The Ministry of Heath on Thursday told the Ninh Thuan Province's Health Department to strengthen prevention and control of bird flu H5N1. On May 11, a bird flu outbreak occurred in a poultry flock at a household in Ninh Son District's Nhon Son Commune. The health department will disseminate information on measure to take to prevent the spread of the virus to humans.
The Prime Minister has approved VND492 billion (US$22.6 million) to help 36 provinces across the country, including mountainous provinces such as Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai, to begin drought and salinity prevention projects this year.
The HCM City government has decided to allow low-income people to borrow VND500 million (US$23,000) with a maximum term of 15 years from HCM City Housing Development Fund to buy housing, up from the current VND400 million ($18,400).
The Quang Tri Province's People's Committee and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) on Monday signed an agreement to look for unexploded ordnance in the locality between 2015 and 2017.
The central province of Binh Dinh will spend VND7.3 billion (US$350,000) to offer vocational training for nearly 4,900 rural workers.
The first Post Office Library opened in HCM City's Cu Chi District this week. The small library is located in the Tan Thong Hoi Post Office and funded from the city's budget.
Only 20 per cent of the 8,000 tonnes of urban waste in HCM City is treated, according to the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Toxic waste volume has increased every year as treatment facilities have not been upgraded.
The Department of Science and Technology of Ha Tinh Province has started construction of a project that will raise the capacity of the centre for science technology application.
Viet Nam plans to organise exhibitions featuring maps, documents, materials, photos and other items which prove the country's sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos. The exhibitions will take place in 48 provinces and cities from now until 2017.
The Mekong Delta provinces plan to have 20,000- 25,000 more combine harvesters and rice-drying machines by 2020, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Eighty per cent of rice paddy will be harvested by machine.
Viet Nam Social Insurance has signed an agreement with the Civil Court Decisions Enforcement General Department for enforcement of court verdicts forcing employers to cough up unpaid social insurance premiums.


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Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier.

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An International cuisine event will be held in the central city as a lead up to this weekend's scheduled seventh Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, a contest between teams representing five countries.

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Da Nang plans to use the geographic information system (GIS) in the city's public tree management work, the municipal People's Committee spokesman Vo Van Thuong said.

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The Nghe An Province's environmental crimes division said this morning that it has detained a man for allegedly trafficking monkeys following a tip-off.