Viet Nam has significantly improved its position, from 71st last year to 52nd, in this year's Global Innovation Index released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The index considers innovation progress in a total of 141 nations.
Among ASEAN members, Viet Nam ranks third behind Singapore and Malaysia.
In 2011-15 the number of registered inventions in Viet Nam increased by 62 per cent from 2006-10.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Over $5.5b remittances flow into HCM City
Thanks to policy reforms, remittances to HCM City this year are estimated to rise to $5.5 billion from $5 billion in 2014.
However, mobilisation of intellectual resources has not matched the potential: The city has not been able to attract leading overseas Vietnamese scientists or managers.
In the first 11 months of this year the city welcomed 385,000 Vietnamese overseas.
Sai Gon giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Locally made drugs not popular at hospitals
In the first 10 months of this year the per capita spending on medicine is estimated at $38, $3 higher than in 2014.
However, local products accounted for only 11.6 per cent of drugs used by central hospitals and 40 per cent at provincial clinics.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Transport ministry seeks to defer road toll hike
The Ministry of Transport has written to the Ministry of Finance and BOT (build-operate-transfer) investors, asking them to delay a proposed increase in road tolls to June 1 from January 1 next year.
The reason for the delay is the low rise in consumer prices to which road tolls are linked.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)