Cop detained for helping Vinalines ex-chairman hide

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Police in Hai Phong have detained the vice police chief of a commune for forging papers for a former anti-smuggling officer to use in helping Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), hide from authorities until his arrest in September. Pham Dinh Nghien, 46, deputy chief of police of An Tho Commune, An Lao District, is suspected to have counterfeited papers for Dong Xuan Phong, 38, a former anti-smuggling officer in Hai Phong, which he used to assist Dung in hiding from police after Dung fled on May 17. … [Read more...]

Cop held for facilitating Vinalines ex-leader escape

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Police in Hai Phong City have seized the police chief of a commune for forging papers for a former anti-smuggling officer to use them in helping Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), hide from authorities until his arrest in early September. Duong Chi Dung Photo: Tuoi Tre … [Read more...]

Ex-official Duong Chi Dung extradited to Hanoi

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Duong Chi Dung, a former director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, has been extradited to Hanoi. >> Fugitive ex-official Duong Chi Dung arrested abroad. >> PM closely monitors Duong Chi Dung's case: Minister. >> State agencies call for confession from Dung's aids. As of 7:30 am, Dung, accompanied by investigators of the police department for investigating corruption crimes (C48), arrived at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport via Gate 4. Prior to that, Dung was on board of the Vietnam Airlines' VN1166 flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. There was a large number of policemen gathering at the airport for the extradition of Duong Chi Dung. The Ministry of Public Security announced on September 5 that Vietnam police captured Duong Chi Dung one day earlier. Dung, 55, was nabbed reportedly in another Southeast Asian nation, and was now being extradited to Vietnam by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), said the … [Read more...]

Gov’t says to disband several economic groups

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Ngoc Lan HANOI - The Government is looking to pull down the number of State economic groups to around five or seven, meaning several conglomerate-type groups will be disbanded, stated Minister Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam. Replying to local media's question over the Ministry of Construction's proposal to abolish the State economic group model of Song Da Corporation and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUD) due to inefficient business, Chairman Dam said the plans for reorganizing HUD and Song Da are under consideration. "The current number of eleven groups will certainly shrink to five or seven," he said. This is part of the process for State group and corporation restructuring already approved by the Government. Particularly, the Prime Minister's responsibility to manage the conglomerates active in the State monopoly fields like Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) will … [Read more...]

Former maritime chief wanted internationally

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Interpol's secretariat general has issued an internationally wanted notice for Duong Chi Dung, former head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, who fled on the country on May 17 after his serious economic offenses were uncovered. Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security had earlier issued a special wanted notice for Dung, 55, who had fled before an arrest warrant for him could be prepared. Dung, a native of Hai Duong Province, has been charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences" for his wrongdoings committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines). If found guilty, Dung may face a sentence of up to life imprisonment. On September 7, 2011 the Government's Inspectorate issued a decision to inspect Vinalines after the group, for the first time, announced its loss of VND660 billion (US$31.7 million) in the first six months of 2011. In early … [Read more...]

Wanted maritime chief’s promotion under scanner

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Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam Maritime Administration, has not been found since May 17 afternoon when police attempted to arrest him for economic offenses committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vinalines. As earlier reported, police from the Ministry of Public Security on May 17-18 arrested the former general director of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Mai Van Phuc, 54, and Tran Huu Chieu, Vinalines’ vice general director. … [Read more...]

Chief of Vietnam Maritime Administration arrested

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The incumbent chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Duong Chi Dung, who is former chairman of the state-owned shipping company Vinalines, and two other high-ranking officials were arrested and prosecuted Friday in Hanoi. Duong Chi DungPhoto: Tuoi Tre According to the arrest warrant of the central investigation police, the three officials are charged of 'intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences'. The two officials include Mai Van Phuc, 54, who is deputy chief of Transport Administration under the Ministry of Transport and former general director of Vinalines; and Tran Huu Chieu, 60, who is former deputy general director of the shipping firm. Police also searched their offices on Friday. Dung and Phuc will be detained for four months for police investigation, transport deputy minister Truong Tan Vien said, citing the information from the police. Vinalines, the largest state-owned shipping and port operator in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Wanted notice issued for chief of Vietnam Maritime

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The incumbent chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Duong Chi Dung, who is former chairman of the state-owned shipping company Vinalines, and two other high-ranking officials were indicted Friday in Hanoi. Duong Chi DungPhoto: Tuoi Tre According to the arrest warrant of the central investigation police, the three officials are charged of 'intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences'. However, Duong Chi Dung is nowhere to be found. Police have issued a wanted notice for him. The two arrested officials include Mai Van Phuc, 54, who is deputy chief of Transport Administration under the Ministry of Transport and former general director of Vinalines; and Tran Huu Chieu, 60, who is former deputy general director of the shipping firm. Police also searched their offices on Friday. Dung and Phuc will be detained for four months for police investigation, transport deputy minister Truong Tan Vien said, citing the information from … [Read more...]

Wanted maritime boss vanishes; promotion questioned

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Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam Maritime Administration, has not been found since May 17 afternoon when police attempted to arrest him for economic offenses committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vinalines. As earlier reported, police from the Ministry of Public Security on May 17-18 arrested the former general director of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Mai Van Phuc, 54, and Tran Huu Chieu, Vinalines' vice general director. An indictment and arrest warrant was issued for Duong Chi Dung, 55 but he was not found at his office or house so Hanoi police have issued a wanted notice on him. The three are charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences." Do Duc Tien, Dung's deputy head, told Tuoi Tre, "On May 17 morning, Dung arrived at the office and I met him to report that I was going to take a business trip." Another official of the agency also confirmed that Dung … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang visits Laos

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(VOVworld)- President Truong Tan Sang, his wife and a Vietnamese delegation arrived in Vientiane on Monday beginning an official visit to Laos at the invitation of the Lao Party leader and President Choumaly Sayasone. During talks held after the official welcoming ceremony, the Lao President emphasized the significance of President Sang’s visit saying it would contribute to strengthening the special traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. President Sang expressed his belief that the Lao people will successfully fulfill the tasks set out at the 9th National Congress of the Lao Revolutionary Party. Sang said Vietnam supported Laos’ holding of the ASEAN Presidency in 2016. The two leaders vowed to do their best to foster bilateral ties. They agreed to maintain delegation exchanges and strengthen bilateral cooperation in national defense and security and successfully implement agreements signed at the 37th session of the Vietnam-Laos … [Read more...]

Boosting Vietnam-Laos comprehensive cooperation

Lao Party leader and President Choumaly Sayasone welcomes Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in 2012- Photo: TTXVN

(VOVworld)- Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and his wife began an official visit to Laos on Monday at the invitation of the Lao Party leader and President Choumaly Sayasone. The visit will strengthen the special friendship between the two countries. To mark the occasion, VOV reviews the development of the Vietnam-Laos comprehensive cooperation. This is President Truong Tan Sang’s third visit to Laos. He previously visited Laos in February, 2012, and November 2013. This visit demonstrates the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and will further bilateral cooperation in politics, security, national defense, trade, investment, culture, education, and training. Close friendship Vietnam and Laos established diplomatic ties on September 5, 1962. Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and Lao President Cayson Phomvihan laid the foundation for the special bilateral relationship which has been treasured by generations of … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Iran work to enhance multi-faceted cooperation

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Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour. (Photo: VNA) Vietnam and Iran should exert more efforts to effectively implement their existing agreements, particularly those signed during Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Iran visit last October, said Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Welcoming Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour in Hanoi on March 17, Minh affirmed that Vietnam treasures its friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Iran. He said he is delighted with positive development in the bilateral ties in recent years. The guest spoke of the great achievements Vietnam has obtained during its nation-building and development process, suggesting the country continue coordinating with Iran in trade and agriculture. He took the opportunity to convey Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s invitation to visit Iran to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, and Iranian FM Javad … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Iran work to enhance multi-faceted co-operation

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Vietnamese Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh receives Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour. (Credit: VGP) NDO/VNA – Vietnam and Iran should exert more efforts to effectively implement their existing agreements, particularly those signed during Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Iran visit last October, said Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Welcoming Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour in Hanoi on March 17, Minh affirmed that Vietnam treasures its friendship and multi-faceted co-operation with Iran. He said he is delighted with the positive development in the bilateral ties in recent years. The guest spoke of the great achievements Vietnam has obtained during its nation-building and development process, suggesting the country continue co-ordinating with Iran in trade and agriculture. He took the opportunity to convey Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s invitation to visit Iran to Vietnamese President … [Read more...]

Government News 17/3

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Cuban Prosecutor General welcomed in HCM City Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, greeted Cuban Prosecutor General Dario Delgado Cura on March 16. The host spoke highly of the current working visit to Vietnam by the Cuban procuracy delegation. He underscored the fruitful results of cooperation between the Supreme Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam and Cuba, saying they have contributed to fostering the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Cuba. Hai affirmed the city’s pledge to make every effort to boost cooperation with localities in Cuba and share experience in the procuracy sector to increase friendship and affiliations between the two countries. For his part, the Cuban guest said the Supreme Procuracy of Cuba values and promotes cooperation with the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam. He affirmed his belief that the two countries will support one another towards mutual development, thus strengthening the … [Read more...]

Vietnam thanks Japan for support in disaster prevention

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Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Photo: VNA) Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan thanked Japan for supporting Vietnam in disaster prevention and control and climate change response during her meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Sendai city on March 15. The two sides voiced their delight at the vigorous growth of the Vietnamese-Japanese relations over the past years, particularly since their ties were lifted to the strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia during Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to Japan one year ago. The Vietnamese Vice President, who is in the Japanese city to attend the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, asked Japan to share more experience and technology to help promote her country’s disaster prevention capacity, including building shelter for fishing boats and maintaining dams. She appreciated Japan’s provision of official … [Read more...]

Social News 13/3

World Meteorological Day 2015 to be observed in Vietnam Vietnam will hold a meeting in Vinh city in the central province of Nghe An on March 23 as part of activities for World Meteorological Day, announced the Department of Hydrometeorology and Climate Change. A series of activities will be held across localities to mark the event, the department revealed. This year, World Meteorological Day will be themed "Climate Knowledge for Climate Action." According to Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation Michel Jarraud, the theme could not be more relevant as the world moves towards ambitious decisions and actions to address climate change. Information on weather and climate, given its variability and change, is so embedded in daily life from daily weather forecasts to seasonal climate predictions that it can be easy to forget the amount of observation, research, computing and analysis that lies behind weather and climate information products, he said. The knowledge … [Read more...]

Fostering Vietnam-Russia parliamentary cooperation

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov received Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son at the headquarters of the Federation Council (photo: VOV)

(VOVworld) – The Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership has made significant progress thanks to close cooperation between the two parliaments, said Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov. At a Tuesday reception for Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son at the headquarters of the Federation Council, Umakhanov hailed Vietnam’s hosting of the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU 132), saying Russia will send a delegation to the event.: "Russia attaches much importance to Vietnam’s hosting of IPU 132 for the first time and this is reflected in the participation of a high-ranking Russian delegation led by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council of Russia." Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son said Vietnam has completed its preparations for IPU 132. He briefed his host on upcoming visits between Vietnam and Russia, in particular Russian Prime … [Read more...]

India Research Centre offered assistance

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Participants of the meeting. Source: HCMA Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran visited and gave 100,000 USD in funding from the Indian government to the India Research Centre at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration (HCMA) in Hanoi on March 10. The Ambassador spoke highly of the centre’s consistent development, saying that she will mobilise Indian agencies to assist the centre’s operation. HCMA Director Ta Ngoc Tan sincerely thanked the Indian government and people for their valuable assistance in supporting the activities of the centre. He said that the grant will allow the centre to sow an important seed in future research collaboration between India and Vietnam. The Indian Research Centre was inaugurated in September 2014 by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.-VNA … [Read more...]

US Ambassador hopes to strengthen relations with VN

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The United States and Viet Nam has made remarkable progress in bilateral relations in only 20 years, and are laying strong foundations for their future growth, US Ambassador Ted Osius said on Friday. He was speaking to about 500 students about US-Viet Nam relations at the Viet Nam National University (VNU), where he joined a tree-planting ceremony. The event is one of many being held this year to mark the 20th year of US-Viet Nam diplomatic relations and the event is among anniversary activities. Their Comprehensive Partnership was signed in 2013 by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and US President Barack Obama. It identified a broad and strategic list of areas that the two nations should co-operate and work together towards ensuring peace, stability, co-operation, and prosperity, he said. He said the US visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong later this year would help move the Comprehensive Partnership forward. Weighing in on the East Sea situation, he said: "We … [Read more...]