Military helicopter crashed in Ho Chi Minh City

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Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Van Tuoi affirmed that a military helicopter crashed in Pham Van Hai Commune on January 28. The Bell UH-1 helicopter with 4 people on board lost contact with ground traffic control about 8 minutes after departing Tan Son Nhat International Aiport for a training exercise. All of the city’s search and rescue forces from the Ho Chi Minh City's Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department, the city High Command and the border guards are joining in a search for the plane. The Bell UH-1 is a multipurpose military helicopter. The 14-seat plane (including 4 crew) with a maximum speed of 217km per hour is 17.4m; 4.39m high and weighed 4,100kg. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Vietnam air traffic controllers fined for violating flight safety rules

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Two air traffic controllers at the Ho Chi Minh City Air Control Center at the city’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport have been fined US$351 each for failing to comply with air control processes leading to a case that threatened flight safety. >> Pilot presses wrong button, prompting hijacking scare at Vietnam airport The chief inspector of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has issued decisions to fine Pham Ngoc Lam, 46, and Nguyen Hoang Tin, 30, VND7.5 million ($351) each for failing to comply with the air traffic control process and thereby threatening flight safety for two planes. The incident occurred on December 19, 2014, when the minimum safe distance between a Vietnam Airlines plane, HVN 231 and a Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Cargo aircraft, CPA 705, was violated when they were flying in the Ho Chi Minh City flight information region. After an investigation, the CAAV’s Inspectorate concluded that the dangerous case was caused by … [Read more...]

Vietnam creates favorable conditions for private sector to develop

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PANO – There have recently been rumors saying that the Vietnamese Government is unfair to the private economic sector; as a result, the sector has been contracted and many private firms have gone to bankruptcy. Is this true or not? The People’s Army Newspaper’s reporters have met private businesses and learnt about facts. The following is an insight into the situation. Businesspeople becoming much richer The view considering that the private economy has shrunk and private enterprises have become weaker and weaker and been on the edge of bankruptcy seems one-sided, short-sighted or too pessimistic. According to VnDirect Securities Corporation, an affiliate of a well-known private-owned group, IPA Investments Corporation, as of December 25th, 2014, 80 more US$ millionaires appeared on the Vietnamese securities market. This figure has brought the number of businesspeople with their securities holding valued at over US$ one million up to 395. Among them, President of … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1

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Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Assets of 50 richest women reach $1 billion

Nguyen Ngoc Nhat Hanh, the daughter of REE’s chair, is the young face in the top 50.

VietNamNet Bridge – The total stock assets of the 50 richest Vietnamese women in 2014 increased by VND5 trillion from the year before. The oldest member of the top 50 women is 64 years old, while the youngest was born in 1991. The total assets of the 50 women hit VND21.45 trillion by the end of 2014, an increase of VND4.9 trillion over 2013. Holding shares of the largest listed real estate firm, Pham Thu Huong, deputy chair of the Vingroup’s board of directors, has for the fifth time been recognized as the richest woman in Vietnam. Her husband, billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong, topped the list of 100 richest stock millionaires in 2014. Vuong is also the first Vietnamese dollar billionaire recognized by Forbes. The second position on the list of top 50 belongs to a member of the Pham family – Pham Thuy Hang, deputy chair of Vingroup, who holds shares worth VND2.3 trillion. Vingroup is believed to be one of the most "powerful" and profitable conglomerates in … [Read more...]

New rural development in Thanh Thang, Can Tho

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(VOVworld) – Thanh Thang, whose population is mostly Catholics, has become Can Tho City’s first commune to complete all criteria of the national new rural development program. This success is attributed to the local people’s consensus and determination to contribute to communal development. Thanh Thang is one of two communes in Can Tho selected to pilot the national new rural development program. After 3 years of implementing the program, Thanh Thang has completed all of the program’s criteria, one year ahead of schedule. Priest Pham Hong Nhat of Hai Hung parish, Vinh Thanh diocese, told VOV: "Priests and local authorities have cooperated to launch campaigns to protect the environment. We no longer have to suffer from inundation during rainy seasons thanks to newly paved roads and better irrigation systems." Being aware of the importance of new rural development, local Catholics have contributed both money and labor to upgrade the local infrastructure. Roads … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

14 Vietnamese get ASEAN CIO, CSO awards

Duc Tam Vietnamese accounted for 12 out of 17 winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards and two out of three winners of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards as announced by International Data Group (IDG) and the CEO & CIO Club at an award ceremony at the five-star hotel Sofitel Saigon Plaza in HCMC on Tuesday. The remaining five winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards are from Singapore, the Philippines and Laos while the only recipient of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards outside Vietnam was Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/12

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Concert features bands from the US, UK Saigon Outcast will host an International Live Music concert featuring the US band Tonstartssbandht and the UK's The Magic Pinions on December 13. Tonstartssbandht, consisting of two brothers Andy and Edwin White, will play boogie, 60s psychedelic rock and choral pop with a guitar and drum, while The Magic Pinions will present instrumental, chill out and ambient music. The performance will begin at 7pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2. Tickets are VND200,000, and are available at www.ticketbox.vn. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Social News 25/11

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in Thailand, for example, the government must provide the funding. … [Read more...]

Boosting strategic relationship between US and Vietnam

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The Hanoitimes - New US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius and new Vietnam Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh are believed to make significant advances in the strategic partnership between the two nations in the time ahead. Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh made the statement a at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on November 20 in the context when Mr Ted Osius has been ratified by the US Senate to become US Ambassador to Vietnam and Mr Pham Quang Vinh will leave for the US to take up the post of Vietnamese Ambassador to the US. … [Read more...]

VN told to boost competitiveness

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam is becoming an attractive investment destination for German companies, but the country needs to enhance its competitiveness and improve its policies. This was said at a dialogue, entitled "Industrial development in Viet Nam, supply of skilled labour and other challenges," held by the ministry of planning and investment to seek further economic co-operation with Germany. German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel said that Viet Nam was regarded as an important partner of Germany in ASEAN and that many German businesses were seeking to invest in the country. … [Read more...]