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Ho Chi Minh City commuters angry over sexual harassment on public buses

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Many people, including students, have admitted to being sexually harassed on public buses in Ho Chi Minh City recently.

M.P., a young woman, is one of these victims.

She shared her frightening incident on a No. 53 bus at 4:00 pm on February 28 on social media.

Anyone can become a victim

On that day, a young man actively sat closer to P..

After using a school bag to cover himself, he touched P. sexually with his hands.

“At first I thought I was mistaken because I was so tired,” the young girl recalled.

“But when he touched my breast, I realized with surprise what had happened, and I ran to another place.

“I was too shocked to scream. As soon as I changed seats, he also got off the bus.”

According to P.’s description, the man had a slender figure and looked like a student, which is why she was initially inattentive.

“Be careful when you are on a public bus, girls,” P. said.

Male commuters have also fallen victim to such sexual harassment.

N.K., a 21-year-old college student in Ho Chi Minh City, recounted being harassed on a No. 8 bus despite so many people on board.

According to K.’s recollection, the bad guy was rather thin and wore a black jacket over his head.

Due to car sickness, K. suffered from a sense of illusion while being on board.

“While I was feeling faint, he first tried to lean over to my shoulder. Then he proceeded to put his hand on my thighs and crawled to sensitive body parts,” the young student recounted.

“I woke up in surprise and immediately pushed his hand away.

“That was the first time I had experienced such an incident that scared me so much.

“I did not know what to do so I rushed to the bus driver’s place.”

K. told his family the story, and he has not ridden the bus since.

“I have seen so many students’ reports of sexual harassment on public buses lately. I hope the authorities will deal with this problem as soon as possible,” he suggested.

Victims should come forward

Le Hoan, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that the center has asked relevant transport companies to jointly deal with the problem when such reports of sexual harassment on public buses are received.

Solutions include increasing staff to investigate the reports.

They will review the videos recorded in the CCTV camera systems of the buses and extract the footage to identify the suspects if they need to do so to assist investigators.

The Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport also suggests that the Criminal Investigation Department under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Public Security launch some investigations into the matter.

Hoan acknowledged that the agency has encountered many difficulties in settling the issue as it is a special problem.

Sexual harassment often occurs for a short period of time, making it difficult to detect and collect evidence, Hoan further explained.

Recently, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport and the Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport jointly held courses on responding to sexual harassment and child abuse for bus drivers and staff.

Notice boards have also been placed near bus stations in addition to more surveillance cameras on buses to increase commuters’ safety.

“When sexual harassment happens, most victims are too ashamed to report it, so people nearby are not aware of it and there is no help as a result,” Hoan said.

“When it does occur, victims need to shout loudly to get timely assistance from bus attendants and drivers.”

3-4 cameras on public buses

Students make up the majority of commuters on public buses in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to Tien Phong reporters’ observation, there are always 3-4 cameras on a bus.

Six cameras are even installed on some electric buses at the stop at Vinhomes Grand Park in Thu Duc City.

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Vietnam, Singapore join hands to support firms in Vietnam in industrial digital transformation

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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The National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development under the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Becamex IDC Corporation, which represents Vietnamese and Singaporean partners, to develop a start-up ecosystem and support industrial digital transformation in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was part of the framework of the on-going Techfest Vietnam 2022, a national innovation start-up fest taking place between December 2 and 4 in the southern province of Binh Duong.

It was witnessed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, leaders of ministries, agencies and Binh Duong Province, and Singaporean partners.

The cooperation is aimed at building specific programs to support start-ups to turn their ideas into reality, innovate their production models to increase the value added of their products, and boost connectivity among enterprises as well as the innovative start-up ecosystem.

An innovation center will be established in Binh Duong by Becamex IDC, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Joint Venture Co. Ltd., Eastern International University, and Singaporean partners, including Singapore Polytechnic and the Smart i4.0 Transformation Alliance.

The center will include labs and equipment to support innovators and enterprises in research and innovation.

In addition, with the support of experienced partners from Singapore, the center will help enterprises improve and renovate their production with existing machines and production lines to increase governance efficiency, labor productivity, and value added.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh applauded the efforts of the Ministries of Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province, as well as other relevant agencies for holding a festival to connect and motivate youngsters, enterprises, experts, managers, and policymakers.

He said after the government issued a plan to support the national innovative start-up ecosystem until 2025, most cities and provinces have drawn up action plans and set up innovative centers, and many of them have done the job well, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Binh Duong.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province Vo Van Minh said as the province is a bright spot in attracting foreign investment in Vietnam, it is now home to more than 4,000 foreign direct investment projects and over 50,000 firms.

Binh Duong has a plan to boost the cooperation of the state, schools, and enterprises to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation in which a locality or a country attains a certain income and gets stuck at that level, while improving production and the competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in global value chains.

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Vietnamese 12th grader dies while taking part in 200m run at school

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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A twelfth grader from Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam died while taking part in a 200-meter run organized by his school last weekend, authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The deceased student is L.A.T., who studied in class 12A1 at Phu Cat 3 High School in Cat Hung Commune, Phu Cat District, according to Dao Duc Tuan, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

T. was a member of the school’s team for students who have talent for running.

On November 27, Phu Cat 3 High School organized a 200-meter run to prepare for the upcoming province-level sports competition.

T. was running when he suddenly fainted.

The school’s medical staff gave the student first aid before taking him to the commune’s medical station.

T. was given oxygen before being transferred to Binh Dinh General Hospital for emergency treatment, but he did not make it.

The local forensic agency and procuracy requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

However, the family believed that T. had died from a stroke and requested that no autopsy be carried out.

T.’s body was then taken home for funeral rites.

“Through external examinations, doctors concluded that T. was not affected by external forces during the run,” Tuan elaborated, adding that he did not collide with any other student.

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Reclamation of land for Ho Chi Minh City airport’s new terminal proposed

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed the municipal People’s Committee take back 14.7 hectares of military land in Tan Binh District to accommodate the new T3 terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

In particular, the department made a proposal to reclaim the land in Wards 4, 12, and 15 of Tan Binh District from Division 370 and Brigade 918 of the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Ministry of National Defense.

The proposal was made pursuant to Article 62(2)(c) of the 2013 Land Law, stipulating the reclamation of land for the development of national traffic infrastructure projects.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment also suggested chairs of Wards 4, 12, and 15 send decisions to take back the land to Division 370 and Brigade 918.

Meanwhile, the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District will have to adopt compensation policies and hold a ceremony to receive the land and hand it over to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) to build the terminal.

In addition, Division 370 and Brigade 918 should hand over the land to the compensation and site clearance board of Tan Binh District in line with the law.

The municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment will also submit a plan to hand over the land to the Southern Airports Authority to the municipal People’s Committee for consideration and approval.

The land reclamation decision will be uploaded on the portal of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee after being issued.

The T3 terminal project at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was approved in 2020 with an estimated price tag of nearly VND11 trillion (US$450 million), funded by the ACV.

Obstacles in the handover of the military land has slowed the execution of the project.

In July this year, the government issued a resolution to remove the obstacles, asking the Ministry of National Defense to hand over 16.05 hectares of land for the project in two phases.

In the first phase, some 14.7 hectares of land would be handed over right after the issuance of the resolution. Meanwhile, the remainder would be taken back after the settlement of Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation’s assets.

The city and relevant agencies planned to hold a ceremony to hand over the land in the first phase on October 19 but failed due to the Air Defense and Air Force Service’s disagreement.

To promptly conduct the terminal project as required by the prime minister, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 26 proposed that the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense hand over the land in the first phase so that the ACV can execute the project.

The T3 terminal project is designed to have an annual capacity of 20 million passengers. Once completed, the terminal together with the T1 and T2 terminals can serve 50 million passengers per year.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve the compensation and site clearance plan for the project soon.

Work on the terminal project is expected to start on December 15-25 if the site clearance work is favorable.

In July this year, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh required the Ministry of Transport to direct relevant agencies to complete procedures to kick off the project in the third quarter of this year and complete it in September 2024, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

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