Press Digest (November 25 to 28)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from November 25 to 28

NOVEMBER 25

  • TUOI TRE

- Students from Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School in Ho Chi Minh City won in the elementary category of an annual children's robotics contest held in the Philippines last Saturday.

  • NGUOI LAO DONG 

- The Ministry of Transport has sought approval for a plan to limit personal vehicles on certain streets and during certain hours in major cities like Hanoi and HCMC from next year in a bid to reduce congestion.

NOVEMBER 26

  • TUOI TRE

- Former Miss Sport Tran Thi Quynh Monday apologized to the government and people for wearing a sash with the country's name spelled as "Vietnem" in the final of the 2013 Mrs. World pageant in China last Saturday. Event chairman David Marmel and chief organizer of this year's competition, Kaman Cheng, had apologized a day earlier. 

- The historic town of Hoi An and Da Nang in central Vietnam Tuesday received the 2013 Asian Townscape Award from the UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific for their outstanding townscape.

  • NGUOI LAO DONG 

- A King Air 200 turboprop aircraft belonging to the Vietnam Air Services Company made a successful belly landing at Buon Ma Thuot Airport Monday after its landing gear failed to deploy. All nine people on board, including three pilots, were unscathed. It was making a tour to check transmission signals by airports.  

- With effect from January 10 the rate by which Electricity of Vietnam can increase prices without getting prior approval goes up to 7-10 percent from 5 percent. But it can do so only once in a six-month period, up from three months now.

  • TIEN PHONG

- Nguyen Thanh Chan, 52, has requested Party and government leaders and the Ministry of Public Security to suspend and bring criminal charges against investigators, prosecutors, and a court in Bac Giang Province for coercing him to admit to the murder of a local women. He was sentenced to life and was in jail for 10 years.

NOVEMBER 27

  • TUOI TRE

- Many lawmakers agreed at a National Assembly session Tuesday that surrogacy should be allowed on humanitarian grounds, but others remained concerned about potential problems. Legislators also discussed same-sex marriage and separation.

  • PHAP LUAT THANH PHO HO CHI MINH

- Doctors from various hospitals in HCMC Tuesday separated a pair of 14-month-old conjoined twins born to a couple in the central province of Ninh Thuan. They had been joined at the chest and belly, and it took a 12-hour surgery at the Children's Hospital No.2 to separate them.

- The construction ministry has sought approval for charging tax at 2 percent on the sale of a house rather than the current 25 percent capital gains tax, saying it is difficult to know how much the house had cost the seller.

NOVEMBER 28

  • TUOI TRE

    - The 2nd China-Vietnam Youth Gala wrapped up Wednesday in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, after four days of friendship activities in the region.

    - Individual motorbike owners who fail to transfer the ownership documents of their vehicle after a purchase will be fined VND100,000-200,000 ($4.7-9.5) from January 1, 2017, while individual car owners will receive a fine of VND1-2 million for the same violation starting in 2015. The penalties will be doubled for organizations.

    - The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Binh Thuan Province proposed that the People's Committee fine Binh Thuan Commerce and Natural Resource Investment JSC VND200 million after its reservoir cracked early last week, damaging people's homes and fields in the surrounding areas with a flood of red mud.

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