The Co Chien Bridge between the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces of Tra Vinh and Ben Tre was completed on Wednesday after two years of construction. The four-lane bridge is 1.6km long and 16m wide and cost more than VND2.3 trillion (US$103 billion).
Nguyen Thanh Tam, deputy chairman of the Tra Vinh People's Committee, said the bridge would shorten the route between HCM City and Tra Vinh by 60km, boosting development of the province's economy and tourism.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Social programme to aid Truong Sa
The Ministry of Information and Communications has launched a social programme called Den Voi Truong Sa Than Yeu (Love for Truong Sa) to raise funds for residents and soldiers in Truong Sa (Spratlys).
The event features various cultural activities and exhibitions around the country.
The organisers have already raised VND4.1 billion (US$192,000).
Nhan Dan (The People)
Twelve dykes to be built in HCM City
The construction of 12 dykes together measuring more than 15 kilometres has been completed in HCM City's District 12, according to the district People's Committee.
The VND330 billion (US$15.5 million) dykes are part of a project to strengthen the dyke system in outlying districts. Many local residents living along canal banks donated land for the work.
The city government is spending VND560 billion ($26.3 million) on the project, which continues in Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, and Cu Chi districts.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)
Consumer prices edge up in HCM City
HCM City's consumer price index inched up 0.03 per cent month-on-month in April and 2.15 per cent over the same period of last year, according to the city Statistics Office.
The cost of transport increased by over 2.7 per cent and entertainment services by 0.12.
Catering services, foodstuffs, beverages-tobacco, home appliances, and post-telecom are down slightly.
Sai Gon Times Daily