The HCM City Department of Finance has fined three companies VND20 million (US$950) each for increasing their selling prices without prior announcement.
On January 4, Shell Gas Viet Nam Co Ltd Total Viet Nam Co Ltd and Sai Gon Petrolimex Gas Co Ltd unexpectedly increased prices of cooking gas by VND8,000 per 12-kilogramme cylinder after they had raised them by VND24,000 early this month.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Math institute aims for links abroad
The Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics held a ceremony on Wednesday to introduce itself to international counterparts and seek co-operative relations with them.
The institute, established in late 2010, will promote basic scientific study and contribute to the training of mathematicians in Viet Nam, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan at the launching ceremony.
Prof Ngo Bao Chau, director of the institute, winner of the 2010 Field Medal, said the institute planned to implement several research projects on probability this year.
Tin Tuc (News)
PM okays Hoi An preservation master plan
The Prime Minister has approved a master plan to preserve, restore and promote cultural values of Hoi An Town in central Viet Nam for the 2012-25 period.
The plan aims to sustainably preserve and promote the UNESCO cultural heritage site as well as enhance the community's role in the task.
Lao Dong (Labour)
VN strives to reduce poverty rate by 2015
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked various ministries and localities to strive to reduce poor households to less than 35 per cent by 2015.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has been ordered to work with the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs to implement the programme on sustainable poverty reduction for the 2011-15 period.
The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to devise policies to support production in the nation's poorest districts.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
City to train mothers in good child-raising
The deputy chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, Hua Ngoc Thuan, has signed a decision to implement a five-year project which aims to educate five million mothers on good practices in raising children.
The project will also increase awareness of children's rights and ways to bring up children in accordance with their ages, and help mothers influence fathers' behaviour towards their children.
The municipal People's Committee has assigned the city Women's Union in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training and related departments and agencies to implement the project.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)