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Inspectors uncover mishandling of $3b

VietNamNet Bridge – Last year, inspectors detected economic violations involving more than VND67.7 trillion (US$3 billion) and a total of 192 individuals. They are all under police investigation for alleged wrongdoings. Last year, inspectors detected economic violations involving more than VND67.7 trillion (US$3 billion) and a total of 192 individuals. They are all under police ... Read More »

6,000 children get free heart surgery

The 6,000th child with heart diseases has just received free surgery under a programme funded by VinaCapital Foundation, said CEO of the foundation Robin King Austin on January 16. The heart surgery programme has benefited 6,000 disadvantaged children over the past 11 years  The child is Truong Thi My Yen, 5, from the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.  Truong ... Read More »

Thousands of cancer patients face drug shortage

Thousands of patients are facing a shortage of expensive Glivec and Tasigna anti-cancer drugs because of cumbersome procedures. Cancer patients being treated at a hospital in Vietnam. Photo by Laodong The Vietnam Patient Assistance Programme 2 was started on January 1, 2015, and scheduled to end on December 31, 2019.  Patients must have paid insurance for over 36 consecutive months ... Read More »

Northern hospitals brace for freezing temperatures

VietNamNet Bridge – At the corner of Bach Mai Hospital’s lobby in Hanoi, relatives of patients shiver with every gust of wind, even under their thick blankets. The recent chill is making their time as hospital visitors even more difficult. Patients use blankets to keep warm while receiving treatment at the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. The strong cold snap ... Read More »

Defendants in PVC trial have final say before verdict consideration

Defendants in the first-instance trial on several charges of wrongdoings at the PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation (PVC) had the final say on January 17 morning before the judging council deliberates the verdict. Dinh La Thang, former Chairman of the Member Council of PetroVietnam, has the final say on January 17 morning before the judging council deliberates the verdict Dinh ... Read More »

Scaffold collapse kills three, injuries three in Hanoi

A scaffold suddenly collapsed at a construction site in Hanoi, leaving three dead and injuring three others. The accident happened at the early morning of January 17 at the construction site of a parking lot on To Huu Street, Dai Mo Ward in Tu Liem District while 19 workers were on site. Among those, 12 were working on the scaffold ... Read More »

Former BIDV chair still absent at corruption trial as he seeks medical care in Singapore

VietNamNet Bridge – Tran Bac Ha, former chairman of Viet Nam Bank for Investment and Development’s (BIDV) board of directors had yet to appear in court for the trial yesterday of Pham Cong Danh, ex-chairman of Viet Nam Construction Bank’s (VNCB) board of directors, who has been charged with “deliberately violating State regulations on economic management causing severe consequences”. Tran ... Read More »

Central coastal fishermen leave the sea

VietNamNet Bridge – Hundreds of young men in the coastal villages around Da Nang City have given up off-shore fishing to work as taxi drivers, another sign that the traditional way of life in the central coast is changing fast, the Lao dong (Labour) newspaper reports. Nam O coastal village in Da Nang City is struggling for survival amid the ... Read More »

S Korea, Da Nang agree to develop urban railway system

The central city’s transport department and South Korea’s Seoul Metro corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in urban railway development and public traffic research at a ceremony yesterday. Representatives of Da Nang’s Transport Department and Seoul Metro Corporation of South Korea sign a Memorandum of Understanding on urban railway development and research in Da Nang yesterday.  The MoU will ... Read More »

Hanoi to use QR code to trace fruit origins

Hanoi plans to launch a pilot programme on using technology to trace the origins of agricultural products in an effort to ensure consumer health.  Hanoi will use quick response (QR) code plastering application to provide information about fruits at shops in the city starting this year. (Photo: vinachg.vn) According to the plan issued by the Hanoi People’s Committee, starting this ... Read More »