The People's Committee of Dong Giang District in central Quang Nam Province inaugurated the Phu Mua Bridge on Sunday after a year of construction. The concrete bridge across the R'Lang river cost VND75 billion (US$3.57 million).
Chairman Do Tai said most of the district's residents belonged to the Co Tu minority. They were poor and isolated whenever the river was in spate. Children had to wade or swim across the river to go to school, he said.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Coal consumption declines
The Viet Nam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited says coal consumption has declined from early this year because its main customers were facing difficulties.
In the first six months of the year, total consumption was 20 million tonnes, equalling 44 per cent of the yearly plan and 90 per cent of the quantity consumed during the same period last year. Coal reserves are expected to reach 8.5 million tonnes by end of this month. The main purchasers of coal are the electricity sector (44 per cent of the annual sales target), cement (41.3 per cent), and the fertiliser and chemical industry (25 per cent).
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Historic Phu Quoc prison has new name
The People's Committee of southern Kien Giang Province has said that it has received approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to change the name of the Phu Quoc Prison – a national historic site, to Trai giam tu binh cong san Viet Nam/Phu Quoc (Viet Nam Communist Prisoner of War Jail). Four thousand communist fighters were incarcerated during the 1967-1973 period in the jail, which is located in the island district's An Thoi Town,.
Lao Dong (Labour)