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Coming to pig farmers’ rescue
Friday,  May 5,2017,15:37 (GMT+7)
Pig farmers across the country have been suffering huge losses, as the live pig price has for months on end plunged far below production cost due to a supply glut. It is understandable, therefore, when the Government rallies support from all walks of life to come to pig farmers’ rescue.
State-sponsored deforestation
Friday,  Apr 28,2017,13:19 (GMT+7)
The question of competence and ineptness emerges these days in Phu Yen Province when large swathes of the protective forest there are chopped down to make room for tourism projects. The apparent violations, unfortunately, are not attributed to investors whose aim is to pursue profits, but to State management agencies in the south-central province whose mandate is to safeguard balanced and sustainable development.
Anniversary syndrome
Friday,  Apr 21,2017,21:04 (GMT+7)
Budget overspending has long been a big headache for the Government, as the deficit – hovering around 5% or more a year – makes inroads into investment for development. In fact, investment as a percentage of the State budget has been continuously falling over the years because regular expenses have devoured the better part of State coffers. However, a sizeable part of such regular expenses has wastefully gone to anniversaries.
Singing a different tune
Friday,  Apr 14,2017,09:24 (GMT+7)
The musical landscape has been turned upside down when the public this week learned that numerous popular songs have not been approved, meaning performing such musical pieces is illegal. The whole story, in fact, began last month when several songs were banned due to what officials described as unsuitable contents and copyright issues, but it reached a feverish pitch when Hue Medical University was told that four songs by late composer Trinh Cong Son the school planned for an internal show this month had not been legalized.
Low-flying option?
Friday,  Apr 7,2017,06:55 (GMT+7)
The Ministry of Transport is now facing a tough choice: whether to advocate competition in the civil aviation industry to benefit the public by refusing proposals to impose a floor airfare, or to curb competition by siding with national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and its affiliate Jetstar Pacific. It is tough because the two State-owned carriers want a floor air ticket price set to ensure profitability, but taking this option means putting the public interests at stake, let alone it goes against the basic rules of the market economy.
Fishy process
Friday,  Mar 31,2017,23:03 (GMT+7)
The story was front-paged by most newspapers when authorities of Thanh Hoa Province on March 30 announced results of an inspection into the fast-tracked promotion of a civil servant. Dubious promotions are not uncommon, with numerous cases discovered by local media lately, but the case in Thanh Hoa can be seen as typical of a troubling process.
Questionable approach
Saturday,  Mar 25,2017,00:23 (GMT+7)
Nicknamed “Green Lung of the City,” Son Tra Peninsula in the central coast city of Danang has recently made big headlines in local media as its noble merits are menaced. Construction work on projects had been hastily taking place there, seemingly unnoticed by Danang authorities until a fisherman last week posted pictures of abnormal developments online. The aftermath reveals a highly-controversial tug of war.
Deadly conflicts of interest
Friday,  Mar 17,2017,17:16 (GMT+7)
It is unprecedented when top leaders of a province are threatened by an underground ring like what happens in the gangland. But it is the case in Bac Ninh Province these days when the provincial government sent an urgent correspondence to the Prime Minister seeking help, as senior leaders there as well as the provincial chairman have got threats while trying to prevent the chaotic exploitation of sand in the Cau River.
Troubled waters
Friday,  Mar 10,2017,17:37 (GMT+7)
The People’s Court in Hanoi City suddenly called off the hearing of the OceanBank corruption case on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after its opening, and the judges ordered investigative agencies to gather more evidence to clarify violations in the case. Initial findings at the hearing, however, reveal how irregularities have taken place in the banking industry given the loose supervision by the monetary regulator, and how certain leaders of State enterprises have managed to fish in troubled waters.
Rocky road to the right end
Friday,  Mar 3,2017,07:28 (GMT+7)
A strong campaign launched weeks ago by authorities of HCMC’s District 1 to restore order on sidewalks has achieved encouraging results, when footways along major streets now look more spacious, pedestrians feel more secure, and traffic to some extent is more disciplined. The greatest achievement, however, is that the endeavor has won strong backing from all walks of life, from top leaders of the country to the media and the public.
Bittersweet aftertaste
Friday,  Feb 24,2017,13:54 (GMT+7)
The protracted saga at Nam Trung Yen Primary School in Hanoi City’s Cau Giay District finally unfolds, but the outcome can hardly be claimed as a happy ending though the school’s leaders have been dismissed and justice has prevailed. Nearly three months since a second-grader at the school was severely injured when he was hit by a taxicab transporting the school’s principal and vice principal into the school’s campus, the truth has now been verified, despite lies after lies by the school’s leaders and all their tricks to conceal the facts.
A strong, controversial start
Friday,  Feb 17,2017,13:53 (GMT+7)
Within just two hours at two road sections this Wednesday, authorities of District 1 in HCMC and traffic police handled over 100 cases of motorcycle users riding on the sidewalk, and imposed an administrative fine of VND350,000 each on violators. Such sanctions are seen heavy-handed, as most road users see riding on the sidewalk not an abnormal behavior, but a work-a-day practice, and few had been punished for such infringement of the law before. The big number of violators in just a short length of time on one hand sheds light on the low public awareness of legal compliance, and the poor performance of management agencies in securing urban order in as many years on the other hand.
Red alert against alien farming
Friday,  Feb 10,2017,19:21 (GMT+7)
An alarm is sounded these days when the threat of an alien creature farmed in the Mekong Delta that may do harm to local agriculture makes headlines in local media. The alien creature is the red swamp crayfish, but is commonly referred to by locals as the red lobster due to the resemblance between the two. The emergence of the crayfish renders a red alert, not only because of the possible damage the creature can cause to local farming, but also because numerous lessons in the past have not been learned.
The wrong vehicle
Friday,  Feb 3,2017,17:46 (GMT+7)
For the sake of effective control, especially when it comes to restoring public order, various vehicles can be employed to achieve the end as long as such vehicles are legal and legitimate. Otherwise, the means is not acceptable.
Consumer confidence traceable
Friday,  Jan 20,2017,01:22 (GMT+7)
Food safety has become an issue of utmost concern these days, not only for foreign importers but also for local consumers, so the key question is how and where food is produced. In other words, what today’s buyers want is that food items are traceable. Such a trend is now being proactively taken by both State management agencies and enterprises, who have become aware that it is a matter of survival.
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