The 500-kV Pleiku-My Phuoc-Cau Bong power transmission line was connected to the national grid on Monday to ensure stable power supply for southern provinces. Costing VND9.2 trillion (US$438 million), the line traverses HCM City and the provinces of Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Binh Phuoc and Binh Duong.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Centre for handicapped children built
Construction of a centre to care for physically disabled children started on Monday in Phu Vinh Tay commune in the central province of Quang Ngai's Nghia Hanh District. Businesses and other benefactors in HCM City funded VND6 billion (US$286,000) to build the Hong Son Centre. It will include classrooms, libraries, rooms for vocational training and a healthcare room. When completed, the centre will receive 100 disabled children aged 12 to 17 and children from poor families. Quang Ngai Province has 45,000 people with disabilities. More than 9,100 are children.
Saigon Giai Phong (Saigon Liberated)
Weigh stations asked to work 24/7
Weigh stations have been told to work round-the-clock every day to check the loading capacity of autos travelling on the country's roads. The order was given by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a letter sent to authorities in provinces and cities and to road safety committees as well as traffic police.
Overloaded vehicles are causing major damage to the nation's roads. Last month, the Viet Nam Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport, and local authorities nationwide, began stricter oversight of overloaded vehicles.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
VAT refunds offered at more locations
The Finance Ministry has drafted a circular allowing more international airports and seaports to offer VAT refunds on goods foreigners buy in Viet Nam. Aside from Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat international airports in Ha Noi and HCM City, respectively, the ministry has also proposed that Da Nang and Cam Ranh international airports be added.
As of the end of February, over 8,600 foreigners have obtained VAT refunds worth VND32.9 billion (US$1.5million) for more than VND425 billion worth of goods purchased, according to the General Department of Customs.
The Saigon Times Daily