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Who is the real player?
Friday,  Dec 2,2016,20:49 (GMT+7)
Due to its misleading fish sauce test results, the Vietnam Standard and Consumers Association (Vinastas) last week issued an official apology to consumers, fish sauce producers, distributors and authorities. Nonetheless, the damaging impact of the wrongful survey is so huge that it might take the country’s traditional fish sauce industry a long time to recover.
Fighting the spammer
Friday,  Nov 25,2016,13:50 (GMT+7)
Spam text messages have long been a headache for millions of mobile subscribers in Vietnam, who every day are bothered by nuisance advertising texts. The messages are not sent by mobile network operators, but from unknown users of simcards.
The heyday is over
Friday,  Nov 18,2016,18:51 (GMT+7)
The Vietnamese market is increasingly competitive as the country has opened it up to the outside world. Nonetheless, certain enterprises with monopolistic power or State subsidies do not seem to be threatened by that. Domestic lottery firms run by provincial governments have begun realizing that the cozy way of life is in peril as their slices of the lottery market pie are shrinking.
Wake-up call
Friday,  Nov 11,2016,16:44 (GMT+7)
Witnesses and relatives of victims of the karaoke bar blaze early this month in Hanoi will never forget the time when their loved ones were stuck in a massive fire. The accident, while leaving terrifying consequences to many people, raises a big concern over fire safety in Vietnam where people’s awareness remains poor. 
Crying for more
Friday,  Nov 4,2016,17:43 (GMT+7)
Undeniably HCMC is the nation’s leading economic center but its traffic infrastructure is still in poorer-than-expected shape. City authorities have been relentlessly lobbying for a special financing and administrative mechanism so as to have more funds for development but their effort has yet to pay off. Worse still, the central Government even wants the city as the biggest contributor to the State budget to contribute more, sparking anxiety among city leaders, experts and National Assembly deputies representing the city.
Bold sanctions required
Friday,  Oct 28,2016,20:43 (GMT+7)
In the fight against corruption, Vietnam’s top leaders are targeting nepotism because unqualified staff picked for senior positions could cause heavy losses for the country’s economy and do harm to organizations’ operations. Combating nepotism is a long-term and complicated task. Therefore, strong measures by the political system are needed to shed light on violations, especially those involving high-ranking officials.
An unhelpful warning
Friday,  Oct 21,2016,18:03 (GMT+7)
Food safety has always been one of the most sensitive issues for Vietnamese consumers given a rapid-fire rise in food hygiene violations in the country. So whenever information about this matter is made public, it must be verified. But a new study undertaken by a consumer association has sparked anger among consumers and producers as it claims that 67% of fish sauce samples contain high levels of arsenic, a substance that may cause cancer, but gives no convincing evidence.
Mixed reactions
Friday,  Oct 14,2016,17:41 (GMT+7)
Vietnam is now at its peak of the golden population with young people making up a majority, but also at the threshold of population ageing. As the number of old people is on the rise, the Government has considered many solutions to prevent the foreseeable collapse of the pension fund in the near future as the aging workforce is on the road to retirement. Among the solutions, the plan of raising the retirement age has drawn mixed reactions from the public.  
Heightened fear
Friday,  Oct 7,2016,16:09 (GMT+7)
The serious pollution caused by Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa on the central coast in April has sounded alarm bells for both the government and the public. At a time when environmental protection is becoming a high priority, authorities at all levels are joining forces to prevent any new sources of pollution. However, mass fish deaths have hit Hanoi City.
Getting worse
Friday,  Sep 30,2016,08:38 (GMT+7)
How to control rain- and flood tide-induced floods in HCMC has remained one of the toughest issues ever for the city government though trillions of Vietnam dong has already been injected into anti-flood projects and programs.
No easy shortcut
Friday,  Sep 23,2016,08:31 (GMT+7)
Driving in Vietnam’s major cities is as dangerous and stressful as ever. The traffic chaos is a nightmare for road users, especially in Hanoi and HCMC. The two biggest cities of the nation have built and widened roads but the pace of motorcycle and automobile ownership growth is far faster than that of road expansion and construction. Today, traffic congestion is an everyday sight. The two cities have come up with a range of coping measures but to no avail.
Yet another headache
Friday,  Sep 16,2016,00:13 (GMT+7)
Vietnam is pressing on with numerous plans to reform the problematic education sector. Over the years, a lot of policy changes have been made to improve student quality, reduce test organizing cost and ease the heavy workload on students. However, concerns have been raised as positive results of those reforms are unclear. The ministry’s intention is good but perhaps, education authorities are taking the wrong way as they have not put themselves in the shoes of teachers, students and parents.
No quick fix
Friday,  Sep 9,2016,23:55 (GMT+7)
In Vietnam's outdated and underdeveloped educational system, a majority of high-school students, especially those in major cities, have after-school courses as an integral part of their studies given the fear of falling behind classmates and the heavy workload. Parents are aware that private tutoring puts more pressure on their children but they have no other choice. Due to this phenomenon, private tutoring has mushroomed and certain teachers have taken advantage of it to make money by forcing their students to take their courses after school. Therefore, various measures have been taken to put an end to this chronic problem of the education sector.
Still in the dark
Friday,  Aug 26,2016,12:17 (GMT+7)
Thousands of residents have been excited to hear that marine life on the central coast has been recovering since the Taiwanese-owned Formosa steel complex’s discharge of harmful industrial waste killed more than 100 tons of fish in four provinces. Those people whose subsistence livelihoods depend on tourism, fishing and fish farming have been leading a tough life. But they can now take a deep sigh of relief as environment authorities have announced the seawater in the affected provinces is now safe for swimming, water sports and fish farming.
Don’t be fooled by fraudsters
Friday,  Aug 19,2016,17:24 (GMT+7)
The Government has been pushing hard a shift from a cash-based economy to a cashless one. Many Vietnamese people still use cash to pay for everything since they have little or no access to bank card services. In the past few years, commercial banks have launched a wide range of bank cards and a growing number of people, especially those having stable incomes and working for foreign-invested enterprises, have opted for ATM, credit and debit cards. Card users have found it convenient and safe as they no longer need to carry a lot of cash.
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