More than 238 million kWh of electricity were saved by HCM City in the first six months of this year, with nearly 50 per cent of the savings coming from the city's households, according to Nguyen Van Ly, deputy general director of the HCM City Power Corporation. The savings made it possible for the city to avoid power outages in the dry season, he said. In the second quarter of this year, nearly 595,000 households cut their power consumption by at least 10 per cent in response to a Household Energy Savings programme launched by the city authorities.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Da Nang welcomes 1.9m tourists
Da Nang has received nearly 1.9 million foreign and domestic visitors in the first nine months of this year, eight per cent up year-on-year, according to the central city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Earnings from tourism have topped VND4 trillion (US$190 million).
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Kindergartens close due to hand-foot-mouth
The Mam Non Kindergarten 15 in HCM City's District 11 has been closed since September 18 to carry out comprehensive sanitation and disinfection work after many children in the school contracted the hand-foot-mouth disease, according to sources from the municipal's Health Department. The kindergarten has nearly 170 children.
Since the beginning of this year, 7,452 children in the city have contracted HFMD, six of whom have died.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Viet Nam imports less frozen meat
About 3,000 tonnes of frozen meat were imported into Viet Nam each month this year, 500-1,000 tonnes less than last year, according to Nguyen Xuan Binh, director of the HCM City's Veterinary Office. Chicken accounted for 80 per cent of more than 30,000 tonnes of frozen meat imported into the country in the first eight months of this year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Japan helps Central Highlands school
The Japanese Consulate General in HCM City on Monday signed an agreement to grant US$96,882 to the Tran Van On Primary School in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Nong. The non-refundable aid will help the school, located in Dak Ro village, build six new classrooms and buy tables, chairs and teaching aids.
Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)