No-show by 113 emergency police leaves Vietnam family at mercy of gang


A hawker's family in Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam was brutally attacked by armed men early Wednesday, but received no help from 113, the emergency police unit, despite repeated calls. Le Thi Loan, 31, shows the injuries inflicted by machete-wielding gangsters early Wednesday Le Van Khanh, 55, his wife Le Thi Tho, 54, and their daughter and son, who live in Ben Cat District, suffered severe machete injuries. The victims said three of the men first came at around 1 a.m. to buy dumplings from Le Thi Loan, 31, the daughter, but complained about the high price, and returned later with dozens of others with machetes to attack Loan and demolish her cart. The other three of the family were injured while trying to save Loan. "A ferocious-looking man ordered the others to cut Khanh to death," Tho said. "We kept begging them, but they just continued until we all passed out on the sidewalk." Some of Khanh's relatives, who had been too scared to intervene, said they dialled 113 … [Read more...]

3 boys drown in south-central Vietnam


The bodies of three boys aged between 7 and 10 were found in a river in the southern central province of Ninh Thuan on Sunday. Ninh Thuan Province's Dinh River in which three boys aged between 7 and 10 drowned on Friday On Friday afternoon, Dao Vinh Hung, Le Van Khanh, both 10, and Nguyen Van Bi, 7, went to the Dinh River in the province's Phan Rang-Thap Cham City to bathe. Their families started looking for them after it turned dark and the boys had not returned home. They found the boy's clothes on the banks of the river. RELATED CONTENT Brothers drown in central Vietnam riverMore than 200 children drown in Vietnam After searching for the children the whole night, they sought help from local soldiers who recovered the three bodies from the river on Sunday afternoon. Around 3,500 children drowned last year in Vietnam. A report released last month by UNICEF states that drowning is a leading killer of children across parts of Asia. The report surveyed four countries … [Read more...]

Wartime poisons persist in Bien Hoa


Environmentalists are hopeful the first international study of dioxin contamination around Bien Hoa Airbase will pave the way for a US-funded cleanup International and local researchers conduct sediment sampling around the Bien Hoa Airbase. The first-ever international study has confirmed continued dioxin contamination at the airbase and called for an immediate stop to fish harvesting in the area. PHOTO COURTESY OF HATFIELD CONSULTANTS … [Read more...]

Southern gangsters get 81 years in jail for machete attack


A group of ten alleged gang members received a total of 81 years in jail for attacking a man with machetes and severely injuring his companion. A sentencing in the southern province of Binh Duong on Friday gave the assorted men 76 years in total, while a trial in nearby Dong Nai Province had already given one of them five years for sending his men across the provincial border to the attack. … [Read more...]

Vietnam to open doors for private investment in railway infrastructure


The Vietnam Railways Corporation (VRC) on Monday put forward a proposal to allow private investors to build logistic facilities and offer associated services in three railway projects under the public private partnership (PPP) model in a meeting on implementing the PPP in railway infrastructure in Hanoi. Local media cited Tran Ngoc Thanh, chairman of the VRC, as saying that under the PPP mechanism, his corporation will be responsible for setting up transport infrastructure like unloading equipment, train stabling facilities, and warehouses at three stations Yen Vien (Hanoi), Dong Dang (Lang Son Province in the north), and Song Than (Binh Duong Province in the south). Meanwhile, private firms will be allowed to invest in facilities to serve the transport of goods by rail, focusing on cargo yards, storage, cargo-handling equipment, and warehouse management systems, Thanh said. Regarding business conditions, investors from the private sector can collect fees for the services they … [Read more...]

Seaplane operator seeks to offer aerial tours of Ho Chi Minh City

A Hai Au Aviation seaplane operates in UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, located in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Photo:

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have just requested the local transport department to consider a seaplane operator’s proposal to launch aerial tours above the city. The municipal People’s Committee has recently tasked the Department of Transport and other competent agencies with taking into careful consideration a proposition which was put forward by Hai Au Aviation, a private firm, regarding such tours. The company earlier sought permission to launch a new tour that would allow tourists to explore the city from the sky. The expected itinerary of the seaplane tours is Tan Son Nhat International Airport-Thanh Da Peninsula-the downtown area-Phu My Bridge-Can Gio District. The Thanh Da Peninsula is situated in Binh Thanh District, while the Phu My Bridge spans over the Saigon River sections in District 2 and District 7. Luong Hoai Nam, CEO of Hai Au Aviation, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his company will work to implement this project in the next six months … [Read more...]

In Vietnam, bee keeper exodus begins around March for premium honey


Around March every year, keepers from across the country send their swarms of bees to the Central Highlands for the insects to suck the best nectar there and produce the finest-quality honey. Such Central Highlands provinces as Kon Tum, Gia Lai, and Dak Lak are home to boundless fields of coffee and rubber plants. The coffee fields bloom around March and April each year, which makes it an ideal time for bees to suck the nectar from the blossoms. The nectar is believed by bee keepers to be unrivalled in the country and help their insects yield the finest honey. Some thousands of bee swarms are packed in tightly shut wooden containers and transported by truck for up to some hundreds of kilometers to the nectar "mecca." Many bee farmers come from as far as Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Ngai Provinces in the central region and Binh Duong Province and Can Tho City in the south. The rubber forests, which nestle in Ia Chim Ward, some 25 kilometers from the heart of Kon Tum City, … [Read more...]

Social News 22/4

National vaccine safety surveillance programme meets WHO requirements Vietnam’s surveillance of adverse events following vaccination meets the requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said experts from the organisation. After a one-week mission to Vietnam from April 9 to review the implementation of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in the country, the WHO team announced that all six components under Vietnam’s NRA system have passed the check with good results. The team, including 14 experts from the WHO and two observers from Russia urged the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health and the post-vaccination monitoring systems at all levels to continue their efforts in the field. During the checking process, the team made field trips to the southern province of Tay Ninh where they had working sessions with the provincial preventive medicine centre, the municipal medical centre of Tay Ninh City and the medical station of … [Read more...]

Singapore invests over US$33 billion in Vietnam

Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Binh Duong province

Singapore has invested in nearly 1,400 projects in Vietnam with a total registered capital of US$33.05 billion as of March this year. That was revealed at the 11th Ministerial Meeting on Vietnam-Singapore Economic Connectivity in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue last weekend, when the two sides talked about achievements obtained in six cooperation fields including banking-finance, information-communication, education and training, traffic, investment, trade and service. Singapore was ranked the third in nations and territories investing in Vietnam after South Korea and Japan. Average investment capital was US$23.75 million per project, much higher than that of foreign invested projects in Vietnam. At the meeting, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Singapore Tourism Board signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on tourist collaboration. Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Singapore’s United Overseas Bank … [Read more...]

Social News 20/4

Driver and assistant killed in serious bus collision Two people died and another 14 were hospitalised after a coach collided with a stopped truck early Saturday morning in Krong Buk District in Dak Lak Province. Driver Nguyen Van Nguyen, 35, of Pleiku City, and his assistant, who was unidentified, died at the scene after the bus, which was carrying 35 passengers, collided with a truck (license plate BKS 47C – 018.17), which had stopped along National Road 14 in Cu Ne Commune. The collision caused the truck to hit another truck parked in front of it. The trucks were seriously damaged, and the front section of the coach was demolished. The collision occurred at around 3:30 am as the bus was travelling from Buon Ma Thuot to Gia Lai. Local officials had to use special tools to remove the crumpled metal of the bus to take out the driver and assistant who were trapped inside. Fourteen of the passengers were hospitalised at Buon Ho Town's General Hospital. Four of them were later … [Read more...]

Experts to discuss growth after war

Local and international experts will discuss Vietnam's achievements 40 years after the end of the war during a two-day conference in Thu Dau Mot City in Binh Duong Province on April 25. The international conference, titled "Vietnam – 40 years of Reunification, Development and Integration" will be organised by Thu Dau Mot University, University of Social Sciences and Humanities under Vietnam National University – Hanoi, University of Social Sciences and Humanities under Viet Nam National University – HCM City, and University of Sciences under Hue University. Military conflicts between 1954 and 1975 and the country's development during the past four decades will be the focus. The conference's organisers have received more than 300 reports authored by local and international experts about Vietnam's struggle for reunification, renovation, development, and integration. Half of the reports focus on Vietnam's renovation and development since the end of the war in … [Read more...]

Is Japanese capital leaving Vietnam? (part 4)


VietNamNet Bridge - Analysts have noted new characteristics of the current Japanese investment wave in Vietnam: more capital flow to retail, food supply and finance services. Related news Is Japanese capital leaving Vietnam? (part 3)Is Japanese investment capital leaving Vietnam? (part 2)Is Japanese capital leaving Vietnam? The Japanese investment wave, led by financial institutions, has begun partly because Japanese cannot find opportunities in their home market and they are trying to avoid risks in China. In addition, they have huge cash on hand accumulated, thanks to Abenomics. More Japanese retailers, food suppliers Research institutes have found that a new wave of Japanese investment has kicked off, heading for business fields like food supply, retail, real estate, transport and finance instead of manufacturing as in previous years. A representative of the Japanese General Consulate in HCM City believes that many Japanese style restaurants will open as Japanese cuisine … [Read more...]

Unique pagodas in Vietnam


VietNamNet Bridge - Thien An Pagoda (Quang Ngai) is located on the mountain and looks like a trapezoid, reflected in a romantic river. Its name Thien An means the God’s seal on the river. Van Phat Quang Dai Tong Lam Pagoda This is a great pagoda with modern and large-scale works located in Quang Phu hamlet, Tan Thanh district, Ba Ria - Vung Tau province. People who talk about this pagoda mention its Buddhist records: the largest hall in Vietnam (2006), the most Buddha statues (2007), the largest Bodhisattva Maitreya statue made of granite monolith in Vietnam (2007) ... Hang (Cave) Pagoda The pagoda is on Ly Son island, Quang Ngai province. The 300-year old pagoda is famous for its picturesque scenes. It is called "Thien Khong Thach Tu" (the pagoda made by the god). The major pagoda is a cave 24m deep, 20m wide and 3m high with many nooks inside. Situated on Chau Thoi Mountain, 82m above the sea, the temple is surrounded by the plains and many artificial lakes. … [Read more...]

Quang Binh leads public administration performance index

The central province of Quang Binh has once again topped the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) for 2014 released recently by the Centre for Community Support Development Studies (CECODES). Quang Binh province finished first with top rankings in five of the six dimensions including transparency, accountability, controlling corruption in the public sector, public administrative procedures and public service delivery. They received high praise for provincial people’s participation at the local level, the sixth dimension. Ha Giang province settled at the bottom of the list with the lowest points in the overall dimensions. The 2014 PAPI report was conducted by collecting opinions from over 13,500 residents nationwide. Most of the interviewees from Vinh Long, Long An and Binh Duong province said that they received high-quality public administration services. On the contrary, people in Cao Bang, Ninh Thuan, Dien Bien and Quang Ngai reported … [Read more...]

Foreign researchers review Vietnam’s history

Some 15 reports by foreign researchers from the US, France, Australia, China and Japan, among others will provide insight on 40 years of Vietnam’s reunification, development and integration at an event from April 25-26. They are among over 300 reports to be presented at the 2-day international workshop at Thu Dau Mot University in southern Binh Duong province. The event is co-organised by the Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities (HCM USSH), Hanoi-based University of Social Sciences and Humanities at Vietnam National University (VNU), Hue University of Sciences and Thu Dau Mot University. Its reports will focus on Vietnam’s previous struggle for national independence, Doi Moi (renewal) and international integration process. Additionally, a number of documents on the wars against France and the US, the Southwest border war and East Sea incidents will be released at the event. The War Remnants Museum will also exhibit more than 100 historical … [Read more...]

Customs seize ivory from Europe

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Customs officers at Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport seized yesterday more than 65 kilos of ivory horns and tusks, believed to come from African rhinocerous and elephants. The material was contained in two packages sent from France. The seized goods included 18 elephant tusks weighing 60.56 kilogrammes and three horns, suspected of coming from rhinos, weighing 4.86 kilos. Examination showed that the tusks may belong to African elephants. The packages were received by Express Mail Service (EMS) office at Noi Bai Airport. A customs officer said this was the first time such prohibited goods had been sent from a European country instead of directly from Africa. He added that on the black market, a gram of rhino horn could be sold for US$133 while a kilo of elephant tusk, especially from an African elephant, could fetch $2,100. The total value of the ivory was estimated at dozens of billions of dong. The case is under investigation. Rhino horns worthless and potentially … [Read more...]

Norwegian PM starts VN visit today

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg starts a three-day official visit to Viet Nam today. The trip, made at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, is expected to boost bilateral relations, which have grown over the last four decades. The leaders are expected to discuss concrete measures to foster collaboration on the economy, climate change resilience, water management, renewable energy, agriculture, oil and gas, and shipbuilding. The two countries will also discuss ways to conclude negotiations on the Viet Nam – EFTA free trade agreement, the 11th round of which took place from January 13 to 16 in HCM City. The visit will also bolster partnerships on the Millennium Development Goals and build post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Since their diplomatic ties were established in November 1971, Viet Nam and Norway have seen their relations develop across various sectors: politics, economics, culture and society. The European country has assisted Viet Nam in its … [Read more...]

US firms continue to pour funds into local industries

A view of US technology giant Intel's plant in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in HCM City. US enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Viet Nam. — Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — US enterprises have invested in 17 out of 21 industries in Viet Nam, with the majority located in the accommodation and food service industry, the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment said. American investors have poured US$4.68 billion into 17 accommodation and food service projects, accounting for 42.3 per cent of the total US investment in Viet Nam, the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper quoted a source as saying. The manufacturing and processing industry was their second choice, with an investment of $2.24 billion in 323 projects, accounting for 20.3 per cent of the total US investment in Viet Nam. By March 20, the United States had 735 valid projects in Viet Nam, with a total registered capital of over $11 billion, ranking seventh among 101 countries and territories investing in the Southeast Asian country. The average capital per project was $15 million, which was higher than the average capital invested in a foreign direct … [Read more...]

Activities nationwide to celebrate 40th anniversary of national reunification

April 16 Square in Ninh Thuan (photo: Manh Linh/ VNA)

(VOVworld) – Ninh Thuan province held a meeting on Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Reunification. Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communications and Education, said that during the General Offensive and Uprising of Spring 1975, the liberation of Ninh Thuan province on April 15 was a triumphant victory and a symbol of patriotism and revolutionary heroism. Marking the occasion, Ninh Thuan province was conferred the title of Independence Order, Third Class. The Ho Chi Minh Campaign Museum in Ho Chi Minh city opens an exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of national reunification. Hundreds of photos, archives, and documents feature the Ho Chi Minh campaign and the General Offensive and Uprising in 1975. An international conference entitled "Vietnam-40 years of reunification, development, and integration" will be held in Binh … [Read more...]

Reforms in governance at slow pace

(CPV) - The 2014 PAPI Report released on April 14th 2015 shows that over the past four years there have only been insignificant improvements in the six governance dimensions that the survey measures. Out of the six dimensions, the one that has dropped the most is Participation at Local Levels, where three out of four sub-dimensions declined in scores. For example, village head elections are largely symbolic, with practices such as having fewer than two candidates to choose from and candidates being suggested by the authorities becoming common. The Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) is a policy monitoring tool that provides data on citizens’ experience with governance, public administration and public services at the national and provincial level. For the 2014 PAPI survey, nearly 14,000 randomly selected citizens nationwide were interviewed. "By providing evidence of citizen experiences, PAPI and the data it generates is seen as a mirror … [Read more...]