Ha Noi has earmarked more than VND216 billion ($10.24 million) to buy Lunar New Year gifts for nearly 745,940 people, including poor and retired ones, those lacking the capacity to work, and those that have contributed to the country during war-time.
According to Le Toan Khang, deputy director of the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the amount remains unchanged from last year despite the economic situation.
Tin Tuc (News)
Phu Quoc visa waiver doubled to 30 days
Foreigners can visit Phu Quoc Island of southern Kien Giang Province for up to 30 days – up from 15 now – without a visa from March 10, the Government has decided.
The decision is expected to help boost the island's tourism, which is famous world-wide for its pristine tropical beaches and turquoise blue water.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
City banks miss 2013 profit target
The 14 HCM City-based banks are estimated to have achieved only 50-70 per cent of their profit targets last year, according to a report by the State Bank of Viet Nam's branch in the city.
As of December 25 the lenders estimated their profits at VND5.4 trillion (US$256.17 million), a sharp drop from the more than VND6.6 trillion ($313.1 million) in 2012 when 80 out of 378 bank branches reported losses.
The Sai Gon Times Daily