The tolls collected on the HCM City - Trung Luong Expressway fell 20 per cent in April and May, down to VND800 million (US$38,095) from VND1.1 billion -VND1.2 billion (US$52.1 million - $ 57.1 million) a day, according to Pham Van Diet, general director of Yen Khanh Service Trading and Production Company, which is in charge of toll collections on the road.
A great number of trucks now use National Route 1 to avoid paying the tolls. The 40-kilometre expressway connecting HCM City and Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta opened for use in February 2010. It started collecting fees in February 2012.
Tuoi Tre (Young People)
Khanh Hoa to close 100 brick kilns
More than 100 brick kilns in Ninh Hoa town in the central province of Khanh Hoa will be shut down by the end of this month, according to the province's People's Committee. The kilns, which use low-quality coal and outdated methods, are causing serious air pollution. However, the province's People's Committee said it had devised any solutions to support kiln workers or help them shift to a new craft.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Lang Son to use cement for rural roads
The People's Committee of Lang Son Province will use 21,000 tonnes of cement for the building of roads and small-size irrigation works in rural areas in 11 districts and towns this year. The cost of the cement, VND24.7 billion (US$1.1 million), comes from funds from the State budget.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Thua Thien- Hue receives more visitors
Thua Thien – Hue Province has received 1.04 million foreign and domestic visitors in the first five months of this year, up 13 per cent year-on-year, according to the central province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Earnings from tourism have topped VND1.52 trillion (US$72.3 million), a 21.8 per cent rise.
Most foreign tourists came from Australia, accounting for 16.13 per cent of 413,000 foreigners visiting Thua Thien-Hue this year, followed by Thailand with 11.57 per cent, and the US with 9.02 per cent.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times)