The Saigon Times Daily
Check ordered into deputy trade minister’s assets
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has ordered a check into assets and shares worth hundreds of billions of Vietnam dong owned by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa and her relatives as reported by local media in recent days.
The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission is told to coordinate with the ministries of planning-investment, finance and industry-trade, the Government Inspectorate and relevant agencies to urgently verify media reports about the huge assets of Thoa and her relatives as well as her assets declarations in the past years. Results of the inspection should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee soon.
The Party committee of the Government is requested to urge agencies to review relevant regulations and propose ways to improve management and prevent losses of State assets, corruption and group interest related to the equitization of State-owned enterprises.
Vietnam working with Malaysia over death of North Korean
Vietnamese authorities are working closely with the Malaysia side to clarify news reports about the death of Kim Jong Nam, the elder brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Kim Jong Nam was reportedly assassinated in Malaysia and used a passport with the name of Kim Chol, Foreign Ministry deputy spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Tra said in a statement issued yesterday in reply to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s reaction to the incident.
Tra said Vietnam is willing to cooperate with other countries in preventing and combating all kinds of crime. Vietnam strongly condemned criminal acts under any form and for any purpose.
Former leader of Vinashinlines stands trial
The Hanoi People’s Court yesterday started a hearing of embezzlement with the involvement of a former general director of Vinashin Ocean Shipping Co Ltd (Vinashinlines), which is awaiting bankruptcy procedures, according to VietnamPlus. In addition to Tran Van Liem, 62, other defendants who face charges of embezzlement include former chief accountant of Vinashinlines Tran Van Khuong, 61, and former acting head of the State-owned enterprise’s sales department Giang Kim Dat, 37.
The prosecution alleged Liem and his accomplices had abused their power to appropriate more than VND260 billion (around US$11.4 million) from Vinashinlines through contracts from 2006 to 2008. Of the total, Liem got VND3.1 billion, Dat more than VND255 billion and Khuong US$110,000.
The first instance trial is scheduled to last four days.
Danang airport to open new terminal in March
Contractors have sped up construction of a new passenger terminal at Danang airport so that the facility will be opened to international flights on March 29, the Vietnam News Agency reported. The terminal is one of Danang’s key projects implemented to better serve delegates of APEC meetings 2017 that will be held in the central city later this year.
Currently, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam is building a VIP lounge at Danang International Airport to welcome delegates to the APEC meetings.
The Danang International Terminal Investment Company started work on the project in November 2015 and 80% of it is complete. The terminal costs more than VND3.5 trillion (around US$154 million) and has total floor space of 48,000 square meters.
Food poisoning hits 87 people in Ha Giang
Food poisoning struck 87 people after a wedding party in Dan Van Commune, Hoang Su Phi District in Ha Giang Province. The wedding party took place in Thuong 3 Village in the northern province on Monday.
Luong Viet Thuan, director of the Ha Giang Department of Health, was quoted by local media as saying that a total of 87 people had been hospitalized for food poisoning treatment as of yesterday, with 69 of them treated at a general hospital in Hoang Su Phi District and the rest at a clinic in Dan Van Commune.
Relevant agencies are looking into the cause of food poisoning, the second of its kind that hit scores of people in the mountainous region. Seven people died and many others were hospitalized on Monday after they ate rice and drank wine with methanol content multiple times higher than the permissible level at a funeral in Lai Chau Province.