The chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, Le Hoang Quan, has asked the city Department of Finance to check pricing compliance by Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) trading agents and companies in the city. The department has been told to submit inspection results to the Ministry of Finance by February 20.
Quan has also asked the city Market Management Department to strengthen inspection on price posting and selling of LPG trading agents and companies. In addition, he ordered the Department of Industry and Trade to report to the municipal government on LPG demand and stockpiling. He said he wanted to encourage cooking-gas trading companies to take part in the city's price-stabilisation programme. Cooking-gas prices have risen many times this year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Police check violations of environmental laws
The Environmental Crime Prevention and Fighting Police Department said 39 violations of the Environmental Protection Law were discovered in the southern region from December 15 to February 15, the peak time for fighting environmental crime. Eighteen cases were fined a total of VND2 billion (US$95,831).
The department said the number of violations involved in discharging untreated wastewater remained high, with 25 violations. Particularly, five enterprises in Binh Duong Province discharged untreated waste water directly into the Dau Tieng reservoir.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Russia to inspect Vietnamese seafood safety
A delegation from the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Physio-sanitary Surveillance will conduct an inspection tour at Vietnamese seafood processing facilities in April or May, according to the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department.
The department has asked relevant agencies to prepare to work with the delegation. The Russian group late last month sent a letter to the department, saying that many seafood consignments exported to Russia had not met food-safety requirements.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Bac Lieu begins work on new bridge
The People's Committee of Bac Lieu Province on February 15 broke ground for construction of the Gia Rai bridge, linking National Highway 1A with the coastal economic zone Ganh Hao.
The 654 metre-long bridge will have a total investment capital of more than VNÐ460 billion (US$22 million) from the government bonds. To be built by the Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No 4 (Cienco 4), the four-lane bridge is completed in 18 months.
Nhan Dan (The People)