Viet Nam exported 3 million tonnes of rice worth US$1.4 billion in the first five months of the year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
These represent a drop of 10 per cent in volume and 14 per cent in value year-on-year.
China was the main buyer during the period.
Nhan Dan (The People)
City sees rise in unemployment insurance
More than 61,000 laid-off workers in HCM City have registered to get unemployment insurance benefits so far this year, with 40,000 getting the benefits and the rest being denied for various reasons, according to the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
The number of applicants is expected to increase by 15-20 per cent this year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
2,000 babies born with HIV every year
The HIV infection rate among pregnant women in Viet Nam is estimated at 0.25 per cent, with an average of nearly 5,000 being detected with the virus every year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health last Saturday.
With the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV standing at 30-40 per cent, around 2,000 babies are born with HIV every year.
The ministry last Saturday announced the launch of a month for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission during which pregnant women will have their blood tested and receive antiretroviral drugs if infected to prevent transmission to their babies.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
13,000 volunteers to help university students
More than 13,000 voluntary students participated in the Tiep Suc Mua Thi (Support Students in the University Entrance Examinations) campaign launched in HCM City on Sunday.
It is expected to help 250,000 students – and their relatives – during the exams, offering them 8,500 accommodations, 60,000 meals, 60,000 bus tickets, 380,000 city and bus route maps, and 250,000 information guidebooks free of charge, according to organisers.
The campaign, organised by the Viet Nam Students Association and the Ministry of Education and Training, will go on until July 22.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Textile, apparel exports to US tops $2.7b
Viet Nam's textile and apparel exports to the US in the first five months were worth US$2.7 billion, an increase of 8.5 per cent year-on-year, according to the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas).
The price of the textile and apparel exported rose by 13 per cent during the period, Vitas said.
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)