Vietnam drug traffickers sentenced to death

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Three notorious drug bosses were sentenced to death Monday in northern Vietnam with their police benefactor getting a life term. A court in Ha Giang province in the northern mountains also sentenced five other members of the gang to life in jail after 50 people were tried for trafficking heroin and weapons and bribery. The ring smuggled around 840kgs of heroin and 70 handguns to provinces bordering China to sell to Chinese customers. … [Read more...]

High-ranking policeman arrested for role in drug trafficking

A high-ranking border policeman of in the northern province of Vietnam was arrested yesterday for his involvement in a drug trafficking ring, reported provincial authorities. Lieutenant-colonel Lam Quoc Ngu of Phu Tho Northern Province, chief of the Pho Bang border post in Dong Van district of Ha Giang province, was arrested for his involvement in the drug ring, which has been operating since 1992. Through Quoc Ngu's confession, police decided to arrest Nguyen Tien Nuoi, a former vice chief of the Pho Bang border post who had retired 10 years ago. … [Read more...]

Massive trial begins for northern contraband transport ring

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A court in Tuyen Quang province began yesterday hearing the case for 50 defendants, including state officials, for an illegal drug and weapons transport seizure two years ago. The case, uncovered in December 2004, involved roughly 100 people in several northern provinces, including Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai, Son La, Vinh Phuc and Hanoi. Among the 50 defendants charged in the court, 11 were officials and border policemen of Ha Giang and Vinh Phuc provinces. … [Read more...]

Ring to face courts over drugs, weapons

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A total of 52 people in northern Tuyen Quang province - including police and border guards - have been nabbed smuggling drugs and weapons to China, said anti-narcotics officers Friday. The ring, including 11 police and patrol guards, traded 70 handguns, 3.2 kg of heroin and a whopping 814.5kg of opium. Police in Tuyen Quang, 200km north of Hanoi, have investigated the case since late 2004, when Hanoi police caught Tran Huu Thuy and Lai Trung Thong red-handed carrying 4 pistols - rare among civilians in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Ring to face courts over drugs, weapons

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A total of 52 people in northern Tuyen Quang province - including police and border guards - have been nabbed smuggling drugs and weapons to China, said anti-narcotics officers Friday. The ring, including 11 police and patrol guards, traded 70 handguns, 3.2 kg of heroin and a whopping 814.5kg of opium. Police in Tuyen Quang, 200km north of Hanoi, have investigated the case since late 2004, when Hanoi police caught Tran Huu Thuy and Lai Trung Thong red-handed carrying 4 pistols - rare among civilians in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines flights affected by unruly passengers, one delayed

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Two disruptive passengers affected two flights of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) at two airports in central Vietnam on Tuesday, causing one to be delayed by 40 minutes. The disruptive behavior of the two passengers erupted when they are completing their boarding procedures at Da Nang and Cam Ranh airports in the central city of Da Nang and the central province of Khanh Hoa, respectively, said VNA representative. … [Read more...]

Seventeen athletes to form national archery squad

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VietNamNet Bridge - According to Decision 1789/QĐ-TCTDTT issued by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, as many as 17 outstanding male and female athletes will team up for the national archery squad in 2013. There are four coaches on the list, including two from Hanoi (Bui Van Cuong - head coach, and Cap Manh Tan); Dinh Chi Dung (from Ho Chi Minh City) and Pham Van Duong (from Hai Phong City). Hanoi demonstrates its power, having nine archers, including Nguyen Tien Cuong, Vu Viet Anh, Nguyen Tuan Anh, Nguyen Thanh Tuan (in the men's compound event); Nguyen Hong Anh, Pham Thi Kieu (in the women's compound event); Nguyen Huu Cung (in the men's recurve event); and Loc Thi Dao and Duong Thi Kim Lien (in the women's recurve event). The remaining athletes come from Hai Phong City (three), Ho Chi Minh City (two), Vinh Long province (one), Soc Trang province (one) and Phu Tho province (one). Coaches and archers will practice in Hanoi at the National … [Read more...]

Cut adrift

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Families living on boats along city waterways run the gauntlet of random police raids as they eke out a meager living Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, 27, sits on her boat, tied to a small, unnamed wharf in Ho Chi Minh City's District 7. For the past year, residents say that the local police have been shooing them off an otherwise unused stretch of sidewalk, making their lives even more difficult. … [Read more...]

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Making" old coffee gardens create high productivity BTO - Duc Linh is one of the districts with the large coffee area in Binh Thuan province. Because of the suitable climate and soil, coffee trees grow well. In the last years, some old coffee areas with low yield have been cut and intercroped other crops. Some gardens have been planted newly. Recently, coffee price has increased high, which makes some people invest and enlarge their area. It takes 3 years and over to harvest beans. Coffee trees become old after 10 years of harvest. Thanks to attention of Farmers' Association and Agricultural Division of Duc Linh district, especially Duc Linh Center for Community Development supported technique and how to take care coffee tree. Some growers in communes: Tra Tan, Duc Tin, Duc Hanh… must improve their old coffee gardens. Mr Pham Van Duong (residing at unit 1, village 5, Tra Tan commune) has a 2-hectare coffee garden with over 10 years. Some old trees grow badly. He intended to cut … [Read more...]

“Making” old coffee gardens create high productivity

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BTO - Duc Linh is one of the districts with the large coffee area in Binh Thuan province. Because of the suitable climate and soil, coffee trees grow well. In the last years, some old coffee areas with low yield have been cut and intercroped other crops. Some gardens have been planted newly. Recently, coffee price has increased high, which makes some people invest and enlarge their area. It takes 3 years and over to harvest beans. Coffee trees become old after 10 years of harvest. Thanks to attention of Farmers' Association and Agricultural Division of Duc Linh district, especially Duc Linh Center for Community Development supported technique and how to take care coffee tree. Some growers in communes: Tra Tan, Duc Tin, Duc Hanh… must improve their old coffee gardens. Mr Pham Van Duong (residing at unit 1, village 5, Tra Tan commune) has a 2-hectare coffee garden with over 10 years. Some old trees grow badly. He intended to cut them for many times. All things considered, he gave up … [Read more...]

Smart talking pens for Vietnamese, foreign students

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Citysmart Vietnam has launched two new products of smart talking pens Smart Talk 2 and Tot-Talk 2. The pens are aimed at helping Vietnamese to learn English better and improve their pronunciation and writing skills. It also helps foreigners to study Vietnamese using the curriculums of Professor Pham Van Duong which have been issued in Vietnam for over two decades and are being used in universities in the U.S and Australia. A little girl has fun with the smart talking pen - Photo: Huy Nguyen … [Read more...]

Rare geckos under threat from hunters

VietNamNet Bridge - The threatened gecko is facing an even greater threat because its soaring price as a traditional medicine has resulted in increased illegal hunting. The gecko, which is listed in Viet Nam's Red Book of endangered species, grows to more than 0.3kg, and is said to be fetching up to VND50-70 million (US$2,500-3,500). Yen Thanh District's Agriculture Department vice head Pham Van Duong in central Nghe An Province said brokers came to the district about two months ago and offered to buy the geckos. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Folk Arts Association Awards 2010 ends

The award ceremony of the Vietnam Folk Arts Association 2010 is held in Hanoi on December 21.

2010 Vietnam Folk Arts Association awards were given to out 66 wining research projects in Hanoi on December 21. Professor To Ngoc Thanh, chairman of the Vietnam Folk Arts Association, said that the organization board received 89 projects. These included 22 works of philology and folk culture; 11 works of performing art; 50 projects of habits, customs, and monograph; and 6 projects on traditional knowledge. Professor To Ngoc Thanh said, among them, there are many famous authors, namely - Hoang Kim Ngoc, Hoang Tuan Pho, Pham Van Duong, Nguyen Thanh Loi and others. The Vietnam Folk Arts Association awarded 16-second place prizes, 32-third place prizes, 14 encouragement awards and 9 gifts to artisans, who had the best research projects for 2010. … [Read more...]

Best golfers to tee up at Asian Mercedes cup

The team consisting of Andrew Hung, Tran Khac Nha, Truong The Cuong, Cheng Ko Shih, Pham Van Duong, Tran Thanh Tra and the only female Do Ngoc Mai will leave for the continental competition to be held in Australia next month. After that, the Vietnamese golfer with the best score will represent the country at the World Finals in Stuttgart City in September. In last year's tournament, Nguyen Quang Duc performed well at the Asian Final to ensure Viet Nam became a member of the champion team at the World Final for the first time in Germany. The Viet Nam Final took place over two days with the participation of 150 Vietnamese and foreign golfers. The first day saw simultaneous tee-offs at the two golf courses and the scores were calculated according to player handicaps. The first day scores were then used to determine the flights for the next day, which was calculated according to the cut method. Besides the prizes for the seven best golfers, the organisers also presented prizes in … [Read more...]

Sea consuming community

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Seawater has been rising in Loc Ha District, Ha Tinh Province, taking over cherished land in the community. Speaking to DTiNews, the Chairman of the People's Committee of Loc Ha District, Pham Van Duong said, "The land just disappears so quickly." Duong believes that the cause is changes in the water flow or climate. Land in Loc Ha District is swiftly being saturated by water. As a result, sand along the beach has been lost and farmers have lost their fields. According to statistics from relevant agencies in Loc Ha District, seawater has consumed 300-350 metres of land in the last 10 years. 100 metres have been lost from 2006 alone. The areas effected most are Thach Kim, Thach Bang and Thinh Loc communes. … [Read more...]

Hospital staff reprimanded for abandoning patient

The Health Department in the northern province of Hai Duong has directed a local psychiatric hospital to impose stiff penalties on two staff members for allegedly abandoning a patient two weeks ago. Earlier this month, orderly Hoang Dinh Tien and driver Nguyen Dang Don, both employed by the Hai Duong Mental Hospital, reportedly left a patient by the side of the road who they had been assigned to escort to the province's Ngu Phuc Commune. On September 27, patient Pham Van Duong was admitted to the Hai Duong General Hospital after falling into a ditch. He purportedly suffered a temporary loss of memory and was transferred … [Read more...]

Ring to face courts over drugs, weapons

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A total of 52 people in northern Tuyen Quang province - including police and border guards - have been nabbed smuggling drugs and weapons to China, said anti-narcotics officers Friday. The ring, including 11 police and patrol guards, traded 70 handguns, 3.2 kg of heroin and a whopping 814.5kg of opium. Police in Tuyen Quang, 200km north of Hanoi, have investigated the case since late 2004, when Hanoi police caught Tran Huu Thuy and Lai Trung Thong red-handed carrying 4 pistols - rare among civilians in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

US think tank calls for naval observers in East Sea

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The Boston Global Forum, a non-profit forum for international scholars, has urged the United States and the European Union to deploy naval ships to observe China's activities in Vietnamese waters. On May 27, the non-profit think tank announced a new initiative to take swift action to ensure peace in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea. The Initiative's mission is to alleviate the threat of war in the region by facilitating open dialogue amongst involved nations, the BGF said in a release. … [Read more...]

Following the river

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Construction workers in the northern mountains raise families moving from one hydropower project to the next. Dinh Duy Thuong, a worker at the Son La Hydropower Plant, raises two children in housing provided by the project after his wife and co-worker died in an accident at the site. … [Read more...]