-- China holding a yacht race to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi in response to the Hainan authorities organizing a yacht race, called “the Sinan Cup” from Sanya to the archipelago on March 30. Nghi stated unequivocally that this is contrary to China’s commitment not to raise tensions in the East Sea.
-- Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has presented the Friendship Order to the out-going Romanian Ambassador to Vietnam Dumitru Olaru in recognition of his contributions to promoting the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Romania during his term in office.
-- Chinese President Hu Jintao has arrived in Phnom Penh, kicking off a state visit aimed at enhancing the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Cambodia.
-- Explorer Howard Limbert of British Cave Research Association has given Tuoi Tre newspaper the honor to name a new cave discovered in Phong Nha-Ke Bang in central Quang Binh District. The author of the best name, chosen by Howard Limbert, will be rewarded with a VND10 million trip to Phong Nha-Ke Bang and a present from Howard himself.
-- The Tropical Storm No.1, the Pakhar as known internationally, is threatening coastal provinces in the southern region from Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ben Tre provinces as it is expected to land at the central province of Binh Thuan today.
- Some 19 streets in Ho Chi Minh City will become one-way street to streamline the city traffic flow this year, of which 6, mostly those in central business districts, will be transformed into such one-way roads this month.
-- The retail price of cooking gas for this month will reduced by VND72,000 a 12-kilogram cylinder to VND405,000-410,000 a 12-kilogram cylinder, marking the sharpest fall this year.
-- The retail price of pork supplied by Vissan at big supermarkets chains in Ho Chi Minh City will see a price fall by 10 percent in the first half of this month.