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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.
Thursday,  Aug 16, 2018,19:06 (GMT+7)
The deadline set by the Prime Minister for ministries and relevant agencies to make life easier for businesses by abolishing at least half of the business conditions and specialized inspections on imported commodities has passed, but the job is far from done. The reluctance to improve the country’s business environment, as pointed out by local media, mirrors a deep-rooted mindset among many agencies who seek to maintain their own management style rather than to switch to a pro-business approach.
Thursday,  Aug 9, 2018,20:47 (GMT+7)
The business deal between VinaCapital and local trader of poultry egg and meat Ba Huan never gets hatched, as the foreign investment fund has finally agreed to terminate the cooperation agreement as sought by the local firm. It is normal business when two parties in a deal fail to have common voice and part company with each other, but the divorce between VinaCapital and Ba Huan unveils numerous abnormalities that stun experts and the general public alike.
Saturday,  Aug 4, 2018,17:30 (GMT+7)
The environmental pollution threat is looming larger than ever as the nation is struggling with a huge influx of scrap from other countries. Backlogs of scrap containers have piled up at seaports across the country, posing a tough question for environment authorities on how to deal with the unwanted garbage.
Thursday,  Jul 26, 2018,19:17 (GMT+7)
Despite the presence of laws, market surveillance agencies and industry associations, consumers are still vulnerable to trade fraud. There are many cunning enterprises out there cheating their clients to make illegal gains. Last year, Khaisilk, then seen as a top Vietnamese silk brand with a history of over 30 years, made a shock revelation that its scarves had been imported from China rather than made locally as assumed by customers long before. The public trust in such a Vietnamese high-end brand vanished in a blink of an eye and the company has never been able to get back to business ever since. But it seems the lesson has not been learned by many businesses eager to make quick bucks out of dishonesty.
Thursday,  Jul 19, 2018,21:29 (GMT+7)
All are turned upside down when massive fraud was uncovered this week regarding the outcome of the national high-school graduation examinations, sending shockwaves across the country. On Wednesday, investigators found that an official with Ha Giang Province’s Department of Education had manipulated exam papers to raise the scores of as many as 114 students, which might allow many of them who should have failed in the exams to be qualified for entering top-notch universities. The cheat not only inflicts huge damages on national education, but the entire society as well.
Thursday,  Jul 12, 2018,20:51 (GMT+7)
The topic of handling waste disposal is being unearthed again at the ongoing meeting of the HCMC People’s Council, as the environment is still worsening despite numerous solutions have been adopted. Discussions at the meeting this Wednesday have made big headlines in local media, not only because of the severity of the problem, but also owing to the solutions being revisited time and again without the desired enforceability.
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.
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