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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Wild peach branches disappear as demand rises Wild peach branches disappear as demand rises

It's hard to find ancient wild peach branches on sale in the northern mountainous province of Son La, due to their overexploitation by the local people.

Flower Road to be opened today Flower Road to be opened today

The Flower Road in HCM City's Ham Nghi Street will be opened to the public at 7pm today. Viet Nam News photographer Van Dat presents different images of the Flower Road, as seen through his lens.

Vietnamese consumer confidence "largely intact": Economist Vietnamese consumer confidence "largely intact": Economist

Vietnamese consumers started 2015 with their confidence broadly unchanged after a tumultuous 2014, ANZ Bank Economist Glenn Maguire said in a recent report.

Viet Nam ranks 10th worldwide in remittances Viet Nam ranks 10th worldwide in remittances

Viet Nam was among the top 10 countries in the world with the largest amount of remittances from abroad last year, with around US$12 billion, according to the Western Union company, which handles money transfers worldwide.

Viet Nam sit at 137th in world football rankings Viet Nam sit at 137th in world football rankings

Viet Nam jumped up four steps in international football rankings, according to FIFA's latest list.