The People's Committee of the coastal southern province of Ninh Thuan has approved a five-year project on clean water management in local remote areas. The project begins this year and is worth more than VND130 billion (US$6 million). It is expected to improve the living conditions of the poor in the province.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Labour Federation supports poor people
The Ha Noi Labour Federation's fund spent VND33.3 billion (US$1.5 million) to help more than 3,300 poor labourers develop household businesses, according to Nguyen Thi Thu Hang, deputy manager of the fund. Each person received a preferential loan at VND10 million (nearly $500) to run their business. The fund will receive VND80 billion ($3.7 million) from the State from now to 2018.
Lao Dong (The Labour)
Illegal online games dominate field
Fifty-eight companies make as many as 73 legal online games but they face fierce competition from illegal products, which account for 70 per cent of the entertainment market, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Since late 2010, the Ministry has stopped giving licenses to online games, and more than 40 games were withdrawn. More regulations will also be issued to help legal companies develop their business, assist market management and cultural authorities to control the industry.
Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer)
Demand for confectionary grows ahead of Tet
Confectionary companies have expanded their production to meet the growing demand for Tet (Lunar New Year), which is expected to account for nearly 30 per cent of the total turnover of the year, around VND27.2 trillion (US$1.2 billion), according to market experts.
For the week of Tet (from February 16 to 22), Bibica, one of the region's leading confectionary companies, will produce 1,350 tonnes, an increase of 20 per cent compared with the same period of last year. Companies in northern provinces like Hai Ha and Ha Chau will also increase their production by 10 per cent from the figures of last season.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Youth Union supports workers over New Year
More than 5,000 migrant students and workers in industrial parks (IP) and export processing zones (EPZ) of HCM City will benefit from a charity programme to be launched this month by the city's Youth Union in co-operation with its partners. Under the programme, they will receive gifts, food, and bus tickets to return home to celebrate the New Year.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)