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...]

National contest brings together around 250 computer lovers


National contest brings together around 250 computer lovers NDO – The 21st National Youth Informatics Contest opened in Binh Duong province on July 31, bringing together nearly 250 competitors across the country. The contestants are divided into five groups - elementary, secondary and high school students, software creation and hardware programming. The contest has been held annually sine 1995 by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Vietnam Television. Around 100 entries were sent to the organising board in the fields of education, entertainment and the environment. According to PhD Pham Ngoc Hung, head of the organising board, the submitted products were appreciated for their high quality, up to date technology and high practical application. Throughout its 21 editions, the contest has established itself as the biggest and most long-standing … [Read more...]

Seven-month FDI hits nearly $9 billion


The Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment has announced that in the first seven months of this year Vietnam attracted nearly $9 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI), primarily to the textiles sector in a number of multi-million dollar projects.Textile becomes appealing Most recently, the Polytex Far Eastern Co. from Taiwan invested $274 million in a project producing and processing yarn at the Bau Bang Industrial Park in southern Binh Duong province. Previously there were a series of other foreign investors pouring capital into the sector. Significantly, the Hyosung Vietnam Limited Company, a Turkish investor, invested $660 million in a project producing and processing yarn in industrial zones in southern Dong Nai province. Meanwhile, a British Virgin Islands investor, Worldon Vietnam Co., also invested $330 million in a project producing high-grade garments in Ho Chi Minh City. It is clear to see that FDI flowing into the textiles … [Read more...]

Conference reviews six-month economic performances

A Japanese-invested soft drink factory in southern Binh Duong province (Photo: VNA) The economic situation of the first half of 2015 and relevant growth measures were discussed during a conference hosted by the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) in Hanoi on July 29. Accordingly, the industrial and construction sectors were the driving force behind economic growth. Earnings from exports hit 70.9 billion USD in the period, up 14.9 percent from 2014. The country also recorded a low inflation rate. Local demand and business operations have recovered since April, stimulating a GDP surge. Underscoring the positive outlook of the economy through the end of the year, Nguyen Tu Anh, Deputy Head of the macro-economic policy section under the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), noted the necessity of focusing on macro-economic stabilisation, mechanism overhaul and infrastructure and resources development. Meanwhile, CIEM Director Nguyen Dinh Cung said economic … [Read more...]

Footwear exports to the US post record growth

Viet Nam's footwear exports totalled US$5.85 billion in the first half of 2015, a year-on-year increase of 21.2 per cent. — Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam's footwear exports to the United States reached US$2 billion in the first half of this year, posting a record high year-on-year 20 percent growth. The local press cited the figures put out by the General Department of Customs, reporting that the growth helped the US market stay abreast of the European Union, which is the traditional and largest export market for the Vietnamese footwear industry. About six years ago, footwear exports to the United States hovered only around $1 billion, half of such exports to the European Union. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, director of the Lien Phat shoe company in the southern Binh Duong Province, said foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises and a few major domestic firms have tended to shift to the US market. She told The Saigon Times online that every order from the United States featured, on an average, 10,000 pairs of shoes, and these big quantities helped the enterprises cut costs and make more profit than they … [Read more...]

BreadTalk Vietnam to open three new bakery outlets

(VOV) - BreadTalk Vietnam has planned to open two new bakery outlets in Ho Chi Minh City and Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province, this August. The company is also scheduled to open a store in Aeon Mall, Hanoi this September for the first time as part of activities marking its fifth anniversary of establishment in Vietnam. The chain of bakery outlets now consists of 15 stores in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong province, Vung Tau province and Nha Trang City. BreadTalk Vietnam is a branch of BreadTalk Group Limited, which is a listed Singaporean bakery, founded in July 2000. It operates a chain of retail outlets through its subsidiary BreadTalk Pte Ltd, selling a wide variety of bread, cakes, buns and pastries. … [Read more...]

PNJ joyfully launches new jewelry center and several branches


On November 1, 2014, PNJ Store at Aeon Mall Binh Duong at National Road 13, Vinh Phu, Thuan An, Binh Duong Province was opened. This is one of the largest malls of Binh Duong Province and PNJ Store is promised to be a favorite jewelry shopping place for local people. On November 8, 2014, PNJ Jewelry Center at 334-336 Tran Hung Dao Street in Tran Hung Dao Ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province was officially opened. It was a big surprise that only 14 days after the launching day (November 4-17), this jewelry center accomplished 100% of the event’s sales target. On November 28, 2014, PNJ Jewelry Center in Dong Thap Province was officially opened at 86 Nguyen Hue Street, Ward 2, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province. This is a shopping complex with many business networks and one of the most crowded shopping venues for local residents. On November 29, 2014, PNJ Lach Tray Jewelry Center was opened at 18A Lach Tray, Ngo Quyen District, Haiphong City. This area has been well … [Read more...]

Footwear exports to US skyrocket


(VOV) - Vietnam’s footwear exports jumped 21.2% to more than US$5.85 billion in the first half of this year, according to statistics released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Of the figure, exports to the US rose rapidly by 30.2% to US$2 billion, which was equal to export earnings from the EU market with a growth of 17%. The EU has been the biggest importer of Vietnamese footwear for many years. For example in 2009, footwear exports to the US were around US$1 billion, which was half of the value earned from the EU market. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, Director of Lien Phat Footwear Company in Binh Duong province said footwear exports in the second quarter of this year thrived and most footwear businesses have had orders up to the end of February next year. Currently, FDI and domestic businesses tend to focus on the US market, Lien revealed. According to statistics from the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the US Department of Commerce (DOC), the US imported … [Read more...]

Vietnam remembers war martyrs and invalids

An association of veterans who defended the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel in 1972 and the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (BSV) held a solemn memorial service for fallen soldiers at the Citadel in central Quang Tri province on July 23 to mark the 68th War Martyrs and Invalids’ Day (July 27). Thousands of veterans, relatives of martyrs, Buddhist monks and followers and local residents gathered at the citadel’s monument and on the bank of Thach Han River to offer incense and flowers and pray for the souls of the martyrs. Tens of thousands of soldiers laid down their lives in a fierce battle against the US at the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel during 81 days and nights in the summer of 1972. The central province was heavily devastated by more than 328,000 tonnes of bombs and shells dropped during the battle. Later the same day, veterans floated thousands of lanterns along the Thach Han River and joined a concert titled "Hat cho dong doi toi nghe" (Sing for my comrades) to … [Read more...]

Dong Nai attracts 57 new FDI projects

The southern province of Dong Nai has attracted 57 new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects, with total investment capital of US$1.2 billion in the first seven months. Of the number, 54 projects are invested in Dong Nai Industrial Zone. Binh Duong Province has also received about $1.1 billion from FDI projects. The good results come from the development of support industries, according to Binh Duong Department of Planning and Investment. SAI GON GIAI PHONG (LIBERATED SAI GON) Duyen Hai power substation to open The National Power Transmission Corporation and Southern Power Projects Management Board put the 500kV Duyen Hai Power Centre Substation into operation on Thursday in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Soc Trang. The project includes two transformers of 450MWA, with total investment capital of over VND1.2 trillion (US$55.6 million). The substation helps to provide power supply to serve economic demand and ensure national security and defence of the southwestern … [Read more...]

Nation remembers war martyrs and invalids


A requiem for the fallen soldiers in northwestern Dien Bien province (Photo: VNA) An association of veterans who defended the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel in 1972 and the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (BSV) held a solemn memorial service for fallen soldiers at the Citadel in central Quang Tri province on July 23 to mark the 68th War Martyrs and Invalids’ Day (July 27). Thousands of veterans, relatives of martyrs, Buddhist monks and followers and local residents gathered at the citadel’s monument and on the bank of Thach Han River to offer incense and flowers and pray for the souls of the martyrs. Tens of thousands of soldiers laid down their lives in a fierce battle against the US at the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel during 81 days and nights in the summer of 1972. The central province was heavily devastated by more than 328,000 tonnes of bombs and shells dropped during the battle. Later the same day, veterans floated thousands of lanterns along the Thach Han River and … [Read more...]

Experts discuss smart city model in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge – Some major cities in Vietnam have taken initial steps towards a smart city model and Japan’s experiences, especially in infrastructure development, are of great help for them, experts said at the Asia Smart City Summit 2015 in HCMC on July 22. According to Nguyen Hong Tien, director of the Technical Infrastructure Agency under the Ministry of Construction, some localities in Vietnam have worked towards the application of information technology (IT) in urban management. For instance, IT has been applied to State management activities and public services in Danang, infrastructure management in Hanoi, and HCMC also wants to use IT for smart city management. Smart city is a global development trend and Vietnam is gradually investing in infrastructure and urban management based on the smart city model. Huynh Van Thanh, deputy director of Danang City’s Department of Planning and Investment, said the city is implementing a cooperation program with … [Read more...]

Southeast region sees strong flow of foreign investments

The first seven months of 2015 marked a significant flow of foreign investments to the Southeast region, Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reported. Accordingly, Dong Nai province is leading the region, recording 57 new foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total registered capital of close to 1.2 billion USD. Binh Duong province reeled in approximately 1.1 billion USD in FDI, exceeding its target for that period. The province attracted 74 new FDI projects in its industrial parks, which are valued at more than 657 million USD. Out of the existing projects, 55 increased their capital, bringing in an additional 287 million USD. The majority of FDI projects in the Southeast region is concentrated in the support industries, garment and textiles, footwear and electronics. Among the investors, NPC Toda Co. Ltd invested 30 million USD in Binh Duong-based Vietnam-Singapore industrial park to produce 16,889 tonnes of plastic per year. Nippon Chemiphar Co. Ltd, a Japan-Vietnam … [Read more...]

Man arrested for brutal beating of lover’s son


A 3-year-old boy is under treatment in Binh Duong Province for intestine rupture caused by his mother's boyfriend. His grandmother and father are taking care of him. Photo: Do Truong A three-year-old boy is being treated at a hospital in southern Vietnam after a severe beating from his mother’s boyfriend ruptured his intestine and colon. His family took the boy to a hospital in Binh Duong Province last Saturday with pain in his bruised belly. Doctors performed a surgery to stitch up the ruptures and placed a tube for carrying out waste. The boy is now past the crisis. The police have arrested the boyfriend who admitted to battering the boy. Tran Thi Be, the boy’s maternal grandmother, who is taking care of him at the hospital, said her daughter left their home in Tien Giang Province a year ago and took him along. She heard nothing from her 27-year-old daughter until she called recently to say she had to take the boy to hospital but did not have any money. "Her … [Read more...]

Vina Kraft Paper to double production capacity

Sangchai Wiriyaumpaiwong, general director of Vina Kraft Paper Co. Ltd. (L), shakes hands with a partner after signing a cooperation agreement - PHOTO: SCG PACKAGING

Quoc Hung Sangchai Wiriyaumpaiwong, general director of Vina Kraft Paper, said in a statement released by SCG Packaging on July 22 that the company had inked deals with companies providing engineering consulting services and production technologies from Japan and China to scale up the capacity of its factory in My Phuoc 3 Industrial Park. To ensure sustainable growth, Vina Kraft Paper will use an environmentally-friendly stock preparation process of Japan’s Voith IHI Paper Technology and invest in a wastewater treatment system developed by Kobelco Eco-Solutions. Scheduled to come online in quarter one of 2017, the new production line will help raise Vina Kraft Paper’s capacity to 500,000 tons per year from the current 243,500 tons and support it to become the biggest packaging paper producer in Vietnam. Earlier, SCG Packaging said it would spend some VND2.75 trillion (US$126 million) doubling the capacity of its plant in Vietnam. Vina Kraft Paper’s factory … [Read more...]

Military doctors treat patients


PANO - Doctors of the infirmary in Truong Sa (Spratly) Island district, Khanh Hoa province, successfully performed an appendectomy for a patient on July 22nd. The surgery was carried out under the observation of doctors of the Military Hospital 175 of the Ministry of National Defence through telemedicine. The patient, Ms. Le Thi Truc Ha, 32 years old, in Truong Sa town, had a bellyache and light fever. After being hospitalized at the infirmary, her symptoms were diagnosed as acute appendicitis and she needed an urgent surgery. After the operation to remove the appendix, the patient is currently recovering. * The same day, Military Hospital 4 of Army Corps 4 received and successfully treated 172 cases of food poisoning. The patients are workers of the Mezaky Company in the Song Than Industrial Park in Binh Duong province. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]