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Watchdog seeks ways to expose more corruption

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Watchdog seeks ways to expose more corruption

QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

The Central Committee for Preventing and Fighting Corruption held a symposium in Hanoi on June 6 to improve the detection and handling of corruption cases.

The Vietnamese Party and State have always given high priority to combating corruption. The Party’s resolution on this and the Law on anti-corruption have paved the way for driving down corruption in recent years.

From 2007 to April 2010, there were 1,070 corruption cases with 2,500 defendants tried, and more than 1,000 cases involving over 2,300 defendants being investigated or awaiting trial.

These cases have revealed many shortcomings and loopholes in economic and staff management as well as in laws and policies. Over the past three years, the inspection sector has discovered many financial violations involving more than VND15 trillion, over US$1.5 million and more than 22.800ha of land. The inspectors have advised the State to confiscate VND9.87 billion, nearly US$ 700,000 and nearly 9,000ha of land. Meanwhile, the State Audit has launched 360 audits, uncovering financial violations totalling as much as VND28.9 trillion.

However, symposium participants said the discovery of these corruption cases mainly came through letters of denunciation and efforts by relevant agencies and the prosecution of some serious cases was stalled or not conducted in a rigorous way.

Representatives from investigative agencies, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Supreme People’s Court, the Government Inspectorate, the Hanoi Police and several provinces attributed these difficulties to gaps and inconsistencies in laws and guidelines, which result in different understandings and applications between the procuracy and law enforcement agencies, as well as to poor coordination among them.

The symposium also highlighted the role, responsibility, experience and capacity of the heads of party committees and local governments in dealing with corruption cases.

The participants recommended that the National Assembly revise a number of laws regarding detecting and tackling corruption and that the Justice Ministry implement a project to improve the effectiveness of judicial assessment and judicial translation. They said international cooperation should be strengthened to fight corruption involving foreigners.

Addressing the symposium, Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong said it’s essential to strongly and effectively strike at corruption, and to increase the severity of penalties for this crime.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

UN watchdog seeks ideas to get Israel to join nuclear treaty

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano is asking IAEA member states for ideas on how to persuade Israel to sign up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), according to a document seen by AFP on Thursday.

Israel’s Defence Minister and Labour party leader Ehud Barak speaks during a party conference in Tel Aviv January 7, 2010. Israel says “no” to signing NPT.

In a letter, dated April 7 and circulated to the foreign ministers of members states of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Amano asked ministers to “inform me of any views that your government might have” on the issue.

At the IAEA’s last general conference in September 2009, member countries passed a resolution entitled “Israeli nuclear capabilities” which called on the Jewish state “to accede to the NPT and place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.”

Israel is widely considered to be the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power and is not a signatory to the NPT.

The symbolic, non-binding resolution — which had been tabled by Arab states — was passed, after some controversial debate, with a total of 49 countries in favour, 45 against and 16 abstentions.

And although it was only a non-binding resolution, it urged the IAEA’s director general “to work with the concerned states towards achieving that end”.

And it requested the director general “to report on the implementation of this resolution” to the agency’s board of governors and the upcoming general conference in September.

Thus, Amano’s letter appears to be simply the follow-up to that resolution and was not a targeted effort to put pressure on Israel, observers said.

Just this week, in a speech to the NPT Review Conference in New York, Amano noted “that the IAEA General Conference has adopted resolutions in recent years on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

“Last year’s General Conference also adopted a resolution on Israel’s nuclear capabilities. I am following up on these resolutions as requested by the General Conference,” Amano said.

Source: SGGP

Drug watchdog orders tough action against HCMC drugstore chain

In Vietnam Health on January 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

HCM City Market management inspectors check drugs at an outlet of My  Chau at 338 Le Van Sy Street, district 3 on Jan. 8, 2009 ( Photo: Tuoi tre)

The Drug Administrations of Vietnam has ordered the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health impose severe punishment on the My Chau drugstore chain for possessing hundreds of containers of expired and unregistered drugs and food supplements.

In a dispatch January 12, Nguyen Viet Hung, deputy head of the administration told the DoH to also review its certification of My Chau for Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) and report back.

Tran Quang Trung, chief of Ministry of Health (MoH) inspector, ordered the DoH to liaise with the city Market Management Bureau to find out My Chau’s violations and report to the ministry.

During routine checks in the last two years, ministry inspectors detected several wrongdoings by My Chai but did not investigate further, instead ordering the drugstore itself to fix them since it had just been awarded a GPP certification.

They also admitted they failed to discover the violations uncovered recently by the Market Management Bureau because they were unable to enter warehouses during their inspection.

Mr. Trung said the DoH must be held accountable for the violations because it had certified that seven out of My Chau’s 18 outlets conform to GPP standards.

Le Dinh Bach, manager of Minh Phuc Pharmacy, who owns  My Chau drugstore chain, wrote to Sai Gon Giai Phong January 12 claiming it has reported wrongly about his company’s activities.

His company bought 10 outlets and a warehouse from Y Duc last April and discovered some expired drugs in stock. They remained in storage until documents for their destruction could be made, he claimed. Unfortunately, at that time, his boss and director, Le Thi My Chau, went abroad for six months, causing a delay in drafting the documents, he said.

He also claimed his company did not pay much attention to the origins of the drugs that were in stock when it bought the operations. 

Related article:
Health department under scanner as drugstore chain caught with expired drugs
HCMC drugstore chain faces closure for violations

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