Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. … [Read more...]

Social News 29/10

13 sailors rescued after collision at sea The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre saved 13 sailors off the coast of the central province of Quang Tri on Sunday after an unknown ship hit and sunk their vessel. The ships collided 56 nautical miles off the shore of Da Nang while the sailors were taking a rest around noon. No injuries were reported. HCM City approves change to English curriculum The HCM City People's Committee has asked the Department of Education and Training to pull the plug on its pilot project and replace it with an integrated English teaching curriculum. … [Read more...]

Investigation halted as Vietnam bigwig accused of bribery in major corruption case dies

This picture taken on December 14, 2013 shows Duong Chi Dung, former Vinalines chairman, standing trial at Hanoi's People's Court. Photo: AFP

An investigation into an information leak in a multimillion dollar graft case at state shipping giant Vinalines will be halted because the suspect, a deputy public security minister, has died, a senior official has said. Judge Truong Viet Toan, deputy head of Hanoi Criminal Court, was speaking to Vietweek in an interview on Wednesday, one day after the Ministry of Public Security's website announced that Senior Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo died of liver cancer that same day at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi. Investigators will soon issue an official decision announcing when the suspension will take effect, Toan said. The judge also said that the suspension is in line with the Penal Code, which stipulates that a criminal investigation will be suspended when the suspect dies. Ngo's death came a few days after Pham Anh Tuan, deputy head of the Central Interior Committee - which advises the Party on anti-corruption policies - was quoted by Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper … [Read more...]

High-level funeral for deputy police minister Pham Quy Ngo

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The funeral of the late Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, who passed away Tuesday, will be conducted with the necessary rituals for high-ranking officials, the Ministry of Public Security said. >> Vice police minister Pham Quy Ngo dies at 60>> Internal affairs body to handle claims against vice police minister>> Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister The funeral, to be organized by the ministry, will be carried out under relevant regulations in Decree 105 of the Government on organizing funerals for officials and civil servants, said the ministry. The Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security, the ministry, and the family of the deceased issued a death notice on Wednesday, February 19. According to the funeral … [Read more...]

Vice Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo dies of cancer

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Nhan Dan Online - Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, member of the Party Central Committee and, Vice Minister of Public Security, died of liver cancer at 21.05pm on February 18 at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Web Portal. Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo was born in 1954 in Dong Cuong commune, Dong Hung district, the northern province of Thai Binh. On February 14, 2006, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the General Department of People's Police (GDPP) under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS); and Head of the GDPP in January, 2008. On January 1, 2010, he was appointed as Head of the General Police Department for Crime Prevention and Control under the MPS. On August 12, 2010, the Police official was promoted as Vice Minister of Public Security. At the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vice Minister Ngo was elected as member of the Party Central Committee. He was promoted to … [Read more...]

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo dies of cancer

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo (thanhnien.com.vm)

Nhan Dan Online - Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, member of the Party Central Committee and, Deputy Minister of Public Security, died of liver cancer at 21.05pm on February 18 at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Web Portal. Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo was born in 1954 in Dong Cuong commune, Dong Hung district, the northern province of Thai Binh. On February 14, 2006, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the General Department of People's Police (GDPP) under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS); and Head of the GDPP in January, 2008. On January 1, 2010, he was appointed as Head of the General Police Department for Crime Prevention and Control under the MPS. On August 12, 2010, the Police official was promoted as Deputy Minister of Public Security. At the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Deputy Minister Ngo was elected as member of the Party Central Committee. He was promoted to … [Read more...]

Vice police minister Pham Quy Ngo dies at 60

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After two weeks' hospitalization for liver cancer, Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo passed away aged 60 on Tuesday night. >> Internal affairs body to handle claims against vice police minister>> Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony The senior official died at Military Central Hospital 108 in Hanoi at 9:05 pm on February 18, according to a report from the Ministry of Public Security. Ngo had suffered from cancer, and he underwent a liver transplant in Singapore five years ago. However, about a year ago, transplant rejection symptoms appeared and he had to be hospitalized, a source told Tuoi Tre. About a week before he died, Ngo was sent to Japan for treatment but due to his fatal condition, he was taken back to the hospital … [Read more...]

Public security official loses fight against cancer aged 60

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo, lost his battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 60. According to the online PetroTimes, Ngo, who became the deputy minister in 2010, breathed his last breath in the Ha Noi-based Military Hospital 108 at 4pm. Ngo was reported to have devoted his life to public security and was a trailblazer in many important investigation cases. Most recently, he was in charge of investigation into the corruption case involving national shipping company Vinalines, which reportedly created a loss of VND366 billion (US$17.26 million) for the State budget. — VNS … [Read more...]

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo passes away

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VietNamNet Bridge - Deputy Minister of Public Security - Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo lost his fight against cancer on February 18 at the age of 60. Ngo, who became Deputy Minister in 2010 and was a member of the Party Central Committee, breathed his last breath at Hanoi-based Military Hospital 108. Ngo was reported to have devoted his life to public security and was a trailblazer in many important investigation cases. Most recently, he was in charge of investigation into the corruption case involving national shipping company Vinalines, which caused a loss of VND366 billion (US$17.26 million) to the State budget. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Deputy Minister of Public Security dies

Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo lost his fight against cancer on February 18 at the age of 60. Ngo, who became Deputy Minister in 2010, breathed his last breath at Hanoi-based Military Hospital 108. Ngo was reported to have devoted his life to public security and was a trailblazer in many important investigation cases. Most recently, he was in charge of investigation into the corruption case involving national shipping company Vinalines, which caused a loss of VND366 billion (US$17.26 million) to the State budget. … [Read more...]

Vietnam senior official, accused of receiving $510,000 in bribes, dies of cancer

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Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo, accused of receiving US$510,000 in bribes at a recent high-profile corruption trial, died of cancer at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Senior Lieutenant General Ngo, a member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, was undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. He headed a team that investigated wrongdoings which resulted in losses of billions of dollars to the state exchequer at the state-owned shipping group Vinalines . On January 7, former Vinalines chairman Duong Chi Dung, who was arrested after fleeing the country and sentenced to death last December for embezzlement, alleged that Tho had tipped him of the arrest in advance in return for two payments totaling US$510,000. Dung made the accusation when deposing at the trial of seven people, including his brother Duong Tu Trong, the dismissed deputy director of the northern city of Hai Phong's police force, who was … [Read more...]

Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister

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The People's Hanoi Court on Friday referred the "disclosing State secrets" case involving Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo to local prosecutor's office for handling. >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister >> Ex-colonel Duong Tu Trong faces up to 20 years in jail >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony Dao Van Cuong, deputy head of the Hanoi People's Procuracy, confirmed the same day that his agency has received the case that will be handled according to Article 263 of the Penal Code. The court made the transfer after it ordered a commencement of legal proceedings into the case on January 8, based on the confession of Duong Chi Dung, ex-chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), who was sentenced to death last December on charges of "intentionally violating state regulations on economic management, causing serious … [Read more...]

Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss

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After being sentenced to death for corruption, former Vinalines leader Duong Chi Dung confessed in court that he gave a police deputy minister a total of US$1,510,000 in bribes in 2012, but the court deemed there was not enough proof regarding this claim to take legal action. >> Probe requested for ex-Vinalines leader's striking confession >> Ex-colonel Duong Tu Trong faces up to 20 years in jail >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony>> Ex-colonel tried for helping former Vinalines boss flee abroad>> Dung mute on mole who tipped him off on arrest>> Two ex-leaders of Vinalines face death penalty Dung made the confession on January 8 when he appeared as a witness in the hearing opened by Hanoi's People's Court for his brother, ex-Colonel Duong Tu Trong, and six others who had helped him flee to avoid being arrested for corruption in May 2012. Trong was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and the six others received … [Read more...]

Embezzlers jailed for 103 years

Eight people were sentenced to a total of 103 years in prison in southern Vinh Long Province's court yesterday for embezzlement involving the making and repair of cultural and historical relics.— Photo danviet

Embezzlers jailed for 103 years Among the offenders were Nguyen To Tranh, former director of Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, his two subordinates, Bui Huu Tri and Tran Le Dong, and his son-in-law Phan Dang Khoi. The other five were private enterprise executives who paid bribes to officials to become departmental contractors. The longest custodial sentence of 30 years was handed down to Bui Huu Tri for embezzling VND239 million (US$11,000) from the State budget and taking more than VND2 billion ($96,000) of bribes from local enterprises. Phan Dang Khoi was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment for three offences, including embezzlement, bribery, and making corrupt use of his position. Nguyen To Tranh was given three years in prison for his irresponsility while the private enterprises executives were sentenced to from five to 17 years. Singapore ship to compensate Vietnamese boat collision victims The Singapore Cargo ship, the Sima Sapphire, will compensate each of the … [Read more...]

Nine top provincial officials criticized

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VietNamNet Bridge - Due to accidents increased by 40-91 percent, the chairs of the nine provinces of Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Phu Tho, Ninh Thuan, Thua Thien - Hue, Binh Thuan, Lang Son, Son La, Lao Cai and Khanh Hoa were criticized by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The Government on May 29 convened a national video-teleconference on traffic safety in the second quarter of 2013 and devise future tasks to deal with the issue. Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, called for serious assessment of how transport safety regulations have been observed. According to Phuc, in the past five months, traffic accidents dropped sharply but the number of deaths surged, sparking public concerns. He asked for more drastic measures to realize the National Assembly's preset targets on traffic safety. The National Traffic Safety Committee reported that during January-May 12,052 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, down 14.77 percent against the same … [Read more...]

Guards for Nick Vujicic to be investigated

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Chief of HCM City's Road & Railway Police Department has confirmed that the guards who cleared the way by sticks for Nick Vujicic on the way from Tan Son Nhat Airport to HCM City's center were completely wrong and they will be investigated.Limbless Nick Vujicic warmly welcomed in HCM CityFans in frenzy to see inspirational VujicicVND31.7 bil. for Nick Vujicic visit An official of the TiTan Security Services Ltd, which provided the bodyguard service for Nick Vujicic, on May 25 admitted the mistake. Lieutenant Colonel Tran Thanh Tra, Head of the Road & Railway Police Department has promised to investigate the case and inform the press about the results. Tra said only the traffic police or the military forces on duty are allowed to use specialized motorcycles, sirens and to clear the way to guide for the cars of special guests or politicians. The guards of Nick Vujicic violated this provision. On May 25, a video clip was posted on the Internet, … [Read more...]

Vietnam gets tough on errant cops

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The Ministry of Public Security has called for surveillance, preventive measures and strict measures against wrongdoings by police officials in the execution of their duties. Vo Van Ut Deo (R), a former senior police official in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, was sentenced to two years in jail after his subordinates had beat up a detainee to death. "There have been positive developments where police officials have set outstanding examples, like those willing to fight and die to keep society safe, but there have also been cases of wrongdoing in some localities that have frustrated the public," the ministry said in a directive posted on the government website early this week. The directive mentioned several reasons for the wrongdoings, including loose management by leaders of local police agencies, lack of motivation among some police officials to improve themselves, and incompetency. The ministry ordered timely detection and strict action taken against offending officials … [Read more...]

Ministry of Public Security breaks online gambling ring

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VietNamNet Bridge - On January 16, the Police Investigation Department of Social Security Crime (C45) said that the agency, in collaboration with the Police Department Against High-tech Crime (C50,) discovered an online gambling ring worth hundreds of millions of US dollars. Hundreds of policemen raid largest-ever gambling den in northern Vietnam The same day, the investigating agency arrested seven people, including five in Ho Chi Minh City and two in Hanoi. The two defendants in Hanoi are Cu Huy Giap from Hai Ba Trung district and Nguyen Anh Thai from Dong Da District. According to preliminary information from the police, this ring offered online gambles in various forms, such as horse racing, football, tennis, etc. The gambling money transferred abroad every day was up to hundreds of billion dong (tens of million USD). The investigation agency tracked this ring for a long time before breaking it. Even the family of some defendants were very surprised to … [Read more...]

Police bust large trans-national gambling ring

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Vietnamese police arrested seven in a huge gambling case in which hundreds of billions of VND were being transferred abroad each day. Families, friends and neighbours of those who ran the gambling ring were reportedly surprised at their arrest. After more than one year in operation, the ring, which operated in a number of different localities nationwide, had transferred billions of VND outside the country. There is a continuing investigation into the case. On December 14, Deputy Minister of Public Security Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo, honoured the police for uncovering another large illegal gambling ring in Bac Ninh Province, which led to more than 100 arrests. The deputy minister said inspection agencies would focus on people who use state funds for gambling abroad. … [Read more...]

Most controversial regulations in 2012

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The year 2012 has seen many controversial regulations, among which are those requiring ID cards to include parents’ names, owners of dogs and cats to register their animals, and meat to be sold within 8 hours of slaughtering. A traffic police officer stops a driver for a violation. Governmental Decree 71, which took effect on November 10, stipulates penalties for those who possess a vehicle which was sold, transferred or presented to them without registering the change in the vehicle's ownership. Photo: Tuoi Tre Raw meat must be sold within 8 hrs According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in July, raw meat preserved at room temperature can only be sold within eight hours of the time of slaughtering. In cases where the meat is preserved under 0 – 5 degrees Celsius, the time limit is 72 hours. Food by-products such as pig’s tripe and stomach should be sold within 24 hours of slaughtering, and no preservative … [Read more...]