Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, April 5:
-- Deputy Minister of Defense General Do Ba Ty was voted one of the two deputy chairs of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly on Monday.
-- Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has sent a congratulatory message to his Myanmarese counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi over her appointment on Monday, expressing his belief that she will contribute to leading the country to prosperity.
-- Eighteen houses were destroyed, whereas 3,066 others had their rooftops damaged as a hailstorm wreaked havoc on five districts in Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai and Ha Giang, all northern provinces, on Sunday, according to the government’s latest damage report released on Monday.
-- As many as 118 out of 599 reservoirs in Dak Lak Province have completely dried up in what is considered the worst drought to hit Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
-- Truong Hoa Binh, Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court of Vietnam, on Monday issued a directive to set up a Family Court, the first of its kind in Vietnam, under the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court. The family court handles cases related to domestic issues such as divorce.
-- Five workers were severely injured as a cassava processing plant in the north-central province of Nghe An exploded in a suspected oil leak on Monday.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its foundation on May 6 by issuing a VND100 commemorative banknote, which cannot be used for payment but for purchase as a keepsake at VND20,000-25,000 apiece.
-- Three multimillion-dollar ethanol manufacturing plants, aimed at supplying materials to make biofuels, developed by oil and gas giant PetroVietnam have proven an investment failure, as there is little demand for the environment-friendly gasoline in Vietnam.
-- The International Students Science Forum will kick off in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, with 100 delegates from universities in Southeast Asian countries, China and Japan set to discuss “Student Integration.”