VN concerned about China military drill

Police have made the urgent arrest of a woman in north-central Vietnam to investigate the alleged kidnapping of a two-year-old boy. Dao Thi Danh, 48, was captured by Can Loc District police officers in Ha Tinh Province on Saturday after she was found in the company of a missing boy. According to the local administration, two-year-old Luong Khac Thanh was dropped off at his father’s house in Can Loc District by his mother on the day. At 9:00 am, Danh, who is the father’s acquaintance, came by for a visit. Minutes later, she took Thanh away to another house in the neighborhood. As Thanh’s mother, Than Thi Gia, returned to pick him up only to find an empty house, she cried for help and initiated a search that was joined by other neighbors. At around 10:00 am the same day, locals found Thanh at a house in the neighborhood in the company of Danh. Suspecting the woman to be a kidnapper, hundreds of locals surrounded the house to prevent Danh from escaping. Police officers arrived moments later to maintain order and disperse the hysterical mob. At 4:45 pm, Can Loc police issued an order for the urgent arrest of Dao Thi Danh for an investigation into her alleged child kidnapping. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

Before you get the wrong idea, a pluviophile is someone who loves the rain. I’m also a turophile (loves cheese) and an oenophile (loves wine) but that’s another story… Rain makes me quite happy and there’s no place like Vietnam for soft, feathery rain all the way up to pounding golf-ball size water drops smacking across my face. Even in winter, I still enjoy the feeling of being wet. Odd, isn’t it? Getting soaked in summer is fun to me! I’m not forgetting that the rain is a terrible thing for people during the wet seasons with flooding and all kinds of disaster but I’m reflecting on the positive side. As we get to the high end of summer and the late daily thunderclouds build up across the central plains south of Hoi An, I deeply enjoy sitting out on my large yard watching the puffy clouds expand into the darkening sky. There’s something deeply relaxing about watching clouds, probably because you have the luxury of enough time just to do that! As a little boy growing up in Kuala Lumpur, I would stand outside on the grass in awe at the crack of the thunder and the lightning all around me as the tropics displayed their power. To me, thunder is better than an action movie – particularly when it’s just overhead and the house rattles and my last surviving dog huddles under the table. I still count the thunder claps, just as I…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh is set to enhance its cooperation with Laos and spur investment from Vietnamese businesses in the neighboring country. A conference on promoting investment, trade, and tourism was organized in Vientiane on Saturday afternoon, with the attendance of leaders from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos, along with hundreds of Vietnamese and Lao businesses. The delegation from the Vietnamese metropolis was led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang. Speaking at the event, Huynh Cach Mang, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said that many city businesses had operated well in several Lao localities, including Vientiane. A total of 36 companies have expanded their business activities to Laos with the combined capital of nearly US$345 million, Mang continued. Several memoranda of understating were signed between authorities and business organizations from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos during the conference. Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang (R) introduces locally-made pottery products to Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Mayor of Vientiane. Photo: Tuoi Tre The gathering was part of a series of events named ‘Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane,’ during which leaders from both sides signed MOUs on cooperation in the 2017-20 period. The agreements highlighted the two cities’ ties in multiple fields, including tourism, culture, sports, finance, and others. Deputy Secretary Cang also joined talks with leaders from the Lao capital, addressing measures to…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh is set to enhance its cooperation with Laos and spur investment from Vietnamese businesses in the neighboring country. A conference on promoting investment, trade, and tourism was organized in Vientiane on Saturday afternoon, with the attendance of leaders from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos, along with hundreds of Vietnamese and Lao businesses. The delegation from the Vietnamese metropolis was led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang. Speaking at the event, Huynh Cach Mang, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said that many city businesses had operated well in several Lao localities, including Vientiane. A total of 36 companies have expanded their business activities to Laos with the combined capital of nearly US$345 million, Mang continued. Several memoranda of understating were signed between authorities and business organizations from Ho Chi Minh City and Laos during the conference. Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang (R) introduces locally-made pottery products to Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Mayor of Vientiane. Photo: Tuoi Tre The gathering was part of a series of events named ‘Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane,’ during which leaders from both sides signed MOUs on cooperation in the 2017-20 period. The agreements highlighted the two cities’ ties in multiple fields, including tourism, culture, sports, finance, and others. Deputy Secretary Cang also joined talks with leaders from the Lao capital, addressing measures to…... [read more]

Three women, including a mother and daughter, committed group suicide by hanging early Saturday morning in southern Vietnam, leading to two deaths. The daughter had reportedly wanted to end her life out of fear of being investigated for fraud, prompting her mother and aunt to follow suit. The rare incident unfolded in Tra Vinh Province in the small hours, when locals in Cau Ngang District heard a cry for help from Ngo Thi Hoa, 57, who was seen running out of her house in panic. Upon following Hoa inside her house, eyewitnesses found her sister Ngo Thi Tuoi, 61, and Tuoi’s daughter Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang, 22, having died from hanging. According to Hoa’s statement at the police station, her niece Hang had wanted to kill herself after living in fear of being under police investigation for a fraud she had been involved in. Despite Tuoi and Hoa’s advice against the action, Hang insisted on taking her own life, prompting the mother and aunt to agree on committing a group suicide, apparently because they could not live without the others. The three had initially scheduled the suicide for noon on Friday, with Hoa having bought a seven-meter rope and cut it into three pieces. However, the plan was delayed until after midnight due to a surprise visit from guests. At around 2:00 am on Saturday, after taking a nice shower and putting on clean clothes, the three women tied their ropes…... [read more]

An oxygen tank blast at the construction site of a hydroelectric dam in Laos has resulted in the death of six Vietnamese workers. Tran Anh Duc, chairman of the management board of Song Da 5 JSC, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday that the explosion had occurred at the construction site of the Nam Nghiep 1 hydropower plant in Bolikhamsay Province on Friday night. The facility is designed to have a capacity of 29 megawatts and developed by the Laos Electricity Corporation. Japan’s Obayashi Corporation was selected as the main contractor, while Song Da 5 JSC is the project’s sub-contractor. The construction is planned to run from 2014 to 2018. Six Vietnamese workers were killed and two others injured in the blast, all of whom were employees of Song Da 5 JSC. The accident was first reported by family members of the victims on Friday, who had received information regarding an oxygen tank blast at the construction site. On Saturday morning, Trinh Van Nha, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Thanh Chuong District, located in the north-central province of Nghe An, confirmed three deceased victims, namely Tran Van Sang, 29, Ha Cao Ky, 24, Nguyen Van Phuong, 26, all of whom were from Thanh Chuong. Vietnamese authorities stated that three other workers, Ha Huu Nai, 25, who hailed from the northern province of Phu Tho, Gia Ba Lau, 32, and Va Xai Co, 34, both from Nghe An, were also killed…... [read more]

National carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has sold the remaining of its Boeing 777-200ER jets to brace for a major fleet upgrade with more cost-efficient airliners. The airline has inked deals with U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to sell its last four Boeing 777-200ER’s and one PW4090 jet engine for upwards of US$70.7 million, ending the airliner’s 15-year service in the fleet. First commissioned by the flag carrier in April 2003, Boeing 777-200ER’s have made nearly 101,000 flights for the Vietnamese airline during their service. The jets have transported nearly 22.9 million passengers flying on 16 of Vietnam Airlines’ international routes to seven countries, as well as daily domestic flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The wide-body, twin-engine jet airliners maintained a perfect safety record during their 15-year history in VNA’s fleet. With 1,460 planes manufactured as of 2016, Boeing 777 was one of the best-selling models ever produced by the Boeing Company, an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes worldwide. The commissioning of Boeing 777-200ER’s enabled Vietnam Airlines to open its first direct flight routes to multiple European countries, including France, Russia, Germany, and the UK. “The fleet accomplished its mission with excellence, leaving a major imprint in our history of development over the past 15 years,” said Phan Xuan Duc, VNA deputy general director. A video compiled by Vietnam Airlines and posted on its official Facebook page to bid farewell to its Boeing 777-200ER fleet …... [read more]

Eight workers were killed and two others injured after a fire broke out at a baking facility in Hanoi on Saturday. The inferno started at the 150-square-meter facility, managed by 25-year-old Tran Van Duoc, in Duc Thuong Commune, Hoai Duc District at around 10: 30 am on the day. As soon as firefighters arrived at the location, the flames had already engulfed the entire venue. One could only enter or exit the facility through one entrance, while the fire had caused the attic to collapse and block the door. Officers had to create a hole in the wall at the back of the building to reach the people trapped inside. Three victims were then found and immediately brought to a local hospital, one of whom was dead on arrival. Thanks to the efforts of 50 firefighters and seven fire trucks, the blaze was put out at around 11:20 am on the same day. However, seven bodies were later discovered inside the burned-down facility. According to Colonel Nguyen Tuan Anh, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Firefighting Police, the agency is coordinating with officers in Hoai Duc District to determine the cause of the fire. Nguyen Duy Tien, who is being treated at the infirmary, recounted that he and other workers were working in a closed room and were only aware of the fire when it spread to their room. One of the bakers managed to escape…... [read more]

A conference on Friday painted a dark picture of child molestation in Vietnam, with the number of sexually abused children constantly increasing over the years while offenders are often the victims’ family members or close relatives. More than 8,100 children have fallen victim to sex abuse during the five-year period ending 2016, according to statistics provided by the Ministry of Public Security at the conference on preventing child molestation in Ho Chi Minh City. Speaking at the conference, many delegates did not fully agree with the given number of victims, believing that the figure is inaccurate due to several reasons. Attendees explained that the first reason is that having a child who was sexually abused in the family is still considered a taboo by many older generations, so they tend not to report the case to the police and often deal with the offender privately. The second reason is, according to delegates, many families dare not to sue the offenders as they are threatened or fear of not having sufficient evidence. Many families falling victims to child molestation were invited to speak at Friday’s conference, but only one man summoned enough courage to come forward to share his story. Coming from the southern Soc Trang Province, the father of a seven-year-old girl who was sexually abused by a close neighbor could not hold his tears while recollecting the tragedy of his daughter.        “My family is poor, so my wife…... [read more]

Vietnam’s National Committee for Traffic Safety has requested further investigation into the case in which a sleeper bus attendant verbally attacked two foreign female tourists and asked them to leave his vehicle in Nha Trang. Following the request, the transport department in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has summoned representative of the bus operator, Viet Nhat Co., to work. “We are waiting for a more detailed report from the bus operator to decide their violations,” Nguyen Van Dan, deputy direct of the transport department, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday. Viet Nhat Co. is registered in Ho Chi Minh City and only has a branch office in Nha Trang. “So we will transfer the case to the Ho Chi Minh City transport department to give the final punishment decision,” Dan added. According to three videos posted on the Facebook of Celine Lin, a Taiwanese tourist, on July 26, an attendant of a Viet Nhat sleeper bus angrily shouted and cursed at two foreign tourists and asked them to leave the vehicle. The man, who was fired by the bus company on Thursday, was also seen grabbing a stick in an attempt to attack another foreign man in one of the video, which has been shared more than 2 million times on Facebook. The attendant has previously reported to his employer that he had lost his temper as one of the female tourists had spit into his face when they were arguing…... [read more]




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