The world was overwhelmed by the stunning images of Son Doong Cave broadcast from the ABC's Good Morning America programme on May 13. The images were like scenes from the 2009 Hollywood
Avatar movie, with tropical forests, white sands, magnificent
stalactites and beams of sunlight radiating from on high. It was like we
were somewhere outside the Earth.
When I was pulled up by the police as I drove my six-year-old nephew to
school in New Zealand's Hamilton City, I was worried and then grateful.
In March, retail petrol prices went up by VND1,600 per liter to
VND17,280-17,880, ending a series of price cuts that began in early July
Queries about the future of Official Development Assistance (ODA) were
raised at a press conference called by the Japan International
Co-operation Agency (JICA) last month. The doubts follow a scandal
involving a Japanese Company known as JTC and the Ha Noi Urban Railway
Project. The work was financed by ODA.
The tragic deaths of 13 con-struction workers at Vung Ang Economic Zone
last week was the worst work-related accident so far this year. The
accident happened when 20-metre-high scaffolding collapsed. The workers,
most of them extremely poor, were buried under hundreds of tonnes of
We have rarely seen the people of Ha Noi this agitated. Residents
are justly proud of their city, famous for its tree-lined streets,
tranquil lakes and graceful French and Vietnamese architecture that they
love with a passion best felt when one is away from home.
The heart-breaking images of a seventh grader being beaten by a group of
her classmates in the southern Tra Vinh Province months ago continues
to stir parents, teachers and educators. They are still talking about
who should be blamed for school bullying, which appears to be on the
It is the most basic of all economic principles – prices rise if demand exceeds supply and fall if the opposite happens. There
is no rocket science involved here, but why are Vietnamese farmers
failing to grasp this, time and again, in heart-breaking fashion?
The annual International Women's Day, March 8, will be held on Sunday.
As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference
on Women in Beijing, a significant turning point in the global agenda
for gender equality, the United Nations group simply known as UN Women
has set a theme Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!
As in many other cultures, it is considered inauspicious in Viet Nam to say or do "bad" things during the first days of Tet (Lunar New Year). The belief is that this will set the tone for the rest of the year.