Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – May 8

Politics

-- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Tuesday WB East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg in Hanoi, asserting that the government will efficiently use the bank's aid.

-- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Tuesday WB East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg in Hanoi, asserting that the government will efficiently use the bank's aid.

— A ceremony was Tuesday held in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN).

— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is set for three-day official visits to Russia from May 12, and Belarus from May 15, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Business

— Vietnamese consumers were shocked to learn of the news that Chinese gingers are grown with toxic substances as the spice is sold widely in the country.

— Lowered lending interest rates will not help businesses much in their struggling to overcome the hardship as what really matters is the outlet for their products, experts said at a conference about banking policy in Hanoi on Tuesday.

— A massive VND5.6 trillion plan has been approved to establish the Phan Thiet Airport in the coastal province of Binh Thuan. The terminal is expected to become operational in 2017.

— A joint raid by Ho Chi Minh City competent agencies found Tuesday two facilities as making sprouts from Chinese mung bean of unknown origin and toxic chemicals, also imported from China.

Society

— An unprecedented hailstorm occurred in Da Lat on Tuesday, destroying a large area of vegetable and flower crops of local farmers in only 15 minutes.

— Police are investigating the case in which a 14-year-old schoolboy stabbed a xe om driver with a knife to rob his money and assets on May 5 in HCMC.

— Insiders are concerned over the recent proposal by the Ministry of Health that they need a US$115 million budget to combat the H7N9 bird flu epidemic as the disease preventive solutions in the recent past have proven financially inefficient.

— One died and two were hospitalized due to drinking poisoning in Ninh Thuan on Thursday.

— Trinh Quang Thong, director of a company in charge of the toll booth at the Bai Chay Bridge in the northern province of Quang Ninh, proposed to step down on Tuesday, saying he was under pressure by the toll collection target as most drivers refused to pay.

Lifestyle

— Sixty households residing at the Duong Lam Old Village, a well-known tourism spot in Hanoi, have signed a petition to the tourism ministry, demanding to return the National Relic title to the government as their lives have been negatively affected by tourists coming to the site.

Sports

— Midfielder Huynh Quoc Anh of SHB Da Nang FC and goalkeeper Dang Thi Kieu Trinh were Tuesday bestowed the Golden Ball award for men’s and women’s football respectively.

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