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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Colorful activities nationwide to welcome the Year of Goat

(VOVworld) – Various activities are taking place nationwide to welcome the traditional lunar New Year. At Yen Bai’s biggest market, Muong Lo, local ethnic people are busy shopping for Tet. 70-year-old Lo Thi Em is a Thai ethnic woman:

"I try not to forget anything needed for Tet celebrations. I’ll buy fruits, flowers, confectionaries, and incenses as offerings to our ancestors to win their support for health and luck in the New Year." Mong families in Mu Cang Chai or Tram Tau are ready to welcome Tet. Meanwhile, Thai families are decorating their houses and preparing their ancestors’ altars with offerings as part of preparations for Tet. Lo Van Xuan lives in Chao hamlet, Nghia Loi commune: "On New Year’s Eve, after a ceremony to present offerings to our ancestors and the deceased, we gather around a fire and wishes all the best to each other. After that we’ll play gongs to signal the first moments of the New Year." An art performance took place on Wednesday at Ho Chi Minh Square in Vinh City, Nghe An province to welcome the New Year. Pham Tien Dung is Deputy Director of Nghe An provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism: "This New Year’s Eve, in addition to celebrations to … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News February 17

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Enjoy your breakfast while skimming these news in brief on Tuoi Tre News today, February 17, two days away from Tet (Lunar New Year) - According to the National Committee for Traffic Safety, 37 traffic accidents occurred nationwide on Monday, or the 28th of the current lunar year’s last month, killing 24 and injuring 31 others. Road accidents accounted for 36, with the other taking place on the railway. Monday saw a drop of two accidents and three dead victims compared to Sunday, or the 27th of the current lunar year’s last month. - During the days prior to Tet, visitors to many spring flower markets in HCMC get ripped off by up to five times by motorbike parking attendants despite the city’s regulation on fixed parking prices. Scooter parkers are charged VND20,000 ($0.93) for each visit. Business - All of the 5,680 Knorr seasoning packs, which were identified as fake, are exchanged for authentic, quality ones on Monday, according to a senior labor union … [Read more...]

Subway cabin, carriage mock-up to be displayed in Ho Chi Minh City

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The Ho Chi Minh City railway authorities will display the train cabin and passenger carriage model for the city’s first metro line project to pool public comments as from early March. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Urban Railway Management Board, the project’s investor, said that the agency will put the cabin and wagon simulator, which has been delivered to Vietnam from Japan, on display in District 9 for three months starting March. The display is aimed at collecting comments from viewers on the design, appearance, colors, and other features of the cabin and carriage belonging to the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line, the first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, Cuong said. The mock-up is part of bid package No. 3 of the metro line project, carried out by Japanese contractor Hitachi to procure electromechanical equipment, the cabin and wagons, the metro rail, and maintenance worth 39.4 billion Japanese yen (US$332.2 million). Tuoi Tre Based on the feedback collected … [Read more...]

Probe investigates soft drink producer

The Ministry of Health's Food Hygiene and Safety Department has instructed the health sector in Binh Duong Province to set up an inter-disciplinary team to inspect production activities at the Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group in Thuan An Commune. The department has asked provincial health authorities to scrutinise the company's production line, and the results of the inspections must be pubilised and reported to the department. The decision has been made after a consumer in Tien Giang Province claimed to have found a dead fly in a Number One soft drink produced by the group. Vo Van Minh, the consumer, called the group to demand VND1 billion (US$47,170) to keep the incident a secret. The man even threatened to report the case to local press. The group agreed to pay half of Minh's demand, but secretly reported the case to the police. Minh was arrested while receiving the money from the group, and is being prosecuted for blackmail. On many social websites, readers have called for people … [Read more...]

Minister urges transport firms to lower fares

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Many transport enterprises have reduced their transport fees as legally required, but not enough, a senior official of the Ministry of Finance said on February 11. Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the ministry's Price Management Department made the comment after announcing the results of inspections into 40 transport companies in Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang and in the two provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong. The inspection was performed this month in localities known to have the largest coach and taxi industries. The inspections came after a wave of cuts to petrol prices since July 18, 2014 have failed to be reflected in transport fares. The drastic drops in petrol prices have been as big as 38.9 and 33.1 per cent, justifying considerable reductions to fares. The government strongly suggested, and then later required transport companies to change their prices accordingly. Most transport enterprises slashed their fares on at least two occasions by three to 21.7 per cent of the … [Read more...]

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Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

Food safety watchdog asks to check food safety to Tan Hiep Phat’s products

Following the news that strange creature was found in soft drink bottle of the trademark Number One of Tan Hiep Phat Company, the Food Administration of Vietnam, a part of the Ministry of Health, sent its document to the Department of Health in the southern province of Binh Duong where Tan Hiep Phat Company locates asking to check food safety and hygiene to the manufacturer. As per the document, the Administration ordered to verify the rumor that one more soft drink bottle of Tan Hiep Phat in Thuan An District of Binh Duong Province has been found containing the body of a fly as well check the manufacturer’s assembly chains. Inspectors must focus on food safety and hygiene to discover whether the company violates food safety regulations. In case that if inspectors detect violation, they should impose harsh penalties and publicize the inspection result. The administration is waiting for the inspection result. Recently, a residents in An Cu Commune in cai Be District of Tien … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – February 11

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Enjoy your breakfast while skimming through these brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today, February 11, 2015 - Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City John Mc Anulty observed at a Tuesday meeting held between the city’s People’s Committee and representatives of foreign diplomatic agencies that the city has adopted several favorable policies for foreign investment. Society - The 2015 Tet Newspaper Edition Festival came to a conclusion on Tuesday at Giang Vo Exhibition Center in Hanoi. Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper got an A prize for its gorgeous cover of the Tet edition. - Blogger Nguyen Quang Lap, who was taken into custody by the Ho Chi Minh City police in December last year, has been out on bail, a senior officer from the local police department announced on Tuesday. The 59-year-old blogger is charged with propagandizing against the State. - Around 7.15pm on Tuesday, an Audi-branded car caused an accident at a terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport … [Read more...]

Energy drink maker faces inspection after consecutive insect scandals

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The Number One bottle containing a fly-like object that truck driver Nguyen Xuan Dinh bought from a café in Tien Giang. Photo: Hoang Phuong Vietnam's Food Safety Administration has ordered an inspection of Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group after customers in two separate cases claimed to have found insects in its energy drink bottles. The inspection, to be conducted by Binh Duong Province's health officials, will focus on the production of the energy drink, the national food safety watchdog said in a statement. Inspectors have been instructed to hand down strict punishment against violations found, if any, at the company and then inform the public on the issue. Earlier, Vo Van Minh of Tien Giang Province claimed that there was a fly in his Number One bottle, a popular energy drink made by Tan Hiep Phat. He reached an agreement with the company to get VND500 million (US$23,425) for his silence, but was arrested when receiving the money as the company had reported the case to … [Read more...]

Circle K convenience store chain opens 100th store in VN

US-owned 24-hour convenience store Circle K has opened its 100th outlet in Viet Nam.— Photo doanhnhancuoituan

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — US-owned 24-hour convenience store Circle K has opened its 100th outlet in Viet Nam and expects to have 150 by the year's end. Viet Nam CEO Tony Yan was optimistic about achieving the target, saying Viet Nam's modern retail industry was in the initial development phase. While modern retail represented only 13 per cent of the total market share in the country compared to 50 per cent elsewhere in Asia, Viet Nam was a promising market of 90 million people with rising incomes, he said. Other international retailers have been strengthening their presence here, including Japan's Aeon, which has four supermarkets in HCM City and Binh Duong Province and expects to open a new one in Ha Noi this year. The company also acquired major stakes in successful local retailers Fivimart and Citimart. BJC of Thailand made an abortive attempt to buy German-owned Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam, but instead bought a convenience store chain, which it plans to turn into a 94 B … [Read more...]

Reproduced antique pottery preferred for Tet

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Doan Xa On a half-kilometer stretch of the street, there are dozens of pottery stores opening early in the morning. Looking for a reproduced antique pottery vase, a 65-year-old man identified as Hung from Phu Nhuan District says he has just had his house rebuilt, so he needs some pottery vases for interior decoration for Tet. According to the man, pottery products on Vo Thi Sau Street have diverse designs with more beautiful colors and higher quality than several other places, especially reproduced antique pottery originating in the north. "I love reproduced antique pottery because they give the house a little old look," Hung says. Pottery at Vo Thi Sau Street is brought from craft villages of Bien Hoa in Dong Nai Province, Lai Thieu in Binh Duong Province, and from those in the north such as Bat Trang and Kim Lan in Hanoi, and Phu Lang in Bac Ninh Province, as well as products imported from China. Tien Loi, the owner of a pottery store there, says that in the run up to … [Read more...]

SCG honors 40 Green Dream Ambassadors

Le Hoang The Green Dream 2014 program, initiated by Thailand’s SCG and Muc Tim newspaper, closed yesterday, marking the development milestone of the 40 student ambassadors from various universities in HCMC and attracting the attention of many young people across the nation on the topic of climate change. Started in 2012, the Green Dream is a social responsibility project designed to spread knowledge and shape the perception of the local community toward sustainable environment through the network of student ambassadors who are talents and showcase great interest in environmental issues. Whereas the Green Dream in 2012 and 2013 discussed two topics "Water and Life" and "Green Energy" respectively, the 2014 program focused on climate change, one of the hottest global issues at the moment. Among thousands of applications from students nationwide, the program picked 40 representatives to participate in a training agenda that took place during the last six months. At the end of … [Read more...]

Workers return Tet gifts, company gave them fakes

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>> Companies promise to maintain Tet bonus despite economic downturn >> Vietnamese athletes forfeit Tet bonuses >> Hundreds of workers in Can Tho strike for Tet bonuses >> Education and Training Minister announces tight budgets for Tet bonuses Nearly 6.000 workers at Chutex Co. at Song Than 2 Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province have returned gifts offered by their company for the Tet holiday after finding some of them were cheap fakes. Workers said the company gave them a gift pack containing a bottle of cooking oil, a pack of seasoning powder, a pack of sugar and a packet of Knorr-branded seasoning. But the Knorr, produced by Unilever Vietnam Co., was counterfeit. On February 6, Binh Duong Province authorities investigated the workers' complaint and confirmed the company had tried to pass off fake Knorr season as the real thing. They confiscated nearly 6,000 Knorr-branded fake seasoning powder packs worth a face value of VND322m (USD15,333)-- the … [Read more...]

Awarding certificate “Green Dream Ambassador” for 40 Vietnamese students

After 6 months, the Green Dream (Chung Uoc Mo Xanh) project has been recently summed up in Binh Duong province. Forty out of thousands students were selected to grant the certificate "Green Dream Ambassador". The 40 student ambassadors has been participated in the SCG’ training to gain knowledge and experience on environment by the practical activities such as: field trip to Cu Chi vegetable farm, studying green consumption through cooking, field trip to Vina Kraft Paper Company… The ambassadors in their first time had chance to play the role as trainers in the Duong Van Duong secondary school, Nha Be district which located in one of the most affected locations by climate change in Ho Chi Minh City. SCG Green Dream is a youth-oriented environment awareness-raising program co-organized by SCG – an ASEAN business leading corporations and Muc Tim Newspaper, since 2012. … [Read more...]

Authorities unable to control Illegal sand exploitation on Dong Nai River

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VietNamNet Bridge – Dong Nai and Binh Duong provincial authorities have been unable to control sand overexploitation on the Dong Nai River. Locals in Vinh Cuu District of Dong Nai province have complained about the possibility of landslides and noise from machines that absorb sand from the Dong Nai river bed. "Illegal sand exploiters work through the night," a man said. "A machine can suck a volume of sand big enough to load three to four boats, each of which has tonnage of 10-15 cubic meters. At least three to four machines work every night." With one cubic meter of sand priced at hundreds of thousands of dong, the exploiters can earn nearly VND10 million each night, a huge profit. This explains why sand exploiters risk their lives to exploit sand despite the local authorities’ ban. Meanwhile, a local man in Tan Uyen town of Binh Duong province said the sand on the Dong Nai river "has high quality" which can be used to make concrete and build multi-story buildings. … [Read more...]