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.
Vietnamese practices could lead to spread of Ebola
At some point, Ebola will arrive in Viet Nam as an uninvited guest.Once Ebola arrives, it will spread incredibly fast.
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.

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HCM City struggles to control influx of substandard produce 1    HCM City struggles to control influx of substandard produce

High demand for farm produce and the sheer variety of ways in which it is brought into HCM City from other localities makes quality control a very difficult task, officials say.

Hoi An hosts silken rendezvous Hoi An hosts silken rendezvous

Top craftsmen and women from seven silk villages in Viet Nam will participate in the Viet Nam Silk Culture Day at Hoi An city's Silk Village centre on December 28.

Local art smashes auction record Local art smashes auction record

Days after noted Vietnamese artist Le Pho's View from the Hilltop set a new auction record, art collector Nguyen Minh still has a lingering feeling of regret.

Long Bien Bridge preservation divides planners 2    Long Bien Bridge preservation divides planners

Architecture and cultural managers discussed Long Bien Bridge's future at a seminar held on Wednesday in Ha Noi.

Malaysia crush VN in AFF semis Malaysia crush VN in AFF semis

Viet Nam suffered a nightmare yesterday at My Dinh Stadium in Ha Noi as they were knocked out of the ASEAN Football Federation-Suzuki Cup.