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...]

Vietnamese switch off electricity Earth Hour

People in different cities and provinces throughout Vietnam turned off power for an hour on March 29 night and partook in an array of activities in observance of the global Earth Hour 2015 campaign. Many cities and provinces simultaneously organized a clutch of environmental protection activities, with the lights-off event held later the same night being the dominant focus. At 8:30 pm sharp on March 29, all the lights at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City as well as at coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants nearby went off. The culture house was the main venue for the city’s Earth Hour 2015 activities. Other highlights included the final round of a quiz contest on environmental protection and energy saving and stalls offering handicraft mementoes to raise funds for charity. A similar event organized on March 28 in the southern province of Dong Nai was attended by nearly 3,000 young people, who passed on messages about climate change and helped raise … [Read more...]

Vietnamese switch off electricity during Earth Hour

People in different cities and provinces throughout Vietnam turned off power for an hour on March 29 night and partook in an array of activities in observance of the global Earth Hour 2015 campaign. Many cities and provinces simultaneously organized a clutch of environmental protection activities, with the lights-off event held later the same night being the dominant focus. At 8:30 pm sharp on March 29, all the lights at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City as well as at coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants nearby went off. The culture house was the main venue for the city’s Earth Hour 2015 activities. Other highlights included the final round of a quiz contest on environmental protection and energy saving and stalls offering handicraft mementoes to raise funds for charity. A similar event organized on March 28 in the southern province of Dong Nai was attended by nearly 3,000 young people, who passed on messages about climate change and helped raise … [Read more...]

Chinese enterprises to invest in Binh Duong

A delegation from the China Business Association - Ho Chi Minh Branch (CBAH) led by President Miao Ren Lai visited southern Binh Duong province on March 27 to evaluate the local investment climate. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Nam briefed the delegation on the locality’s socio-economic context in recent years, noting that the province prioritises projects using advanced and environmentally-friendly technology. To prepare Binh Duong for the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and other international and regional agreements, the province has zoned off areas for the textile support industry in Bau Bang district and Ben Cat town as well as for the timber support industry at Bac Tan Uyen Industrial Zone, according to Nam. The locality will continue to upgrade its infrastructure and reform its administrative procedures to attract more investors, he pledged. About 125 Chinese enterprises currently operate in Binh Duong with a … [Read more...]

Revealed: Ring forces girls to arouse drinkers in cafés in southern Vietnam

Quan's wife (right) is pictured counting the money used to bail out D., a victim who sent Tuoi Tre three distress text messages on March 22, 2015 in a desperate attempt to get her out of Quan's coffee shop in Binh Duong Province. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

Based on three distress messages from a young woman to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s hotline on Sunday last week, a group of reporters tracked down a ring that forced young women to sexually satisfy customers in dim-light coffee shops and successfully came to the victim’s rescue on Thursday. Tuoi Tre hotline in a desperate attempt to get rescued from a coffee shop where attendants are required to let drinkers hug, kiss, and caress them in the southern province of Binh Duong. Based on the clues D. provided, a group of Tuoi Tre reporters instantly set off on their pursuit of the ring. Under disguise On Monday, one day after receiving D.’s distress messages, a female reporter called the phone number 0986012… and talked to a 37-year-old man named Vu. Vu is the one that has posted recruitment notices on several websites, seeking good-looking girls for coffee shops and karaoke parlors. To check on the reporter’s looks, Vu came to see her in a … [Read more...]

Vietnamese switch off electricity, join green activities during Earth Hour

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People in different cities and provinces throughout Vietnam turned off power for an hour on Saturday night and partook in an array of activities in observance of the global Earth Hour 2015 campaign. Many cities and provinces simultaneously organized a clutch of environmental protection activities, with the lights-off event held later the same night being the dominant focus. At 8:30 pm sharp on Saturday, all the lights at the Youth Culture House in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City as well as at coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants nearby went off. The culture house was the main venue for the city’s Earth Hour 2015 activities. Other highlights included the final round of a quiz contest on environmental protection and energy saving and stalls offering handicraft mementoes to raise funds for charity. Tuoi Tre A similar event organized last night in the southern province of Dong Nai was attended by nearly 3,000 young people, who passed on messages about climate change and … [Read more...]

Healthcare urged for female workers

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Huynh Cao Hai, deputy head of the Dong Nai Province's Health Department, said he planned to encourage all factories in the province to offer reproductive healthcare services for female workers, especially those with a large number of female workers. "This is very vital to ensure their health," he said. Speaking at a workshop held yesterday on empowering female migrant workers, Hai said a project initiated in 2013 by the NGO, Marie Stopes International Viet Nam, had benefited women working in five footwear factories in the province. The main objective of the three-year project to "advance the social and economic empowerment of female migrant workers" through gender-sensitive initiatives in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, where many factories are located. The pilot programme also emphasises corporate social responsibility of Vietnamese factories. The women have been offered check-ups, healthcare for pregnant women, information about reproductive system diseases and … [Read more...]

Weaker euro concerns Vietnamese exporters

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VietNamNet Bridge - The depreciation of the euro against the greenback amid a struggling European economy has begun to worry Vietnamese exporters. The euro has declined to a 12-year low. On March 16, one euro was equivalent to US$1.0451, with a loss of 25 percent of value over the last year. Like the other exporters specializing in exporting products to European markets, Vu Quang Thanh, director of the HCM City-based Thanh Hai Food Processing Company, complained that his company still had not signed contracts for the year because of euro price fluctuations. "We are still negotiating new contracts," Thanh said. "The European partners have been very slow in replying to our proposal. The euro price fluctuations could be a reason behind the tardiness." As Thanh is not sure if he can sign contracts with European partners, he is trying to look for new clients in the US, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East. Nguyen Thi Anh, chair of Song Tien Seafood, said the company’s … [Read more...]

Activities held to mark Youth Union’s founding anniversary

Outstanding secretaries under Hanoi municipal HCMCYU members are honoured on March 22.

NDO – The Vietnam National Union of Students (VNUS) on March 22 held an online dialogue with Vietnamese students studying abroad in commemoration of the 78th founding anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMCYU). The event offered opportunities for the union officials and related authorities to meet and listen to the suggestions and wishes of young people. Delegates exchanged issues related to the role of VNUS in orienting and supporting employment for students after graduating from university abroad; organising support programmes to Vietnamese students in foreign countries; and developing channels for dissemination of students’ scientific research to strengthen exchanges and mutual learning during their study. * The HCMCYU has issued a plan to organise a ‘Youth Day following Uncle Ho's teaching’, aiming to honour the union’s members and young workers who have made outstanding achievements and to encourage them to improve their … [Read more...]

Fishermen earn higher incomes protecting park

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VietNamNet Bridge – Ho Van Diem was living below the poverty line. His wife, who had been a petty trader, had died. He had no land, and he, along with everyone else, was banned from entering Tram Chim National Park, a protected forested wetlands near his home in Dong Thap Province. His four children were also gone, having left for Binh Duong Province to work in factories in industrial parks. Though Diem, now 65, lived on the edge of the wetlands, he and 50,000 other residents surrounding the park had no access to its abundant food resources. For decades, there had been an ongoing battle between local households, who wanted to use the wetlands to grow rice and catch fish, and conservationists, who had fought for preservation of the area, home to 130 species of fish, eight of which are endangered, and 230 species of birds, six of them endangered. The wetlands were especially famed as a habitat for the sarus crane, listed as a "vulnerable" species by the International Union … [Read more...]

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Danish firm to help control flooding in HCMC Denmark-based firm Cold Flood Prevention is expected to pilot a project to control flooding caused by high tides at Phu Dinh Wharf in HCMC’s District 8 in the third quarter of this year. In December last year and January this year, the HCMC Department of Transport and related agencies met with representatives of Cold Flood Prevention to discuss the feasibility of using its technologies to control flooding in the city. The department also invited the company’s representatives to inspect some flood-prone areas in districts 7, 8, and Binh Thanh before suggesting effective technological solutions to protect these areas from flooding. The firm later decided to carry out a pilot project free-of-charge at Phu Dinh Wharf. On February 6, the department suggested the city government allow Cold Flood Prevention to implement the project and got approval in a document signed by HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin. The firm plans to build a … [Read more...]

Singapore third largest investor in Viet Nam: FIA

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HA NOI (VNS) — Singapore became one of the top three foreign investors in Viet Nam by the end of February, with a total investment capital of US$33 billion. This was revealed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency (FIA). Singapore has so far invested in 1,379 effective investment projects in Viet Nam, with total investment capital pegged at $33 billion, and is the third largest investor among 101 foreign investors in Viet Nam after South Korea and Japan. According to the FIA, the average capital scale for a Singaporean project in Viet Nam stood at $24 million, higher than the average capital scale of each foreign investment project at $14 million, Vietnam News Agency reported. Most investment capital from Singapore was concentrated in the processing and manufacturing industry and property, the FIA said. Singaporean investors have invested in 18 out of 21 economic sectors in Viet Nam, mainly in the processing and manufacturing industry, with a … [Read more...]

Mass grave found in Binh Duong province

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PANO - The search team of the Military Command of Binh Duong province on March 19th found a mass grave of remains of Vietnamese combatants in Dong Trai hamlet, Dinh Hiep commune, Dau Tieng district. According to locals and war veterans, over 100 soldiers of Regiment 3, Division 9, Army Corps 4, sacrificed during a battle against the enemy’s raid on November 21st and 22nd 1965. The team also found the martyrs’ belongings, including sandals, raincoats, AK bullets and wallets. At present, it is working with relevant units to collect the martyrs’ remains and belongings, and to prepare for the memorial and burial ceremony for the fallen soldiers at the Dau Tieng district Martyrs’ Cemetery. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Cypriot pharmaceutical firm breaks ground on $16mn plant in southern Vietnam

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A pharmaceutical company from the Republic of Cyprus has broken ground on a costly new plant in southern Vietnam that meets WHO standards. Vietnamplus reported on Tuesday that Medochemie, headquartered in Limassol, will open its second manufacturing facility in Binh Duong Province next year. The plant, the construction of which began on March 17, costs US$16 million and will specialize in producing pharmaceutical products. It is located in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park 2 A in Binh Duong, around 30km from Ho Chi Minh City. It covers a total area of 44,700 square meters and includes several workshops to produce different types of medicines following WHO-GMP and EU-GMP standards, which aim at assuring that the products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to consumers or the public. The plant is expected to be completed in late 2015 and become fully operational in early 2016. The products will be consumed locally as well as exported to other countries. This is … [Read more...]

Construction begins at pharmaceutical plant

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BINH DUONG (Biz Hub) — The Medochemie Far East Company under the Cypriot Medochemie Group broke ground for a new pharmaceutical plant in the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park II A (VSIP) on Tuesday. The industrial park is located in Tan Uyen Town in the southern province of Binh Duong. Building the 44,700-square metre plant will cost of US$16.1 million and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Once operations commence at the outset of 2016, its output will be used for domestic consumption and exports. Earlier, Medochemie had invested $14 million to construct a plant across 18,400 square metres in VSIP II. The Binh Duong province is currently home to 25 pharmaceutical plants certified by the "Good Manufacturing Practices" (GMP), accounting for 22.1 per cent of the country's pharmaceutical production. — VNS … [Read more...]

Dog thieves switch from motorcycles to cars in southern Vietnam

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The three dog thieves and their car. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong Police in Binh Duong Province near Ho Chi Minh City arrested Tuesday three dog thieves who drove a car, instead of motorcycles as usual, and threw chili powder into police while being chased after, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported. Tran Anh Thuan, Pham Quoc Cuong, both 25, and Lam Doan Huy, 23, were arrested early on Tuesday at a coffee shop near a car wash store where their car was being washed. Earlier that morning the trio drove the car to Binh Duong's capital town of Thu Dau Mot and Ben Cat Municipality and stole three dogs. They sold the animals for VND2.7 million (US$125) soon afterwards. While drinking coffee after committing the crime, they were arrested by local police, who were tipped by a local resident. Three days earlier, the trio drove the car on My Phuoc-Tan Van Highway in Binh Duong and stole some dogs. After being chased after by provincial police, they threw chili powder into the officers. They … [Read more...]

Japan invests over $1.6 billion in real estate projects in VN

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VietNamNet Bridge – The total investment of Japan in real estate projects in Vietnam has reached $1.66 billion, accounting for 4.5% of its total investment in the country. Tokyu Binh Duong urban area. According to the latest statistics of the Foreign Investment Department, by February 2015 Japan was one of the three largest investors in Vietnam with 2,556 valid projects and total investment of $37.37 billion. In the first two months of 2015, Japan invested in 25 projects and increased capital in 17 others, totaling $169.83 million. It is the third largest investor after British Virgin Islands and South Korea. The field of manufacturing and processing industry has been the most attractive to Japanese investors, with 1,316 projects with total registered capital of $31.11 billion, accounting for 83.3% of the total investment. The second field is real estate with a total capital of $1.66 billion, accounting for 4.5% of the total investment. The next is the construction … [Read more...]

Binh Duong suffer third AFC loss

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Binh Duong suffer third AFC loss Becamex Binh Duong suffered their third defeat at the Asian Football Confederation Champions League yesterday, losing to Jeonbuk Hyundai of South Korea 0-3. Captain Lee Dong-gook scored a double after Eninho opened the scorecard just 16 minutes into the match. The Vietnamese champions could not overcome the K.League winners during the whole match. Binh Duong, which were playing without their best players, also faced a big challenge in the form of cold weather, which was different from the warm weather in their home town. The team's third loss kept Binh Duong at the bottom of Group E, while Jeonbuk Hyundai are at the top with seven points. In another match of the group, Naoki Wako's header two minutes into injury time secured Kashiwa Reysol a 2-1 win over Shandong Luneng at the Kashiwa Hitachi Stadium. The win ensured that the J.League remains in a strong position to advance to the knockout stage of the league. U23s grab second draw in … [Read more...]

Construction begins on pharmaceutical plant in Binh Duong

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Workers at VSIP. (Photo: VNA) The Medochemie Far East company under the Cypriot Medochemie Group has broken ground on a new pharmaceutical plant at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park II A (VSIP) in Tan Uyen Town in the southern province of Binh Duong on March 17. The 44,700 square-metre plant at a total cost of 16.1 million USD is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Once operations commence at the outset of 2016, its outputs will be used for domestic consumption and exports. Earlier, Medochemie invested 14 million USD to construct a plant across 18,400 square metres in VSIP II. Binh Duong province is currently home to 25 pharmaceutical plants certified by the "Good Manufacturing Practices" (GMP), accounting for 22.1 percent of the country’s pharmaceutical production. Tran Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said that the local authorities are willing to provide support and address any difficulties in a timely manner to … [Read more...]

Exhibition about “Great Spring Victory 1975″ opened

Visitors listen to the introduction of the exhibition titled "Great Spring Victory 1975-the power of Vietnam" opened at Vietnam Military History Museum in Binh Duong Province (Photo: Sggp)

An exhibition titled "Great Spring Victory 1975-the power of Vietnam" opened at Vietnam Military History Museum in Binh Duong Province on March 15. More than 400 photos, exhibits and documents related to the resistance war against American invaders for national salvation, training activities of the army corps in the fight to defend the Southwestern border and served international obligation in Cambodia are on display. The display also introduces to visitors over 600 books on the history of revolutionary war, Uncle Ho and late General Vo Nguyen Giap. The exhibition which is organized by the Department of Politics of Army Corps 4 in association with the Vietnam Military History Museum will run until March 17. … [Read more...]