Read what is in the news today, May 22!
-- A state reception was held for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Moscow on Tuesday as he headed a high-ranking delegation on an official visit to Russia at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.
-- Seventeen Lao nationals living in Dak Glei District of the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum were granted Vietnamese citizenship in a ceremony on Tuesday. They are among 38 Lao individuals approved for receiving Vietnamese citizenship in line with an April decision signed by State President Nguyen Phu Trong.
-- The drafts for two revised laws on education and architecture were discussed by Vietnamese lawmakers on Tuesday as part of the ongoing seventh session of the 14th National Assembly that kicked off in Hanoi on Monday.
-- Vietnam has set up a National Steering Committee on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Prevention and Control, expected to help the government step up IUU fishing fights to follow international practices and implement agreements of which Vietnam is a signatory.
-- The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has requested that water samples taken from the La Nga River in Dong Nai Province, located in southern Vietnam, be tested for pollutants as more than 1,000 metric tons of fish raised in local aquamarine farms have been found dead as of Wednesday.
-- The Vietnamese monetary market’s liquidity has remained stable while foreign currency supply and demand are relatively balanced amidst the uptrend of USD/VND exchange rates over the last few days, the director of the State Bank of Vietnam’s Monetary Policy Department said on Tuesday.
-- Despite huge reductions in the price of automobiles, car dealerships in Vietnam said sales have been unexpectedly slow in recent weeks as price-cutting deals have failed to attract the expected number of buyers.
-- Nearly 1,000 athletes from 47 countries and territories will take part in the Vietnam Jungle Marathon 2019 at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on May 25. It is the third race in the Vietnam Trail Series held by Topas Travel, aiming to encourage local sporting spirit and promote tourism.