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.
Experts oppose plan to reduce rush hour buses
The plan of Ha Noi's transport authority to cut bus services during rush hour to reduce traffic congestion has been opposed by several traffic experts.
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.


Environmental issues hinder new rural areas Environmental issues hinder new rural areas

In the five years since the Government put in place Decision No 49/QD-TTg on 19 criteria for new-style rural areas for the 2010-20 period, the majority of communes across the nation fail to meet the 17th criterion on environment. Both local and central authorities find it difficult to fill all five norms, as set down.

Baby vaccinations remain a cause for concern Baby vaccinations remain a cause for concern

Parents are concerned about post-vaccine reactions after the recent death of babies after receiving Quinvaxem vaccine, although the Health Ministry has repeatedly confirmed the safety of the vaccine.

Photos strengthen confidence of Mong girls Photos strengthen confidence of Mong girls

Wearing her most beautiful dress, Vu Thi Vu smiles broadly as she shows to her friends one of her photos which are on display at the Can Chu Phin secondary school in Meo Vac district of northernmost Ha Giang Province.

Lack of fire safety a risk in high-rises Lack of fire safety a risk in high-rises

Negligence and ignorance of fire safety regulations by both investors and residents at high-rise buildings have again come to the fore following the latest blaze in Ha Noi.