The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak is working on a long-term project that aims to preserve and increase the population of both wild and domesticated elephants from now to 2020.
The number of elephants in the province has decreased over the past ten years, down to only 51 domesticated elephants this year from 60 in 2006, according to the province's Elephant Preservation Centre.
The province, which boasts Viet Nam's largest elephant population, is now home to just a hundred or so wild elephants, mostly living in the Yok Don National Park.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Provinces to boost English curriculum
The sourthern province of Dong Nai has approved a VND497 billion (US$23 million) project to improve the teaching and learning of foreign lanuages at primary and junior secondary schools from now to 2015, according to the province's Department of Education and Training.
The project will focus particularly on primary school teachers and students. More than a hundred English teachers will be sent abroad to improve their skills.
Thanh Nien (Young people)
Rising rate of child obesity causes alarm
Obesity among urban children under five years old has reached alarming levels at 5.6 per cent – around six times higher than 2000, according to a study by the Nutrition Institute. The study's results were presented at a conference held in Ha Noi to dicuss nutrition plans from now to 2020. The obesity rate stood at nearly 6 per cent among adults between 50-60 years.
Experts blame the situation on inappropriate eating habits and physical inactivity.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Price stabilisation programme sees results
HCM City's price stabilisation programme for essential goods has met 20-50 per cent of the market's needs. It earned more than VND370 billion (US$17.7 million) in sales, according to the city's Department of Industry and Trade.
The programme began last month, focusing on essential goods as well as products for students including textbooks, notebooks, backbags and clothes. It expanded its reach to many rural districts, industrial parks and export processing zones.
Under the programme, selected businesses specialising in production and trade of essential goods are cooperating with the city in ensuring that sufficient quantities of goods at reasonable prices are made available to consumers.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)