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...]

Ho Chi Minh city to set up field hospitals in case of MERS-CoV spreading

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long inspects MERS - CoV  prevention in Ho Chi Minh city. (Photo: VOV)

The Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee has issued an action plan for preventing the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV) should the disease arrive from abroad. As planned, the city has identified three ways to help in proactively diagnosing the disease and systems to manage the patients appropriately. In the first case when there are no suspected cases reported, the city will focus on establishing the disease prevention steering committees at the district level to promptly discover and manage dangerous situations; increasing inspections, diagnosis and treatment processes; and organising training courses on the process for health staff at both preventive and treatment levels. The inspection will be concentrated at the Tan Son Nhat international airport and all sea and river ports that receive foreigners; and have contact with those potentially infected. In addition, rooms for MERS-CoV tests will be set up at the city Hospital for Tropical … [Read more...]

Car-sharing service forecast to thrive in HCMC

An online booking taxi cab at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Photo: SGGP)

Taxi booking apps Uber and Grab Taxi have become increasingly popular in Ho Chi Minh City, which experts forecast to strongly develop in the future. Nguyen Thi Hong Nhung from District 5, who has used Uber or Grab Taxi for the last one year, said their fares not lower than that of traditional taxi companies such as Mai Linh and Vinasun. However, they have a lot of promotional and discount programs especially in holidays and weekends. Ngo Quang Trung from District 8 said these services satisfied him, adding, once he travelled by the new taxi service from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to his house and found the fare was higher than that on the reverse direction. After querying the service provider about the difference by email for one hour, he received an explanation that there was a meter mistake. The service provider also offered an apology and refunded him. Talking about possible dangers from Grab and Uber Taxi such as robbery or prostitution, Trung said that these app … [Read more...]

Highlights of NA’s 9th session

VGP – The National Assembly’s 9th working session passed 11 laws and four resolutions, and debated 16 bills. The passed laws include Law on Sea and Island Natural Resources and Environment, Law on State Budget (revised), Law on State Audit, Law on promulgating normative legal documents, Law on Government Organization (revised), Law on Organization of Local Governments, Law on Military Service (revised and Law on Veterinary. Meanwhile Resolution on State Budget Balance for 2013, Resolution on lump-sum social insurance payments for workers, Resolution on the NA’s supervision program for 2016, and Resolution on the Long Thanh International Airport project were adopted during the session which lasted from May 20 to June 26. May 20 Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented a report on the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and State budget in 2014 and in the first months of 2015. President of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen … [Read more...]

45,000 individuals screened for MERS symptoms

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MERS-CoV screening at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: VNA Nearly 45,000 individuals arriving in Vietnam by air, sea and land from countries affected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been screened by body-temperature scanners, a health official said. MERS-CoV, first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, belongs to the family of corona viruses, which also includes SARS, the disease that struck Asia in 2003. It has a much higher fatality rate than SARS and there is no cure or vaccine. The deadly virus is currently found in over 26 countries around the world, with nearly 1,200 cases and 434 fatalities, including 175 cases reported in the Republic of Korea (RoK) as of June 24. Vietnam has so far recorded no MERS-CoV cases, but the country faces a high risk due to current trade and tourism ties with the RoK, Thailand and Middle Eastern countries, the Head of the Ministry of Health’s Department for Preventive Medicine, … [Read more...]

Red tape deprives Vietnamese businesses of $2bn in US military contracts

The situation was very hopeful after the firms clinched the deals, but the nightmare came when samples sent from the U.S. for the contracts were stuck at customs for a month,

A number of Vietnamese garment enterprises last year lost a combined US$2 billion worth of contracts to make clothing, flags, and shoes for the U.S. military due to existing administrative procedures, according to Cong Thuong (Industry and Trade) newspaper under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Cong Thuong reported on Saturday last week. Customs officers detained all of the samples, as under Ministry of Defense regulations, clothing, flags, and shoes of foreign armies are banned from being imported into Vietnam. The Ministry of Defense’s Decision 80/2006/QD-MOD, dating May 2006, bans the import of military clothing, flags, and shoes from foreign countries, and samples sent in for production locally are considered banned goods. Though the enterprises finally got through many complex procedures to get the samples more than a month later, all of their efforts did not pay off because it was too late then. In the same boat The Vietnam Textile and Garment Association … [Read more...]

NA passes resolution on Long Thanh International Airport

Hanoi, June 25 (VNA) – A resolution on the Long Thanh International Airport project was adopted by the National Assembly deputies with an 86.64 percent rate of approval on the morning of June 25. While approving the investment, the resolution requires more specific plans on land clearance and the resettlement for people who have to move to make way for the airport. It also suggests the Government invest in building infrastructure and auxiliary facilities serving the project and the transport system linking with the airport, as well as assessing the project construction’s impact on the environment and balancing investments so as not to cause negative impact on public debt. The resolution approves the building of the Long Thanh airport in southern Dong Nai province into the nation’s important international airport with the first phase goal of reducing the overload of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and later on becoming one of the … [Read more...]

NA adopts project on building Long Thanh Airport

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VGP - With 86.64% of votes in favor, the National Assembly adopted a project on building Long Thanh International Airport in Long Thanh district, Dong Nai province on June 25. The NA asked the Government to develop a feasible report on the project’s phases and send it to the NA for approval before deciding on the investment. The NA also allowed land one-time land acquisition for the project and asked the Government to compensate, support, resettle and create jobs for people in the acquired region for the project. The Government was also required to manage and use effectively the project’s approved land which are reserved for future use; develop socio-economic infrastructure; develop production and stabilize affected people’s life. The NA asked for safety, punctuality, quality and socio-economic effectiveness, national defence, security, investment efficiency, anti-corruption in implementing the project while environmental effects and solutions should be … [Read more...]

NA gives nod to Long Thanh International Airport project

NA deputies vote on the Long Thanh International Airport project. (Credit: VNA)

NDO - A resolution on the Long Thanh International Airport project was passed at the ongoing ninth session of the 13th National Assembly on the morning of June 25 with 428 deputies - 86.64% of the total number of NA deputies - voting in favour. The issue has become the focus of public attention since the project was established. It was initially commented on by the NA at the previous session running from October 20 to November 28, 2014. NA agencies organised a working team to survey the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Bien Hoa Air Base and the site planned for the Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai. The team also collected ideas from consultation agencies and experts on the issue to report to the NA. According to the resolution, the NA approved the building of the Long Thanh airport as an important international airport for the country, with the first-phase goal of reducing the overload at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, moving towards … [Read more...]

National Assembly ratifies construction of $16bn airport in southern Vietnam

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A proposal to build a multibillion-dollar airport in southern Vietnam has finally received the greenlight from the law-making National Assembly, which passed a resolution for the project in a vote on Thursday. With a vote of 428-17 plus 16 abstentions, the National Assembly approved the development of Long Thanh International Airport in the eponymous district of Dong Nai Province, as they convened for the ninth session in Hanoi this morning. Seventeen out of the 461 lawmakers attending the session cast a negative vote against the plan, whereas 16 others refused to vote. The resolution determines that Long Thanh International Airport is a key such facility of the country, and requests that it meet the 4F standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and strives to become a regional hub for international air transit. The Dong Nai-based airport must be able to handle 100 million passengers and five million metric tons of cargo a year by its last phase, according to … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – June 25

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A wrap-up of what has been going on in Vietnam over the past 24 hours. Politics -- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sought support from former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama for cooperation in the application of information technology as they met in Hanoi on Wednesday. -- Two-way trade between Vietnam and Mongolia hit US$28.1 million in 2014, Mongolian Ambassador Dorj Enkhbat told a press meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday. Society -- Three people were killed, one went missing and nearly 30 flights were affected as Typhoon Kujira made landfall in northern Vietnam on Wednesday. -- The driver of a passenger bus company in the northern city of Hai Phong has been suspended after a video clip showing him busy putting on his shoes while neglecting the steering wheel surfaced on the Internet. -- The Ministry of Transport has called on its information and communications counterpart to help identify the cause of a radio frequency interference that disabled … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines now accepts e-boarding passes

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Passengers flying with Vietnam Airlines will be saved from wasting time at the check-in counter as the national flag carrier will accept electronic boarding passes starting Thursday, June 25. Passengers who have completed check-in online can choose either to print their boarding passes, or have the documents sent to their email inboxes, according to Vietnam Airlines. At airports, these passengers can skip the check-in counters and present the boarding passes on their mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, to the officers at the security screening section to board their flights. Previously those who checked in online still had to complete verification at the check-in counter and get paper boarding passes. The mobile boarding passes are applicable to passengers without checked baggage boarding flights at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, according to Vietnam … [Read more...]

Strange wave interferes with air traffic control at Tan Son Nhat Airport

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VietNamNet Bridge - Scientists believe that the incident with air traffic control at Tan Son Nhat Airport on June 16 was caused by interference of unfamiliar waves. Nearly 2,000 passengers on 10 flights on the way to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City could not land as planned because of the incidents with air traffic control. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), the air traffic control was affected by strange wave at the airport at that moment. As a result, some aircrafts had to fly standby or landed in other airports. According to Dr. Nguyen Bach Phuc, head of the Electric, Electronics and Informatics Institute, radio frequency range is allocated in a scientific way so that the frequency bands do not override each other. The gap between the two frequency bands for two different applications is large enough to avoid overlapping. Phuc said that one frequency band overridden by strange wave were due to something either accidental or … [Read more...]

Social News 21/6

HCM City gets high-level People's Procuracy A high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City has been established under a resolution of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Assembly. The NA on May 28 passed Resolution 953, based on the 2014 People's Procuracy Organisation Law. Under the resolution, the Supreme People's Procuracy appointed Nguyen Van Quang as the director of the high-level People's Procuracy. The Procuracy exists on four levels: district, province, high-level (for three centrally governed cities – HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang) and supreme. Also appointed were four deputy directors of the high-level People's Procuracy: Vo Van Them, Nguyen Thanh Son, Nguyen The Thanh and Le Xuan Hai. Nguyen Van Quang, director of the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City, said the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City had been established on the basis of Appeal Procuracy 3. In addition to exercising the right of prosecution and supervisor of judicial activities for … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City asked to strengthen measures against MERS-CoV

Health check-ups to prevent MERS-CoV at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

A Health Ministry delegation led by Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien inspected the prevention efforts for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The minister held that the city should set up a field hospital like the Bac Thang Long hospital in Hanoi to stand ready to cope with emerging catastrophic diseases like MERS-CoV and Ebola by separating and supervising suspect cases. As almost all hospitals in the city are overloaded, the minister stressed the importance of preventing the spread of viruses inside the hospital as well as hospital-acquired infections. She also asked the Ho Chi Minh City International Health Quarantine Service to strengthen supervision over and communication on preventing MERS-CoV in the Tan Son Nhat International Airport while coordinating closely with healthcare agencies to monitor the development of the virus in the community. Currently, a … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City sets up 33 mobile teams to cope with MERS

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Thirty-tree mobile teams have been formed to confront with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Ho Chi Minh City, amid fears of a possible spread, the municipal health department said Friday. Vietnam’s health ministry sets up hotline, runs training courses to cope with MERS Health authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are worried that the deadly disease could penetrate into Vietnam and the city in particular via visitors from epidemic-affected areas, the department told Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen at a meeting the same day. Minister Tuyen visited the city yesterday to examine measures to cope with MERS, which has spread to 26 countries, affecting more than 1,300 people and killing more than 450 of them as of Thursday. These mobile teams have been assigned to a number of hospitals and preventive health centers in 24 districts of the city, the health department said. It also reported that 88 isolated beds have been arranged in three hospitals assigned to … [Read more...]

Minister acts as airports see rise in baggage theft

Passengers pick up their luggage at the Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi. Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has met with airport authorities to find solutions to luggage theft at airports. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan

HA NOI (VNS) —Transport Minister Dinh La Thang met with airport authorities this week to discuss a multitude of thefts from baggage at Viet Nam's airports. At the meeting, the Minister described the situation as alarming. Major General Nguyen Dinh Thuan, director of the Ministry of Public Security's Department of Economic Security, said 600 luggage thefts had been reported at airports nationwide since 2013. He cited a case in which the chief executive officer of a bank travelling in a convoy with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on a business trip lost a suitcase. An official in his department lost an iPad from a bag that had been slit open. Thuan said many bags had been slit at the exact places where valuable items where packed.. "It could not have happened by chance," the general said, suspecting baggage screeners, baggage handlers or airplane cleaners could be involved. Lai Xuan Thanh, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam, told the meeting that despite … [Read more...]