The Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade has made sure that people in rural areas can access Vietnamese-made goods during Tet later this month. Forty-five companies have been chosen to supply essential items that are part of the city's price stabilisation programme. They will supply their goods through mobile shops that will sell only domestic products in nine suburban districts from January 9 to 18. It is part of a programme to promote high-quality Vietnamese products and encourage people to use local stuff.
Tet, the Lunar New Year, fall on January 23 this time.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Tmes)
Lorry overturns in Cu Mong Pass, two killed
A lorry overturned when going through the Cu Mong Pass in Binh Dinh Province early Saturday morning, killing two people. The accident happened at about 3am when the lorry was coming down the incline on Cu Mong Pass on National Highway No. 1A in Binh Dinh's Quy Nhon City. The truck was carrying longan fruit from the Mekong Dela region to the north of the country. The two people in the truck, Do Ngoc Bi, 47, and Ly Hung, 39, both residents of Can Tho City, were killed on the spot. The accident is suspected to have been caused by brake failure.
HCM City police bust gang trafficking women
The HCM City police have broken up a gang that was allegedly trafficking women to Malaysia for sex work.
They said on Friday they arrested Vo Thi Thanh Thuy and Ngo Trong Hieu, both 29 and based in HCM City, as they were receiving VND45 million (US$2,140) from the family of a victim.
Thuy used to work as a masseuse in a spa in Malaysia before returning to Viet Nam to set up the racket. The duo admitted to enticing and selling seven semi-literate young women from other provinces to Malaysian brothels.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)