The central province of Quang Nam has approved a project to develop 16 handicraft villages to serve and promote tourism. The villages specialise in ceramics, wood, vegetables and silk. The project costs more than VND85 billion ($3.86 million).
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Forest fire alert rises to highest level
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Forest Management Department has raised the forest-fire alert to Level 5, the highest, in 14 central, Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands), and southern provinces.
The department asked the Steering Committee for Forest Protection, Fire Prevention and Control, the provincial People's Committees and relevant agencies to take preventive measures against forest fires.
Nhan Dan (People)
HCM City to reduce poverty rate to below 1%
HCM City will strive to reduce the number of poor households to below 1 per cent and below 2 per cent for near-poor households this year.
According to the city's report, as of March 31, there were about 28,000 poor households in the city, accounting for 1.42 per cent of the city's total households, while near-poor households stood at 2.9 per cent.
There are no poor households with per capita income of below VND16 million/per year in the city's eight districts. With such results, the city has fulfilled its target to reduce the poverty rate in the 2014-15 period.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Children in need receive financial support
The National Fund for Vietnamese Children raised funds of VND97 billion ($4.4 million) from local and foreign organisations, enterprises and individuals in 2014. The money gave support to more than 86,800 needy children in the country.
In 2015, the fund targets to raise VND75 billion ($3.4 million) to help 47,000 underprivileged children and boarding schools in rural areas.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)