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.
Public trust dented by cracks in new highways
Head of the Government Office Nguyen Van Nen told a press conference on Wednesday that the public should not jump to the conclusion that an irresponsible error led to a crack appearing across the then three-day old Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway. Reports also told of other sites where the brand-new road subsided "due to heavy rain".
Persecuted child worker searches for right path
Four years ago, Nguyen Hao Anh, 14, from the southern province of Ca Mau, became a media figure when he reported inhumane and barbaric torture at the hands of his employers.
Do public servants need helipads?
When a US$700 million administration centre in southern province of Binh Duong opened in February, it was hailed as the most expensive workplace for public servants in Viet Nam.
Viet Nam needs to address ongoing ‘brain drain'
I was full of joy and hope when 18-year-old Nguyen Trong Nhan from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang won a contest seeking the best and brightest high-school students.
Superfluous notary requirements cause headache
Many people in Viet Nam, including foreigners, have troubles when getting their documents and papers stamped at notary offices or authenticated at local governmental offices.
Airport customers get short end of the noodle
The price of instant noodles sold at airports caught the attention of the National Assembly Standing Committee last Tuesday.
Education agency dupes unsuspecting public
After the issuance of the Government's decree on education reform late last year, a leader of the country's education sector, while admitting that the education sector still had many weaknesses, called for the public to trust in the cause to carry out an "overhaul" of the sector.
Should inequality be a concern in Viet Nam? I asked this question of an older farmer I met in Lao Cai last year. After our interpreter struggled to find a word in Mong language that translated as "inequality", I asked him if he viewed the difference in income between the rich and poor as a problem.
A second language can open many doors
A recent draft document from the Ministry of Home Affairs has raised an interesting discussion. It revolves around whether high-ranking government officials should be required to master at least one foreign language, as the draft suggests.
In 2013, global job-search portal CareerCast rated journalism as the worst job in the United States, below lumberjacks, janitors, garbage collectors and bus drivers.The agency publishes the list annually in its Jobs Rate Reports. Two hundred jobs are ranked based on factors such as environment, income, outcome and stress.

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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).

Capital to host biotechnology fair Capital to host biotechnology fair

A three-day fair on technology and biological equipment will take place in the capital on October 21 organised by the National Agency for Science and Information Technology.

Rhino horn demand falls after campaign Rhino horn demand falls after campaign

Vietnamese demand for rhinoceros horns decreased by 38 per cent within a year after a campaign was launched against the practice.

My Lai survivor writes book 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.