Vietnamese maritime search, rescue team saves unconscious sailors

In a busy week for Viet Nam's marine rescue services, several more fishing vessels ran into trouble last Saturday. In the first incident, the eight crew members of vessel BTh 5525 TS needed an escort back to southern Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province after their boat crashed into an oil container. The captain of the boat Pham Nhung said his son Pham Cong Lap had fallen from the boat in the collision and he was still missing. The Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) in Vung Tau immediately assigned its ship Star 413 to search for him. On the same day, the boat BTh 0601 TS ran into technical difficulties. It was later detected and the vessel and its six crew members were expected home soon. In a separate incident on Saturday, a fishing vessel rescued an unconscious sailor and took him to Con Dao District's Ben Dam Port. Once recovered, the sailor said he had been on board BV 4248 TS, which had sunk when fishing in waters off the district. He said the rest of the 22-man crew was still missing. Singapore's Kota Restu and Bahamas' Hyperio are now assisting the MRCC in Vung Tau with rescue efforts. The National Research and Rescue Committee has also directed naval forces to help with the search and rescue. In yet another incident, the 24-horsepower fishing boat TTH 40498 capsized in fierce waves in the central Thua Thien- Hue Province. One crew member was alive and the other four were missing.…... [read more]

Regarding results of the implementation of socio-economic development plans for 2007 and 2008, NA deputies agreed with the government report. In 2007, in spite of difficulties, Vietnam’s economic growth hit a ten-year record high of 8.5 percent, helping the country to fulfil five-year targets (2006-2010). At the session, NA deputies focused on issues related to snags in land acquisition, which have received many complaints and petitions from local residents. Deputy Nguyen Van Vuong from Thai Nguyen province complained that although there have been many projects, the quality of these projects have not been ensured. He asked the government to further direct big projects at the national level, boost disbursement in 2007 and resettle land acquisition. Deputies also gave opinions on shortcomings of the national economy and the government’s management work. There remains slow agricultural restructuring and uneven development between regions in the country. In addition, despite the high economic growth rate, there has not been harmony between the developing economy and solutions to cultural, social and environmental issues. Regarding socio-development plan for 2008, deputies from the northern provinces of Ha Tay, Thai Nguyen and Ha Giang and the central province of Quang Tri agreed with the government’s viewpoint that it is necessary to strengthen investment in building infrastructure in rural areas, especially roads, cater for social issues in remote and mountainous areas and effectively implement the government’s programmes 134, and 135. Regarding state estimates and allocations for 2008, deputies from Gia Lai, and Quang Ngai provinces asked the government to…... [read more]

PANO - Visiting Brigade 241 of Army Corps 1 recently, we learned more about troop efforts regarding combat readiness and training. The unit troops strictly followed higher levels instructions and directives to do their tasks, said Commander Colonel Nguyen Van Vuong. They collaborated with the local party committee and authorities, as well as with relevant organizations, to grasp all situations to ensure political security and social order for the success of the upcoming election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2016-2021 term. The People Army Newspaper would like to present some images of troops in training: Translated by Anh Tien... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) - Officials and experts have repeated the need to increase the quality of Vietnamese rice and promote a national brand as measures to ensure sustainable rice production in the country. Addressing a conference discussing policies needed to boost the domestic rice industry, Tran Cong Thang, deputy director of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, said Viet Nam recorded significant achievements in the past with production going up from just 16 million tonnes in 1998 to 44 million tonnes in 2013. However, he added, Vietnamese rice typically sold at lower prices than other exporting nations. He said the rice industry should focus on increasing its competitiveness, balancing the benefits of stakeholders in the value-added chain and ensuring fair benefits. "There must be better application of technology that allows farmers to use less water, save input costs and reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers," he said. At the conference, participants heard that in Quang Binh Province, with support from the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, small rice farmers were able to benefit from efforts to reduce input costs, improve water management, use better sowing techniques and improve soil fertility. The three-year (2012-14) project also forged stronger links between rice farmers and businesses. Nguyen Van Vuong of the Plant Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said lack of support and infrastructure for rice research and development was a problem facing the industry. He singled out the lack of research in post-harvest technology…... [read more]

After two weeks of trial, the northern Quang Ninh Province People's Court this morning handed down sentences on 89 defendants involved in five trafficking rings and handed down 30 death sentences. Over 4,400 bricks of heroin and hundreds of thousands of synthetic drug tablets were involved in the case.This is the largest drug trafficking case that has been discovered and tried in Vietnam, considering the number of defendants, the volume of drugs involved, and the number of death sentences announced. This is also the first hearing in the country where the jury handed down a record-high number of death sentences. Besides being charged with illegally transporting and trading in drugs, many of the 89 defendants, including 27 women, were also indicted for counterfeiting materials of agencies and organizations, storing weapons, illegal trading, failing to report crimes, giving bribes, and bribery brokerage. Of the 89 convicted, 30 were given the death penalty, 13 received life sentences, nine got 20-year sentences, 27 got sentences from two to 18 years in jail, and the others received sentences of under 2 years. The hearing was chaired by judge Nguyen Van Vuong and 41 lawyers defended the accused. The jury also ordered the defendants to hand in the profits they had earned through drugs. The amounts to be submitted by each defendant are different, ranging from VND10 million (US$480) to VND10 billion ($480,000). According to the over-100-page indictment, Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, a 54-year-old woman in the northern Bac Giang Province, had led a ring…... [read more]

The prosecutors' office in northern Quang Ninh Province has proposed that 34 of the 89 defendants—including 27 women—who are being tried for transporting and trading 32,000 bricks of heroin be given the death penalty. >> 89 defendants tried for trafficking 32,000 bricks of heroin The proposal was made on Monday, 10 days after the provincial People's Court began the trial for five transnational drug rings that transported and traded about 12 tons of heroin and hundreds of thousands of synthetic drug tablets. Besides being charged with illegally transporting and trading in drugs, many of the 89 defendants were also indicted for counterfeiting materials of agencies and organizations, storing weapons, illegal trading, failing to report crime, giving bribes, and bribery brokerage. Besides the proposed death sentences, the prosecutor in court also requested that the nine defendants be given life imprisonment, nine others be sentenced to 20 years in jail, one defendant receive 18-20 years in prison, and the remaining 32 defendants be given sentences from 36 months to 16 years. However, the prosecutor proposed that four defendants who have been charged with "illegal trading" or "not reporting crime" be given suspended sentences. The hearing is chaired by judge Nguyen Van Vuong and 41 lawyers are defending the accused. According to the indictment, Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, a 54-year-old woman in northern Bac Giang Province, had led a ring that trafficked drugs from Laos into Vietnam since late 2006 until April 2012, when she was arrested at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi.…... [read more]

The northern Quang Ninh Province People's Court on Friday opened a trial for 89 defendants, including 27 women, of five transnational drug rings that transported and traded 32,000 bricks of heroin and hundreds of thousands of drug synthetic tablets. Besides being charged with illegally transporting and trading in drugs, many of these defendants were also indicted for counterfeiting materials of agencies and organizations, storing weapons, illegal trading, not reporting crime, giving bribes and bribery brokerage. The hearing is chaired by judge Nguyen Van Vuong and 41 lawyers are defending the defendants. Twenty-two people whose rights and obligations are related to the case and 16 witnesses were present on the first day of trial. According to the indictment, Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, a 54-year-old woman in northern Bac Giang Province, had led a ring that trafficked drugs from Laos into Vietnam since late 2006 to April 2012, when she arrested at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. From Ngoc's testimonies, police later cracked down on four other transitional drug trafficking rings, seizing about 4,400 bricks of heroin, 20 cars, tens of guns, and a lor of fake documents and materials. The police are hunting for 28 other defendants involved in these rings, the court said. According to police in Quang Ninh, these rings had transported and traded in about 32,000 bricks of heroin, 120,000 synthetic drug tablets, 260,000 ecstasy synthetic tablets, and tens of kilograms of Methamphetamine. The first ring was led by Sa Van Cau, 40, of Son La Province, who…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Many schools in HCM City fear they cannot achieve the Ministry of Education and Training's newly set standards for schools because of the lack of facilities and funds. The new standards, which took effect on January 6, require a class to have no more than 35 children at the primary level and 45 at the high-school level. The average space available for a student should be at least six square metres in inner districts and 10sq.m in outlying areas. But these have attracted a litany of complaints. Ha Thanh Hai, principal of Luong The Vinh Primary School in District 7, said his school can meet the standards set for staff and facilities, but not for number of students. It has an average of 45 in a classroom, he said. Nguyen Van Vuong, principal of Nguyen Gia Thieu Secondary School in Tan Binh District, said, "while the stipulations on space and number are essential to improve quality, nearly 50 per cent of the schools were built more than 40 years ago." "As a result, they are too small to meet the standards," he said. His school has 2,100 students and requires more than 12,000 square metres of land under the new guidelines. But it only measures 9,000sq.m. Tran Phu Thao, principal of Nguyen Van Troi Secondary School in Go Vap District, said many schools in the district would be unable to fulfill the conditions. Even many schools that met the old standards for training quality, facilities, and development…... [read more]

HCM CITY (VNS)— Many schools in HCM City fear they cannot achieve the Ministry of Education and Training's newly set standards for schools because of the lack of facilities and funds. The new standards, which took effect on January 6, require a class to have no more than 35 children at the primary level and 45 at the high-school level. The average space available for a student should be at least six square metres in inner districts and 10sq.m in outlying areas. But these have attracted a litany of complaints. Ha Thanh Hai, principal of Luong The Vinh Primary School in District 7, said his school can meet the standards set for staff and facilities, but not for number of students. It has an average of 45 in a classroom, he said. Nguyen Van Vuong, principal of Nguyen Gia Thieu Secondary School in Tan Binh District, said, "while the stipulations on space and number are essential to improve quality, nearly 50 per cent of the schools were built more than 40 years ago." "As a result, they are too small to meet the standards," he said. His school has 2,100 students and requires more than 12,000 square metres of land under the new guidelines. But it only measures 9,000sq.m. Tran Phu Thao, principal of Nguyen Van Troi Secondary School in Go Vap District, said many schools in the district would be unable to fulfill the conditions. Even many schools that met the old standards for training quality, facilities, and development…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The new standards for general education accreditation applied as of January 2013 have made schools puzzled, because they don't know what they have to do to be recognized as the national standard schools.   Analysts have warned that only a few schools would meet the newly set up standards. The requirements on education quality are not a problem for schools, but most of them would not be able to satisfy the requirements on the material facilities and other technical issues. The new regulation stipulates that a standard school must have no more than 35 students in every primary education class and 45 students in every secondary education class. The total area of schools must be large enough to have at least six square meters for a student in urban areas and 10 square meters for a student in other areas. Most of the surveyed schools have expressed their worry that the schools may not be recognized as the national standard schools, since the new standards prove to be overly high for them. In 2008-2012, when the Ministry of Education and Training examined and accredited general schools, nine schools in HCM City got certificates. The headmaster of the Nguyen Thuong Hien High School has also expressed her worry about the application of the new standards, even though it is a "star" school in HCM City with high education quality and good material facilities. Being a prestigious school, Nguyen Thuong Hien is very choosy about their students. Only the…... [read more]




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