Let us rise and shine with a wrap-up of what you need to know in Vietnam today:
Politics -- The Vietnam People's Navy on Saturday organized a flag hoisting ceremony at Cam Ranh Military Port, located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, to mark their admission of two new Kilo-class submarines, 184-Hai Phong and 185-Khanh Hoa. The two vessels will be under the management of the Navy’s Brigade 189.
-- The National Traffic Safety Committee office has urged that Ho Chi Minh City authorities order the District 1 police to look into and verify a purported property loss reported by two Spanish tourists who traveled in a bus from Nam Phuong Co., a local transport firm. A piece of information was circulated on social networks on Thursday, saying that the two Spaniards discovered their iPhone and iPad had been missing while traveling on a bus from Nha Trang City, the heart of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, to Ho Chi Minh City on July 21. With a location-tracking app, the foreigners found out that their lost property remained on that bus and reported the case to local police officers but they have yet to receive any response from them so far.
-- According to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper source at the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, a batch of 94 military handguns and 472 magazines which had been hidden on a flight from Turkey and seized by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport was likely to be imported by a unit in Singapore. Cargo loaders might have mistaken the abbreviation “SG” on the containers for Saigon instead of Singapore, the source said, adding the reception of such wrongly addressed packages is common at the airport.
-- Authorities in Dong Nai Province, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City, recently launched an inspection at 48 local pig farms. Fourteen of them were found feeding their pigs with banned chemicals detrimental to human health to boost the animals’ unbalanced growth and production of lean meat.
-- According to the Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue Board of the northern province of Quang Ninh, the downpours and subsequent floodwaters battering the province in recent days and bringing the highest precipitation over the past 40 years have caused damage estimated at VND2 trillion (US$90.1 million), with half the amount incurred by the provincial coal sector. Lashing rainfall and floods have also hit several northern provinces in the past two days.
-- The Department of Industry and Trade in the central province of Quang Nam has launched a verification seal mark, which will be applied on all locally-made handicraft and fine art items. The launch is a bid to ensure that tourists gain access to authentic, high-quality products.
-- According to the Department of Examination and Education Quality Assessment under the Ministry of Education and Training, all four Vietnamese 11th and 12th graders bagged medals, including one gold and three silvers, at the 2015 International Olympiad in Informatics, leading to Team Vietnam ranking 8th among 84 participating countries and territories. This is the highest result ever achieved by Vietnamese students since the country sent its contestants to the Olympiad in 2000.