A Spring Newspaper Fair opened in the Mekong (Cuu Long) Delta city of Can Tho yesterday, displaying 530 items of newspapers and magazines from 63 cities and provinces nationwide. The fair will close at the end of the lunar January.
In addition to the main display area in the city library, spring newspapers will be displayed at Ninh Kieu Wharf and district and commune libraries. The aim is to enhance the reading culture among the community.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Banned substances found in pork
HCM City's Veterinary Department discovered in 2015 that 33 out of 235 pork samples tested positive for salbutamol (a substance use to stimulate growth of animals and make them lean). It collected fines totalling VND410 million (US$18,200) last year.
They included 16 samples from Dong Nai, seven from Tien Giang, five from Long An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ben Tre with two samples each and one from Vinh Long.
Up to 85 per cent of animal meat sold in the city markets are supplied by other cities and provinces.
During Tet, people can report problems related to the use of banned substance in animal breeding as well as food hygiene and safety via the department's hotline 0903667735.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Fewer than half of children wear helmets
Fewer than 50 per cent of children wear helmets when riding a motorbike in big cities, while the rate for adults is above 90 per cent, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.
According to the World Health Organisation, road traffic accidents are a major factor causing fatalities and injuries in Viet Nam, with children being the most vulnerable.
Road casualties could be reduced by wearing a helmet. Certified helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of death by 42 per cent and severe injury by 69 per cent in accidents compared to motorists travelling without helmets.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Tra fish exports to the UK increase
Viet Nam's tra fish export revenue to the UK last year reached more than US$46 million, a year-on-year increase of 13.9 per cent, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (Vasep).
This was the highest growth rate among markets importing Vietnamese tra fish. The UK was Viet Nam's third biggest market for tra fish export in the EU.
Vietnamese firms increased their exports because of high prices in the UK market.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Millions of families receive preferential loans
The Viet Nam Bank for Social Policy last year provided preferential loans to 2.35 million poor and near-poor households, families that have recently escaped poverty and other welfare policy beneficiaries.
The loans helped over 350,000 families overcome poverty, created jobs for more than 173,000 labourers and supported 103,000 disadvantaged students. They also were used to build 1.34 million clean water and sanitation facilities, 5,300 storm and flood shelters in the central region and 2,500 other houses in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
This year, the bank has set a credit growth rate of 8 per cent.
Thoi Bao Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)