Press Digest (November 18-21)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from November 18-21

NOVEMBER 18

  • TUOI TRE

- The installation of the Southeast Asia's longest undersea power cable started in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang Sunday. The 55.8-km 110kV cable, which will run from Ha Tien town to Phu Quoc Island, is set to become operational in late January and provide cheaper and more stable electricity to the island. It is Vietnam's first undersea power cable.

  • TIEN PHONG

- The Ministry of Education and Training Sunday honored 160 of more than one million teachers nationwide for their efforts and achievements on the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers' Day on November 20.

  • PHAP LUAT THANH PHO HO CHI MINH

- Police in Ho Chi Minh City arrested Ho Ngoc Nho, 18, for allegedly torturing and killing her neighbors' only child. She had been babysitting the child for four months and allegedly killed the 18-month-old boy on Saturday when she couldn't stop him from crying.

- More than 1,000 people paid requiem to traffic accident victims in HCMC last Sunday on the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which falls on the third Sunday of November each year.

  • LAO DONG

- Police in the Mekong Delta Province of Long An arrested Truong Chi Si, director of the Long An General Hospital's Contagious Department, last week for allegedly forging documents claiming that a prisoner was in the final stage of AIDS to help him get released on bail. The prisoner, formerly convicted of murder, was released and promptly arrested again on accusations of committing another crime.

NOVEMBER 19

  • TUOI TRE

- A titanium company reservoir broke in the central province of Binh Thuan Monday morning, flooding the surrounding area with red mud left over from titanium ore extraction, blocking traffic on a nearby highway for hours.

- The State Bank of Vietnam will lend companies and individuals money to buy equipment and machines for farming and fishing from next January 1. The maximum loans will cover the entire cost of the tools or machines, and the bank will charge no interest in the first two years, and only half the interest rate in the third year.

  • PHAP LUAT THANH PHO HO CHI MINH

- HCMC police earlier this month arrested four people for allegedly stealing automobile spare parts and their two accomplices, including an auto spare part shop owner, for buying and selling the stolen parts. The investigation into what has been called a "major" gang began in July.

  • CONG AN THANH PHO HO CHI MINH

- Former Vietnam Food Industries JSC board chairman and CEO Nguyen Bi and deputy CEO Nguyen Thanh Huyen will stand trial from November 21-26 in one of Vietnam's six major corruption cases scheduled to open in the fourth quarter. Bi and Huyen allegedly instructed their three subordinates to forge documents as part of an embezzlement scheme that allegedly caused losses of more than VND18.2 billion (US$862,682) to the firm and its shareholders from 2002-2006. The two company leaders are standing trial with the employees accused of being their accomplices.

NOVEMBER 20

  • TUOI TRE: The HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University Hospital has discovered a rare case of periosteum inflammation and tough skin in which the 28-year-old patient also has big extremities (hands and feet) and suffers from hepatitis B. This rare combination of the four symptoms makes his case the first-ever worldwide.
  • NGUOI LAO DONG: A fire broke out at the construction site of a famous bar at the Zone 9 Cooperative in Hanoi Tuesday afternoon, killing six of its workers. Initial information revealed that workers were welding, and the sparks set fire to some combustible materials like cotton and cloth which caused the fire.
  • PHAP LUAT THANH PHO HO CHI MINH: The Vietnamese government has issued a new decree that imposes fines of up to 30 million for various offences, including illegally hindering reporters from doing their jobs, insulting or threatening them, and deliberately damaging or illegally seize their equipment and documents. The decree is set to take effect January 1. 

NOVEMBER 21

  • TIEN PHONG: Vietnamese athletes are set to fly to Myanmar for the 27th SEA Games on November 4. Vietnam expects to earn 70 gold medals and rank third among 11 Southeast Asian countries participating in the event, which will run from December 1 to 22.
  • SAI GON GIAI PHONG: Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC) announced Wednesday that the microsatellite Pico Dragon it built had been put into orbit from the International Space Station at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday, and earth stations started receiving the first signals from the satellite four hours later.

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