Check out today’s leading news stories:
-- A Vietnamese businessman has pointed out the chronic cumbersome bureaucracy that Vietnamese companies have faced in obtaining legal documents in a letter sent to Vietnam’s State President Nguyen Phu Trong.
-- The United States Agency for International Development and Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense have completed a $110 million six-year project of cleaning up a 33-hectare piece of land contaminated with Agent Orange, a defoliant the U.S. military sprayed over forests during the war in Vietnam.
-- A water utilities company in Vietnam’s central metropolis of Da Nang said it will provide running water to certain families for some hours and to others at a different time if freshwater shortage becomes more serious. Central Vietnam is being hit by an unusual drought.
-- Vietnamese Saigontourist Transport Corporation was found to have leased a building it rents from the government to a Japanese national in what is considered as a shady contract that the company’s stakeholders believe to be illegal and prejudicial to the their interests.
-- Office rental in Vietnam ranks second among Southeast Asian countries, only after that of Singapore, according to WeWork, an American company that provides shared workspaces and corporate services, which said this suggested a growing rental demand in Vietnam.
-- Results from a recent survey of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) show that the average yearly salary of Vietnam-based foreign experts stood at $90,408, a year-on-year increase of $2,000. Around 72 percent of them accumulated greater savings and gained better income than they did at home, the survey said.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam has required domestic banking institutions to provide account services to would-be customers who have visual impairment.
-- A hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, where back alleys are numerous, is piloting the plan of having its doctors and nurses give medical care to patients in emergency on motorcycles, blazing a trail in realizing such ideas nationwide.
-- The Vietnam Automobile Transportation Association has asked taxi drivers not to go on a strike against Grab, in the wake of a strike on Sunday, where multiple cabbies in the central city of Da Nang refused to serve customers as a way to protest against the ride-hailing service.