Check out what is in the news today, August 4
-- Head of Vietnam’s Central Commission for Propaganda and Education Vo Van Thuong on Thursday met his Lao counterpart Kikeo Khaykhamphithoun in Phu Quoc Island, off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, where they both vowed enhanced cooperation and discussed ways to boost speedy yet sustainable economic growth.
-- Police in Quy Hop District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An disclosed on Thursday they were detaining a suspect following a bust on a large dynamite smuggling ring who concealed more than 100 kilograms of explosives and electric triggers in a secret cellar.
-- Police in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City revealed on Thursday they had arrested a 28-year-old man for attempting to sell a lead bullet gun for VND45 million (US$ 1,979).
-- A flashflood ravaging several mountainous northern provinces in the past two days has claimed nine lives, injured 11 others and left 25 people missing while causing serious damage to crops and homes.
-- National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget airlines VietJet and Jetstar suffered 13,493 late departures, or 24.09 percent of the total number of flights, over the last six months, according to statistics released by Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. The delay is attributed partly to passengers’ lateness in checking in and failure to grasp flight regulations.
-- Tour operators from 23 countries and territories have registered for the Ho Chi Minh City International Travel Expo 2017, slated to run in September at a convention center in District 7.
-- Vietnamese produce, particularly organic products, have drawn profuse attention from visitors and entrepreneurs at the ASEAN-India Expo and Forum 2017, which is running until Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.
-- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Vietnam and the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs have inked an agreement to implement the second phase of a project designed to provide counseling and assistance to human trafficking victims.
-- A local charity club has donated a total of VND884 million (US$38,891) to Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper’s hallmark program “Tiep suc den truong” (Giving Strength to Students,) launched every year to help needy students across the country.