Read what is in the news today, May 14!
-- Vietnam is willing to send experts in agriculture, education and healthcare to Mozambique and wishes to expedite the organization of an inter-governmental committee on cooperation with the African country, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said as he received newly-accredited Mozambican Ambassador Leonardo Rosario Manuel Pene on Wednesday.
-- Vu Ta Tung, general director of state-run national corporation Vietnam Railways, has warned that directors of its member companies must resign or receive dismissal from posts if any serious train crashes occur again. The decision followed the light punishment of ‘severe criticism’ imposed on Tung and other railway leaders after a series of consecutive accidents that claimed two lives in May.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Market Surveillance Agency on Wednesday destroyed over VND20 billion (US$880,000) worth of confiscated goods, including tobacco, counterfeit and copycat products and those not up to market standards.
-- A three-year-old boy in the north-central province of Nghe An was transferred to a larger infirmary with a high fever and diarrhea allegedly due to over-vaccination after a nurse at a local hospital let the lid of a bottle of vaccine come off and the substance flowed into his mouth on Monday.
-- The Hanoi customs department on Wednesday confiscated over 500 synthetic drugs imported into Vietnam from the Netherlands via express delivery.
-- Thach Duong, a 27-year-old man in the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho, was sentenced to ten years in prison on Wednesday for raping his 11-year-old niece six times. The court said the man had defects in awareness and behavioral control.
-- A number of experts said that the failure of farming rubber trees extensively in central and northern Vietnam is inevitable since the climate and soil in these regions militate against the plants’ growth. The growers here have suffered enormous financial losses as their trees were knocked down by strong storms and yielded low production.
-- Authorities in Bac Lieu, a province near Vietnam’s southernmost tip, have given in-principle approval to a plan to attract investment in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and a plant generating electricity based on LNG that is likely to be operational in 2027.
-- Education authorities in the southernmost Vietnamese province of Ca Mau have required a local community college to cease courses in accounting, English linguistics and information technology, which it had been offering in cooperation with a university since the end of 2017, as the latter failed to receive permission from the Ministry of Education and Training to run the programs.