Streets were turned into riv-ers in Ha Noi and HCM City in a matter of hours over the last few days in what have been described as historic rainfalls. Traffic was thrown into chaos as thousands of residents scrambled to get home in the driving rain that lasted for hours at a time.
The heavy rain on Tuesday morning last week once again focused media attention on the elevated mass transit system and the misery of commuters caught up in the seemingly endless traffic jams plaguing Xuan Thuy Street, Ha Noi City. Adding to the bedraggled misery of those caught in the snarl-up, was the blinking of red brake lights as motorcyclists and car drivers edged forward slowly,then braked.
As the university application process ended a few days ago, many complaints were made about the shortcoming of the new model. Top of the list was how high-school students had an intense time trying to get into college.
Attracting talented scientists to work in national research institutes is a top priority for the Government, especially during this period of international integration.
My generation grew up realising that Viet Nam, according to the geography textbooks, is ceaselessly and naturally expanding outwards to the sea, particularly in the south.
About half of the total of 817,000 students who recently sat for the national high school and university exams scored less than five out of 10 marks for English, one of the three compulsory subjects.
A mass murder in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on July 7 shook the nation. Six members of a wealthy business family were killed during the night. Only an 18-month-old baby was spared.
Just a few days ago, the nation saw and enjoyed the tension and excitement of millions of young people chasing their dreams of a college education. It was difficult not to get caught up in that atmosphere.
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.


Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi Doctors treat patients for free at clinic in Ha Noi

For more than 20 years, Dang Thi Nhan, 67, has been waking up about 30 minutes earlier each day to bake cakes or prepare tea for two retired doctors in a clinic near her house in Ha Noi's Giap Bat Ward.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Water resources, eroding land need saving Water resources, eroding land need saving

Water management has become a major topic of discussion in recent years among Viet Nam's lawmakers, experts and society. The country has been struggling to deal with water-related issues such as a rising sea level, land subsidence and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. Lawmakers and experts shared their views on water management with Viet Nam News reporters Thu Van and Hoang Anh.