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Killer cow kept in custody

Update: October, 08/2013 - 10:31

Vo Thanh Phu, 26, from Tan Uyen District in southern Binh Duong Province was found dead one night recently on the side of Huynh Van Luy Road.

Phu, who had serious head injuries, was apparently on his way home at the time.

Police did a quick investigation at the scene and found that a local cow was apparently responsible for his demise. The poor creature was still at the scene, bleeding from wounds. Its hair was also found on the unfortunate man's motorbike.

The cow, like many throughout Viet Nam's rural areas, had obviously been left to forage untended on the side of the road - or, for that matter, wherever it wanted to wander or sleep.

The injured beast was taken to the police station to await its owner's arrival.

But, five days after the accident, no one has come forward to claim the animal, presumably because of fears about being implicated in a road death - and the possibility of having to pay compensation.

Yet another way in which the rise of the motorbike and car are changing forever the rural scene.

Mums shun low-level medical centre

The space under the floor of traditional wooden stilt houses in mountainous regions of Viet Nam is generally only used to shelter cattle and poultry.

But the disappearance of a well appointed local health clinic-cum-commune office in Ta Hua Commune in Lai Chau Province as part of construction for a hydro-power dam has forced authorities to compromise.

The dark and damp spaces under two of the remaining village stilt houses are now being used as a communal head office and the new place for health check-ups and medical treatment.

Using walls made of canvass to keep out any rain, cold or mosquitoes, officials from the People's Council, People's Committee and the Police office often hold meetings under one house. Due to a shortage of electricity, however, the office usually uses candles to light up the space.

But that is a minor discomfort compared to the new local medical centre under another house. Van Tuan, head of the centre said the space was too dark, even with many candles, for such things as births or sterilisations.

This is also why no pregnant women have sought to have their babies delivered there since it opened more than a year ago.

They prefer to go to a hospital, even though the nearest is many kilometres away. The low-level, low-grade medical and communal facilities certainly do not fit into the National Assembly's recent criticism of many communal head offices as "splendid and luxurious palaces".

White elephants cost boss her job

Director of HCM City's Central Hospital of Orthodontry has been sacked for a series of violations over wasting funds to buy unnecessary medical equipment.

She was found to have used State budget money to buy many machines costing hundreds of millions of dong - machines that are not needed at the hospital. One of these was an elaborate device for burning fat off the belly.

Doctors asked why the gadget was necessary, saying that it had nothing to do with the professional work at the hospital.

Maybe the dismissed director hoped to persuade overweight people to use it when they came in for dental check-ups. Or maybe it was meant for staff only. Who knows!

Only sign-language spoken here

Not only do monopolist retail giants conspire to set prices, nowadays, it appears that Ha Noi street hawkers are using similar techniques to baffle foreigners into shelling out extra cash.

Their latest technique is to slowly go to their money bags when asked how much a kilo of anything costs. Eventually, they come with a bank note - usually a VND100,000 note.

The unwritten, but obviously codified rules of many hawkers, is to reply by gesture, making any attempts at bargaining too difficult to bother with.

Only problem is they also do it to foreigners who speak good market Vietnamese. Which gives their dumbed-down game away.

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