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Maekyung Korea-Vietnam Forum held in Hanoi

The Maekyung Korea-Vietnam Forum was held in Hanoi on December 6 as part of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and South Korea, the Government news website reports.

Jointly organized by Seoul-based Maekyung Media Group and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the forum was attended by economic experts and leaders of leading firms from the two countries.

It aimed at promoting cooperation between Vietnam and Korea in economic development, trade and investment.

As of October 2017, the Northeast Asian country had been the biggest investor in Vietnam, with more than 6,300 projects worth US$57 billion. Two-way trade in January-November amounted to US$56 billion, up 42.5% year-on-year.

Woman charged for granddaughter murder

Police of Thanh Hoa Province announced on December 6 that Pham Thi Xuan, 65, had been detained on alleged charges of murdering her 20-day-old granddaughter.

According to Vietnamnet news website, Xuan initially told police that the baby girl had been kidnapped. The body of the baby was then found on November 27 at a dump site near Xuan’s house in Bim Son Town, Thanh Hoa Province.

The police said Xuan made up the story of her granddaughter being kidnapped to distract investigators.

Honda, Nissan recall thousands of cars in Vietnam

Automakers Honda and Nissan have announced to recall nearly 4,000 cars in total in Vietnam to fix defects found in wing mirrors and airbags, according to Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Vietnam Register has permitted Honda Vietnam to recall more than 650 Odyssey minivans and Accord cars due to errors with wing mirrors.

Owners of these two models should bring their vehicles to official Honda service centers from December 25, 2017 to December 24, 2018 for examination and repair, which would take less than 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, Nissan Vietnam has announced a recall of more than 3,000 Navara pick-ups due to faults with passenger seat airbags. The vehicles can be brought to Nissan service centers for free airbag replacement in a one-year period starting from December 20, 2017.

Child protection hotline launched

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) launched the national hotline No. 111 for child protection on Tuesday, the Government news website reports.

The new child protection hotline, which could be easily remembered with only three digits, operates in parallel with the current emergency telephone number 18001567.

The function of 111 is to receive information about abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. The information will be reported immediately to local police and authorities for preventive measures.

Vietnamese fitness solution gets funding, a rising platform in fitness, has got funding from ESP Capital, VIISA and angel investor Nhan Nguyen.

With the hope for a better and healthier lifestyle, Khoi Nguyen, CEO and founder of WeFit, has developed WeFit into a platform connecting 500 medium and high-class fitness studios across Vietnam, with thousands of active users.

After just one year of operation, WeFit currently has more than 30 kinds of classes with a wide range of categories and more than 5,000 sessions for users to choose every day. WeFit was also acknowledged as one of the three most potential startups at the Startup Festival 2016 organized by Vietnam Television (VTV).

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