With the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays approaching, workers from the public and private sectors throughout the country are eagerly awaiting their Tet bonuses. The bonus could help them to buy things to decorate their houses and prepare for a warm and happy Tet.
But now things have changed. Workers at a building materials firm in Thai Nguyen Province do not know what to do with their Tet gifts after the company decided to give each worker 200 bricks instead of a bonus. The decision was made after the company suffered a difficult year.
The same situation happened at a garment and textiles company in Ha Noi, where workers received 70 pairs of shorts each.
Maybe workers from the building materials company should think about building a fireplace, and in the meantime, the garment workers should be praying for hot weather over Tet.
Police in Quang Ngai Province recently arrested a gang of thieves for stealing 10 motorbikes.
The thieves told police they were gaming addicts and needed money to play, so they stole motorbikes and sold them to pawnshops.
The special part of this case is that the gang was particularly selective about which bikes they stole. They admitted to police that they always opened the motorbike seats and checked for the registration certificate before stealing them. If they did not see a registration certificate, they ignored the bike.
The lesson drawn from this story is that people should leave their registration certificates at home to keep their motorbikes safe from choosy thieves!
A long road to completion
Normally, it takes contractors about six days to complete one kilometre of road. However, in Thai Nguyen Province, a project to build a 1.5km road connecting Bac Son and Minh Cau is still under construction although it officially kicked off in 2008. It means that more than eight years have passed and the road is still incomplete.
A former official of the provincial People's Committee explained that delays to the project were mainly because local authorities and the contractor had failed to persuade local residents living on land allocated for the project to move to resettlement areas. Persuasion really does take time! — VNS