Cool weather, storms this weekend in north

Update: September, 10/2011 - 09:26

HA NOI — Northern provinces will enjoy cool weather this weekend and there will be rain, storms and even whirlwinds in some places, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Southern provinces are expected to be sunny during the day and showery at night.

Hundred poor patients receive free surgery

HA NOI — More than 100 poor patients have been given free surgery to help them walk under a humanitarian programme offered by US Operation Walk and Army Central Hospital 108.

The cost of the treatment was about VND80 million (US$3,800) per patient.

The patients, who mostly had knee and groin arthritis, were chosen nationwide after clinical examinations conducted by the hospital.

$135,000 project to provide cows, grain

HA NOI — Ten thousand poor rural people will benefit from a US$135,000 project funded by the-US based Monsanto Fund through the Viet Nam Red Cross.

The two-year project will start this month in the districts of Minh Hoa in Quang Binh Province, Eakar in Dak Lak Province, Bat Xat in Lao Cai Province and Moc Chau in Son La Province.

The project will provide a total of 75 cows, 16,000kg of corn seeds, 21,000kg of fertiliser and 200 water tanks.

White-leg shrimp ‘not harming environment'

HA NOI — White-leg shrimp and Pacific oysters will be removed from a list of species harmful to the environment, said Pham Anh Tuan, deputy head of the agricultural ministry's directorate of fisheries.

According to the ministry, the inclusion of the species recently would negatively affect the country's exports.

The two aquaproducts were added to the list of harmful foreign species by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment three weeks ago.

Samsung Vina looks to promote reading

HCM CITY – Samsung Vina Electronics Co. launched phase one of a community project Thu vien thong minh-tri tue ngay mai (Smart Library- Knowledge for Tomorrow) in an effort to promote a reading culture among students, especially in rural areas.

Phase 1 costs about VND10 billion (US$481,000). The project is a part of the Samsung—Hope for Children Programme.

From September to December, the company will set up smart library models at 15 junior schools in Bac Ninh, Quang Nam, Tra Vinh province and HCM City. The company plans to expand to 60 shools in 2012 and 100 in 2013. — VNS