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...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 29/5

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

bags-synthetic-drug-illustration-377623-100x100

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...]

Prime Minister orders collection of evidence relating to mass fish deaths

1878055-20160429171513-dead-fish

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested relevant ministries, agencies and localities to take comprehensive measures to deal with mass fish deaths along the central coast. Accordingly, the Ministry of Science and Technology was asked to coordinate with competent agencies in mobilising scientists, even foreign experts, if necessary, to promptly figure out the causes behind the fish deaths, ensuring they are done objectively and scientifically. The Ministry of Public Security will focus on collecting documents and evidence relating to this case and strictly punish any violations found in conformity with legal regulations. The PM urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to work with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the People’s Committees of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to calculate damage and give timely support for affected people. MARD and the Ministry of Heath will instruct the … [Read more...]

PM orders to widen corruption crackdown

Illustration photo

VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently promulgated a new directive to strengthen disclosure and settlement of corruption cases. The fight against corruption attained important outcomes, contributing to socio-economic development; political stability; enhancement of confidence in the Party and State. However, corruption still occurred complicatedly and the number of discovered cases remained modest. Early disclosure of corruption behaviors The Government chief tasked ministers, ministerial-level leaders, chairmen of the People’s Committees to timely discover dishonesty; improve investigations; uphold the roles of organizations and unions; and strictly apply punishment. The Government Inspectorate was assigned to improve investigation quality and early disclose corruption behaviors. He also noticed the importance of timely recovering corrupted assets and early preventing red tape. Commending corruption denunciators The Government Inspectorate was assigned to work … [Read more...]

Human trafficking increasing in Lào Cai

Borderguard force rescued a victim from human trafficker in northern Lào Cai Province. - Photo phapluatplus.vn

Trafficking of women and children has been on the rise in recent years in the northern border province of Lào Cai, making it a hotspot for this crime. Over the first four months of 2016, the provincial Border Guard has discovered and handled 13 cases of human trafficking and rescued 25 victims. During the 2014-25 period, the provincial Border Guard uncovered 67 cases, arresting 92 individuals and rescuing 214 victims. Among the cases detected last year, the Border Guard discovered and quashed an interprovincial women trafficking ring that also operated in An Giang, Kiên Giang, Hậu Giang, Bình Thuận and Cần Thơ. As many as 15 victims were rescued and reunited with their families. In the latest case last month, the border guard at the Border Station of Lào Cai International Border Gate rescued a five-year-old girl, who was being smuggled into China. Head of the provincial Border Guard's Drug and Criminal Department Nguyễn Văn Thái said human trafficking has become more … [Read more...]

Aggressively Fighting Illicit Trade in Tobacco

1877381-2016428144214-set

While global integration and economic crisis are major challenges to Vietnamese enterprises, rampant illicit trade in tobacco is the biggest and most uncontrollable challenge to cigarette companies. For years, the tobacco industry has not been alone in this tough battle. But, to hold back the illicit trade in cigarettes, stronger engagement of central and local government and awareness of consumers in the country are essential.Contraband tobacco has become a global issue In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the message "Eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco" with its rising concerns about serious harm of contraband cigarettes. In Vietnam, the Vietnam Tobacco Association said, "The strict regulatory environment for domestic tobacco industry is inadvertently facilitating the rapid growth and expansion of contraband tobacco and creating an unfair competition environment. Tobacco smuggling is super-profitable. As contraband cigarettes evade 70 per cent of special … [Read more...]

Social News 27/4

1876726-20160427101901-power

Coordinating board of ASEAN occupational safety network meets The 17th meeting of the ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network (ASEAN-OSHNET) Coordinating Board commenced in Da Nang city on April 26. The annual event is attended by more than 50 delegates from the 10 ASEAN nations, and representatives from the bloc's partner countries (the Republic of Korea, China and Japan) and international organisations. Opening the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said as they will face new arising challenges amidst global economic integration, the ASEAN-OSHNET Coordinating Board needs to devise stronger measures to enhance occupational safety and health. It should promote national programmes on occupational safety and health in the region and strengthen cooperation with international partners in the work. He stressed that Vietnam will play an active and responsible role to enhance occupational safety and health in ASEAN. At the … [Read more...]

New intelligence front and the threat to Vietnam

1876632-20160426155359-1

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam had become the target of spy attack of hackers, according to a US intelligence report. Network security is no longer a distant issue of developing countries like Vietnam. Vietnam’s delegate at a cyber-security conference in Russia in June 2015. Statistics show that Vietnam is among the top countries faced with malware. Vietnam ranked number 1 in the world for the rate of malware infection through portable storage devices (USB, memory sticks or external drives), with 70.83% of PCs infected and 39.95% of users faced withmalware from cyberspace. Colonel Nguyen Van Thinh, Deputy Director of the Network Security Agency of the Ministry of Public Security, cited intelligence reports on the global threat by the US company CrowdStrike with the warning that Vietnam may continue to be one of the key targets of hackers linked to the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) conflict. China has declared: "Cyberspace is the fifth battlefield … [Read more...]

Binh Chanh police chief suspended over coffee shop case

Van Nam and Quoc Hung Nguyen Sy Quang, head of the consultation office at the HCMC Police Department, confirmed Quy’s suspension when reached by the Daily on April 25 afternoon, after the prosecution in Binh Chanh District annulled criminal proceedings against Nguyen Van Tan, the owner of Xin Chao (hello) café. The Ministry of Public Security and the HCMC Police Department on April 25 morning met to determine responsibilities of police officers handling the case. In addition to Quy, who signed the decision filing charges against Tan, Nguyen Hoang Tuan from the district’s economic investigation police unit has also been suspended. Tuan signed a minutes on administrative violations found at the coffee shop after the inspections last year. After Quy was suspended, the department assigned Le Van Hai, deputy head of District 8’s police, to serve as deputy chief of Binh Chanh’s police, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports. Regarding legal proceedings against … [Read more...]

Adulterating animal feed could carry 20-year prison sentence

1876186-su-dung-chat-cam-trong-chan-nuoi-co-the-bi-phat-20-nam-tu

From July 1 this year, any individual or organisation found to have used banned substances in animal feed will face fines of up to VND3 billion (USD142,800) or 20 years in prison. Nguyen Van Viet, chief inspector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said these penalties were included in the revised Criminal Code which will take effect from July 1 this year. Nguyen Van Viet, chief inspector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development He also noted that Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Public Security had uncovered many companies last year, using banned substances in animal feed. However, the current laws does not provide for criminal prosecutions for these violations. The National Assembly discussed the necessity of tightening control over the production of animal feed through the revision of the Criminal Code to include the prosecution against the violators. According to the revised Criminal Code, the offenders will receive … [Read more...]

HCM City policemen face charges for cafe owner vendetta

1875860-20160422203834-11

The Ministry of Public Security have decided to suspend HCM City’s police officers that pursued an apparent vendetta against a local café owner. The decision was made after the HCM City’s Police Department submitted a document defined the responsibilities of each individual in the prosecution against Nguyen Van tan, owner of the Xin Chao coffee shop in Binh Chanh District, said Director of the department Lieutenant General Le Dong Phong. The ministry will suspend Colonel Nguyen Van Quy, head of the Binh Chanh District police division and Nguyen Hoang Tuan, deputy head of economic management division of the district and will consider the punishment for several police officers who participated in the investigation. Nguyen Van Tan, ower of Xin Chao coffee shop Meanwhile, Le Thanh Tong, deputy chief of the People’s Procuracy in District 6, who signed the prosecution decision and Ho Van Son and procurator at People’s Procuracy in Binh Chanh District who … [Read more...]

Corpse of Hanoi’s legendary turtle preserved through plastination

The turtle was

The body of the legendary turtle in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake is being preserved through plastination, a lengthy process that began on Thursday, officials announced the same day. found dead on the afternoon of January 19, apparently due to old age as well as the then cold weather in Vietnam’s capital. The Hoan Kiem turtle, affectionately known as "Cu Rua" (Great-Grandfather Turtle) by the Vietnamese people, had long been a symbol of the capital city, reflecting its culture and long-standing history. The Vietnam National Museum of Nature (VNMN), where the turtle’s corpse has been kept in cold storage since its death, said it began plastinating the turtle’s body on Thursday. Plastination is a technique for preservation of bodies or body parts where the water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample, according to the Journal of the … [Read more...]

Hai Duong Police Department’s 70th founding anniversary solemnly celebrated

Lieutenant General To Lam, Politburo Member cum Minister of Public Security, presents a picture of President Ho sitting working to Hai Duong provincial police

Hai Duong provincial police on April 21 morning solemnly celebrated the 70th founding anniversary of the Hai Duong Police Department (April 24, 1946 – 2016). Senior Lieutenant General To Lam, Politburo Member, Minister of Public Security; Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien, Member of the Central Party Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council; Mr. Bui Thanh Quyen, former Member of the Central Party Committee, former Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, former Chairman of the Provincial People's Council, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies; Mr. Vu Van Son, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; and Mr. Nguyen Duong Thai, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, attended the event. Speaking at the ceremony Senior Lieutenant General To Lam and Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Manh Hien praised, … [Read more...]

Launching “Doraemon with traffic safety in Vietnam” programme

At the launching ceremony.

The Hanoitimes - Department of Traffic Police under the Ministry of Public Security in collaboration with Japan’s Mainichi Newspapers Co. Ltd held a ceremony to launch the "Doraemon with traffic safety in Vietnam" programme in Hanoi on April 20. The programme aims to popularise effective solutions Japan has deployed to educate children about traffic safety, thus reducing accidents in the country. According to the programme, Doraemon, a famous Japanese manga character, is featured in a traffic safety campaign targeting Vietnamese children. Doraemon is popular among children in Asia, including Vietnam, and has been considered to be a symbol of traffic safety for decades in Japan. As part of the drive, a slogan contest is open for students aged between 6-15 under the theme "Be careful on the way to school". Others aged 16 and over can create slogans themed "For children’s safety" to vie for awards. The best slogan will be used as the road safety slogan of the year … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Businesses and IPR Enforcement in the Light of TPP

1874240-ba-thanh-ha

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), in cooperation with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry – VCCI and BSA | The Software Alliance, on April 20 held a business forum under the theme of "Vietnamese businesses and IPR enforcement in the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement" as part of a series of activities in the "One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration". Key discussions in the roundtable focus on the most important issues associated with Vietnam’s intellectual property (IP) commitments as part of TPP. The event was attended by senior officials and representatives of eight different member ministries and line agencies of the government inter-ministerial IPR Task Forces (Program 168), international organizations and business associations, local business societies and a wide variety of industrial property agencies.The business forum shared presentations and discussions on various concerns related to … [Read more...]

Hanoi: “Doreamon with traffic safety” program launched

At the ceremony

PANO- The Department of Traffic Police under the Ministry of Public Security in association with Japan’s Mainichi Newspapers Group on 20th April held a ceremony to kick off the "Doreamon with traffic safety in Vietnam" program in 2016. The program includes two subprojects. The first subproject is a slogan making contest for school students. The contest has two categories with two themes: "Be careful on the way to school" for school students aged 6-15 and "For children’s safety" for school students aged 16 and above. According to the organizers, slogans are new ideas written in Vietnamese and not more than 20 words. Each contestant can submit more than one slogan, and registration is available from 6th to 15th May 2016. The best ones will be used as the program's official traffic safety slogans in primary and junior secondary schools across the country. The second subproject involves traffic safety education and dissemination drives as well as traffic safety courses in … [Read more...]

Hai Duong teams enter semifinals

The female team of Hai Duong Hoang Thach Vicem Cement won in the first match and officially booked a ticket to the semifinal round. In the photo: Player Vu Thi Thu Ha (right)

The 7th International Table Tennis Tournament for Hoang Thach Cup opened on April 20 evening at the Hai Duong Provincial Gymnasium. This year's tournament attracted nearly 100 male and female players of seven domestic teams from Ha Noi, Vinh Long, Tien Giang, the national youth team, the Army, the Ministry of Public Security, and the host Hai Duong Hoang Thach Vicem Cement, and Guangxi (China). Despite the absence of excellent players from Ho Chi Minh city, the tournament still features most of the top players of the country like Dinh Quang Linh, Le Tien Dat, and Luong Thi Tam of the Army, Pham Thanh Son and Nguyen Thi Viet Linh of the Ministry of Public Security, Nguyen Van Ngoc, Doan Ba Tuan Anh, and Nguyen Duc Tuan of Hai Duong Hoang Thach Vicem Cement, Nguyen Anh Tu of Ha Noi, and defending champions Peng Bo and Liu Jingxian (Guangxi). The players are competing in men and women's team and singles events. In the team events, there are eight male and seven female teams … [Read more...]

3 Vietnamese wanted for US citizenship fraud scheme

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have put out a warrant for three men accused of stealing more than US$750,000 from a local by lying that they could help her family gain US citizenship. Tran Van Tam, Ta Van Thao and Nguyen Thanh Tri approached the woman in October 2015, introducing themselves as officers at the Ministry of Public Security, the woman said in her complaint. She said she was convinced as they always showed up in uniform and traveled in cars with sirens. Tam told her that his group was assigned a special mission and they could help prepare papers for her family to win US citizenship. They set their price at VND16.8 billion (US$753,648) and asked her not to tell anyone because "it’s national secret." But all of them disappeared after she transferred the money in November. … [Read more...]

South Korean rape suspect arrested in Vietnam

1873294-korean-nhmw

Kim Suktai, who is wanted for rape in South Korea, has been arrested in Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Vietnam police A South Korean wanted for rape in his country has been arrested in southern Vietnam where he had been hiding. The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement Tuesday that Kim Suk Tai, 55, was arrested at a guesthouse in Dong Nai Province this month. There is an Interpol warrant for him for raping a masseuse at a massage parlor in South Korea last year. He fled the country soon after that. Vietnamese law enforcement started looking for him after receiving an alert from Interpol. They found he was hiding in the south and had hired someone to prepare papers for leaving the country. The police are investigating if Kim has committed any crimes in Vietnam. … [Read more...]