Have a nice Sunday!
-- Pundits have urged transport officials face inevitable clashes between transport policies and motorcyclists and drivers in Ho Chi Minh City to better tackle chronic congestion.
-- Representatives of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and sponsors have handed over VND372 million (US$16,335) as relief and Tet (Lunar New Year) gifts to Vietnamese naval soldiers stationed at maritime platform DK1/15 in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, which was ravaged by Typhoon Tembin as it swept through the cluster of islands in late December 2017.
-- Internet connection from Vietnam via the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) has been restored earlier than expected, a local network operator confirmed on Saturday. The APG connecting the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang with the U.S., Japan and Hong Kong had been disrupted by work to expand Singapore’s Changi Airport.
-- Police in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa revealed on Saturday they were investigating a case in which a married couple was stabbed in their own home in Quan Son District on Friday afternoon, with the wife ending up dead on the spot.
-- The Environment Protection Department in the central city of Da Nang on Saturday received eight solar-operated water environment observation devices worth over VND10 billion ($439,116), covered by a company to improve the city's water environment.
-- Over 10,000 hectares of forested land in Ea Sup District in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak had been illegally encroached upon in 2017, a local official reported at a seminar on Friday.
-- The Ministry of Transport has submitted to the central government a draft decree in which measures were proposed to tighten control over service providers offering ride-hailing services including Uber and Grab.
-- Many tourists have voiced their frustration at poor-quality, low-cost travel products which are heating up the local market during the peak season, which generally begins weeks before New Year’s Day and lingers until after Tet (Lunar New Year) every year.