Check out the news you should not miss today, May 17:
- The administration of the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong and U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus have jointly established a US$200 million industrial development company, which plans to be the leading business in industrial real estate and logistics over the next five years in Vietnam.
- Belgium wants cooperate with Vietnam in tripling the Southeast Asian nation’s potato production, hence reducing its reliance on potatoes imported from China, said Romain Cools, Secretary General the Belgian potato processors and traders association.
- Indonesia’s ride-hailing company Go-Jek and Singapore-based transportation start-up MVL are poised to enter Vietnam, currently dominated by Grab following the exit of its rival Uber.
- A Vietnamese man in Go Vap District of Ho Chi Minh City has been arrested for harboring one of the motorbike thieves who killed two patrolling street vigilantes on Sunday, throwing urban dwellers into dismay.
- Police in the central province of Quang Nam have found a number of endangered king cobras, impressed tortoise, soft-shell turtles and keeled box turtles illegally kept at the house of the leader of a wild animal trafficking ring during a recent raid on his residence.
- Customs authorities at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have discovered US$7,800, KRW20 million ($18,500) and JPY300,000 ($2,729) worth of cash inside the luggage of a Vietnamese passenger who was about to board a flight to South Korea.
- Multiple students from a college in northern Vietnam have been hospitalized due to food poisoning after enjoying a meal in a graduation party at a local restaurant.
- A Vietnamese woman who has turned 102 but remains mentally agile and healthy revealed her longevity secrets, which involve a walk in the early morning, a breakfast with heated rice and homemade food, an hour-long siesta, book reading and fun with pets in the afternoon, and early night sleep.
- A Vietnamese professor who is the chief editor of a domestic leading linguistics journal has been accused of plagiarizing part of the works his research students and colleagues in a high-profile case in the academic world.