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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 22

Friday, March 22, 2019, 09:20 GMT+7
Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 22
People gather near a river where eight schoolchildren drowned in Hoa Binh Province, northern Vietnam, March 21, 2019. Photo: Hai Tran / Tuoi Tre

Here are what you need to know to start your day!

Politics

-- Vietnam’s consular department sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on Wednesday, opposing the act by a Chinese coast guard ship of attacking a Vietnamese fishing boat with a water cannon in Vietnamese waters, making the vessel hit rock and sink on March 6.

Society

-- Vietnam has formed a committee on controlling the spread of African swine fever nationwide but rejected a suggestion by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to declare a national state of emergency for the contagious disease, which has spread to central Vietnam from the north.

-- Eight middle school children drowned while swimming in a river in Hoa Binh Province, southwest of Hanoi, on Thursday.

-- A long-haul bus was gutted by fire after pulling in due to an engine failure on Vietnam’s lifeline National Route 1 in the south-central province of Binh Thuan on early Friday morning. No casualties were reported.

-- A man was liable for a VND5.5 million ($237) fine and had his driver's license suspended for two months after he stopped his car on the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway and posed for pictures with seven others across the road on March 7.

-- Two women died after being slammed into by a train while they were attempting to cross a railway on a motorcycle in Hai Duong Province, near Hanoi, on Thursday. Two others had also died near the spot in a train accident a week earlier.

-- A fire destroyed the ceiling of a large church in the north-central province of Ha Tinh on Thursday morning, for as yet unknown reasons.

Business

-- A festival of grapes and grape wine with various cultural performances and sporting events is scheduled for April 26 to May 1 in the sun-kissed south-central province of Ninh Thuan, the local tourism and culture department announced on Thursday.

-- Cashless transactions are becoming increasingly common amongst the Vietnamese as 73 percent of the respondents used credit and debit cards early this year, a 59 percent rise year on year, according to a survey by Visa Vietnam and Laos.

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