A national project which is estimated to cost VND1.4 trillion (US$66.6 million) is being drawn up by several ministries, central agencies and localities to treat environment pollution at craft villages around the country, according to the Environment Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. There are more than 1,500 craft villages nationwide, 800 of which are located in the Hong (Red) River Delta, according to the agency. Water pollution in craft villages from companies specialising in food processing, small industries and handicrafts has reached alarming levels.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
HCM City to renew stabilisation efforts
The municipal Industry and Trade Department said the HCM City's new price stabilisation programme would cover nine essentials goods, including rice, cooking oil, red meat, eggs, poultry and processed food. Nguyen Thi Hong, deputy chairwoman of the city's People's Committee, on Monday proposed that cooking gas should be added to the new price stabilisation programme. The city's last programme began in April and will end on March 31.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Bac Lieu to build 500 rural bridges
Bac Lieu Province in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will build 500 bridges in rural areas this year at a total cost of VND50 billion (US$2.3 million).
The construction of the bridges, financed by the Viet Nam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), will help develop socio-economic activities in rural areas and reduce difficulties for students who live in remote areas. The construction of the bridges will start next month and be completed later this year.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Companies fined for dollar price listings
The State Bank of Viet Nam recently fined Anh Duong Viet Nam Co (Vinasun) and Saigontourist's Transport Corporation VND500 million (US$23.800) each for listing taxi fares in US dollars. The violations were discovered at HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport. It is illegal for businesses operating in Viet Nam to quote prices in foreign currency.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)