Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

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Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Ministry inspects bidding process involving deputy minister

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Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has ordered an inspection of the bidding process of a bidding package to upgrade two bridges in northern Vietnam, following media revelations of "pecuniary relations" between a transport deputy minister and a businesswoman in relation to the package. Under a decision signed by Minister Thang last Friday, an inspection team has been set up and is headed by Le Van Doan, deputy chief inspector of the ministry. The inspection of the bid package’s bidding process was ordered following the publishing of information by a number of newspapers that Transport Deputy Minister Nguyen Hong Truong left handwritten notes on an application for implementing the bid package. The application was submitted by Ms. H.T.D.H., chairwoman of the T.H. Investment Joint Stock Company, to Deputy Minister Truong, according the local media. Two online newspapers also published information saying that Ms. H. reportedly exchanged text messages with Truong to ask him … [Read more...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [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 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 and print newspapers for a variety of offences dealing with incorrect information. … [Read more...]

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 poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. … [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 Management Unit No 1 Nguyen Dang Khoa said that his unit was making further investigations in the case. … [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 over three household breeding farms in Phu Quy 3 hamlet, Tam My Dong commune, Nui Thanh district. … [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 local authorities and boats operating near the site were deployed to search for the missing persons. … [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 (currently on the run) successfully completed 196 transactions using forged cards taking away over VND3.9 billion (US$183,300) from Vietcombank and Vietinbank. They were caught by HaiPhong police on March 26. … [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 more than 9,700 houses, submerged another 100,000, and flooded 75,000 hectares of rice and subsidiary crops with estimated damages in excess of VND3.3 trillion. … [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 been bought from unknown sources. … [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 strengthen its combat capacity to defend national sea and airspace. … [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 by the municipal People's Committee, announced the inspectors on Wednesday. … [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) forum and ASEAN. … [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 in the past few weeks. … [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 centre released a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) back into the sea at Hai Tac island in Kien Giang Province. It has upgraded its facilities, installing a new fish tank and a new enclosure for civets and creating more room for volunteers, many of them foreigners. Two students drown in Quang Nam lake Two primary school students drowned in a fishing lake in Quang Nam Province's Binh Duong commune in Thang Binh district on Wednesday. Vice chairman of the communal people's committee, Dang Van … [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, Dien Ban District has experienced salt penetration in the previous 10 days which is ruining the 100-hectare rice field. Quang Ngai has spent VND7.1 billion (US$337,000) to dredge canals, install more pumping stations, and dam up embankments to prevent salt intrusion. Similar measures have also been conducted in Quang Nam Province. Local authorities have spent VND1.7 billion (US$ 81,000) to dam up the embankment on Vinh Dien River to hold saltwater back. The embankment is expected to complete … [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 the regulated fare. According to the verdict, Tien locked the car door, threatened the tourist and stole over VND23 million ($1,100) after the tourist did not agree to pay the charge and only gave the driver VND200,000 ($9.5). The tourist reported the incident to local police. Doctors receive certificates of merit for saving victims of collapsed suspension bridge Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc awarded certificates of merit on behalf of the Prime Minister to persons involved with … [Read more...]