Last week the Ministry of Health, allied with health experts and policymakers, called for an increase in the consumption tax on cigarettes. Their proposal was to have a flat-rate duty of VND2,000 or US$.08 on a 20-pack of cigarettes.

All roads leading to HCM City airport gridlocked ahead of long holiday
4/26/2018 10:54:05 AM (GMT+7)
Since Monday roads leading to HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport have clogged by traffic though the four-day weekend extending into Reunification Day (April 30) and Labour Day (May 1) does not begin till Saturday.

Two killed by lightning in Dak Nong
4/26/2018 11:16:38 AM (GMT+7)
 A man and a woman have died after being struck by lightning while hiding from a rain in a tent near their farm in the central highlands province of Dak Nong.

11 hospitalised in scaffolding collapse in Hue
4/26/2018 10:35:00 AM (GMT+7)
 VietNamNet Bridge – A scaffolding collapsed in the central province of Thua Thien- Hue leaving 11 construction workers injured on Sunday.

US psychotherapist uses creativity to heal
4/26/2018 1:10:07 AM (GMT+7)
 American psychotherapist Douglas Holwerda, whose primary work is talk therapy for those who are dealing with life problems or mental health issues, never planned to move to Vietnam - but now he’s lived here since 2011.

Social News 26/4
4/26/2018 8:10:00 AM (GMT+7)
Indie band launches music movie, Vietnamese, Lao provinces enhance medical cooperation, Quang Nam seized 2 tonnes smuggled timber, Alternative education approaches proving popular

Ceremonies commemorate Hung Kings nationwide
4/26/2018 1:07:43 AM (GMT+7)
 Vietnamese people nationwide held activities in commemoration of the Hung Kings, the legendary founders of the country, on April 25 or the 10th of the third lunar month.

HCM City to return 10 kilos of gold to local man
4/25/2018 10:10:00 AM (GMT+7)
 Ho Chi Minh City People's Court has just asked the municipal people's committee to return 10 kilos of gold which they seized from a local gold trader in a civil case in 2014.

In Vietnam, cities are scrambling to be smart. But can it solve pressing problems?
4/25/2018 8:41:00 AM (GMT+7)
 Millions of dollars are being spent on building so-called “smart cities” throughout Vietnam. But whether or not the initiative can solve increasing congestion or serious air pollution is what city residents are really interested in.

Social News 25/4
4/25/2018 8:10:00 AM (GMT+7)
Master plan to preserve Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Long An takes measures to improve PAPI ranking, Tay Ninh approves master plan on Ba Den national tourist site, Project provides treatment for prisons having HIV/AIDS

New automatic sprinklers a boon for Tra Vinh veggie, peanut farmers
4/25/2018 6:15:00 AM (GMT+7)
 VietNamNet Bridge – On his 2,000sq m vegetable farm in Tra Vinh Province, Thach Bay was working to the tune of a revolutionary song playing on his old mobile phone.

Five prosecuted in battery powder tainted coffee case
4/24/2018 11:15:27 PM (GMT+7)
 Police in the central highlands province of Dak Nong have prosecuted and arrested five people involving in the large-scale fake coffee production in the area.

Survey reveals disabled people still feel discriminated
4/24/2018 11:09:19 PM (GMT+7)
 As many as 46 % disabled people in Vietnam think that they should not love and get married according to a survey released on April 23 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).