Hundreds hospitalized in two food poisoning cases

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Hundreds of workers were hospitalized in two food poisoning cases that took place on July 10 in the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Long An, causing serious concerns on food safety and hygiene conditions once again. More than 50 workers of the Thinh Viet Furniture Company in Binh Duong Province were admitted to the General Hospital in Tan Uyen District on afternoon of July 10, some unconscious while others were vomiting profusely. According to the workers, they had meals in the company canteen and began suffering soon after. Dr. Le Van Minh said that most of the workers had been discharged from hospital except for seven who were still in intensive care and under observation. On the same day, the preventive medicine center in Tan Uyen District took samples of the food for testing. Also on July 10, 60 workers of the Le Long Vietnam Company in Ben Luc District in the southern province of Long An were taken to hospital when they complained of abdomen pain, diarrhea, fever and … [Read more...]

Soc Trang hosts first regional lion, dragon dance championship

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The Soc Trang Open "Lan, Su, Rong" (Unicorn, Lion, Dragon) Dance championship kicked off for the first time in the Mekong Delta province on February 5. It brings together 21 troupes from the Mekong Delta region, southern Binh Duong province and Ho Chi Minh City. Best among them are the troupes from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Can Tho and Dong Thap where the traditional dance and sport art has been developed. These troupes are expected to show off their skills with a wide range of breath-taking performances during the competition which aims to encourage the practice of the dance not only in the region but also across the nation. The competition is scheduled to end late on February 6. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

New Hanoi Party chief visits local police, armed forces

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Politburo member Hoang Trung Hai, the newly-assigned Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, extended his best wishes to the municipal Department of Public Security and the Hanoi Capital Command on February 6 on the occasion of the Lunar Near Year festival (Tet). Hai appreciated the devotion of the agencies’ officers and soldiers to ensuring defence, political security, and social order and safety in Hanoi. He asked local police to give their utmost effort to ensure the absolute safety of political events to be held in the capital this year, including the National Assembly election, and to be prepared to respond to any incidents occurring. The police force must conduct drastic and effective crime crackdowns while heightening security at public places during Tet, he added. Talking to officers of the city’s military command, the Secretary said they should be fully aware of their responsibility in safeguarding the nation, they should always be alert - to prevent hostile … [Read more...]

Expatriate Vietnamese contribute to home development

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Da Nang received USD 120 million in remittance in 2015, as heard during a meeting between the local Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and 150 overseas Vietnamese coming home for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Huynh Tan Binh, an expatriate in the Czech Republic and head of the expat businesses club in Da Nang, thanked the city for the warm welcome, pledging that his club will continue to contribute to the city’s prosperity. He introduced the club’s photo exhibitions on "urban culture and civilisation 2015" and "Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago". In Binh Duong province, authorities also met with overseas Vietnamese, who have invested in more than 200 local projects worth over VND 4 trillion (USD 180 million). Binh Duong is the birthplace of 10,000 people currently living abroad. Similar meetings took place in the central provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary conveys Lunar New Year greetings

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offered his best wishes to incumbent and former leaders of the Party and State as well as the entire Vietnamese people yesterday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Those attending the get-together in Ha Noi included former Party General secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, and Politburo member and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. The Party chief highlighted important achievements reached in 2015, including growth beyond expectations, a stabilised macro-economy and accelerated economic restructuring. While people's living standards were improved at home, external activities and international integration helped promote Viet Nam's stature in the world. Defence and security were enhanced, and national sovereignty was safeguarded. The 13th National Assembly approved … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary conveys Lunar New Year greetings to Party, people

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong wishes a happy New Year to the Party, State and people. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong offered his best wishes to incumbent and former leaders of the Party and State as well as the entire Vietnamese people yesterday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). Those attending the get-together in Ha Noi included former Party General secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, and Politburo member and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan. The Party chief highlighted important achievements reached in 2015, including growth beyond expectations, a stabilised macro-economy and accelerated economic restructuring. While people's living standards were improved at home, external activities and international integration helped promote Viet Nam's stature in the world. Defence and security were enhanced, and national sovereignty was safeguarded. The 13th National … [Read more...]

Binh Duong gets nod to develop more IPs

Hung Le Under the master zoning plan, the southern province will have four new IPs covering a total area of 2,300 hectares. They are Binh Duong Riverside ISC IP with 600 hectares, Tan Lap I IP with 200 hectares, Vinh Lap IP with 500 hectares and VSIP III with 1,000 hectares. The province got the Prime Minister’s nod to expand Lai Hung IP from 400 to 600 hectares, Cay Truong from 300 to 700 hectares, Nam Tan Uyen from 620 to 966 hectares, Rach Bap from 279 to 639 hectares, and Viet Huong 2 from 250 to 262 hectares. The Government leader approved removing the 51-hectare Mai Trung IP from the master zoning plan for IP development nationwide and downsizing Tan Dong Hiep B from 163 to 150 hectares, Song Than III from 534 to 427 hectares, Dai Dang from 274 to 219 hectares, Phu Tan from 133 to 107 hectares and Kim Huy from 214 to 172 hectares. Binh Duong Province was told to revise its land use plan for the IP adjustment in the 2016-2020 period in line with the prevailing … [Read more...]

Wood firms focus on home

Workers of Hiep Long Fine Furniture Company in the southern Binh Duong Province on a furniture production line. — VNA/VNS Thanh Vu

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Wood product firms need to focus more on improving their designs and join hands to develop a strong distribution system, according to the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (Hawa). Nguyen Quoc Khanh, Hawa chairman, said Viet Nam has been among the world's largest wood products exporters for many years, but the domestic market is not dominated by local firms. He said the association members, besides focusing on boosting exports, should also work to expand their domestic share. The Vietnamese market offers a huge opportunity, he said, adding that firms need to develop specific products for it. Nguyen Van Quy, general director of Ho Nai Co Ltd, said there is high demand for furniture, home dcor and wooden household appliances. But Vietnamese firms usually copy designs of products from Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries, he said, adding this should change. "We need to create designs that match customers' tastes. "If we do not abreast … [Read more...]

Second Aeon Mall set to open in HCMC in July

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Quoc Hung Speaking at a meeting with HCMC chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong last week, Nagahisa Oyama said work on Aeon Mall Binh Tan at the Hi-Tech Healthcare Park of Hoa Lam Shangri-La in the outlying district of Binh Tan is on schedule. Yasuo Nishitohge, general director of Aeon Vietnam, said the firm is spending around US$120 million developing Aeon Mall Binh Tan on 4.6 hectares, which is bigger than Aeon Mall Tan Phu Celadon which has been operational since early 2014. Aeon has two other malls, with one in neighboring Binh Duong Province and the other in Hanoi. Investment capital for the four malls totals around US$500 million. Aeon looks to have 20 malls across Vietnam by 2020. In a strategic business shift to Asia, Aeon is expanding investment activity in ASEAN countries. In Vietnam, the Japanese retailer also owns 49% of the Citimart store chain and 30% of another store chain, Fivimart, and operates Ministop convenience stores. … [Read more...]

AEON earns $150mn exporting Vietnamese goods to Asian markets in 2015: CEO

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A Japanese leading retailer in Asia had its business in Vietnam export goods worth millions of dollars last year, its executive said on Friday. The total profit gained from shipping Vietnamese goods to Asian markets in 2015 was nearly US$150 million, Nagahisa Oyama, CEO of AEON Vietnam, said in a meeting with Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. The profit is estimated to be much higher since more and more products of Vietnam have gained mass appeal in Japan. According to Oyama, with more than 10,000 AEON stores in Japan, Vietnamese goods will have great access to customers in every corner of the nation, especially clothes, processed food, and more. The Japanese retail giant also plans to inaugurate the fourth mall in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City in early July, which will raise its total investment in Vietnam to $500 million, the executive said. AEON has been present in Vietnam since 2009, in the form of a representative … [Read more...]

International women’s cycling tour to get underway in March

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The Binh Duong International Women's Cycling Tournament – Biwase Cup 2016 – is scheduled to kick off in the southern province of Binh Duong on March 8. The tournament will cover 795km across nine stages through Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, before finishing in Binh Duong Province. The event will conclude on March 16 with the individual winner walking away with VND30 million (USVND28,899,000) while the winning team pocketing VND20 million (VND20,007,000). Last year's event attracted 70 cyclists from 11 local teams and three foreign teams from Thailand, Malaysia and Kazakhstan. According to organisers, the annual tour aims to give local cyclists the good opportunity to hone their skills and learn from foreign competitors in preparation for international competitions. VNS … [Read more...]

International women’s cycling tour to get underway

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The Binh Duong International Women's Cycling Tournament – Biwase Cup 2016 – is scheduled to kick off in the southern province of Binh Duong on March 8. The tournament will cover 795km across nine stages through Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, before finishing in Binh Duong Province. The event will conclude on March 16 with the individual winner walking away with VND30 million (USVND28,899,000) while the winning team pocketing VND20 million (VND20,007,000). Last year's event attracted 70 cyclists from 11 local teams and three foreign teams from Thailand, Malaysia and Kazakhstan. According to organisers, the annual tour aims to give local cyclists the good opportunity to hone their skills and learn from foreign competitors in preparation for international competitions. — VNS … [Read more...]

Minh Long I – Confident, Shining Brand

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After many years of construction and development, Minh Long I Co., Ltd has affirmed its No. 1 position in the Vietnamese ceramics market. As true coral needs no painter’s bush, the company has continually received cooperation requests from domestic and international partners and customers. In the context of integration and development, with a strong foundation of manpower, technology and finance, Minh Long I is increasingly providing customers with products of premium quality, utility, artistry and cultural identity.Brand position affirmed To develop strongly and stably under any economic conditions, Minh Long I always focuses and promotes its strengths but the core is still three interacting factors: Right development and investment strategy - Capable, dynamic, professional and enthusiastic employees - Effective business management system. The today success of Minh Long I comes from its meticulous preparations, with right development orientations and strategies, and its care … [Read more...]

2 men rob Binh Duong jewelry shop in lightning heist

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A cabinet was broken by the robber. Photo: Do Truong A gold shop in Binh Duong Province was robbed Thursday afternoon, with two men completing the heist at lightning speed before fleeing on motorbikes, according to the jeweler. At around 2 p.m. two men wearing face masks came to Huynh Hoa 5 gold shop in Tan Uyen District. The shop owner, Lam Minh Dieu, 51, said he and his daughter were at the shop and thought the two men were customers. However, the duo suddenly whipped out hammers, broke the glass cabinet and grabbed jewels, he said. "They were really fast and rushed out to two motorbikes whose riders were waiting outside. It all happened in around 30 seconds." Dieu and his daughter chased after them. He threw a stick at them but missed. The two called off the chase after one of the robbers shouted "kill!", Dieu said. At the shop, gold necklaces and bracelets were scattered on the floor. Dieu estimated that the loss at around 10 taels (375 grams) worth about VND330 million … [Read more...]

Hammer-wielding gold shop robbers on loose in southern Vietnam

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Police in southern Vietnam have been searching for two reckless robbers who intimidated owners of a gold shop with hammers and got away with many pieces of jewelry on Thursday. Police in Tan Uyen Town, located in Binh Duong Province, announced they are launching an investigation into a broad daylight robbery at Huynh Hoa 5 Jewelry Shop, and scouring for the two suspects. According to initial reports, the robbery happened around 1:40 pm. Lam Minh Dieu, 51, the shop owner, said after a quick check that he lost many gold necklaces and bracelets, weighing a total of more than 10 taels. A tael costs approximately VND33 million (US$1,464). Dieu told police that two masked young men lingered while he was watching over his shop. They were acting nonchalantly as if they were average shoppers when they suddenly pulled out two hammers, smashing the shop windows and scooping up a pile of gold. Tuoi Tre The duo dashed to a waiting bike driven by two of their accomplices. The … [Read more...]

Misfortunes still sting textile & garment sector in 2016

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VietNamNet Bridge - Many small textile and garment companies plan to merge with others, while big companies will have to try every possible means, including lowering selling prices, to retain clients. The director of a garment company which has been making products for US and Japanese partners for the last 10 years admitted that the company was facing difficulties because the number of orders was ‘dramatically low’ last year. In 2014, seeing that market demand was increasing, the company decided to set up a new factory in Binh Duong province. However, the number of orders has not increased as expected. Many small companies in the north, south, as well as HCM City and Tay Ninh have decided to put their workshops up for sale because things are getting more and more difficult for them. The prices offered are between VND60 million and VND35 billion, depending on the operational time and factory scale. Many small textile and garment companies plan to merge with others, … [Read more...]

Members of the 12th Party Central Committee

The Saigon Times Daily I. Official members 1. Nguyen Hoang Anh, 53, Party secretary and chairman of Cao Bang Province 2. Chu Ngoc Anh, 51, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology 3. Nguyen Thuy Anh, 53, deputy head of the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Social Affairs 4. Tran Tuan Anh, 52, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission 5. Nguyen Xuan Anh, 40, Party secretary of Danang City 6. Ha Ban, 59, deputy head of the PCC’s Commission for Organization 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, 58, prosecutor general of the Supreme People’s Procuracy 8. Truong Hoa Binh, 61, chief judge of the Supreme People’s Court 9. Duong Thanh Binh, 55, Party secretary of Ca Mau Province 10. Nguyen Thanh Binh, 59, deputy head of the PCC’s Commission for Organization 11. Phan Thanh Binh, 56, president of Vietnam National University-HCMC 12. Nguyen Van Binh, 55, governor of the State Bank of … [Read more...]

VN, EU reach wood product deal

Workers make wooden furniture for export in Hiep Long Company in Binh Duong Province. Viet Nam and the EU last week reached agreements on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and the EU last week reached important agreements during their fifth round of negotiations on the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan, the talks on January 21 and 22 focused on putting in place a management system to ensure the legality of Vietnamese timber, especially the legal origin of imported wood. The VPA on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade aims to ensure that all Vietnamese wood products exported to EU countries are of legal origin. Once in effect, the agreement is expected to boost Viet Nam's wood processing and export industry, allowing for sustainable growth and market expansion. In a joint announcement released after the meeting, the two sides highlighted that efforts will be made to conclude the negotiations by the end of 2016. The result of the fifth round of talks is important to the free trade … [Read more...]

Leaders must be drastic reformers

VGP – Leaders must be drastic reformers in the process of socio-economic development for the sake of the country, Binh Duong provincial Party Secretary Tran Van Nam told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing 12th National Party Congress. Leaders’ decisiveness must base on intelligence, scientific backgrounds, and the collective interests instead of arbitrariness and subjectivism, he added. He voiced support for further decentralization but strict and transparent mechanisms are needed to ensure that the dynamism of local authorities will not violate laws. "We may accept that some issues must be handled with exceptions, however, such exceptions must be assessed objectively and transparently to encourage localities," said provincial Party Secretary Nam. New and drastic ideas initiated by generations of Binh Duong province’s leaders have helped transform Binh Duong into a highly industrialized province today. Mr. Nam also stressed the importance of giving high … [Read more...]