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Fishermen, boat rescued near Spratly Islands

Update: February, 09/2015 - 08:13
Rescuers saved five fishermen off the central coast on Friday after receiving a distress signal from a boat that had broken down in bad weather the previous day and was drifting.

According to Officials from the Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre, the boat was 32 nautical miles off Nha Trang.

The fishermen and the vessel were brought safely to shore. The vessel was operating near the Spratly Islands when it broke down.

Lao Dong (Labour)

Ministry to send rice to Quang Binh poor

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has sought the Prime Minister's approval to gift 3,500 tonnes of rice to poor people in Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Ninh Thuan, Phu Yen, and Gia Lai Provinces for Lunar New Year.

The ministry said a recent survey had found that the five provinces have 230,000 people who need to be provided food during Tet.

It has recommended that the Government should allocate 594 tonnes of rice to Ninh Thuan, 1,000 tonnes to Quang Binh, 272 tonnes to Phu Yen, 1,211 tonnes to Thanh Hoa, and 379 tonnes to Gia Lai.

Each beneficiary will get 15 kilograms.

Tuoi Tre (Youth)

Tra Vinh honours 318 Heroic Mothers

The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on Friday conferred the title of Heroic Mother on 318 women who had sacrificed for and contributed to the country's liberation.

At the ceremony, the title of Hero of the People's Armed Force was also awarded to five martyrs killed in the war against the US.

Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)

HCM City utility to reduce water loss to 31%

The Sai Gon Water Company (SAWACO) plans to limit the loss of water to 31 percent this year and 25 percent in 2020, five years ahead of the government's target.

Ho Van Lam, general director of SAWACO, said last year the company had reduced the loss by 1.18 percentage points and expected a reduction of 1-2 percentage points this year.

He also said the company plans to supply clean water to 100 percent of the city's households, up from the current 95 percent.

Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer)

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