May 31, 2011 / 1:59 AM / 8 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - Vietnam newspapers - May 31

HANOI, May 31 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in the official Vietnamese press on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


— The State Treasury will auction three-year and five-year government bonds to raise a combined 2 trillion dong ($97.51 million) on June 2 at the Hanoi stock exchange.


— Vietnam’s fiscal deficit as of May 15 was estimated at 22.3 trillion dong ($1.09 billion), or 18.5 percent of the year’s plan, the government’s General Statistics Office said.


— Vietnam has plans to cut the national poverty rate by 2 percent a year and raise per capita income 3.5 times between 2011-2020.


— The winter-spring rice crop output in the Red River delta and the northern part of the central region will ease to more than 5.4 million tonnes of paddy due to adverse weather, from 5.5 million tonnes last year, agricultural reports show.

— Seven Vietnamese people were found guilty of subversive plots between August 2009 and April 2010 and sentenced to terms in prison ranging from two to eight years by a court in the southern province of Ben Tre on Monday.


— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Ho Chi Minh City leaders to avoid leaving the production sector in a difficult situation, such as now, in order to keep jobs. He also asked the city to control prices and prevent price manipulation.


— Vietnam loses more than 8 trillion dong ($390 million) a year because of tobacco-linked diseases and more than 40,000 people are killed annually from them, the health authority said.


— China has changed the way it harasses Vietnamese fishermen, seizing equipment instead of detaining and beating them and asking for ransoms, which could provoke reactions from the Vietnamese government, said a representative of the border patrol forces in the central province of Quang Ngai.


— A rise in coffee prices since 2010 has led farmers to rapidly expand their planting area of the crop, having switched from other crops or cut down forests in the country’s top coffee growing province of Daklak.

— A total of 3.06 million families, or 14.2 percent of the total, were found to be poor in Vietnam at the end of 2010, with the poorest living in the northern region, followed by the central region and the Mekong Delta in the south, government statistics show. A family considered poor when the monthly income is below 400,000 dong ($19.50) per person in rural areas and 500,000 dong in urban areas. (Reporting by Hanoi Newsroom)

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