Nearly 7.3 million of 7.5 million households in northern rural regions were able to use electricity from the national grid, according to Northern Power Corporation.
Last year, the corporation expanded its power supply programme to 27 provinces and cities in the regions. The number of households accessing electricity in two most disadvantaged provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang increased to nearly 70 per cent, the corporation said.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Visually challenged enjoy audio books
In its latest move, the National Audio Books Library has converted more than 1,300 print editions of books into more than 270,300 cassettes and CDs to serve visually challenged adults and children in institutions nation-wide.
The library, set up in 1998, is the first and only one in the country, serving an estimated 1 million visually challenged people.
Tin Tuc (News)
Khanh Hoa tops list of school dropouts
As many as 1,606 dropouts were recorded in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa in the 2013-14 academic year, the highest number in the country.
It is followed by the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong with 1,502 dropouts and the central province of Binh Dinh with 1,232, according to the Ministry of Education and Training.
It said that most of the dropouts were ethnic minority students in mountainous districts. They dropped out either because of financial difficulties or because they found it difficult to reach their schools from remote locations.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Ninh Binh to spend $38m on production
The northern province of Ninh Binh has approved the allocation of VND760 billion (approx. US$38 million) drawn from the State and provincial budgets as well as capital mobilised from the province's investment programmes to settle the lives of residents by developing production and building infrastructure.
The funding is to be spent by 2015. This year, the province plans to disburse VND83 billion ($3.95 million) for the same purpose.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Binh Duong workers to get free bus tickets
Southern Binh Duong Province's Labour Confederation will spend nearly VND1 billion ($47,619) on 1,000 free bus tickets for local workers to return to their hometowns for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.
The tickets will be given to those who have suffered labour accidents or have families affected by recent storms.
Moreover, enterprises in the province have pledged to provide free bus tickets for Tet travel to 29,000 workers of the Binh Duong Garment Co Ltd, the Thien Nam Textile Co Ltd and the Thai Binh Footwear Company.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)