-- A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Defence Minister, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh attended the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus (ADSOM+) in Cambodia yesterday. The participants are scheduled to discuss regional security and defence issues, and reach consensus on a draft on increasing the frequency of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM+) to every two years instead of every three year at present.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has suggested Vietnam and the UK actively implement strategic partnership action programmes and increase the exchange of delegations at all levels while promoting trade, investment, tourism, education and training. The Prime Minister made this suggestion while receiving UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague in Hanoi last Wednesday
-- Many Chinese picked and dried plums said to contain addictives and chemicals that cause cancer are present in Ho Chi Minh City’s market. Most products do not have packages and labels and are sold by kilos. They are often imported at the border and do not go through customs inspection.
-- Two flyovers made of steel beams at the Lang Ha - Thai Ha and Chua Boc - Tay Son intersections officially open to traffic yesterday. The flyovers were designed for motorbikes and automobiles with a maximum weight of three tonnes and for a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour.
-- The Ministry of Finance, the General department of taxation and Vietnam Customs yesterday held a conference on refunding tax for foreign tourists visiting the country for a trial time from July 1 this year to June 30 2014. Deputy Finance Minister Do Hoang Anh Tuan said the refund program will be promoted on Vietnam Airlines flights and other transports.
-- Bitexco, a multi-industry group, yesterday announced that it will pour US$500 million into a trade centre-office complex to be built in district 1, HCM City. The complex, which includes two towers, a trade centre, offices, and apartments for rent, and a six-star Ritz Carlton hotel, is expected to finish in 2015.
-- The "Vietnamese High Quality Products Fair" opened last Wednesday at the Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in HCM City 's district 11. The fair has 800 booths where 250 domestic businesses are displaying garments and textiles, footwear, handicraft, food and household utensils, electrical goods and other items.
-- Fifty photos depicting Viet Nam's countryside, people and culture have gone on display at an exhibition entitled Charming Viet Nam in the US. The exhibition runs until Saturday, when the Viet Nam Culture House opens in Houston.
-- Thanh Nien films last Wednesday films filed documents to the court to ask for VND725 million (US$34800) invested in the movie Thien Menh Anh Hung (Blood Letter) back from Phuong Nam film. The reason was the production fee hiked higher than expected to VND20 billion (US$960,000) and it was difficult for Thanh Nien to recoup investments.