseases, despite a lack of scientific evidence. Wildlife protection organizations in the country have been … [Read more...]

Border War 1979: Witnesses and the graves of 400 people

The door to Dong Dang Fortress, where 400 people died.

VietNamNet Bridge - From 17/2 to 16/3/1979, Beijing mobilized 600,000 troops and modern weapons to attack six northern border provinces of Vietnam. In this attack, they destroyed four towns, over 20 towns-lets, many villages, factories, mines, farms, roads, bridges, and houses. China then announced that it had achieved the purpose and began to withdraw troops from Vietnam. This article aims to provide additional material for readers to know more about the Border War 1979. The town of Dong Dang, Lang Son Province is now a busy commercial center. This is the border gate between Vietnam and China. Looking at today’s scene of bustling trading activities between Vietnamese and Chinese traders, few people could think about the bloody attack of China here in 1979. At the current location of Dong Dang Market, at the foot of the Dong Dang fort are the graves of nearly 300 civilians, a company of border guards and many local militia and policemen. According to witnesses, the full-scale … [Read more...]

PM approves adjustments to Hanoi Capital Region Master Plan

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved adjustments to the Hanoi Capital Region Construction Master Plan to 2030 with a vision to 2050. The Hanoi Capital Region covers the capital city of Hanoi and the nine neighbouring provinces of Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Ha Nam, Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen and Bac Giang, with a total area of around 24,314.7 sq.m. Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen and Bac Giang were newly added to the plan under a decision on May 5, 2008. The modified master plan aims to meet requirements for development, planning management and investment to develop the region, to ensure the effective distribution of national resources, to limit side effects of urbanisation on living environments and the impact of climate change. The plan also seeks to meet demand for a modern integrated network of the region’s technical and social infrastructure, creating conditions for cities to drive the development of surrounding areas, to promote equal development … [Read more...]

Meth smuggler shoots police officers to escape in northern Vietnam


Police officers try to arrest an alleged meth smuggler in Lang Son Province on April 29, 2016. Photo: Thanh Mai/Tuoi Tre A man allegedly carrying one kilogram of methamphetamine was arrested in the northern province of Lang Son Friday evening after firing several gun shots at police in an attempt to escape. Police said they initially signaled Tran Ba Duc to stop his car for speeding, but he fled, shooting his gun at the officers chasing him. After his car hit a house and flipped, he continued to run on foot and hid in a local house. A senior police officer told Tuoi Tre newspaper they arrested him after a couple hours. Police seized one kilogram of methamphetamine that Duc dropped during the chase. … [Read more...]

Tranh temple and the story of the Tranh River Genie


(VOVworld) – Hai Duong province has rich historical and cultural traditions and a number of festivals that reflect folk beliefs of the Red River Delta. Tranh Temple in Ninh Giang district is a famous and holy site. The temple’s architecture is built in a typical Vietnamese architectural style. Tranh temple, or Mandarin Tuan Tranh temple in Tranh Xuyen village hasa legend. Once upon a time, there were two giant snakes in the Tranh River who disturbed local people. One day the snakes kidnapped the wife of Mandarin Tuan Tranh. Furious, he asked the King of the River to punish and expel the snakes from the river. The King granted his request and the river returned to being peaceful. Local people built the temple to express their gratitude to the Mandarin, who is now the Tranh River Genie. The first temple built beside the Tranh River dates back to the time of the Hung Kings, the founders of Vietnam. In the 19th century under the Nguyen Dynasty, the temple was upgraded … [Read more...]

Four killed as taxi plummets into lake in northern Vietnam


Four people were found dead in a taxi on Monday after it plunged into a lake in northern Vietnam, police said. Police officers in Lang Son Province confirmed that the incident took place at Lao Ly Lake in the Phu Loc 4 urban area, Lang Son City, between midnight and 4:00 am the same day after the taxi driver, Dam Hong Quang, 40, from Cao Loc District, picked up three passengers, Nguyen Ngoc Hieu, 36, Vi Van Tam, 33, and Linh Hoang Khanh. Locals reported a taxi floating in the lake after sunrise to police, clearly having flipped over in the water. Initial reports said that the incident occurred after the driver failed to control the vehicle on a bend, resulting in it plunging into the water. The wreck killed all three passengers and the driver of the taxi, police officers said, adding that there was no one else around at the time of the accident, so officers were not notified to provide immediate support. The vehicle was lifted by a crane truck sent by police officers at … [Read more...]

Traffic accidents killed 63 during three-day holiday


As many as 63 people died from traffic accidents during the three-day Hung Kings holiday, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee. There were 83 traffic accidents which killed 63 people and left 56 injured, the committee said. The figures included one accident on local waterway and one on a railway, killing one and injuring one. The most serious accident happened in the northern province of Lang Son on the early morning of April 17 when a taxi plunged into a lake, killing four people inside. A taxi plunged into a lake in Lang Son Province, killing four people inside on April 17. Investigations said that the taxi driver who was driving at high speed lost control at a bend in the road. Statistics from the committee showed an average 24 people died daily from traffic accidents a day in the first quarter of this year. … [Read more...]

4 dead as taxi plunges into lake in northern Vietnam


A taxi cab found in the morning of April 18, 2016 with four bodies inside as it plunged into a lake in Lang Son Province the night before. Photo: Duc Quynh/Thanh Nien A taxi driver and his three passengers were found dead in a car recovered from a roadside lake in the northern province of Lang Son on Monday morning. Locals found the taxi at around 10 a.m., when it lied upside down at the part around two meters deep. Rescuers spent nearly two hours lifting the car. Police suggested that the car plunged into the lake after midnight the same day. The 40-year-old driver was dead, so as all three male passengers who are 33, 36 and 40 years old. All the victims are Lang Son locals. Police are investigating the cause. … [Read more...]

Northwest provinces prepare for national tourism year

Hanoi, April 15 (VNA) – Northwest provinces held a press conference in Hanoi on April 14 within the framework of the ongoing Vietnam International Tourism Mart in order to promote tourism in the region. The event was part of preparations for National Tourism Year, the most prestigious tourism event in the country, to be held in the region in 2017. Ha Van Thang, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Lao Cai province, said that as the host of National Tourism Year, Lao Cai has coordinated with other regional localities to prepare, with the focus on developing typical tourist products of the northwest region. The region has also looked to develop the tourism sector by trying to attract more investors and building infrastructure, Thang stated. According to Thang, there will be 23 main events during the National Tourism Year 2017. A cultural, sport and tourism festival of northwest ethnic groups to be held in October this year will be the event’s … [Read more...]

VN trade deficit with China drops

Containers being imported at Huu Nghi Border Gate in Lang Son Province. Viet Nam's trade deficit with China fell by 15.6 per cent year-on-year to $6.5 billion in the first quarter. - VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HA NOI (Biz Hub) - Viet Nam saw a reduction in its trade deficit with China in the first quarter of 2016, raising expectations of an ongoing decline in this deficit for the whole year. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), in the first quarter of this year, Viet Nam's trade deficit with China fell by 15.6 per cent year-on-year to US$6.5 billion. During the first quarter, Viet Nam gained a year-on-year growth of 8.2 per cent to reach $3.9 billion from exports to China due to an increase in the export of some key products, including fruit and vegetables, up by 72.8 per cent, and telephones and their components, up by 77.1 per cent. Meanwhile, the nation paid $10.4 billion for imports from China, 8 per cent lower than in the same period last year, due to a reduction in the import of some key Chinese products, such as equipment, down by 13.1 per cent, and telephones and their components, down by 18.4 per cent. The positive change was expected to promote the total export … [Read more...]

Vietnam-China cooperation and political trust to be lifted to new height


PANO – The Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange is not only to build up the shared borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, but also to share and apply mutual useful experience in settling their pending issues that they have not reached consensus on yet. This was stated by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence, in an interview given to reporters of the People’s Army Newspaper ahead the third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange, scheduled to take place in the last four days of this month. Reporters:Could you please share the target of the third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange?Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh: There are different levels of relationship in external affairs between Vietnam and other countries worldwide. Among them, Vietnam attaches more importance to relations with its neighbors that share borders with the country, namely China, Laos and … [Read more...]

Preparations for elections inspected and monitored nationwide

National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman and Vice Chairwoman of the National Electoral Council Tong Thi Phong inspected preparations for the elections in Lang Son province    (Photo: baosonla.org.vn)

(VOVworld) – On Thursday, National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman and Vice Chairwoman of the National Electoral Council Tong Thi Phong began inspecting preparations for the elections of the NA and People’s Councils in Lang Son province. She praised the province’s activeness in establishing sub-committees and cooperating with ministries and sectors in communicating the importance of the elections. The province has strictly followed election guidelines and assures the balance of candidates regarding gender, ethnic group and religion. While monitoring election preparations in Binh Dinh on Thursday, National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son asked the province to strictly follow the National Assembly and Party resolutions on elections and work out specific tasks in preparation for the event. Dao Trong Thi, head of the National Assembly Committee on Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescents, and Children, checked the election preparations in Quang Binh province. Thi … [Read more...]

Preparation for Vietnam-China border exchange program inspected

Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh inspecting preparation work

PANO - A defence mission, led by Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, worked with the Standing Committee of Lang Son province's Party Committee on March 15th and inspected several local places in preparation for the upcoming third Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange program. Accordingly, after receiving the Defence Ministry's instructions for the event, the provincial People's Committee has worked with its border guard force and relevant agencies and sectors to prepare for the program. So far, all preparations for the program and other activities have been completed on time. Addressing the meeting, General Vinh highly applauded the preparations made by the Border Guard Command and the local authorities and people over the past time. He stressed that the exchange program is meaningful to the two sides' defence relationship, thus all relevant agencies and units should show their highest sense of responsibility for the program, contributing … [Read more...]

Review on commitments to Free Trade Agreements show improvements needed

Export procedures arre carried out at the Tân Thanh border gate in nothern Lạng Sơn Province. Enterprises still lack information about customs laws and related commercial laws. - VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI (Biz Hub) - A conference to review Vietnamese laws on its commitments to the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreements (EVFTA) and transparency heard many opinions on how to create favourable conditions for enterprises. Many delegates said that the review only worked on custom procedures, but without checking other specialised documents. Phạm Thị Thanh Hiền, former Deputy Director of the General Department of Việt Nam Customs's International Cooperation Department, praised the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)'s review of the regulations of Vietnamese law and EVFTA commitments to propose adjustments as needed. Hiền said the commitments to EVFTA not only referred to customs, but also trade. "Therefore, there should be participation by relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Finance," Hiền said at the conference held yesterday in Hà Nội by VCCI. According to Phạm Thanh Binh, an … [Read more...]