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VietNamNet Bridge – The Supreme People’s Procuracy announced it has indicted Chau Thi Thu Nga, former National Assembly deputy, and nine accomplices for their role in a VND377 billion (US$16.8 million) property scam. Chau Thi Thu Nga, former National Assembly deputy, has been indicted for her role in a massive property scam.  Nga, chairwoman of the Land and Housing Construction and Investment JSC (Housing Group), and nine others will be prosecuted on charges of “fraudulent appropriation of assets” under Article 139 of the Penal Code. According to the indictment, the B5 Cau Dien project (North Tu Liem District, Ha Noi City) was within the land assigned by the state to the Ha Noi Import-Export Investment Construction and Development Single-Member Co., Ltd. (HAIC) for production and business activities. It was a resettlement housing project meant to serve urban traffic development of the capital city, and not for commercial housing. However, Nga signed a partnership contract with Nguyen Van Tuan, HAIC chairman, to co-invest in the B5 project. The two intended to use the B5 land to construct apartment buildings and villas. The investigation found that the new plans for the project had not been granted a construction licence by the Ha Noi People’s Committee, but the group lured unsuspecting buyers for commercial housing through false advertisements. Between 2009 and 2013, by showing unapproved drawings of the apartments, Nga and other accomplices signed some 752 capital contribution contracts, collecting VND377 billion from home buyers, with a promise to transfer usage rights for…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have asked the provincial People’s Procuracy to prosecute Tran Thi Le Thu for faking land use right certificates in order to obtain fraudulent loans. Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have asked the provincial People’s Procuracy to prosecute Tran Thi Le Thu for faking land use right certificates in order to obtain fraudulent loans. — Photo According to the investigation, Thu, 51, of Phu Giao District, asked relatives and neighbors to use their names to obtain 32 land use certificates, known as red books. She paid each of them VND50 million (US$2,170) and then went to various banks to take out loans based on the fake red books. In this fashion Thu appropriated VND9.5 billion ($413,050) from the So Sao branch of the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) and VND63.5 billion ($2.7 million) from the Binh Duong branch of An Binh Bank. Thu also appropriated VND6 billion ($260,900) from Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh and VND1.4 billion ($60,900) from Tran Ngoc Xuan. Thanh, Xuan and other people who helped Thu borrow will also be prosecuted, according to police. The bank officers will also be prosecuted, including Le Thi Hoang Oanh, former director of Agribank’s So Sao branch, Nguyen Vinh Linh, former head of the Credit Department of So Sao branch, Nguyen Van Phuong, former credit officer of So Sao branch, for causing serious consequences through lack of responsibility. VNS related news Hanoi authorities to…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A concert with popular pieces from international and Vietnamese composers will take place at the new Vinh Phuc Theatre on August 19. Double trouble: Artists To Loan and Dang Duong performed at the press conference. Photo Nguyen Thuy Binh The Toyota Concert 2017, held by Viet Nam National Symphony and Orchestra (VNSO) and Toyota Motor Viet Nam, will be held in the northern province of Vinh Phuc for the first time, as well as Ha Noi and HCM City.  The Vinh Phuc concert will include Johann Strauss’s overture The Bat; Johannes Brahams’s Hungarian Dance; Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No 9; and Vietnamese songs performed by Dang Duong and Dao To Loan.  The Vietnamese songs include Truong Ca Song Lo (The Lo River Epic); Du Kich Song Thao (The Thao River Guerilla); Tinh Ca (Love Song); Nguoi Ha Noi (Ha Noi People) and Tinh Ca Tay Bac (Tay Bac Love Songs) which were among the most popular pieces in the country in the 1940s to 1950s.  "The songs by veteran composers praise patriotism and nostalgia of soldiers, many of whom never returned," said Nguyen Tri Dung, the VNSO’s director at a press conference in Ha Noi.  The Lo River Epic was inspired by Van Cao’s trip to the northernmost Viet Nam army base.  The epic was published in 1948 and quickly laid on top of patriotic-inspired music.  Van Cao (1923-95), from Hai Phong was the composer of the Vietnamese national anthem. He composed romantic songs and later composed patriotic…... [read more]

Speakers share their knowledge in four sectors of smart technology — VNS Photo Phương Thao Viet Nam has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally competitive, Hajime Hotta, co-founder of Innovatube and president of Cinnamon AI Labs, said at the Ha Noi technology event on Sunday. "Innovatube Frontier Summit" (IFS) is the first event in Viet Nam that covers four sectors of smart technology -- Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR). With the motto "Stay in front," IFS is expected to become a playground for startups and individuals who are working in the technology business to share their knowledge and experience in frontier technologies and learn how to implement them in real projects. The summit connected a network of the best Viet Nam and Southeast Asia speakers in the four hottest technology fields with over 500 Vietnamese and international entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers and top tech companies exchanging ideas to have more opportunities for investment cooperation. Hajime also affirmed the significance of combining technological talent with entrepreneurship spirit. "I think any country (except China and the United States) cannot lead the global economy alone. Therefore, there should be cooperation among countries in Asia to work together to build achievements,” Hajime told Viet Nam News. As regards the technology potential of Viet Nam, Hajime said the country has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally…... [read more]

A farmer harvests rice by combine harvester (Source: VNA) Ninh Thuan (VNA) –The southern province of Ninh Thuan plans to invest 1.2 billion VND (52,800 USD) to encourage the use of technology and industrial equipment in farming in the locality. The sum will be used to implement 11 projects in different areas, including helping farmers purchase machines for farm produce processing, assisting rural firms to join trade fairs in other localities, improving management capacity and product quality and vocational training. According to the provincial Centre for Industry Encouraging and Trade Promotion, the province currently has more than 5,570 rural industrial production and trade facilities, including 179 companies and 5,391 household businesses, employing some 21,500 labourers. The majority of facilities are small scale, with the average capital of a company about 21.9 billion VND, while that of a household business is 70.4 million VND and 80 million VND for each cooperative. Their access to capital and new technology is limited and growth is slow. [Hi-tech agriculture rides strong wave of domestic investment] Director of the centre Vo Viet Hieu said that the centre will continue calling on businesses to replace outdated technology with modern and environmentaly-friendly models for greener production. At the same time, rural industrial facilities will receive advice on investment information to expand their business in line with the development strategy of each locality, he said. The province will also help the firms with administrative procedures, capital and land, while assisting them…... [read more]

Gen. Hao was member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, former Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Discipline Inspection Commission, former Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, former Deputy Defense Minister and former Minister of Invalids and Social Affairs (present Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs).  Photo for illustration. Source: Under the project, a scientific seminar on the general, a incense and flower offering ceremony, film screenings, an exhibition on images, objects and works closely attached to the general and writings about the general will be organized. Such activities are to pay homage to, honor and express a token of gratitude to Gen. Hao and his contributions. It also aims to popularize the general’s life, career, contributions to the revolutionary cause of the Party, nation and army and to inspire troops, especially young ones, to further study and follow the general’s examples. Relevant units are required to organize such activities solemnly with practical and effective outcomes and in a close link with activities to mark the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2) and to effectively implement the fourth resolution of the 12th Party Central Committee on enhancing Party building and revamping, Politburo’s Directive No.05 and Standing Board of the Central Military Commission’s Directive 87 on boosting studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s thought, morals and lifestyle. Translated by Mai Huong... [read more]

He reiterated the target of building a facilitating government which accompanies businesses and protects all legitimate rights and interests of investors, in accordance with principles of the World Trade Organization, bilateral agreements and the government’s commitments. The PM suggested focusing on the fields of global demand, such as agriculture, food, consumer products, and tourism instead of just concentrating on serving domestic companies as suppliers or subcontractors with low added value. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc starts the forum. Photo:  It is necessary to expand international cooperation in trade, technological transfer, production and sales of products to the overseas markets, he recommended. The government pledges to create a transparent, safe and friendly business environment as well as create all favorable conditions for businesses, especially private and small- and medium-sized ones and startups to develop, he affirmed. He asked ministries and relevant departments to hold periodical dialogues with businesses to promptly remove their bottlenecks. The PM directed localities to prepare all necessary conditions such as land and particular policies to enable investors to do long-term business. He hoped private enterprises will embrace links and anticipate risks and difficulties to promote innovation and actively engage in international integration. The second Vietnam Private Sector Forum was organized by the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs' Association and the Mekong Business Initiative. A survey launched before the forum opened indicates that 65 percent of businesses questioned expressed their hope for a government of action. The…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Six Vietnamese workers were killed when an oxygen tank exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province, a Vietnamese border army chief confirmed on Saturday. Six Vietnamese workers were killed when an oxygen tank exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province, a Vietnamese border army chief confirmed on Saturday. — Photo Vo Trong Hai, border force chief of Ha Tinh Province that shares a border with Bolikhamsai Province, told the media that the explosion occurred at about 10pm on Friday night, killing six workers at the scene and leaving two additional Vietnamese seriously injured. All of the victims were working for the Vietnamese corporation Song Da 5, a contractor of the construction site of the Nam Nghiep 1 hydropower plant in Bolikhan District. Thanh Chuong District People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Que in Nghe An Province confirmed that three of the victims were from the district. They were Tran Van Sang, 29, Ha Cao Ky, 24 and 26-year-old Nguyen Van Phuong. Another two Nghe An men also lost their lives in the explosion: Già Ba Lau, 32, from Tuong Duong District and 34-year-old Va Xai Co from Ky Son District. The last victim was 25-year-old Ha Huu Hai from Phu Tho Province’s Doan Hung District. The two injured, both from Nghe An Province, are being treated at hospital. They are Tho Ba Chenh and Ly Giong Xia, 33 and 46 respectively. The bodies of the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Cao Thị Ngan lost a son, but gained six other children to call her mother. Cao Thi Ngan (right) and Tran Thi Hau, an organ recipient, like mother and daughter. -- Photo She had to deal with her intense grief and the Vietnamese tradition of burying the dead intact when took the decision to donate her brain-dead son’s organs to people needing organs to survive. Since the decision was taken, Ngan has longed to the people who received her son’s organs, to make sure that they are healthy and feeling that her son is still alive. Her dream was realised last Thursday, the first anniversary of her son’s death, at her home in Ha Noi’s Quoc Oai District. There was a lot of crying, hugging and holding hands as the organ recipients and their families had lunch together, reminiscing about the circumstances that brought them together. They all called Ngan “mother,” saying they considered her as the one who’d given birth to them. "My son died but his death was not meaningless. He has saved the lives of many people. It was on this day last year that his funeral was held. The Military Hospital 103 gave him the honour of a martyr’s funeral,” she told the Suc khoe va Doi song (Health and Life) newspaper. Ngan said she would never forget the fateful morning of July 27, when Ha Noi was hit by a tropical storm and she received a call from a relative telling…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Direct descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) have decided to take a grave issue to court. Family relic: Nguyen Dynasty descendants by the grave of the lady. Photo courtesy of Phu Nu online Ton That Vien Bao, head of the Nguyen Family Committee that comprise royal descendants, has sued local company Chuoi Gia Tri Ltd. for destroying the tomb of a wife of emperor Tu Duc to make way for a parking lot. The committee says the legal action was based on a provision in Vietnamese criminal law on violations relating to corpses, graves and tombs. The petition also calls for legal action against Hue City’s Centre for Land Source Development for neglecting to ensure a safe corridor around UNESCO heritage sites. A parking lot is being constructed in the buffer zone between the mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Dong Khanh as well as the tombs of 16 wives of King Tu Duc. The petition questions a decision by local authorities to move the grave to another place and use the land for a parking lot for visitors to King Tu Duc’s mausoleum which is part of Hue’s beautifully landscaped area. The conflict between local authorities and the royal family committee has raged for a month, but neither party has been willing to compromise and accept solutions proposed by the other. On June 21, a bulldozer razed the tomb despite efforts by locals living near the tomb to stop it. Local authorities and Hue Monuments Conservation…... [read more]

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