Last update 5/15/2012 2:00:00 PM (GMT+7)

Vnews to launch daily broadcast on President Ho Chi Minh

The Vietnam News Agency television channel (Vnews) will launch a daily broadcast on President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career on May 19 to mark the 122 nd anniversary of his birthday.

The five-minute programme will cover the President’s outstanding speeches on formal occasions, his advice to local authorities and individuals on each visit, and his contributions to revolutionary and national liberation movements all over the world.

Also as part of activities to mark the late President’s birthday and 65 years since the President returned to the northern province of Thai Nguyen to lead a resistance war against French imperialists, a book exhibition on President Ho Chi Minh is underway in the locality from May 14-20.

On display were over 2,000 publications, including those written by the President during his working time in ATK safe zone, by domestic and foreign authors and some featuring Party and State leaders, army generals and eminent students of Ho Chi Minh.

Several works on Thai Nguyen province and its people were also available at the event.

Baby dies due to wrong ultrasound diagnoses

Wrong ultrasonic diagnoses by two health clinics have led to the heart-breaking death of a 7-month-old female fetus who was thought to have been aborted in Gia Lai Province, said a hospital director.

Yesterday Dr Pham Ba My, director of the Gia Lai Province General Hospital, said the baby died at 4 pm Sunday after being hospitalized that morning.

The ill-fated baby was the daughter of Nguyen Thi Thu T., from Ia Plang Commune, Chu Se District.

T. had previously undergone an ultrasound diagnosis at a health center in Chu Se, where doctors said the 7-month old fetus had a deformed body and advised T. to go to Ho Chi Minh City for further testing.

T. had another ultrasound scan at a hospital in the city, but the result was the same and doctors advised her to have an abortion.

At 4 am on May 13, T. went to a private health center in Chu Se for an abortion that was carried out by a doctor named Hung, said Nguyen Thi Trinh, a relative of T’s.

In a bizarre twist, two hours later, when T’s relatives were about to bury the aborted fetus, they surprisingly found that it was still alive and had no congenital anomaly.

The dangerously premature baby was immediately taken to the Gia Lai Province General Hospital at 9:30 am, but it was too late to save the unfortunate girl.

Dr Pham Vuong Quan, at the Pediatrics Emergency and Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, said the baby weighed 2.2 kg and had a normal body for that stage of gestation.

When it was hospitalized, the baby was in poor condition, with pale skin, labored breathing, poor reflexes, and a body temperature below 35 degrees Celsius, the doctor said.

HCM City vows to protect foreigners from criminals

Police will strengthen security and expand patrols to protect foreigners from criminals, HCM City police said.

Foreigners have been the victims of 16 robberies, three thefts and one swindle so far this year, two less incidents than in the same period of last year.

Colonel Nguyen Phi Hung, deputy chief of the Anti-Crime Police General Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said foreigners were particularly vulnerable to property crime because they were not familiar with Viet Nam.

"Protecting foreigners from criminals is of special concern to local police," Hung said.

Hung suggested that travel companies alert foreign tourists about the methods of pickpockets and other thieves and show them ways to deal with the situations and protect their belongings.

Hung also asked city authorities to take measures to guard foreigners from overcharging by retailers.

Major General Nguyen Chi Thanh, director of the local Police Department, said the City police would set up a network to follow suspects known to police.

Thanh ordered task forces to use the camera system of the city police's Command Information Centre and traffic cameras to inform units on the whereabouts of suspected criminals.

Rivers exhausted by hydroelectric plant

The Nuoc My and Vu Gia rivers, in the central province of Quang Nam, have recently dried up, with the former even displaying its rocky bottom, thanks to the local hydroelectricity plant called Dak Mi 4.

Authorities in charge of the dam have stopped letting water flow out to the rivers for over two weeks, even though they are contracted to release at least 25 cubic meters a second to the Nuoc My, which merges into the Vu Gia several kilometers from the dam.

Daily life of people living along the rivers has been severely affected due to the exhaustion of water.

“Locals have to collect water from streams in forests to keep cattle and poultry. Rice fields and crops have also been threatened by the shortage of water,” said Ho Van Loi, a local from Ro Village in Ca Dy Commune in Nam Giang District.

In the lower reaches of the river’s stream, over 10,000 hectares of agricultural land in Quang Nam and Da Nang have encountered rising salt water -- a result of the lack of fresh water in the rivers. Some pumping stations located along the rivers have thus stopped working.

Over 5,000 households living in Hoi An Town have been supplied with salt water for the last two weeks, while the Hoi An Water Supply Company has no solution except to force the hydroelectricity plant to release water, said Ngo Duc Liem, the company’s director.

Dong Nai residents benefit from training

The southern province of Dong Nai has provided vocational training to 15,000 people in two years after it began a rural training programme, Le Thi My Phuong, director of its Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said.

"Of the trainees, 70 per cent have stable jobs now," she said, adding 10,000 others would receive training this year.

Under a VND26 trillion (US$1,3 billion) national project to train rural residents through 2020, around 1 million people will benefit every year.

By caging ornamental stone, authorities raise eyebrows

Local authorities in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai have raised eyebrows since they have detained a block of ornamental stone in an iron cage for almost three months.

On March 28 authorities from Chu Se District made a report on their custody of a 3.2-cubic-meter block of ornamental stone owned by Tran Thi Sac, a local resident. One day later, the People’s Committee of H’Bong commune also confiscated two blocks of stone, each of which is 1.72 cubic meters in size, from another local, Le Hung Dung.

The three stones were first kept at the H’Bong commune, but the two latter blocks were stolen a few days later, so Tran Thi Sac’s block was moved to the Chu Se People’s Committee headquarters and put in a cage for protection.

The rock sample has been analyzed by Gia Lai’s Department of Natural Resources to determine if it is a gem or a semi-precious stone.

For his part, Nguyen Van Lanh, Secretary of Chu Se People’s Committee explained that the local government decided to seize the stone since the hunting, transporting and selling of rocks in the area has become very complicated.

In fact, the trend of hunting for ornamental stone has spread over the area after an agate stone thought to be from H’Bong commune was valued at more than VND2billion (US$100,000) at an ornaments exhibition at the International Gong Festival 2009 in Pleiku city. The valuation stunned the local ornament collector community and people then rushed to Chu Se to look for more stones.

“If people would only look for ornamental stones to decorate their houses, we wouldn’t need to seize the stone,” Lanh added.
Responding to the incident, Le Minh Tam, vice chairman-cum-secretary general of the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association, said that the local government acted impulsively in the detention. The lawyer stated that it has not been determined whether the stone is a valuable mineral belonging to the State or not.

“If the stone is truly a valuable mineral and belongs to the State, the authorities should explain this to the owners and mobilize them to submit it,” he said.

“The stone was found by chance, it’s not a result of mineral exploitation. If the stone is a valuable mineral, the finder must be rewarded,” he added.

Vietnamese workers in Russia return home

Of the 39 Vietnamese workers who complained of maltreatment in Russia, 11 returned to Viet Nam on Sunday.

12 others are having their repatriation procedures completed for a flight home scheduled on May 26.

However, the rest wished to continue to work in Russia.

Relevant authorities were making efforts to take the workers home and to protect their rights.

The workers from the northern provinces of Ha Nam, Hung Yen and Bac Giang were taken to Russia in January by a labour broker to work at a leather garments factory. They said they had been badly exploited and forced to work long hours in poor conditions without being paid.