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.
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.

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Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water 1    Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water

By the time Nguyen Thi Thung, grey-haired and sporting traditional ba ba brown clothes, stops her motorbike near the gates of Ha Noi Cancer Hospital, patients, relatives and street vendors holding empty bottles are already queued up.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security 2    CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security

The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has issued a plan for better management and prevention of theft of passengers' baggage and cargo, and to ensure aviation security.

Son makes Dad prize wheelchair 1    Son makes Dad prize wheelchair

Le Van Hoa works through his lunchtime at a workshop at the Hue College of Industry every day, despite the extreme heat. He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien 1    Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien received a Labour Order third class, and a merit certificate from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday.