Read what is in the news today, the sixth day of the Year of the Dog!
-- A long holiday break coupled with favorable weather during Tet, or the Lunar New Year holiday, led to a surge in tourism demand in Vietnam on the first days of the new lunar year, filling popular attractions nationwide with both domestic and foreign travelers.
-- The administration of Bac Lieu Province in southern Vietnam has announced its plan to publish official translations into English, French and Chinese of the famous 20th-century song ‘Da co hoai lang’ (The midnight drum reminds me of you), which defined a new style of melody to the Vietnamese ‘cai luong’ (reformed) folk opera.
-- Swedish automaker Volvo has proposed investing in opening three new bus routes in Ho Chi Minh City that will be operated by a fleet of high-quality buses manufactured by the company, following a meeting with the municipal Department of Transport.
-- A cold spell is forecast to hit northern Vietnam on Thursday, bringing temperatures down to as low as nine degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, while the country’s southern region will experience highs of between 34oC and 37oC the same day with low chances of rain.
-- The 25-kilometer cable-stayed Cao Lanh Bridge that is being constructed over the Tien River, a branch of the Mekong River, in Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province, is expected to be put to use in April 2018.
-- A 30-year-old man who makes a living by selling lottery tickets in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province is in a critical condition after setting himself ablaze on Tuesday in an open field for unknown reasons.
-- A man was brutally beaten on Monday by a crowd of angry locals in northern Vietnam’s Ha Nam Province after being falsely accused of having kidnapped a 14-year-old child by a post that had been spread across social media.
-- Retail prices of vegetables in Vietnam were still high on Tuesday – the fifth day of the new lunar year – as both traditional markets and supermarkets saw a drop in consumer demand after Tet.
-- A delegation of Indian business representatives who are members of the Federation of Paper Traders’ Associations of India (FPTA) visited Vietnam earlier this month in search of new trading opportunities with the Southeast Asian country, which imported US$38.17 million worth of paper from India in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.