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Carina Plaza investor arrested over deadly fire
Monday,  Apr 23,2018,23:42 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Police on April 20 detained the boss of the company that built Carina Plaza apartment complex in HCMC on alleged charges of violations that led to a fire that killed 13 people and injured 91 others, said local news reports.
Let’s read into the signs of risk
Monday,  Apr 23,2018,23:38 (GMT+7)
There are calls from experts, and serious ones at that, over signs of a property bubble across the country, but it seems such warnings are still not heeded. For a couple of years now, property prices have taken on a fever, and the topic has been time and again stealing the limelight in local media.
Tax on tobacco needs raising to lower consumption
Friday,  Apr 20,2018,18:19 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The Government should hike the tax on tobacco to a minimum of VND2,000 per packet by 2020 so as to cut consumption, and have the tax annually adjusted to ensure the price proportionate to income increase, suggested Doctor Phan Thi Hai, deputy director of the Tobacco Harm Prevention Fund, the Vietnam News Agency reports.
Police raid homes of former Danang City leaders
Thursday,  Apr 19,2018,19:21 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Police at the Ministry of Public Security on April 18 raided the residences of Tran Van Minh and Van Huu Chien, who both used to serve as chairmen of the central coastal city of Danang, as part of an ongoing investigation of a case involving Phan Van Anh Vu, alias Vu Nhom.
Former head of intelligence department arrested
Wednesday,  Apr 18,2018,20:15 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Phan Huu Tuan, former deputy general director of the General Department of Intelligence at the Ministry of Public Security, was detained on April 17 in connection with a case involving local property magnate Phan Van Anh Vu, alias Vu Nhom. Two former leaders of the central coastal city of Danang were also implicated in the case.
Asset appropriation case at DongA Bank undergoes further investigation
Tuesday,  Apr 17,2018,20:45 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The Supreme People’s Procuracy on April 16 returned an asset appropriation case at DongA Bank Commercial Joint Stock Bank to the Ministry of Public Security for further investigation, Tien Phong newspaper reports.
Tax burden to get heavier on the poor
Monday,  Apr 16,2018,22:03 (GMT+7)
Proposals by the Ministry of Finance to raise income for the State budget are coming one after another, all by either hiking current taxes or imposing new ones. Within months, the ministry has sought to raise the value added tax from the current 10% to 12%, maximize the environment tax on fuels from VND3,000 to VND4,000 per liter of petrol, and most lately a scheme to slap property tax on houses and other assets. The common ground is that all such taxes if enacted will directly hit the poor rather than the wealthy.
Police look into major virtual money scam
Friday,  Apr 13,2018,15:03 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The HCMC government has asked police to investigate a virtual money scam which is alleged to have swindle thousands of people out of more than VND15 trillion (US$658 million), according to local media reports.
Fire brigade blacklists eight residential towers
Friday,  Apr 13,2018,14:59 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The HCMC Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department has found that the firefighting systems of eight apartment buildings in the city have not gone through mandatory checks but homeowners have already been allowed to move in.
Former national police chief admits wrongdoing in online gambling ring
Wednesday,  Apr 11,2018,23:24 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The former chief of the General Department of Police, Phan Van Vinh, has admitted wrongdoing in an extensive online gambling ring run by businessmen Phan Sao Nam and Nguyen Van Duong, Tien Phong newspaper reported, citing a source close to the situation.
Watercraft to be inspected en masse after boat sinking in Can Gio
Wednesday,  Apr 11,2018,23:17 (GMT+7)
HCMC – After a boat sank in the waters of Can Gio District, HCMC on Sunday, Vietnam Register has ordered that all watercraft nationwide be inspected to ensure safety.
Hole, broken propeller shaft found in sunk boat
Tuesday,  Apr 10,2018,22:44 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Authorities have found a hole at the bottom of an express boat with 42 passengers on board which sank on Sunday en route from the coastal city of Vung Tau to HCMC’s Can Gio District, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reports.
Former national police chief arrested for alleged abuse of power
Monday,  Apr 9,2018,21:56 (GMT+7)
HANOI – Phan Van Vinh, former head of the General Department of Police under the Ministry of Public Security, has been detained on alleged charges of involvement in an online gambling ring.
Alternative consensus
Monday,  Apr 9,2018,21:55 (GMT+7)
A sharp hike in the environment tax on fuels is most likely as the Ministry of Finance says it will send the National Assembly Standing Committee next month a plan to this effect after gaining widespread support from relevant ministries and localities. Under the plan, petrol will have the most sizeable tax increase, from the current VND3,000 to VND4,000 per liter.
Prosecution proposed against former DongA Bank boss
Thursday,  Apr 5,2018,19:21 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The Ministry of Public Security has proposed formal charges against Tran Phuong Binh, former general director of DongA Bank Commercial Joint Stock Bank, for misappropriation of the bank’s assets, according to local news reports.
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