Press Digest (October 21-24)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from October 21-24

October 21


- Le Thi Nga, deputy chairwoman of the National Assembly's Justice Committee, said corruption at many state-owned economic groups and state corporations raises questions about responsibilities of both managerial cadre who commit violations and relevant government agencies which oversee their operations.


- Authorities have busted dozens of cases of illegal trafficking of rhino horns and elephant tusks into Vietnam in recent years.  They have confiscated more than 100 kilograms of rhino horns and thousands of kilograms of elephant tusks.


- The Ho Chi Minh City International University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has made and tested a device that will help patients check their blood pressure, cardiovascular and respiratory health at home and send the indices to doctors through a digital network. This will enable doctors to assess the health of patients and offer prescriptions. The department says the device will help reduce overloading at major hospitals in the country.

October 22


- A Vietnam Airlines aircraft that flew from Hai Phong City to Da Nang City Monday had lost one of its front landing gears, but landed safely. The problem was detected after the landing by the airport's technicians. The carrier's spokesman said it was the first-ever incident of its kind involving their fleet of ATR-72 planes.

- Ho Van Thong, deputy general director of the Binh Duong Water Supply Sewerage Environment Company, rejected Monday allegations that the highest flooding since 2000 in Binh Duong Province's Ben Cat District late Friday and early Saturday were caused by the discharge of water from two hydropower reservoirs operated by his company. He said the flooding was mainly caused by heavy rains and high tides.


- A 70-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City poured acid on his ex-wife, injuring her head and throat, then burned himself to death on Monday morning, reportedly over a conflict over properties worth more than VND30 billion ($1.42 million).

- Researchers said at a seminar that treated wastewater can be reused in daily and production activities, helping big cities like Ho Chi Minh City reduce pressure on the current water sources at risk of pollution and depletion. They said the city can save as much as VND10 billion ($474,300) a day by effectively treating and reusing wastewater.


- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told a National Assembly session opening Monday that GDP growth for the year has been revised to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent. State budget overspending, used for investment and debt repayment, is likely to reach 5.3 percent of this year's GDP, exceeding the 4.8-percent cap set by the National Assembly, he said.


- High tide on the Saigon River peaked at a 60-year high of 1.68 meters last Sunday evening. The previous record was 1.62 meters in 1961, 2012 and last Saturday. Le Thi Xuan Lan, former deputy director of the Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Station in southern Vietnam, said this new record may be broken next month.

October 23


- Hanoi police Tuesday arrested Nguyen Manh Tuong, 40, a doctor at the state-owned Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, for allegedly throwing a customer's body into the Red River. She is believed to have died at his beauty clinic after he performed liposuction and breast augmentation treatments.

- The search is still on for the front wheel of a Vietnam Airlines'ATR-72 aircraft, which was discovered missing after a flight from Hai Phong City to Da Nang City on Monday. Ho Minh Tan, a senior flight security official at the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said the aircraft's front axle will be sent to France for investigation.


- According to a report by National Assembly's Justice Committee, the number of corruption cases officially detected by various agencies is miniscule compared with the actual number. The report also says that most of the corruption cases discovered are small-scale crimes. It says punishments meted out are still light, many violations are left untried or the procedures are very slow in many cases.

October 24


- Works on the Nghi Son oil refinery started Wednesday in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa. Vietnam's second refinery, worth $9 billion, is expected to produce 10 million tons of fuel a year when it starts operations in early 2017. Nghi Son, along with the country's first refinery Dung Quat, will satisfy more than 66 percent of domestic demand for petroleum products, according to official estimations.

- According to Hanoi's health department, only 35 beauty salons in the capital city are licensed for eyelid and nose surgeries, while services such as breast augmentation, abdominal, arm or leg liposuction, are not allowed at even licensed ones, due the high possibility of complications.


- A man in the southern province of Binh Phuoc accused a group of midwives at Binh Phuoc General Hospital of negligence when helping his wife giving birth to his son. He said their untimely action led to the death of the newborn baby.

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