Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online … [Read more...]

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Social News 6/10

A poor family by Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe canal in HCM City. A recent survey by the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities showed that most low-income people were living in makeshift houses with substandard infrastructure.

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and … [Read more...]

Social News 1/10

Hanoi authorities seize 20 iPhone 6 The Market Management Unit No 1 under Ha Noi's Market Management Department yesterday seized 20 iPhone 6 smartphones from a man living in Dai Kim commune of Hoang Mai district. The man, named Hoang Ba Thuc, did not have any papers to prove legal possession of the 20 smartphones, which are worth a total of VND 500 million. Thuc admitted that he had bought the phones from HCM City via express service in order to sell them illegally. Captain of the Market … [Read more...]

Social News 22/9

A/H5N6 flu virus: Quang Nam culls 800,000 ducks Quang Nam province has begun culling 800,000 ducks after the H5N6 avian bird flu virus was detected in poultry, reports the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Deputy Director of the Quang Nam provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Muon, announced on September 20 so far 3,150 ducks have tested positive for the deadly A/H5N6 virus. Veterinarians have now taken preemptive measures to test ducks and poultry from … [Read more...]

Social News 31/8

Six missing from cargo ship sunk off Hai Phong Six Vietnamese crew members were reported missing when a cargo ship sank off the coast of the northern city of Hai Phong in the afternoon of August 28. According to the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre, the vessel Phu Cuong 0148 carrying 3,000 tonnes of coal sank five nautical miles southeast of Ha Mai Island, near Bach Long Vy Island, at 3:40 pm. The information was passed on to search and rescue units in Hai Phong, and … [Read more...]

Social News 27/8

Four Chinese on trial for credit card fraud The People's Court of northern HaiPhong city on August 25 opened a trial against four Chinese nationals, who had used high-tech devices to counterfeit credit cards. XiongJie (35), Lin Wei (50), Lin Li Hua (33) and Lin Jia Jun (21) were charged with "using the computer and telecommunications networks, the Internet and digital equipment to appropriate assets". According to the indictment, between March 16-26, 2013, the four suspects and two others … [Read more...]

Social News 21/8

Flash floods, landslides cause over VND3 trillion losses Though Vietnam has extensive experience dealing with natural disasters, climate change their frequency and intensity are on the rise, inflicting great loss of life and property. The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control also disclosed at an online meeting on August 20 that since 2000, over 250 flash floods and landslides have left 646 dead or unaccounted for, and injured nearly 351 others. The disasters swept away … [Read more...]

Social News 7/8

Alleged fake beer kegs seized in Ha Noi The Ha Noi Market Surveillance Agency and Hoai Duc district police seized nearly ten allegedly fake beer kegs with labels of Ha Noi beer and Viet Ha beer on Monday. There were three 30-litre beer kegs and 12 bottles with the labels of Ha Noi beer along with five 30-litre beer kegs of Viet Ha beer, which were seized. The manufacturer of the beer kegs, Hoai Duc-based Dai Viet Chau A Ltd., Co, denied that these were fake beer kegs, but claimed they had … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 18/7

Two Vietnam-built Tarantul-class corvettes launched Brigade P-TL 167 of the Vietnam People's Navy on July 17 received two Tarantul-class corvettes (Molniya class) capable of destroying targets in the air and at sea. The warships, dubbed HQ 377 and HQ 378, were built by HCM City-based Ba Son Shipyard under a contract to build six such corvettes for the Vietnam People's Navy, using the Russian technology. The vessels, equipped with the state-of-the-art technology, help the Vietnam People's Navy … [Read more...]

Bus station rakes in illegal fees

CAN THO (VNS) - Transport inspectors found numerous violations committed at the Can Tho coach station in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho during their recent surprise inspection. The inspection was conducted following complaints from the transport businesses about the station violating regulations. The station was found to have collected overnight parking fees at the rate of VND35,000 to 45,000 (US$1.7 to 2.1) per bus every night, which was 20 to 30 per cent higher than the standard rate set … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 16/6

Vietnam, US discuss non-traditional gas development Safely and effectively developing non-traditional gas resources without damaging the environment was the focus of a workshop held in Hanoi on June 12-13. Jointly organized by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade's General Department of Energy, the event attracted a crowd of experts from both countries operating in the field, along with those from the member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 7/5

Dengue fever threat in Ha Noi The dengue fever is likely to break out again in the capital city unless appropriate preventive measures are taken, health experts warned at a workshop yesterday. Director of the Ha Noi Health Department Nguyen Nhat Cam said the number of dengue fever patients in the Central Region and Central Highlands declined in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year. However, the figures have been rising in southern and northern regions … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 18/4

HCM City rescues 21 endangered animals Twenty one animals belonging to 11 endangered wildlife species were rescued in the first quarter, according to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in HCM City. They included the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae), pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus), slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis), Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), and Burmese ferret-badger (Melogale personata). In February the … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 19/3

The heat wave sweeping across the central and central highlands has withered thousands of hectares of sugarcane, coffee, and rice crops.

Prolonged drought damages farming production Binh Son District in Quang Ngai Province has lost 252 hectares of rice. Several farmers have fed the withered crops to cattle. Because it has not rained for a month, we are forced to pump water from ponds every two days to water our crops, said farmer Doan Tan Minh. Thach Ban reservoir level has fallen to 17 meters, 1.5 meters lower than last year in Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province. The Tu Cau pumping station in Dien Ngoc Commune, … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 11/3

Taxi driver jailed for fraud and robbery The People's Court in the capital sentenced a taxi driver to three years and six months' imprisonment on robbery charges yesterday. The driver, Nguyen Van Tien, 38, from northern Hung Yen Province's Hung Yen Town, charged 27-year-old Xiechao Yang of China US$600 for a taxi ride from the Old Quarter's Hang Bac Street to a sauna restaurant in Hang Muoi Street, and from the restaurant to his hotel in Hoan Kiem District's Tho Xuong Street - over 200 times … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 27/2

10 officials face trial in blood test scandal The trial in the blood test replication scandal at the city-based Hoai Duc Hospital will begin on March 7. The Ha Noi People's Court's Deputy Chief Judge Nguyen Huu Chinh told the media yesterday that 10 health officials involved in the replication of 1,000 blood test results for 2,000 patients between May and July last year will face trial. Former hospital Director Nguyen Tri Liem and Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Nhien were prosecuted for … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 24/2

Although no avian flu infections of the new H7N9 strain have been reported in poultry or humans so far, the likelihood of outbreaks in Viet Nam is high, needing utmost vigilance in detection and prevention efforts, senior officials said yesterday.

Paying US visa fees via post office The US Embassy in Hanoi and its Consulate General in HCM City announce the launch of a new visa processing service for the US at post offices nationwide from Feb. 22. Those applying to the US can pay the visa fees at the post office when they provide their CGI-Reference Number. The post office will then transfer the visa fees to the relevant US agency involved in granting visas. Applicants do not pay the transfer fee. The new regulation is applied for … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 17/2

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan beat a ceremonial drum to officially launch an annual blood donation drive, known as the Red Spring Festival, in Ha Noi yesterday.

Annual blood donation event held in Hanoi Addressing the gathering, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen highlighted the remarkable achievements of the blood donation movement in Viet Nam over the past two decades, with more than 8.2 million units of blood collected and the number of donors increasing every passing year. According to Dr Nguyen Anh Tri, head of the festival's organising board, in addition to easing blood shortages after the Lunar New Year holiday, the event, with its … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 18

Thousands of people stood in line for hours on Wednesday, trying to buy a ticket from the Phuong Trang Bus Company at Mien Dong Bus Station in HCM City to return home for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Vietnam, US launch climate change project The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on January 16 launched a US$26 million climate change project in Nam Dinh province. The project, entitled "Vietnam Forests and Deltas," supports Vietnam's goals for sustainable development, low carbon emission, and adaptation to climate change by improving land-use planning, forest and natural resource management and mobilizing communities … [Read more...]