Aiming high or complacency?
Monday,  Jun 19,2017,21:30 (GMT+7)
Tourism has lately been touted as one of the country’s economic spearheads, given the strong growth of over 20% in both international arrivals and revenues.
Vietnam drug prices reasonable - health minister
Friday,  Jun 16,2017,23:38 (GMT+7)
HANOI – Prices of Vietnamese-made drugs are lower than in six middle-income countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said on June 14.
NA deputies concerned about health insurance fund safety
Thursday,  Jun 15,2017,22:32 (GMT+7)
HCMC – National Assembly (NA) deputies on June 14 expressed concerns over losses and misuses of the health insurance fund, saying Vietnam Social Security (VSS) must take responsibility.
Order restored on 116 downtown streets
Thursday,  Jun 15,2017,22:11 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Law enforcement officers of District 1 in HCMC have restored sidewalk order on 116 out of 134 streets in the city center, said Tran The Thuan, chairman of the district.
Return to Caesar
Monday,  Jun 12,2017,21:56 (GMT+7)
The picture of aviation at Tan Son Nhat International Airport shows a stark contrast. While authorities have repeatedly complained about congestion inside and outside the nation’s busiest airport, as well as in the sky, a vast area of land of the airport has been developed into a golf course, where a privileged few can access. And this contrast is feared to stay long despite outcries from all walks of life.
Medical insurance profiteering faces inspection
Thursday,  Jun 8,2017,21:31 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The Ministry of Health has told the local departments of health to conduct inspections and find ways to take back VND3 trillion (US$132 million) allegedly profiteered by individuals from the health insurance fund after a refusal of Vietnam Social Security to reimburse the sum to hospitals.
Only 6% of construction workers buy social insurance
Monday,  Jun 5,2017,22:57 (GMT+7)
HANOI – Among three million workers in the construction industry, a mere 6% of them had social insurance coverage in 2014, shows a survey released at a seminar in Hanoi last Friday.
Foreseeable disaster
Monday,  Jun 5,2017,22:52 (GMT+7)
For years, sand has been widely tapped for export to neighboring countries, with a volume estimated at millions of tons each year. In the first two months of this year, according to local media, at least one million tons of sand has been shipped to Singapore alone. Such rampant sand mining is inviting a disaster for the country.
HCMC seeks to limit tobacco retail at public places
Monday,  Jun 5,2017,22:51 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The HCMC government has asked its departments of industry-trade and planning-investment, as well as district-level authorities not to grant tobacco retail dealer’s permits at public places like hotels, restaurants, cafes and discos.
Tobacco causes economic losses of VND24.6 trillion a year in Vietnam
Friday,  Jun 2,2017,00:29 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The World Health Organization (WHO) said tobacco-related economic losses in Vietnam are estimated to amount to VND24.6 trillion (US$1.17 billion) a year, or VND67.4 billion a day.
U.S. Senator McCain visits Vietnam
Friday,  Jun 2,2017,00:22 (GMT+7)
HCMC – U.S. Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, on May 31 met with Vietnam’s Defense Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich after his arrival in Hanoi.
Vinastas fined for falsified information about fish sauce
Monday,  May 29,2017,22:46 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association (Vinastas) has been fined VND15 million (US$662.02) and forced to retract all the falsified information it provided for the media to report fish sauce contained arsenic.
Fatal flaws of responsibility
Monday,  May 29,2017,21:58 (GMT+7)
Four sixth graders in Phu Yen Province’s Son Hoa District drowned while swimming in the Ba Ha River last Wednesday as the river suddenly swelled, triggered by a full water discharge from the Ba Ha hydropower plant. Once again, innocent lives were lost in an oft-seen tragedy due to flaws that have never been fixed though huge property and human losses have been regularly reported. The repeated tragedy mirrors not only the dereliction of duty of heartless people in charge, but also their deadly incompetence.
How to handle juvenile crime draws mixed suggestions
Thursday,  May 25,2017,23:59 (GMT+7)
HANOI – National Assembly (NA) deputies were split over principles for handling juvenile offenders as provided in a draft law revising the 2015 Penal Code, with some supporting criminalization of offenders aged from full 14 to 16 and others expressing concern over serious consequences caused by such treatment.
Uninsured patients to pay higher healthcare fees
Tuesday,  May 23,2017,23:32 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Public hospitals in 29 provinces and Hanoi City will apply the new fee hike plan for patients without health insurance in August, while 14 other provinces and HCMC in October, and the remaining 18 localities in December, according to the Ministry of Health.
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