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Award for polluting MSG maker revoked

Update: October, 27/2009 - 00:00

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(28-10-2009)

Award for polluting MSG maker revoked

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 Vedan.

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.

Vietcombank official 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 investigated

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

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