The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has submitted to the Government for approval an eight-year project to protect the nation's elephant population.
The VND257 billion (US$12.3 million) project, carried out until 2020, will focus on preserving and restoring the elephants' habitat, especially in three national parks: Pu Mat in central Nghe An Province; Yok Don in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highland) province of Dak Lak; and Cat Tien in southern Dong Nai Province.
The project hopes that by 2020, each elephant herd in the country would have increased its strength by three to six members.
Nguoi Lao dong (The Labourer)
Binh Duong petrol stations break laws
Vo Van Cu, director of the southern Binh Duong Province's Department of Industry and Trade, says the local market watch bureau has so far this year found 29 petrol stations violating the laws and cheating customers.
Most violations involved tampering with the petrol pumps or using attendants to shortchange customers.
The authorities imposed fines of VND2.2 billion ($105,000) and revoked the business licenses of 13 stations.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
English directory to list VN universities
The Ministry of Education and Training is planning to publish the Viet Nam Higher Education Directory 2012 in English to promote international co-operation in education.
The directory will include comprehensive information on Viet Nam's higher education system, as well as names and activities of universities and colleges in the country.
It aims to introduce Viet Nam's higher education institutions to regional and international partners, and contribute to increased co-operation between Vietnamese schools and their international partners.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Tuna export turnover to reach $600m
The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) forecasts the tuna export turnover in 2012 would reach US$600 million, a year-on-year increase of 57 per cent.
The quantity of fresh, frozen and dried tuna products exported to South Korea, Spain and Tunisia has risen manifold over the same period of last year, the association says.
Nhan Dan (The People)