Environmental issues hinder new rural areas
In the five years since the Government put in place Decision No 49/QD-TTg on 19 criteria for new-style rural areas for the 2010-20 period, the majority of communes across the nation fail to meet the 17th criterion on environment. Both local and central authorities find it difficult to fill all five norms, as set down.
Water management has become a major topic of discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh.
Over the years, a total of 71 legal documents and ordinances and 73 decrees have been enacted by the National Assembly and the Government to regulate planning in Viet Nam.
The National Assembly is now discussing whether or not to include in amendments to the Criminal Procedures Code a person's right to remain silent when detained in a criminal investigation. Opinions are divided. Thu Van gathers insights on the issue from senior police officers, a lawyer, a prosecutor and a legal representative for a victim of a wrongful conviction case.
Saigon Dub Station, an organisation promoting reggae music and related genres in HCM City, will host a music night at Saigon Ranger on June 2.
China's reef construction and expansion in the East Sea has seriously violated Viet Nam's sovereignty, causing deep concerns among the international community, including ASEAN. Viet Nam News reporters spoke to experts about the situation and the actions that must be taken to avoid complications and extended disputes at sea.
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.
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.

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Teacher's long fight for justice pays off Teacher's long fight for justice pays off

Nguyen Than spent years trying to prove the innocence of his former student, wrongfully convicted on a murder charge 18 years ago.

Passion motivates circus artists to take risks Passion motivates circus artists to take risks

The circus has always been about performers attempting precarious and daring acts in exchange for the intangible reward of the roar of the crowd.

New flowers grown for Tet New flowers grown for Tet

Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year.

VN strives to reform customs ahead of FTAs VN strives to reform customs ahead of FTAs

The World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) would boost customs reforms to facilitate trade across borders in line with international standards, an official has said.