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Young Vietnamese people greatly affected by social media
Friday,  May 5,2017,15:53 (GMT+7)
The lifestyle of young Vietnamese generations born in the 1990s has been greatly affected by smartphones and social networking site Facebook, according to the findings of a study revealed by the Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living ASEAN (HILL ASEAN).
Party sets up eight corruption inspection teams
Friday,  May 5,2017,15:24 (GMT+7)
HCMC - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, head of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption, has decided to establish eight teams to inspect the process of probing, prosecuting, investigating and judging high-profile corruption and economic crime cases.
Hospital fees unchanged for patients without medical insurance
Friday,  May 5,2017,09:05 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The maximum increase in healthcare fees for patients without health insurance will not be applied simultaneously at public hospitals from June 1, said the Ministry of Health.
Not yet ready to ride a radical change
Monday,  Apr 24,2017,21:21 (GMT+7)
The issue of banning motorcycles in HCMC is once again put forth, with much public controversy aroused following a scientific seminar on the topic in the city last Thursday. At the seminar titled “Controlling the demand for individual vehicles in HCMC,” it was stressed that now is the high time for the city to impose an all-out ban on motorcycles.
No soft landing
Monday,  Apr 17,2017,22:15 (GMT+7)
It has been exactly one year since large numbers of dead fish were washed ashore in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces. The Vietnam unit of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics admitted responsibility for discharging toxic industrial waste into the sea that led to the April 2016 mass fish deaths and marine life pollution along the central coast.
Extra social insurance contribution required for maximum pension
Tuesday,  Apr 4,2017,21:38 (GMT+7)
HCMC - From 2018 onwards, workers will have to contribute social insurance for five more years, meaning 35 years for men and 30 years for women, if they want to enjoy the highest pension rate of 75%, according to a Vnexpress report.
Environment first
Monday,  Apr 3,2017,22:49 (GMT+7)
To achieve sustainable development as reiterated for long by officials, the environment cannot be sacrificed, as it is a vital constituent in realizing that goal. However, given the numerous environment incidents countrywide lately, one may wonder whether authorities are serious in pursuing qualitative rather than quantitative growth.
Officials disciplined over contact failures at Cat Bi airport
Friday,  Mar 31,2017,18:59 (GMT+7)
HCMC - Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM) has taken disciplinary measures against a number of people involved in the loss of communication between pilots and air traffic controllers at Cat Bi International Airport on March 9.
Social insurance coverage remains low despite favorable policy
Thursday,  Mar 30,2017,23:56 (GMT+7)
HANOI - Although Vietnam’s social insurance policy is considered among the most generous in the world, the coverage of social insurance has reached only 24%, experts said at an international conference on social insurance in Hanoi on March 29.
Prime Minister urges active bird flu prevention
Tuesday,  Mar 28,2017,21:24 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The Prime Minister, worried over the rapid spread of bird flu in neighboring China, on March 27 issued Order 427/CD-TTg urging relevant agencies to enhance supervision to prevent the H7N9 strain of the bird flu virus and other strains from spreading to Vietnam.
Police raid home of major owner of defunct TrustBank
Monday,  Mar 27,2017,20:51 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The economic crime police of the Ministry of Public Security last Friday conducted a raid at the residence and office of Hua Thi Phan, the high-profile owner of an 84.5% stake in now-defunct TrustBank, said local media.
Low readiness
Monday,  Mar 27,2017,20:50 (GMT+7)
The fire broke out at Kwong Lung – Meko garment factory in Tra Noc 1 Industrial Park in Can Tho City at around 9:13 a.m. last Thursday, and firefighters of the city arrived at the scene just two minutes later. However, it took as long as 25 hours to put out the inferno at the five-storey factory, when most had been destroyed, with property damage estimated at US$6 million.
Japan grants US$2 million for Vietnam
Thursday,  Mar 23,2017,22:14 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The Embassy of Japan in Vietnam has agreed to grant nearly US$2 million for 18 projects in Vietnam as part of the Japanese government’s a non-refundable aid program, VietnamPlus reports.
For some, the law is toothless
Monday,  Mar 20,2017,23:10 (GMT+7)
It is generally agreed that corruption is widespread, and comes in a vast array of forms despite the presence of various laws and under-laws to steer the fight against such crimes. It can be valuable gifts given to authorities to buy “insurance”; it can be kickbacks when a project is approved or one investor is favored over another; it can be the cost of a project being blown out of proportion so that the investor can claw back bigger funds from the State or society – including private projects like what has been found in build-operate-transfer (BOT) road projects.
Test results to be shared among 122 hospitals
Wednesday,  Mar 15,2017,22:08 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Up to 122 hospitals under the administration of the Ministry of Health as well as first-grade hospitals have been requested to make plans for sharing medical test results among them, said Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the Healthcare Department under the Ministry of Health.
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