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Giant fish caught in Mekong River

Update: November, 03/2010 - 10:25

HA NOI — Fishermen in the southern province of An Giang's Hau River, Mekong tributary, yesterday caught a 100-kg giant barb fish, the biggest yet seen in the region.

The fish is almost 1-metre-long and has a 1.2-metre-wide girth. Fishermen complained they could not carry the fish ashore.

The previous record-breaking giant barb fish weighed only 50-60kg in comparison.

Barb fish, one of the largest varieties of carp in the world, are found only in the Mae Klong, Mekong and Chao Phraya river basins.

Orchid traffickers fined US$15,000

DIEN BIEN — The People's Committee of the northern province of Dien Bien decided yesterday to fine two orchid traffickers VND300 million (US$15,000) for illegally transporting and trading nearly 2.5 tonnes of wild orchids.

The traffickers, Hoang Minh Ngoc and Vu The Phong, are from Lai Chau Commune in northern Lai Chau Province.

The committee also impounded the traffickers' automobile, which was used to carry the orchids.

Many of the orchids fell within the 2B seriously protected rare plant species category.

Lottery vendors face fines for violations

HA NOI — Businesses, organisations and individuals will be fined up to VND100 million ($5,100) as of December 15 if they violate lottery trading regulations under a newly-issued decree by the Prime Minister.

Violations include illegally printing lottery tickets, issuing lottery tickets at prices higher than normal and changing their business licences without permission. — VNS

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