A total of VND130 billion (US$6.1 million) is needed for a waste treatment plant on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai.
The Quang Ngai People's Committee has proposed that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the National Environment Agency provide the amount to implement the project this year, saying it would to protect the local people and improve their living environment.
It said the number of tourists visiting Ly Son Island is increasing, generating a lot of waste. As of now, an average 20-30 tonnes per day of waste is collected and dumped in the sea.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Nation buys more Chinese fruits, vegetables
The General Statistics Office says that in the first seven months of this year, Vietnamese businesses spent US$81.4 million on importing vegetables and fruits from China, accounting for 46 per cent of the total.
Viet Nam mainly imports vegetables like carrots, potatoes and kohlrabi and fruits like apple, pineapple, oranges, mandarin orange and grapes.
Market observers have said that in order to dupe domestic consumers, imported Chinese vegetables are being labeled as coming from Da Lat and fruits as coming from the US.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)
Food safety, hygiene regulations violated
Since the beginning of this year, market watch offices nationwide found more than 4,600 cases of foodstuff hygiene and safety violations and imposed fines of VND17.5 billion (US$833,000).
Low quality, fake and foodstuff of unknown origin constituted most of the violations, which were mainly found in Ha Noi, HCM City and some border gate areas including Mong Cai, Lang Son, Lao Cai and Cat Lai.
Besides, the use of unknown additives in foodstuff production and processing is happening in complicated ways and has proved difficult to control, officials said.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Viet Nam boasts highest percentage of smokers
Viet Nam has the highest rate of cigarette smokers in the world (56.1 per cent in male and 1.7 per cent in female), it was said at meeting held on Friday by the HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital and Thailand's Bumrungrad International Hospital.
Every year, the country has 40,000 people die of smoking-related diseases, four times higher than traffic accident fatalities.
Furthermore, every year, 15,000 people die of cancer in Viet Nam, and lung cancer accounts for a majority of the victims. Cigarette smoking is the main cause of lung cancer.
Than Nien (Young People)