Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last Sunday approved the allocation of VND3 trillion ($142.9 million) from Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans through the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change in Viet Nam next year. Of the 16 projects, priority will be given to the planting of mangrove forests and protective forests at riverheads as well as one on building dykes.
The HCM City administration has allocated around VND661 billion (US$31.2 million) for site clearance and resettlement of residents in the outlying districts of Binh Chanh, Nha Be, and Can Gio to build the Ben Luc – Long Thanh expressway, according to the People's Committee.
The ratio of students getting health insurance topped 83 per cent last year, numbering more than 11.3 million, according to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Department.
Viet Nam has about 313,000ha of cashew trees, down 120,000ha against 2005, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Plant Cultivation Department.
The expansion and upgrading of Pleiku Airport in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai will begin on Sunday, the Airport Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) has announced. The project with a cost of VND943.8 billion (US$44.94 million) funded by the State budget, ACV and the provincial budget will upgrade and lengthen the taxiway, runway and parking space at the airport.
Can Tho City on Sunday opened a $40m first-class general hospital with a capacity of 500 beds. The 10-storey hospital is built on an area of 12.48 hectares and has 18 clinics, and eight working rooms with nearly 600 doctors and nurses.
Textile and garments will continue to be major export items for Viet Nam until 2030, while electronics and mobile phones will see significant growth, according to HSBC's recent Viet Nam Trade Forecast report.
The Institute for Tourism Development Research is working to complete a project on Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta tourism development and submit it to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism by October, said Pham Trung Luong, deputy director of the institute.
According to the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park in northern Hai Phong City, Dynapac Company (Japan) has been granted an investment certificate to produce carton packing and packing materials, with registered capital of $14 million.
The HCM City's People's Committee has approved the collection of road maintenance fees for motorcycles from the beginning of next year.
By 2020, the southern coastal city of Vung Tau is expected to have a total population of 500,000 in five separate city sections, according to the latest master plan for the area.

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The Ha Noi People's Committee has asked Ha Noi Urban Railway Management Unit to try to avoid chopping down many old trees to make way for a future metro line.

Young travellers rescue bus accident victims Young travellers rescue bus accident victims

A group of 16 young Vietnamese motorbikers were first on the scene at last Monday's tragic bus accident on its way from the resort town of Sa Pa, which killed 13 of the 50 passengers on a sleeper bus.

Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water

People living in apartment buildings of the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.

Minister acts on highway peril Minister acts on highway peril

The Ministry of Transport has urged Lao Cai People's Committee to co-ordinate the completion of the highway linking Noi Bai airport with Lao Cai and the resort town of Sa Pa.

VN film triumphs at Venice festival 1    VN film triumphs at Venice festival

A film by Vietnamese female director Nguyen Hoang Diep beat seven other foreign debut features to win the Best Film prize at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival's International Critics' Week.