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...]

Social News 3/5

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Red Cross activities integrated into climate change response More than 15,000 households in 14 cities and provinces who announced natural disaster status, have received initial support from the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC). Vice President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Thi Hong An told an April 27-28 event, that by April 24, 2016, the organisation had mobilised over 25 billion VND (1.1 million USD) donated by people from all walks of life to aid natural disaster victims. The conference, jointly held by the VRC, the German Red Cross (GRC) and the VRC's chapter in Quang Binh province, aims to assess the risks and impacts of climate change and how red cross activities can work in response to climate change. As part of the GRC-funded "Community-based disaster risk management" project, the event is due to create an opportunity for the VRC, and relevant agencies, to promote the integration of climate change adaptation into the management of risks and disasters in Vietnam. It is … [Read more...]

Becamex IDC to expand urban-industrial complex in Binh Duong

Becamex IDC chairman and general director Nguyen Van Hung (R) shakes hands with a representative of TPP Invest LLC after exchanging a memorandum of understanding on April 27 - PHOTO: HUNG LE

Hung Le Becamex IDC said with the expansion, the urban-industrial complex in the southern province will cover a total area of 3,200 hectares. Around 95% of the 1,000 hectares developed in the first phase have been leased to 95 local and foreign investors, who have pledged a total of US$1.2 billion for projects there. The remaining 1,200 hectares are for residential purposes. Nguyen Van Hung, chairman and general director of Becamex IDC, said the company has decided to widen the complex to bank on a highly expected new wave of foreign investments in Vietnam after the country signed multilateral and bilateral free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the pact with the European Union (EU). Therefore, infrastructure in the expanded area will be developed quickly. With the area expansion, the population of the province’s Bau Bang District is forecast to rise to 200,000, meeting employment and service demands of investors in the complex. Hung … [Read more...]

Vietnam sees 12% hike in FDI disbursement

The total FDI registered in the country in this period reached $6.88 billion, surging by a significant 85 per cent against the same period last year. — Photo baodautu.vn

Disbursement of foreign direct investment (FDI) surged to an estimated US$4.7 billion in the first four months, a year-on-year rise of 12 per cent, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported. The total FDI registered in the country in this period reached $6.88 billion, surging by a significant 85 per cent against the same period last year. Of the total, $5.08 billion came from 697 newly-licensed projects, representing a yearly increase of 90 per cent in capital and 56 per cent in the number of projects. The remainder was contributed by 314 already-operating projects that raised their level of capital by more than $1.8 billion. The manufacturing and processing sector attracted the lion's share of FDI with over $5.2 billion, accounting for 76.2 per cent of the nation's total FDI. The science and technology sector ranked second with $335 million, or 4.9 per cent, while the wholesale, retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector came third with $243 million, or 3.5 … [Read more...]

VN sees 12% hike in FDI disbursement

The total FDI registered in the country in this period reached $6.88 billion, surging by a significant 85 per cent against the same period last year. — Photo baodautu.vn

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Disbursement of foreign direct investment (FDI) surged to an estimated US$4.7 billion in the first four months, a year-on-year rise of 12 per cent, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported. The total FDI registered in the country in this period reached $6.88 billion, surging by a significant 85 per cent against the same period last year. Of the total, $5.08 billion came from 697 newly-licensed projects, representing a yearly increase of 90 per cent in capital and 56 per cent in the number of projects. The remainder was contributed by 314 already-operating projects that raised their level of capital by more than $1.8 billion. The manufacturing and processing sector attracted the lion's share of FDI with over $5.2 billion, accounting for 76.2 per cent of the nation's total FDI. The science and technology sector ranked second with $335 million, or 4.9 per cent, while the wholesale, retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector came third … [Read more...]

Sai Gon Railways launches tour to Binh Duong province

One corner of Thuy Chau tourist site in Di An town (Photo: baogiaothong.vn)

For only 160,000 VND (7.18 USD), travel aficionados can now enjoy a one-day train tour to Thuy Chau tourist site in Di An town, the neibouring province of Binh Duong, from Ho Chi Minh City’s outskirts via Sai Gon Railways JSC’s new routes. Guides pick up passengers at 7:30 am every Saturday and Sunday at the Sai Gon Railway Station to catch train SE6, which departs at 8:00 and arrives in Di An town at 8:45. The return leg uses train SPT1 that leaves Di An town at 17:35, arriving in Ho Chi Minh City at 18:35. Earlier, Sai Gon Railways JSC also launched new routes to connect the city’s outskirts with Bien Hoa city, the neighbouring province of Dong Nai. The new routes are expected to meet the demand for shorter routes, reducing pressure on overcrowded roads. There are ten trains running each day, including two trains connecting Song Than and Bien Hoa, four connecting Bien Hoa and Go Vap and four connecting Bien Hoa and Sai Gon. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s three most beautiful beaches named

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The Vietnam Tourism Association named Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province, My Khe of Da Nang and Quan Lan in Quang Ninh as Vietnam’s three most beautiful beaches. The winners were selected by journalists, tourism experts and citizens living in and out of the country. Meanwhile, Vinpearl Land in Khanh Hoa, Lac Canh Dai Nam Van Hien in Binh Duong Province and Dam Sen Park in HCM City were named the three best entertainment areas. The three most attractive resorts were the InterContinental Danang Sung Peninsula, Vinpearl Phu Quoc and Six Senses Con Dao. The criteria included beauty, surrounding environment, quality, infrastructure, professionalism and quality of service. VNS … [Read more...]

Overuse of antibiotics in food causes scare in Vietnam

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Nearly 100 percent of all cattle and aquaculture farms in Vietnam have been found to be feeding their herd antibiotics to prevent diseases, according to a recent report by the country’s animal health authority. While salbutamol, a chemical making livestock produce more meat, is banned and strictly monitored by authorities, the use of antibiotics is still left unregulated, sparking new fears about excessive residues in food. Frightening numbers Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health conducted a survey from 2015 through the first quarter of 2016 on the use of antibiotics in aquaculture farms in the country’s Mekong Delta region. According to the survey’s results published in a recent report, 83 percent of the 139 catfish farms surveyed were found to be using antibiotics on their fish. Notably, some of the antibiotics and antimicrobial materials used were banned or restricted substances such as Amoxicillin, Ampi, Colistin, Cephalosporin, Doxycycline, … [Read more...]

Wage spike may be lower than 12.4%

The Saigon Times Daily Huan, who is also Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, told reporters that the council is making preparations for discussions about region-based minimum salary increases in 2017. Huan was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that the council will weigh a number of regional minimum wage increase plans and look into businesses’ reports on the impact of the wage raise and insurance payments on their operations before submitting a final salary rise proposal. This year, the technical division of the council will prepare analyses for the minimum wage rise plans suggested by representatives of different agencies and discussed by members of the council. The members are officials from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). "In previous years, the parties concerned put up their minimum wage increase plans for discussion … [Read more...]

Overuse of antibiotics in food cause scare in Vietnam

While salbutamol, a chemical making livestock produce more meat, is banned and strictly monitored by authorities, the use of antibiotics is still left unregulated, sparking new fears about excessive residues in food.

Nearly 100 percent of all cattle and aquaculture farms in Vietnam have been found to be feeding their herd antibiotics to prevent diseases, according to a recent report by the country’s animal health authority. Frightening numbers Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health conducted a survey from 2015 through the first quarter of 2016 on the use of antibiotics in aquaculture farms in the country’s Mekong Delta region. According to the survey’s results published in a recent report, 83 percent of the 139 catfish farms surveyed were found to be using antibiotics on their fish. Notably, some of the antibiotics and antimicrobial materials used were banned or restricted substances such as Amoxicillin, Ampi, Colistin, Cephalosporin, Doxycycline, Enrofloxacin, Sulfa, and Tetracycline. In Bac Lieu Province in particular, 67 percent of the 218 shrimp farms were discovered to be feeding their shrimp antibiotics in the first three months of life to fight off … [Read more...]

New suburban train from Ho Chi Minh City jammed with passengers

Children look out the window of a suburban train plying between Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong Province on April 17, 2016. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

A recently opened short-distance train route connecting Ho Chi Minh City to the neighboring province of Binh Duong has met with positive public reaction, at a time when over a thousand passengers have taken the train on a daily basis since its commencement on Friday. According to Dao Anh Tuan, general director at Saigon Railways, around 1,500 passengers boarded the train running from Saigon Station in Ho Chi Minh City to Di An Station in Binh Duong Province on Sunday morning, the second day the route has been in operation. The collapse of the Ghenh Bridge on March 20 had disconnected railway stations from Dong Nai Province southward from the national railway network, initiating a plan by the state-owned Saigon Railways to offer round trips on a short-distance rail route between Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong Province at cheap fares to encourage citizens to travel by train to ease traffic congestion. Fares for the service are set at VND5,000 (US$0.224) per journey for … [Read more...]

A hamlet in Vietnam where children quit school because it’s too far

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For years, children from a rural hamlet in southeastern Vietnam have been dropping out of school after finishing elementary education because they cannot travel the 15 kilometers between their homes and the nearest middle school. The hamlet in question is Hoa Loc Hamlet in Dau Tieng District, Binh Duong Province, where around 50 children have virtually no access to secondary education because the school is too far away to travel by bicycle. Located some two kilometers from the main road of Hoa Loc Hamlet is the Cham Village, where over 100 Cham families live scattered among rubber tree farms. Every year, around ten children in the village graduate from elementary school, but for many years these children have had to stop going to school after this graduation because their homes are located 15 kilometers from the middle school. The sorrow of children Chau Gia Pha, 14, and Chau Mach, 13, are brothers who studied in the same class in elementary school. Last year, the two … [Read more...]

Voters’ meeting, important in any election

The people vote on nominees for the 14th National Assembly electionsin Hanoi

(VOVworld)- By April 14th, the local Vietnam Fatherland Fronts had finalized the official lists of nominees for the upcoming National Assembly and the People’s Council elections. Voters who are neighbours of nominees gave comments on their abilities, ethics, and behaviors within their residential community, in the hope that, once elected, these deputies will be true representatives of the people. VOV’s Lai Hoa and Le Thom report. Meetings of voters in residential areas are important for instilling in National Assembly nominees, the pride and responsibility necessary to be representatives of the people. Voter feedback motivates candidates to work harder to live up to the people’s expectations. Voters select qualified candidates Voters in Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, say the National Assembly is increasingly exercising its function as the people’s representative. During a National Assembly Q&A session, deputies raise issues of public concern and the … [Read more...]

HCMC-Bien Hoa train route launched

Passengers buy tickets at Saigon Railway Station (Photo: SGGP)

Saigon Railway Company launched the Saigon-Bien Hoa train route this morning with 11 train trips departing from the Saigon Railway Station, reaching Song Than station in Binh Duong province and ending at Bien Hoa station in Dong Nai province. Ticket fare is VND10,000, equivalent to bus fare on the same route. Children of less than six years old are permitted to travel without tickets. Passengers can also take their motorbikes on the trains free of charge but their petrol tanks must be empty. Because the Ghenh Bridge has collapsed, these trains will stop at Di An station instead of travelling to Bien Hoa terminal. In HCMC, the train will pick up and drop off passengers at Go Vap and Binh Trieu stations. Trains will depart from Saigon Station from 4:40 p.m.-9:25 p.m. everyday. Director of the HCMC Department of Transport Bui Xuan Cuong said the department would connect the train stations with some bus routes, supplement traffic regulators at intersections to prevent traffic jam and … [Read more...]

HCM City-Binh Duong budget train services ready today

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Saigon Railway Transport Joint Stock Company on Friday launches low-cost train services between HCMC and Di An in the southern province of Binh Duong with single fares starting from as low as VND5,000 per passenger. The company said on April 13 that the train plying the HCMC-Di An rail line will stop at Go Vap, Binh Trieu and Song Than railway stations for passengers to hop on and hop off. Passengers will have to pay a one-way fare of VND5,000 to travel through a maximum of two stations and VND10,000 for a longer journey. Passengers will pay the fares after they get on the train. The company will arrange one train car for luggage and two air-conditioned ones for passengers. They can check in their motorbikes if they get on and get off at Song Than and Di An stations with a fee of VND5,000, while bicycles are free. Dao Anh Tuan, general director of Saigon Railway Transport Joint Stock Company, told the Daily that the company will pilot the budget train services until June … [Read more...]

HCMC-Binh Duong budget train services ready Friday

Passengers board a train at Saigon Railway Station in HCMC before the collapse of Ghenh Bridge in Dong Nai Province last month. Saigon Railway Transport Joint Stock Company on Friday launches low-cost train services between HCMC and Di An in Binh Duong Province - PHOTO: ANH QUAN

Anh Quan The company said on April 13 that the train plying the HCMC-Di An rail line will stop at Go Vap, Binh Trieu and Song Than railway stations for passengers to hop on and hop off. Passengers will have to pay a one-way fare of VND5,000 to travel through a maximum of two stations and VND10,000 for a longer journey. Passengers will pay the fares after they get on the train. The company will arrange one train car for luggage and two air-conditioned ones for passengers. They can check in their motorbikes if they get on and get off at Song Than and Di An stations with a fee of VND5,000, while bicycles are free. Dao Anh Tuan, general director of Saigon Railway Transport Joint Stock Company, told the Daily that the company will pilot the budget train services until June 30, or two days after a new Ghenh rail bridge on the north-south rail line is opened to traffic as scheduled. After that, the company will extend such services to Bien Hoa Railway Station in Dong Nai Province. … [Read more...]

Lists of candidates to 14th NA and People’s Councils

The third consultative meeting in Binh Duong province. (Photo: Quach Lam/VNA)

(VOVworld) – The Fatherland Fronts of Vietnam’s provinces and cities held their third consultative meetings on Wednesday to reach consensus on official lists of candidates to the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils for the 2016-2021 term. In Binh Phuoc province, all deputies agreed on an eight-member list for the 14th legislature. The list for the provincial People’s Council includes 108 candidates. At the third consultative meeting of Tra Vinh province, eight people and 83 people were nominated to the legislative body and the provincial People’s Council respectively. Half of the candidates are women and 37.5% are ethnic minorities. In Tien Giang, deputies adopted an official list of 11 candidates to the 14th NA, 36.6% of whom are young people. Female candidates comprise 45.45%. A list of 108 nominees to the 2016-2021 tenure of the People’s Council was also approved. Similar meetings were held in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Lam Dong, and Kien … [Read more...]

Preschool quality in doubt

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VietNamNet Bridge - About 4.8 million children at preschools throughout the country face high risks – food contamination, accidents and child abuse. A report of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) showed that 4.8 million children from three months to six years old go to preschools. Since state-owned preschools cannot satisfy the increasingly high demand, parents have to send their children to non-state schools though they feel insecure about the education quality. An official of the Di An Town education sub-department in Binh Duong province said that there are 10 state-owned preschools and more than 100 private run schools and classes. The existing state-owned preschools can accommodate 25.5 percent of children, while 74.5 percent have to go to non-state ones. Of 1,006 existing preschools in HCM City, there are only 431 state-owned ones. There are also 1,551 privately run classes, 121 of which have not been licensed. About 4.8 million children at preschools … [Read more...]

Most citizens skeptical about corruption fight

Tu Hoang The findings of the survey of nearly 14,000 people nationwide were released on April 12, and conducted by the Center for Community Support and Development Studies (CECODES) and the Center for Research and Training of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The control of corruption index fell by 3% last year. Only 37% of respondents perceived provincial leaders were serious about handling corruption cases. More than 44% complained about having to pay bribes for obtaining land use rights certificates last year compared to 24% in 2014. Citizens witnessed the prevalence of bribery in the public sector. Corruption was the third most concerning issue for citizens after personal economic issues (such as poverty, employment and income) and roads. Long An and Soc Trang provinces were in the best performing group in 2011-2015 while Hanoi was in the poorest performing group. In addition, Binh Duong Province saw a … [Read more...]

Chinese storekeeper arrested for knife attack on boss in southern Vietnam

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Li Neo You (C) was arrested over allegations of attacking his boss on April 12, 2016. Photo credit: VnExpress The Binh Duong police Tuesday arrested a Chinese storekeeper for allegedly attacking the chairwoman of his company over a dispute at work. They identified him as Li Neo You of Kingmaker Company, a Taiwanese shoe manufacturer based in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province near Ho Chi Minh City. The incident happened at around 9 a.m. when the company’s Taiwanese chairwoman accused You of stealing stuff. He whipped out a knife and attacked her and two others who were with her. He was overpowered by the company’s security guards before being handed over to the local police. But the three were injured and taken to the hospital, the chairwoman with a serious injury in her head. … [Read more...]