The number of road accidents caused by drunk driving has not reduced in the last five years despite the efforts made by authorities, the National Traffic Safety Committee said.
Since 2010, traffic police officers have punished nearly 130,000 people for driving under the influence but accidents remain at high levels.
In the first three months of this year, 292 traffic accidents involving alcohol occurred across the country, an increase of 5.1 per cent year-on-year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Firms owe HCM City $28m in land use rights
At HCM City's first quarter socio-economic meeting, the Department of Finance announced that the city's revenues topped VND68 trillion (US$3.2 billion), an increase of 5 per cent in comparison with the same period last year.
But it revealed that companies that had been allocated lands for projects owed the city VND6 trillion ($282 million) in payment for land use rights, one of the city's main sources of income.
Three task forces have been set up to review and collect the funds.
Sai Gon Giai (Liberated Sai Gon)
Ha Noi did not consult on tree felling
The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment said it is in discussions with Ha Noi authorities about the recent tree logging project in the city.
According to the Capital Law, Ha Noi should have reported to and consulted related ministries before cutting down the 6,700 trees it recently did, but it failed to do so.
The ministry also said that the Cat Linh – Ha Dong urban railway project had got an environmental-impact assessment in 2008, which did not mention any need to cut down trees on Nguyen Trai Street.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Fees to be collected for forestry services
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Forest Protection and Development Fund has announced plans to collect fees of VND1.3 trillion (US$62 million) for forest environment services this year.
The fees are for three services: water supply for hydropower plants, water supply for pumping stations and eco-tourism.
So far 37 provinces and cities have set up the Forest Protection and Development Fund and collected around VND235 billion ($11 million) this year.
Nhan Dan (The People)