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* The Ministry of Finance has decided to remove the 4 percent import taxes on gasoline and jet fuel. The tariff on kerosene has been cut from 5 percent to 3 percent. The most commonly used fuel grade in Vietnam, 92-RON gasoline, now retails at VND20,800, or less than US$1, per liter.

* The government will introduce a new rule that requires all state-owned enterprises to disclose their financial results as it plans to take tougher measures against executives responsible for losses. CEOs of state-owned companies that make losses for two consecutive years will be held accountable, news website VnExpress cited Finance Minister Vuong Dinh Hue as saying.

* AAA Assurance Corp. said it has worked with Medika, a consultancy company in the medical sector, to provide liability insurance for Vietnamese doctors. The medical malpractice insurance, Y An Nghiep, covers all incidents in medical examination and treatment, the company said in a statement.

* The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have allowed exports of 100,000 to 150,000 tons of sugar "in the short term," according to a statement on government's website. Total 2012 sugar demand may be 1.4 million tons.

* Hanoi's consumer price index rises 1.45 percent and Ho Chi Minh City's CPI climbs 1.32 percent in February versus January, online newswire VnEconomy reports in two separate articles, citing cities' statistics offices.

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