No-man’s land
Friday,  Oct 24,2014,16:21 (GMT+7)
Drug addicts roam the street, indulging themselves into heroin orgies, littering syringes and needles after use at public places like in no-man’s land, and putting the people in HCMC at risk, all without being checked or deterred. Police are there, law enforcement agencies are there, and rehab or detoxification centers are there, but social vices related to drug abuse are still mushrooming, simply because of the absence of a workable legal corridor, though municipal authorities have repeatedly called for the Government to make urgent and quick changes. Helpless leaders of the city have voiced their concerns again, this time at the ongoing sitting of the National Assembly. They want to be armed with measures approved by the NA.
As controversial as change
Friday,  Oct 17,2014,09:27 (GMT+7)
A war of words has been triggered following a suggestion at a conference of rectors of medicine schools in Hanoi last Thursday that entrance exams into such schools should include the subject of literature besides the traditional subjects of mathematics, biology and chemistry. There are numerous advocators for the proposed change, including Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, but the number of protesters is also equally big. Either side wields a very good reason on their own, as seen in local media, though some arguments may have gone greater lengths than relevant.
Air-con policy
Friday,  Oct 10,2014,15:55 (GMT+7)
Public feedbacks seem to have been listened to, experiences have been gained, and lessons have been learned after the first draft circular regulating conditions for food safety in beer production and trading was put forth some time ago. Now comes the second draft, but to the surprise of many, it is quite confusing and disturbing for the public, and it quickly backfires.
Fruit safety questionable
Friday,  Oct 3,2014,15:39 (GMT+7)
Public concerns about the safety of products originating in China, especially fruits, are meant to be doused when the top official of the country’s veggies safety agency asserts that there is no ground for suspicions. Nguyen Xuan Hong, head of the Plant Protection Department under the agriculture ministry, brushes aside questions from the media on the toxic chemicals used for treating Chinese-grown pear and apple, as it is reported that such fruits can stay fresh for long periods of between five and nine months. “It’s normal for apples to remain good after nine months,” says Hong.
Production not for sale
Friday,  Sep 26,2014,16:24 (GMT+7)
A huge sum amounting to billions of dong is invested after all production processes have been planned, appraised, reviewed, and approved, but the final product after being painstakingly conceived and turned out has been shelved. It is said that the people involved in the production process are enthusiastic ones, and it is assumed that the quality is agreeable, but it is still unmarketable. Such is the dilemma that the State-sponsored movie Song cung Lich su, is mired in.
Incapable of nuts and bolts
Friday,  Sep 19,2014,11:52 (GMT+7)
Local enterprises, after all, are the losers in the game although the cards are not kept close to the chest. All cards are open on the table when Samsung Electronics Vietnam announced in a conference in Hanoi last week that it is willing to purchase components and materials for its mobile device factories, but hundreds of local entrepreneurs joining the business event admitted to being unable to catch up with the game. Local firms are even incapable of nuts and bolts, as covered in local media.
Abstract picture
Friday,  Sep 12,2014,10:58 (GMT+7)
It is a big worry to see young people crowding job bazaars hoping to get a job, but few are given the chance after each recruitment event. It is a painful waste to witness thousands of fresh graduates failing to earn a living on their own and having to rely on families. And it is all the more gloomy for the society when dozens of thousands of enterprises have shut down business each year in the past few years, resulting in massive layoffs. Such black dabs on the picture of employment, however, seem to have been whitewashed when the Institute of Labor Science and Social Affairs under the labor ministry puts the country’s employment rate at an unthinkable 1.84%. All looks like an abstract painting.
Friday,  Sep 5,2014,09:18 (GMT+7)
Responses from all relevant authorities are swift after a sleeper bus veered off the road and plunged into a 200-meter-deep valley en route from Sapa Town to Lao Cai City on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 41 others. Within hours, local authorities came to the victims’ rescue, and the day after, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang himself also rushed to the scene.
The dear price
Friday,  Aug 29,2014,15:06 (GMT+7)
The price to be paid on the part of Vietnam looks quite dear when wholesaler Metro announces it is finalizing a deal to sell Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam to Thai group Berli Jucker at a disclosed value of US$879 million. For 12 years since the German group set its foothold in Vietnam, it has never paid a single penny of corporate income tax as it has always reported losses but in one year whose profit was used for offsetting its previous years’ deficits.
Let’s undo it
Friday,  Aug 22,2014,08:32 (GMT+7)
The explicit intentions are convincing when the HCMC Department of Education and Training puts forth its plan to introduce the use of tablet computers for all school children from the first to third grade citywide. The plan, as emphasized at a seminar this week, is aimed on one hand to relieve young children aged between six and eight from the huge burden in a real sense – it is widely complained that school children these days are forced to carry too heavy bags to school - and on the other hand to help familiarize themselves with technological advancements.
Snail’s pace to business freedom
Friday,  Aug 15,2014,09:31 (GMT+7)
Commitments by top authorities of the country to create a favorable business environment for all investors remain largely the lip service as numerous barriers are standing still and most ministries have been reluctant to lend a helping hand. Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, the top official entrusted by the Government to remove obstacles in business, utters complaints when the National Assembly’s Standing Committee gathered in Hanoi this week to discuss amendments to business laws. No answers are given, and to some extent, opinions are at odds, according to local media reports on the meeting.
A step backwards
Friday,  Aug 8,2014,16:00 (GMT+7)
It is often said a university student is standing on top of the stairs of knowledge. Taking just one more step forwards, he will complete himself as higher education not only provides knowledge for students but also helps them think logically and creatively. However, a Vietnamese student must have taken a step backwards as tertiary education in the country has lagged far behind international standards.
Aviation security at risk
Friday,  Aug 1,2014,09:20 (GMT+7)
Air traffic safety, needless to say, is deemed the highest among all transport means all over the world, but for local authorities, risks are looming large more than ever, not because of recent air disasters in the world that killed hundreds. It is the worsening air traffic safety evidenced by facts and figures at a conference in Hanoi early this week.
Yet another controversy
Friday,  Jul 25,2014,10:23 (GMT+7)
As many questions remain unanswered after the rules banning smoking in public places and vending substandard foods on the street fell into oblivion shortly after the dates they took effect, a new wave of queries has emerged around a law drafted by the Ministry of Health to set a time limit on alcohol sale in the country.
Fake gold
Friday,  Jul 18,2014,16:29 (GMT+7)
The project used to be touted as a gold-quality one, costing as much as VND1.5 trillion, or roughly US$72 million, to bring water from Hoa Binh Province to supply some one million residents in Hanoi City. It used to glitter for a short while, but it does not now. It turns out to be fake gold.
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