Catch up on the news in Vietnam today:
-- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh visited the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Thursday morning (local time) and rang the bell to mark the start of the stock trading day.
-- Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko on Thursday afternoon visited the Temple of Literature complex in Hanoi, where the Imperial Academy (Quoc Tu Giam), considered Vietnam's first national university, is located.
-- National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue held talks with Bangladesh’s Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in Dhaka on Thursday. Vietnam’s top legislator is on a Bangladesh visit through Saturday, reported the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line, which stretches from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City, will be put into commercial operation in July next year.
-- Many parents gathered in front of the American International School Vietnam in Nha Be District under Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday to demand money back.
-- The People’s Committee of Thanh Xuan District under Hanoi has ordered apartment block owners in the district to remove all motorcycles and e-bikes from the first floor of their buildings to avoid an unexpected fire. The district witnessed a tragic apartment block inferno that was triggered by an electrical short in a petrol-powered scooter and killed 56 people on Tuesday last week.
-- Dense smog shrouded several parts of Ho Chi Minh City early on Friday morning, leading to poor visibility.
-- Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha hosted a reception for President and CEO of Japan’s Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. (MOECO) Harada Hidenori in Hanoi on Thursday, underscoring that Vietnam always welcomes cooperation projects between Japanese and Vietnamese firms.
-- Vietnam imported 7.22 million metric tons of oil and gasoline products worth some US$5.9 billion between January and August, up 22.2 percent in volume but down 5.5 percent in value year on year, according to the General Department of Customs Vietnam.
-- Quang Tri Province, located in north-central Vietnam, will organize the ‘Festival for Peace’ for the first time in July 2024, with a series of art performances, cultural activities, and food and tourism promotion programs.