Proposal to hike forest environment service fees
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed to the Prime Minister to raise forest environment service fees on companies producing drinking water and hydroelectricity.
Sea turtles need protection from extinction
New measures to protect sea turtles are needed as their number has fallen sharply because of human impact and economic development, delegates heard at a conference last Friday in the central province of Ninh Thuan.
Douc langur to be shifted to rescue centre
The central Quang Ngai Province's forest management department began legal procedures today to shift a grey-shanked douc langur to the northern Ninh Binh Province's Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
Police seize 387kg of smuggled elephant tusks
Police at Ha Tien International Border Gate and Kien Giang Province seized 387kg of elephant tusks smuggled into Viet Nam on Tuesday.
Quang Tri asks polluting company to shut down
Authorities in the central Quang Tri Province yesterday forced a local company to shut down to make it improve its wastewater treatment system before it can resume operations.
Police excavate untreated medical waste in Tay Ninh
The environmental police from southern Tay Ninh Province and other relevant agencies yesterday started digging up untreated medical waste illegally buried by Le Ngoc Tung Hospital – a private general hospital.
Viet Nam, Australia discuss sustainable mining efforts
Vietnamese and Australian experts and managers involved in mining held a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss co-operation in sustainable mineral development.
Ha Tinh wants $3.6m as drought aid
Ha Tinh Province's People's Committee Chairman Le Dinh Son has asked Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for VND80 billion (US$3.6 million) in aid to help the locality cope with drought.
Sand exploitation threatens Mekong
Policymakers and experts gathered at Can Tho City on Friday to discuss and propose an inter-provincial policy for the sustainable management of sediment in the Mekong Delta region.
Da Nang opens first big recycling plant
The first phase of a new rubbish treatment plant in central city was inaugurated yesterday, making it the first plant in Viet Nam to get updated technology.
Fires destroy 145ha of forest
Four forest fires have destroyed over 145ha of forest in Thanh Hoa Province since the end of last month, causing losses of VND10.8 billion (US$495,000).
Funds provided for disaster risk effort
Funds provided for disaster risk effort

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) are assisting Viet Nam in disaster risk management, particularly in risks related to climate change.

Policies need to be put into practice

Cao Si Kiem, president of the Viet Nam Small and Medium Enterprises Association, talks to Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper about incentive policies

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Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water 1    Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water

By the time Nguyen Thi Thung, grey-haired and sporting traditional ba ba brown clothes, stops her motorbike near the gates of Ha Noi Cancer Hospital, patients, relatives and street vendors holding empty bottles are already queued up.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security 2    CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security

The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has issued a plan for better management and prevention of theft of passengers' baggage and cargo, and to ensure aviation security.

Son makes Dad prize wheelchair 1    Son makes Dad prize wheelchair

Le Van Hoa works through his lunchtime at a workshop at the Hue College of Industry every day, despite the extreme heat. He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien 1    Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien received a Labour Order third class, and a merit certificate from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday.