Poor eyesight affecting gifted, urban VN students
The number of students suffering from short-sightedness is increasing in Viet Nam's big cities, experts said.Vo Thi Chinh Nga, from HCM City Eye Hospital, said during holidays, children from the city and neighbouring provinces flocked to the hospital for examinations and buying glasses.
Khanh Hoa cracks down on foreign language billboards
The People's Committee of Khanh Hoa Province has asked authorised agencies to inspect and punish stores in Nha Trang city with billboards written only in foreign languages.
Workers return home from Algeria deep in debt
The last batch of 18 Vietnamese workers assaulted by Chinese employers in Algeria late in October were repatriated today, happy to be soon reunited with family, but burdened with debts.
Police warn of surge in fraud cases
HCM Police have warned that swindlers posing as law enforcement officials to appropriate money from victims appear to have made a comeback in recent months.
Health ministry launches online drug registration services
The Drug Administration of Viet Nam (DAVN) under the health ministry today launched online public services level 4 to help pharmaceutical firms register drug and medicine prices.
Nine persons face prosecution in pipeline case
Nine persons will be prosecuted after police concluded investigation into a series of misconducts and violations at the Viet Nam Construction and Import-Export Co., JSC (Vinaconex).
Advanced waste treatment plant lies unused
The northern Hai Phong City's Trang Cat solid waste treatment plant, once known to be the most advanced one in Viet Nam, has not been operated for two years.
Executives face trial on embezzlement charges
The People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday commenced a preliminary hearing for two defendants involved in a major embezzlement scandal at the Agribank Financial Leasing Company No 2 (ALC II).
Quang Binh lacks good water, roads
Hundreds of households in Quang Binh province's Dong Hoi city have complained about a lack of clean water and a poor road network for years.They said they had reported the situation to authorised agencies, but received no reply.
Experts urge more measures to protect women from abuse
The lack of safety of women and girls in public places and sexual abuse is quite serious, but does not receive proper action from relevant ministries and organisations, experts said at a policy dialogue in Ha Noi yesterday.
Languages help blind students in job search
Mastering a foreign language, particularly English, has become an advantage of job seekers in cities but language competence is even more meaningful to visually-impaired students.
Education and training ministry unveils new education programme
Education and training ministry unveils new education programme

The education and training ministry (MoET) yesterday introduced a draft of the overall general education programme to collect feedback from experts and the public.

Strange disease identified as hepatitis
Strange disease identified as hepatitis

A strange disease that has affected 45 residents in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum's Ia Chiem and Dak Nang communes since May this year has been identified as hepatitis A, according to the provincial Health Department.

80,000 Vietnamese labourers work abroad within 8 months
80,000 Vietnamese labourers work abroad within 8 months

Nearly 80,000 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad from January to August this year, marking an increase of 8.21 per cent, over the same period last year, statistics  from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) show.


Environmental issues hinder new rural areas 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.

Baby vaccinations remain a cause for concern Baby vaccinations remain a cause for concern

Parents are concerned about post-vaccine reactions after the recent death of babies after receiving Quinvaxem vaccine, although the Health Ministry has repeatedly confirmed the safety of the vaccine.

Photos strengthen confidence of Mong girls Photos strengthen confidence of Mong girls

Wearing her most beautiful dress, Vu Thi Vu smiles broadly as she shows to her friends one of her photos which are on display at the Can Chu Phin secondary school in Meo Vac district of northernmost Ha Giang Province.

Lack of fire safety a risk in high-rises Lack of fire safety a risk in high-rises

Negligence and ignorance of fire safety regulations by both investors and residents at high-rise buildings have again come to the fore following the latest blaze in Ha Noi.