The south-central province of Binh Thuan said that work on more than half of nine residential areas covering a total of 58ha has not begun. The projects have neither been invested, built nor even used.
The province attributed the delays to ineffective land clearance and inadequate land compensation.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
HCM City at high risk of noise and pollution
HCM City's Department of Natural Resources and Environment reports that noise and environmental pollution is becoming a major problem, particularly air quality.
The department said all noise and air samples had exceeded permitted standards, which have affected the health of localities, especially children.
Transportation activities were cited as the main cause of the pollution.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Tien Giang to expand fruit crops
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tien Giang's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said it had invested VND760 million (US$36,000) to build two areas specialising in planting Vu Sua Lo Ren (Lo Ren Star Apple) and Thanh Long Cho Gao (Cho Gao Dragonfruit) to meet export demand.
The area planting star apple will be expanded from 2,900ha to over 5,000 ha, and the area for dragonfruit will jump from the current 3,000ha to 4,600 ha by 2015.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Long An licenses three FDI projects in August
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An in August granted investment certificates to three new foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total capital of US$9.8 million.
In the first eight months of the year, the province licensed 27 FDI projects with a total capital of $115 million. Currently, the province has 467 projects worth a total of $2.99 billion.
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)
Quang Nam invests VND733b for disadvantaged
The central province of Quang Nam has invested VND773 billion (US$36.8 million) to resettle 6,250 disadvantaged households living in storm- and flood-prone areas that have no fresh water or land for production.
During 2013-15, these households will be sent to 32 resettlement areas that have good infrastructure and favourable conditions for production.
Lao Dong (Labour)