Below are some of the main stories published today, July 6, in the Vietnamese press.
Politics -- At a press briefing in Hanoi on Friday, the Presidential Office announced four new Laws and one Ordinance. They include the Laws on Anti-Terrorism, Science and Technology, Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, and National Defense and Security Education, and the Ordinance on amendments and supplements to a number of articles of the Ordinance on Foreign Exchange. Of these, the Law on Anti-Terrorism will take effect on October 1, 2013, and the Law on Science and Technology will come into force on January 1, 2014.Society -- Former powerful tycoon Nguyen Duc Kien, who was arrested on August 20, 2012 for charges of illegal trading, swindling to appropriate assets, and intentionally acting against State’s economic management regulations and causing serious consequences, has been charged with one more offense of tax evasion, said the investigation agency of the Ministry of Public Security. -- A 83-year-old woman burnt herself to death with petrol at the entrance to the People’s Court in Dong Hoa District, central Phu Yen Province. According to her relatives, she had committed such suicide to protest against the local verdict enforcement agency’s tardiness in assisting her in recovering three gold teals that her son-in-law has owed her since 2009. -- Police in Kon Tum Province yesterday arrested 34-year-old man Nguyen Manh Duong who killed his 58-year-old mother and threw her body into a well on June 22, 2013. He committed the heinous crime after his mother scolded him for continously borrowing money from her to repay his own debt. -- Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong will build six more railway systems to transport travelers from the city to tourist sites nearby and vice versa by 2020. The total investment in these systems is estimated at about VND42 trillion (US$2 billion), which will be mobilized for various sources, the local Transport Department said. -- 15-year-old Bui Thi Lanh died of H1N1 flu in Ngoc Duong Commune, northern Ha Giang City on Friday, health authorities reported. The girl’s death has been the second in the city so far this year. In May, a 56-year-old man in Vi Xuyen District also died of the same disease. -- Health inspectors in Hanoi have warned that many beauty salons randomly provide their clients with skin whitening services using stem cells at a high cost although they have yet to be licensed to offer such services. Moreover, they have no documents to prove the origin or quality of stem cells to be used.Business -- Under a new regulation, personal income tax payers’ dependants who are registered with tax authorities on or after July 1, 2013 will be granted tax ID numbers, said the HCMC Tax Department. As for dependants who have been registered before the date, they will be granted tax ID numbers at the end of the year, when a tax balance sheet is made for all tax payers. During the time of waiting for tax ID numbers to be granted, tax payers still enjoy deductions for family considerations on such dependants. Lifestyle -- The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has assigned the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to conduct a public opinion poll through the HCMC Vietnam Fatherland Front and the People’s Council about the city government’s plan to build a status of the late President Ho Chi Minh in the city. Sports -- Thai Beverage Marketing has promised to give the national team one million baht (about US$32,400) per goal they score against Barcelona in a friendly match to be held on August 7. ThaiBev, producer of Chang beer and a sponsor of Barcelona, is organizing several activities in the run-up to the game.