Vietnamese Shrimp Make it Big in America - News on 27th October 2016

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1) Vietnamese customs seize nearly one tonne of smuggled elephant tusks

Hundreds of tusks worth over VND40 billion (US$ 1.8 million) were hidden in hollow wooden blocks two metres in length and 30-40 centimetres in width. They were imported from Kenya and transited at Cat Lai Port before being exported to Cambodia. The investigation is ongoing.

This is the third ivory smuggling case in October 2016.

Earlier, on October 6, the Saigon Sea Port Customs Branch of Region 1 collaborated with the Customs Enforcement Team (HCMC Customs Department) and the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (C74) under the Ministry of Public Security inspected…

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2) Vietnamese shrimp make it big in America

Vietnam’s shrimp exports to the U.S. climbed consistenly throughout the year, according to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Despite a modest dip of 1.5 percent in June, the trade consistently climbed, every month.

U.S. anti-dumping duties rose from 0.9 to 4.8 percent this September, but shrimp exports hit an $85 million this month.

During the first nine months of the year, Americans took…

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3) Child marriage persists in Vietnam’s ethnic minority communities

High levels of child marriage threaten Vietnam’s society as a whole, said Nguyen Viet Tien, Deputy Minister of Health during a conference on October 25.

Vietnam’s Law on Marriage and Family sets the minimum legal age for marriage at 18 for women and 20 for men, but many members of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority communities continue to ignore the law.

In 2014, about 11 percent of the nation’s female minors were married (up 2 percent from 2011) according to data that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) updated in June.

Recent findings from the National Committee for…

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4) More mass fish deaths in Hanoi

The dead fish have littered the two-kilometre lake bank, causing a very bad smell.

Mai Anh Tuan who lives near Linh Dam Lake said he and his wife often walked around the lake, but yesterday evening, they suddenly saw lots of dead fish on the water surface along with a terrible odour.

The dead fish includes different kinds such as butterfish and carp weighing 5-6 kilogrammes.

Some local residents said that late on October 26, they saw a group of some men coming to the lake to collect the dead fish. The men said some people had hired them to transport the fish which would…

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