Wild elephants have destroyed hundreds of hectares of crops and other properties in Buon Don and Ea Sup Districts of the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lac since August, according to the province's Elephant Conservation Centre.
The elephants also appeared at the Hoan Vu Limited Company in Ea Sup and destroyed 50 hectares of banana and 2,000 metres of water pipes.
According to the centre, there are at least five wild herds with 60-80 elephants that often forage in the Yok Don National Park and the two districts.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Many cases of canal-bank encroachment
The HCM City Department of Transport reported that it discovered 76 cases of illegal encroachments – mostly construction — along canals in the first six months and fined eight violators.
It blamed this on local district authorities' failure to keep an eye on canal and river banks.
The 68 cases not fined by the department this year takes the total number of such cases since September 2010, when the city passed a law against encroachment, to 253.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Petrol stations caught cheating motorists
Authorities in the central province of Ninh Thuan have found five petrol stations violating trade regulations.
The province People's Committee has slapped a fine of VND20-25 million (US$952-1,190) on each, seize all profits earned by cheating customers, and suspend their licences for one to three months.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Quang Tri allocates $1.2m for gene scheme
The central province of Quang Tri has earmarked VND26 billion (US$1.2 million) for preserving the genes of rare plants and animals by 2020.
The programme will mostly focus on rice and seaweed in the districts of Huong Hoa, Dakrong, and Vinh Linh and the Con Co Islands and endangered animals like flower spiny eel.
Nhan Dan (The People)