​Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – September 14

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Nguyen Xuan Cuong, head of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, chairs an urgent meeting on September 14, 2017 to update on tropical storm Doksuri. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Society

-- Emergency response measures are being taken by provinces along the central and northern coast of Vietnam as category-12 tropical storm Doksuri, the tenth and strongest yet to hit the country this year, is forecast to reach the mainland on Saturday night.

-- Two prisoners on death row have escaped from their solitary confinement at a Ministry of Public Security detention center in Hanoi’s Thanh Oai District since Sunday and are currently on the run, a source from the ministry told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday.

-- Japanese contractors of Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line, set to open in 2020, are withdrawing their experts, slowing down construction rate and taking steps to file a lawsuit against the project’s developer for failure to allocate capital in due time.

-- Vietnamese men may soon have to look to foreign countries for a spouse as the nation continues to report noticeable sex imbalances at birth, lawmaker Tran Van Tuy warned during a session of the Standing Committee of Vietnam's National Assembly on Wednesday.

-- A Vietnamese passenger arriving from Dubai was detained at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday for allegedly smuggling 77 leopard fangs and African lion claws, hidden in his luggage, into the country.

-- Vietnam and China on Wednesday opened a VND330 billion ($14.52 million) bridge connecting Mong Cai City in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province with China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Business

-- Ho Chi Minh City has proposed to categorize ride-hailing services Grab and Uber as "a new style of taxi" that would be subject to different regulations than traditional taxicabs, according to a recent dispatch sent to the Ministry of Transport.

-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade on Wednesday said it would take disciplinary actions against four former leaders of state-run Vietnam National Chemical Group (Vinachem) for their role in the group’s investments in multiple projects that have incurred over VND4.2 trillion ($184.8 million) in losses.

-- Vietnamese Chairwoman of the lawmaking National Assembly on Wednesday reportedly objected to a proposal from the Ministry of Finance to raise the country’s environmental tax on gas by up to two times the current rates.

-- Over 1,200 Mercedes-Benz vehicles of different models produced between 2014 and 2017 are being recalled in Vietnam due to issues with their fuses and power steering systems, according to the country’s vehicle quality and safety certification agency Vietnam Register.

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