Police fine company for carrying 117 passengers in 37-seat coach

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VietNamNet Bridge – Quang Ninh authorities suspended the operations of a coach after it was found carrying 117 people on February 24. They suspended operations and fined the Ka Long Transport Company VND85 million (over $4,000). Ka Long Company has been asked to check and report the case to the Department of Transportation of Quang Ninh Province before March 10. At around 8pm on February 24, a group of traffic police of Tinh Gia District in Thanh Hoa province stopped the coach for traffic rule violations, but the driver fled. The coach was then caught in Quang Xuong District in Thanh Hoa Province. The police found that this coach had up to 117 passengers while it is only allowed to carry 37 people. The driver, Tran Van Phon, 30 years old, said the coach was on the way from Nghe An to Mong Cai (Quang Ninh). Thanh Hoa police seized the vehicle, and is holding the driving license for 30 days. My Hang … [Read more...]

Buses chased, seized for overloading at end of Tet

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province chased and seized two passenger buses for overloading in the losing days of the Tet holiday, as thousands struggle to find transport back to work. An overloaded passenger bus Major Le Hong Thai, from the provincial traffic police department, said the overloaded buses were spotted by police on National Highway 1A in Gia Tinh District while moving from central Nghe An Province and northern Quang Ninh Province. The bus drivers failed to obey an order to stop and police gave chase, calling in support from units ahead. The buses were halted 20km down the highway, in Quang Xuong District. One bus was carrying 117 passengers, nearly triple its licensed 37 passenger capacity while the other bus was carrying 74 passengers, compared to permitted 34. Le Anh Tuan, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, ordered the local department of transport to mobilise six buses to get the passengers to their destinations. The cars were fined a combined … [Read more...]

Poor parents in Ho Chi Minh City spend Tet far from home

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To save more money for their young children in their homelands, many parents, who left other provinces, mostly in the north, to work in Ho Chi Minh City choose to have a lonely Lunar New Year (Tet) away from home even though they have not gone home for many years. Though it costs around VND2 million (US$96) for a two-way coach ticket between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, they accept missing their children and relatives during the Tet season, which arrives in a week. Many of them have not gone home to visit their families for seven years. Not only do they save the transport fee, they can also find extra jobs during the Tet holiday to make more money. Holding a photo of her five-year old son, Nguyen Thi Thao tried to hold back her tears. After leaving her hometown in coastal Quang Xuong District of Thanh Hoa Province in the north-central region ten years ago, she has not gone home for two years. Her tears dropped on the photo of her son and the gift she has prepared to ask her … [Read more...]

Solid waste piles up as country industrialises

A waste disposal factory in Quang Tan commune, Thanh Hoa province that helps to handle the solid waste disposed by five communes across Quang Xuong district and the neighbouring Le Mon Industrial Park (Photo: VNA) Solid waste continues to increase rapidly throughout the country, and is expected to reach a high rate of 44 million tonnes annually, starting this year, a report from the Centre for Environmental Monitoring Portal (CEM) has warned. According to the report, which was issued late last week, accelerating industrialisation and urbanisation, along with a population explosion, are the major causes for this surge. The CEM, under the Vietnam Environment Administration, stressed that solid waste from big cities and industrial zones stood at the highest level, some 50.8 tonnes, or 22.1 percent of the country's total. Unless adequate measures and legislation are put in place to control this, solid waste will continue to build at an alarming rate, the report pointed out, … [Read more...]

VTV fined VND40m for false reality show

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Vietnam Television (VTV) has been fined VND40m by the Ministry of Information and Communication for broadcasting an episode of the reality programmed "The 7th Wish" about a street singer couple, which contained falsehoods. VTV apologised to its viewers and issued a public correction on January 17. It said production of "The 7th Wish" programme had stopped while a review of production processes was undertaken. The programme's head editor and director were suspended and may face further punishment. Vice inspector Do Thi Tinh signed the order on January 19 to fine VTV for violating regulations about journalistic and publishing activities and causing negative public opinion. But because VTV had quickly corrected the mistakes and collaborated with authorities to deal with the case, the fine was limited to the lightest possible, that is, VND40m, Tinh said. The reality show "The 7th Wish", which is broadcast by VTV3, helps make people's wishes come true. In the most recent episode, … [Read more...]

Vietnam Television investigates untrue reality show

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The Vietnam Television (VTV) is investigating 'The 7th Wish' programme after it was found one of the episodes, about a street singer couple, was untrue. The reality show "The 7th Wish", which is broadcast by VTV3, helps make people's wishes come true. The show's director, Lai Bac Hai Dang, admitted on October 8, 2014, that one emotional episode was halted because it was found the story of one of the characters contained falsehoods. But the episode still went to air on January 10. Apparently the idea for the episode came from a VTV contributor. Head secretary of VTV, Truong Ha Nam, said an investigation is underway. The problematic episode featured street singer couple of Nguyen Nhu Dao and Nguyen Nhat Thanh. It attracted considerable sympathy from viewers. In the episode storyline, Thanh is the only son of a good family in Quang Xuong Commune, Thanh Hoa Province, and graduated Vietnam National Academy of Music. Despite family prejudice, he fell in love and married with a poor blind … [Read more...]

Vietnam Television apologises over untrue reality show

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Vietnam Television (VTV) has apologised to its viewers about false information in a recent episode of "The 7th Wish" reality programme featuring a street singer couple. Nguyen Nhat Thanh and Nguyen Nhu Dao The reality show "The 7th Wish", which is broadcast by VTV3, helps make people's wishes come true. In the most recent episode, featuring a love story about street singer couple Nguyen Nhu Dao and Nguyen Nhat Thanh, helped the duo compete on the "Sao Mai Diem Hen" music contest programme. After the episode was broadcast, a viewer alleged some of the facts in their story were untrue. Vietnam Television conducted an investigation and came to the same conclusion. "The crew did not follow protocol verifying the facts and carelessly broadcasted the episode," VTV said in a statement. "Vietnam Television will tighten its inspection procedures and take appropriate action over transgressions." "Vietnam Television accepts all responsibility and sincerely apologises to the families of … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Army units active in gratitude activities

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PANO - Hospital 354 under the General Department of Logistics on July 31st teamed with other organs in Thanh Hoa province to provide free health checkups and medicines to 1,200 local war invalids, sick soldiers, relatives of martyrs, Agent Orange/Dioxin victims, veterans, elderly and poor people in Quang Nham and Quang Thach communes, Quang Xuong district. The hospital also presented gifts to 20 policy beneficiaries and medical equipment to Quang Thach communal medical station. … [Read more...]

Chinese-labeled bags with strange matter found on Vietnam central coast

These strange bags were spotted along the beaches in Sam Son Town and two districts of Quang Xuong and Hoang Hoa, according to officials.

Fishermen in some localities in the Vietnamese central province of Thanh Hoa have found about 100 bags containing unidentified substance with foul smell drifted ashore from unknown location over the last few days, local authorities reported Friday. In Sam Son, about 50 bags were collected while around 30 and 15 bags were found in the above districts, respectively. These bags have many Chinese characters on them, but most of them were too blurred to see, except for two big words "Feng Yuan" in blue, according to the People's Committee of Sam Son town. There is also a dim round logo below these two words, the committee said. These sacks contained an unknown type of clotted powder that produced stinking odor, some fishermen who had opened the bags said. Local authorities, in conjunction with police and border guard forces, have gathered all of the sacks in one place and buried them underground. Thanh Hoa police have taken samples of the substance and sent them to a … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa’s woman gives birth to 5.1kg baby

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VietNamNet Bridge - On February 19, the Hospital of Quang Xuong District, Thanh Hoa Province conducted an urgent cesarean to save a mother and her baby, a boy of up to 5.1kg. The pregnant woman, 32, from Quang Thinh commune, was hospitalized in a very weak state of health, which might affect the child in the womb. After a consultation and examination, doctors decided to perform an emergency surgery to save the life of the unborn baby. The newborn baby is up to 5.1kg, the heaviest baby who has ever born in the hospital, said the hospital's director - Dr. Nguyen Danh Hoi. This is the second son of this woman. Her first son had normal weight at birth. The woman said she felt discomfort in recent months. "I had never had a scan or examination so I did know that my baby was so heavy," she said. According to doctors, such a child is often at risk of disorders of heart function and lower blood sugar. "The baby is still under special care and supervision," said Dr. Hoi. Thu … [Read more...]

Social Headlines December 7

The People's Court of southern Tay Ninh Province on Thursday sentenced 13 defendants to 72 years in jail for trafficking women from Viet Nam to China.

Southern province's court jails women trafficking ring The longest sentence, 10 years in jail, was given to Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hien, a 37-year-old woman from HCM City. The indictment by the provincial People's Procuracy said four people from the trafficking ring were arrested at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City on February 7, 2013 by local police as they were bringing two Vietnamese women to China. The two men accompanying these two women, Ye Yong Fu and Cheng Xiang Sheng, both 36, were identified as those paying to take the women to China. As local police expanded their investigation, they arrested the remaining members of the ring. The group had sold 56 Vietnamese women, mostly from southern Tay Ninh Province and Bac Lieu Province, for VND399 million (US$18,500). Four poisoned by alcohol in Quang Ninh Four people in the northern Quang Ninh Province were reported to have died between December 2-4 after drinking alcohol made from sticky rice. The victims had drunk … [Read more...]

Farmers face difficulties in modern times

Local residents in central Nghe An Province's Hung Nguyen District use rudimentary methods to turn over soil to plant peanuts. — VNA/VNS Photo Lan Xuan

HA NOI (VNS) — After nearly 30 years of innovation, the country has seen important achievements in agriculture, yet farmers do not play a significant role in industrialisation, modernisation and integration of the country. The statement was made by the head of the Viet Nam Farmers Association, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, at a workshop on the role of Vietnamese farmers, held by Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development and Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences in Ha Noi on Thursday. "When the country suffers economic downturns, farmers usually play an important role to help keep its economy stable, but that role has become less crucial," Cuong said. Farmers were the largest in numbers, compared with other classes in the country, and contributed the most to the country, while benefiting the least, he added. Addressing the workshop, Assoc Prof. Bui Quang Dung from the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, said the country has, over the past 30 years, seen quick … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa to remove industry promotion obstacles

Thanh Hoa's industry promotion funding reaches more than VND8.168 billion

(VEN) - Thanh Hoa Province has been able to deploy only five of nine contents regulated in the Governmental Decree 45/2012/ND-CP on industry promotion due to the irrationality of a number of criteria as well as the levels of support for the rural industrial bases. The total annual industry promotion funding approved for Thanh Hoa is VND8.168 billion, including VND4.828 billion as local funding and VND3.340 billion as national funding. With the average annual industry promotion funding of VND5 billion applied since 2008, Thanh Hoa has consistently ranked in the group of highest industry promotion funding extended provinces in the north. However, in the first nine months of 2013, Thanh Hoa's Industrial Promotion and Development Consultancy Centre was just disbursed VND4.533 billion, accounting for 55.5 percent of the annual plan, funding for vocational training, technical demonstration models, production equipment, industrial infrastructure, and organization of fairs and … [Read more...]

Bronze drum and cannon cast to present to General Vo Nguyen Giap

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PANO - The Lam Kinh Cultural Heritage Association will begin casting a copper drum, a cannon and a sword as offerings to General Vo Nguyen Giap on December 22nd, the founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army, said the association's Chairman Ho Quang Son on November 11th. The drum will be a version of the Dong Son copper drum which was found in Quang Xuong district, Thanh Hoa Province. It will be 103cm in diameter (symbolizing the 103 year lifespan of General Vo Nguyen Giap) and 91.1cm in height. Meanwhile, the cannon and the sword will be adapted from the old cannon of Vietnam and the Dong Son copper sword. This 65cm long sword symbolizes 65 years since Vo Nguyen Giap was promoted as the General. Those sacred objects are planned to be offered to General Vo Nguyen Giap on the 100th day after the General passed away or on May 7th, 2014, to mark the 60th year of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, at Vung Chua-Yen Island in Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district, Quang Binh … [Read more...]

Haiyan makes landfall, weakens into depression

Heavy rain is likely to cause severe flooding in Hanoi

(VOV) - Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Haiphong and Quang Ninh early on November 11, uprooting big trees, ripping off house roofs and causing blackouts in many places. Numerous flights affected by typhoon Haiyan Typhoon Haiyan changes course, threatens north Typhoon Haiyan forces mass evacuation in Vietnam Hayian, packing winds of 117kph when making landfall, was considered the most powerful storm that has hit Quang Ninh and Haiphong for years. Travelling further inland, the storm weakened into a tropical depression and changed its direction heading towards China. The storm has battered Quang Ninh province for the past few hours, dumping heavy rain on coastal localities. There are no reports on human casualties. Haiyan, with howling winds of more than 100kph, knocked out power and communications, peeled off many roof sheets, and downed many big trees in Ha Long and Cam Pha cities, and Van Don district. Widespread blackouts were reported in a number of places in the province. … [Read more...]

Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall in evening

New prevention plans have been made after Haiyan changed its direction

(VOV) - Destructive typhoon Haiyan has weakened a bit after travelling along the central coast, and is forecast to slam into the northern delta in the evening. Numerous flights affected by typhoon Haiyan Typhoon Haiyan changes course, threatens north Typhoon Haiyan forces mass evacuation in Vietnam At 05.00pm Haiyan was about 270-330km off the central coast of Thanh Hoa and Quang Ninh provinces, packing winds of 149kph near its eye. In the next 12 hours, the storm will be moving north-west at a speed of 30km and battering the Red river delta provinces. At 04.00am on November 11, the storm will be sweeping across the north-eastern provinces, with winds gusting between 62-88kph. It will then change its course and weaken further before heading towards China. "The storm is forecast to strike the area between Thai Binh and Haiphong, sweep across Bac Giang, Haiphong, and Quang Ninh, and then change its direction towards China," said Bui Minh Tang, director of the Central … [Read more...]

Haiyan likely to slam into north-central region

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(VOV) - The north-central province of Thanh Hoa is stepping up the evacuation of nearly 45,000 residents from coastal areas before typhoon Haiyan is forecast to make landfall late on November 10. The evacuation order was released by the provincial Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control at 08.00am following news Haiyan is likely to batter the north-central region instead of the central coast. Residents in Quang Xuong, Tinh Gia, Sam Son, Hoang Hoa, Hau Loc and Nga Son were ordered to move to safe areas. Thirteen task forces have fanned out to high-risk areas to help with evacuation due to be completed at 06.00pm the same day. Police and military forces are not put on standby to deal with the worst possible scenarios. (To be continued...) … [Read more...]

Hanoi plans evacuations ahead of typhoon Haiyan

New prevention plans have been made after Haiyan changed its direction

(VOV) - Leaders of the capital city has requested all districts draw up residential evacuation plans after typhoon Haiyan changed its direction and is forecast to strike the northern delta, including the city. Numerous flights affected by typhoon Haiyan Typhoon Haiyan changes course, threatens north Typhoon Haiyan forces mass evacuation in Vietnam At an urgent meeting on November 10, weather experts said Haiyan will rip through Hanoi early on November 11, bringing heavy downpours to the capital. With a rainfall of 200-300mm, severe flooding will inundate large parts of Ba Vi, My Duc, Chuong My, Phu Xuyen, Thanh Tri, Thanh Oai, and Me Linh districts. Weather experts even warned these districts of landslides and dyke breach. Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of the Municipal People's Committee, asked the districts to put evacuation plans in place in case of emergency. Top priority is given to protecting residents' lives and their property, he said. He asked municipally-run agency … [Read more...]