A proposal recently made by authorities suggests offering financial rewards to families that only have daughters. This implies the sex ratio in Viet Nam is growing at an alarming rate. In 2014 the average ratio was 114 boys to 100 girls, and possibly up to 150:100 in some areas.
From this school year, Vietnamese parents have to pay for their children's health insurance in a full package for the whole year. The amount would be around VND540,000 (US$24). The country's media in the past few weeks have reported the complaints of parents in having to pay too much at one time for their kids' health insurance. On the other hand, very often, they would not hesitate to buy a present with the same amount of money for their kids' teachers as an act of gratitude on certain occasions.
What do you think when a Vietnamese ask you for language exchange?
A foreigner has complained on a popular social network for expats in Ha Noi that many Vietnamese people approach him for language exchanges but after he gives free English lessons, he gets nothing at all. He said it has made him feel used and taken advantage of.
A proposal to increase the minimum wage of workers starting next year has been submitted to the Prime Minister for approval. Workers of private companies and organisations living in big cities like Ha Noi, Hai Phong and HCM City have a minimum wage of VND3.5 million (US$155) a month.
A report by market research company Epinion and media communications agency OMD Viet Nam shows that fewer than a third of Viet Nam's 14.4 million youngsters aged from 13 to 21 year are not comfortable talking to their friends in person. Most say they'd rather use a chat app.
What makes one become a book-lover?

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has collected ideas for a project that aims to encourage more reading among Vietnamese people – especially children. The project would cost about VND230 billion (US$10.2 million). Do you think the project will work?

Ha Noi traffic police have proposed to fine people who wave down so called "snail buses" (rua bo) outside main terminals in big cities. The move aims to deal with the many passenger buses that attempt to fill up with passengers by wandering around the streets instead of moving quickly to their destination.
A poor man last week was pulled off his motorbike and beaten badly for one reason, insisting on stopping at a traffic light.
HCM City's People' Committee ordered Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street's management team to forbid pets on the walkway last week.The ban also included selling coffee, skating and sitting on picnic blankets.
A traffic officer that works 24 hours a day and never gets tired actually exists…in the form a cardboard cut-out in Can Tho Province.
Da Nang's People's Council has discussed a proposal to set up a separate beach area for people who wear bikinis. The proposal has received mixed opinions. Some people said that women should wear bikinis when going to the beach while others thought that they should be allowed to wear whatever they felt comfortable in. Do you think that this is necessary, suitable or possible?


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.