Employees to take eight days off for upcoming holidays The Saigon Times Daily People in tradtiional costumes perform a ritual to mark Hung Kings’ death anniversary in HCMC in this file photo. Public employees and workers will have a total of eight days off during the upcoming holidays this year – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – State employees and workers will have eight days off in total during the upcoming holidays such as the Hung Kings’ death anniversary, Reunification Day and International Labor Day, Nguoi Lao Dong Online reported, citing an announcement by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. On the occasion of the Hung Kings’ death anniversary, public officials, employees working in State agencies and for civil service providers with the Vietnam Communist Party or the Government and state-funded social and political organizations will be given three days off from April 13 to April 15. As for this year’s Reunification Day and International Labor Day, employees and workers can enjoy a five-day break, including Saturday and Sunday, lasting from April 27 to May 1, and they will have to work on Saturday (May 4) as compensation. The ministry noted that State agencies and organizations subject to the announcement should assign personnel appropriately to handle the workload and ensure the nonstop provision of public services for local residents during the holidays. Agencies that do not typically have days off on Saturdays and Sundays will arrange the holiday break according to their business plans.
Smuggled poultry risk spread of diseases By Thuy Dung A conference on the control of epidemics involving terrestrial animals in the northern region – PHOTO: THUY DUNG HANOI – Poultry and cattle smuggled into Vietnam can potentially trigger an outbreak of infectious diseases, such as H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu and African hog cholera, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien. At a conference today, February 15, on the prevention and control of epidemics involving terrestrial animals in the northern region, Tien said that bird flu has been reported in 31 countries and territories, while African hog cholera has been found in 21 countries. In neighboring China, up to 105 outbreaks in 25 provinces have been detected. Meanwhile, more than 10,000 people in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh Province travel daily between the two countries. They can bring home with them dangerous viruses that can spread diseases. According to the Department of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Government has banned the transport, trade, slaughter and consumption of pigs and pork with unclear origins. As of February 14, H5N1 bird flu had been identified in two households in the Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa provinces. The two provinces’ governments and specialized agencies quickly culled more than 8,800 chickens and cleaned the farms, Tien said. In addition, more than 750 pigs were found to be infected with foot-and-mouth disease, of which 679 pigs were culled, mainly in the Lang Son, Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen,… [Read full story]
HCMC to inspect transport firms The Saigon Times Daily Traffic police officers check whether a bus driver has consumed alcohol. HCMC will set up a team to inspect all transport firms in the city – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – The HCMC government has assigned the municipal Traffic Safety Committee to establish an inspection team to look into compliance with regulations on traffic safety across all transport business operators in the city, the Government news website reported. This quarter, the team will inspect firms whose vehicles were involved in accidents last year. It will also coordinate with the municipal Department of Health to draw up a detailed plan on drivers’ health checks in the next quarter. Meanwhile, the municipal Department of Transport will team up with the governments of districts to require the management boards of coach stations and parking lots in the city to cooperate with the inspection team while it is on duty. The HCMC Traffic Safety Committee was assigned to coordinate with the Departments of Transport and Police as well as other relevant units to propose a traffic safety plan for this year. In related news, traffic police officers of Ngoc Hoi District of the Central Highlands Province of Kon Tum today, February 13, intercepted a 42-seat coach transporting 60 passengers from Ha Tinh to HCMC, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper reported, citing Colonel Le Dinh Toan, head of Kon Tum Traffic Police. In addition, the coach’s driver, 31, tested positive for drugs after undergoing tests at Ngoc Hoi… [Read full story]
VECE rushes to explain source of cash after tollgate robbery The Saigon Times Daily Tollgate robbery suspects Tran Tuan Anh and Nguyen Vu Hoang Nam – PHOTO: COURTESTY OF POLICE HCMC – After news reports said that VECE, which manages HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, lost VND2.22 billion in a recent armed tollgate robbery, social media has speculated that that amount came from a single shift, meaning the expressway is earning the company colossal revenues. But VECE has denied it. A Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VECE) source was quoted by the local news website Zing.vn as saying that the VND2.22 billion robbed by two men who were later identified as former VECE employees was the revenue made from multiple days rather than a single shift. There is speculation on social media that the robbery at the Dau Giay toll station on the expressway which connects HCMC and neighboring Dong Nai Province had exposed how much the company earns each day. Social media said the company’s reports had put daily toll revenue at a mere VND1 billion, so these reports might have been falsified. In the recent past, the local media suspected that tollgate operators in many parts of the nation had intentionally delayed installing automatic toll collection systems in a bid to hide their revenues and evade taxes. Late last month the Ministry of Transport told the Vietnam Directorate for Roads to launch periodic and unannounced inspections into toll fee collections at build-operate-transfer (BOT) road tollgates. According to the Vietnam… [Read full story]
Former military official faces fresh charge By Thanh Thom Former military official Dinh Ngoc He, alias Bald Ut, stands at a court in Hanoi City in November 2018 – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Former senior lieutenant colonel Dinh Ngoc He, alias Bald Ut, faces an additional charge of abuse of power at a company under the Defense Ministry where he used to serve as its leader. The Ministry of Public Security said in a January 31 statement on its website that its investigators are looking into the wrongdoings related to the 48-year-old Dinh Ngoc He at Thai Son Development and Investment JSC in Hanoi City. Having secured further evidence, investigators on January 29 decided to bring criminal proceedings against Bald Ut, who served as former chairman and general director of the company, on the charge of abusing position and power to influence others for personal gain, in line with the 2015 Penal Code. Last July, he was given a total of 12 years behind bars for abusing his power and using fake documents to defraud agencies and organizations. During the 2011-2016 period, he abused his authority as the representative of Thai Son Corporation’s stake in Thai Son JSC, as well as his role as chairman and general director of this company, to falsify reports on its operations and make false claims of its functions and tasks to win contracts in key national projects. He also instructed his subordinates to obtain military and State number plates for the company’s cars, and… [Read full story]
Former top cops face prison sentences of 30-42 months The Saigon Times Daily Bui Van Thanh, former deputy minister of public security, stands at the courtroom while Phan Van Anh Vu sits at the left – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Two former deputy ministers at the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) are facing prison sentences of 2.5 years and 3.5 years for their alleged involvement in the illegal sale of State-owned properties in Danang and HCMC, as part of a broader probe into former property magnate and intelligence officer Phan Van Anh Vu, 44, alias Vu Nhom. The Hanoi People’s Procuracy said at the court today, January 29, that there is sufficient evidence to prove the negligence of the former MPS leaders – Bui Van Thanh, 60, and Tran Viet Tan, 64 – leading to serious consequences, reported Tuoi Tre Online newspaper. Primarily, the duo failed to oversee Vu; as a result, this individual took over seven projects for public apartments and land lots at prime locations in the two major cities in violation of prevailing regulations. In a previous session of the hearing, Thanh, who served as a deputy minister of the MPS between 2014 and 2018, admitted his violations as stated in the indictment and proposed the panel of judges consider the additional causes and circumstances of the case. Thanh was in charge of the General Department of Logistics and Engineering – an agency responsible for the management of public housing and land at the MPS. Despite never… [Read full story]
Executive of Thu Thiem project management board dies The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – A deputy head of the planning management division under the Thu Thiem New Urban Area Management Board was found dead today, January 28. He reportedly fell from the ninth floor of the management board’s head office at 255 Tran Hung Dao Street in District 1, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper reported. Other executives of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area Management Board found the deceased’s notebook near the staircase banister of the building’s ninth floor. A representative of the management board stated that the deceased had shown signs of depression before his death. He had repeatedly tendered his resignation from the Thu Thiem New Urban Area Management Board due to personal reasons. The police of District 1 is carrying out an investigation into the cause of his death.
Former HCMC vice chairman detained The Saigon Times Daily L-R: Nguyen Huu Tin, Truong Van Ut, Dao Anh Kiet – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY HCMC – The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) issued a decision on November 19 to prosecute and detain Nguyen Huu Tin, 61, former vice chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, and other individuals for their alleged wrongdoing in a case related to business tycoon Phan Van Anh Vu, alias Vu Nhom, local media reported. The ministry’s Investigation Police Office (C01) has expanded its investigation into cases called “Violations of the regulations on the management and use of State assets, causing losses and wastefulness” under Article 219 of the 2015 Penal Code, and “Violations of the regulations on the management and use of land,” in line with Article 229 of the Penal Code. These cases are related to Danang-based Vu Nhom and a prime location at No.2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street in HCMC’s District 1. Additionally, the police agency decided to also charge Dao Anh Kiet, 61, former director of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Truong Van Ut, current deputy head of the Land Management Division at the department. Police are conducting an extensive investigation into these cases, as they inspect all violations of individuals at the departments and agencies in line with prevailing regulations. On September 18, police, while looking into other violations committed by Vu Nhom and individuals in the central coastal city of Danang and HCMC, decided to launch… [Read full story]
Two Dutch visitors drowned at Lang Co Beach The Saigon Times Daily Lang Co Beach in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien-Hue Province – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Two Dutch tourists drowned at the central coastal area of Lang Co Beach in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien-Hue Province on November 18, Thanh Nien newspaper reported. The two male tourists were identified as Dirk Wapstra and Amoldus Cornelis Joannes Goedhart. They were part of a group of 21 Dutch visitors who had traveled to Hue City for sightseeing on Sunday, November 18, from Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, according to an initial investigation by the Thua Thien-Hue Investigative Police agency. The two men apparently drowned at Lang Co Beach, having arrived there at around 11:15a.m. on the same day. Goedhart was washed ashore on the beach, but had died, while Wapstra was carried away by strong waves and his body was later pulled out of the sea by local fishermen. The two victims were dead due to drowning. No criminal acts have been discovered, local officials confirmed in a statement. Earlier, the group was warned about the rough seas as they registered at the Lang Co Eco Resort, but they ignored the warning. Rescue workers and local residents made great efforts, but were unable to save the men. Agencies in Thua Thien Hua had completed legal procedures involving the case as of on today, November 19.
Indian President visits Danang museum The Saigon Times Daily Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, his wife and representatives look at a sculpture at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture on November 19 – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife visited the Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture on November 19 during his three-day State visit to Vietnam, at the invitation of President Nguyen Phu Trong, VietnamPlus news site reported. After visiting the Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture, the Indian President, accompanied by his delegation, also visited the UNESCO world heritage My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province, which is considered a business gateway for many countries. At a meeting with the Indian President, Nguyen Ngoc Quang, Secretary of the Party Committee of Quang Nam Province, expressed the province’s hope for continuing to receive support from the Indian Government for protecting and renovating cultural relics, alongside a wish for a good trip in Vietnam to the president. It is reported that the Danang Museum of Cham Sculpture and the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology in India have signed a memorandum of understanding on the compilation and publication of the catalogue “Cham Sculpture of Vietnam and the relationship with Indian art,” with an aim to study 50 sculptures in the collection of the Danang museum. In addition, the museum is cooperating with the National Museum of India in studying and compiling a book, which is expected to be printed in India… [Read full story]