Have a nice weekend while skimming these brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today, April 26.
-- The section in the first phase of the Yen Vien (Hanoi)-Lao Cai railway route upgrade project was open to traffic on Saturday. The project, which took four years to complete, enhances the transport capacity, eliminates most accident hotspots, and cuts down 40 minutes from the travel time on the 285-kilometer Hanoi-Lao Cai railway.
-- Addressing serious traffic jams which happened on many streets in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, which was the first of three separate days of prohibiting vehicles from entering a designated area in the heart of the city in preparation for ceremonies to celebrate Reunification Day (April 30), Dau An Phuc, of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, said at a Saturday meeting that the department will divert and control traffic better in the coming days, and facilitate ambulances rushing patients to hospitals. Phuc also noted that the traffic ban in the area will be implemented even more strictly on Thursday, April 30, when the principal ceremony takes place.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has just reported to the municipal People’s Committee its plan to supply clean water for residents in the outlying district of Cu Chi. Under a project to be implemented from now to 2019, which costs a total of VND4.6 trillion ($214.37 million), the district’s entire population will be able to gain access to clean water sources.
-- Police in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa said on Saturday that they have detained a 35-year-old Nigerian man, who was caught red-handed trading around one kilogram of synthetic drugs, the largest amount of such drugs that had ever been seized by the provincial police, late last month.
-- At a Saturday meeting on counterfeit goods and the protection of consumer rights, local producers of cable and electrical appliances voiced their concerns about the rampant Chinese-origin fakes, which are a great waste of energy and pose serious fire and explosion hazards.
-- The Vietnam Journalists Association, Austria’s University of Vienna, and some Vietnamese newspapers jointly organized a chain of international seminars which addressed journalistic involvement in Vietnamese people’s resistance war against the U.S. on Friday and Saturday in Hanoi.
-- Mark Wiens, a 29-year-old American blogger, recently grabbed the attention of food lovers by sharing his list of 25 must-eat dishes in Ho Chi Minh City, where to find and even how to eat them. Wiens, who is now based in Thailand, spent around one month with his wife in Vietnam’s most crowded city before publishing his review titled “Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon” (and Where To Try Them) on his blog on February 16.
-- A group of Vietnamese artists are currently in Belgium for the Art Brussels 2015 exhibition, which runs from Saturday to Monday. The exhibition is one of the world’s greatest of its kind on contemporary art.
-- The Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on Friday launched an event called “Science and Technology in the Southern Region in Commemoration of Reunification Day.” The event’s various highlights comprised exhibitions of prominent scientific and technological accomplishments, including hi-tech agriculture and environmental protection, which have been achieved by schools, organizations, and enterprises based in the city and other southern provinces.