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.
Earlier this year, the government established the National Technology Innovation Foundation (NATIF) with a registered capital of VND1 trillion (US$47 million). The fund aims to foster innovation among Vietnamese businesses and promote the commercialisation of innovative ideas that can create new products and services.
Payout key to Old Quarter resettlement success
Adequate compensation and income-generating opportunities are key factors that will determine the success of Ha Noi's plan to resettle thousands of residents from its Old Quarter, experts and residents say.
Viet Nam needs to invest in infrastructure while sustaining economic growth. So far, the State budget and official development assistance have contributed most of the funding for infrastructure development.
In Viet Nam, and around the world, scientists still debate the possible impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops on the environment and human health.
A new human trafficking section in the Penal Code was drafted to comply with protocol on those crimes laid out in international conventions. Officials spoke with Viet Nam News about the changes, and if the country will incorporate them.
Tax not the solution to online gaming issue
A 10 per cent tax on the online gaming industry recently proposed by the Ministry of Finance aims to address the connection between the increase in gaming addiction and game-related crimes among youngsters by charging them more to fuel their addiction.
A recent incident in Binh Duong Province in which a four-year-old girl was beaten brutally by her mother and stepfather has stirred public response on the issue of child abuse in Viet Nam once again. Thu Van talks to representatives of non-governmental organisations, experts and local authorities about the matter.
During the last 20 years, the private university system in Viet Nam has been facing a number of challenges, including an insufficient management framework, an unfair competitive environment as well as discriminatory attitude and stigma from the public.
The region-based minimum wage in Viet Nam would increase by 15.1 per cent starting next year under a proposal that the National Wage Council recently submitted to the Government.
The Ministry of Transport has deployed inspection teams nationwide from July 15 to check and punish those who violate norms by reconfiguring the lorries, changing their initial design, to carry more load. Viet Nam News interviewed two transport ministry officials in charge of the inspection campaign to ask what motivated the move and what has been done so far.

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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.