The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's three-year programme called Tree Planting for Viet Nam has launched in HCM City this week, attracting local authorities, organisations and individuals. The programme aims to plant 1 million trees across the country.
Its first period began this year in Ha Noi and Hai Phong. More than 100,000 trees will be planted.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Smoking kills 40,000 people per year
Tobacco kills 40,000 people per year in Viet Nam, and the figure is estimated to reach 70,000 by 2030 if effective measures are not taken, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
On the event of World No Tobacco Day, on May 31, WHO in Viet Nam has asked the government, agencies and organisations to work together to minimise the danger of smoking to human health and socio-economic development.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Quang Ngai supports fishermen
The Labour Union of Quang Ngai Province's Ly Son District is working with local authorities to establish the An Vinh Fishing Association in July, according to the union's chairman Ngo Dinh Thanh.
The association will attract 20 teams and 250 members. It aims to protect its members' rights and benefits, minimise risks at sea, and protect the fishermen's life and property.
Ly Son District established the An Hai Fishing Association, the first and largest association in its kind in the country, with 68 teams and 700 fishermen.
Lao Dong (Labour)
New children's entertainment centre opens
An outdoor entertainment centre for children on 8,300 sq.metres of land located in Gia Dinh Park in HCM City's Phu Nhuan District opened on Wednesday, offering games and sports areas.
The centre costs VND12 billion (US$600,000) and the money is from the city's budget. It is the 10th centre of its kind to open in the city in the last two years, thanks to the efforts of local authorities and organisations.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Inefficient industrial parks to lose licences
HCM City has asked the city's Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (Hepza) to take action against inefficient industrial parks that have wasted land or have caused environmental pollution.
Hepza was asked to recall investment licences from investors who have gone bankrupt, who have intentionally delayed implementing projects, or who have violated laws on investment, labour and environment.
The city has 14 IPs and export processing zones covering a total area of 3,620 ha, with an average occupancy rate of over 60 per cent. It will have 22 such zones with a total area of 5,900 ha by 2020.
The Sai Gon Times Daily