Read what is in the news today, February 28:
-- Transport officials and experts are mulling over two expansion options for Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, with French airport architecture and engineering company ADPi recommending that the airport be expanded southward to raise its capacity to 50 million passengers yearly.
-- Chu Thi Binh, the victim in the recently uncovered savings theft of over VND245 billion (US$10 million) by a former deputy director of Eximbank’s Ho Chi Minh City branch, has agreed to receive an advance of over VND14.8 billion ($647,000) from the bank while both parties wait for a court decision on the case.
-- The European Union (EU) has pledged to invest 108 million euro ($132.1 million) in 25 projects to bring electricity to remote areas in Vietnam, which are expected to provide as many as 60,000 local residents with access to electricity.
-- Car owners in Vietnam will soon be able to auction for their favorite license plate number instead of getting a randomized computer-generated number, according to Colonel Le Xuan Duc, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Traffic Police.
-- Six Vietnamese workers who are part of production lines for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the company’s factories in northern Vietnam were invited to the devices’ launch in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday as a reward for their hard work.
-- The Vietnamese government has given deadlines for toll stations in the country to move toward automatic fare collection systems, as tollgates without an automatic lane will be forced to halt their operations.
-- Vietnam’s leading egg producer Ba Huan, which accounts for 30 percent of the local market share, has received an investment of $32.5 million from investment management and real estate firm VinaCapital, making VinaCapital one of its strategic investors.
-- The Vietnam branch of Japanese automaker Honda has recalled 1,524 Honda City sedans produced by its manufacturing facility in northern Vinh Phuc Province between May 25, 2013 and January 6, 2014 due to defects in the cars’ front passenger airbags.
-- The Fifth Ao Dai Festival in Ho Chi Minh City will open this Saturday evening at the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1, followed by a range of activities that will last until March 25 where nearly 1,000 collections of the traditional Vietnamese costume will be showcased.