A silent killer
Friday,  Oct 2,2015,16:12 (GMT+7)
Research by a Harvard University team shows the number of premature deaths connected to coal ash in Vietnam is around 4,300 per year and the figure could rise to 25,000 per year if the coal-fueled power projects that are now underway come on stream. While foreign countries have been switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, Vietnam is bucking the global trend. In the Power Master Plan VII, the proportion of electricity from coal-fired stations will rise from 54% in 2020 to 62% in 2030, according to a recent conference on coal and coal-fired power generation in Hanoi.
Monopoly grip
Friday,  Sep 25,2015,20:55 (GMT+7)
Doubt hangs over a Government plan to form a competitive electricity market as Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN), the nation’s power monopoly, seems to be doing all it can to undo the plan.
Tax loopholes
Friday,  Sep 18,2015,19:19 (GMT+7)
While most enterprises are struggling to earn some profit and fulfill tax obligations due to protracted economic woes, some firms may just choose to get away with huge unpaid tax sums. The tax agency under the Ministry of Finance should have tracked them down to force them to observe tax regulations.
Friday,  Sep 11,2015,10:50 (GMT+7)
Energy groups are quick to complain about the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, which they claim have caused huge losses for them. They have floated the possibility of adding those losses to their production costs. However, their intention has drawn fire from the public as they are not the only ones who have suffered from the fall of the Vietnam dong currency against the U.S. dollar.
Pork safety risk
Friday,  Sep 4,2015,19:00 (GMT+7)
The use of illegal substances by pig farmers to stimulate growth or to produce lean meat has gone unchecked for years. However, the situation has worsened, sparking consumers’ concerns over the harmful effects of those substances such as headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea and hypertension.
A headache
Friday,  Aug 28,2015,08:50 (GMT+7)
Millions of employers and workers in Vietnam must be suffering stress as their representatives have been clashing over how much the region-based minimum wages should be raised next year. Every year, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and organizations including the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) on behalf of workers and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) representing employers meet to discuss a minimum wage spike. This year they have had a tense discussion as they have not comprised.
As chaotic as ever
Friday,  Aug 21,2015,13:39 (GMT+7)
When the education ministry introduced a new rule that no longer requires costly and stressful college and university entrance examinations, both parents and students took a deep sigh of relief. Under the ministry’s current regulations, high school graduates use their graduation exam scores to apply for admission to university, instead of having to sit in university entrance exams following torturous graduation tests.
Wasteful spending
Friday,  Aug 14,2015,20:23 (GMT+7)
It is undeniably important to build works of educational and historical significance, but at a time when the State budget deficit is causing a headache for the Government, it is unacceptable to spend huge sums of money on those projects not directly promoting the well-being of the populace.
Friday,  Aug 7,2015,21:15 (GMT+7)
The placement of complimentary iced tea containers on the sidewalks for passers-by, especially the poor, to help them quench their thirst in the scorching heat is a simple good deed of city dwellers and praised by the public. However, such kindness has been met with indifference on the part of authorities as a free iced tea container in Hanoi has been recently confiscated by local law enforecement officers for encroaching on the pavement. But what is absurd is the tea tank is too small to occupy the sidewalk though many streets are occupied by commercial activities.
Self-help first
Friday,  Jul 31,2015,15:44 (GMT+7)
Although Vietnam has not officially joined any free trade agreements offering lower export and import tariffs on farm produce, poultry meat from Europe and America has been flooding the domestic market owing to their surprisingly low prices. This benefits consumers but threatens local producers.
National pride gets hurt
Friday,  Jul 24,2015,22:36 (GMT+7)
High economic growth has lined the pockets of many Vietnamese, fueling demand for overseas travel. This is evident in strong growth in outbound tour sales at local tourism companies in the country.
Lifting the burden
Friday,  Jul 17,2015,16:09 (GMT+7)
Many people must have taken a deep sigh of relief as the Ministry of Transport has proposed the Government stop collecting a controversial road maintenance fee from motorbike owners. This move is a clear indication that the measure is flawed.
Money does not always help
Friday,  Jul 10,2015,10:17 (GMT+7)
Burglaries are not rare as Vietnam remains a poor country. Stealing a desktop computer might not have been a big deal but for a boy who made big headlines in local media five years ago when he was found to suffer from violence and then got a hefty  VND800 million from generous philanthropists, the story is different.
No fun at all
Friday,  Jul 3,2015,11:41 (GMT+7)
For years, rocks have become a threat for passengers aboard vehicles, especially in the central region, as some youngsters have been playing a dangerous game: throwing stones at passing vehicles just for fun. Such stone-hurling incidents have been reported frequently in recent days, prompting law enforcement forces to act to stop this dangerous action. 
Shocking bills
Friday,  Jun 26,2015,09:01 (GMT+7)
Many households in different parts of the nation, especially in Hanoi, are reeling from the shock of exorbitant electricity bills for May and June. At first, many thought hot weather has resulted in a sudden pickup in power consumption but later found the new power pricing method is the culprit.
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