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A worthwhile act
Friday,  May 20,2016,21:42 (GMT+7)
The photos showing a couple of foreigners cleaning up a clogged canal in Hanoi have gone viral on social media over the past few days. Their act has attracted the admiration of local residents as it is surely difficult to find locals who are ready to collect trash from a filthy canal as a community service.
A controversial project
Friday,  May 13,2016,19:35 (GMT+7)
Negative impacts of small hydropower projects have been felt in different parts of the country. They have led to forest destruction, flash floods and lack of water for irrigation. Over the years, the Government and local authorities have scrapped many projects due to low economic efficiency but high social and environmental costs.
Doing the right thing
Friday,  May 6,2016,17:01 (GMT+7)
Vung Tau City, more than 100 km from HCMC, has finally done what should have been done long before to restore its image as a seaside destination for tourists. In the recent Reunification Day and International Labor Day holiday, beaches in the southern city of Vung Tau were surprisingly cleaner than before.
Food poisoning fear
Friday,  Apr 29,2016,22:32 (GMT+7)
The recent mass fish deaths along the central coast have rattled nerves as an explanation given on Wednesday by the environment ministry is inadequate to appease the nervous public. While investigations into the cause of the fish deaths are still underway, another threat is looming large as local residents have been rushing to beaches to collect dead fish to sell to traders even though they do not know what would be done with the fish.
Heavy-handed
Friday,  Apr 22,2016,19:30 (GMT+7)
That the police of HCMC’s Binh Chanh District are insistent on charging the owner of a coffee shop with illegally doing business has stoked strong public criticism. The decisions of the police and the prosecution to file criminal proceedings against the coffee shop owner’s trivial violations are described as unreasonable, unnecessary, premature and heavy-handed. Lawyers say the police reports used as a basis to file the charges contain errors but the city police department still affirms there is some legal ground for filing legal proceedings.
Be careful
Friday,  Apr 15,2016,19:06 (GMT+7)
Hydropower is a vital source of energy for fueling the country’s economic growth, but undeniably, hydropower projects leave negative impact on the environment and people’s livelihoods as well. Therefore, two hydropower projects planned inside a nature reserve in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai have been met with public reactions. Opponents say they violate the laws on forest protection and biodiversity and have a slew of environmental implications.
Self-interestedness?
Friday,  Apr 8,2016,21:09 (GMT+7)
Vietnamese economists have long voiced concerns about the country’s heavy economic dependence on China, alleging certain groups and individuals have got kickbacks from Chinese contractors. Many big-ticket projects have been awarded to Chinese firms even though Chinese contractors are notorious for delays, cost overruns and low construction quality.
Damage done
Friday,  Apr 1,2016,22:26 (GMT+7)
As Vietnam is working towards building a state governed by the rule of law, one of the popular ways for settling disputes is to go to court. But in reality, multiple businesses have chosen to not bring their disputes to court; they have resorted to improper methods, instead.
Dangers of scrap
Friday,  Mar 25,2016,20:41 (GMT+7)
The massive explosion in a residential area in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District last Saturday left five people dead and a dozen others injured, tens of houses heavily damaged and a growing sense of insecurity among residents in the area and elsewhere. People are anxious as the explosion took place at a house used for storing and dismantling scrap, including unexploded wartime bombs.
It won’t help
Friday,  Mar 18,2016,23:45 (GMT+7)
As drought and saltwater intrusion have left serious impact on crops and millions of people’s lives, Vietnam is seeking help from the international community. China announced on Tuesday that it would release water from a dam in the upper reaches of the Mekong River to help ease drought in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. China said that from March 15 to April 10, it would discharge water from Jinghong hydropower reservoir to help drought-hit areas in the lower reaches of the river, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
State of calamity
Friday,  Mar 11,2016,01:35 (GMT+7)
With a coastline of 3,200 kilometers, Vietnam is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Scientists and administrators have once again sounded the alarm  over the issue as the nation has begun feeling the impact of climate change, especially in the Mekong Delta.
Crime crackdown
Friday,  Mar 4,2016,19:26 (GMT+7)
Mark Bowyer has been in Vietnam since he first came here in 1990. A story he shared with the popular local news site VnExpress.net is really food for thought. Since 1996 he has lost three phones in HCMC, the nation’s biggest city. The most recent incident which he encountered happened last October when his phone was stolen by a newsvendor at a coffee shop in the city downtown. He is wondering how many tourists in HCMC have faced the same fate and how thefts and robberies have tarnished the image of the country as a destination for tourists.
Degenerate festivals
Friday,  Feb 26,2016,22:11 (GMT+7)
The Vietnamese, especially in the northern part of the nation, are indulging  themselves in a festive atmosphere as the first lunar month has the most festivals in a year. Of note are Huong Pagoda Festival in Hanoi, Yen Tu Pagoda Festival in Quang Ninh Province, Lim Festival and Ba Chua Kho Festival in Bac Ninh Province, Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh Province, and Chua Keo Pagoda Festival in Thai Binh Province. While some festivals bring joys and teach youth history, others are real eyesores since they are plagued with chaos and violence but they are still held in the name of traditional customs preservation.
Contrast of bonuses
Friday,  Jan 29,2016,16:45 (GMT+7)
On the one hand, there are smiles, happy faces, dreams of new cars in the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet , and lavish vacations for those employees having huge Tet bonuses. But on the other hand, Tet is a big worry for those getting meager year-end rewards.
Speed traps
Friday,  Jan 22,2016,22:39 (GMT+7)
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has had no other choice but to issue an ultimatum for the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam to remove unjustified speed limit traps that have become a nightmare for motorists.
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