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Vietnam police seize over 1.3 tonnes of drugs in year’s first half

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Police in Vietnam solved more than 10,000 drug-related cases in the first six months of 2022, confiscating upwards of 1.3 metric tons of narcotics of various types.

Major General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes under the Ministry of Public Security, on Tuesday reported about the result of the unit’s crime fighting efforts in this year’s first half.

Anti-drug police nationwide dealt with more than 10,000 cases during this period, arresting over 16,000 suspects and confiscating 397 kilograms of heroin, 838 kilograms of synthetic drugs, and 71 kilograms of marijuana, Vien elaborated.

The production, trading, transportation, and use of drugs, especially synthetic drugs in Southeast Asia, have become increasingly serious, posing many challenges and difficulties to police officers in the country.

Major General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes (C04) under the Ministry of Public Security, summarizes the result of the unit’s crime fighting efforts in the first six months of 2022. Photo: Giang Long / Tien Phong

Major General Nguyen Van Vien, head of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes under the Ministry of Public Security, summarizes the result of the unit’s crime fighting efforts in the first six months of 2022. Photo: Giang Long / Tien Phong

To cover their tracks, many rackets took advantage of express delivery services and consignment of goods and gifts via airway to smuggle drugs from Europe to Vietnam.

The drugs were then sold to local users or shipped to a third country.

Statistics show that Vietnam currently has more than 217,000 drug addicts that are under the management of competent authorities, up by 11,000 people compared to late 2021, Viet continued, adding that there are over 59,000 drug users.

“The demand for narcotics in the country is high and rises every year, posing potential threats to social security and order,” the police official stressed.

The illegal use of narcotics tends to increase after the COVID-19 pandemic was put under control as facilities running sensitive services are allowed to resume normal operations, he added.

In addition, people often rent hotel rooms, apartments, and resorts to organize drug parties, making it harder for police to detect the illegal activities.

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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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