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In harm’s way
Friday,  Mar 27,2015,16:16 (GMT+7)
The capital city of Hanoi has long been known for its vast green foliage but a large swath of it has been gone.
Alarm bells
Friday,  Mar 20,2015,12:38 (GMT+7)
The lack of fresh air in the basement where a supermarket is located in Hanoi caused 20 people to faint last week, sparking concerns about people’s safety at other high-rise buildings in the capital city and other parts of the country. A lot of buildings have mushroomed in major cities and the basements at many of them are used for parking motorcycles and retail space as well, easily cutting off the supply of fresh air at peak hours.
Another blow to consumers
Friday,  Mar 13,2015,23:02 (GMT+7)
‘It never rains but it pours’ must be the most popular proverb which Vietnamese consumers use to talk about the unprecedented situation in which the Government has decided to sharply raise taxes while prices of various necessities are on the rise.
Policy needs due consideration
Friday,  Mar 6,2015,18:14 (GMT+7)
Each day Vietnam has around 25 people killed on the road. Official statistics actually show that the first two months of the year saw 1,567 people dying in 4,115 traffic accidents. That’s really frightening.
Heartlessness
Friday,  Feb 27,2015,14:58 (GMT+7)
To any animal lovers, the colorful spring picture has become black after seeing a bloody festival in northern Vietnam – where live pigs are killed brutally in an annual ritual. Many may not believe that the ritual has taken place for centuries at Nem Thuong Village in Bac Ninh Province’s Tien Du District before being brought to light in the age of the internet, particularly social media. Instantly, the festival has drawn fire from individuals and organizations in Vietnam and abroad who have called for a stop before it destroys the image of a good-natured and civilized country in the eyes of international tourists.
Time to act
Friday,  Jan 30,2015,23:38 (GMT+7)
Millions of mobile subscribers have turned mad about spam. They may receive a dozen unwanted text messages and phone calls a day on average. This is frustrating indeed.
Seeking easy solution
Friday,  Jan 23,2015,18:55 (GMT+7)
While the public is exhilarated by the significant fuel price cuts this year, this upbeat sentiment may have been spoiled by possible water price hikes in HCMC.
The farmer’s paradox
Friday,  Jan 16,2015,15:46 (GMT+7)
Many dairy farmers countrywide are feeling the bitter taste these days when part of their yields cannot be consumed. For years, if not decades, local farmers have suffered from a vicious circle of high productivity and low prices. Under such circumstances, it is farmers who stand to bear the brunt of losses when prices plummet to below the production cost owing to excessive supplies. But, for dairy farmers this time, it is not totally the supply-demand balance that dictates their woes. It is the lack of coordination – and the absence of the State intervention – that leads to the paradox given the fact that local production of milk still falls far short of demand.
A timely decision
Friday,  Jan 9,2015,15:36 (GMT+7)
If the central Danang City needed an iconic tower, it would have to practice prudence to protect its beautiful landscape and reputation as a city most worth living in Vietnam. But before a recent suggestion for building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the city’s Han River, Danang would have ruined its great landscape by approving what was claimed to be an iconic lighthouse tower project if there had been no strong public protest.
Cash-strapped vision
Friday,  Jan 2,2015,19:02 (GMT+7)
Worries among State agencies are increasingly piled up alongside the steady fall of oil prices over the months, and meetings are being called to look for solutions to cope with a huge shortfall of the State budget revenue due to diving oil prices. Ministerial agencies have calculated that if the crude oil price falls by one U.S. dollar per barrel, the State will lose some VND1 trillion, or nearly US$50 million. If the current price of around US$60 a barrel stays unchanged next year, as much as VND43 trillion, or over US$2 billion, would be evaporated.
Time-buying tactics
Friday,  Dec 26,2014,20:44 (GMT+7)
The deep fuel price cuts early this week as a result of tumbling global oil prices must have bucked consumers up since previous reductions were insignificant. After each round of fuel price reductions, there often appear questions about when and how much transport costs would be lowered. However, transport enterprises usually adopt time-buying tactics, saying they consider the next move or argue it takes some time to change transport fees. Since the beginning of the year, fuel retail prices have declined by a combined VND7,760 per liter of gasoline, VND5,730 per liter of diesel and VND5,510 per liter of kerosene to VND17,880, VND16,990 and VND17,400 respectively, the lowest levels in four years.
Private gains from public assets
Friday,  Dec 12,2014,16:51 (GMT+7)
Finally, the eight-year saga comes to a happy ending when Hoang Van Nghien, former chairman of Hanoi City government, agrees to hand over a villa in the capital city to the State. The former leader, who retired eight years ago and whose application to buy the official-use villa was then rejected, has rented the pricey property ever since, defying repeated calls by State agencies to return the villa. While the final outcome can be deemed satisfactory, disputes surrounding the handover give much food for thought over the loose management of State assets, as covered in local media these days.
To change or not to change
Friday,  Dec 5,2014,20:54 (GMT+7)
The balance is tilting towards open-mindedness when Transport Minister Dinh La Thang orders affiliated agencies to take into prudent consideration the possibility of legalizing Uber taxi service, reversing the ministry’s own stance days earlier to curb the new transport service trend following outcries of taxi operators. After multiple controversies in the media on pros and cons of Uber onslaught on the local taxi transport market, the minister seems to be listening to calls for change, although the transport apparatus has been geared for the other way.
Questions that remain
Saturday,  Nov 29,2014,04:56 (GMT+7)
The final answer by the provincial government of Thua Thien-Hue gives a huge sigh of relief when authorities there, succumbing to grave concerns among the public, decide to cancel a tourism project located in a site deemed critical to national defense and security. The move, announced on Wednesday by provincial chairman Nguyen Van Cao, has quickly doused heated controversies surrounding the World Shine-Hue project registered by a Hong Kong investor of Chinese nationality. And, despite the soothing answer, many questions have surfaced.
A too-sane mechanism
Friday,  Nov 21,2014,15:45 (GMT+7)
The public frustration these days is overwhelming but understandable following the top-rank honor conferred on a local farmer by the Cambodia government for his contribution to the country after his efforts had not been recognized at home. The 56-year-old Tran Quoc Hai and his son were given certificates of merit by Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Commander General of the Royal Army of Cambodia in ceremonies last month, after he had helped the neighboring country repair and upgrade military armored vehicles, built a new armored vehicle, and made other inventions. As covered in local media, prior to his working in Cambodia, Hai had spent years doing inventive works in Vietnam, but had faced numerous challenges.
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