Check out what’s in the news today.
-- The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi reopened to the public today, August 15, after a two-month closure for maintenance.
-- The General Department of Environment, under Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has slapped the Hapaco Dong Bac Co. in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, with a VND1.1 billion (US$47,300) fine for secretly discharging wastewater with pollution index exceeding the allowed limit into a nearby stream and dodging environment protection taxes.
-- Police in the Central Highlands Province of Lam Dong have initiated legal proceedings against six suspects in a serious forest poisoning case that destroyed about 600 pine trees in Bao Lam District, officers said on Wednesday.
-- Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on Wednesday signed an approval to allow the country’s youngest carrier Bamboo Airways to increase its aircraft fleet to 30 planes by 2023.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has plans to request enterprises and producers to only use Vietnamese in labeling the origin of goods produced in the country, instead of English terms like “Made in Vietnam,” “Product in Vietnam,” or “Make in Vietnam,” which can cause confusion, deputy ministry Tran Quoc Khanh said at a discussion on Wednesday.
-- Gold closed in Vietnam on Wednesday at VND41.65 million per tael, down VND500,000-600,000 a tael compared to the day before, as the precious metal fell about 0.6 percent to about $1,500 an ounce following the announcement of the U.S. to delay the introduction of ten-percent tariffs on a range of Chinese goods sold in the States. ($1 = VND23,256)
-- Vietnamese flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. second biggest airway company Delta Air Lines to operate a new route connecting the two countries with a transit stop in Tokyo, Japan.
-- Many schools in Ho Chi Minh City are currently suffering from overload as the city has seen an increase of 75,000 new students in the new academic year of 2019-2020, which begins in Vietnam this month.
-- Vietnamese athletes will for the first time in the country’s sporting history compete in triathlon at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games scheduled for the Philippines from November 30 to December 12, according to the General Department of the Physical Training and Sports.