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.
During a recent visit to a high school, Pham Minh Chinh, Quang Ninh Province's Party Secretary, met four security guards working outside the gates.
In the piece "Vietnam's dangerous acts", Liu Hongyang, chargé d'affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, mentioned that the Xisha (or Paracel) Islands "are an inherent territory of China".
In preparing for the 24th Asean Summit in Myanmar, member states studied ways to respond positively to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's October 2013 proposal for an Asean-China Treaty on Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation.

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President leads tribute to war hero who stood up to colonialism 1    President leads tribute to war hero who stood up to colonialism

President Truong Tan Sang yesterday attended a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the death of Truong Dinh, a national hero in the war against the French, in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

Viet Nam topple Japan in int'l Robocon finals Viet Nam topple Japan in int'l Robocon finals

The Lac Hong University Robocon team yesterday triumphed over their Japanese rival to take out this year's International Robocon contest in Pune, India.

How to eat to beat the heat: lessons from Asian tradition 2    How to eat to beat the heat: lessons from Asian tradition

At a recent English conversation get-together, I chose the topic - How to beat the heat? I also chose a second topic - Ways to calm down when one gets hot-headed.

Government refuses to give preferential policies to Vinalines in debt restructuring Government refuses to give preferential policies to Vinalines in debt restructuring

The Vietnamese Government will not make any preferential policies to support the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) during its restructuring plan.

Vietnamese lions to roar again Vietnamese lions to roar again

In the near future, foreign-style stone lions with fierce looks, large paws and sharp teeth are expected to be removed from relics, pagodas and temples throughout the country.