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 VietNamNet Bridge – At a meeting with HCM City People’s Council last week, a principal of a local public primary school burst into tears while talking about a harsh prohibition in which schools are no longer permitted to operate extra classes.

Students still cram for secondary school entrance exam

In an effort to ease pressure on students, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in 2015 decided to prohibit secondary schools from organizing entrance exams. However, the decision has not improved the situation.

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

 Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.

U.S. bans most Pacific sardine fishing after population crash

 Federal fishery managers have banned nearly all sardine fishing off the U.S. West Coast for the second straight year in a move hailed by conservation groups as key to protecting decimated California sea lion herds.

Hanoi to restrict private vehicles

 VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi may ban private vehicles from the central areas and streets, as well as issue limitations on the registration of new vehicles.

Health Ministry warns of risks related to overuse of antibiotics

 VietNamNet Bridge – The health sector called on health workers and residents to use antibiotics responsibly by only taking medicine doctors prescribe at a meeting on Saturday in Ha Noi.

HCM City: Ads on buses to bring $7.6m a year

 VietNamNet Bridge – The approval granted recently by the HCM City People's Committee to carry advertisement hoardings on buses is expected to bring in hundreds of billions of dong to the city's coffers.

Problem flyers face travel ban for life

 VietNamNet Bridge – Passengers causing violent disturbances in airports, flights and control centres will be banned from air travel for life, a new Government decree on aviation security states.

Ministries declare new vision standards for motorbike drivers

 VietNamNet Bridge – People whose have less than 4/10 vision, even with glasses, will not be allowed to ride 50cc to 175cc motorcycles in Viet Nam.

22,000 cosmetics with cancer causing preservative banned

 VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam is set to ban about 22,000 types of cosmetics containing five derivatives of Paraben that are suspected of causing breast cancer and male infertility.

Data roaming charges to end in EU within two years

Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced. 

Disney confirms selfie stick ban at theme parks

 Disney has banned selfie sticks from its theme parks over safety concerns, the company has confirmed.

Nestle India challenges Maggi noodles ban in Mumbai court

 Nestle India has challenged a ban imposed by India's food safety regulator on its popular Maggi noodles.

Officials to gamble on ban decision

 VietNamNet Bridge – As the government mulls over plans to lift the ban on Vietnamese citizens gambling in local casinos, Andrew W Scott, chief executive officer of World Gaming Group Ltd. and founder of the World Gaming Magazine,

Entrance exam ban poses tough questions

 VietNamNet Bridge – Summer, the examination season for Vietnamese students, is coming. This means lots of pressure are waiting for students; but not for fifth graders because they don't have to take lower secondary school entrance exams any more.

Ninh Binh's footballers get life ban

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam Football Federation yesterday announced that nine V-League players from Vissai Ninh Binh will be banned from playing for life due to their involvement in match fixing.

Gay US blood donor ban 'should end'

 Gay and bisexual men should no longer be banned from donating blood in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended.

Burning ritual sparks controversy

 VietNamNet Bridge – Researchers in the former royal capital city of Hue are objecting to a recent ban on the custom of burning votive paper offerings.


 AFC bans six players for match rigging; Hosts Brazil outclass Viet Nam at Futsal Grand Prix; AFC extends suspensions for Dong Nai match-fixing culprits

Parents, teachers question ban on after-school classes

 VietNamNet Bridge – Despite a Ministry of Education and Training ban on after-school classes, many students and parents take no notice. Some even use the classes as child minding centres while they are still at work.