A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?
Smuggled cigarettes in Binh Phuoc province are destroyed (Photo: sggp.org.vn) HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Prevention of smuggling of goods across the country’s borders is becoming more difficult as the New Year season approaches, according to border authorities. Three districts in Binh Phuoc province (Bu Gia Map, Bu Dop and Loc Ninh) which border Cambodia have seen an increase in smuggled goods. For the first nine months of the year, authorities detected 2,659 smuggling cases. Smuggled goods were mostly cigarettes, sugar and clothing. The amount of issued fines and back taxes totalled over 37 billion VND (1.6 million USD). The smuggling cases are usually carried out by small groups of individuals in a number of ways that have become more sophisticated. Many smugglers use shortcuts through the rocky terrain and rivers that help them elude capture by authorities. Smugglers travel to Cambodia to purchase goods, split up the goods in smaller portions, and then smuggle them into … [Read more...] about Smuggling up as New Year approaches
Techcombank is due to submit a proposal for eight members of the banks Board of Directors (BoD) and three members of its supervisory board (SB) for the 2019-24 period.— Photo techcombank Changes in senior personnel, listing on the securities market, raising capital and the settlement of bad debts are expected to be the top priorities of banks at their upcoming annual general meetings (AGM) this month. At the AGMs this year, many banks are expected to make major changes in the selection of their top personnel for the upcoming term from 2019 to 2024. Techcombank is due to submit a proposal for eight members of the banks Board of Directors (BoD) and three members of its supervisory board (SB) for the 2019-24 period. Military Bank will also consult its shareholders about a plan to elect the BoD and the SB with the intention of having five members in the BoD and three members of the SB. SCB will also hold a general meeting this month, where it will change the BoD and SB for the next … [Read more...] about Banks to prioritise senior staff, capital increases at this year’s AGMs
By Công Thành Pomelo are ready for harvest in Đại Bình Village in Quảng Nam Province's mountainous Nông Sơn District. The village has been designed as a farm-based tourism site. VNS Photo Thanh Hòa Sitting on the banks of the Thu Bồn River, Đại Bình Village used to be known for its bumper fruit harvests in the central province of Quảng Nam, but now it has been transformed into a sustainable community-based farm tourism destination. Just 20km from the Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary, the village with a population of 1,200 earned a living for three centuries from growing fruits, but now it's day-trippers who are bringing in the cash. The village was established in 1778 during the country’s southward border expansion journey under Lord Nguyễn Hoàng. The emigration settled the village on the banks of the Thu Bồn River, and the first villagers began growing fruits to make a … [Read more...] about Fruit farms offer rural life experience
By Lê Hương It's a cool autumn Sunday morning, and 24-year-old Kim Sun-il is looking forward to enjoying his free time with friends at a bookshop. But instead of taking the fast subway, he's going to rent a bicycle for a more relaxing journey. He quickly searches for availability at a nearby bike station on bikeseoul.com site using his mobile. It's simple to access the bikes in Seoul. VNS Photos Đoàn Tùng He smiles to see there are a few bikes available. “I used the service more when I was a student because it's cheap and convenient,” he tells Việt Nam News. “Now I work further away so I have to take the subway, but I still prefer riding a bike at the weekend for short distances.” Kim says he appreciates the city’s bike sharing initiative as it encourages more people to ride, keeping the environment cleaner. Kim is among 1.6 … [Read more...] about Cycling for fun in Seoul