Here’re today’s leading news stories.
-- Chairwoman of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Hanoi on Friday for Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha - the upper house of the Parliament of India.
-- Several major streets in Ho Chi Minh City submerged in 0.5 meter of water following a 30-minute downpour on Friday afternoon.
-- Joe Lewis, owner of the English football club Tottenham Hotspurs, is enjoying his relaxing time on Phu Quoc Island off the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang during his voyage on the US$150-million superyatch Aviva.
-- Police in the southern province of Long An on Friday said raided a karaoke parlor in Ben Luc District a day before and caught 70 out of 71 customers there using drug.
-- Vietnamese military-run telecom group Viettel successfully made the first test call using the fifth-generation (5G) wireless connection technology in Vietnam on Friday.
-- Vietnam’s newest airline Bamboo Airways officially inaugurated new air routes from the northern port city of Hai Phong to the south-central city of Quy Nhon, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho at a ceremony on Friday.
-- Nearly VND518 trillion ($22.23 billion) was collected towards the state budget in this year’s first four months, completing 36.7 percent of the yearly target and representing a year-on-year rise of 13.9 percent, according to the Ministry of Finance.
-- The People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has requested local officers to stop using bottled water, single-use plastic bags and wet wipes at meetings and activities starting May 20, a movement to encourage reduction on plastic waste.
-- An international food festival will be organized in the central city of Da Nang for the first time from June 2 to 6, treating visitors to a variety of cuisines from 13 countries around the world.
-- Two separate exhibitions of salangane nests and incense were opened at the Salangane Nests cultural park and the Khanh Hoa Museum, respectively, in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Friday.