bridges to span Sai Gon River
The HCM City authorities
plan to build several bridges across Sai Gon River by 2010. This year,
construction begins on Phu Long Bridge linking District 12 with Binh Duong
Province, and on Binh Loi 2 Bridge connecting Binh Thanh District with Thu Duc
District. Eight other bridges spanning the Sai Gon River will be built to link
the city’s centre with Districts 4 and 7.
Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon )
City plans to eliminate monopolies
In an aim to cut service
costs and increase competition, HCM City wants to eliminate monopoly practices
in several industries. More investment will be sought for infrastructure,
including electricity, water, post, telecommunications, transport, port and
airport services. Creating incentive policies on land and tax to attract foreign
investment in high-tech parks is also on the agenda. The city has proposed both
policies to the Government.
aids ethnic minorities in Central Highlands
The Central Highlands has
begun several measures to provide land and housing for the poor and ethnic
minorities living in rural communes. The region has allocated 4,863 hectares of
arable land to 13,405 ethnic minority households and 262 hectares of land for
housing for 8,666 poor families in five Central Highlands provinces.
Last year 25,100 houses
for the poor were repaired. This year the provinces will promote investment in
livestock breeding, irrigation, afforestation and clean water supply.
Dan (The People)
infest winter-spring rice
Brown planthoppers have
infested 70,359 hectares of the winter-spring rice crop in the southern
provinces, chiefly in the Mekong Delta provinces of Bac Lieu, Hau Giang and Dong
Thap. The crop pest has caused stunt and ragged rice plant disease. The Plant
Protection Department has sent technicians to local areas to help farmers spray
pesticides and transplant pest-resistant rice strains.
Bao Kinh Te VN (Viet Nam Economic Times)