Here are today’s leading news stories.
-- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc congratulated outgoing Ambassador of Malaysia M. Zamruni Khalid on accomplishing his second working term in Vietnam during a farewell in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- Nguyen Thuy Anh, the Vietnam Sub-Committee chairwoman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophone (APF), an international organization representing countries and regions where French is a customary language, has been elected as APF Vice President for the 2019-21 tenure.
-- The People’s Procuracy of Hanoi has approved a decision to launch legal proceedings against Le Thanh Than, chairman of Muong Thanh Group – a Vietnamese notorious real estate conglomerate, for cheating his clients in a housing project located in Kien Hung Ward, the capital city’s Ha Dong District.
-- Traffic cameras installed to tackle rampant violations in Vietnam have proved ineffective as more than 80 percent of drivers ticketed by the devices did not show up to pay their fines.
-- Investor of the Golden Hills residential project located in Lien Chieu District, in the central city of Da Nang, has been fined VND40 million (US$1,720) for leveling a 512-meter stretch of land along the Cu De River without permission from the local authorities.
-- One person died when a dump truck crashed into several motorbikes and only stopped after hitting a house on the roadside of the DT747 Street in Bac Tan Uyen District, the southern province of Binh Duong on Wednesday afternoon.
-- The first edition of the White Book on Vietnamese Businesses, containing essential information assessing the development of enterprises across the country and in localities in the period from 2016 to 2018, was launched at a ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- A wide range of exciting activities are being held at the Dong Thap Culture and Tourism Week, which is taking place in Cao Lanh, the capital of the Mekong Delta’s Dong Thap Province, from July 10 to 14.
-- Vietnamese producers of natural and environmentally friendly gift and handicraft products are exhibiting their wares at a fair that opened in Singapore on Wednesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- K-12 students in Ho Chi Minh City are scheduled to return to school on August 19, while parents will send their children back to the city’s kindergartens starting from September 5 after the summer break, according to the municipal education department.