Time to get serious about efficient investment
Following the National Assembly session in October 2014, there has been a lot of discussion on public debt management and the efficiency of public investment projects.
Viet Nam must help children left behind by MDGs
Nearly 15 years ago the global community, including Viet Nam, rallied behind eight goals in the hopes of building a better and more prosperous world. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set measurable targets and a 2015 deadline for achieving them.
Like their counterparts in other countries, Vietnamese journalists are also struggling to see whether social media is a new source of information or a fierce competitor – or both.
Last week, five more bears held captive in northern Quang Ninh Province's bear-bile farms were reported to have died. This brought the numbers that have died in the province to 106 since the beginning of last year.
Stakes are high if science bows to business interests
If you commit a mistake once, others may think it was an accident. But if you do the same thing twice, others will conclude it reflects your nature and that you are not likely to change.
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.

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Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water

By the time Nguyen Thi Thung, grey-haired and sporting traditional ba ba brown clothes, stops her motorbike near the gates of Ha Noi Cancer Hospital, patients, relatives and street vendors holding empty bottles are already queued up.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security 2    CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security

The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has issued a plan for better management and prevention of theft of passengers' baggage and cargo, and to ensure aviation security.

Son makes Dad prize wheelchair 1    Son makes Dad prize wheelchair

Le Van Hoa works through his lunchtime at a workshop at the Hue College of Industry every day, despite the extreme heat. He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien 1    Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien received a Labour Order third class, and a merit certificate from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday.