Award for polluting MSG maker
DONG NAI — The Ministry of Science and Technology yesterday
decided to revoke an award as one of the "Top 100 Products for Community Health
2009" which had been granted to the Taiwanese monosodium-glutamate producer
The award had been presented on October 13 by the Southern
Office of the Ministry of Sciences and Technology in co-operation with the
Quality and Trademark Development Centre.
But farmers in Dong Nai Province’s Long Thanh District were
shocked and dismayed at the news that the Vedan had received the certificate.
Vedan was found last year to have dumped more than 5,000cu.m of
untreated wastewater daily for over 15 years through concealed underground pipes
into the Thi Vai River.
prosecuted for fraud
DONG THAP — The deputy head of Vietcombank transaction division
in Hong Ngu had been prosecuted for allegedly receiving bribes, southern Dong
Thap Province’s Police said yesterday.
Pham Cong Hai’s his two alleged accomplices, Huynh Vu Thuan and
Huynh Thanh Binh, were also prosecuted for giving bribes and taking advantage of
the State’s stimulus package to appropriate about VND3 billion (US$167,000).
Police said Hai, Thuan and Binh used land-use certificates of 22
households in Tam Nong District for loans worth VND5.6 billion ($311,000).
However, the households only received over VND2.6 billion ($144,000).
Milk product allergy claims
HA NOI — Viet Nam Freisland Campina Company has temporarily
stopped its production of Vivinal GOS milk following claims the product caused
allergic reactions in children.
The company notified the Viet Nam Foods Administration of its
decision to halt production while samples of its products are being analysed by
the TNO Quality of Life centre in Holland.
TNO is a major research centre on nutrition and health.
Lao students win scholarships
HA NOI — Nearly 100 Lao students were awarded scholarships at a
ceremony on Sunday organised by Sai Gon Investment Group, the Lao embassy in
Viet Nam and the Foreign Language University.
The students will study at Hung Vuong University in HCM City
once they pass the entrance exam.
The scholarships, worth about US$2 million, are being funded by
the Sai Gon Investment Group. — VNS