Read what is in the news today, August 28!
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad agreed to further deepen the Vietnam-Malaysia strategic partnership during their talks in Hanoi on Tuesday as part of the Malaysian PM’s official visit.
-- ASEAN should further strengthen its internal solidarity and boost trade through improving development quality among the bloc’s member states, enhancing the sharing of information and experience, and increasing mutual understanding, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi said during their meeting in Hanoi on Tuesday.
--The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will continue to assist Vietnam in improving its labour and social welfare policies and dealing with emerging challenges as the country is in the process of transition to a market economy and international integration, ILO Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield said in Hanoi during her visit to Vietnam on Tuesday where she attended the ILO’s centenary.
-- Tropical Storm Podul, which is moving in on the East Vietnam Sea, is forecast to make landfall on the central and north-central regions of Vietnam this weekend, bringing heavy rains that are expected to last until next Tuesday, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
-- Nguyen Bich Quy, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for neglecting a six-year-old boy in a Hanoi school bus for nine hours, causing him to die in early August, has been placed under detention on Tuesday evening for investigation.
-- The Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday launched criminal proceedings against three officials and ex-officials in Ho Chi Minh City who are charged with violating regulations on the management and use of state assets, causing loss and wastefulness, related plot of “prime estate” in the city center.
-- Vietnam has for the first time bagged a silver medal at the biennial World Skills Competition, the 2019 edition of which is held in Russia from August 22, with competitor Truong The Dieu winning silver in CNC milling.
-- Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet Air has announced the opening of a new non-stop international route connecting Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang and Taiwan’s Taipei. The airline will operate daily flights between the two Asian cities, starting from December 19, 2019, with each one-way trip taking around three hours.
-- Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island, off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, is seeking more than VND4.85 trillion (US$208.5 million) in investment for three new major projects to build a high-end villa area, a tourist complex, and a domestic waste treatment plant.