Check out what’s in the news today.
-- The Intelligent Transport System (ITS), a US$38.5-million smart traffic control and management system at the Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong Expressway, which connects the southern metropolis and Mekong Delta provinces, has been out of order for nearly two years shortly after it was put into use in 2015.
-- Local police are investigating the cause of a house explosion, which killed a 54-year-old woman in the northern city of Hai Phong on Tuesday morning.
-- A low-pressure system in the East Vietnam sea strengthened into a storm, the third to hit Vietnam this year, on Wednesday and is forecast to land in the northern provinces of Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh, on August 1, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
-- A highspeed boat traveling between the Rach Gia City and Phu Quoc Island of the southern province of Kien Giang suddenly burst into flames as it was docking at the Rach Gia port on Tuesday night.
-- Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Transport has proposed investing VND250 billion ($10.8 million) on building 34 automatic toll booths to prevent traffic congestion in the city center during rush hours.
-- The British Embassy in Vietnam launched a campaign to raise public awareness on the danger of human trafficking in Hanoi on Tuesday on the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons (July 30).
-- Up to 20 out of 37 surveyed ministries and state agencies did not publish any information on their budget revenue and spending on their online portals, according to a survey whose results were released Tuesday.
-- The Ministry of Transport has the highest estimated budget spending for 2019 but a low open budget index, according to the results of the Ministry Open Budget Index 2018 - an independent survey to measure the transparency of ministries and state agencies regarding state budget management and use.
-- Budget carrier Vietjet has plans to open two domestic routes connecting Phu Quoc Island with the central city of Da Nang and the Van Don Airport located in the northern province of Quang Ninh later this year, and two international services linking the island off Kien Giang Province with Chengdu and Chongqing of China in the middle of next year.
-- The Juventus Academy in Vietnam held its opening ceremony in Ba Ria City in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on Tuesday afternoon with the attendance of 60 football students aged 11 and 13 in its inaugural class.