-- Tuoi Tre newspaper, Vietnam Red Cross and many other organizations and citizens are raising donations to help earthquakes and tsunami victims in Japan after the nation has been ravaged with the disasters this week.
-- A delegation from the South Korea’s Defense Committee of the National Assembly led by its chairman Won Yoo-chul has paid a working visit to Vietnam to foster bilateral cooperative relations between the two countries.
-- Saltwater intrusion in southern region has been more serious this year with saline ratio reaching 15.7 grams a liter in Nha Be River, 0.29 gram a liter in Sai Gon River, 4 grams a liter in Ben Tre Province and 22.9 grams a liter in Tien Giang Province. The safe level for tap water standard is 0.25 gram a liter.
-- Well-known travel hot-spot Sapa in the mountainous Lao Cai province in northern Vietnam has been under unusual snow in the last two days after the locality is hit with a cold spell. Sapa has never been under snow in March. The weather dropped down to 0°C on Wednesday morning.
-- Around 13.5 percent and 16 percent of Vietnamese laborers who had been sent to work overseas received supports at their homeland and local businesses when returning to Vietnam, according to a conference jointly held by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs in Hanoi.
-- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked Khanh Hoa Province to be well-prepared to host the Sea and Island Week 2011 in the resort city of Nha Trang.
-- Local people and foreign tourists have attended a flower and incense offering ceremony held in Quang Ngai Province’s Son My Village to commemorate the 504 victims of Son My Massacre in the Vietnam War 43 years ago. The event was joined by US veteran Mike Boehm.
-- The Ministry of Health has said that 30 provinces and cities nationwide have reported 220 A/H1N1 flu cases in humans since early this year, including seven fatalities.
-- Vietnam trade gap in February this year kept on widening after the nation made an excess of imports over exports of US$1.1 billion. In January this year, the trade gap was $880 million. During the last month, Vietnam earned an export turnover of $4.8 billion while it imported $5.96 billion.
-- Deep-water Tan Cang Cai Mep in the southern province Ba Ria Vung Tau officially started its operation after launching an opening ceremony on Wednesday. It can receive ships of 73,000 tons to go on direct route from Vietnam to the US without transits as before.
-- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said the government will continue supporting Ho Chi Minh City in the expansion of software park model throughout the city with the decade-long success and experience gained in development of Quang Trung Software Park.
-- HSBC Bank Vietnam Ltd has been named the Best Overall Private Bank in Vietnam in the Euromoney Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey 2011.
-- HCMC-based Tri Viet Publishing House with its brand of First News has launched a set of the Vietnamese version of the Lucky Luke comic books, a Franco-Belgian comic book series including 80 volumes featuring the cowboy known to shoot faster than his shadow. The books are illustrated by Belgian painter Morris and have become one of the world’s best sellers since it was first published in 1946.
-- The FA Cup will be on display in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in March 25-31. This is a part of the “Big Cola be Champions” campaign jointly organized by AJE Corp and beverage company Big Cola which will also offer a chance for Vietnamese football enthusiasts to meet with British ex-footballer Steve McManaman or Andy Cole.