A teacher in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta believed that leaking questions of a final examination to the son of a neighbor who has greatly supported him in life is the best way to pay his gratitude forward. On May 9, eleventh graders at schools across Dong Thap Province were ready to sit for their math and history final tests when they were informed that the exams were canceled in the last minutes as the questions had been leaked online the night before. Police had launched a probe into the leak, and announced on Friday that Bui Ngoc An, one of the teachers with access to the test papers before the exams, was behind the leak. On May 6, An, 54, deliberately took the math and history questions to his home and later handed them to L.T.T., one of his neighbors and the boss of his wife, according to police investigation. With T. having hugely helping the teacher’s family, An wanted to help her son, who is bad at math and … [Read more...] about Vietnam teacher leaks test questions to neighbor as ‘return of favor’
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The Hanoitimes - The amended investment and enterprises laws will soon be submitted to Vietnam’s National Assembly and will be adopted in November this year. These statutes aim to reduce administrative bureaucracy and mobilise more foreign and local capital into production. For the first time, the laws present a pro-investor approach which will, hopefully, create a new wave of foreign investment into Vietnam. Dr Le Net, partner of LNT & Partners law firm highlights the most important changes in these two laws. Abolition of Investment Certificates for many foreign invested enterprisesThe amended and restated Law on Investment will only require Investment Certificates (IC) for conditional investment projects. Other projects (e.g., production projects) may proceed without an IC. That means foreign investors may establish a company in Vietnam by registering its enterprise and obtaining a Business Registration Certificate (BRC) in the same manner as Vietnamese investors. If … [Read more...] about Revised investment, enterprise laws to bolster influx of capital – Opportunities – Investment
Talk Around Town Euthanasia: human right or path to decadence? by Huong Ly For most people, life is surely their most precious possession, one that they never want to lose. In the Declaration of Independence released by President Ho Chi Minh on September 2, 1945, which gave birth to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, a sentence was quoted from the US Declaration of Independence"...that all men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". However, death is the opposite of life. Everyone knows they will die someday, but they do not know exactly when. So, is choosing to die also a right? A patient awaiting death without hope typically has two options. The first is that he or she could ask someone else to help them die, possibly by injecting them with toxic drugs. Second, he or she could accept the pain, boredom, expense and worried family members that come with lying sick in bed. However, choosing to … [Read more...] about Euthanasia: human right or path to decadence?
Labour unions failing to meet workers’ needs (04-09-2007) HA NOI — Though most foreign direct investment enterprises have labour unions, they do not seem to be working on all cylinders to fight for workers’ rights. Recent research on the effectiveness of labour unions in 60 different foreign direct investment enterprises (FDI) employing a total of 80,000 workers, shows that 80 per cent have labour unions, only half of which have a working agreement. In fact, the agreements appear to be perfunctory at best, as working conditions and compensation differ only slightly from those under the labour law. More than 10 per cent of the workers questioned were not certain if their companies had a working agreement. In addition, sums for expenses such as lunch or transportation were not mentioned in agreements. According to experts in the investigation delegation, enterprises make these payments to workers as grants or management tools, rather than carrying out their … [Read more...] about Labour unions failing to meet workers’ needs
Confusion still reigns in publishing circles over Google’s offer to pay substantial copyright royalities in exchange for the right to digitize and sell electronic copies of over 4000 Vietnamese literary works. Meanwhile, the Vietnam Copyright Center is seeking writers’ proxies to negotiate with Google. Google is ‘digitizing’ printed books to build a giant electronic library. However, when it began quietly to carry out this project, it was sued by American writers publishers. This case has implications for authors worldwide because the books that have been or will be digitalized number several millions and they are in at least 70 languages. Google responded to the move of US publishers and the American Writers’ Guild by proposing, in 2004, to pay royalties to publishers and authors -- $60 per each work digitized, plus 63 percent of income it earns from selling these works in the future. This became the basis of an agreement between the US writers and … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s writers try to organize to deal with web giant Google