Press Digest (February 10 to 13)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from February 10 to 13

FEBRUARY 10

  • TUOI TRE

- The Ministry of Information and Communications has allowed the Voice of Vietnam to broadcast a special channel that focuses on the activities of the National Assembly, Vietnam’s legislature, and its agencies, said the radio station’s general director Nguyen Dang Tien.

- The Supreme People’s Procuracy, Vietnam’s highest prosecutor’s office, has ratified charges against Pham Trung Cang, former deputy board chairman of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), and Huynh Quang Tuan, a board member and deputy general director, for economic mismanagement. They were accused of colluding with Nguyen Duc Kien, ACB’s former deputy board chairman and co-founder, and six other accomplices in a financial scam that caused a total loss of nearly VND1.7 trillion (US$79.9 million) to ACB, other banks and firms.

FEBRUARY 11

  • TUOI TRE

- Head of the Supreme People’s Procuracy Nguyen Hoa Binh Monday ordered the Institute of Prosecution Rights Practice and Appellate Trials Control in Ho Chi Minh City to check if there were any other cases of wrong convictions like that of Nguyen Thanh Chan, who made headlines when he was exonerated after serving ten years of a life sentence.

  • SAI GON GIAI PHONG

- Quarantine centers in Lao Cai and Lang Son provinces, which border China, have stepped up various measures to prevent the spread of bird flu strain H7N9 to Vietnam, including installing machines to measure the temperatures of those who cross the China-Vietnam border. Tran Dac Phu, director of the Ministry of Health’s Preventive Health Department, said Monday that Vietnam has yet to record any H7N9 cases in humans and poultry, but there is still a high possibility that the virus will spread here as the number of cases in China has increased dramatically over the last month, including many new cases in Guangdong, which many Vietnamese regularly visit for tourism and trade.

FEBRUARY 12

  • NGUOI LAO DONG

- Head of the UNESCO office in Vietnam Katherine Muller- Marin handed over to Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh a certificate recognizing don ca tai tu, or traditional southern Vietnamese music, as a world intangible heritage, at the Independence Palace in HCMC on Tuesday.

- Hi-tech Security Investment and Development Company (CNC) has filed complaints to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the hi-tech crime investigation division at Ministry of Public Security against YouTube for allowing the broadcast of Vietnam Television’s Gap nhau cuoi nam (End of Year Gathering gala) on the site, said CNC. The firm, which holds the exclusive copyright to the program, asked the video-sharing site to compensate it for losses due to the infringement. The program’s videos have been removed from YouTube and the posters’ accounts have been blocked.

  • TIEN PHONG

- Two Vietnamese men will stand trial on February 27 for allegedly killing five wood hunters they held for ransom last year, said Le Hong Quang, presiding judge at Quang Tri Province People’s Court Tuesday. Their Vietnamese-Laotian accomplice will be tried by Laotian authorities in a separate case.

FEBRUARY 13

  • TUOI TRE

- Police in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have arrested Giang Hoang Phuoc, 53, a journalist at the Finance Ministry-run Thoi Bao Tai Chinh Viet Nam, who allegedly confessed that he contacted with 57 firms in Mekong Delta region to request them make advertisements on the newspaper, but used more than VND91 million ($4,277) he got for own spending.

  • TIEN PHONG

- The UNESCO Clubs Association in Hanoi and Hanoi-based design company Circle Group are exhibiting the four finished statues of four Vietnamese generals – Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Hung Dao, Emperor Quang Trung, and Vo Nguyen Giap – at the Vietnam Military History Museum to collect more public opinions before producing a mass of souvenir statues for sale. The exhibition is expected to last until February 24.

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