The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a climate change adaption project in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces of Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, and Kien Giang.
The project will carry out several climate change adaptation measures in the coastal areas including the reinforcement of sea dykes and changing paddy cultivation schedules so as to prevent water shortages as well as saltwater intrusion.
Part of the project funding will be provided by the Japanese government.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labouer)
Ha Noi plans major healthcare upgrade
The Ha Noi People's Committee has approved a plan to improve the city's healthcare infrastructure by 2020.
Under the plan, the city will provide over VND43 trillion (US$2.06 billion) for building 25 new hospitals with 10,000 beds, upgrade and expand existing hospitals and establish nine first-aid posts in urban and rural areas.
The capital will also give priority to developing private hospitals and health services and call for investments into five private hospitals with 4,000-6,000 beds, costing VND6 trillion ($287 million).
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
Hi-tech driving licences to be issued in July
Twelve provinces and cities began issuing new hi-tech driving licences that carry digitised personal information on July 1.
All other localities have been asked by the Viet Nam Road Administration (VNRA) to complete issuing the new hi-tech driving licences by July 1, 2013.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Resettlement of ethnic groups costs $57m
The Government has provided over VND1.16 trillion (US$55.5 million) to help resettle ethnic minority residents in 35 province and cities from remote and rural areas over the last five years.
According to the State Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, 9,827 households with 46,187 people have been resettled, while there are 19,891households with 94,126 people who are yet to receive the support.
The Governments' ethnic minority resettlement policy seeks to move residents from remote and rural areas to settlements with basic infrastructure like schools and healthcare facilities.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Survey outlines nation's online activity
Vietnamese users spend an average of 130 minutes per day accessing the internet, Usami Le Vann, Cimigo's online director, said at the Viet Nam Mobile Advertising 2012 seminar in HCM City on last Friday.
According to the company's report, based on a survey of 5,800 internet users in 12 big provinces and cities, 93 per cent looked up information and read online newspapers. Nearly 95 per cent of users were between 15 and 24 years old.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)