A 27.6-km section of Noi Bai- Lao Cai Highway opened to traffic yesterday. Construction on the two-lane section running through two districts of Van Ban and Bao Yen in Lao Cai Province began in early 2010, with a cost of VND1.6 trillion (US$76 million). The 245km Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway has a total investment of VND19.98 trillion ($904 million).
Nhan Dan (The People)
32 facilities involved in stem cell research
In Viet Nam, 32 facilities are conducting stem cell research and application, including nine universities and institutions, 20 hospitals and three private enterprises with 260 people working in the field, heard a conference held on Monday. Eighteen nation-level scientific projects on stem cells have been implemented, but experts said more research was needed.
Dr. Truong Dinh Kiet, former deputy head of the HCM City Medicine University, said the lack of orientation and strategic plans and practical guidelines as well as a network of researchers had hindered the development of stem cell research.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Freshwater fish released into Huong River
The Division for Exploitation and Protection of Fisheries Resources in Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday released 30,000 freshwater fish of various species into Huong River to mark the 55th anniversary of the Viet Nam Aquaculture Sector. At least 3,000 adult shrimp were also released into the Tam Giang lagoon. More than 300 hectares have been set aside for fishery resource protection for the Tam Giang lagoon.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Can Tho achieves 8% economic growth
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta City of Can Tho reported an 8.32 percent economic growth rate in the first three months of the year. Industrial manufacturing reached VND16.46 trillion (US$783.8 million) in the first quarter, a year-on-year increase of 7.9 per cent. Retail sales and services saw a year-on-year increase of 14.5 trillion to reach VND16.12 trillion (US$767.6 million). Tourism revenue was VND254 billion (US$12 million), a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)