​Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – August 10

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Dengue fever patients at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Good morning from Tuoi Tre News!

Society

-- Roads connecting to the future Long Thanh International Airport in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province are battling with constant traffic congestion, leading experts to fear that the situation will worsen once the airport goes into operation.

-- Nearly 13 hectares of dioxin-contaminated land at Bien Hoa Airport in southern Dong Nai Province had been cleansed of the toxic chemical by joint efforts between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense, and was on Wednesday returned to the Ministry of Transport.

-- Police have identified the female foreigner who was photographed begging on the streets of Phu Quoc Island off southern Vietnam as a vacationing Russian national who funds her trans-Asia trip by accepting donations from passers-by as she meditates on busy streets.

-- The number of detected dengue fever infections in Vietnam has reached 78,000, with 20 deaths reported so far since the beginning of this year, causing great disturbance to the lifestyle of residents.

-- Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked second in the fastest-growing cities in the Asia – Pacific region, economically speaking, behind only the Indian capital of New Delhi, according to a recent report by Oxford Economics.

Business

-- The one million cubic meters of dredging ‘matter’ that in late June was given permission to be dumped into the ocean will instead be used for a local sea encroachment project, according to the latest agreement among the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Binh Thuan’s administration and Vietnam Electricity.

-- The erection of 42 upstream hydropower plants coupled with overexploitation of sand downstream the Vu Gia – Thu Bon river system in central Quang Nam Province has resulted in expansive landslides along one of the biggest river systems in central Vietnam.

-- The real estate market in Ho Chi Minh City is showing signs of stalling in buying power, prompting realty developers to introduce multiple promotions to attract customers.

-- Multiple Japanese retail giants such as Uniqlo and Muji Muji are eying to make a grand entrance into Vietnam and dominate the local retail market, as the Southeast Asian country continues to be among the most attractive markets for mergers and acquisitions for Japanese businesses in the region.

Sports

-- Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which together contribute half of the Vietnamese athletes competing at the upcoming 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, are expected to maintain their dominance by bringing home nearly half of the team’s medals at the regional games.

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