Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has decided to add information on the holder’s place of birth in the country’s new passport after three European countries announced they had temporarily stopped accepting the document.
Answering reporters’ questions at the government’s regular press meeting on Wednesday, spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Security To An Xo stressed that Vietnam’s new passport complies with the law on exit and entry of Vietnamese citizens as well as meets the conditions and standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Many countries such as Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Mongolia, and Saudi Arabia do not include the place of birth in their passports, Xo continued, adding that this is not mandatory.
“Most countries in the world still recognize Vietnam’s new passport,” he continued.
“Only Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic have temporarily stopped accepting the document due to some technical issues reported by these countries.”
The Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are coordinating with the three nations to solve these issues in the earliest manner.
To create favorable conditions for Vietnamese citizens to study, work, and travel abroad, the Ministry of Public Security will add holders’ places of birth in the note section of their passports.
Citizens who need to have the additional information in their passports can come to the ministry’s Immigration Department or Vietnam’s overseas representative agencies.
The Ministry of Public Security will coordinate with relevant ministries and sectors to review related legal regulations and supplement the place of birth in the personal information page of the new passport form, according to the official.
Vietnam started issuing its new passport on July 1.
The new passport is blue-violet in color, consists of pages printed with the country’s famous scenery and cultural heritage sites, and has features that ensure technical safety and prevent counterfeiting.
Citizens are still allowed to use their old passports, which are green and do include the place of birth, until the expiry date.
Last week, Germany was the first to announce that the new Vietnamese passport is temporarily not accepted in the country due to the lack of holders’ birthplace.
On Monday, the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam temporarily suspended granting Schengen visas, short-term visas for tourism or business purposes, to holders of Vietnam’s new passport.
The Czech Republic said on Tuesday it had stopped accepting the document, explaining that it does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specifications.
Police probe suspected child abuse case in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh Province
Police in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam are investigating a case of suspected child abuse after a video clip spread on social media showed a half-naked man beating a teen girl with nothing on.
In the four-minute clip, the unclothed girl was hung against the ceiling of a house with a string that tied her hands while the man was beating her with a rod.
The video has triggered deep indignation among the online community after it was posted on Friday morning.
The incident took place at a house in Cuong Gian Commune, located in the province’s Nghi Xuan District, as far as Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper had learned.
Hoang Van Ha, chairman of the commune’s administration, confirmed to Tien Phong that the incident occurred in the locality, adding local police have launched an investigation into it.
The girl in the clip is N., 11, and the man beating her is her father, N.V.T., 36, Ha said.
N. is the second child in her family of three siblings and N.’s mother is now a guest worker in Taiwan, according to local authorities.
“The incident happened a few days ago. After the video clip appeared, local authorities and police came to T.’s house for verification but he had left,” Ha said.
T. works as a seaman and often drinks alcohol and beats his children, Ha added.
Local police are continuing to investigate this suspected child abuse case.
Torrential rain sinks streets, houses in northern Vietnamese province
Multiple streets and houses in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam were severely inundated following a heavy downpour on Thursday evening.
The provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and rescue told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Friday that local authorities were dealing with the aftermath of the rain and calculating the total damage it had done.
The downpour that lasted for over an hour started battering Lao Cai City, which is the provincial capital, and several districts in Lao Cai Province at around 8:00 pm on Thursday.
|A tree is uprooted during the downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong|
Many streets including Tran Phu, Tran Hung Dao, Le Thanh, Nhac Son, An Duong Vuong, and Pho Moi were submerged by rainwater, while numerous cars and motorbikes broke down as well.
Uprooted trees were recorded on Ham Nghi Street and at Goc Mit Market and Thang Binh Park.
Flooding in local neighborhoods occurred quickly, leaving residents little to no time to react.
|A resident pushes his motorbike on a flooded street in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong|
Many people reported having their homes, electrical appliances, and motorbikes damaged by the inundation.
Bac Cuong Ward in Lao Cai City suffered the heaviest damage with three neighborhoods sunk by the downpour.
The heavy rain also caused landslides in several areas across the province.
The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting previously reported that torrential rains would lash northern Vietnam from Thursday until the end of this week.
|Houses are submerged by a heavy downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong|
Vietnamese province revamps public bus service after limbless man ignored by drivers
The Department of Transport of the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An has ordered a revamp of local public bus routes after a limbless man spent two hours repeatedly failing to flag down a bus, apparently because drivers were simply ignoring him.
A viral video posted online on Thursday showed Huynh Thanh Duc, 51, a resident of Ha Tinh Province, telling a local in Hoa Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province that he stood at a bus stop waiting for a bus from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday.
Duc, who is quadruple amputee, was dropped off at the bus stop by his child at around 7:00 am that day to catch bus No. 5 from Yen Thanh to Vinh City, the capital of Nghe An.
Three No. 5 buses passed while Duc and his child waited, but none stopped.
Duc’s child wound up having to leave to attend to an urgent matter, and shortly after a fourth No. 5 bus drove by without stopping for Duc.
A local named D., who filmed the viral video, helped Duc wave a bus down and help him aboard.
The video of the incident draw huge public attention and stirred mixed opinions, mostly criticism.
In their initial response to the incident, the operator of the No. 5 bus route explained that Duc stood a bit too far from the bus stop to be noticed and showed no signs of needing a ride.
However, according to D., it is common for passengers at the stop to wait in the shade of the nearby tree, rather than right at the stop.
They only run to the bus stop once the bus arrives.
Unfortunately, Duc was not able to leave the shade for the bus stop due to his disability.
On Thursday afternoon, Nguyen Van Hai, deputy director of the Nghe An Department of Transport, requested that his subordinates revamp service on all public bus routes in the province following the incident.
Nghe An currently has more than 300 buses which run a combined 1,300 trips per day at a frequency of about 15-35 minutes per departure.
Vietnamese law stipulates that priority has to be given to public transport passengers with disabilities, including prioritized seating, free or discounted fares, and assistance with boarding and deboarding.
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