More than 30,200 ha of forest were planted in the first six months of the year, an increase of 12.7 per cent from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Of this, protective and special-use forests accounted for 2,500ha.
Authorities discovered nearly 9,500 violations of the Law on Forest Protection and Development, seizing more than 10,000 cubic metres of wood of various kinds.
Nhan Dan (People)
Delta province calls for investment
The People's Committee of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Vinh Long has unveiled a list of 36 major projects in which it hopes to attract investment of nearly VND18 trillion (US$858 million) by 2015.
The three largest are all industrial parks – the VND2 trillion, 400-ha Binh Tan; the 1.75 trillion 350-ha Dong Binh; and the one trillion, 200-ha An Dinh.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Insurance premium collections jump 18%
Insurance companies collected total premiums of VND20.45 trillion (US$971.4 million) in the first half of the year, an increase of 17.84 per cent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Finance's Insurance Supervisory Authority.
Non-life premiums rose by 21 per cent to VND12.2 trillion ($580.95 million), and life insurance premiums by 13.4 per cent to VND8.25 trillion ($390.45 million).
Thanh Nien (Young People)
HCM City firms sign labour agreements
Forty one firms in HCM City industrial parks and export processing zones have signed collective labour agreements this year, raising the total number to 578 enterprises, according to the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority.
The minimum wage paid by firms in IPs and EPZs averages VND2.24 million (US$110) in addition to allowances ranging from VND100,000 to VND1 million.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)