The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Gia Lai has the highest rate of maternal and infant death rates, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said at a working meeting with the province's People's Committee on Tuesday. In the first half of the year, 36 newborns and five women died after childbirth.
The minister instructed Gia Lai to invest in health facilities and develop policies to attract high-quality doctors. The ministry will give US$13 million to the province to implement health-related United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.
Lao Dong (Labour)
First genetically modified corn approved
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the use of four genetically modified corn varieties for human consumption and animal feed in Viet Nam.
The genetically modified corn varieties are Bt 11 and MIR162 developed by Syngenta Viet Nam Co. Ltd, and MON89034 and NK603 developed by Dekalb Viet Nam Co. Ltd (Monsanto).
They are the first genetically modified produce approved in Viet Nam.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Poachers kill 12 red-shanked douc langurs
The forest protection force of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province have found 12 red-shanked dour langurs which had been killed by poachers and left out to dry, the park's management board said on Tuesday.
The park is trying to find the poachers.
The red-shanked dour langur is listed as an endangered species in the international Red Book of Endangered Species. Five to seven poachers hunt red-shanked dour langurs in Khe Gat in Bo Trach District, according to source quoted by the Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Road opens to connect Ha Noi-Hung Yen
An inter-provincial road linking Ha Noi and Hung Yen Province was put into use on Tuesday.
The 4.2 km road with six lanes links southeast Ha Noi with northwest Hung Yen Province, helping reduce overloading on National Highway No.5.
The road, which cost VND560 billion (US$26.7 million), was built under a build- transfer (BT) contract by Coma-Cotana Joint-Venture company.
Tin Tuc (News)
HCM City to set up new traffic stations
The HCM City Police Department on Tuesday said it would build three additional traffic-police stations at the city's gateways in Binh Chanh District, District 8 and Cu Chi District.
Tran Thanh Tra, head of the department's Road and Railway Traffic Police Division, said the stations would help control traffic congestion and violators.
The division will ask the city government for permission to set up three more traffic police stations in the near future.
Nhan Dan (The People)