She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
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Compulsory travel insurance for foreign visitors at a 20-baht premium each is expected to debut this year. (Photo: VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – The Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) of Thailand is planning to introduce compulsory travel insurance for foreign visitors at a 20 THB (0.65 USD) premium each in 2019. The scheme is initiated to enhance foreigners’ confidence after a string of tragedies involving foreign tourists, such as the boat accident off Phuket that claimed the lives of 47 Chinese in 2018. Foreign travellers will be required to pay for the insurance at airports’ immigration offices, while the premium will be directed to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund for coverage of payments in the event of claims. The compulsory travel insurance will offer up to 1 million THB of coverage in cases of death. The scheme will have to seek approval for the Tourism and Sports Ministry before being presented to the cabinet later. Tourism is a major source of … [Read more...] about Thailand plans compulsory insurance for foreign visitors
Hanoi Book Street is currently hosting an exhibition known as “Be the change” which features a number of displays of items made from plastic waste. Following a year long hiatus, the Davines Art Series has returned for this year in a much larger scale and has so far attracted plenty of visitors. A puppetry character by artist Do Hiep made out of an array of colourful straws. The straws have been collected from coffee shops throughout Hanoi. At first, the character was 1.9 metres in height, but due to being exhibited at the unique event, the artist increased the height to 3.5 metres. A bespoke piece created by artist Pham Tran Quan depicts a person who is tired of plastic pollution. The artwork has been created by filling the outline of a person with plastic waste such as straws, nylon bags, and plastic bottles. A floral arrangement by artists Flinh and Dang Thuy Anh sends a message to viewers of the need to live green and protect the earth. Each plant … [Read more...] about Unique exhibition showcasing recycled plastic opens in Hanoi
Residents of Sơn Trà District in central Đà Nẵng City gather for check up at the local health centre. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam planned to improve its primary healthcare staff to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families over the next ten years, a senior health ministry official said. “While some hospitals at central-level receive 5,000-6,000 patients a day, only 2-3 patients visit commune health stations,” said Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến. This underlined the need to strengthen the healthcare network at grassroots levels to meet the ever growing needs of residents, save on medical costs and reduce overcrowding at larger hospitals, she said. Data from other countries showed that between 80 and 90 per cent of people with non-fatal diseases could be treated at grassroots level. Statistics from the Health Ministry showed … [Read more...] about Grassroots healthcare to be improved: Minister
Vietnam recorded a trade surplus in the past four years, but the National Assembly (NA), wary of uncertainties over global trade conflicts, has set the target of containing the country’s trade deficit versus its total export value below 3% for 2020. A foreign container vessel at Cat Lai Port in HCMC. The National Assembly has allowed the Government to maintain the ratio of the country’s trade deficit versus its total exports The legislative body adopted a resolution on the socioeconomic development plan for 2020 during the ongoing eighth sitting in Hanoi today, November 11. It received an endorsement from 426 out of 430 legislators in attendance, representing an approval ratio of 88.2%. Vietnam is expected to see a surge in foreign direct investment next year, wooed by opportunities from the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the fallout from the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, according to the NA Economic Committee. The … [Read more...] about VN National Assembly wants trade not to run into deficit deeper than 3% of exports