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Thursday,  Jul 5, 2018,20:24 (GMT+7)
Businesswise, the prospects are irresistible when the potential investor puts forth a huge project worth VND2,100 billion, or roughly US$91 million, to develop a cable car system linking Duy Xuyen District and Hoi An City in Quang Nam Province. The ancient town’s authorities, however, have brushed aside the project in a straightforward manner, saying the investment scheme is not aligned with the city’s cultural merits. In a sense, traditional values prevail in the competition with economic benefits.
Thursday,  Jun 28, 2018,16:24 (GMT+7)
Scores are killed, numerous others are missing, and huge properties are gone as flash floods triggered by torrential rains over the past few days have swept through the northwestern upland. Natural disasters are force majeure but in many cases devastation can be limited or minimized if conditions are not created for the wrath of nature to take its toll. And such conditions are already created.
Thursday,  Jun 21, 2018,19:56 (GMT+7)
Waste is being stacked up, day in day out, at several seaports in the country, as if Vietnam were a dumpsite of the world. Port operators now find themselves in a quagmire, as tens of thousands of containers are being abandoned there, aggravating port congestion on one hand and adversely affecting port operators’ business efficiency on the other. The key reasons, according to local media, include the lack of efficient solutions to deal with the abandoned containers, and the absence of good rules to choke off imports of such unwanted waste.
Thursday,  Jun 14, 2018,21:28 (GMT+7)
Despite dozens of legal documents having been issued to govern trade in alcoholic drinks, despite campaigns calling on the people to drink responsibly, and despite warnings by health professionals against impacts caused by such drinks on human health, beer consumption still seems to be slipping into an uncontrollable manner, with bars and clubs seen mushrooming everywhere, spelling socio-economic trouble for the country. The latest move by the Ministry of Health to get tough on beer drinking, however, has again been met with stiff opposition.
Thursday,  Jun 7, 2018,19:46 (GMT+7)
The topic of white pollution is not a major issue in the media in a week flooded with articles about the ongoing National Assembly discussions, but it still stirs up grave concerns in society after a conference this Monday in Binh Dinh Province revealed highly-menacing data. The conference, jointly organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Binh Dinh Province’s government, is in response to the World Environment Day, with this year’s theme simply put: “Beat plastic pollution.” As revealed at the conference, the crisis is further worsening.
Friday,  Jun 1, 2018,16:17 (GMT+7)
The responsibilities of relevant people have been pinpointed following four railway accidents within just four days last week that killed three, injured scores, and wreaked havoc on the industry’s rolling stock. While in-depth investigations are still being conducted by police, many senior transport officials and railway executives – including Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The and Board Chairman of Vietnam Railways Vu Anh Minh – have admitted to subjective flaws that led to the accidents, and took the opportunity to proclaim their responsibility. Such a quick move, though heaping praise to some extent, is not enough, according to local media.
Friday,  May 25, 2018,16:52 (GMT+7)
Wastefulness in many circumstances is unfathomable, especially when it comes to using other people’s money. This proves right to numerous public investment projects, and a typical case study has surfaced this week when the State Audit of Vietnam delivered a report appraising public investment projects at the ongoing National Assembly sitting in Hanoi.
Friday,  May 18, 2018,15:44 (GMT+7)
Two people were killed and several others critically injured on May 13 when they tried to capture two robbers on a street in District 3, HCMC and they have been extolled by people from all walks of life for their heroic and bravery acts. The two who sacrificed their lives – one aged 28 and the other 42 – belonged to a group of so-called street knights who spend their time whenever possible to patrol the streets to fight evil-doers. Their titles are adorably conferred by people, although their positions as well as their acts have never been recognized by authorities.
Friday,  May 11, 2018,20:53 (GMT+7)
Compensation and relocation have long been a painful process in the course of development, but rarely has there been any project that has stoked agony, protests and social chaos like the scheme surrounding Thu Thiem New Urban Area in HCMC’s District 2. Such distress erupted into multiple layers of indignation at a meeting on May 9 between the city’s National Assembly deputies and affected residents. The meeting, as covered in local media, was awash with numerous accusations of wrongdoing by local authorities that have stripped local residents of their properties and their livelihoods. And that ordeal has been two decades long.
Friday,  May 4, 2018,18:14 (GMT+7)
Numerous questions have surfaced these days since the arrest of an illegal logging kingpin in the Central Highlands province of Daklak last week. There are rangers regularly roaming the forests, there are State-owned entities overseeing the country’s forest resources, there are police and military forces tasked with checking any suspicious logging and poaching, and there are grassroots authorities keeping a close watch – let alone all roads and trails to and from forests are closed and put under siege with numerous checkpoints – but the ring has still managed to transport thousands of cubic meters of timber out in broad daylight. Local media likens it to passing a camel through a needle’s eye.
Friday,  Apr 27, 2018,20:19 (GMT+7)
The plan to adjust the retirement age gets stuck again when the issue is revisited this week. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs submitted the plan to the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee this Monday, seeking approval to gradually extend the retirement age to 65 years for men and 60 for women. Though it is agreed that such a change is inevitable to keep the social insurance fund from going bust, there is no single viable way to do so, as seen in debates covered in local media these days.
Friday,  Apr 20, 2018,18:18 (GMT+7)
The entire society is turned upside down when it is revealed that a coffee processor in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong has mixed harmful chemicals with coffee byproducts on an industrial scale for sale on the domestic market. The local media is awash with denunciations and indignation towards the unethical business owner for poisoning consumers en mass, and demands tough sanctions. Simply put, producing poisonous drinks in this case must be treated as a criminal offense, say local news outlets.
Friday,  Apr 13, 2018,15:01 (GMT+7)
There are thousands of victims, who claim to have been cheated as much as VND15 trillion, or roughly US$650 million, by a virtual currency ring, but there is little sympathy. However, worries over social instability are awash, given the rampant development of cryptocurrency trading rings that are operating in broad daylight without being punished.
Friday,  Apr 6, 2018,21:15 (GMT+7)
The visibility was blurred when smoke from haystacks and straw being burned on the field pervaded a section of HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway this Tuesday, causing a multiple-vehicle collision as drivers receiving no warnings rammed their autos into one another. The blame game ensued, as covered in local media.
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