Over the last decade, road traffic accidents in Viet Nam have increased four times and caused losses of about 2 per cent of GDP (equivalent to VND575 trillion or US$27.3 billion), according to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Global Road Safety programme has offered training to local authorities, increased fines for traffic violators and presented a number of education campaigns in the last five years. Around 95 per cent of the population are now wearing helmets, and the proportion of people drinking while driving has fallen sharply in many localities.
WHO warned the Government that it should teach traffic education from the kindergarten to senior school level; increase fines for those who drink alcohol while driving; and provide more equipment and human resources for traffic police units.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Migrants destroy forest to farm in Dak Lak
As many as 30,000 migrants with no land to cultivate have burned down forests for farmland, according to the central province of Dak Lak's Agriculture and Rural Development Department.
The province has 17 projects to resettle migrants. Fifteen have been approved, with total expenditures of VND811 billion ($40 million) for 6,500 households with a population of 32,600.
From now to 2020, the province needs at least VND150-200 billion ($70-90 million) to settle1,000 households each year. However, the province is faced with limited financial resources, while more migrants are moving to the area.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
More than 140,000 hired in Ha Noi
This year, Ha Noi has created 140,000 new jobs and helped 14,500 households to rise above the poverty level, a meeting of the Ha Noi People's Council heard.
However, production and business situations are still difficult, along with living standards of residents; environmental pollution has not been controlled; crime, traffic accidents, fires and explosions have significantly increased; construction management continues to have problems.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)