National history a child's play
IDECAF Stage, HCM City's leading drama troupe, is performing a children's play about historic Vietnamese figures every weekend until July 30.
Ha Noi raises a cold glass to Oktoberfest
On heavy-traffic days, bartenders pour up to 70,000 litres of beer, so technology and software are critical for pumping beer securely and quickly from the tanks to the taps and into waiting mugs.
Taxis scheme offers hope for the handicapped
Recently, on the boisterous streets of Ho Chi Minh City, a motorbike taxi group has been offering free transport for the disabled. The group's members are young, from all social classes, and share a common goal: to help the disabled community.
Capital may set up 190 taxi ranks
The Ha Noi Transport Department suggested the municipal People's Committee set up 190 taxi ranks at shopping centres, hotels, and hospitals throughout the city.
HCM City inspectors fishing for riverbank encroachers
The HCM City Department of Construction on Monday ordered its Inspectorate to scrutinise construction works that have illegally encroached on rivers and canals.
Tangled wires causing chaos around capital
Apart from their ugliness, the tangled mess of overhead power lines, phone and television cables in Ha Noi continues to pose a threat to city residents.
The Ha Noi Construction Department has asked the capital's People's Committee to relocate families living in seriously deteriorating tenement houses in Ba Dinh District.
City to achieve public transportation target
Public transportation will meet 15 per cent of HCM City's commuting demand by 2015 as targeted, according to the municipal Department of Transport.
The municipal administration has approved an investment of VND40 billion (US$1.9 million) for projects tackling the flooding problem in the city's inner districts, particularly districts 5 and 6.
City tuition fees to rise while medical service fees held
The HCM City People's Committee has decided to delay raising medical service fees at public hospitals due to concerns over financial pressures facing residents, according to city officials.
Ha Noi looks for ways to ease bus station overload
Ha Noi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao has asked for the prompt construction of temporary parking zones near coach and bus stations to ease overloading.


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.