The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has fined many leading companies a total of VND500 million (US$23,800) for violating environmental regulations.
The violators, including Taiwan's Formosa International Development Company, which got hit with the biggest fine – VND180 million ($8,570) – flouted rules related to classifying hazardous waste and reporting on its management, storing waste in a safe place, and environmental impact assessment.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Central mountain forest burns
At least 10,000sq.m of forests on Ba Hoa Mountain in the central province of Binh Dinh were destroyed in a fire.
It took fire-fighters from Quy Nhon city more than an hour to put it out due to the slopy terrain and strong winds.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
More goods set to meet price regulations
HCM City will increase the number of goods in its price stabilisation programme by 15-30 per cent this year.
The number of businesses in the programme will also increase by seven – they make nine essential items – to 29.
The cost of the programme, to run from April 1 to March 3, 2013, is estimated at VND311 billion (US$14.8 million).
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Singaporean nabbed with $44,000
Customs officials at HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport found and seized the equivalent of US$44,000 in the luggage of a Singaporean who was trying to leave Viet Nam.
Ng Chee Tuck, 56, may face criminal charges for not declaring the money – he can only legally carry $5,000 – and lacking bank documents.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)