NGHE AN — The central province of Nghe An yesterday held memorial and burial services for the remains of 71 Vietnamese soldiers who died in Laos during the country's resistance wars.
Only seven sets of the remains have been identified.
Vietnamese students jailed for drug trafficking
HA TINH — Two Vietnamese students studying in Laos were sentenced to more than 11 years' imprisonment by Huong Son People's Court on Tuesday for cross-border drug trafficking.
The Laos National University students, who are from the central province of Ha Tinh and Nghe An, were caught red handed transporting 1.8kg of marijuana across an international border gate in Ha Tinh's Huong Son District last January. Tremor hits northern province of Lai Chau
LAI CHAU — A tremor measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit the northwestern province of Lai Chau at 10.37a.m on Tuesday but no damage was reported.
The National Global Geophysics Institute said the centre of the disturbance was about 4km deep and 14 km north-east of Lai Chau Town.
Other tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale is reported on Monday. Local residents said that they did not feel the event.
Live mortar shells collected from river
BINH DUONG — More than 100 mortar shells and about a tonne of other explosive items have been pulled from the Thi Tinh River in Ben Cat District in the southeastern province of Binh Duong by the local Military Command.
The explosives were left over from the American War.
According to the military, the items are still highly dangerous even though they are old and rusty.
Ship passengers take part in tour
HCM CITY — About 2,000 foreign tourists and crew from the luxury Costa Classical cruise ship started a five-day tour across Viet Nam after coming ashore at HCM City's Lotus Port on Tuesday.
The tour, organised by Saigontourist, covered activities in HCM City, the southern province of My Tho, the central cities of Hue and Da Nang and northern coastal Ha Long City.
Most of the tourists are from Italy, Spain, England and Germany.
Iron ore found in central iron mine
HA TINH — A second iron ore deposit has been found in Thach Khe mine in the central province of Ha Tinh, the biggest iron mine in Southeast Asia.
An official said the ore was 18-20 metres under the surface and was estimated to be 700,000-800,000 tonnes. Iron content was about 62 per cent. — VNS