By the end of this year, 98.9 per cent of rural households in HCM City will have clean water for daily use, according to a water supply programme for rural areas approved by the city's People's Committee recently.
The programme, which targets areas without access to tap water, will bring clean water to 100 per cent of rural households by 2015.
The city's Agriculture and Rural Development Department, along with district authorities and the Saigon Water Corporation, will implement the programme together.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labour)
Tough fines drafted for commercial fraud
Under a new decree drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, trading in counterfeit products will attract fines of VND100 million (US$4,762) and those who make them will be fined VND200 million.
The ministry is currently collecting feedback on the decree, which is set to take effect on July 1 if the Government approves it.
The draft decree would also punish importers and dealers in illegal goods with fines ranging between VND200,000 and VND50 million.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
HCM City roads see fewer accidents
There were 1,160 road accidents in HCM City in the first three months of this year that killed 180 people and left 1,006 injured.
The number of accidents was down by 393 over the same period last year but the fatalities increased by 35.
The municipal People's Committee's vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin said on Monday that speeding, drink driving and encroaching into wrong lanes were among the main causes of road accidents.
Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)