Hue gala to dazzle, expand audience
The latest edition of the biennial Hue Festival, starting this weekend, seeks to offer more things to more people, but 16 years on, the landmark event faces several ‘familiar' challenges, reports Phuoc Buu.
Humble chemist a ‘powerful' guardian
Viet Nam's leading expert on metal erosion and protection, who has played a key role in protecting the national electricity network, has chosen not to rest on his laurels, report Le Nhon and Ha Nguyen.
A passion that keeps ticking away
Bac Giang resident Nguyen Minh Tam is so enamoured of antique clocks that he hears their souls talk to him. The collector tells Nguyen Truong that he misses this conversation when he is away from home.
Mini-plough devised to till terraced fields
A farmer in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai has invented a mini-ploughing machine for terraced fields in inaccessible areas.
Viet Nam seeks the secret of happiness
Are the Vietnamese people happy? That depends on how you define happiness. However, a new index likely to be publicised in 2015 will attempt to stick a number on that subjective truth. Hong Thuy reports.
Preserving the treasure of Cao Lan songs
A club of the ethnic minority community in the northern province of Tuyen Quang is preserving sinh ca folk songs as "treasures" for the next generations. Mai Hong and Trung Hieu report.
Young linguists share passion for language
An recalls that she began to learn English when she was five. However, she was exposed to English even before that when her father lulled her to sleep with songs of the legendary band The Beatles.
Doctor aims to cure health care problems
Many patients complain about local medical workers' lack of responsibility, but one doctor in the central province of Ha Tinh set out to change this. His integrity not only impressed patients but got him promoted to higher positions.
Memorable trip to a historic battlefield
Nguyen My Ha reports from the scene of the Dien Bien Phu battle, 60 years later. Filled with scenic landscapes and country-style food, her road trip also offered insight into the momentous historic occasion.
Pilot befriends American he once shot down
War forced them to face off nearly four decades ago, but today this Vietnamese former pilot and the man he once aimed his missiles at have become close friends. Ha Huong and Viet Dung report.
Photographer takes turn in the spotlight
Tran Viet Ha took up photography only last year but is already publishing her work – and even branching into modeling. Lan Dung reports.

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Mekong summit calls for greater riparian co-operation Mekong summit calls for greater riparian co-operation

Mekong River riparian countries have improved co-operation since the first Mekong River Commission (MRC) summit held in Thailand four years ago, a senior Vietnamese official has said.

Viet Nam attempts to hold back deadly measles strain Viet Nam attempts to hold back deadly measles strain

The head of Viet Nam's General Department of Preventive Medicine, Tran Dac Phu, announced on Tuesday that the department would work to contain the outbreak of measles over the coming months.

Da Nang plans a greener future Da Nang plans a greener future

The central city of Da Nang will have a face-lift as it becomes a green city following the Prime Minister's decision on the city's adjusted master urban plan for 2030 and 2050.

Delta households face water shortage Delta households face water shortage

More than 377,000 people in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta face a fresh water shortage because of saline water intrusion in the area, according to the National Centre for Rural Clean Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation.

Ha Noi to host National Shooting Cup 1    Ha Noi to host National Shooting Cup

The National Shooting Cup is scheduled to take place in the Ha Noi-based National Sports Training Centre from April 16 to 24.