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.
If children are our future, we need to secure it
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.
Petrol price stability depends  on refining our self-reliance
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 last year.
Does Viet Nam really need or even want ODA?
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 metal scaffolding.
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 increase.
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.
Eerything has its price. But the price Viet Nam is paying for industrialisation and urbanisation seems too much to bear.

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Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier

Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier.

When festivals lose sight of the people 1    When festivals lose sight of the people

Last year I visited George Town in Penang, Malaysia. I was excited to find a lot of similarities between it and my hometown, Hue.

Cultural events lead to fireworks competition 1    Cultural events lead to fireworks competition

An International cuisine event will be held in the central city as a lead up to this weekend's scheduled seventh Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, a contest between teams representing five countries.

Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS 1    Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS

Da Nang plans to use the geographic information system (GIS) in the city's public tree management work, the municipal People's Committee spokesman Vo Van Thuong said.

Man detained for trafficking 15 monkeys Man detained for trafficking 15 monkeys

The Nghe An Province's environmental crimes division said this morning that it has detained a man for allegedly trafficking monkeys following a tip-off.