The Ministry of Industry and Trade will issue a circular next year setting a limit on energy usage in key industries, according to Trinh Quoc Vu, head of the Ministry's Science, Technology and Energy Saving Department.
The circular applies to steel, paper and pulp, plastics, food and beverage industries. Manufacturers will be fined or forced to suspend production if they fail to meet the criteria. The circular restricts imports of outdated machines and equipment.
The country's annual energy consumption grew by 11 per cent from 2005 to 2010, but it has increased by 17 per cent in recent years.
The Saigon Times Daily
Sci-tech contest targets students
Secondary school students in HCM City have been invited to take part in a contest on science and technology invention by the HCM City's Education and Training Department and its partners. The event focuses on research in different fields. The contestants should submit their work before October 28.
TUOI TRE (Youth)
Quang Ngai offers support to fishermen
The Quang Ngai Province's People's Committee will spend more than VND38 billion (US$1.85 million) to help local fishermen upgrade 509 off-shore vessels and install equipment.
THANH NIEN (Young People)
Youth Union promotes business programmes
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union will launch a long-term programme this year to encourage young people, particularly the union's members, to develop their careers on the five islands of Hon Chuoi, Tho Chau, Con Co, Bach Long Vi and Ton. Under the 2013-2020 programme, around 590 families with 5,000 regular and seasonal labourers will move to these islands. Local authorities will draw up new policies to support these new residents.
NHAN DAN (The People)
Ha Noi opens Festival of Vietnamese ethnic nationalities
The Traditional Festival of Vietnamese Ethnic Nationalities will open today in Son Tay District in Ha Noi. The two day-event has attracted 200 artisans from 32 ethnic groups living in eight provinces across the country. Cultural activities and exhibitions on religion, lifestyle and customs are being featured.
DAU TU (Vietnam Investment Review)