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Gardeners lease ochna trees during Tet
Many gardeners are leasing ochnas to households and businesses for decoration during the Lunar New Year holidays, or Tet, reaping quicker profits than selling them outright.
Leasing rate range from VND100,000 to VND10 million, or equivalent to about 10-30%, of the total value of an ochna tree.
An expert in Go Vap District said that the service was convenient for customers as they could enjoy ochnas for decoration during Tet for a small cost.
The Saigon Times Daily
Main motorways cleared of rubbish for Tet
The HCM City Environmental and Urban Co will utilise its automatic garbage trucks to ensure sanitation on the city’s main streets in districts 1, 3, 5 and 10 during Tet.
The company also launched a campaign Thursday to collect rubbish round the clock.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
More parking lots open to serve shoppers
The volunteer youth forces have opened more lots downtown and at parks where spring flower markets are going on, said Lang Nguyen Thanh Vu, director of the HCM City Volunteer Youth Service Co’s Public Works enterprise.
From January 27 to 31, part of Nguyen Hue and Mac Thi Buoi streets along with sidewalks on Pasteur Street will be reserved for flower market goers to park vehicles – and bicycles park for free.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Auction raises funds to help needy
A total of VND1.33 billion (US$83,200) collected from the auction jointly held by Viet Nam Television and Viet Nam Fatherland Front on December 31 has been donated to the Fund for the Poor to help those in remote and isolated areas enjoy Tet.
The auction saw the dragon-shaped trophy from the Minh Long Ceramics Co sell for VND930 million ($58.000), Duy Loi folding hammock for VND310 million ($19,400) and an oil painting by painter Bich Nguyet for VND90 million ($5.632).
Nhan Dan (The People)
State budget predicted to increase in 2006
The Ministry of Finance reported that budgetary estimates this year could reach VND237 trillion ($14.8 million), an increase of VND26.6 trillion ($1.66 million) against last year’s figure.
Of which, earnings from local sources account for VND132 trillion ($8.26 million), crude oil VND63.4 trillion ($3.97 million) and the rest via import-export.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times)
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