-- U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson is visiting Vietnam from May 3 to 6 to work with the government and U.N. staff on sustainable growth goals and carry out preparations for an upcoming seminar on climate change, according to the United Nations’ public relations office in Vietnam.
-- The Ministry of Planning and Investment has submitted a mammoth US$1.1 billion project aiming to build a cross-Asia waterway at the onset of the Hong (Red) River, a major river in the northern region, to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for approval. The waterway will also serve as a hydroelectric plant and a reservoir for irrigation purposes.
-- A torrential rain lashed through Buon Ma Thuot City, the heart of Dak Lak Province in the Central Highlands, and some neighboring districts on Tuesday afternoon, alleviating the effects of severe drought hitting the region in the past several months.
-- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has called on its agriculture and defense counterparts and other competent agencies join its monitoring efforts along the central coastline in the latest bid to unravel the mysterious mass fish deaths hitting several provinces since early April.
-- One hundred and eleven people were killed and 138 others were injured in 152 traffic accidents occurring across Vietnam during a four-day public holiday that ended on Tuesday, according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety.
-- Authorities in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa have said they are working hard to penalize offences committed by tourism operators in response to the influx of Chinese vacationers to Nha Trang, a popular coastal resort town, in recent times, and deal with Chinese-owned businesses operating illegally under locals’ names.
-- Realty developers in Ho Chi Minh City have raced to launch new projects, particularly in the metropolis’s eastern and southern areas, as the local realty market has shown strong recovery signs in recent times.
-- Tran Quang Nghi, board chair of t he state-run Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), the country's largest textile company, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the group is gearing up for its listing, poised for June or by the end of this year at the latest.
-- The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho welcomed nearly 92,000 tourist arrivals, including 5,000 foreign visits, during a four-day holiday which came to an end on Tuesday, according to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Phu Quoc Island, a beloved getaway destination in Kien Giang Province, also in the Mekong Delta region, received almost 27,000 visitors during the holiday, the management of Phu Quoc Port has announced.