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.
The heart-breaking images of a seventh grader being beaten by a group of her classmates in the southern Tra Vinh Province months ago continues to stir parents, teachers and educators. They are still talking about who should be blamed for school bullying, which appears to be on the increase.
It is the most basic of all economic principles – prices rise if demand exceeds supply and fall if the opposite happens. There is no rocket science involved here, but why are Vietnamese farmers failing to grasp this, time and again, in heart-breaking fashion?
The annual International Women's Day, March 8, will be held on Sunday. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a significant turning point in the global agenda for gender equality, the United Nations group simply known as UN Women has set a theme Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!
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.

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VN smartphone hits shops 1    VN smartphone hits shops

Bkav Corporation yesterday launched the first made-in-Vietnam smartphone, Bphone, which was in development for more than four years.

CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security 1    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.

US show to shoot secret cave special 1    US show to shoot secret cave special

The American television network ABC (American Broadcasting Company) will make a live broadcast of a Good Morning America programme featuring one Viet Nam's natural wonders.

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.