Read what is in the news today, September 4!
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his wish that Vietnam would be able to export more products to Kuwait during a reception for Kuwaiti Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Khaled Ali Al Fadhel in Hanoi on Tuesday.
-- Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh on Tuesday arrived in South Korea to attend the 8th Seoul Defence Dialogue. The week-long dialogue is taking place in Seoul from September 3-9 under the theme of “Building Peace Together: Challenges and Visions”.
-- Nguyen Van Hien, former Deputy Minister of National Defense, has been stripped of the status of former Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy as he had made serious violations and mistakes while performing his role as commander of the force, according to a decision issued by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday.
-- The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Internet cable system, which connects Vietnam with Hong Kong and the U.S., has suffered another problem that is not expected to be fixed until September 11, affecting international connectivity of Vietnamese users.
-- Cau Giay District police in Hanoi on Tuesday launched criminal proceedings against Doan Quy Phien, the driver of a school bus in which a six-year-old boy was locked for nine hours and died on August 6. Phien is the second suspect charged with “involuntary manslaughter” in the case, after a school bus supervisor was prosecuted and detained on August 27.
-- Vietnam’s total revenue for retail trade and services reached an estimated VND3.21 quadrillion (US$137.4 billion) in the first eight months of 2019, up 11.5 percent year on year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Tax Department has issued a document that views drivers for ride-hailing services such as Grab and Go-Viet as individual business-makers - not employees of such companies. Driver who earn from VND100 million annually must pay 4.5 percent of their revenue on taxes, which include a three-percent value-added tax (VAT) and a 1.5-percent personal income tax.
-- The European Union (EU) has begun strict phytosanitary inspections on agricultural imports, including those originating from Vietnam, from September, according to the Plant Protection Department, which asked that local plant quarantine sub-departments step up inspections of each export batch to ensure they are in accordance with plant quarantine rules of the EU.Sports
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has phoned the Vietnamese national men’s football team to show them his support ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against hosts Thailand on Thursday.