Online gambling ring broken up in Bac NinhAn online gambling ring involving over VNĐ152 billion (US$6.6 million) was busted on Monday in Que Vo District of northern Bac Ninh Province. These people opened accounts on a gambling website and exchanged real cash for virtual money to gamble. VNĐ1 million ($44) of real cash is exchanged for VNĐ1.1 million ($47) of virtual money. Virtual money won in the games is then exchanged for real money. The police seized more than VNĐ1 trillion ($43.9 million) from the gambling ring, and found that an estimated $3.6 million in foreign currencies was transferred to overseas accounts.
May 16, 2018 07:30 UTC
North Korea threatens to cancel Trump summitNorth Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons. But in an angry statement, North Korea's vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring sinister intentions. The groundbreaking agreement for Mr Kim and Mr Trump to meet came about as North Korea said it was committed to denuclearising the Korean peninsula. Hours before the announcement, in a sign of growing problems, North Korea had also pulled out of a meeting scheduled with South Korea on Wednesday. He's said previously it would be "perfectly legitimate" to carry out a pre-emptive strike on North Korea.
May 16, 2018 07:18 UTC
Import cars arrive, but only from Thailand, IndonesiaVietNamNet Bridge - Only Thailand and Indonesia have adjusted their regulations to satisfy Vietnam’s requirements to export cars to Vietnam. Import cars arrive, but only from Thailand and IndonesiaIn the last four months, since the day the decree took effect on January 1, 2018, car arrivals have been very modest. Some automobile companies said cars would only arrive by the end of the year. Toyota Vietnam has confirmed it will begin importing its cars from Thailand and Indonesia soon to sell in the domestic market. It is expected that other automobile manufacturers will follow Honda to import cars from Thailand and Indonesia.
May 16, 2018 07:18 UTC
Japan's economy shrinks for first time in two yearsJapan's economy shrank in the first quarter of 2018 for the first time in two years, ending the longest stretch of economic growth since the 1980s. Private consumption and capital expenditure slowed during the January to March quarter, which analysts said dragged down the economy. Annualised growth rates refer to the growth rate for one year, calculated using the rate for one quarter. Behind the numbersPrivate consumption accounts for about 60% of Japan's economic activity, but the country also relies on its exports of electronics, among other products, to fuel its economy. "Globally, IT-related items have been in an adjustment phase, which weighed down Japan's exports and factory output," said SMBC Nikko Securities economist Yoshimasa Maruyama.
May 16, 2018 06:45 UTC
Hanoi to crackdown on delayed projectsThe Hanoi People’s Council has urged authorities of the two districts of Ba Vi and Hoai Duc in coordination with the city’s related agencies to intensify the inspection of long-delayed construction projects and revoke the credentials of those which are violating the Land Law. A design of Tan Vien Luxury International Tourist Resort project in Ba Vi District. According to Nguyen Dinh Dan, vice chairman of Ba Vi District’s People’ Committee, the district has five projects which haven’t been implemented due to obstacles in land clearance. The district’s People’s Committee has proposed the city authority review the investor’s competence. Despite the fact that land has been allocated for land clearance work, the projects have been delayed for a long time because of investors’ incompetence.
May 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
8% of couples face infertilityVietNamNet Bridge – The country’s infertility rate currently stands at about 8 per cent of Vietnamese couples, experts say, indicating that infertility is a major task for the obstetrics and gynecology sector in Vietnam. The figure of 8 per cent means that at present one million Vietnamese couples are struggling with infertility. This increases the risk that they will turn to unsafe or unlicenced practitioners, where one of the complications they may face is infertility. Among the one million infertile Vietnamese couples, 50 per cent are under the age of 30. The National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Infertility Department reported that 10 years ago, the department only received two to three couples per day with problems related to infertility.
May 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
International watercolour exhibition opens in HCM CityAn international watercolour exhibition opened in Ho Chi Minh City on May 15, displaying 74 works of 55 painters. Visitors at the exhibitionThe Saigon International Watercolour Exhibition, organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, also introduces 11 watercolour paintings by nine painters from countries and territories, including Myanmar, Turkey, the Philippines, Taiwan (China), Malaysia and Thailand. The works focus landscapes and people of Vietnam as well as the country’s customs. Addressing the opening ceremony, Siu Quy, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association, highlighted the works on display, saying that they get high appreciation from the municipal Fine Arts Association’s advisory board. Also at the event, the organising board reviewed the outcome of the watercolour creation camp held by the city’s association in Ha Giang province early April.
APICTA urged to share e-government experiences with VietnamDeputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has suggested the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) share with Vietnam experiences in building e-government and e-administration accumulated from its members such as Australia, Singapore and Japan. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (R) receives Chairman of APICTA Stan Singh (Source: VGP)Deputy PM Dam made the suggestion while hosting a reception in Hanoi on May 15 for an APICTA delegation, led by its Chairman Stan Singh, who have been on a working visit to Vietnam. The hosting of the APICTA Awards in 2019 will serve as a chance for Vietnam to introduce its IT development and facilitate partnerships between domestic businesses and international partners, Dam said. The VINASA brought the best Vietnamese IT products and services to the APICTA Awards two years ago. The APICTA Awards 2018 will be held in China’s Guangzhou province in October.-VNA
India’s largest airline plans new air route to VietnamIndian carrier IndiGo Airlines has plans to launch services to 24 new international destinations, including Vietnam, in the next 18 months. From March 2019 to October 2019, the airline will open routes to Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Myanmar, Switzerland, Thailand and China. Currently, IndiGo Airlines is operating international routes to Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. In March 2018, the first direct air route, run by Vietjet Air connecting Ho Chi Minh City and India’s New Delhi was launched during President Tran Dai Quang’s visit to India, with four flights a week. India is now one of the 10 leading trade partners of Vietnam while Vietnam is the fourth biggest trade partner of India in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).-VNA
Summer Volunteer Campaign to kick off in JuneThe Secretariat of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s Central Committee announced its plan for the upcoming summer voluntary campaign, which runs from June 3 to August 31. The campaign will feature various programmes, including supporting candidates for national university entrance exams, building public facilities and joining blood donation events, among others. The localities set to benefit are disadvantages districts, islands, border communes and polluted areas across 28 coastal provinces and cities. The three-month campaign aims to fix 1,000 km and build 120 km of rural roads, keep 100 clean streets in urban areas and offer free medicine and treatment to 500,000 people. The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union has made the summer voluntary campaign an annual activity.-VNA
May 16, 2018 04:07 UTC
1% of GDP may be affected if foreign firms forced to locate servers in VietnamVietNamNet Bridge - The data relocation and regulation that requires foreign firms to set up data centers in Vietnam remains the most controversial issue of the draft cybersecurity law. Some experts say data localization may not be good for network securityThe latest draft law doesn’t clearly state that businesses must have their servers in Vietnam, but says the data originating from Vietnam must be managed in Vietnam. Lawyer Nguyen Tien Lap from NHQuang & Associates Law Office referred to the enacted Law on Information Security to find similarities mentioned in both the law and the draft Cyber Security Law. The Draft Law on Cyber Security says Vietnam prioritizes supporting the network security related to socio-economic development, security, national defense and foreign affairs. The businesses providing network security products and services and anti-virus services will bear direct impact from the law.
May 16, 2018 03:45 UTC
Don’t let Cat Ba follow Ha Long Bay’s development path: expertVietNamNet Bridge - Blessed by nature, Vietnam has many special landscapes and rich biodiversity. Ha Long has changed a lot since 1994, when it was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Cat Ba langurs are put under strict protection at Cat Ba National Park. Mai Sy Luan from the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Program said in 2012, to relocate two isolated langurs on a small island to the conservation center on Cat Ba, 10 officers had to keep watch over the langur hole for 10 days. Vietnam should not let Cat Ba follow the way of Ha Long, the analyst said.
May 16, 2018 03:45 UTC
Vietnamese parents rush to register children for summer campsVietNamNet Bridge - As the summer holiday begins in late May, life-skill training centers have launched summer camp programs with very attractive offers. English summer camps attracts parents and childrenAs the summer holiday begins in late May, life-skill training centers have launched summer camp programs with very attractive offers. “I feel that my kids lack life skills, which are not taught at school.”Hoa also hopes that by attending summer camps, her kids would have opportunities to make new friends.English summer camps also draw special attention from students and their parents, though most of the courses are expensive.One training center has launched an eight-week English summer camp which aims to help children practice English. However, she is still willing to pay to help her children have a good time.“My children are excited about the summer camp. RELATED NEWSExtracurricular classes for kids during summerVietnamese children have few places to play during summer holidayChi Mai
May 16, 2018 03:22 UTC
Vietnam’s taxi firms gear up for ride hailing appsVietNamNet Bridge - As Uber has lost to Grab in Vietnam and has left the market, Vietnamese are taking advantage of a golden opportunity to jump into the ride-hailing market. Trying to support Vietnamese businesses, hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded the apps. Trying to support Vietnamese businesses, hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded the apps. It is very costly to develop a professional ride hailing app. There are hundreds of ride hailing apps on the App Store, but most do not satisfy users’ requirements.
May 16, 2018 03:22 UTC
Vietnam attends ESCAP’s 74th session in BangkokDeputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc has led a Vietnamese delegation to the 74th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 11-16. Speaking at a discussion relating to policies to address inequality in Asia-Pacific, Ngoc said to deal with this issue, it is necessary to maintain a peaceful and stable environment based on international law. High political determination is essential to improve institutions and policies and turn the viewpoint of sustainable development into a long-term and regular orientation as well as integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into all national people-centered strategies and programmes, he stressed. While discussing the multilateralism in Asia-Pacific, Ngoc said no single country could address global issues without multilateral approach. Vietnam is committed to coordinating closely with members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum to implement programmes strengthening regional economic integration, promoting economic, financial and social development, and developing human resources in the digital era.
May 16, 2018 02:03 UTC