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.
The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication s has recently caught a private IT company spying on 14,140 mobile phone subscribers using the Ptracker software.
The strict conditions laid out for surrrogacy in the law recently approved by the National Assembly opens a very narrow door for women incapable of child-brearing. Viet Nam News spoke about this issue to lawmakers and women that the law intends to help.
As part of the revised draft Law on Social Insurance, Viet Nam is considering gradually raising the retirement age to 62 years for men and 60 for women starting in 2016. Currently, the retirement age for men is 60 and 55 for women.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had said at the beginning of the year that one of the reasons for a slowdown in Viet Nam's economic restructuring process is that previous reforms have lost steam and new ones are needed to achieve sustainable growth.
Since the beginning of this year, measles outbreaks have occurred in 61 of 63 provinces and cities, killing at least 127 people. As the country mobilises its resources to fight the disease, Viet Nam News talks with experts about the situation and measles prevention efforts in the country.
Viet Nam became a middle-income country (MIC) in 2008, and remains at the lower MI level. Recently, Japanese economist Kenichi Ohno stated that Viet Nam had fallen into the middle-income trap, and his diagnosis sparked a heated debate on what was the country's true economic situation.
In a candid assessment, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh said several weeks ago that many of the 2,300 official visits abroad by Vietnamese delegations in 2013 were ineffective and a waste of scarce State budget resources. Viet Nam News spoke to several experts and officials on the issue.

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Authorities step in to save old trees 1    Authorities step in to save old trees

The Ha Noi People's Committee has asked Ha Noi Urban Railway Management Unit to try to avoid chopping down many old trees to make way for a future metro line.

Young travellers rescue bus accident victims Young travellers rescue bus accident victims

A group of 16 young Vietnamese motorbikers were first on the scene at last Monday's tragic bus accident on its way from the resort town of Sa Pa, which killed 13 of the 50 passengers on a sleeper bus.

Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water

People living in apartment buildings of the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.

Minister acts on highway peril Minister acts on highway peril

The Ministry of Transport has urged Lao Cai People's Committee to co-ordinate the completion of the highway linking Noi Bai airport with Lao Cai and the resort town of Sa Pa.

VN film triumphs at Venice festival 1    VN film triumphs at Venice festival

A film by Vietnamese female director Nguyen Hoang Diep beat seven other foreign debut features to win the Best Film prize at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival's International Critics' Week.