High power tariffs and policy incentives are needed to attract investments in electricity production, Tran Dinh Long, vice-chairman of the Viet Nam Energy Association, told Hai quan (Customs).
Tougher measures are needed to tackle the continuing problem of overloaded vehicles, Nguyen Van Huyen, director of the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam (DRVN) tells Giao Thong (Transport) newspaper.
Last week Viet Nam News asked readers how they think of a policy recently announced by the HCM City-based Vietnamese American Vocational Training College (VATC) forbidding its lecturers from being involved in romantic relations with its students. We also asked if they think it's a measure to improve fairness and transparency or it's a violation of individual freedoms and how teacher-student romance are viewed in their countries.
Bui Duc Quy, director of the Department of Aquaculture, told Viet Nam News about achievements gained by the sector during the last 56 years.
Professor Nguyen Mau Banh, general secretary and vice president of the Viet Nam Veteran Teacher Association, spoke to Vanguard (Tien Phong) newspaper about changes in the country's education system.
Weak promotion efforts have hampered VN tourism companies' abilities to compete, Vu The Binh, vice president of the Viet Nam Tourism Association, tells the Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper.
Severe, frequent droughts are seriously threatening water security, Truong Dinh Du, formerly with the Viet Nam Institute for Water Resources Development, tells Nong Thon Ngay Nay.
Articles published in Viet Nam News and online have detailed some of the reasons for the recent removal of many of Ha Noi's urban trees, providing some justification for the Government and private companies, and raising concerns and protests from the community and well-intentioned individuals.
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers if they liked free food. We also asked them what they thought about the fact that thousands of people, including parents and children, queued up for more than three hours under a harsh sun in HCM City recently for free McDonald's food.
Ho Xuan Hung, chairman of the Viet Nam Confederation of Agriculture and Rural Development, spoke to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about increased private investment in agriculture.
Does Viet Nam really need or even want ODA?

Queries about the future of Official Development Assistance (ODA) were raised at a press conference called by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) last month. The doubts follow a scandal involving a Japanese Company known as JTC and the Ha Noi Urban Railway Project. The work was financed by ODA.

You Asked ( 21-05-2013)

Dear Editor,There is a rule that decrees a foreigner visiting Viet Nam on a tourist visa cannot legally rent a house and must stay in a hotel.

US - VN trade likely to boom under TPP

Forty years after the war ended, relations between Viet Nam and the United States have grown significantly, especially in trade. In 2014, Viet Nam became the top ASEAN exporter to the US with a record trade surplus of almost US$25 billion. Bilateral trade reached $36.3 billion last year. Both nations are participants of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations, so bilateral trade is predicted to expand. Viet Nam News spoke to experts about how Viet Nam can leverage its reforms and economic competitiveness to reap the benefits of these new opportunities.

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Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier

Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier.

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An International cuisine event will be held in the central city as a lead up to this weekend's scheduled seventh Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, a contest between teams representing five countries.

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Da Nang plans to use the geographic information system (GIS) in the city's public tree management work, the municipal People's Committee spokesman Vo Van Thuong said.

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The Nghe An Province's environmental crimes division said this morning that it has detained a man for allegedly trafficking monkeys following a tip-off.