-- The ASEAN Secretariat highlighted the success of the ASEAN delegation’s visit to Japan, considering it an important landmark in promoting the ASEAN-Japan cooperation, one of the most important and dynamic bilateral relationship of ASEAN in its press release last Monday.
-- The central province of Quang Tri held a solemn ceremony on May 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its liberation. Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Le Huu Phuc highlighted the significance of the victory 40 years ago, saying that Quang Tri became the first province in Southern Vietnam to be liberated.
-- During the four day holiday from April 28 to May 1, there have been 200 traffic accidents in the country. The Viet Duc hospital in Hanoi received 421 emergency cases, 332 of which were traffic accidents. Similarly, the number of emergency cases doubled at Ho Chi Minh City’s Cho Ray hospital at around 100 cases a day.
-- Nguyen Viet Cuong, Chief Inspector of the Hanoi Department of Health, said the department will inspect pickled and dry plums in the market following news reports that these products contain cancer-causing substances.
-- Vietnam will import 1.23 million ton of papers this year due to the rising demand of this products, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The number of imported papers has increased by 230,000 tons compared to last year.
-- Several travel agencies returned thousands of air tickets and cancelled hotel bookings before national holiday on April 30 and May 1 as airfares, room rates and other services had increased tremendously and become unattractive for local tourists.
-- Cua Lo town in the central province of Nghe An hosted a ceremony last Monday to launch this year’s sea tourism season. A wide range of activities featuring the coastal culture and portraying the land and people of Cua Lo will be held during the season to attract tourists from both in and outside the country.