Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today in Vietnamese media:
-- Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad have held a variety of activities in their host countries, including Cuba, Cambodia, and the Czech Republic, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, which falls on September 2.
-- Ho Chi Minh City authorities on Friday hosted a banquet for international guests to mark the 69th anniversary of National Day. “The Vietnamese people always remember and are grateful to the valuable support and assistance of international friends for our struggle for national independence in the past as well as our current development,” said Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, in his opening remarks.
-- Salvage forces from the Vietnam Maritime Search & Rescue Co-ordination Center (MRCC) on Saturday successfully saved the last two crew members of the Phu Cuong cargo ship, bringing the total number of the rescued to six.
Six Vietnamese crew members were reported missing when the cargo ship carrying 3,000 tons of coal sank off the coast of the northern city of Hai Phong on Friday.
-- Ho Chi Minh City police on Saturday arrested a group of Taiwanese and Chinese joining hands with some local people to cheat locals by making phone calls to them to notify unreal phone charges.
-- The Vietnamese banking system's credit growth is forecast to hit 10 percent by year-end, lower than the target of 12-14 percent, according to Nguyen Thi Hong, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam. Vietnam’s credit is estimated to grow by 4.5 percent and its deposits by 8.21 percent by late August.
-- The 2014 Promotional Month program, launched by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade at Phu Tho Sports Hall in District 11, has lured fewer shoppers than last year, while the number of real buyers has also slipped as most of them are hesitant to spend cash on goods on display there, exhibitors told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
-- Ho Chi Minh City will host the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open badminton tournament, which will last from September 1 to 9, at Phan Dinh Phung Sports Hall. Over 170 players will compete in the five categories of men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles events for a total prize of US$50,000. Top Vietnamese player Nguyen Tien Minh, after dropping to No. 30 in the world rankings, is seeded No. 3 in the tournament.
-- A special art performance by martial art artists, singers, and instrumentalists was organized in Hanoi on Saturday to raise money for fishermen and on-duty Vietnam Coast Guard and fisheries resources surveillance officers, and honor those soldiers who are safeguarding the nation’s sea and island sovereignty.