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...]

Footwear exports to the US post record growth

Viet Nam's footwear exports totalled US$5.85 billion in the first half of 2015, a year-on-year increase of 21.2 per cent. — Photo xuonggiay.com

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam's footwear exports to the United States reached US$2 billion in the first half of this year, posting a record high year-on-year 20 percent growth. The local press cited the figures put out by the General Department of Customs, reporting that the growth helped the US market stay abreast of the European Union, which is the traditional and largest export market for the Vietnamese footwear industry. About six years ago, footwear exports to the United States hovered only around $1 billion, half of such exports to the European Union. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, director of the Lien Phat shoe company in the southern Binh Duong Province, said foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises and a few major domestic firms have tended to shift to the US market. She told The Saigon Times online that every order from the United States featured, on an average, 10,000 pairs of shoes, and these big quantities helped the enterprises cut costs and make more profit than they … [Read more...]

BreadTalk Vietnam to open three new bakery outlets

(VOV) - BreadTalk Vietnam has planned to open two new bakery outlets in Ho Chi Minh City and Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province, this August. The company is also scheduled to open a store in Aeon Mall, Hanoi this September for the first time as part of activities marking its fifth anniversary of establishment in Vietnam. The chain of bakery outlets now consists of 15 stores in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong province, Vung Tau province and Nha Trang City. BreadTalk Vietnam is a branch of BreadTalk Group Limited, which is a listed Singaporean bakery, founded in July 2000. It operates a chain of retail outlets through its subsidiary BreadTalk Pte Ltd, selling a wide variety of bread, cakes, buns and pastries. … [Read more...]

PNJ joyfully launches new jewelry center and several branches

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On November 1, 2014, PNJ Store at Aeon Mall Binh Duong at National Road 13, Vinh Phu, Thuan An, Binh Duong Province was opened. This is one of the largest malls of Binh Duong Province and PNJ Store is promised to be a favorite jewelry shopping place for local people. On November 8, 2014, PNJ Jewelry Center at 334-336 Tran Hung Dao Street in Tran Hung Dao Ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province was officially opened. It was a big surprise that only 14 days after the launching day (November 4-17), this jewelry center accomplished 100% of the event’s sales target. On November 28, 2014, PNJ Jewelry Center in Dong Thap Province was officially opened at 86 Nguyen Hue Street, Ward 2, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province. This is a shopping complex with many business networks and one of the most crowded shopping venues for local residents. On November 29, 2014, PNJ Lach Tray Jewelry Center was opened at 18A Lach Tray, Ngo Quyen District, Haiphong City. This area has been well … [Read more...]

Footwear exports to US skyrocket

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(VOV) - Vietnam’s footwear exports jumped 21.2% to more than US$5.85 billion in the first half of this year, according to statistics released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Of the figure, exports to the US rose rapidly by 30.2% to US$2 billion, which was equal to export earnings from the EU market with a growth of 17%. The EU has been the biggest importer of Vietnamese footwear for many years. For example in 2009, footwear exports to the US were around US$1 billion, which was half of the value earned from the EU market. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, Director of Lien Phat Footwear Company in Binh Duong province said footwear exports in the second quarter of this year thrived and most footwear businesses have had orders up to the end of February next year. Currently, FDI and domestic businesses tend to focus on the US market, Lien revealed. According to statistics from the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) of the US Department of Commerce (DOC), the US imported … [Read more...]

Vietnam remembers war martyrs and invalids

An association of veterans who defended the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel in 1972 and the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (BSV) held a solemn memorial service for fallen soldiers at the Citadel in central Quang Tri province on July 23 to mark the 68th War Martyrs and Invalids’ Day (July 27). Thousands of veterans, relatives of martyrs, Buddhist monks and followers and local residents gathered at the citadel’s monument and on the bank of Thach Han River to offer incense and flowers and pray for the souls of the martyrs. Tens of thousands of soldiers laid down their lives in a fierce battle against the US at the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel during 81 days and nights in the summer of 1972. The central province was heavily devastated by more than 328,000 tonnes of bombs and shells dropped during the battle. Later the same day, veterans floated thousands of lanterns along the Thach Han River and joined a concert titled "Hat cho dong doi toi nghe" (Sing for my comrades) to … [Read more...]

Dong Nai attracts 57 new FDI projects

The southern province of Dong Nai has attracted 57 new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects, with total investment capital of US$1.2 billion in the first seven months. Of the number, 54 projects are invested in Dong Nai Industrial Zone. Binh Duong Province has also received about $1.1 billion from FDI projects. The good results come from the development of support industries, according to Binh Duong Department of Planning and Investment. SAI GON GIAI PHONG (LIBERATED SAI GON) Duyen Hai power substation to open The National Power Transmission Corporation and Southern Power Projects Management Board put the 500kV Duyen Hai Power Centre Substation into operation on Thursday in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Soc Trang. The project includes two transformers of 450MWA, with total investment capital of over VND1.2 trillion (US$55.6 million). The substation helps to provide power supply to serve economic demand and ensure national security and defence of the southwestern … [Read more...]

Nation remembers war martyrs and invalids

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A requiem for the fallen soldiers in northwestern Dien Bien province (Photo: VNA) An association of veterans who defended the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel in 1972 and the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (BSV) held a solemn memorial service for fallen soldiers at the Citadel in central Quang Tri province on July 23 to mark the 68th War Martyrs and Invalids’ Day (July 27). Thousands of veterans, relatives of martyrs, Buddhist monks and followers and local residents gathered at the citadel’s monument and on the bank of Thach Han River to offer incense and flowers and pray for the souls of the martyrs. Tens of thousands of soldiers laid down their lives in a fierce battle against the US at the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel during 81 days and nights in the summer of 1972. The central province was heavily devastated by more than 328,000 tonnes of bombs and shells dropped during the battle. Later the same day, veterans floated thousands of lanterns along the Thach Han River and … [Read more...]

Experts discuss smart city model in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge – Some major cities in Vietnam have taken initial steps towards a smart city model and Japan’s experiences, especially in infrastructure development, are of great help for them, experts said at the Asia Smart City Summit 2015 in HCMC on July 22. According to Nguyen Hong Tien, director of the Technical Infrastructure Agency under the Ministry of Construction, some localities in Vietnam have worked towards the application of information technology (IT) in urban management. For instance, IT has been applied to State management activities and public services in Danang, infrastructure management in Hanoi, and HCMC also wants to use IT for smart city management. Smart city is a global development trend and Vietnam is gradually investing in infrastructure and urban management based on the smart city model. Huynh Van Thanh, deputy director of Danang City’s Department of Planning and Investment, said the city is implementing a cooperation program with … [Read more...]

Southeast region sees strong flow of foreign investments

The first seven months of 2015 marked a significant flow of foreign investments to the Southeast region, Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reported. Accordingly, Dong Nai province is leading the region, recording 57 new foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total registered capital of close to 1.2 billion USD. Binh Duong province reeled in approximately 1.1 billion USD in FDI, exceeding its target for that period. The province attracted 74 new FDI projects in its industrial parks, which are valued at more than 657 million USD. Out of the existing projects, 55 increased their capital, bringing in an additional 287 million USD. The majority of FDI projects in the Southeast region is concentrated in the support industries, garment and textiles, footwear and electronics. Among the investors, NPC Toda Co. Ltd invested 30 million USD in Binh Duong-based Vietnam-Singapore industrial park to produce 16,889 tonnes of plastic per year. Nippon Chemiphar Co. Ltd, a Japan-Vietnam … [Read more...]

Man arrested for brutal beating of lover’s son

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A 3-year-old boy is under treatment in Binh Duong Province for intestine rupture caused by his mother's boyfriend. His grandmother and father are taking care of him. Photo: Do Truong A three-year-old boy is being treated at a hospital in southern Vietnam after a severe beating from his mother’s boyfriend ruptured his intestine and colon. His family took the boy to a hospital in Binh Duong Province last Saturday with pain in his bruised belly. Doctors performed a surgery to stitch up the ruptures and placed a tube for carrying out waste. The boy is now past the crisis. The police have arrested the boyfriend who admitted to battering the boy. Tran Thi Be, the boy’s maternal grandmother, who is taking care of him at the hospital, said her daughter left their home in Tien Giang Province a year ago and took him along. She heard nothing from her 27-year-old daughter until she called recently to say she had to take the boy to hospital but did not have any money. "Her … [Read more...]

Vina Kraft Paper to double production capacity

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Quoc Hung Sangchai Wiriyaumpaiwong, general director of Vina Kraft Paper, said in a statement released by SCG Packaging on July 22 that the company had inked deals with companies providing engineering consulting services and production technologies from Japan and China to scale up the capacity of its factory in My Phuoc 3 Industrial Park. To ensure sustainable growth, Vina Kraft Paper will use an environmentally-friendly stock preparation process of Japan’s Voith IHI Paper Technology and invest in a wastewater treatment system developed by Kobelco Eco-Solutions. Scheduled to come online in quarter one of 2017, the new production line will help raise Vina Kraft Paper’s capacity to 500,000 tons per year from the current 243,500 tons and support it to become the biggest packaging paper producer in Vietnam. Earlier, SCG Packaging said it would spend some VND2.75 trillion (US$126 million) doubling the capacity of its plant in Vietnam. Vina Kraft Paper’s factory … [Read more...]

Military doctors treat patients

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PANO - Doctors of the infirmary in Truong Sa (Spratly) Island district, Khanh Hoa province, successfully performed an appendectomy for a patient on July 22nd. The surgery was carried out under the observation of doctors of the Military Hospital 175 of the Ministry of National Defence through telemedicine. The patient, Ms. Le Thi Truc Ha, 32 years old, in Truong Sa town, had a bellyache and light fever. After being hospitalized at the infirmary, her symptoms were diagnosed as acute appendicitis and she needed an urgent surgery. After the operation to remove the appendix, the patient is currently recovering. * The same day, Military Hospital 4 of Army Corps 4 received and successfully treated 172 cases of food poisoning. The patients are workers of the Mezaky Company in the Song Than Industrial Park in Binh Duong province. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Experts discuss smart city model

Chi Thinh According to Nguyen Hong Tien, director of the Technical Infrastructure Agency under the Ministry of Construction, some localities in Vietnam have worked towards the application of information technology (IT) in urban management. For instance, IT has been applied to State management activities and public services in Danang, infrastructure management in Hanoi, and HCMC also wants to use IT for smart city management. Smart city is a global development trend and Vietnam is gradually investing in infrastructure and urban management based on the smart city model. Huynh Van Thanh, deputy director of Danang City’s Department of Planning and Investment, said the city is implementing a cooperation program with Yokoyama City and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to learn their lessons of urban development and management. Meanwhile, Mai Huu Tin, chairman of Binh Duong Province-based Uni Group, said Japanese investors are contributing to the province’s … [Read more...]

150 workers in Binh Duong Province hospitalized after food poisoning

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Around 150 workers at Meraki factory in Song Than Industrial Zone in Di An Town of the southern province of Binh Duong were hospitalized on July 22 due to food poisoning. Medical workers of the Army No. 4 Hospital said that the hospital is treating 150 workers who were taken to the hospital when they suffered pain in belly and diarrhea; some of them also vomited. The workers were said to have displayed symptoms of vomiting, stomach ache and diarrhoea after eating dinner including fresh vermicelli, bean sprouts and fried meat mixing with cucumber. Dr. Tran Thanh Van, head of the hospital’s Internal Medicine Division, said that medical workers have given patients fluids intravenously to release toxic. Many workers have recovered yet some pregnant workers are kept for further treatment. … [Read more...]

India jumps on TPP bandwagon in Vietnam

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That the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, of which Vietnam is a member, will come to a conclusion late this year has turned the Southeast Asian country into a so popular destination for investment for export. The TPP is a proposed regional free trade agreement aimed at eliminating tariffs and lowering non-tariff barriers that is being negotiated by 12 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, which collectively contribute almost half of global output and over 40 percent of world trade. The 12 countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. Many other countries outside of the TPP have already poured billions into the group to grasp the chances for exporting to the remaining eleven members, especially the U.S., which almost every country in the world wants to sell their goods to. India is the latest to signal that it will take seriously the opportunities to invest in … [Read more...]

13 hurt in southern Vietnam bus crash

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Local people and rescuers lift the bus up after rescuing all passengers. Photos: Do Truong At least 13 passengers were injured after their bus crashed into a road divider and overturned in Binh Duong Province this afternoon. The bus carrying 20 people was traveling southwards on National Road 13. The road was slippery after a rain, and the bus apparently lost control at a slippery curve at 1.10 p.m., witnesses said. It crashed into the road divider and overturned. Local people rushed to the scene and helped the passengers get out of the bus through its shattered windows. Thirteen people, including the bus driver, were taken to two nearby hospitals for treatment of their head, face and limb injuries. … [Read more...]

Leaders to bear responsibility for vehicle registration flaws

Tran Dinh Ky, director general of the Viet Nam Register, spoke to Viet Nam Economic Times about his department's determination to return law and order to Viet Nam's automobile registration procedures. Has the Viet Nam Reg-ister adopted any measures to prevent corruption when it comes to vehicle registration? The fight against corruption has received special attention from the Government and the Ministry of Transport. Under the Decree No.08/CT-TTg issued on April 12, 2014, the Viet Nam Register (VNR) has taken a series of measures to combat corruption. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked social organisations, provincial departments of transport, the Ministry of Public Security and the media to get involved in efforts to stop corruption in vehicle registration. In early 2015, the VNR launched the first public online service to outline the procedures for registering a vehicle. Hopefully by the end of July this year, vehicle registration can be done online. I'm confident that … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – July 21

Politics    -- Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh is still under medical treatment after his surgery on June 30 in a hospital in France, according to Board for Protection and Care of Health of Central-Level Officials.    Society

Good morning from Vietnam! -- Vietnamese authorities in coordination with their Cambodian counterparts yesterday prevented 1,800 Cambodians from illegally crossing the border. -- Vietnam plans to grant an amnesty for 15,000 to 17,000 prisoners on the occasion of National Day (September 2) this year. -- Plans are being prepared to build a monorail route from District 8 to Binh Thanh District with total length of 27.2km, at a cost of over VND15 trillion (US$690.3 million). -- Authorities in the south-central province of Binh Dinh yesterday started the construction of a science complex in the provincial capital of Quy Nhon. It is located on an area of 3.8 hectares and costs VND171 billion ($7.9 million). Business -- Binh Duong Province has decided to suspend a part of the urban construction project Chanh My in Thu Dau Mot City because the developer has been entangled in financial trouble. -- Gold prices in Vietnam were around VND4 million ($184) per tael higher than global … [Read more...]