The Thua Thien- Hue Province People's Committee has approved a plan to support housing land, farming land and clean water for poor and near-poor ethnic households in especially difficult villages in 2015.
Poor and near-poor ethnic households who have not provided with housing land, farming land and clean water will benefit from the plan.
Under the plan, each household will be allotted a minimum of 200sq.m of housing land. Households that cannot access a water supply system will be given VND1.3 million (US$60) each to build a water tank and dig wells.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Illegal sand mining causes river erosion
Eight newly eroded sites along rivers and canals have been identified in HCM City's outlying districts since May, according to the HCM City Inland Waterway Authority.
Cu Chi District accounts for four of the eroded sites while Can Gio, Nha Be, Thu Duc and 2 districts each account for one site. Illegal sand mining was the cause of erosion.
The city has a total of 45 eroded sites, an increase of eight sites compared to last year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
More Vietnamese enterprises invest abroad
Vietnamese enterprises in recent years have invested in many countries and territories. Besides State-owned enterprises, the overseas investment of medium- and small-size private companies and individuals has also increased.
Last year, the Ministry of Planning and Investment granted investment licences to 109 overseas investment projects in 28 countries and territories.
The country has had 962 overseas investment projects with a combined registered capital of US$15 billion. As many as 115 existing overseas investment projects have also increased investment capital, worth a total of $5 billion.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Quang Ngai to assess hydro-power plants
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked the Quang Ngai Province People's Committee to assess the investment of two hydro-power plant projects – Dakdrinh 2 and Tra Khuc 1 in Son Ha District - as Son Ha's local people and authorities do not agree on the investment of the two projects.
The ministry told the People's Committee to instruct the investors of the two projects to compile reports and evaluate the projects' economic effectiveness and their impact on forests and the environment.
If the assessment is negative, the People's Committee should remove the projects from the province's hydroelectric development plan, said the ministry.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Heavy rains flood Hau Giang rice fields
Heavy rains over the past few days have inundated thousands of hectares of rice in fields in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang. Phung Hiep District has nearly 500ha of inundated rice, with 70 per cent of it damaged.
Farmers have to harvest rice manually, raising the cost of harvesting to VND7-8 million (US$330 -380) per ha, up three times against the cost of harvesting by machine.
Hau Giang farmers have harvested more than 45,000ha of the province's 77,000ha of summer-autumn rice. The province will complete the summer-autumn rice harvest by the end of this month, according to the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Tin Tuc (News)