Around 60 Vietnamese products including vacuum fried fruit and vegetable chips, black tiger shrimps, and several coffee brands are on display at the 59 Lotte Mart supermarket outlets in South Korea under the "Viet Nam-Indonesia Goods Fair" programme, which ends on Wednesday. The fair is expected to boost awareness and consumption of quality Vietnamese products in the South Korean market.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Fertiliser prices soar in Central Highlands
Since early this month, the prices of fertilisers, especially inorganic fertiliser, have soared suddenly in the Central Highlands region. In Dak Lak, the price of Phu My Urea reached VND600,000 per 50-kg bag, an increase of VND70,000 (US$3.4) compared to last month. The price of NPK fertilisers have gone up by VND30,000 ($1.4) -VND40,000 ($1.9) per package. This means that with an average price increase of nearly VND1 million per tonne of fertiliser, provinces in the Central Highlands would have to spend an additional VND500 billion ($23.7 million) on their 500,000ha of coffee.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Ministry seeks to replace 343 bridges at risk
The Transport Ministry has proposed to the Prime Minister a project that would replace 343 weak bridges, including 78 along the National Highway No 1, using the national budget or government bonds.
The project will be carried out in two phases, the first of which will, in 2012-15, replace 79 bridges that cannot be repaired. This will cost an estimated VND3.25 trillion ($154.76 million). The remaining 264 bridges will be replaced gradually in the second phase of 2013-16, using VND9.93 trillion ($472.85 million).
Dau Tu (Investment)
Forestry violations increase in Dong Thap
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in southern Dong Thap Province reported on Sunday that since early this year, forest management forces have discovered 115 cases of illegal forest penetration for various purposes including fishing, hunting and grazing cattle. This marked a year-on-year increase of 63 cases, it said. Authorities imposed administrative fines in 23 cases and counseled 87 violators.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Sai Gon Liberation)
Specialists to treat mystery skin condition
According to the Bach Mai Hospital in Ha Noi, 20 leading specialist doctors including dermatologists and oncologists will visit central Quang Ngai Province today to treat patients suffering from a mysterious skin disease which has infected 215 people and killed 23.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would get their first report on the disease next week.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)