Read what is in the news in Vietnam today:
-- The ninth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians, to be hosted by the Vietnamese National Assembly from Thursday through Sunday, is expected to offer diverse activities to nearly 500 delegates, including more than 300 foreigners, heard an international press conference in Hanoi on Tuesday.
-- A fire broke out at around 11:00 pm on Tuesday in a nine-story apartment building located in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. The exact casualties remain unknown at the time of writing.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City have imposed temporary custody on four customs officials from Binh Phuoc Province who allegedly received bribes exceeding VND500 million (US$20,734) in exchange for facilitating two companies in smuggling large volumes of polyester fiber from China since March.
-- Authorities in Hong Linh Town of Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam have deployed fire trucks to deliver clean water to thousands of households in response to numerous dry lakes and dams causing a scarcity of raw water for the local water plant.
-- Police in Vinh Cuu District of Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam on Tuesday revealed that they had detained a garbage truck driver who fatally drove over and killed a seven-year-old boy due to reckless driving.
-- The U.S. Federal Register recently announced lower anti-dumping duties on tra fish (pangasius) products from Vietnam, whose pangasius exports to the U.S. amounted to $169 million as of August 15, marking a 59-percent decrease compared to the same period last year.
-- AI-based English learning app ELSA, backed by Vietnam Investment Group (VI Group), is understood to have raised $20 million in a new funding round led by UOB Venture Management, the private equity arm of Singapore-based bank UOB, DealStreetAsia reported.
-- Vietnam wrapped up the qualification campaign for the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup, scheduled for April 15 to May 3, 2024 in Qatar, as Group C winners following a 2-2 draw against Singapore on Tuesday evening.