SOCIETY IN BRIEF 5/1
15:19 05/01/2012
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Unexploded bomb found in Dinh Lake

An unexploded bomb thought to be left over from the American War was discovered at the bottom of Dinh Lake in Ba Dinh District"s Ngoc Ha Ward yesterday, Jan 4.

The 1.2 metre bomb is the second to be found in the lake following the discovery of another similar device on January 1.

Local authorities suspended dredging operations and reported the case to the Ha Noi High Command to resolve.

Man upset with maggots in coconut cake

A man in Ho Chi Minh City was very annoyed after eating two pieces of cake and then finding many maggots in the third. He bought the cakes from a Co.op Mart supermarket in District 8.

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 5/1 The carton of coconut cakes and a piece of the cake in which Phung found about ten maggots. (Photo: VNN)

Minh Phung, a resident of District 10, told that the supermarket’s director had apologized to him after receiving his complaint, while the producer of the cakes has yet to take any action.

Phung said he recently bought a carton of Caramenl coconut cakes at a Co-op Mart supermarket on Tuy Ly Vuong Street in District 8.

As shown on its packaging, the cake was produced on November 2, 2011, and is supposed to expire on August 2, 2012.

Phung said that after he ate two pieces of the cake and was about to take a third, his wife examined some others and found 10 tiny white maggots and a black wood eater creeping out from a peanut on a piece of cake.

Phung explained that his wife is pregnant, so she often carefully examines everything she eats.

He said he had intended to buy a few cartons of the cakes as gifts to his relatives, since the product has a specific brand and looks attractive.

“I now want to make the case known to the public as a precaution to all consumers,” Phung told the newswire.

Nguyen Thi Thu Minh, director of the supermarket, told , “We have recognized Phung’s finding and have apologized to him for this unfortunate incident. After receiving his feedback, we checked all the Caramenl Coconut cakes and did not find a similar case.”

However, for the sake of consumer safety, we have suspended the sale of the cake, and asked the producer, Nhu Huong - Hue Huong Food Processing Co Ltd, to give an explanation regarding Phung’s discovery.

“The supermarket has taken specific actions in response to my feedback, while it appears that the producer is evading its responsibility, since it has yet to contact me,” Phung said.

Transformer station in Yen Bai catches fire

A 110KV transformer caught fire yesterday in the northern province of Yen Bai"s Yen Binh District, leaving the surrounding area without power for three hours.

Provincial Police mobilised six fire trucks to stamp out the fire.

The damage was estimated at VND200 million (US$9,500), according to Luong Nang Thi, head of the Fire Fighting and Prevention Department. Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Woman indicted for forcing girl to get creepy tattoos

The prosecutor’s office in Vung Tau City yesterday, Jan 4, prosecuted 33-year-old Nguyen Thi Anh, a local woman, for forcing a female employee to have centipedes tattooed on her face and bosom as a warning for the latter’s alleged affair with the former’s husband.

Anh, aka Tram Anh, who owns the Mo Neo café in the city, will be detained for two months on charges of “humiliating others,” pending a trial, said city police.

The police also arrested and indicted Nguyen Thi Huong, 21, a native of Nghe An Province who is an attendant at the café, for the same offense.

In early December 2011, 20-year-old Nguyen Thuy Ngoc, of Nghe An Province’s Nghi Loc District, told police that Tram Anh shaved her head and forced her to have a centipede tattooed on her face, and two others on her chest, after Tram Anh suspected that Ngoc had had an affair with her husband, Pham The Phong, 35.

After a month of investigation, the police recently concluded that Tram Anh and Huong were guilty of humiliating the girl.

Ngoc said she had worked for Tram Anh at her cell phone and SIM card shop at 3 Le Quang Dinh Street in Thang Nhat Ward since April 2008. Ngoc initially worked as a shop assistant, but Tram Anh later opened a café and forced her to work at the café.

“On November 26, when I was working in the café, Tram Anh came over to me and beat me. She asked me why I had had an affair with her husband. I rejected her allegation, and Tram Anh threatened to splash acid onto my face,” Ngoc said.

The next day, Tram Anh continued beating the girl, before insulting her and then shaving her head.

The following day, Huong, another attendant at the café, told Ngoc that Tram Anh had ordered that Ngoc choose one of two punishments: having three centipedes tattooed on her face and bosom, or having acid splashed onto her face.

Ngoc had no other choice but to choose the tattoos, after which Tram Anh ordered Huong to take Ngoc to a tattoo shop in Ward 2, and said she could go home after the tattooing was complete.

Ngoc returned to Nghe An on November 28 and recounted her treatment to her mother, Tran Thi Hoa, who later reported the events to police in both Nghe An and Vung Tau.

Three people die in car

Three people died and four others injured when a car hit a road-safety barrier on National Highway 2 yesterday, Jan 4.

The car was en route from Ha Giang City to Thanh Thuy National border gate in Vi Xuyen District in Ha Giang Province yesterday.

The injured are being treated at Ha Giang General Hospital.

Police are investigating.

Hanoi man burns self due to debts

Police have discovered that the man who burned himself on An Duong Vuong Street in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District last Tuesday afternoon did so because he was heavily indebted.

Police found that the passport left at the scene of the accident belonged to the man. He is Ho Thanh Hung (34) from Da Nang, and resided in Dong Da District.

According to the testimonies of those who know Hung, he went home that day and got a plastic can. He told everyone it was to take some wine from a colleague. However, Hung did not go back work, and probably bought petrol from a gas station.

Later he rode his Attila bike to An Duong Vuong Street, poured petrol all over his body, and set himself on fire.

Hung’s brother, Ho Thanh Nam (36), said he had been addicted to gambling and betting, and owed money to a lot of people.

In 2009, Hung married an accountant, though they have no children.

Recently, his mother complained that he was not concentrating on work. He continued to drown in gambling, and did not give any of his salary to his wife.

Nam guessed that Hung committed suicide because he was so heavily indebted and could not keep calm.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the case.

Stream blocked at Thac Chuoi reservoir

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the central province of Quang Binh successfully blocked off a stream yesterday so work can begin on the Thac Chuoi Reservoir in Bo Trach District"s Phu Dinh Commune.

The reservoir will have an estimated capacity of 32 million cubic metres, with total investment of VND367 billion (US$17.5 million). The reservoir will supply water to 2,000ha of paddy fields, 600ha of farmland and 300ha of acquaculture ponds. It will also be used to monitor irrigation during the dry season.

According to Phan Van Khoa, director of the department, blocking the stream would allow work to be operational more quickly. The project is expected to be operational at the end of this year, three months ahead of schedule.

Gamblers seized for cheating businessman out of $21,000

Police in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, Jan 4, arrested five members of a gambling gang that cheated a real estate investor, N.V.V, from Binh Phuoc Province, out of VND450 million (US$21,400).

The two ringleaders are Bui Van Thuy, 38, of Hung Yen Province, and Nguyen Van Kim, 51, from Hai Phong City.

The three other detained members are Nguyen Van Dai, 45, of Hai Phong, Vu Huu Xo, 45, also of Hai Phong, and Le Dinh Bon, 46, of Dac Nong Province.

Dai and Xo were arrested while receiving VND100 million ($4,700) from V, a real estate trader who arrived in HCMC on a business trip, at a café in Binh Tan District.

From the two men’s confession, the police later seized Thuy, Kim and Bon at Ngoc Thanh Hotel in Go Vap District.

The ring confessed to the police that they began their fraudulent gambling activities in November 2011, and that V. was their latest victim.

The cheaters sought ways to make acquaintances with businessmen, telling them that they could arrange for them to meet another “businessman” - in fact, a gambling ring member - to discuss business issues of their interest.

When a victim agreed, they would invite him to a place to meet the “businessman,” who was playing “phỏm”, a Rummy-style game, with others.

The victim would then be lured to gamble, and the cons would first let him win a few games and later use tricks to win a large amount from him. If the loser could not pay them right away, they would force him to write a promissory note.

If the loser was unable to repay their “debt”, the ring would seize their properties.

Through such a trick, the ring won VND450 million from V. and forced him to pay his debt. After V. paid VND100 million to the cheaters, they asked him to pay the entire remaining amount to them soon.

V. recently reported their acts to police and then told the ring to come to a café to get another VND100 million. As Xo and Dai were receiving the money, the police rushed in and seized them.

Based on evidence gained from the testimonies of the five scammers, the police are hunting for numerous other members of the ring.

Check on street ads in Ha Noi

The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communications has ordered districts in the city to check phone numbers used in illegal advertisements in an effort to clean up the streets.

City authorities also asked telecom providers to cancel the phone numbers used for illegal ads.

To date, nearly 2,000 phone numbers have been stopped and about 700 boards for free ads erected in local districts.

Foreign-funded project modernizes VN’s land management

A project sponsored by the World Bank and the Embassy of New Zealand has been developing the most complete and modern land management system for Vietnam.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Manh Hien, made the assessment at a conference to sum up the three-year implementation of the Vietnam Land Administration Project (VLAP) in Hanoi on Jan. 4.

This is a “golden chance” for Vietnam’s land administration sector, said Hien, who is head of the project steering committee.

However, he noted that the project should focus on finalizing a land database as an important foundation for the building of a modern land administration model.

Heather Riddell, a representative from the New Zealand Embassy, said New Zealand is ready to further support Vietnam in completing its land management system.

She shared views with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) on the need to build a modern land administration system based on a uniform land database from the central to local levels.

The VLAP has been implemented between 2008-2013 in nine localities, including Hanoi and Hung Yen, Thai Binh, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Ben Tre provinces.

To date, the project has completed surveying and mapping on nearly 400,000 ha of land.

Localities urged to enhance HIV/AIDS control

Health Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Long has asked provinces and cities nationwide to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention measures, especially improving the capacity of HIV/AIDS prevention centers.

Long made the request at a conference to review HIV/AIDS prevention work in 2011 and launch plans for 2012 in the northern province of Ninh Binh on January 4.

This year, localities should focus on education and communication campaigns to get high-risk people change behaviors, close monitoring of the epidemic and the treatment, and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, he said.

Provinces and cities must strive to provide 55 percent of people in the 15 to 49 age group with correct information on HIV/AIDS prevention and keep the rate of HIV carriers at under 0.3 percent by 2015, he added.

According to the Deputy Minister, in recent years, Vietnam has recorded decreases in the numbers of HIV-infected people, AIDS patients and deaths of the disease.

However, he noted that the epidemic still sees complicated developments as unsafe sexual relations, especially among gays, are increasing in some localities and people in remote areas are poorly aware of HIV/AIDS.

By September 2011, Vietnam reported 193,350 alive HIV carriers, including 47,030 AIDS patients. More than 51,300 people had already died of the disease.

VNN/VOV/VNS/Tuoi Tre

Source Vietnamnet

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