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Stepmother faces death penalty for murdering 8-year-old girl

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Nguyễn Võ Quỳnh Trang, 27, from Gia Lai City. — Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY — A woman accused of torturing and murdering her eight-year-old stepdaughter has been charged with the crimes by the People’s Procuracy of HCM City.

If convicted, Nguyễn Võ Quỳnh Trang, 27, from Gia Lai City, could be sentenced to death, the highest punishment available for murder in Việt Nam.

The child’s father, Nguyễn Kim Trung Thái, 37, has also been charged with torture and for covering up his partner’s crimes.

According to the indictment issued on Wednesday, the girl is the daughter of Thái and his ex-wife Nguyễn Thị H.

In August 2020, the couple divorced and Thái was allowed to raise their daughter.

In September 2020, Thai started living with his girlfriend Trang at an apartment in Saigon Pearl apartment building, HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District. The daughter also lived with them.

During the daughter’s online class in October 2021, Thái asked Trang to take care of the girl. During the time, Trang repeatedly used her hands, feet, whips, and wooden and metal sticks to beat and torture her.

Trang did not allow the child to get dressed, beating her, forcing her to kneel and raise her hands high.

The child was even forced to stay in a kennel or kneel while learning. Trang cut the child’s hair, covered the child’s head with a towel and repeatedly banged her head on a table.

Trang performed many forms of beating and torture and repeatedly cursed the child over a long period of time, leaving physical and emotional pain for the child.

Thái witnessed his daughter being beaten and tortured by Trang but did not intervene. He also scolded and beat the child. Thái was an accomplice with Trang in the crime of torturing others.

On December 22, 2021, Trang used a large round stick, her hands, and feet, and repeatedly brutally beat the child for four hours in a row, eventually causing her death.

According to the indictment, Trang knew that repeatedly attacking the child’s vagina could cause her death but intentionally continued in a cruel and merciless way. Trang’s conduct constitutes murder.

Knowing Trang’s criminal actions, Thái deleted all camera data of the apartment in order to conceal the crime, avoid detection and hinder the investigation. Thái’s conduct constitutes a cover-up of the crime.

Regarding the motive of the crime, Trang stated that she beat and tortured the child because she did not study well. However, the child’s teacher and her nanny verified that the girl was obedient, polite and a good student.

The camera data shows that Trang repeatedly beat the child outside of school time for unreasonable reasons.

In addition, the investigation results show that Thái did not want to have children with Trang, and his family did not accept her as a family member. Such reasons made Trang jealous of the child’s mother. Trang once went to see the mother and asked her not to visit the daughter.

Trang was arrested on December 23, one day after the child’s death, following a hospital report on the girl’s unusual wounds and injuries. On December 28 she was prosecuted on charges of torturing others.

Thái was detained on December 31 on suspicion of the same crime.

Police in Bình Thạnh transferred the case to the municipal Department of Public Security for further investigation on January 1 due to its serious nature. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1188787/stepmother-faces-death-penalty-for-murdering-8-year-old-girl.html

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Vietnam’s Da Lat City overcrowded with vehicles of Tet goers

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All major streets in Vietnam’s tourist highland city of Da Lat were packed with vehicles on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year) as so many personal cars and passenger vans traveled to the city.

The traffic jams were serious as so many vehicles entered the city center even though the number of visitors during this Tet was not too big compared to last year’s edition, as noted by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Manh Son, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tien Phong that it took him nearly an hour to drive his family in his car for a distance of about three kilometers from a hotel on Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tran Hung Dao Street.

“Cars and larger vehicles were overloaded everywhere, so many cars inched a bit, as slow as walking,” Son said.   

The area of Xuan Huong Lake was constantly congested from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, and the same situation was recorded in many other sites, including the city’s flower garden, the Ong Dao Bridge, the Da Lat market roundabout, and the intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Quoc Toan, and Bui Thi Xuan Streets.

Police officers were deployed on many streets to regulate traffic and guide vehicles to change their directions to avoid entering the ways leading to traffic jam sites.

Vinh, the driver of a 50-seater long-haul bus, said he picked up passengers on Hoang Van Thu Street but could not drive them to Domaine Church on Ngo Quyen Street because of the serious congestion that had lasted for more than an hour.

He added his passengers wanted to change their destination to avoid the jam but he failed to turn the bus to any other directions to get out of the congested site.

“Now I can do nothing but wait for the congestion to ease,” Vinh said.

Nguyen Hung Minh, a long-haul bus driver, said he drove passengers to Da Lat on Tuesday and has since witnessed such traffic jams at the city’s gateways.

The Da Lat administration blamed the serious congestion on personal cars and long-haul buses that had come to this tourist destination, which is the capital city of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region. 

Such traffic jams have partly affected the quality of tours to Da Lat, local authorities said.

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

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All major streets in Vietnam’s tourist highland city of Da Lat were packed with vehicles on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year) as so many personal cars and passenger vans traveled to the city.

The traffic jams were serious as so many vehicles entered the city center even though the number of visitors during this Tet was not too big compared to last year’s edition, as noted by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Manh Son, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tien Phong that it took him nearly an hour to drive his family in his car for a distance of about three kilometers from a hotel on Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tran Hung Dao Street.

“Cars and larger vehicles were overloaded everywhere, so many cars inched a bit, as slow as walking,” Son said.   

The area of Xuan Huong Lake was constantly congested from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, and the same situation was recorded in many other sites, including the city’s flower garden, the Ong Dao Bridge, the Da Lat market roundabout, and the intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Quoc Toan, and Bui Thi Xuan Streets.

Police officers were deployed on many streets to regulate traffic and guide vehicles to change their directions to avoid entering the ways leading to traffic jam sites.

Vinh, the driver of a 50-seater long-haul bus, said he picked up passengers on Hoang Van Thu Street but could not drive them to Domaine Church on Ngo Quyen Street because of the serious congestion that had lasted for more than an hour.

He added his passengers wanted to change their destination to avoid the jam but he failed to turn the bus to any other directions to get out of the congested site.

“Now I can do nothing but wait for the congestion to ease,” Vinh said.

Nguyen Hung Minh, a long-haul bus driver, said he drove passengers to Da Lat on Tuesday and has since witnessed such traffic jams at the city’s gateways.

The Da Lat administration blamed the serious congestion on personal cars and long-haul buses that had come to this tourist destination, which is the capital city of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region. 

Such traffic jams have partly affected the quality of tours to Da Lat, local authorities said.

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

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Nha Trang – Saigon railway upgrade project launched

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A project to upgrade and renovate the railway route that connects Vietnam’s south-central coastal city of Nha Trang and its southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City kicked off on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year).

The launching ceremony for the project took place at the Thap Cham railway station in south-central Ninh Thuan Province with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and many other high-ranking central and local officials, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Nha Trang – Saigon railway route is 411 kilometers long, starting from Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and ending in Ho Chi Minh City after running through Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong Provinces.

The project, expected to be complete in 2025, is estimated to cost VND1,099 billion (US$46.7 million) from the medium-term budget capital source for 2021-25, according to the project management board.

It is aimed at improving the quality and size of the railway infrastructure, thereby increasing transport capacity, enhancing traffic safety, and facilitating the transport of passengers and cargo on the route that links six localities. 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Under the project, all weak bridges on the route will be repaired and upgraded, the railway infrastructure will be renovated and modernized, and some terminals of passenger and goods will be reformed or consolidated, among other components including new constructions.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Transport to direct all the contractors, consultants, and supervisors to mobilize all possible resources and take necessary steps to ensure the project will be implemented efficiently, safely, and on schedule.

In addition, the project must comply with requirements on environmental protection during its implementation, the government leader said.

He asked all the ministries, agencies, and local authorities involved in the project to cooperate with each other effectively to make it a success.

Investment in public transport infrastructure in general and railway systems in particular is not only the duty of the transport ministry, but also the leading political task of local authorities of all related provinces and cities, the PM emphasized.

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A project to upgrade and renovate the railway route that connects Vietnam’s south-central coastal city of Nha Trang and its southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City kicked off on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year).

The launching ceremony for the project took place at the Thap Cham railway station in south-central Ninh Thuan Province with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and many other high-ranking central and local officials, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Nha Trang – Saigon railway route is 411 kilometers long, starting from Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and ending in Ho Chi Minh City after running through Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong Provinces.

The project, expected to be complete in 2025, is estimated to cost VND1,099 billion (US$46.7 million) from the medium-term budget capital source for 2021-25, according to the project management board.

It is aimed at improving the quality and size of the railway infrastructure, thereby increasing transport capacity, enhancing traffic safety, and facilitating the transport of passengers and cargo on the route that links six localities. 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Under the project, all weak bridges on the route will be repaired and upgraded, the railway infrastructure will be renovated and modernized, and some terminals of passenger and goods will be reformed or consolidated, among other components including new constructions.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Transport to direct all the contractors, consultants, and supervisors to mobilize all possible resources and take necessary steps to ensure the project will be implemented efficiently, safely, and on schedule.

In addition, the project must comply with requirements on environmental protection during its implementation, the government leader said.

He asked all the ministries, agencies, and local authorities involved in the project to cooperate with each other effectively to make it a success.

Investment in public transport infrastructure in general and railway systems in particular is not only the duty of the transport ministry, but also the leading political task of local authorities of all related provinces and cities, the PM emphasized.

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152 traffic accidents kill 89 throughout Vietnam during Tet

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Eighty-nine people were killed and 111 others were injured in 152 crashes across Vietnam during the seven-day 2023 Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday starting January 20, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Public Security.

Compared to the same period of last year’s Tet, the numbers of crashes and fatalities declined by 12 and three, respectively, while the injuries rose by eight.

Among the total traffic accidents, 147 cases happened on roads, four occurred on rails, and one in waterway traffic. 

Nineteen accidents occurred on Thursday, the last day of the Tet break and the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, killing 12 people and injuring 15 others.

During the week-long holiday, traffic police officers handled 21,990 cases of road traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND50.4 billion (US$2.15 million) on the violators, impounded 639 cars, 9,910 motorbikes and 50 other vehicles, and revoked 4,950 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic violators were 7,726 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 2,211 overspeeding, and 17 abusing drugs.

Medical facilities across the country received 26,411 cases requiring medical examination and mergency treatment due to traffic accidents from 7:00 am on January 20 to 7:00 am on Thursday.

This figure does not exclude duplicate data in cases of one person visiting multiple hospitals, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The traffic safety agency said that the waves of people coming back to big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for work after Tet increased remarkably on Thursday.

However, there was no serious traffic congestion at gateways to the metropolitan areas but some local traffic jams such as bottlenecks on the Hanoi-Hai Phong and Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressways in Hanoi and the gridlock on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

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Eighty-nine people were killed and 111 others were injured in 152 crashes across Vietnam during the seven-day 2023 Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday starting January 20, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Public Security.

Compared to the same period of last year’s Tet, the numbers of crashes and fatalities declined by 12 and three, respectively, while the injuries rose by eight.

Among the total traffic accidents, 147 cases happened on roads, four occurred on rails, and one in waterway traffic. 

Nineteen accidents occurred on Thursday, the last day of the Tet break and the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, killing 12 people and injuring 15 others.

During the week-long holiday, traffic police officers handled 21,990 cases of road traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND50.4 billion (US$2.15 million) on the violators, impounded 639 cars, 9,910 motorbikes and 50 other vehicles, and revoked 4,950 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic violators were 7,726 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 2,211 overspeeding, and 17 abusing drugs.

Medical facilities across the country received 26,411 cases requiring medical examination and mergency treatment due to traffic accidents from 7:00 am on January 20 to 7:00 am on Thursday.

This figure does not exclude duplicate data in cases of one person visiting multiple hospitals, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The traffic safety agency said that the waves of people coming back to big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for work after Tet increased remarkably on Thursday.

However, there was no serious traffic congestion at gateways to the metropolitan areas but some local traffic jams such as bottlenecks on the Hanoi-Hai Phong and Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressways in Hanoi and the gridlock on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

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