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.
Dealing with serious corruption cases remains slow: voters
Tuesday,  May 23,2017,21:24 (GMT+7)
HANOI - In their opinions sent to the third sitting of the 14th National Assembly (NA), voters express concerns over a host of issues ranging from corruption to food safety and illegal sand mining. However, what makes them worry most is the slow handling of serious corruption cases.
PM wants retirement age increase clarified
Monday,  May 22,2017,23:17 (GMT+7)
HANOI - The Prime Minister asks leaders of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to clarify eight hot issues, including the planned retirement age hike and child sexual abuse.
Keep the campaign alive
Monday,  May 22,2017,22:28 (GMT+7)
The campaign to make District 1 of HCMC become a small-scale Vietnamese version of Singapore announced months ago is losing momentum as the loudly verbal commitment is turning quiet these days. The campaign leader Doan Ngoc Hai, vice chairman of District 1 People’s Committee, has admitted that he can no longer walk down onto the street to instruct police and officials to clear sidewalks from vendors and businesses who encroach on the public space, as the job is now handed over to other grassroots officials following orders from his superiors in the district.
HCMC kickstarts school milk program
Thursday,  May 18,2017,22:04 (GMT+7)
HCMC - From the school year 2017-2018 onwards, school children from one year old to the second grade in HCMC will be given at least 180ml of pasteurized milk a day.
Retirement age unchanged this year
Thursday,  May 18,2017,22:03 (GMT+7)
HANOI – The National Assembly Standing Committee will not put the retirement age increase plan on its agenda this year.
HCMC needs VND250 billion/year to solve shortage of preschool teachers
Wednesday,  May 17,2017,21:41 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The government of HCMC has proposed spending VND250 billion (US$11 million) a year to deal with the serious shortage of preschool teachers.
Vo Kim Cu no longer National Assembly deputy
Wednesday,  May 17,2017,00:01 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Vo Kim Cu is now-former deputy of the National Assembly (NA), the nation’s legislature, as the NA Standing Committee on May 15 passed a resolution approving his tender of resignation from the 14th NA, reports the Government news website.
Preventive solutions, not curative ones
Monday,  May 15,2017,23:35 (GMT+7)
A large-scale environment pollution case is devastating a large swathe of coastal areas these days, as fish farmers in Kien Giang Province are decrying mass deaths of fish, crabs and clams, among others. Fish farms along a 30-kilometer stretch of the coastline from Ha Tien Township to Kien Luong District have reported a loss rate of over 50%, with at least 558 hectares of clam plus innumerable fish farms.
Budget but costly housing
Monday,  May 8,2017,21:21 (GMT+7)
It sounds all reasonable when the Ministry of Construction approves a petition by Dat Lanh Real Estate Company to develop commercial condos measuring at 25 square meters each in HCMC to meet the demand of low-income earners. Such condos, with the cost ranging between VND200 million and VND300 million, have been built in several neighboring provinces such as Binh Duong and Dong Nai, and have been sold out since they are affordable to the poor.
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