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...]

Southern region’s beauty of land and people

Through the lens of photographer Dang Tuan Trung, the southern region appears very prosperous with rustic and upright people.    Dong Nai province is the site of Vietnam’s first rubber company. December is the best time for visiting rubber plantations and visitors can see the leaves transformation in colour.      In Binh Duong province, apart from the dynamic and modern industrial zones, many rice fields still need to be worked. In harvesting season, farmers are very busy with the work at fields.      Ho Chi Minh city is said to be most beautiful at night.      Long An province is famous for spacious lotus ponds.      One of the typical characteristics in Tien Giang province is the floating markets full of specialties, in which Cai Be attracts most visitors.      A mother in coconut land, Ben Tre province, sitting and drinking tea in a garden, arouses peaceful feelings.      Hau Giang province is the rice granary of the southern region. In addition, the image of thick channels and canals is a typical characteristic of the land.      Can Tho city is in the western central southern region and also an important trade hub with the most notably being the Cai Rang floating market.      In An Giang province, visiting cajuput forests is an impressive experience for tourists.      Built up by Cuu Long river, healthy land in Soc Trang province produces  immense rice fields.      Sunrise in Ganh Hao river, Ca Mau province, the southernmost land of the nation.

Through the lens of photographer Dang Tuan Trung, the southern region appears very prosperous with rustic and upright people. Dong Nai province is the site of Vietnam’s first rubber company. December is the best time for visiting rubber plantations and visitors can see the leaves transformation in colour. In Binh Duong province, apart from the dynamic and modern industrial zones, many rice fields still need to be worked. In harvesting season, farmers are very busy with the work at fields. Ho Chi Minh city is said to be most beautiful at night. Long An province is famous for spacious lotus ponds. One of the typical characteristics in Tien Giang province is the floating markets full of specialties, in which Cai Be attracts most visitors. A mother in coconut land, Ben Tre province, sitting and drinking tea in a garden, arouses peaceful feelings. Hau Giang province is the rice granary of the southern region. In addition, the image of thick … [Read more...]

American investors see Vietnam as strategic market

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VietNamNet Bridge - Ranked No. 7 of 101 countries and territories investing in Vietnam for the past five years, the United States has invested more capital in the country through new brands. In late March, P&G started construction of a Gillette razor factory in Binh Duong province with $100 million. The factory will be completed in 12 months and will create jobs for more than 300 local workers. According to P&G Vietnam CEO Emre Olcer, the group had considered the construction of a Gillette razor factory in neighboring countries, but finally they chose Vietnam. The reason for this choice is because "Asia takes an important role for the group’s future. And compared with other countries in the region, Vietnam is outstanding for the consumption potential and new opportunities". More specifically, Vietnam has a high economic growth rate, young population and rising incomes. The advantages have been confirmed by the two-digit growth of this group’s brands in … [Read more...]

New Taiwanese motorbike factory opened in Vietnam

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Motorbike production at Kymco factory in southern Binh Duong province. (Photo: VNA) The Taiwanese motorbike producer Kymco Group officially opened its new 20 million USD factory at the Dai Dang Industrial Park in southern Binh Duong province on May 19. As part of the group’s long-term strategy, the newly built factory is set to become a manufacturing centre supplying motorbikes and components to the entire Southeast Asia region and several European countries, such as Germany, France and Italy . At the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Tran Thanh Liem, spoke highly of the hi-tech project, which satisfied all local requirements for an investment. Three new product lines were introduced to the public the same day, including Many S 50cc bikes suitable for young customers and the K-Pipe 125cc and Xciting 400 models. Kymco Group has established two factories and a number of showrooms in Vietnam.-VNA … [Read more...]

Thousands of workers run for workplace safety and health

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The run was held in Binh Duong on May 17 (Photo: VNA) Over 4,500 workers from garment and textile factories in Binh Duong and surrounding provinces participated in a run in support of workplace safety and health on May 17 in southern Binh Duong province. The event was held by Better Work Vietnam, a partnership between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in collaboration with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour. It was intended to strengthen the relation between workers, employers, clients and the community and raise awareness of occupational safety and health, notably the importance of a healthy eating habit, in the apparel industry. There are about 350 garment and textile and footwear factories across the country. South Vietnam, including Binh Duong province, is home to 430,000 workers, 80 percent of whom are female. A recent survey of workers at some clothing factories revealed that there are a large number of … [Read more...]

Is Dong Nai River filled with dioxin-contaminated soil?

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Dong Nai provincial authorities on May 7 convened an urgent meeting to clarify information provided by a local newspaper that the Dong Nai River is being filled with dioxin-contaminated soil and rocks taken from an area near Bien Hoa Airport. The urgent meeting was held just several hours after an article in Thoi Nay, indicating that Toan Thinh Phat, the contractor for the project on Dong Nai riverside improvement and urban development, is filling the River with soil and rocks from a dioxin-contaminated area. The public reacted strongly to the news. Thoi Nay is a publication of Nhan Dan (the People), the organ of the Vietnamese Communist Party, and therefore, any news released by the newspaper can cause repercussions to the society. The project on improving the Dong Nai riverside landscape appeared in local newspapers a few weeks ago when environmentalists issued a warning about the danger the project could bring. Locals repeatedly called on to stop the … [Read more...]

Rage against the state: discontent grows in Vietnam

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Workers arrange pieces of fabric under embroidery machines inside the Esquel Group garment factory at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Thuan An, Binh Duong province, Vietnam. Photo: Bloomberg Vietnam’s state-owned enterprises were once its biggest employers, the largest revenue earners, the main growth drivers. Now, in criticism rarely seen since the nation was unified 40 years ago, their dominance in the economy is being debated. Dissatisfaction with state companies has been simmering in recent years, particularly after the global financial crisis when they were blamed for amassing piles of bad debt that crimped lending. As the government tries to spur economic growth, lawmakers are pressing for a rethink of these firms and greater support for private-sector businesses, instead. "We need to change our mindset on the concept of state enterprises," said Tran Du Lich, a member of the National Assembly economic committee and a lawmaker. "The government needs to stop … [Read more...]

Conferring medal of 50-year Party membership on former President Nguyen Minh Triet

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Former State President Nguyen Minh Triet (VOVworld) – Addressing the ceremony on Thursday, member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Binh Duong provincial Party Committee, Mai The Trung, spoke highly of former President Nguyen Minh Triet’s devotion to the nation since he joined the revolution and his leading role in the Youth Union, Secretary of the Party Committee of Song Be province, the Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee, and State President. Mr. Trung confirmed that at any position former President Nguyen Minh Triet showed his extraordinary leadership. Mr. Triet pledged that he will continue to lead a moral life and raise frank opinions to Binh Duong provincial leaders in develop its socio-economy. … [Read more...]

Fun run aims to raise awareness about health, safety in Vietnam garment factories

About 4,500 garment workers in southern Vietnam are set to join an annual fun run program in Binh Duong Province this weekend to highlight the issue of health and safety in the apparel industry. The 2015 "Safety Fun Run" slated for Sunday is the sixth event of its kind organized by Better Work Vietnam, a partnership between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation. The event aims to strengthen connections among workers, employers, buyers and the wider community to raise awareness on health and safety topics facing workers, according to a statement issued by the ILO on Wednesday. A study by non-profit organization Business for Social Responsibility on women’s health showed that workers at some factories in the apparel and footwear industries face a range of common ailments, including upper respiratory tract infections, headache, fatigue and diarrhea. Recent focus groups conducted by Better Work also revealed cases of workers skipping … [Read more...]

Italian newspaper: more and more foreign investors choose Vietnam

Vietnam has increasingly become a favourite of foreign investors worldwide, said Il Sole 24 Ore, an Italian national business newspaper. The article titled "I capitali esteri scelgono il Vietnam" (Foreign capitals choose Vietnam) on May 12 said foreign direct investment (FDI) to Vietnam reached 24 million USD last year, a 31 percent surge against 2013. The country garnered 9 percent of the foreign capital destined for Asia, making it the second largest destination of FDI in the continent after China. The number of FDI projects doubled to 241 in 2014 from 118 in 2013, it added. Vietnam’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 6 percent last year and is expected to grow to 6.1 percent and 6.2 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively. According to Il Sole 24 Ore, the promising manufacturing sector coupled with relatively low labour costs were key factors attracting foreign investors to the country despite growing competition from other economies in the region, such as Laos, … [Read more...]

Viet Nam wood processing industry facing market risks

Wooden products made for export at the Hiep Long Fine Furniture Company in Binh Duong Province. Viet Nam's wood processing sector faces high market risks due to its dependency on imported materials. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu HA NOI (Biz Hub) — With its dependency on imported materials and export markets' stringent norms on the origin and legality of products, Viet Nam's wood processing sector is facing high market risks, said an expert. The growth of wood chip processing and exports are also threats to the wood processing sector, as raw material for both sectors are sourced from Vietnamese wood. Up to 80 per cent of domestic raw material is currently used for wood chip processing, according to To Xuan Phuc of the Forest Trends organisation. The expert noted that during a conference on the role of imported materials and orientations for the wood chip processing sector, in Ha Noi yesterday, many wood processors agreed that exporting wood chips brought about modest … [Read more...]

River-encroaching project in southern Vietnam should be scrapped as it breaks laws: experts

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Experts have demanded a complete stop to a large project, now suspended, to build a residential area and improve landscapes by encroaching on the Dong Nai River flowing through the namesake province in southern Vietnam because, they said, it breaks many laws. >> Experts pinpoint severe environmental impacts of suspended reclamation project in southern Vietnam The demand was pressed at a seminar on sustainable development in river basins that was jointly held on Tuesday by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations and the Institute of Legislative Studies (ILS) under the Vietnamese National Assembly. At the event, experts expressed trenchant criticisms of a multimillion-dollar project regarding its violation of many laws and the potential adverse impacts on the environment, even though the developer has suspended it. The implementation of the Pegasus Residence project in Dong Nai Province was approved by the local People’s Committee in May 2014. Toan … [Read more...]

One-Stop-Shop in VSIP Quang Ngai

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Vice- Chairman of Quang Ngai Provincial People's Committee (PPC) Pham Nhu So on May 12 met with leaders of Quang Ngai province and VSIP to discuss about the mechanism of One-Stop-Shop in VSIP-Quang Ngai zone like Binh Duong province's VSIP project. ​ According to representative of Dung Quat Economic Zone Authority (DEZA), Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Park Management Board in Binh Duong province is the focal point, processing or handling coordination procedure for investment in industrial parks, business management. It also cooperates with the local departments and organizations to dialogue with enterprises and investors to remove difficulties and problems. Besides, VSIP's management board has its representatives at every VSIP parks to cover the jobs of consultant and investment formalities, ect. As released by DEZA's representative, Binh Duong Government also agrees for the management board of VSIP to manage the jobs of construction planning, employee, and environment. At the … [Read more...]

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HCMC opens first drug treatment center with Suboxone A drug treatment center, which prescribes Suboxone to treat drug addiction, today opened in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap District. This is the first of its kinds in Vietnam and marks an important progress of the city in treating drug addiction. Currently, the world is making good progress in treating drug addition. Along with Methadone, additional medications including Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Suboxone can be used for treating drug addiction. Among them, Suboxone are the most prominent and preeminent as it is safe for patients; accordingly, it is widely used in many countries in the world. After the approval of Ministry of Health the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control and HCMC authority have implemented pilot drug addition treatment with Suboxone in Go Vap District with the financial support of many organizations. For years, HCMC has adopted many measures to help drug addicts to rehabilitate and integrate … [Read more...]

World’s biggest brewer commits to Vietnamese market

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest brewer in the world, is strengthening its commitment to the Vietnamese beer industry through launching a new brewery in Binh Duong province. The facility, which is set to open on May 21, is the company’s first in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is the biggest beer market in Southeast Asia. In recent years, the domestic brewing industry has grown 13% a year on average, and according to the Vietnam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association, in 2013, the country’s total beer consumption hit 3 billion liters and 3.14 billion liters in 2014, an increase of 8% compared to 2013. According to Ricardo Vasques, General Director of AB InBev Vietnam, the new brewery is demonstrative of the company’s commitment to creating a strong presence in this rapidly growing market. "Vietnam is an incredibly vibrant and dynamic market to be working in, and we are absolutely thrilled to be opening a new state-of-the-art brewery here—our first in … [Read more...]

Ships to pay fees for Binh Loi-Ben Suc Port waterway

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Le Anh The charge is planned in a draft circular with an aim to help the investor recover the funding for the ongoing project to build a new rail bridge to replace the current Binh Loi Rail Bridge and dredge the 71-kilometer-long river section under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) format. Under the draft circular, the charge would be applied to vessels of more than 300 DWTs and collected at the ports and piers along the river section by the port authorities. The port authorities would be allowed to keep 2% of total revenue to cover fee collection costs in accordance with an agreement with the project investor Waterway Projects Management Unit under the Ministry of Transport. Vessels free from the charge will include those used for military and security purposes and emergencies, and by the customs and traffic management agencies. The ministry and the investor started work on the project on April 28 this year. The entire project is scheduled for completion within 16 … [Read more...]

Exhibition of timeless Southern pottery hits Hanoi

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Ancient pottery items are on display in Hanoi. Photos: VnExpress Some 200 pottery items from the south that date back to the 18th-19th centuries are on display at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi. The exhibition, which ends on May 16, is organized by antique collector Nguyen Thu Hoa and joined by 60 other collectors across the country. Pham Quoc Quan, former director of the Vietnam History Museum, said this is a special exhibition as it marks the first time private antique collectors have held a show. … [Read more...]