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Education experts strongly oppose parents’ intention to teach their children under six years old to read and write, saying this is ‘antiscientific’ behavior. 

Ban on Hanoi's street fruit stands proposed

 VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi plans to ban street fruit stands and ensure fruit is sold in stores so the city can better manage fruit sales and food safety.

Kids spend summer learning how to read and write before entering first grade

VietNamNet Bridge - Parents are rushing to enroll their children in reading and writing classes to prepare for the new academic year.

Illegal sand mining in northern province continues despite ban

Sand mining activities of a company in northern Phu Tho Province have alledgedly led to serious erosion and subsequent loss of farmland, leading to public concerns, 

U.S. airlines meet with Homeland Security on expanding laptop ban

U.S. Homeland Security officials met with major U.S. airlines and a trade group on Thursday to discuss the impact of possibly expanding a ban on large electronic gadgets on planes to flights from some European airports,

Instagram ban of Imogen Cunningham nude photos stuns Boston museum

 Social media company Instagram pulled photos by U.S. photographer Imogen Cunningham promoting an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, saying they violated decency standards, 

’Zero VND tours’ a blight on Vietnam

The head of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Van Tuan, tells Kinh te & Do thi newspaper that localities need tailored mechanism to curb poor-quality tours.

Mongolian capital to ban low-grade coal to ease smog

 Mongolia will ban the burning of low-grade coal in its capital Ulaanbaatar within the next decade, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said, as the country tries to curb toxic air pollution.

100,000 City households unwilling to use tap water

 VietNamNet Bridge – In an effort to provide clean water to all households, HCM City in recent years has connected nearly all households in the city to water pipelines and meters for free. 

Brazil's agriculture ministry, police say meat problems not widespread

 Brazil's federal police and agriculture ministry said late Tuesday that sanitary and corruption problems found in the nation's meatpacking industry were isolated incidents, an attempt to tamp down a scandal 

Vietnam’s pepper faces difficulties because of India’s ban

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) are working with Indian counterparts on the removal of the country’s ban on imports of six agro-products from Vietnam.

Madrid to ban old cars by 2025 in crackdown on air pollution

 Madrid's city government announced plans on Monday to ban the oldest and most polluting vehicles from the city center by 2025 in a bid to crackdown on air pollution.

’Funky balls’ face Ha Noi ban

 VietNamNet Bridge – The sale of nitrous oxide and nitrous oxide-filled balloons might be temporarily banned in Ha Noi,

Govt bans 2,4-D, paraquat in Vietnam

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued a diktat prohibiting the use of plant protection products containing paraquat and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) in Viet Nam.

Beijing bans high-emission vehicles in anti-smog move: Xinhua

 China's smog-hit capital Beijing will ban high-emission vehicles from Wednesday as part of its efforts to combat pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government.

Party bans Lunar New Year fireworks displays nationwide

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Secretariat of the Party Central Committee has banned all provinces and cities in the country from displaying fireworks during the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet),

Canada may ban farm pesticide that harms midges, mayflies

 Canada may ban an insect-killing chemical used to protect crops because it harms aquatic bugs, including midges and mayflies, while the government continues to investigate whether imidacloprid poses a risk to bees.

Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 sales over fire concerns, tells users to switch off

 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Tuesday and told owners to stop using them while it investigates reports of fires, fuelling expectations the tech giant will scrap the flagship device.

HCM City to ease ban on extra classes

 VietNamNet Bridge – Vo Van Hoan, chief of staff and spokesperson for the HCM City People’s Committee, said the ban on extra classes would be reviewed.

Gov’t: overturn online business limits

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Justice on Monday proposed eliminating a ban on business services offered online or via communication networks without getting prior permission.