Foreigner arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into Vietnam 

Investigators from the Ministry of Public Security have taken into custody a Filipino man caught attempting to transport over three kilograms of illegal narcotics into Vietnam, a source told Thanh Nien Monday. The source said police found the methaphetamine in the suitcase of De Arroz Gastardo Merely, 39, at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport last Tuesday. The foreigner told police that two black men hired him to transport the contraband from Manila into Vietnam for US$4,000. Police are investigating the case further. Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws, with those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin facing the death sentence. Like us on Facebook and scroll down to share your comment … [Read more...]

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Police crack down on drug-linked crime Police began a large-scale blitz on drug-related crimes last weekend in a lead-up to the nation's Anti-drugs Month in June. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the police, border army and customs officers to co-operate to improve investigations at borders and other hot spots. Dung also asked ministries and local authorities to focus resources on Anti-drugs Month. "Information campaigns should focus on drugs hot spots and areas suitable to plant drug crops," he said. "Education on the bad effects of drugs should be given an emphasis, particularly for young people, students, manual workers and vulnerable groups." Drug-related crimes continue to remain a problem in Viet Nam. Police alone uncovered more than 17,000 cases last year, arresting nearly 25,000 people. Between 2006 and the end of 2010, the nation reported almost 64,000 drug cases, with some 100,000 criminals arrested and more than 1,000kg of heroin and 8 tonnes of cannabis and … [Read more...]

Filipino indicted for drug trafficking in Hanoi

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Anti-drug police from the Ministry of Public Security yesterday prosecuted a Philippine national for bringing 3 kg of synthetic drug into Vietnam last week. On May 22 customs officers at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi discovered an unknown white solid substance hidden in the suitcase of De Arroz Gastardo Merely, 39, when he arrived from Manila. A test on the substance indicated that it was a synthetic drug. The Filipino was detained immediately and the case was transferred to the police for investigation, the officers said. Merely told the police that he had been hired by two black men to carry the drug from Manila to Vietnam for US$4,000, which would be paid after Merely accomplished his work. Merely was told by the men that a person would contact him when he arrived in Hanoi to take delivery of the drug. The police are continuing with their investigation. Bags of synthetic drug (for illustration only)Photo: Quang Ninh Customs … [Read more...]

Clarification sought for accusation of bribery between Philippine business and Vietnamese press

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Following a recent rumor that products from the Vietnamese unit of leading Philippine food and beverage firm Universal Robina Corporation (URC) had lead content, a Facebook user has accused the firm of bribing local media, resulting in strong reaction from the accused. On May 7, a test report from the National Institute of Food Control was spread on social media, saying the lead content in a sample of citric acid used by URC Vietnam stood at 0.84mg/kg, higher than the allowable level of 0.5 mg/kg. The report sparked concern amongst local consumers that the C2 and Rong Do drinks could be dangerous, prompting the food safety watchdog to collect test samples. The Vietnam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health took ten samples of citric acid, an ingredient used to produce the drinks, before announcing on May 13 that the lead content found in the ten is within limits. However, many believe the data was falsified, prompting Facebook user named Ngoc Nga Tran to post a … [Read more...]

Panama papers trigger tax probes

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Localities have expressed high hopes for the tax office’s investigation into the affairs of Vietnamese citizens linked to the Panama Papers leaks. Last week the General Department of Taxation (GDT) announced the establishment of an inspection team with the sole purpose of investigating the possible tax evasion and money laundering activities of Vietnamese enterprises and individuals named in the Panama Papers. Investigations will focus on screening the tax data of those named, and will be carried out in co-operation with the investment supervisory agencies – State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and the Ministry of Public Securities. Anti-corruption agencies such as the Government Inspectorate and Anti-Money Laundering Administration were also asked to participate in the effort. In order to verify the information, the GDT will conduct data exchanges with countries that have signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements with Vietnam. However, the tax office’s determination … [Read more...]

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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...]

BKAV holds annual online security event

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The BKAV Technology Group organised a national online security rehearsal in Hanoi on May 19 with the aim of helping offices, businesses and organisations cope with network attacks. Twenty-five participant teams from the Ministry of Public Security, banks, information and telecommunication departments, universities and businesses took part in the rehearsal, which occurred at Whitehat.vn Forty percent of Vietnamese websites have weak security. The national online security rehearsal is an annual event organised by BKAV. This year, there were over 100 teams registering to take part, but to ensure quality of the rehearsal, only 25 teams were chosen. Other teams will be selected in the next rehearsal in September. … [Read more...]

Burnt remains of fatal crash victims in southern Vietnam to be identified

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Eleven out of the 12 fatalities from a traffic accident that occurred in the south-central province of Binh Thuan on Sunday morning will soon be identified after their severely burnt bodies are examined. Authorities have officially stated that 12 people had been killed and 40 others injured in an horrific accident involving two passenger buses and a truck. A coach from the Phuong Trang passenger bus line was traveling from the central province of Quang Ngai to Ho Chi Minh City on National Highway 1 at around 4:15 am, when it collided with another bus from the Son Quy passenger line running in the opposite direction. Both buses burst into flames following the head-on collision, before a truck traveling from Ho Chi Minh City also crashed into them. According to Colonel Pham That, deputy chief of the Binh Thuan Department of Police, one of the deceased victims was identified as Phan Van Thao, driver of the Phuong Trang bus. Provincial police are coordinating with the Ministry … [Read more...]

DNA tests for verifying victims in traffic accident on highway to be conducted

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DNA tests will be conducted on bodies of 13 people burned beyond recognition in a fatal accident involving two passenger buses and a truck, which happened yesterday in the south-central province of Binh Thuan. A coach of Phuong Trang passenger bus line was travelling from the central province of Quang Ngai to Ho Chi Minh City on National Highway 1 at around 4:15 am, when it collided into another passenger bus running in the opposite direction. Consequently, both buses burst into flame following the serious head-on collision. 11 passengers died on the spot in the horrific road accident and one died on the way to hospital. At least 40 people got injured in the accident. Bodies of dead people were kept carefully in the province General Hospital for DNA tests. Deputy head of the Road Department under the Ministry of Public Security Lieutenant colonel Dinh The Anh said that a group of forensic medical workers wiould work on dead people’s DNA night round to verify identity. Party … [Read more...]

Over 30,000 detainees go to the polls

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Over 30,000 detainees nationwide cast ballots to elect deputies to the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2016-2021 tenure on May 22, according to the Ministry of Public Security’s General Department of Criminal Enforcement and Judicial Assistance. In Hanoi’s detention centre No.1, nearly 3,000 went to the polls. Detainee Tran Thi Thu said materials about the election and the list of candidates with their profiles were sent to detainees before the election, making it easier for them to choose the most capable ones to the legislature, the highest representative organ of the people and the supreme State power body. Detainee Pham Hong Thanh expressed his delight that the Party and State respect and protect citizens’ right to election and other legitimate rights and interests. Maj. Gen. Dinh Van Toan, Deputy Director of Hanoi’s public security agency said all officers and soldiers, particularly those working in detention … [Read more...]

Vietnam beefs up security as Obama to land in Hanoi tonight

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US President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to board Air Force One to depart for Vietnam and Japan from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US on May 21, 2016. Photo credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the security arrangements to welcome and host the visit of US President Barack Obama. Obama may land at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport on Sunday night, a little earlier than the previous schedule which expected him to arrive at 0:10 a.m. on Monday, Tuoi Tre newspaper said on Sunday morning, quoting a source from the US Embassy in Hanoi. The newspaper also quoted Major General Luong Van Khang, deputy head of the Guard Command unit under the Ministry of Public Security, as saying that all the plans to ensure the US president’s absolute safety is "ready", with all the security forces being mobilized to be on duty 24/24 hours. Khang said his unit has worked with the US Secret Service many … [Read more...]

Creating favorable conditions for voters to cast their ballot

Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh makes a speech at the working session with Hanoi Police’s Department of Road and Railway Transport.

The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Truong Hoa Binh worked with the Traffic Police Department on May 20 in Hanoi to examine works to ensure security, order and safety for the upcoming National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils elections for 2016-2021. At the working session, Traffic Police Department Director, Major General Tran Son Ha reported that his department has assigned detailed duties to its units nationwide to actively build plans for safeguarding the elections in accordance with the Plan set by the Ministry of Public Security. The Traffic Police Department launched a campaign to ensure traffic safety and social order between April 30-May 31, he said. Speaking at the meeting, Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh asked for close collaboration between the traffic police force and relevant agencies to ensure absolute safety for the upcoming elections. The Deputy PM urged the department to well perform its inspections, forecasts, and analysis, towards … [Read more...]

Security in Vietnam tightened ahead of Obama’s visit

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All necessary steps to heighten security in Vietnam have been completed, ready to serve the visit to the Southeast Asian country of U.S. President Barack Obama. The Guard Command under the Ministry of Public Security has mobilized all of its force, as well as those from other security units, to be on 24/7 duty during the May 23-25 trip of the U.S. president. "We have had the best equipment and personnel ready to ensure the absolute safety for the visit of President Obama," Luong Van Khang, deputy head of the Guard Command, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday afternoon. Obama will officially begin his visit in Hanoi on the morning of May 23 and leave the capital for Ho Chi Minh City on May 24, according to a schedule announced Friday by the White House. He will then depart from the southern metropolis for Japan to attend the G7 Summit. Similar measures to tighten security have also been taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Khang said his command had carefully discussed the … [Read more...]

Viet Nam heads to the polls

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Nearly 70 million Vietnamese are eligible to vote in the elections on Sunday, according to the National Election Council (NEC) yesterday. Voters have received their voter cards proving their eligibility to vote at nearly 91,500 election sites across the country, the NEC told reporters in a press briefing yesterday afternoon. Election campaigns run by National Assembly and People's Council candidates are allowed to carry on until 7am today - 24 hours before the official voting time. Candidates have been holding meetings since May 2 with more than 69 million citizens nationwide, accounting for about 76 per cent of the total population. May 22 Election Day will also mark the first time people in custody have been able to vote thanks to a change of law last year. Nguyễn Ngọc Bằng, head of the Police General Department of Criminal Verdict Execution and Judicial Assistance, said that the 2015 Law on Election of Deputies to National Assembly and People's Councils paved the way for more … [Read more...]

The Government’s regular meeting – April 2016

THE GOVERNMENT ------- SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAMIndependence - Freedom - Happiness --------------- No. 33/NQ-CP Ha Noi, May 09, 2016RESOLUTION THE GOVERNMENT’S REGULAR MEETING - APRIL 2016 THE GOVERNMENTPursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015;Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 08/2012/ND-CP dated February 16, 2012 promulgating the working regulation of the Government;Based on the discussion of the Cabinet’s members and the conclusion of the Prime Minister at the Government’s regular meeting in April 2016, held on May 04 and 05, 2016,RESOLVES: 1. Regarding the common tasks The Government's regular meeting in April 2016 was the first meeting after the Government’s consolidation since the 12th National Party Congress. In the context where the country, the world and the region have numerous advantages but also face with many difficulties and challenges while the remainder of the Government’s term … [Read more...]

Deputy PM asks absolute safety for May 22 elections

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh meets with representatives from Hanoi Police’s Department of Road and Railway Transport.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked for close collaboration between the traffic police force and relevant agencies to absolutely ensure safety for the upcoming 14th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils elections for 2016-2021. Speaking at a meeting with the Traffic Police Department on May 20 in Hanoi to examine works to ensure security, order and safety for the elections, the Deputy PM urged the agency that inspections, forecasts, and analysis are well performed, towards swiftly rolling out plans to settle any problems that can arise during the event. While highlighting the significance of the political event, Deputy PM Binh said the public security force and the traffic police force in particular should be the main forces in the work. He required the Department, the Ministry of Public Security and all traffic officers to firmly handle traffic violations, and effectively deal with illegal motorcycle racing and crimes along routes, especially at … [Read more...]

Action month to attack drug criminals: PM

Vietnamese Prime Minsiter has just asked the ministries, departments and municipal and provincial people’s committees to implement action month to prevent and attack drug criminals in June. The month-long campaign themed "Protecting young people from drug danger" aims to increase information of drug danger especially ill effects of synthetic drugs in the residents. The PM ordered the Ministry of Public Security to instruct all forces to concentratedly investigate and raze rings to sell drugs as well as complex residential quarters which are hot spots for drug sale in the country. Additionally police officers must arrest those who use computer and social networks to sell and encourage young people to use drug. The Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance should work closely with the Ministry of Public Security to control border crossings, airports, international harbors to prevent transactional drug trafficking ring to bring drug into Vietnam. The Ministry of Industry and … [Read more...]

Viet Tan: terrorist and reactionary nature

(VOVworld) - In order to deceive the overseas Vietnamese community, Hoang Co Minh founded the organization "Vietnam Reform Revolutionary Party" - referred to as Viet Tan - to conduct hostile activities against Vietnam with the ambition of overthrowing the people's administration in Vietnam. After the Great Victory in the spring of 1975, with the help from special foreign agencies and international reactionaries, some exile people having blood debts to Vietnam's people founded reactionary organisations to carry out plots and sinister activities to remove the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Viet Tan is one of such organizations. However, like many other reactionary organizations, they have the same disastrous outcome. A sinful past ... After the Great Victory in the spring of 1975, Vietnam entered a new era of unity, national independence and socialism. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, our people quickly overcame the dire consequences of 30 years … [Read more...]

Lawyer alleges Vietnamese military general’s role in real estate projects

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A Vietnamese military official and former editor-in-chief of a local newspaper has asked the Ministry of Public Security to clear his name after accusations of corruption were posted to Facebook by a local lawyer. Cong An Nhan Dan (People’s Police) newspaper, submitted a document to the Ministry of Public Security and the Hanoi Department of Police on Tuesday, asking for an investigation into his case. Lt. Gen. Uoc stated that he was defamed and slandered on Facebook after Tran Dinh Trien, chief of a local law firm, posted accusations alleging the military official’s role in a public property corruption scandal to his Facebook page on May 12. In the Facebook post, Trien addressed the accountability of Uoc in the inappropriate use of two land projects in the capital city that were approved by competent agencies for the Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper. The first piece of land, measuring over 5,000 square meters in area in Tu Liem District, was awarded by authorities to … [Read more...]

Vietnam eyes closer links with US, Australia in law enforcement

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(VOVworld) – Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security To Lam praised all-round cooperation between Vietnam and the US. At a reception in Hanoi on Wednesday, Lam urged US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius to boost public security cooperation in the interest of regional peace, stability, cooperation, and development. While receiving outgoing Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman the same day, Lam said he hopes that in whatever positions Borrowman may hold in the future, he will work to bolster cooperation between Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Australia’s law enforcement agencies. Lam promised stronger links between his Ministry and Australian agencies. … [Read more...]