Press Digest (January 6 to 9)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from January 6 to 9



- The Binh Thuan Province People's Committee has allowed Tran Van Tiep of Ho Chi Minh City to continue his search for 4,000 tons of gold he believes are buried in Tau Mountain until December 31. He has been allowed to use a small amount of explosives, but his actions will be monitored by the local military unit to ensure safety and prevent environmental impacts.


- Cambodia's National Assembly chairman Heng Samrin and Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An at a meeting Sunday thanked Vietnam for helping liberate their country from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, and expected the two nations to continue promoting cooperation and solidarity.    


- Police in the southern province of Dong Nai are investigating two men in Bien Hoa Town for allegedly stealing beer cans that dropped on the street from a truck last month.



- Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu, 36, a former deputy chief of risk management at Vietinbank's HCMC branch, and 22 accomplices stood trial Monday for allegedly swindling VND4 trillion (US$188 million) from nine firms, three banks, and three people.

- Officers from the Ministry of Public Security last Saturday arrested three people, including a journalist from the Ninh Binh Province radio station, for blackmailing a glass firm in Quang Nam Province by posing as Vietnam Television journalists.

- Malaysian police last weekend rescued 108 Vietnamese women aged 16 to 32 who had been tricked into working as prostitutes at a karaoke parlor and restaurant in the state of Perak. One of them had complained to the police.


- The Ministry of Information and Communications and the Dak Lak Province People's Committee are holding an exhibition of 95 Chinese and western maps, four Chinese atlases, and other documents showing Paracel (Hoang Sa) and Spratly (Truong Sa) archipelagos as belonging to Vietnam at the Dak Lak Museum from January 6 to 12.



- Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh has approved a plan to revive the issue of licenses to artists and models, which was scrapped several years ago.

- Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have arrested a local truck driver for allegedly knocking a traffic policeman off a motorbike and fatally running over him in Dau Tieng Town. The officer was chasing him for a traffic violation.


- Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang told a National Assembly session Tuesday that the government should recruit at least 1,000 more market management personnel and equip the force with more equipment to fight smuggling and distribution of fake goods. He agreed with many lawmakers that there is corruption in the force.



- The Hanoi People's Court Wednesday sentenced Duong Tu Trong, former deputy director of the Hai Phong city police department and brother of former chairman of state-owned shipping firm Vinalines, Duong Chi Dung, to 18 years in prison for helping Dung flee the country on corruption charges in 2012. Dung was sentenced to death last month for embezzlement in the purchase of a rusty and inoperable floating dock from Russia. The court demanded that an official investigation be launched into the charge of "deliberately disclosing State secrets" after Dung's testified at Trong's trial Tuesday that a Deputy Minister of Public Security informed him of his impending arrest in advance in return for $510,000.

- The Border Guard Department in the central city of Da Nang told a meeting Wednesday that it last year detected 516 incidents of Chinese fishing boats illegally operating in the city's northeast areas, a year-on-year increase of 223.

- HCMC police and market management personnel found Wednesday that over 90 percent of the goods in a shipment of ten 40-feet containers from China were imported without being declared to customs. The suspect shipment, allegedly imported by two firms in the city, had been temporarily seized soon after customs clearance at a local port on December 30.

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