Viet Nam's historic city of Hoi An, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become the first tourist town in Asia to offer free wireless access to visitors and residents from any location in town. The VND21 billion (US$1 million) project has 400 internet transmitters installed around the town.
Fifty stations have been operational since late last year and the rest will be installed late this month. Installing citywide wi-fi access is one component of the Quang Nam Province's campaign to lure more tourists and promote Hoi An's image around the world.
Tin Tuc (News)
Polluted areas to be improved
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's new programme will improve the environment of 100 areas seriously polluted by leftover chemicals. The programme is part of the national strategy on upgrading the environment for the 2011-15 period. The aim is to reduce pollution levels in 11 northern and central provinces and cities.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times)
Illegal poultry shops remain in HCM City
The HCM City Veterinary Department said the country's most populous city still has 163 places that illegally trade live poultry amid the danger of a return of avian flu. Those shops run illegal businesses on main roads in 17 districts all over the city.
To minimise the return of the disease, the HCM City People's Committee has issued an instruction that orders the Veterinary Department to work closely with relevant bodies, including food safety and market watch teams, to investigate, seize and destroy poultry without labels of origin. The Health Department has also been asked to check food processing establishments and restaurants.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Da Nang invests in language plan
Central Da Nang City has approved a programme on teaching and learning foreign languages to students and State employees for the 2012-20 period. The programme, with an investment of VND140 billion (US$6.6 million), targets 40 per cent of third-grade students. All secondary and vocational-school students would have access to the new foreign language teaching and learning methods by 2020. It also targets having 5 per cent of State employees reaching an advanced-language level by 2015, and 30 per cent in 2020.
Nhan Dan (The People)