Costly scam
Friday,  Jul 22,2016,18:42 (GMT+7)
Early this week a month-long hearing of a case in which scores of people are alleged to have caused hefty losses for a bank began in HCMC. Thirty-six defendants, 45 lawyers and 156 others involved.
Again and again
Friday,  Jul 15,2016,12:35 (GMT+7)
Late last month Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp. officially took responsibility for causing a widespread fish kill along more than 200 kilometers of coastline in central Vietnam in April and pledged to pay half a billion U.S. dollars in compensation for economic damage. But less than two weeks later, the company continued making news headlines as hundreds of tons of solid waste from its steel mill was dumped at an unlicensed dumpsite in Ky Anh Town, Ha Tinh Province where the Taiwanese-invested firm’s massive steel manufacturing complex is located.
Lax oversight
Friday,  Jul 8,2016,17:45 (GMT+7)
Despite a steady rise in revenue in the tourism sector, a surge in Chinese tourist arrivals to famous travel sites in Vietnam in recent years has been cause for concern rather than happiness.
Friday,  Jul 1,2016,21:44 (GMT+7)
Motorbikes remain a dominant means of transport in Vietnam with a staggering 40 million motorcycles registered across the country. However, given underdeveloped road and public transport infrastructure, traffic safety is still a big headache with motorbike riders suffering most in deadly road accidents. The Government has for years stressed the need for strict measures to contain the rapid rise in private vehicle numbers and develop public transport but no significant improvements have been made so far.
Better late than never
Friday,  Jun 24,2016,18:10 (GMT+7)
Forest destruction, especially in the Central Highlands, remains a major headache. Deforestation has taken a heavy toll on the ecosystem and the environment, which is evident in serious land erosion, animal habitat reduction, landslides and flooding. The problem has reached a point where the Government has had to act to stop the rapid pace of forest destruction.
Positive steps
Friday,  Jun 17,2016,11:12 (GMT+7)
Top leaders in Vietnam have reiterated the importance of promoting transparency and integrity among State officials as the only way to win public confidence. However, this seems to be a daunting task as there have remained problems with transparency and integrity, especially in the appointment of high ranking officials. In recent weeks, the former Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, has come under close scrutiny over two officials who are suspected of involvement in huge losses at enterprises but have still risen through the ranks.
Change for growth
Friday,  Jun 10,2016,15:20 (GMT+7)
As the biggest economic center of Vietnam, HCMC is feeling tied by a slew of prevailing regulations. It is desperate for a special governance mechanism so that the metropolis will be able to grow faster and thus fuel development in the rest of the nation.
A damaged reputation
Friday,  Jun 3,2016,17:21 (GMT+7)
With C2 green tea and Rong Do (Red Dragon) energy drink banned from the store shelves over higher-than-allowed lead content, consumers must be worrying about their health at the moment. The two popular beverages have been available on the market for years on end and favored by youngsters and children. Many customers are facing the possibility of lead poisoning. Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful to human health even at low levels of exposure since it can bioaccumulate in the body of the consumer over time.
Obama and TPP
Friday,  May 27,2016,02:47 (GMT+7)
One of the priorities of President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam was to promote the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. However, the crux of the problem is whether the U.S. President is able to make it possible on the other side of the equation. That is whether he can persuade the U.S. Congress to pass the TPP in the remaining time of his presidency. Otherwise, if he fails to do so, what would become of the TPP under the new U.S. president?
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.
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.
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