Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers for whether they believe the phrase bo ao khong lam nen thay tu, or "Clothes do not make the man," is true in Viet Nam and in their countries, given that many Vietnamese people rushed to buy the latest iPhone, even though some of them don't know how to use it. We also asked if such people suffer from commodity fetishism, which, it is argued, comes from a lack of confidence.
Government financial support would help more people buy their own homes, Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam told the newspaper Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) .
There are few takes for resettlement housing despite high demand, Vu Thi Vinh, secretary general of the Viet Nam Urban Planning and Development Association, tells Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam.
The Viet Nam Railway Corporation's general director, Vu Ta Tung, speaks with the Tuoi tre (Youth) Newspaper about using e-tickets to deal with the holiday rush for Tet (Lunar NewYear festival).
Delayed social insurance payments are a burden on the Viet Nam Social Insurance Fund, Hoang Van Dung, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce, told Thoi bao Ngan hang (Banking Times).
Hoang Lam, director of the Quality Assurance and Safety Centre (Quatest 3), discusses the importance of the Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law with Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper.
Vu Van Hoa, Deputy Rector of Ha Noi University of Business and Technology, explains a set of recently proposed criteria for ranking universities to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
SMEs need to know about trade deals, Vice-Chairman and Secretary General of the Viet Nam Association for small and medium enterprises To Hoai Nam told Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper.
The building of an airport in Long Thanh will reduce pressure on Tan Son Nhat Airport, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong told Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) Newspaper.
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers to share their thoughts about a draft decree from the Ministry of Industry and Trade to require bars and street shops to serve beer at a temperature below 30 degrees Celsius. The move aims to protect beer lovers' health. Here are some readers' comments:
Smartcards and e-tickets are set to become the norm, Nguyen Hoang Hai, Director of the Ha Noi Urban Transport Management and Operation Centre (TRAMOC) tells the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) Newspaper .
Give us the straight goods on fruits we eat 2   

Most people have heard of imported fruit that stays firm for five to nine months without a trace of rotting. The stories have led to a swirl of contradictory statements from authorities and experts.

You Asked ( 21-05-2013)

Dear Editor,There is a rule that decrees a foreigner visiting Viet Nam on a tourist visa cannot legally rent a house and must stay in a hotel.

Tax not the solution to online gaming issue

A 10 per cent tax on the online gaming industry recently proposed by the Ministry of Finance aims to address the connection between the increase in gaming addiction and game-related crimes among youngsters by charging them more to fuel their addiction.


Woman steps up in fight to tackle drugs 2    Woman steps up in fight to tackle drugs

Since for Le Thi Nga "to live is to give," she thought nothing about joining the neighbourhood watch in her fourth quarter in District 1's Cau Kho Ward in 2009.

Tan Son Nhat Airport on verge of overloading 1    Tan Son Nhat Airport on verge of overloading

HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport will be stretched beyond capacity in the next two years, making construction of the new Long Thanh airport in Dong Nai Province more urgent than ever, experts warn.

BIDV teams up with Japanese banks to facilitate investment BIDV teams up with Japanese banks to facilitate investment

The Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Japanese banks, namely Minato Bank and the Bank of Yokohama (BOY).

My Lai survivor writes book 1    My Lai survivor writes book

Pham Thanh Cong, 57, was one of only a dozen survivors of 1968's infamous My Lai massacre. More than four decades later, he has written a book about the mass murder, in which American soldiers killed 504 unarmed civilians.

Imported brews, grub at Ha Noi's Oktoberfest 1    Imported brews, grub at Ha Noi's Oktoberfest

A celebration of Germany's Oktoberfest will be held in Ha Noi on Thursday and Friday.