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Won a deep blue Mercedes-Benz, a teardrop story of poor village girl



I met Mai Thu in the poor Tanh Linh District on a cold windy day at the beginning of the Year of the Buffalo 2021, when the sun was shining and the colorful Bougainvillea flower on the trellis was swaying lightly in the wind and showing its beauty on the background of the dry soil. With the eyes full of joyfulness and attractive to others, Mai Thu retold her journey to success with multiple difficulties.

Mai Thu said that she had been an extremely poor student. She went to university with over VND1 million that her mother borrowed from a pagoda after moving heaven and earth. Her companion during the period at the university was an old pair of flip-flops, which was so worn-out that it was broken at the university and she had to go home on bare feet. After graduating from the university and becoming an accountant, she had to grapple with difficulties to earn her living. Life was sometimes so tough that she found it hard to overcome difficulties.

Mai Thu poses for a photo next to her Mercedes car.

“One day, I found a place to realize my dreams when I decided to apply to C.T Group. However, life was not as simple as I had thought. Starting from a position for fresh graduates who are young and inexperienced, I felt stressful to get used to the job. I always reminded myself that I had to remember all things I did, heard and saw. I forced myself to observe and pay attention to everything around me, make questions and find the answers myself to fulfill assignments smoothly and effectively.

“Day by day, I saw my job turn out to be interesting and I knew what I was doing, what I needed to do and how much effort I must spend to be able to complete all assigned tasks. I began to love my work, understand my teammates and know what the group’s leaders have been doing to cooperate with them.

“I have lived and worked like that and today, I feel that I almost have everything I want, such as an I-Home apartment with an area of nearly 70 square meters. I have helped my parents build a big house in a 1,000-square-meter garden in my hometown, which is filled with laughter of my loved ones. I have also supported my siblings so that they can have their own homes and good jobs.

“At the end of 2019, my team was awarded a Tet bonus worth over VND1.5 billion. We spent more than VND500 million helping my teammates with their study. Before the Lunar New Year holiday, I was moved to tears when I was voted as one of the most excellent employees of the group in 2020 and my reward was a Mercedes car. I felt that I was much luckier than my friends. But that was not all, when I registered the license plate for the car, the number is 88 2 33, a lucky number.

“To obtain these achievements, I have to be strong and resilient. I have never surrendered to difficulties and challenges as I always think that every challenge brings with it a chance. I have grasped all opportunities to obtain achievements.

“It was a long and arduous journey to achieve my goals and I had to be steadfast and try my utmost and must never forget my goals. I believed I could achieve them and C.T Group has nurtured my confidence. For me, C.T Group is a world which nurtures my dreams. I have made my life more meaningful and C.T Group has supported me during my journey.

“I am proud to be a member of C.T Group, which has helped me be stronger and more skillful and made my life happier and more prosperous than what I have dreamed of.”

Maybe Mai Thu wanted to share more but my curiosity urged me to ask her to use her deep blue Mercedes car to drive me around her hometown. On the way, I asked her how many people received the awards like her, Thu said four individuals and a team but her car’s color was the most beautiful. When I asked about her marriage plan, Mai Thu blushed with shyness and sneaked away. This may be a new goal of this energetic girl.



Over 33,600 firms dissolve, suspend operations in Jan-Feb



An employee is at work at a textile factory. The country saw over 33,600 firms leave the market or suspend their operations in the first two months of the year – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The country saw over 33,600 firms leave the market or suspend their operations in the first two months of the year, up 18.6% year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Of the total, over 21,630 companies signed up to temporarily suspend operations, some 8,380 halted operations to complete dissolution procedures and over 3,590 were dissolved.

The number of newly-established firms in February dropped by 12.3% year-on-year at 8,040, while pledged capital surged by 85.6% at VND179.7 trillion. Besides, some 7,700 firms left the market in February, VietnamPlus news site reported.

Between January and February, some 18,130 companies were established, inching down 4% year-on-year, while the number of firms returning to the market, mainly active in the art, entertainment and education fields, and lodging and catering services, during the two-month period was 11,030, down 7.6% against the same period last year. However, the total registered capital increased by 12% to VND720.4 trillion.


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Bank and steel stocks spur local market



Maybank Kim Eng Securities employees monitor share prices. The VN-Index of the Hochiminh Stock Exchange expanded 0.26% on Friday, February 26 – PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC – Bank and steel stocks were the main driver of the local market, enabling the benchmark VN-Index of the Hochiminh Stock Exchange to expand today, February 26.

The main index rose 0.26%, or 3.04 points, to close the day at 1,168.47 points, with winning stocks outnumbering losers by 216 to 209. More than 554 million shares worth roughly VND14.87 trillion changed hands on the southern bourse, increasing 8.36% in volume and 11.38% in value compared with the previous session.

Bank stocks were among the best performers, with BID going up 1.5% to VND43,600, ACB up 2% to VND33,050, MBB up 1.3% to VND27,650, VIB up 3.3% to VND39,700 and VPB up 1% to VND40,000. TCB and TPB inched up approximately 0.5%.

Steel stocks were also the major contributors, with NKG, POM, TLH, VGS, VIS and DNY shooting up to the ceiling prices. Steelmaker HPG in the VN30 basket soared 3.3% to VND45,600.

Moreover, bank and steel stocks were the cash magnets. HPG took the lead in terms of liquidity with 40.93 million shares changing hands, followed by MBB with 22.35 million shares. HSG and STB came third with some 17.4 million shares traded each.

Some other large-cap stocks that gained ground included dairy giant VNM, property firm VIC, gas firm GAS and consumer goods producer MSN.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index added 1.23%, or 3.02 points, to end at 249.22 points, with gaining stocks outnumbering decliners by 100 to 94. There were more than 113 million shares worth VND1.9 trillion changing hands on the northern bourse.

In the HNX30 basket, investment and trading company TNG shot up to the ceiling price and real estate company NRC surged 7.2% to VND23,700. Stone processor VCS, construction firm VC3, pharmaceutical firm DP3 and housing firm NDN rose 1-2%.

Among petroleum and bank stocks, SHB, PVS and PVB closed at their reference prices, while NVB expanded 0.7% to VND14,700. Lender SHB led the northern market in terms of liquidity with 28.66 million shares changing hands, followed by petroleum stock PVS with more than 11.9 million shares.


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Casinos want to serve Vietnamese at major tourist destinations on trial basis



Businesses in Vietnam have proposed that casinos at major tourist destinations be allowed to serve Vietnamese citizens as a way to help such a service cope with difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposal was submitted to the prime minister’s advisory council by the country’s casino business community on Thursday.

In the document, local casino businesses stated that the tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic due to a sharp decrease in the number of foreign visitors.

To mitigate this problem, domestic tourism has been promoted.

However, local casinos have not benefited from these promotion plans because Vietnamese people are not allowed to enter these venues.

A circular of the Ministry of Finance previously allowed Vietnamese citizens to use services at local casinos on a trial basis, but no specific list of eligible casinos was issued.

Only two casinos in Phu Quoc, a tourist island off the southern province of Kien Giang, and Van Don, an island off the northern province of Quang Ninh, have been permitted to serve Vietnamese residents as part of the pilot program.

The trial began in January 2019 and would last for three years, before the finance ministry carries out a comprehensive review to make further decisions. 

The casino business community asked the government to consider allowing this entertainment service at other major tourist destinations, such as central Quang Nam Province and southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province among others.

Allowing more casinos to serve Vietnamese people will enable the trial to achieve a more objective result, as well as support local businesses in coping with challenges caused by the pandemic.

In accordance with Vietnamese law, casinos are only permitted to serve foreigners or overseas Vietnamese with foreign passports.

In the pilot program, Vietnamese people who wish to enter and gamble in a casino must be at least 21 years of age, and have full capacity for civil acts in accordance with the provisions of Vietnamese law.

Vietnamese punters are also expected to prove a regular income of VND10 million (US$430) or more per month to play at a casino.

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