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-- Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong will soon return to work as normal, spokesperson of the Vietnamese foreign ministry Le Thi Thu Hang said, responding to reporters’ queries about the health of the leader during a meeting in Hanoi on Thursday.
-- Vietnam attaches importance to developing its traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with the China, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said as he met with Wang Huning, member of the Secretariat of the Chinese Party in Beijing on Thursday.
-- Two eighth-grade schoolgirls drowned falling into a lake, as they were posing next to the body of water with a group of students in the south-central province of Phu Yen on Thursday.
-- Vietnam Electricity, the country’s power utility, on Thursday signed electricity purchase contracts with households who have installed solar panels on their roofs in Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Five security guards of the 115 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City had to be hospitalized after they engaged in a brawl with the driver of an ambulance that entered the infirmary, the hospital said on Thursday.
-- The Vietnamese dong will weaken slightly against the dollar to VND23,700 by the end of the year, according to analysts from the Fitch Group’s Fitch Solutions Macro Research.
-- Vietnam’s economic growth rate is forecast to reach 6.6 percent in 2019, the World Bank predicts in its Managing Headwinds report.
-- Vietnam’s coffee exports are forecast to fall to around two million 60-kg bags in April from 2.87 million bags last month, Reuters reported, citing traders on Thursday.
-- Indochina Telecom on Thursday launched its mobile virtual network operator ITelecom, the first of its kind in Vietnam, with the number prefix of 087. ITelecom does not own the wireless network infrastructure over which it provides services to its customers, but uses that of leading telco VNPT under a business agreement.
-- Vietnam’s Song Lang received five nominations, including Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Director, while another Vietnamese entry, Co Can Nha Nam Nghe Nang Mua, was nominated in two categories at the 2019 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) that kicked off in Malaysia on Thursday.