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