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Residents buy subsidised crash helmets

Update: April, 12/2012 - 09:53
Thousands of people jostled to buy subsidised crash helmets in Cam Le District in central Da Nang City on Tuesday.

Under a subsidy programme to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries, helmets are being sold for VND50,000, just half their actual prices.

The city soon plans an inspection campaign to verify compliance with safety standards.

Thanh Nien (Young People)

Irate workers take foreign foreman hostage

Around 100 casual workers at Trung Thu Garment Company in HCM City's Hoc Mon District locked up their foreman, a foreign national, on the factory premises, demanding payment of their March salaries.

The company is thought to be in financial trouble and workers saw equipment and goods being carried away and feared the worst.

Chen Chun Sik, the foreman, had asked the workers not to come for work since April 7 and promised to pay their salary on April 16.

Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)

Mystery disease toll rises in Quang Ngai

Health officials in central Quang Ngai Province have confirmed one more death caused by an unidentified illness which has claimed several lives.

Pham Ngoc Nhi, four, of Ba Dien Commune died in hospital on April 9 with blisters on his palms.

In the first 10 days of this month four people have died of the disease, taking the year's death toll to seven. Local hospitals are treating 63 infected people.

On Friday this week experts from the Ministry of Health are expected to arrive in the province to study the disease.

Tuoi Tre (Youth)

Scientist warns of HCM City flood threat

A scientist has warned the HCM City government that the city would face more severe flooding in future years due to climate change and land subsidence.

Ho Long Phi, director of the HCM City Centre for Water Management and Climate Change, told the chairman of the city People's Committee, Le Hoang Quan, that the city could soon be flooded like Bangkok was last year.

The Sai Gon Times Daily

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