Check out the news you should not miss today, August 12
-- Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Friday sent sympathies to his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc over the casualties and property losses in the flood-stricken northern Vietnam.
-- The first sod was turned Friday for the Xa Ot bridge at the Lao Bao-Densavan international border gate between the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri and Laos' Savannakhet Province.
-- Many streets in inner Can Tho City were inundated following a heavy rain on Friday.
-- Hanoi will ban taxis from entering certain streets during rush hours, between 6:30 and 8:30 in the morning and 4:00 and 7:00 in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, starting later this month.
-- A 34-year-old man was found dead in an apparent suicide after fatally shooting his 17-year-old girlfriend and ran away in the southern province of Dong Nai late Friday.
-- A Vietnamese fishing boat, coded BĐ 95948 TS, was operating in Vietnam’s waters off the south-central city of Quy Nhon on Friday when it was sunk by the Minh Phu 26. Eight crewmembers were rescued but the ship captain remained missing.
-- Vietnam's VPBank said on Friday it will start listing on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange on August 17 with an expected market value of $2.3 billion.
-- Vietnamese telecoms firm FPT Corp said it has sold 30 percent of a subsidiary to funds of or associated with funds managers VinaCapital and Dragon Capital, Reuters reported on Friday.
-- Vietjet has been honored as “The IPO Deal of the Year 2017” and “The Company with Best M&A Information Disclosure” at the M&A Awards 2016-2017, held as part of Vietnam M&A Forum 2017.
-- South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung will return to Vietnam for live concerts at the Vietnam Youth Theatre in Hanoi on August 26, and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music the following day.
-- People in Vietnam can watch the Perseid Meteor Shower, which NASA says will peak this weekend, late Saturday and at first light on Sunday, according to the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association.
-- A monument to commemorate Vietnam's revered General Vo Nguyen Giap, who passed away in 2013, will be built in his hometown of Quang Binh in north-central Vietnam, the local administration announced on Friday.
-- Team Vietnam targets to win at least four taekwondo gold medals at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2017 taking place later this month.