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.
Eerything has its price. But the price Viet Nam is paying for industrialisation and urbanisation seems too much to bear.
A doctor working at Bach Mai Hospital in Ha Noi said one of her patients committed suicide last year because he did not have enough money to pay for daily treatment for his kidney disease. The treatment fee was too much for the man to afford, especially since he was so ill he could not work.
Authorities fail to deal with dangerous vehicles
Nine people killed in a head-on collision between a truck and a minibus last Saturday in Thanh Hoa Province were relatives on their way to Quang Ninh for a wedding. Parents of the bride-to-be were both killed. A happy occasion turned tragic. No words could describe the pain.
It should be obvious, pro workers is not anti China
An opinion piece published in the Chinese Global Times earlier this month pontificated that Viet Nam's Transport Minister Dinh La Thang should not have reprimanded a Chinese contractor after a fatal railway project accident.
Higher entry fees miss the bigger tourism picture
It is not often that one offers a surprise New Year gift that recipients are not thankful for. The central province of Quang Binh has managed this with ease.
How can heritage exist without community?
During a recent conference that looked at the Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Association's 2104-19 term, researchers and managers spent most of their time discussing solutions to community-based cultural heritage development.
Report on public servants stretches credulity
We are used to raising our eyebrows quizzically whenever a rosy report is put out by some Government agency or the other, but we also understand that a bloated bureaucracy is not likely to be very self-critical.
Recently, Indonesian officials were ordered to eat street foods, such as cassava, steamed corn and yam cakes, at meetings instead of fancy foreign dishes. The initiative came from the nation's newly-elected leader, Joko Widodo, who was born in a slum in Central Java and used to work as a carpenter.
Anti-corruption efforts damaged by scandal
The irony of having to revoke ill-gotten assets from the nation's former anti-corruption czar has not been lost on the public, which has welcomed the move.
Attitude adjustment needed in multiple sectors
Last week, top transport ministry and aviation officials confessed that services at Noi Bai airport in Ha Noi and Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM City were often poor and promised to make improvements.

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Confiscated bikes set for charity sale Confiscated bikes set for charity sale

The National Traffic Safety Committee plans to sell motorbikes and bicycles driving on expressways that have been banned for their use.

Cycling race escort dies in accident Cycling race escort dies in accident

A member of a motorbike escort group for the Binh Duong Open International Women's Bike Race died yesterday after being hit by a motorbike tour group.

Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen Vietnamese cuisine book journeys out of 5-star resort's kitchen

The five-star Furama Resort has released a 120-page cookbook titled A Journey Through Viet Nam's Cuisine, featuring recipes from the resort's culinary library.

HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels

A series of activities on climate change and energy have been launched by 350.org Viet Nam aimed at raising people's awareness about the threat of a carbon bubble.

Da Nang to teach archipelago history Da Nang to teach archipelago history

The history of Da Nang and its relationship with the Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) will be introduced into the curricula at secondary and high schools in the central coastal city this year, officials have announced.