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...]

Binh Duong new city desolate because of skyrocketing land prices

The main road leading to Binh Duong new city (Photo: Financial Investment/ SGGP)

Binh Duong new city has been built since 2010 aiming to become an administrative, economic, scientific and educational hub of the southeastern region. However it is being deserted as residents have not come to live and work there as expected. The new city stretches over 1,000 hectares in Thu Dau Mot town, Tan Uyen and Ben Cat districts. Total investment capital is estimated to reach VND150 trillion (US$6.68 billion) by 2020. It is a part of the Binh Duong industry-service and urban complex with the total area of 4,200 hectares. Many investors from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the U.S., and China have poured billions of U.S. dollars in projects there. Singaporean Mapletree Group has built a US$400 million hi-tech park over 75 hectares. Japanese Tokyu Group has spent US$1.2 billion on Tokyu urban area. The only work that has come into operation since February is the new administrative center of Binh Duong province at a VND1.8 trillion 21-storey twin building. The provincial … [Read more...]

VSIP – an effective cooperation model between Vietnam and Singapore


(VOVworld) – Over the years, economic cooperation between Vietnam and Singapore has benefited both countries. Established 20 years ago, the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) has been a successful joint venture model. At a groundbreaking ceremony for a VSIP project in Nghe An province on September 16th, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praised the flagship role of the VSIP model in the bilateral cooperation ties, profiting their enterprises, cementing their strategic partnership, and connecting the two economies. In the 20 years since the first Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park was founded in Binh Duong province, six other parks have been set up and developed successfully in Vietnam with a modern and environmental-friendly infrastructure. VSIP has become an outstanding model of socio-economic development and investment attraction in Vietnam. VSIP Nghe An was the 7th project of VSIP in Vietnam following VSIPs in provinces of Binh Duong, Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, … [Read more...]

Tien Phong Plastic: Well-established “Green Brand”


As an active ongoing pioneer in researching and applying modern sciences and technologies of the world to plastic pipe production and take the environment-friendly "green" as the lodestar for actions, Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Company always pays attention to environmental protection in addition to business development, thus giving a helping hand to Hai Phong City to become a green port city. The company's leadership in "green strategy" - sustainable development is specifically evidenced by "For National Green Environment" Award and "For Green Cause of Vietnam" Cup. In 2015, Tien Phong Plastic was honoured with the Second Class Independence Order, a true pride and a motivation for the company to leap forward in domestic and international markets.Quality makes the name To realise its ambition and determination of becoming the No.1 name in the Vietnamese plastic industry, Tien Phong Plastic has developed a clear brand strategy under the light of product quality and service quality … [Read more...]

Work Starts on VSIP Industrial Urban Service Complex in Nghe An

Recently, the Nghe An Provincial People’s Committee and Vietnam - Singapore Investment Park Joint Venture Company (VSIP) started construction of VSIP Industrial Urban Service Complex in the central province of Nghe An. In the first phase, the complex invested by VSIP will be allocated 198 ha of land for industrial purposes and 81 ha of land for commercial and housing purposes. The total complex area is up to 750 ha, which will be built in many phases. The complex is situated in Hung Nguyen district and part of Vinh City. This is an industrial complex with combined services, designed to develop light and clean industries like food processing, consumer goods manufacturing, electronics, automotive assembly, construction materials and ancillary industries. Once completed and operating, the project will attract many foreign investors and thus create a lot of jobs for local workers, hence contributing to strong and sustainable socioeconomic growth of Nghe An province in particular … [Read more...]

Dengue fever hits 39,000 in Vietnam


Dengue fever is spreading across Viet Nam with 39,000 cases reported in 51 cities and provinces nationwide, including 23 deaths, said the Health Ministry. The number of cases are rising rapidly in HCM City, southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong, and Ha Noi. Hoang Mai District in Ha Noi has been a hot spot for the disease in the capital, with about 2,000 cases in the district, according to local heath workers. The disease has also broken out in southern localities where many workers live. Most of those affected are poor and live in cheap, small and dank apartments with the surrounding environment polluted, heath workers said. Many also lack awareness of the dangers of the disease and preventive measures. In southern Dong Nai province, the number of affected cases is rising rapidly. The provincial health care department reported that the disease had killed 4. As of this month, the province reported 5,000 cases of dengue fever, increasing nearly 180 per cent against the … [Read more...]

Dengue fever hits 39,000 in Viet Nam


HA NOI (VNS)— Dengue fever is spreading across Viet Nam with 39,000 cases reported in 51 cities and provinces nationwide, including 23 deaths, said the Health Ministry. The number of cases are rising rapidly in HCM City, southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong, and Ha Noi. Hoang Mai District in Ha Noi has been a hot spot for the disease in the capital, with about 2,000 cases in the district, according to local heath workers. The disease has also broken out in southern localities where many workers live. Most of those affected are poor and live in cheap, small and dank apartments with the surrounding environment polluted, heath workers said. Many also lack awareness of the dangers of the disease and preventive measures. In southern Dong Nai province, the number of affected cases is rising rapidly. The provincial health care department reported that the disease had killed 4. As of this month, the province reported 5,000 cases of dengue fever, increasing nearly 180 per … [Read more...]

Domestic glass firms vie for market

Viglacera Float Glass JSC at the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Zone in Binh Duong Province. Weak market management and customer taste for imported products caused local glass producers to lose market shares. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

HCM CITY (VNS)— Domestic glass companies are losing market share to foreign businesses because of loopholes in import duty policies, weak market management and customer preference for imported products, the Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review) newspaper reported. Raw glass, for example, has an import tax of 35 per cent, while the tax on finished glass is only 5 per cent. In addition, instead of outsourcing, several import companies have reduced the size of their raw glass to take advantage of lower import duties. The fraudulent activity has affected domestic raw material glass producers and outsourcing businesses in Viet Nam. Market management has also been ineffective, leading to unregulated glass imports and smuggled glass. These products, especially thick glass, do not meet quality standards. In some cases, importers claim they use a 2mm- thick glass standard, but the glass is only 1.7mm thick. Nguyen Minh Khoa, director of Viglacera Float Glass Company, said the Saint … [Read more...]

Armed forces’ role in protecting environment discussed


PANO – Army corps 4 held a scientific seminar on the armed forces’ role in environmental protection, in response to a movement to make the world cleaner in Binh Duong province on September 24th. Speeches delivered by representatives from the whole army pointed out the impacts on the environment and measures to appeal for practical and meaningful response from local residents. Additionally, they shared their experience in protecting the environment through task performance, such as overcoming the aftermath of bombs and mines left behind from the war, boosting production or building up regular, green, clean and beautiful barracks. The event is part of the "Clean up the World" campaign, first initiated by Australia in 1993 and launched annually across the world by the UN’s Environment Program on the third week of every September. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Chinese man sentenced for attempted robbery

Fang Wen Zhong, a Chinese indictee, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for attempting to rob a jewellery shop in Ha Noi. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The People's Court in Ha Noi yesterday concluded the trial of Fang Wen Zhong, a Chinese man charged with attempted robbery, sentencing him to seven years' imprisonment. On February 3, Zhong left the southern Binh Duong province for Ha Noi to meet his girlfriend, Nga, taking with him two tear-gas sprays typically used for self-defence. He stayed at Nga's house for more than a week. On February 11, he decided to return to China and asked Nga to see him off at the bus station. Upon arrival at Yen Nghia bus station in Ha Dong District, Zhong decided to buy fruit for Nga, who had suffered from motion sickness during the journey. Since he had no money, Zhong decided to steal. He left Nga at the bus station, saying he was going somewhere to collect money. He travelled to Chuong My District by bus and noticed a jewellery shop on Got Street. Since there were only a few people walking around the area, he stood outside the shop, waiting for the chance to strike. He … [Read more...]

Medical course boosts dengue fever treatment in the south


A medical training course on treating dengue fever was organised in southern Binh Duong province from September 23-24. Participants came from Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh which are considered dengue fever hot spots. While updating participants on the latest knowledge on treating adult cases, trainees discussed fatality causes and treatment difficulties. They also shared experience in diagnosing and caring for children suffering from the disease. After finishing the course, they will become trainers themselves at different medical units in their localities. Vietnam annually records between 50,000 and 100,000 cases of dengue fever, 80 percent of which concentrate in the south due to the region’s humidity, a favourable condition for mosquitoes to thrive. Since the beginning of 2015, there have been 36,097 infections, including 23 deaths, up from 19,499 instances and 20 fatalities a year ago. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Sheraton Saigon shares joy with handicapped children

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers’ general manager Scott Hodgetts (3rd, L) and the hotel’s associates play with a kid at the School for Deaf Students in Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province last week - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG

Kieu Giang The Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers’ general manager Scott Hodgetts and director of finance Ng Sing Beng and the hotel’s associates made a visit and donated 400 mooncakes and soft drinks to 365 kids of the School for Deaf Students in Thuan An Town in Binh Duong Province last week. The hotel also celebrated the Global Rooms Week last Saturday at Thanh Tam Charity House in HCMC’s Can Gio District. The event is a Starwood worldwide initiative to recognize the Rooms Division Team including Front Office, Housekeeping and Engineering not only taking care of guests but also going an extra step to support the community. Participants repaired and fixed facilities of the house, did general cleaning, donated gifts, electric fans, clothing, school supplies and some cash, then hosted a small party with food and fun games for the kids. Previously, OPJVC contributed VND1 billion in cash to the Vo Hong Son Disability Children Care Center in Nghia Hanh Town in … [Read more...]

DHL supports underprivileged youths to improve employability

Le Hoang The three-day DHL-immersion and career counseling program was jointly organized by DHL-VNPT Express, DHL Supply Chain and DHL Global Forwarding. This marks the fifth year that Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group has supported students from SOS Children’s Villages in Vietnam. Over the last five years, DPDHL Group has donated 25,000 euro to SOS Children’s Villages in Vietnam to implement projects related to education. George Berczely, DHL-VNPT Express general director, said in a statement, "Education and career counseling are critical in helping youths build a solid foundation for their future, and for the national development as well. We want to make a difference in their lives and to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence during the job interview process." DHL Supply Chain Vietnam managing director, Filip Jankovic, said in the statement: "SOS Children’s Villages is one of the organizations that we have been partnering with locally to reach out to … [Read more...]

CADI-Sun Targets Becoming a Multi-national Group

CADI-SUN’s PVC polymer-coated wire products are widely used in civil construction. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Recalling the days of "starting-up" 30 years ago, Pham Luong Hoa, CEO of CADI-SUN, said: "In 1984, Thuong Dinh Cooperative, the predecessor of CADI-SUN, mainly manufactured mechanical and electrical appliances which experienced a slump because of the impact from the economic crisis. The cooperative was on the brink of ruin. Facing tremendous difficulties, the complex decided to shift to producing and trading electrical wires and cables. A good start promises a bright future for the company". During the first days of its establishment, CADI-SUN produced hundreds of electric wire rods (each 200m long). Thanks to diverse designs, the company’s products are much sought after by customers. To improve the quality of their products, the company invested in modern equipment and machines. In 2000, CADI-SUN built its large factory No.1 in an area of 6,062m2 in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi with a total investment of more than 50 billion dong. The factory was equipped with an electric … [Read more...]

AB InBev Vietnam celebrates Global Beer Responsibility Day 2015


Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) employees worldwide and in Vietnam has recently joined to lead the Global Beer Responsibility Day 2015. The event (GBRD) is part of the brewers’ year-round commitment to promote responsible consumption of their products. On the event, all employees of AB InBev Vietnam- part of Belgian-based AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer- will work with supermarkets, retailers, and beer clubs to roll out the programme across the country, particularly in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang city and Binh Duong province. The programme also attempts to raise awareness among consumers through impactful activities such as promoting a responsible drinking spirit on social media as well as distributing leaflets and souvenirs to sellers and consumers at many supermarkets and restaurants. "We’ve had an exciting year so far opening AB InBev’s new brewery in Binh Duong and continuing to bring world-class beer experiences to Vietnamese consumers. … [Read more...]

Party chief visits Kanagawa Prefecture


VGP - General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage visited Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on September 18. Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, warmly welcomed the delegation and expressed his wish to enhance investment cooperation with Viet Nam’s localities on par with both sides’ potential and expectations. General Secretary Trong lauded Yuji’s initiative on the Viet Nam Event in Kanagawa and spoke highly of sound cooperation between the prefecture with Viet Nam’s localities and Kanagawa enterprises' effective projects operating in Viet Nam. He wanted Kanagawa to continue cooperation with Vietnamese partners in industry, hi-tech agriculture, high-quality human resource development and labour whilst affirming that the Party, the State and localities of Viet Nam welcome and create favorable conditions for Kanagawa to expand multi-faceted cooperation with Viet Nam for mutual benefits. The same day, the Vietnamese delegation attended the … [Read more...]

South Vietnam has most dengue fever infections

The development of dengue fever in the South East region and in all corners of the country is complicated. In August, the health sector in the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong reported 6 deaths; accordingly, the sector must speed up to prevent infections. Thu Dau Mot Town of Binh Duong Province becomes a "hot spot" of the infections meanwhile Trang Dai Ward of Bien Hoa Town of Dong Nai Province have most infection cases. As per the Department of Health in Dong Nai Province’s figure, by middle of September, the province has around 4,000 infection cases, an increase of 137 percent compared to the same period last year, and it had 2 deaths. Meantime, 9 over 9 districts of Binh Duong province have reported thousand infection cases of dengue fever with 4 deaths. The General Hospital in Binh Duong Province said that the number of hospitalized people has spiraled lately causing the overloading in the treatment. Medical workers of the hospital’s Pediatric … [Read more...]