Vietnam police probe slander in BBC Vietnamese article

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Investigative police under Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security initiated an investigation on Friday into a criminal slander case pursuant to Article 122 of the Vietnamese Penal Code in relation to the article "Dương Chí Dũng và những triệu đôla," published April 24 on the BBC Vietnamese website under the byline Nguyễn Hùng. The article, which can be translated as "Duong Chi Dung and the millions of dollars," included these lines: "Theo ông Dũng, người đưa tiền của bà Lan cho ông tên là Tiệp. Các nguồn tin nói đây là ám chỉ thiếu tướng Trần Quang Tiệp, trợ lý Bộ trưởng Bộ Công an Trần Đại Quang." (According to Mr. Dung, the person who gave Ms. Lan's money to him was Tiep. Sources said this alluded to Major General Tran Quang Tiep, an assistant to Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang.) Lieutenant General Hoang Kong Tu, chief of the investigative police under the public security ministry, told Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper in an interview on Friday that … [Read more...]

Environment fund says soft loans await enterprises

Nguyen Nam Phuong, director of the fund, told participants at an investment promotion seminar in HCMC that manufacturers could take out a loan worth 70% to 75% of the total value of their projects for a term of up to 10 years and with an interest rate of 5.4% per year. Like other credit institutions, the fund requires borrowers to have certain assets as collateral for their loans. Phuong said this was a non-profit fund mandated to support production companies which are looking for greener business. … [Read more...]

Youths face extortion charges for threats to kidnap, kill, bomb

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking an indictment against two young men for threatening a business man and his family with a bomb in an attempt to extort US$20,000. A source told Thanh Nien that the plot's mastermind, 19-year-old Ngo Van Sam and his partner, 20-year-old Pham Van Cuong, are facing extortion charges. Ngo Van Sam (L) and Pham Van Cuong … [Read more...]

Police nab two men, 19 and 20, for blackmail, demanding ransom

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Two young men were arrested in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday for making death threats and collecting a US$20,000 ransom from a businessman. One of them is the victim's cousin. Police, who were informed of the threats two days earlier by the victim, Ngo Xuan Tiec, 46, president and director of the city-based Tam Sinh Nghia Investment-Development Company, caught Pham Van Cuong, 20, red-handed receiving the ransom. Ngo Van Sam (L) and Pham Van Cuong … [Read more...]

Honoring Trang An tourism complex as a world cultural and natural heritage site

UNESCO Representative Katherine Muller Marine presented the certificate to Cuture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh

The Hanoitimes - A grand ceremony was held at Bai Dinh Pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh on January 23 to receive the UNESCO’s certification recognising Trang An tourism complex as a world cultural and natural heritage site. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam; Vice President of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu; Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and leaders, former leaders of the Party and State; the diplomatic missions, international organizations attended the ceremony. Covering an area of over 6,000 hectares, the Trang An complex consists of the Hoa Lu ancient citadel, Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong natural scenic site, and the Hoa Lu primeval forest. The picturesque landscape of Trang An is a harmonic combination of mountains, valleys and lakes with numerous caves inside stunning limestone karst mountain ranges. Moreover, it is surrounded by primary forests with a wide variety of flora and fauna systems. The complex … [Read more...]

Health check-ups, gifts for poor, ethnic people

Minister Tran Dai Quang (L) inquiring after a poor ethnic minority household in Buon Ma Thuot city.

As many as 1,000 impoverished households in three communes in the central province of Quang Nam have been given free medical check-ups and gifts thanks to a campaign implemented on January 24-25. The drive was jointly organised by the Vietnamese Red Cross and the Vietnam Young Physicians’ Association in honour of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. The delegation, joined by Ha Thi Khiet, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, also presented two households with special difficulties, each with 50 billion VND, to build houses. In a similar act, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang visited and offered Tet gifts to poor ethnic minority households in Buon Ma Thuot city of the Central Highlands province Dak Lak on January 25. The minister also presented the Ede-inhabited villages of Pan Lam and Ko Sier 100 million VND each to take care of the disadvantaged residents during the Lunar New Year festival, which falls on February … [Read more...]

Trang An receives World Cultural and Natural Heritage certificate

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UNESCO Vietnam Chief Katherine Muller Marin presented the certificate to Ninh Binh province NDO – A ceremony took place in Ninh Binh on January 23 to receive a certificate from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognising Trang An Landscape Complex as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The event was organised by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam’s National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO Vietnam) and Ninh Binh provincial People’s Committee. Among the guests at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vu Duc Dam; National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu; Politburo member and Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang; Head of the Party Central Committee Office, Tran Quoc Vuong; former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu; former Presidents Tran Duc Luong; former NA Chairman Nguyen Van An; along with some international guests such as international Lao Deputy Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Government News 23/1

Uruguay’s top legislator wraps up Vietnam visit Speaker of the Uruguayan Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra left Hanoi on January 22, successfully concluding his four-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. Speaker Anibal Pereyra and NA Chairman Hung held talks, during which a cooperation agreement between the two countries’ legislative bodies was signed. The Speaker met with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, and made a tour of the port city of Hai Phong and had a working session with the municipal People Committee’s leaders. At these meetings, Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Anibal Pereyra’s visit to Vietnam will open prospects for all-around cooperation between the two nations in the near future. Both sides expressed their wish that the two legislatures will further forge links through exchange of visits at all levels, as well as provide mutual support at regional and international … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Cambodia friendship association turns 40th

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Minister Quang presented the Labour Order, third class, and the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit to the VCFA. (Photo: VNA) Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang has expressed hope that the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) will build on its achievements and further foster the friendly cooperation between the two nations. Speaking at the VCFA’s fourth National Congress and its 40th founding anniversary in Hanoi on January 22, the Minister praised the VCFA for closely working with the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association (CVFA) over the past time. He asked VCFA and its chapters across the country to offer more support to Cambodian students pursuing studies in Vietnam. Over the course of its 40-year development, the VCFA has actively promoted friendship exchanges between Vietnam and Cambodia, with diverse activities popularising their countries and people to raise mutual understanding. It also assigned medical staff to Phnom Penh and … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Cambodia friendship association turns 40

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NDO/VNA - Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang has expressed hope that the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association (VCFA) will build on its achievements and further foster the friendly co-operation between the two nations. Speaking at the VCFA’s fourth National Congress and its 40th founding anniversary in Hanoi on January 22, the Minister praised the VCFA for closely working with the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association (CVFA) throughout the past. He asked VCFA and its chapters across the country to offer more support to Cambodian students pursuing studies in Vietnam. Over the course of its 40-year development, the VCFA has actively promoted friendship exchanges between Vietnam and Cambodia and held diverse activities to endorse and raise mutual understanding of the respective countries and people. It also assigned medical staff to Phnom Penh and Cambodian district of Russey Keo to offer health check-ups, medicine, and handouts to the locals. Outstanding … [Read more...]

Public Security Ministry launches Traffic Police General Department

The Traffic Police General Department (TPGD) under the Ministry of Public Security made its debut in Hanoi on January 19. The General Department combines the Road and Railway Traffic Police Department and the Marine Police Department. Speaking at the ceremony, Politburo member and Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang spoke highly of the achievements made by the TPGD over the past time, which have contributed to creating a positive change in ensuring traffic safety and order. The Minister asked leaders of the General Department to promptly adopt all the regulations and mechanisms necessary to fulfil its obligations. Thanks to joint efforts from ministries, sectors, localities and people, especially the determination of the traffic police force, decreases were recorded in the number of accidents, deaths and injuries. The death toll was reduced for the third consecutive year to below 9,000 people in 2014. The force also arrested over 1,000 offenders, seized 45 heroin … [Read more...]

Ministry of Public Security launches Traffic Police General Department

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At the ceremony (VOV) NDO - The Traffic Police General Department (TPGD) under the Ministry of Public Security made its debut in Hanoi on January 19. The General Department combines the Road and Railway Traffic Police Department and the Marine Police Department. Speaking at the ceremony, Politburo member and Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang spoke highly of the achievements made by the TPGD over the past time, which have contributed to creating a positive change in ensuring traffic safety and order. The Minister asked leaders of the General Department to promptly adopt all the regulations and mechanisms necessary to fulfil its obligations. Thanks to joint efforts from ministries, sectors, localities and people, especially the determination of the traffic police force, decreases were recorded in the number of accidents, deaths and injuries. The death toll was reduced for the third consecutive year to below 9,000 people in 2014. The force also arrested over 1,000 … [Read more...]

Weekly digest – January 12-18

PM highlights role of social network PM Nguyen Tan Dung asked for updating formal information on social networks such as Facebook in the context of booming new technology and people’s increasing demands for information and news. Currently, millions of Vietnamese are using social networks, said the PM, adding that these sites or the Internet are regarded as sharper communication tools than conventional methods. Proactively providing formal, updated and transparent information is an effective measure to reject wrongful information, he stressed. Functional agencies should make full use of social networking services and the Internet to effectively direct and monitor their activities, added PM Dung. Gov’t calls for raising poverty threshold Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has called for raising the national poverty line in accordance with international standards in the years to come during a recent meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Sustainable Reduction. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Cambodia friendship public security school launched

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Photo: VNA A Vietnam-Cambodia friendship public security school in Cambodia’s Kongpong S’pu province was inaugurated on January 17 in the presence of Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. In his speech at the event, Minister Quang, who was on working visit to Cambodia on January 16-17, highlighted the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two countries, saying that this has become an invaluable treasure of the two nations. The bilateral relations and cooperation between Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and Cambodian Ministry of Interior recently has seen fruitful development, Quang said, noting that the two sides worked closely and effectively in fighting crimes, contributing to ensuring security and social order in each nation. The school is a symbol of the friendship and cooperation in the spirit of mutual support between the two ministries, the Vietnamese officer stressed. For his part, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and … [Read more...]

Government News 18/1

Vietnam, Cambodia reach 2015 anti-crime plan Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior have signed a plan on their cooperation in 2015 following talks between the two ministers in Phnom Penh on January 16. During the talks, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng agreed on measures to fight hostile forces’ plots and attempts aimed at undermining the traditional friendship between the two countries and harming national security and social order in each country. They said the two sides will jointly work to combat criminal and economic offenders, especially those engaging in the trafficking of drug, women and children, cross-border smuggling by road and air, and criminals on the wanted list. They consented to ensure security and order in border areas and the development triangle as mentioned in a joint statement of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao Prime Ministers … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Cambodia reach 2015 anti-crime plan

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Scene at the talk between Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior. Photo: VNA Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior have signed a plan on their cooperation in 2015 following talks between the two ministers in Phnom Penh on January 16. During the talks, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng agreed on measures to fight hostile forces’ plots and attempts aimed at undermining the traditional friendship between the two countries and harming national security and social order in each country. They said the two sides will jointly work to combat criminal and economic offenders, especially those engaging in the trafficking of drug, women and children, cross-border smuggling by road and air, and criminals on the wanted list. They consented to ensure security and order in border areas and the development triangle as … [Read more...]

BIDV invests in five-star hotel in Laos

The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and LaoVietBank, a joint venture between BIDV and Laos’ BCEL, will finance the construction of a five-star hotel and office complex in the Lao capital of Vientiane. To this effect, a credit contract was signed in Vientiane on January 14 in the presence of Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, Lao Acting Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong, and BIDV Chairman Tran Bac Ha. Under the contract, the two banks will offer a credit loan of US$35 million to the US$62 million project. Speaking at the event, BIDV Deputy General Director Tran Luc Lang affirmed that the contract reflects Vietnamese businesses’ commitment to increasing investment in Laos . Covering an area of 2 hectares, the complex consists of a five-star hotel and residential and office buildings for lease. It is expected to serve the 10 th National Congress of the Lao People’s Republic Party in late 2015 and early 2016 and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese bank invests in five-star hotel in Laos

The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and LaoVietBank, a joint venture between BIDV and Laos’ BCEL, will finance the construction of a five-star hotel and office complex in the Lao capital of Vientiane. To this effect, a credit contract was signed in Vientiane on January 14 in the presence of Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, Lao Acting Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong, and BIDV Chairman Tran Bac Ha. Under the contract, the two banks will offer a credit loan of 35 million USD to the 62 million USD project. Speaking at the event, BIDV Deputy General Director Tran Luc Lang affirmed that the contract reflects Vietnamese businesses’ commitment to increasing investment in Laos . Covering an area of 2 hectares, the complex consists of a five-star hotel and residential and office buildings for lease. It is expected to serve the 10 th National Congress of the Lao People’s Republic Party in late 2015 and early 2016 … [Read more...]

Vietnam cancels plan to form tourist police force

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Vietnam will not set up a new police force to protect tourists as earlier planned, a representative from the Ministry of Public Security said at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday. Instead, the public security ministry will cooperate with relevant ministries to ensure safety for holidaymakers in the country, Colonel Vu Van Toan, deputy head of the economic security department under the ministry, said at the meeting organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Ho Chi Minh City administration. The meeting was held to recap one year of implementing the government’s Directive No.18 on enhancing management of the tourism environment and ensuring safety and security for tourists, which took effect in September last year. Ho Chi Minh City authorities have repeatedly proposed forming a tourist police unit to ensure safety for holidaymakers in the city. "One year after following Directive No.18, Ho Chi Minh City has made some achievements but there are … [Read more...]

Police should step up alert for hostile forces, crime: Vietnam PM

The premier made the request at a meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi on Sunday, according to the

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested that police forces nationwide be more alert to hostile forces’ sabotage schemes and continue working hard against all kinds of crime next year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said. Vietnam News Agency. Greater effort by the police is essential as the year 2015 will see a series of important political events: the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the 70th Independence Day, the 40th Reunification Day as well as Party congresses at all levels. The government leader emphasized that these are the times when hostile and reactionary forces as well as criminals increase their activities against the country. He praised the police force for their remarkable achievements in 2014 despite all the difficulties and challenges posed by international, regional, and domestic situations, adding that their outstanding performance has greatly contributed to protecting national sovereignty and maintaining political … [Read more...]