The Lawyer Law and Vietnam Civil Aviation (revised) Law were passed on June 22 by a majority of National Assembly (NA) deputies. The two laws will go into effect by January 1, 2007. The lawyer bill was discussed on May 22. Most deputies agreed with the NA Standing Committee on the contents and outline of the bill. The bill, which consists of 9 chapters and 94 articles, stipulates the principles, conditions, law-practicing standards, rights and responsibilities of lawyers and the management of lawyers' organisations and foreign lawyers' organisations in Vietnam. According to the adopted law, lawyers with practicing certificates and trainee lawyers will be allowed to continue with their work. Specific regulations are put forth to stipulate the government's assistance from the state budget to extremely disadvantaged mountainous provinces so that they can develop lawyer teams and ensure the operations of lawyer groups. In terms of prohibitions for lawyers, some deputies said the law … [Read more...] about Lawyer and Vietnam Civil Aviation (revised) laws adopted
Your Say (08-05-2009) Teens need to develop greater sense of sexual responsibilityLast week: Viet Nam News asked the readers about the consequences of, and resolutions to, the dramatic increase in abortion in Viet Nam Do Quy Duong, Ha Noi: It is often argued that in countries where abortion is legal, the abortion rate will be higher than in countries where it is prohibited. However, studies show that this is often not the case; countries with legal abortion options have often been shown to have lower abortion rates. This seems not to be true in Viet Nam, however, where abortion is legal and is on the rise, especially among teenagers. This would suggest there are other factors to consider. One is the standard of reproductive health education among teenagers. It is widely accepted the level of a woman's education is closely linked to her knowledge of birth control. While Viet Nam is considered a successful example of general gender equality, education tends to focus more on … [Read more...] about Teens need to develop greater sense of sexual responsibility
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon warned of an "imminent" threat of civil war in Syria saying President Bashar al-Assad has "lost all legitimacy." (L-R) UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil El-Araby, speak during a news conference on June 7, at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Ban warned of an "imminent" threat of civil war in Syria saying President Bashar al-Assad has "lost all legitimacy." (AFP Photo/Andrew Burton) Ban's comments came as the UN said its monitors in Syria were fired upon Thursday and prevented from accessing the site of a new massacre. World powers were as divided as ever on how to end the violence as the United States clashed with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on whether to involve Iran in seeking a solution. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 55 people were killed in Wednesday's assault on Al-Kubeir, a small Sunni farming enclave surrounded … [Read more...] about UN chief warns of “imminent” civil war in Syria
National Assembly deputies yesterday, June 16, re-examined the issue of which Government agencies should bear responsibility for cryptography. A law on cryptography was necessary to defend confidential Government information and ensure national defence and security, deputies agreed. Discussion centered on whether the Government Committee on cryptography should be put under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defence Ministry, the Ministry of Home Affairs, or the Ministry of Public Security, with concerns that a secret structure developed over the course of a 64-year history could not be easily moved. Phu Yen deputy Trinh Thi Nga, Hai Phong deputy Le Thi Mai, Dak Nong deputy Vo Van Du and Nghe An deputy Nguyen Huu Cuong agreed to it would be better to consider the committee as an independent agency directly under Government control, but Ba Ria-Vung Tau deputy Tran Van Thuc disagreed. He said the Ministry of Public Security should administer the committee because it had been … [Read more...] about Units responsible for State secrets reviewed
With $1 billion, Vietnam can change its system of bureaucratic civil servants into a contingent of enthusiastic and qualified people, said a senior expert from the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). The comprehensive administrative reform program was implemented in 2001-2010. During this period, the government's number of agencies reduced from 48 to 30, including 22 ministries and ministerial-level agencies. The number of departments felt by 28, but the number of general departments rose by 18 and the number of bureaus increased by 22. Le Viet Thai, head of the CIEM's Economic Institution Department, who chairs the research project entitled "Strategic vision on governmental institute and implementation roadmap", says that the administrative apparatus is cumbersome and ineffective because tasks and responsibility are not clearly defined. Thai tells Tien Phong Daily about the project. What does your group discover after researching the government apparatus? … [Read more...] about US$1 billion enough to renovate Vietnam’s civil servants?