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.
Bui Sy Loi, vice chairperson of the NA Committee on Social Affairs, spoke to Voice of Viet Nam about changes to the Law on Social Insurance.
Nguyen Quang Vinh from the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry spoke to Kinh te & Do Thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper about corporate social responsibility.
Professor Nguyen Minh Thuyet, former Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and Children spoke to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper about ODA usage.
Deputy Director of the Field Crops Research Institute, Dao The Anh, spoke to Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper about the need to establish an independent organisation to manage food safety.
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers to share their thoughts about the proposal to provide 200 helmet cameras to catch traffic violators. Some readers applaud the idea, some do not.
Phung Duc Tien from the NA Committee of Science, Technology and Environment talked with Thoi Bao Kinh Te (Viet Nam Economic Times) about the need to use more technology in business.
For World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, spoke to Kinh te Viet Nam&The gioi (Viet Nam and World Economic Affairs).
Investment in an underground cabling system will be encouraged, Phan Lan Tu, Director, Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication tells Kinh te & Do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs).
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.

Proposal to tackle drunk driving sparks debate

The National Traffic Safety Committee's newest proposal that would give authorities the power to confiscate vehicles from drunk drivers has caused an explosive public debate. While the committee says that heavier punishments would curb traffic accidents and deaths, others have raised concerns over the fairness and feasibility of the proposal. Viet Nam News reporters Hoang Anh and Thu Huong gather various perspectives on the issue.

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Experts slam failure to save old trees Experts slam failure to save old trees

Distinguished scientists and experts in the field of urban planning raised many challenges at a conference yesterday to review Ha Noi's urban tree planning.

Whistleblowers to be rewarded up to US$160,000 1    Whistleblowers to be rewarded up to US$160,000

The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Government Inspectorate have issued a joint circular announcing that whistleblowers will be rewarded up to VND3.4 billion (US$160,000).

Daewoo founder seeks to inspire youth Daewoo founder seeks to inspire youth

As you get older, you spend hours regretting each minute you wasted in your youth, which flies by.

IZ firms find pollution controls too expensive IZ firms find pollution controls too expensive

Many companies in industrial zones claim they lack capital to introduce equipment to save energy and lessen emissions.

Caves in Quang Binh will soon echo with the sounds of runners Caves in Quang Binh will soon echo with the sounds of runners

Quang Binh, home of the biggest cave in the world, Son Doong, is offering visitors treks, caving tours and a race.