Vietnam child murderer, rapist not mentally ill: police


The Hanoi police said the man suspected of killing a four-year-old girl and raping her eight-year-old sister last week did not show signs of mental disorder and was possibly just drunk at the time. Dang Tran Hoai, 26, told them he had attended a wedding in Tu Liem District that noon and got drunk. After leaving the party, he stopped to buy guavas from a street vendor, and stole the seller's knife. Some reports quote him as telling the police that he had a sudden urge to have sex. When he passed a shop selling agricultural materials in Ha Dong District, he found the two girls alone inside. He parked his motorbike outside and went into the shop which was also the shopkeeper's house. He began to rape the elder girl and the younger one cried, so he slashed her repeatedly until she collapsed before continuing with his brutal act. The girls' uncle, who lives nearby, said that when he saw Hoai's motorbike outside with the key still in the ignition, he told his daughter to go over … [Read more...]

Flower Road to open in Da Nang City


PANO – A flower road to welcome the Year of the Snake along the western bank of Han River, under the theme "Flower in blossom", will open on February 7th (27th of the 12th lunar month). The 1km-long and 11.7m-wide promenade, stretching from the Bach Dang–Phan Dinh Phung T-junction to the Bach Dang-Le Van Duyet T-junction, is decorated with 100,000 baskets of 100 types of flowers and ornamental trees. A flower arrangement in the shape of a snake spitting out a pearl is expected to be a popular attraction for both Vietnamese and international visitors. Translated by Tran Hoai … [Read more...]

Vietnam plans to produce its own lethal injection drugs


Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday said it has proposed to the central government for the country to manufacture its own poison to execute those on death row, as the European Union has maintained its refusal to export the drugs. Minister Tran Dai Quang said at a meeting with the National Assembly the proposal is being assessed by the central government and will be carried out soon, news website Dan Tri reported. A total of 532 prisoners have been awaiting execution since the adjustment to the Law for Enforcement of Criminal Verdict took effect last July, replacing the firing squad with lethal injection as a more humane method of execution. The EU has banned the use of the drugs, telling Vietnam to eliminate capital punishment instead. The death penalty has been abolished in all of the EU member states. Many Vietnamese lawmakers suggested at a meeting last October that Vietnam reinstate the firing squad as the death penalty would not be a deterrent if it could not … [Read more...]

Death sentence maintained for child rapist, killer

Hanoi People's Court maintained the death sentence for Dang Tran Hoai, 27, who raped an 8-year-old girl, killed her 4-year-old sister, and stabbed a male relative of the victims. At yesterday's appeal hearing, Hoai argued that he committed the crime for the first time and was in an abnormal mental state. Hoai's mother told the court that Hoai was hit by a stone in the head when he was 16 and since had mental problems, such as talking nonsense and laughing to himself. Dang Tran Hoai (R) in court (Source: internet) The mother asked the court to put Hoai in a mental asylum, but the jury rejected her request, explaining that the case file showed that he committed the crimes when he did not suffer any mental problems. After hearing all side arguments, the court yesterday rejected the defendant's claim, saying there was nothing that could be considered as extenuating circumstance in this case. Previously, at Hoai's first instance trial in October 2012, the court gave him the death … [Read more...]

Court upholds death sentence for killer rapist


At yesterday’s appeal hearing, the Hanoi People’s Court upheld two death sentences for Dang Tran Hoai, 27, who raped a little girl and killed her 4-year-old sister, and stabbed a man who is the victims’ relative. At Hoai’s first instance trial in October 2012, the court gave him a death sentence for rape and another for murder. He also received a five-year imprisonment for robbing property. He later appealed, arguing that he committed the crime for the first time and in an abnormal mental condition. However the court yesterday rejected his claim, saying there was nothing that could be considered as extenuating circumstances in this case. Hoai’s mother told the court that Hoai was hit by a stone in the head when he was 16 and he has since had mental problems, such as talking nonsense and laughing to himself. The mother asked the court to put Hoai in a mental test, but the jury rejected her request, explaining that the case file showed that he committed … [Read more...]

“Uncle Ho’s soldiers on the economic front” writing contest:


PANO – An article, "Children’s voices in deep forest", by Nguyen Ngoc Tan from Gia Lai province, won first prize at the closing and awards ceremony of the writing contest, "Uncle Ho’s soldiers on the economic front", on December 17th in Hanoi. Second prizes went to "Those who make the brand of clean tea", by Me Quang Thang, a reporter from the People’s Army Newspaper, and "To the place where the sun sets", by Tran Dang, a reporter from the Thanh Nien Newspaper. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – November 07

Tuoitrenews briefs the salient news published on Tuoi Tre on November 7. Society: -- Vietnam Construction and Import - Export Joint Stock Corporation (Vinaconex) said the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge project that connects district 1 and district 2 costs about VND2.3 trillion. The bridge which is 852.5m in length is expected to have four lanes, a 2-meter-long divider for planting flowers, and pedestrian lanes on the two sides of the bridge. -- The Saigon Zoological and Botanical Garden, the country's largest of its kind, will be expanded to cover another 0.15 ha (1,500 square meters) to 17ha, according to the city's People's Committee. -- Vietnam's deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just required People Committee of Nam Dinh Northern Province to submit an official report about the collapse of the 180m-tall television tower in the province during Typhoon Son Tinh late last month to the Office of the Premier before November 25, 2012. -- Police in Hai Phong northern province have filed … [Read more...]

Child rapist, killer receives death penalty in Hanoi Court

On October 25, the Hanoi People's Court opened trial against defendant Dang Tran Hoai from Duong Noi Ward in Ha Dong District of Hanoi, for murder, rape and robbery. The trial of 26-year-old Hoai has attracted the attention of many people because of his extremely cruel behavior and lustful attitude and whose crimes committed in July shocked the country. During the trial, Hoai kept his head bent and repeatedly complained of suffering from a headache. He even refused to answer all questions of the jury. Defendant Dang Tran Hoai at Hanoi People's Court trial (Photo: phatpluat) However, the trial still went on after the jury affirmed he had no mental problems and was in good health. According to the jury's verdict, on July 29, 2012, Dang Tran Hoai, a native of Ha Dong District, wandered on his motorbike along Thang Long Avenue after leaving a wedding party organized in Tu Liem District. When he was passing the house of 30-year-old K.V.H in a rural area of Son Tay Town, he saw two … [Read more...]

Lawmakers want to revise law, as Vietnam faces execution dilemma


As hundreds of executions have been pending since last year due to the absence of lethal injection drugs, lawmakers suggested Vietnam reinstate the firing squad. Speaking on Friday, National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son proposed the adjustment to the Law for Enforcement of Criminal Verdicts, which took effects last July, Vietnamnet reported. He said it was impossible to prolong the "troublesome situation," because without being executed, the death penalty loses its power as a deterrent. According to Son, nearly 450 death-row inmates have been awaiting execution since the new law took effect, but they could not be carried out due to the lack of the necessary drugs. The European Union, where the country had planned to import the drugs from, refused to sell them to Vietnam, saying that the country should eliminate capital punishment, instead, he said. The EU, in fact, has already abolished the death penalty in all of its member states and is now an active promoter of … [Read more...]

Death sentence for killer of girl aged 4

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Court yesterday sentenced Dang Tran Hoai , 26, of Ha Dong District to death for killing a four-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her eight-year-old sister. The incident happened on July 29 after Hoai got drunk at a wedding and saw the girls playing outside their house. Hoai forced the older sister into the kitchen and raped her, and when her younger sibling cried out for help, he killed her. He also stabbed their uncle who tried to intervene. Hoai was arrested the day he tried to flee.-VNS … [Read more...]

Hanoi child rapist-killer gets 2 death penalties


A 26-year-old man, whose crimes committed in July has shocked the country, received two death sentences after he was convicted of rape and murder of a four-year-old girl by a court on Thursday. Hoai seen at the trial in Hanoi on October 25, 2012.Photo: Tuoi Tre He also received a five-year imprison sentence for robbing property. One week before the trial, his family burnt incense to commemorate the victim and paid her family a compensation of VND200 million (US$9,600). During the trial, the man bent his head down against a chair and repeatedly complained he suffered a headache. He even refused to answer all questions from the jury. However, the trial still went on after the jury affirmed he had no mental problems and was in good health. Hoai bent his head down against a chair and repeatedly complained he suffered a headache during the trial on October 25, 2012. Photo: Tuoi Tre According to the jury's verdicts, on July 29, 2012, Dang Tran Hoai, a native in Ha Dong district, … [Read more...]

Man arrested for killing child and raping 9-year-old girl


Police in Hanoi on July 30 arrested Dang Tran Hoai, 26, from Co Dong Commune of Son Tay Town in Hanoi, for raping a 9-year-old girl and killing her 4-year-old sister. According to the police report, Hoai went on his motorbike to a pesticide store in Son Tay Town around 3pm on Sunday afternoon, after which he attended a wedding party in Tu Liem District where he got drunk and then took rest in the house soon after. At that time, the house owner, 32-year-old Khuat Van Hien and his wife were not at home and finding the children alone, Hoai exploited the situation to commit the crimes. … [Read more...]

Rubbish collection causing pollution, odours in Hanoi


VietNamNet Bridge – Trash collection in Ha Noi has become a nuisance and caused serious pollution, according to residents who have complained about the trash collection schedule and its proximity to their homes. In Long Bien District's Sai Dong Ward, 27 households have been suffering from terrible odour for months due to the location of the trash collection site about 15 metres from their houses. Le Van Kiem, a resident of Sai Dong Ward, said his household and others have asked many times for the garbage truck to be relocated, but the situation has not improved. "The collection site is too close to us," he said. "The worst thing is that wastewater always leaks onto the road, and most of the trash trolleys have no lids, leaving an unbearable smell even after the truck has left." Kiem said there is an abandoned area at the end of the road. He asked the local authorities to move the collection site there, but he has not received a reply. Households along Thuy Khue Road in Ba … [Read more...]

Ministers make clear issues of great concern at NA’s Q&A session


Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh answers questions at the Q&A session NDO - National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and six ministers cleared up many issues of great concern for NA deputies and the public at the last NA's Question and Answer session held on November 18. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang was questioned about the issuance of land use rights certificates for local residents in Hanoi and law violations in this area. He said that after receiving complaints from the people, the ministry worked with the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the municipal People's Committee and the People's Committee of Nam Tu Liem district to investigate the problem. The investigation showed that staff of two construction projects in Hanoi asked several households to pay them money to quickly get the land use right certification. The case was assigned to the Hanoi Police to investigate and handle. In addition, the … [Read more...]

Social News 16/11


Deputy PM urges fire safety for high-rises The government has paid attention to and issued documents on fire prevention and safety to strengthen the capacity of buildings, however, the implementation process has shown drawbacks, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai during a meeting with sectors and provinces on Thursday. The meeting aimed at reviewing and promoting fire prevention and control as well as safety in the capacity of apartments and old public buildings in urban areas. According to the Department of Fire Prevention and Control, Rescue and Salvage under Public Security Ministry, among 2,600 blazes this year until now, sixteen cases occurred at high-rises, causing over VND10 billion (US $455,000) of property losses. The fire's cause is due to loose management of local authorities in construction and fire prevention control. The punishments for violations in fire prevention have not been focused, leading to long-lasting violations, Major General Doan Viet Manh, … [Read more...]

Quang Ba night flower market: in pitures


The Quang Ba wholesale flower market, the biggest in Hanoi, turns busy when night falls. Visiting the market is always an interesting experience. The Quang Ba flower market supplies fresh flowers for Hanoi and adjacent provinces. It used to be a makeshift market at Nhat Tan junction, where flower growers from the flower villages of Nhat Tan and Quang An and other communes in Tu Liem district came to sell their flowers. The Quang Ba flower market has 2 sessions: one from 2AM to 4 AM for wholesalers and another from 4AM to midday for retailers. Flowers are gathered from Hanoi’s outer districts and from as far away as Da Lat in Vietnam’s central highlands. For many people, staying awake and wandering around the flower market is a good way to enjoy life at night. The masses of colorful flowers on trucks and sales tables recall a familiar rural market session. The market has become a popular destination for foreign tourists. Anni Bell Miller from the UK said, "It’s the … [Read more...]

Ha Noi to employ modern methods in agriculture

Farmers in Thuong Tin District, Ha Noi plough soil in preparation for the spring rice crop. The capital will implement a programme to apply technology in the agriculture sector from 2016 to 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue HA NOI (VNS) — The capital will speed up a programme to apply technology in the agriculture sector for the 2016 to 2020 period, aimed at increasing the proportion of agricultural products applying high tech to 35 per cent in 2020, Chu Phu My, director of Ha Noi department of agriculture and rural development, said. The programme has total investment capital of VND11,300 billion (nearly US$510 million), of which VND970 billion (nearly $45 million) is sourced from State fund. The programme is aimed at forming a large and concentrated plant growing area which applies high tech with 1,000 hectares for vegetables, 500 ha for flowers, 1,370 ha for fruit trees. The programme is also expected to establish modern, large-scale farms for animal husbandry and a … [Read more...]