Suspect arrested for killing 2 during break-in in central Vietnam


A young man was arrested for allegedly stabbing two people to death after breaking into their house in the central province of Quang Tri on Friday, police said. The suspect, 24-year-old Ho Chi Bao, also injured two others during his break-in at the house in Huong Hoa District, officers said later the same day. Bao was receiving treatment for a wound on his hand, allegedly inflicted during the crime, at Huong Hoa General Hospital at about 5:00 pm when he was arrested, Colonel Tran Duc Viet, head of the provincial investigation police agency, said. The suspect confessed to police that he attempted to break into the house to steal property, but was caught by Ho Thi Ty and her father-in-law, Nguyen Van Sat. Ty was wife of Nguyen Hoa, the house owner and who runs a local construction material firm, whereas Sat, 93, was the father of the business man. Upon being detected, Bao used a knife to stab both of them to death. A domestic worker of the house was also stabbed and is now … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Flappy Bird in world’s top 50 popular brands in 2014: report


The Flappy Bird mobile game for smartphones, created by young Vietnamese app developer Nguyen Ha Dong last year, has been included in the list of the 50 most popular brands in the world in 2014, according to a recently released report by Infegy. The game running on many popular platforms, like Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows Phone, ranked 39th with over 20 million online discussions about it, said Infegy, a provider of social media intelligence technology for marketing and research professionals. According to the Infegy report, which was released on February 25, the proportion of positive ratings for Flappy Bird was 56 percent and women accounted for 55 percent of those interested in the pixelated bird. This annual report is based on data collected through Infegy Atlas, an analysis system using the new generation of modern algorithms to study the brand and consumer information through articles on the Internet, the provider of social media intelligence … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam


VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le Quang Liem. There are some people who are unknown to the public, but they are highly respected in their fields for … [Read more...]

Forbes Vietnam releases maiden 30 under 30 list, including Flappy Bird creator

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Forbes Vietnam unveiled Monday its maiden "30 Under 30" list, featuring 30 Vietnamese individuals who stand out in the industries they are part of, four years after Forbes U.S. introduced the list. Nguyen Ha Dong, the Hanoi-based app developer behind the addictive Flappy Bird mobile game; chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem; star comedian Huynh Tran Thanh; and hot vlogger Tran Duc Viet, aka JVevermind. There are also individuals that are not widely known to the public, but are renowned in their own industries thanks to their achievements, such as Thi Anh Dao, a digital marketer, and Luong Duy Hoai, who specializes in e-commerce. The "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars, born from 1985 on, of the next generation of leadership in different industries, from business and startup to entertainment and sports, Forbes Vietnam, which debuted in June 2013, said in a press release. "They are full of the startup spirit, and are representatives of an active, confident generation that is … [Read more...]

Vietnam wants Lao to try murder suspect

Ho Van Nguyen, 24, a Vietnamese-Laotian, is suspected of killing five Vietnamese in a forest bordering the two countries in March

Vietnamese authorities are asking Laos to try a Vietnamese-Laotian for his involvement in the murder of five Vietnamese along the border in March, Dan Tri online newspaper reported. Ho Van Nguyen, 24, is accused of battering five people to death with two Vietnamese accomplices - Ho Van Cong, 37, and Ho Van Thanh, 39, the report quoted investigators with the central province of Quang Tri's police department as saying. While Quang Tri investigators have concluded their probe and will propose charges with prosecutors, they cannot extradite Nguyen from Laos for investigation and trial, they said. They have reported the case to the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Procuracy - Vietnam's highest prosecutorial office -- and the Ministry of Justice. The agencies will send letters to Lao agencies, asking them to question and try Nguyen. In a previous interview with Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, Col. Tran Duc Viet, vice director of the Quang Tri police department, … [Read more...]

VN cop want Laos to allow extradition of criminal


A Vietnamese-Laotian man, Ho Van Nguyen, was arrested in Laos after involving in a murder in Vietnam, but due to a mutual judicial assistance agreement between the two countries, he is unlikely to be extradited to Vietnam for trial. Colonel Nguyen Trong Tieng, Commander of Border Guard in northern Quang Tri Province said they are seeking intervention from the Foreign Ministry and the Government to ask the Lao Government to allow extradition of Nguyen to Vietnam. Nguyen, 29, a resident in the Lao province of Savannakhet, was arrested on Thursday, April 4, by provincial police after their Vietnamese counterparts asked for their assistance in hunting the last culprit in the killing of five aloe wood hunters in a forest in Quang Tri on March 24. The forest was near the Vietnam-Lao border and Nguyen returned to Savannakhet after he and his two Vietnamese accomplices, Ho Van Cong and Ho Van Thanh, committed the crime. Cong and Thanh were arrested on Tuesday and pleaded guilty of … [Read more...]

Murderers of five aloe wood hunters arrested


Two of the three men who killed five aloe wood hunters in a forest in the central province of Quang Tri were arrested on April 3. Two murderers arrested by local border guard force and provincial police. (photo SGGP) The local border guard force and provincial police jointly caught Ho Van Cong, a local man, when he went to the Khe Mui stream in the district to fetch water. From Cong's statement, the joint force also raided a rock cave in Ta Rung Mountain in Huong Viet Commune of Huong Hoa District and arrested Ho Van Thanh while he was sleeping inside. Ho Van Cong and Ho Van Thanh initially said that in the middle of March they met each other in Huong Viet Commune and hatched a plan to kidnap members of a group of aloe wood hunters and kill all to cover any trace or clues. They asked a Laotian man to join in with the plan. On March 23, they attacked a group of aloe wood hunters in a forest in the central province of Quang Binh. They beat the hunters to obtain a ransom of VND15 … [Read more...]

Haiku Vietnam-Japan’s first prize given to spring collection

Tran Hong Thuc Trang(Right) The collection with six poems about the spring of Tran Hong Thuc Trang ( Ho Chi Minh City) has received the first prize in the Vietnam – Japan Haiku Poem Contest 2007 which lasted from June until September. Besides the haiku poems in Japanese, 14 prizes have been given to outstanding haiku poems in Vietnamese. However, with two second prize, none of haiku poems in Vietnamese won the first prize. Noticeably, this is the first time top winners tried with haiku style. “I knew about haiku a year ago which has only three sentences. With haiku, Vietnamese poetry lovers can have additional way to express themselves”, said Tran Duc Viet (Binh Dinh), winner in the haiku contest in Vietnamese. Thuc Trang who has only known haiku since June and surprised people when bringing home the first prize for Japanese language content. “I paid much attention to terminology about seasons. I live in the south so that the spring impresses me … [Read more...]

Police say modern crime more complex

HA NOI (VNS) — Public-order crime has been curbed in Viet Nam in the last five years, but the nature of crime has become more complicated, said Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong. Speaking at a national teleconference on Wednesday to review the five-year implementation of the Politburo's directive to intensify crime prevention efforts, Vuong said organised crime said crime is now occurring across multiple sectors including business, drugs, smuggling and arms violations. Notably, he said, there has been an increase in domestic murder cases in which family members killed each other through especially violent or barbarous means. Last year saw cases in which first-time offenders committed murders, but used "professional" means of carrying out the crimes, appearing as if they had criminal backgrounds. For example, six family members in central Binh Phuoc Province were killed by the ex-boyfriend of a family member, and a killing spree in … [Read more...]

Deputy PM urges more drastic anti-smuggling measures


Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged relevant agencies to take tougher measures to curb smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit, especially in the time running to the Lunar New Year. At a meeting on December 11 reviewing the performance of the National Steering Committee on fighting smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit in 2015, the Deputy PM, who is also head of the committee, said relevant agencies and forces have made great efforts with better coordination since early this year, gaining positive outcomes. However, he pointed out outstanding shortcomings like the slow handling of some cases and loopholes in State management of certain fields. The deputy PM stressed the need to intensify investigation work and increase punishment of violations in this sphere. According to the committee’s report, as of mid-November, 187,000 cases of smuggling, trade frauds and counterfeit trading were detected, up 6.47% from 2014, of which 19,360 cases were caught by the … [Read more...]

Joining hands for a drug-free ASEAN

Vietnamese and Lao delegations signing meeting minutes

PANO – The two-day ministerial meeting among Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia on drug prevention and suppression concluded on December 10th in Ho Chi Minh City. In the framework of the meeting, trilateral and bilateral sessions were held, with excellent cooperation among the three countries in the drug fight over the past year. In the face of the complicated developments of drug crime, especially trans-border drug trafficking, to enhance the effectiveness of the drug fight, the three countries signed a joint statement. According to the joint statement, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia agree to make more efforts to realize the vision and goal of a drug-free ASEAN Community in 2015 and beyond. The three countries will also boost cooperation with other ASEAN member nations and actively join the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Drug Matters in order to bring into full play the assistance and coordination among countries in the region. The countries also agreed to place more priorities on … [Read more...]

Regional deal to tackle drugs

Customs officers and border guards examine goods on their way to Laos at the Cau Treo International Border Gate, Ha Tinh Province. Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia yesterday signed a joint statement on drug control co-operation, vowing to make the ASEAN bloc drug-free.— VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung

HCM CITY (VNS) — Senior officials from Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia yesterday signed a joint statement on drug control co-operation, vowing to make the ASEAN bloc drug-free at the 15th Trilateral and Bilateral Ministerial Meeting of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos on Drug Control Co-operation. The joint statement was inked by Vietnamese senior lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong, Kou Chansina, chairman of the National Committee for Drug Control of Laos, and Kao Khondara, vice chairman of Cambodia's National Committee for Drug Control. The joint statement puts an emphasis on effective co-operation in combating drug trafficking with the aim of promoting long-term development of each country. Speaking at the meeting, senior lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong, who chaired the conference, praised the trilateral co-operation in fighting drug trafficking and the maintenance of security and order. For many years, Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia have successfully co-operated in combating drug … [Read more...]

Vietnam pardons 34 foreign inmates on National Day

Thirty-four foreign inmates are among the 18,539 prisoners given a chance to go home in an amnesty granted on the occasion of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). The amnesty decision, granted by State President Truong Tan Sang, was officially announced by the President’s Office in an international press meeting in Hanoi on Friday. This year’s annual pardon is the second biggest of its kind ever in Vietnam. The foreign prisoners to be freed include 16 Chinese, six Laotians, six Malaysians, two Australians, two Filipinos, one Cambodian, and one Thai, according to the decision. "The amnesty reflects the humanitarian policies of the Party and state of Vietnam towards offenders, and is aimed at encouraging the inmates to reform themselves to become useful citizens," Giang Son, deputy manager of the President’s Office, told reporters. Of the total 18,539 inmates to be released, 18,298 have been serving their sentences, 225 have received postponement in … [Read more...]

Over 18,000 prisoners get amnesty on National Day

VGP - The State President inked a decision to grant amnesty to 18,298 inmates to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Day. The press conference on announcement of State President's amnesty decision, Ha Noi, August 28, 2015 - Photo: VGP/Le Son The decision was announced on August 28 at a press conference by the Office of the State President, the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Government and related agencies. Senior lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong, Deputy Minister of Public Security, announced that 34 foreigners are among those to be released — 16 from China, six from Malaysia, six from Laos, two from Australia and two from the Philippines. Out of the total number, 1,449 inmates were sentenced for drug-related crimes, 2,188 for murders, 1,365 for sexual violation, 2,651 for robbery, and 325 for corruption-related offences. The decision will be announced at all prisons in the morning of … [Read more...]

Fisheries get first right to check on problems at sea

HA NOI (VNS) — Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee have agreed to allow the Fisheries Surveillance and Resources Department to act as an initial investigative body to more efficiently solve trade, environment and international relations problems that arise in the seas. NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said this at yesterday's meeting on the draft Law on the Organisation of Criminal Investigative Bodies. NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said that the draft law should regulate the responsibilities of the department and impose sanctions if they fail to fulfill their tasks. Deputy Public Security Minister senior lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong made a controversial amendment proposal that would also permit initial investigative bodies in the General Department of Taxation and the State Security Commission of Viet Nam (SCC). He reported that the number of crimes in the three sectors had increased and urged that they create investigative sub-units within the sectors to … [Read more...]

National Day: Some 17,000 prisoners to enjoy amnesty

Granting decisions on amnesty to prisoners. (Photo for illustration)

The Office of the Government on July 20th organised a meeting of the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty to prepare for amnesty work on the occasion of National Day (September 2nd). Speaking during the meeting, Senior Lieutenant-General Le Quy Vuong, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said that prisoners who are serving time-limit sentences or those who are serving life sentences with a reduction to time-limit sentences will enjoy the amnesty. Accordingly, the amnesty will be granted to some 16,000-17,000 prisoners, making it the biggest-ever so far, according to Major-General Nguyen Ngoc Bang, Head of the General Department for Enforcement of Criminal Sentences and Judicial Assistance. He added that foreign prisoners who satisfy the demand for amnesty will also be released ahead of schedule in accordance with the Vietnam’s laws. The amnesty shows a great guideline which reveals the clemency and humanitarian policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State for those … [Read more...]

Vietnam enhances cooperation with Thailand on drug prevention


Photo: Nhan Dan Newspapers (VOVworld)- The Vietnam Ministry of Public Security signed a memorandum of understanding on law enforcement and drug prevention with the Thai Ministry of Justice on Wednesday, within the framework of a senior officials’ meeting of Sub-Mekong countries to discuss drug prevention policy. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong and Thai Justice Minister General Paiboon Koom Chaya. The MoU was signed based on cooperative programs between the Vietnam Standing Office for Drug Control and Thailand’s National Committee for Drug Control. The Thai government will provide technical and financial assistance to Vietnam’s law enforcement offices on drug prevention and control. … [Read more...]