Enjoy your breakfast while skimming these brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today, February 4
- According to a local official in northern Vietnam’s Quang Ninh Province, a blaze broke out aboard a cruise ship which was docking at UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay around 8pm on Tuesday. 25 people on board, including 16 international tourists, have been safely evacuated.
- Thu Thiem 2 Bridge, which would link District 1 in downtown Ho Chi Minh City and District 2 broke ground on Tuesday morning. The bridge, which measures 1,465 meters and has six traffic lanes, is expected to provide an impetus for the growth of the new Thu Thiem residential area.
- Ta Long Hy, CEO of Vinasun, a major Vietnamese taxi operator, and chair of the Ho Chi Minh City Taxi Association said seven of its members last year dismissed a total of 573 taxi drivers among the 1,392 drivers who got disciplined for their misdemeanors in treating clients.
- HCMC People’s Committee has recently requested agencies not to purchase public cars, except for specialized ones, in a bid to tighten state budget spending.
- Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai chaired a meeting on Tuesday, in which the national steering committee on official development assistance (ODA) and aid loans met with leaders of six banks regarding plans to implement ODA projects this year. The meeting heard that the ODA amount which has yet to be disbursed is estimated at US$21 billion.
- The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting announced northern provinces will continue to experience cold climate on Wednesday. Several east-northern provinces are likely to go through a cold spell from Thursday on, with average temperature plummeting to beneath 15 degrees Celsius.
- A local shipbuilding firm on Tuesday morning inked a contract with three fishermen in Quy Nhon, the capital city of central Vietnam’s Binh Dinh Province, to build three steel-clad fishing boats. The construction of the boats, which each measures around 22.25 and 7.2 meters in length and width, costs VND14.8 billion ($689,719.)
- Hanoi police announced on Tuesday that they have busted five scams and held in custody five suspects who had performed a ploy called “Ong chu Viettel” (Viettel uncle.) The ploy is one of the three most popular Facebook scams in Vietnam in 2014.
- Tan Binh Police in HCMC announced on Tuesday the arrest of another two suspects in stealing and consuming aviation gasoline from Vietnam Air Petrol Co Ltd (Vinapco.) The security force of Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Friday last week caught a group red-handed while they were pinching aviation gas. The group’s stolen gas volume is estimated at VND400 million ($18.64 million.)
- A circular on food safety regulations which is recently released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry stipulates that the premises of vegetables oil mills are to be placed in accordance with wind directions from Friday onwards in a bid to cushion their products from pollution.
- At a Tuesday meeting held by ANZ Bank, the bank’s expert on Asia-Pacific economics said Vietnam’s economy is increasingly less dependent on its revenues from the export of crude oil.
Education - A delegation from Japan’s Josai University, led by its executive chair, Professor Mizuta Noriko, has just visited Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper office in HCMC’s Phu Nhuan District.