Here are the most important news stories about Vietnam you do not want to miss today, August 27.
-- Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated the importance of promoting friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Israel as he received Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- The Vietnamese embassies in many countries around the world are organizing activities to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the diplomatic sector (August 28, 1945).
-- Indian Coast Guard’s patrol vessel Sarang, with 140 crew members on board and which is led by Senior Colonel Naresh Kumar Kaul, arrived at Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Rong port on Wednesday, beginning its five-day official visit to the southern Vietnamese metropolis.
-- An hour-long heavy downpour hit Hanoi on Wednesday night, flooding many streets in the Vietnamese capital city.
-- The My Loi Bridge, which connects Long An and Tien Giang, both provinces located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, will open to traffic on Saturday, cutting the distance to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Tien Giang from 75km to only 25km.
-- A 12-year-old lottery ticket seller in the south-central province of Binh Thuan is in critical conditions after she was burned with gasoline on Tuesday by her mother out of anger because she failed to sell out the tickets.
-- Vietnam saw 14,622 traffic accidents happening in the first eight months of this year, with 5,821 people killed and 13,234 injured, according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
-- U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius talked life passions with young members of charity and volunteer organizations in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Wednesday.
-- Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the country’s power monopoly, has earned VND981 billion (US$43.6 million) three years after it divested from such non-core businesses as finance, realty and banking.
-- The Airports Corporation of Vietnam has been assigned by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to be the developer of the megaproject to set up the Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai.
-- A high-speed railway, running from north to south and which allows trains to travel at a maximum of 350kmph, is slated to be constructed in 2030, according to a master plan for Vietnam’s train transportation recently approved by the government.
-- The Vietnam Comic Day 2015, the first-ever comic-themed festival in the country, will be organized in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on August 30 and September 6, respectively, with participation of comic book authors, script writers and historians.
-- Vietnamese rising tennis star Ly Hoang Nam ended his journey at the ongoing F28 Futures in Egypt after being defeated 0-2 by the event’s eight seed and the world’s No.715 Ugo Nastasi of Luxembourg in the first round of the men’s singles on Thursday.