Here’re today’s leading news stories.
-- A 38-year-old man pleasured himself while traveling on a bus in Hanoi on Friday afternoon, spilling semen all over the floor and on the back of female student sitting next to him.
-- The administration of Phu Quoc District off the southern province of Kien Giang will stop using plastic water bottles during meetings held on its premises starting today, June 22, in an attempt to boost environment protection in an island-district that has been threatened by overloaded waste.
-- A 13-year-old girl from the Central Highland province of Dak Lak died from traumatic brain injury as she slipped while playing at an area of water slide at the resort complex Bach Ma Village in the central province of Thua-Thien Hue on Thursday afternoon.
-- Vietnam’s newest carrier Bamboo Airways plans to begin a non-stop service to the U.S. late this year or earlier 2020, its parent company FLC Group said in a newly-released official document at the 2019 general shareholders meeting.
-- Vietnam’s air carriers are forecast to operate a combined fleet of 340 aircraft by 2023, doubling the current figure, and to transport nearly 85 million passengers a year, according to the Ministry of Transport.
-- The Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB), under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, has officially been accredited as Vietnam’s only representative to the ASEAN startup “Rice Bowl Republic” program, which is initiated by Malaysia New Entrepreneur Foundation and is aimed at building a startup community in Southeast Asia.
-- A group of leading corporations in Vietnam, including TH Group, Coca-Cola Vietnam, Friesland Campina Vietnam, La Vie, Nestlé, NutiFood, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam, Tetra Park, and Universal Robina Corporation, have joined hands to set up the Plastic Recycling Organization Vietnam, which is meant to promote the circulation economic model, on Friday.
-- Gold prices in Vietnam hit a six-year high above VND39 million (US$1,677) a tael on Friday as global markets continued to heat up. (1 tael = 37.5 grams)
-- A subsidiary based in the northern Vietnamese province of Hai Duong of the Chinese state-owned conglomerate China Energy Engineering Group has been fined VND135 million ($5,805) for using 193 foreign workers in Vietnam without work permit.
-- Nearly 100 Vietnamese celebrities donned bizarre costumes at a showcase considered to be the very first Vietnamese version of the world-famous Met Gala in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday night.