Press Digest (January 13 to 16)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from January 13 to 16

JANUARY 13

  • TUOI TRE

- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday for a three-day visit. It is his first official visit of the year.

- Police in the central province of Quang Nam are searching for the bodies of three gold miners, who were buried after an illegal mine collapsed last Friday evening.

  • LAO DONG

- The Ministry of Public Security has arrested Kieu Trong Tuyen, former deputy general director of the state-owned Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, for alleged economic mismanagement.  

JANUARY 14

  • TUOI TRE

- The Ho Chi Minh City People's Procuracy Monday sought life sentences for Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu of Vietinbank's HCMC branch, and Vo Anh Tuan, a colleague, for allegedly swindling nearly VND4 trillion (US$188 million). It also urged the court to order an investigation of two deputy directors of the branch for "dereliction of duty, causing serious consequences."

- A fisherman in Quang Ngai Province's Ly Son District has accused a Chinese surveillance ship of chasing away his boat and destroying and seizing equipment while he was fishing in Vietnam's waters off Paracel (Hoang Sa) Islands on January 2.

  • NGUOI LAO DONG

- Prosecutors in the northern province of Quang Ninh Monday recommended the death penalty for 34 of 89 defendants and life sentences for nine others in the trials of several transnational drug trafficking gangs, who were allegedly caught smuggling 12 tons of heroin. The trial is expected to finish on January 20.

  • TIEN PHONG

- Cho Ray Phnom Penh Hospital, the first cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia in the field of healthcare, was inaugurated Monday. Construction of the 200-bed hospital, which cost around US$40 million, began in May 2010. Another 300 beds will be added in a later phase.

  • PHAP LUAT THANH PHO HO CHI MINH

- Police in HCMC's District 7 Monday arrested a woman for kidnapping a newborn from a local hospital five days ago. She turned herself in with the baby boy after dozens of officers surrounded her house in Binh Chanh District. The police returned the baby to his parents soon afterwards.

  • LAO DONG

- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the Ministry of Public Security to direct the Dong Nai Province police to investigate a case in which drivers had to pay VND1.5-2.5 million to get back their driving licenses after they were seized for traffic violations. Phuc called for punishing everyone found guilty and report on the action taken to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung within the first quarter.

JANUARY 15

  • TUOI TRE

- The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has ordered travel firms to keep a closer eye on tourists traveling to Israel after the Vietnamese embassy in that country reported that 21 tourists had stayed back illegally. Four of them were arrested by local authorities and deported to Vietnam.

  • TIEN PHONG

- Dinh The Huynh, chief of the Party's Committee for Propaganda and Education, at a national conference Tuesday urged Vietnamese newspapers to not cover scandals and publish offensive images and shocking news to attract readership since this would affect the media's prestige.

JANUARY 16

  • TUOI TRE

- Construction of Vietnam's first nuclear power plant in Ninh Thuan Province may be delayed until 2020, rather than this year as planned, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told a conference on Wednesday.

- An average of 680 Vietnamese workers in Taiwan deliberately quit their contracts and illegally switch to other jobs each month, the latest statistics from the Management Board of Vietnamese Labor in Taiwan showed. The number is increasing and accounts for 16 percent of the total 119,744 Vietnamese workers in Taiwan now, it said.

  • CONG AN NHAN DAN

- A Vietnamese-American told a press conference Wednesday that she has sent complaints to Hai Duong Province police to propose they investigate the claims made by a newspaper that she often called taxi drivers to her house in the province and secretly drugged them with aphrodisiacs so they would have sex with her.

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