Here are today’s leading news stories.
-- The department of traffic police under Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has said it will carry out a general inspection of passenger buses, tractor trailers and motorbikes countrywide from July 15 to August 14, in order to proactively prevent, detect, and strictly handle violations of road traffic order and safety.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications received 22,000 complaints about SMS spam and scam messages, a nearly 50 percent drop from the same period last year, and cut services of 1.85 million mobile phone accounts that were not fully registered with required information or automatically activated without registration, in the first six months of 2019, it said on Friday.
-- Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on Friday seized approximately 7,000 boxes of smuggled shisha, also known as Arab pipe tobacco, as the goods were being transported from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi for consumption.
-- Vietnam is ranked as the world’s tenth best country for expatriate workers, according to HSBC’s Expat 2019 Global Report released on July 4.
-- A series of workshops and events will be organized in Vietnam’s 63 provinces and municipalities to ensure the Vietnamese localities are all provided with timely and complete information about commitments in the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which was signed on June 30, Eurocham Vietnam chairman Nicolas Audier said at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.
-- Vietnam’s state audit report released on Friday revealed 24 unsuccessful oil and gas exploration and development projects that the state-run Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) had not invested effectively and caused a total cost of US$773 million to the state budget.
-- The Ministry of Information and Communications has granted licenses to three Vietnamese telecom providers Viettel, Vinaphone and Mobifone to test 5G services, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hung said at a conference in Hanoi on Friday.
-- Lonely Planet, the world’s biggest travel publisher, has named Central Vietnam one of this year’s top destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
-- Young Vietnamese tennis player Nguyen Van Phuong, the world’s No.64, on Friday defeated Loris Pourroy of France, ranked #91, to earn a slot in the main round of the Grand Slam boy’s singles at the ongoing Wimbledon Juniors in London.