State-owned firms invest $3.9 billion abroad

Update: December, 16/2010 - 10:43

Sixteen State-owned corporations had invested a total of US$3.99 billion abroad by the end of last June, the Ministry of Finance said.

Major overseas projects include oil and gas exploration and drilling in Russia, Venezuela, and Africa by the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, telecom projects in Laos and Cambodia by Viettel, and planting of rubber trees in Laos and Cambodia by the Viet Nam Coal and Mineral Industries Group.

Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times)

Ministry eyes endangered langur sanctuary

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development wants the central province of Khanh Hoa to establish a sanctuary for the black-shanked duoc langur in Hon Heo Peninsula.

The Hon Heo Forest is home to 17 troops containing 110 of these endangered monkeys, according to a 2007 survey by the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute and Germany's Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Tuoi Tre (Youth)

Hospital waste to double by 2015: official

Hospitals and medical centres in the country discharge around 380 tonnes of solid waste every day, including 45 tonnes of medical waste, and the figure will double by 2015, according to Dr Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environment.

Only 44 per cent of the nation's hospitals are equipped with waste treatment systems, with many of them even in poor state.

A quarter of all central hospitals lack treatment systems.

Thanh Nien (Young People)

Polluting tabacco firm ready to relocate

The Saigon Tobacco Company, one of the seven blacklisted polluters in HCM City's inner areas, will move to the Vinh Loc Industrial Park in the outlying district of Binh Chanh this month, according to the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Other polluters like Posvina Co Ltd in District 9 will relocate to Nhon Trach Industrial Park in southern Dong Nai Province by 2012.

Ha Tien 1 Cement Factory, Viet Thang Jean Co. Ltd., Ba Son Shipyard, Vinh Hoi Tobacco Company, and Saigon Beer Company also find a place in the blacklist.

The Saigon Times Daily