The Ministry of Finance has announced it will provide 1,228 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to the northern provinces of Cao Bang and Bac Can to tide over the period between crops.
Cao Bang will get 1,000 tonnes and Bac Can, the rest.
35,000 poor families get housing support
Two years after starting implementation of a Prime Minister's Decision on housing assistance for poor families, seven provinces in the south central and Central Highlands regions (Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum and Gia Lai) have achieved 60 per cent of the target by providing 35,000 houses so far.
Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum and Gia Lai plan to assist some other 12,500 poor families.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
An Giang airport plan ratified
Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung has ratified a master plan to build an airport in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang at a cost of VND3.42 trillion (US$166 million).
In the first phase ending in 2020, the 235ha airport in Can Dang Commune, Chau Thanh District, will have a 1,850m runway that can accommodate smaller aircraft like the ATR72.
In the second phase ending in 2030, it will be large enough for bigger aircraft like the Airbus A321.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Russian tourists flock to HCM City
The HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said 1.6 million foreign tourists visited the city in the first half of the year, 10 per cent up year-on-year.
The top countries and territories by number are the US, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Russia.
The number of Russian tourists to the city surged 39 per cent to take Russia into the top 10 tourist markets for the city.
The department also announced that foreign visitors spent a total of VND23 trillion (US$1.1 billion).
Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer)
Kien Giang cuts spending by $5.7m
Nguyen Thanh Son, chairman of the Kien Giang Province People's Committee, said the province had amended the public spending budget in 82 categories.
It involves scaling back the spending by VND119.9 billion (US$5.7 million).
Tuoi Tre (Youth)