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...]

Illegal firecracker business fuelled by Tet

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Up to 226 cases of illegal firecracker smuggling nationwide have been recorded since last November with a total 11,500 kilos of different kinds of firecracker confiscated, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Up to 226 cases of illegal firecracker smuggling nationwide have been recorded since last November The Police Department for Administrative Management of Social Order (C64) recently worked with border soldiers and customs agencies in efforts to impound 1,450 kilos of firecrackers in Dong Trieu District, Quang Ninh Province. Between September last year and January, police in the central province of Nghe An confiscated nearly 2.6 tonnes of illegal firecrackers in 39 cases. Colonel Vu Minh Hung from C64 said traders bought firecrackers in China and then tried to smuggle them into the country. After that, the traders hire residents in border areas to transport them through mountainous roads to Vietnam. The areas bordering Laos and Cambodia are commonly used. Hung added … [Read more...]

Vietnam arrests 9 for embezzlement at Mekong Housing Bank: report

Three former executives of partly-private Mekong Housing Bank and six senior managers of its securities company have been taken into custody for serious financial violations, local media reported on Wednesday. The arrests came months after the central bank merged the lender into BIDV, one of Vietnam's biggest banks, and the State Securities Commission of Vietnam suspended Mekong Housing Bank Securities JSC. According to Cong An Nhan Dan news website, the suspects allegedly used Mekong Housing Bank's money to invest in bonds and stocks without permission and then kept the profits. They also allegedly deposited the some of the money into different branches of the bank to pocket interest payments. The website reported that they had caused around VND100 billion (US$4.44 million) of losses to the bank, without elaborating. The website is a publication of the Ministry of Public Security. Among the arrests were Huynh Nam Dung, 60, former bank chairman, Nguyen Phuoc Hoa, 60, former bank … [Read more...]

Fight stepped up against illegal trade of petrol at sea

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The Border Guard and Coast Guard forces must step up efforts to crack down on the illegal trade of oil and petrol at sea, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said. Phuc, who is also head of the National Steering Board on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities or Steering Committee 389, requested the involved authorities to increase information exchanges and devise prevention plans in the field. According to the Ministry of National Defence, the hotspots cover the south-west exclusive economic zone, and the coastal localities of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Nghe An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, and international seaports. The Coast Guard and Border Guard forces commenced criminal proceedings against two cases, involving 15 defendants, for allegedly trafficking nearly 650,000 litres of DO oil, from early December 2012 to late September 2015. They also confiscated over 21 million liters of petrol and oil and collected administrative … [Read more...]

Deputy PM tours Noi Bai airport

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has visited Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport to examine its operations before Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Praising the airport's efforts to satisfy rising travel demand, the deputy PM, who is also Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, on Monday urged the aviation sector to ensure service quality and safety, and minimise flight cancellations and delays during peak season. The deputy PM also urged airport customs officers to keep a close watch on people and goods coming in and out so they can handle any emergencies. The aviation sector was asked to enhance connections between airports to reduce pressure on major ones. He stressed the aviation sector had to ensure the absolute safety of flights in all weather and circumstances. He asked the airport and relevant authorities for ensuring security and order at the airport, and not to increase the ticket price. Checking the airport customs work, the deputy … [Read more...]

Fewer pig farms found to use banned substances

Thuy Dung A report of the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) under the ministry showed that the number of samples testing positive for banned substances including Salbutamol and Auramine is less than in December last year. Last month, the ministry set up two inspection teams to carry out snap checks of 20 animal feed firms in the northern region and 11 firms in the south. Inspectors took some 207 samples of animal feed for testing but none of these samples contained Salbutamol and Auramine. Explaining why animal feed producers have stopped using banned substances, leaders of the inspection teams said the ministry and police of the Ministry of Public Security have worked harder to prevent the use of banned substances and have taken heavy sanctions against violators. Firms found to use banned substances in animal feed production will face criminal charges under articles 190 and 317 of the 2015 Penal Code. Besides, relevant agencies have … [Read more...]

Another controversial rule

The Saigon Times Daily Circular 01/2016/TT-BCA, with effect from February 15, aims at enabling the traffic police to prevent law violations and fulfill their duties on the road. However, it is contrary to relevant laws, especially the law on compulsory purchase and requisition of properties, according to local media. The law on requisition of properties specifies that this measure only applies to certain defense and security cases and that it will be taken by the Government as a last resort. The law puts such property requisition in the hands of the ministers of defense, public security, industry-trade, transport, health, and agriculture-rural development, and of provincial leaders. Officials at lower levels cannot be entrusted to issue decisions on property requisition. In recent years the public has been empowered by modern communication technologies, especially mobile phones with built-in cameras. In fact, they have used their smartphones to film malpractices such as bribe … [Read more...]

GrabCar pilot project gets government support

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The Vietnamese government has just given the greenlight to a ground-breaking pilot project, which aims to strengthen the state’s management of IT-based commercial passenger transportation connection services, particularly with regards to regulations relating to taxation and conditions required for businesses operating in the sector. The GrabTaxi service received the nod from the Ministry of Transport at a ceremony recently The pilot project is to be implemented in five cities and provinces of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Danang and Khanh Hoa in a two-year period, from January 2016 to January 2018. According to the Ministry of Transportation (MoT), the successful implementation of the pilot project will enhance efficiency in the commercial transportation sector, create fair competition and contribute to the reduction of transportation costs for the benefits of consumers and society as a whole. To participate in this project, companies must have their own pilot project proposals, which … [Read more...]

Board members of Vietnam’s state-run bank probed for violations in previous positions

Investigators from the Ministry of Public Security have taken legal action against Huynh Nam Dung and Nguyen Phuoc Hoa, both 59, who are members of the director board of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), a

Two members of the board of directors of a state-run bank in Vietnam have been investigated for several violations in the management of their previous working institutions. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper source at the state-run bank confirmed on Saturday afternoon. Dung was the chairman of the management board of the Mekong Housing Bank (MHB) while Hoa was its general director, before the lender was merged with BIDV on May 23, 2015. Police officers have also instituted legal proceedings against several other people who used to be officials at the MHB Securities Corporation (MHBS) and summoned other relevant individuals. The suspects are accused of several offenses in the management of business activities at MHB and MHBS, which led to the ineffective operation of the two institutions, according to the Tuoi Tre source. BIDV issued an announcement on Saturday, stating that it had stripped Dung and Hoa of their board membership in order to assist the police’s probe. The bank … [Read more...]

Activities celebrate success of 12th National Party Congress

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PANO – The General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army held a ceremony to mark the 86th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and welcome the success of the 12th National Party Congress on January 29th. The event saw the participation of the General Department’s Director, General Ngo Xuan Lich, and its Deputy Directors. Delivering a speech, Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Deputy Director of the General Department, reminisced about the development of the Party. Over the past time, the Party has successfully held 12 congresses, marking the country’s glorious period in the national construction and defence cause. Notably, at the 12th National Party Congress, 22 members of the Army Party Committee were elected to the new 12th Party Central Committee. To date, the General Department of Politics has successfully instructed and carried out the Party and political work in the army, remarkably contributing to building a … [Read more...]

Experts worried about quality of fire extinguishers for cars

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Experts have warned that equipping cars with old fire extinguishers is dangerous as they could explode. Some shops in HCM City have collected old fire extinguishers, repaired them and sold them to customers to equip four-seat and nine-seat cars. The owner of one shop selling fire extinguishers in District 11, who remains anonymous, said that besides selling new fire extinguishers, she also collected old ones and repaired and resold them. She bought old fire extinguishers for VND50,000-100,000 (US$2.2-4.4) per bottle. Although the old fire extinguishers were repaired, some out of date ones could suddenly explode, she said. The owner of another fire prevention tool shop in District 12 said that the old fire extinguishers were sold at the same price as the new ones, about VND180,000-300,000 ($8-13). Colonel Huynh Ngoc Quan, head of the Fire Prevention Division under the HCM City Fire Prevention and Control Police Department, said that fire extinguishers in vehicles had to be … [Read more...]

Experts say old fire extinguishers unsafe

HCM CITY (VNS) — Experts have warned that equipping cars with old fire extinguishers is dangerous as they could explode. Some shops in HCM City have collected old fire extinguishers, repaired them and sold them to customers to equip four-seat and nine-seat cars. The owner of one shop selling fire extinguishers in District 11, who remains anonymous, said that besides selling new fire extinguishers, she also collected old ones and repaired and resold them. She bought old fire extinguishers for VND50,000-100,000 (US$2.2-4.4) per bottle. Although the old fire extinguishers were repaired, some out of date ones could suddenly explode, she said. The owner of another fire prevention tool shop in District 12 said that the old fire extinguishers were sold at the same price as the new ones, about VND180,000-300,000 ($8-13). Colonel Huynh Ngoc Quan, head of the Fire Prevention Division under the HCM City Fire Prevention and Control Police Department, said that fire extinguishers in … [Read more...]

Vietnam to implement new fiat detailing authority of traffic police next month

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Vietnamese authorities have issued a new circular that promulgates the duties, powers, and content of the patrol and inspection of traffic police in the country. The Circular 01/2016/TT-BCA, issued by the Ministry of Public Security, will take effect on February 15. According to the new regulations, traffic police will be authorized to pull vehicles over in the following circumstances: - Officers or specialized devices and equipment detect acts that violate traffic law. - Officers are following orders from the head of the Traffic Police Department or chiefs of provincial bureaus of police. - Officers are following the schedule of patrol and inspection planned by the head of traffic police divisions at the district level and above. - Officers are given documents issued by the heads or deputy heads of investigation authorities, or those of competent authorities, that allow traffic stops in order to ensure security and order and to fight against certain crimes. The … [Read more...]

Artistic program welcoming success of Party Congress

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PANO – The General Departments of Politics of the Ministry of National Defence and Ministry of Public Security are co-organizing an art program themed "Steadily advancing under Party’s flag" to welcome the success of the 12th National Party Congress. The 60 minute program includes performances in praise of the Party, Uncle Ho, the Fatherland, traditions of the Army and Police forces, and to welcome Binh Than Lunar New Year 2016. The performances, co-prepared by the Army Theatre and the Police Art Troupe, will be broadcast live on the People’s Police TV Channel and the Vietnam National Defence TV Channel at 8pm January 29th. Translated by Thanh Giang … [Read more...]

12th National Party Congress: turning Vietnam into an industrial country

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(VOVworld) – In his opening speech at the 12th National Party Congress, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong affirmed the goal of turning Vietnam into a modern industrialized country. Delegates to the 12th National Party Congress support the goal and agree that the Communist Party of Vietnam has wisely assessed the situation and set appropriate development orientations for the future. The 8th National Party Congress set a goal of turning Vietnam into a modern industrialized country by 2020. For the past 20 years, the Party and the nation have strived to reach the target. But for a number of internal and external reasons, that goal will not be achieved. Accurately assessing reality Analysts say industrialization and modernization over the past 20 years recorded 9 accomplishments and 10 shortcomings. Notable results were sustainable and corporate development in agriculture and rapid growth in industry, construction, and services. But these achievements could not negate the … [Read more...]

Used fire extinguishers for sale in Ho Chi Minh City

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Used fire extinguishers are being collected and refurbished by shops in Ho Chi Minh City, which are then onselling to car owners who need to equip their vehicles with the devices as per new regulations. In addition to selling brand new fire extinguishers, a shop in District 11 of the southern city are also offering the used fire safety devices, which have been repaired by its staff, according to the shopkeeper. She added that the old extinguishers were bought at prices ranging from VND50,000 (US$2.23) to VND100,000 ($4.46). At a store in District 12, a refurbished fire extinguisher is offered at VND300,000 ($13.39) while the cost of a new one is VND450,000 ($20). "The old fire safety devices are not branded with the inspection stamps but only with the warranty of the store. Buyers who want the product quality certified with the correct inspection stamps must purchase a brand new extinguisher," according to the store owner. The used products are given a new coat of paint and … [Read more...]

Prime Minister urges preparation tasks for Tet holiday

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The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has recently signed the publictelegraph 144 / CD-TTg requiring ministries, ministerial-level agencies, Government agencies, People`s Committees of provinces and cities to urge preparation tasks for the upcoming Lunar New Year Festival. The Government chief tasked ministerial and local leaders to drastically realize Directive 31/CT-TTg, dated December 24, 2015 on enhancing the management and administration work to stabilize market and price and ensure social order and safety on the 2016 Lunar New Year Festival. ​ The Ministry of Industry and Trade was assigned to ensure the balance of goods supply and demand; prevent product shortage and price hike; and provide goods at reasonable prices, especially in urban, far-reaching, mountainous and island areas. Competent agencies were instructed to tighten market control and combat illegal trafficking, trade frauds, and poor-quality products. The Ministry of Public Security was asked to … [Read more...]

Ministry to ensure food safety, strict punishments during Tet

The Ministry of Agiculture and Rural Development (MARD) plans to intensify unannounced food safety inspections. MARD Chief Inspector Nguyen Van Viet spoke to Tin Tuc (News) about the issue. What is the focus of MARD's agriculture inspections before and after Tet holidays? To have safe products for consumption in local markets, MARD has set targets to improve farmers' awareness and knowledge on the importance of ensuring food safety at all steps of their production process. As a way to intensify its food safety inspections, the ministry will focus on taking samples from agriculture products for examination and will issue safety confirmations before allowing them to be consumed on the market. From now until Tet, it will increase the number of unannounced inspections on many food factories nationwide. It has been mobilising all of its food safety management forces including the departments of veterinary and quality control in co-operation with units under the Ministry of Health to … [Read more...]