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Thursday,  Nov 29, 2018,20:58 (GMT+7)
The harsh punishment by a teacher against a junior high-school student in the central province of Quang Binh has these days drawn ire from all walks of life, not only because of the bodily harm inflicted on the poor boy, but also because of how principles of education are trampled on.
Thursday,  Nov 22, 2018,21:22 (GMT+7)
All eyes are on the first-instance hearing taking place in the northern province of Phu Tho where two former police leaders are standing trial for allegedly facilitating and covering up a huge online gambling ring. Roughly VND10 trillion, or some US$430 million, was found to have flown through the ring as bets during more than two years between April 2015 – when the gambling portals were started – and May 2017 when the police scented the organized crime and later busted the ring. Behind the scenes, however, numerous legal loopholes have emerged that made it possible for the ring to go largely unchecked.
Thursday,  Nov 15, 2018,20:57 (GMT+7)
The grim reality has still persisted after a decade since the Government first initiated a scheme to develop the North-South high-speed railway in 2008: scarcity of resources. This time, preparations for this scheme have been made more prudent, as seen in a presentation organized this Monday by the Ministry of Transport, but numerous questions remain to be answered over how to pool tens of billions of U.S. dollars for the megaproject.
Thursday,  Nov 8, 2018,21:47 (GMT+7)
Objection has been far and wide following the ruling last Friday by the Thai Nguyen Province Court of Appeal, sentencing Le Ngoc Hoang to six years behind bars for violating traffic rules when crashing his container truck into an Innova car in 2016 that killed four. National Assembly deputies, experts, lawyers, and judges among others have criticized the court’s verdict, which they say shows incompetence and wrong invocation of the law that not only victimize an innocent citizen but also put public justice at risk.
Thursday,  Nov 1, 2018,21:29 (GMT+7)
The intention was right when the Ministry of Education put forth a draft circular with an aim to amend prevailing regulations governing behaviors of students at pedagogy schools nationwide. The draft, intended for public comment until November 26, retains key contents of previous rules, but a provision regarding punishments against students engaging in sex work has backfired, arousing widespread criticism and indignation in the society, as seen in local media. Upon such angry feedback, the ministry quickly withdrew the draft this Monday, citing flaws in the preparatory process.
Thursday,  Oct 25, 2018,21:20 (GMT+7)
Criticisms and skepticisms are overwhelming following a decision by Can Tho City’s government this week to slap a heavy fine on a resident for exchanging a US$100 bill at an unauthorized money changer although all related sides agree that the punishment is in strict compliance with prevailing regulations. Calls for amendments to the rule are surfacing like ripple effects across the society, as people from all walks of life are of a consensus that legal provisions contained therein are unenforceable. Simply put, it is wrong.
Thursday,  Oct 18, 2018,20:25 (GMT+7)
The upbeat mood has been high since Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway was opened to traffic last month, linking major economic centers in the central region, and giving a strong boost to transport as the expressway allows for a maximum speed of 120 kilometer per hour. Such optimism has however given way soon to worries as local media has cast doubt on the road construction quality. The road underwent a major repair this week, as numerous potholes have appeared.
Thursday,  Oct 11, 2018,20:41 (GMT+7)
High productivity is generally deemed a desirable achievement, but for Vietnamese farmers, such an outcome poses risks, which under many circumstances can turn out to be a painful failure. That proves right for the dragon fruit these days, when the farm produce price takes a nosedive, resulting in huge losses for farmers and prompting calls for rescue from all walks of life, as seen in local media.
Thursday,  Oct 4, 2018,21:34 (GMT+7)
The conflict between preservation and development has always been a constant one, but in HCMC, it is even more striking given the fast pace of development. The issue therefore steals the limelight when local authorities put forth for public comment a scheme to tear down an ancient building to allow for expanding the municipal administrative center.
Thursday,  Sep 27, 2018,21:42 (GMT+7)
The cost is huge and is widely seen in local media these days as wastefulness when textbooks by the Vietnam Education Publishing House under the Ministry of Education and Training are for the most part turned scrap after each school year.
Thursday,  Sep 20, 2018,19:30 (GMT+7)
It comes as good news for many parents in HCMC when the municipal government says all children at public schools will be exempted from tuition fees up to the ninth grade, effective from this school year. For poor families, the tentative scheme is a big sigh of relief, which as described by local media shows the humanitarian policy towards the city’s citizenry.
Thursday,  Sep 13, 2018,20:08 (GMT+7)
The controversy gets heated following instructions by the Hanoi City government to restrict the consumption of dog meat in the city, with the two aims to safeguard public health and enhance the city’s image as a civilized urban center where cruelty towards animals should not be tolerated. The public is divided over the restriction, with proponents outnumbering opponents.
Thursday,  Sep 6, 2018,20:58 (GMT+7)
The general public has conveyed support, but experts and officials are split over a plan to develop an Urban Railway Project No. 2 underground terminal at a site next to Ho Guom (Sword Lake) in the heart of Hanoi. While many are of the opinion that such a facility gives a strong boon to the development of the core zone in the capital city, others have voiced reservations and even full-throated protests, saying such a construction work would threaten the lake as a national heritage site.
Thursday,  Aug 30, 2018,20:07 (GMT+7)
The cause looks noble when government agencies with the mandate to protect consumers have launched inspections into enterprises suspicious of wrongdoing. However, the unintended consequences of such inspections that are conducted with the participation of numerous media outlets, as claimed by inspectors, are extremely damaging to enterprises. The practice, repeated time and again, therefore, is simply unacceptable, according to local media in the soul-searching aftermath of the latest case involving the famous Kieu Giang restaurant chain.
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