Here are the leading Vietnamese news stories in brief for today, November 17, 2014.
-- Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang will be the first to join the Q&A session at the ongoing National Assembly sitting in Hanoi on Monday. He is followed by the ministers of internal affairs, transport, and labors.
-- Ho Chi Minh City police caught Sunday a duo of thieves, aged 19 and 20, after they snatched a mobile phone from a pedestrian on a street in District 10 the same day.
-- A sleeper bus overturned and fell into a paddy field when it was passing the Nghi Long Commune of the central province of Nghe An en route to Ha Tinh Province on Sunday. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
-- Electroshock weapons are widely available for sale in Ho Chi Minh City even though they are banned products.
-- More than 200 youths and high-profile guests discussed what defines the “Vietnam pride” during a seminar hosted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
-- The Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) started work on the construction of a nine-story office building, which will serve as its head office in Laos, in Vientiane on Saturday.
-- Private Vietnamese supermarket chain Citimart has announced a new strategic business partnership with Japanese leading retailer AEON under a new brand name of AeonCitimart.
-- Vietnam’s steel deficit reached more than US$4.6 billion as of the end of last month, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
-- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang to take advantage of its advantages and potential to develop the maritime economy and tourism.
-- Nha Trang, a famed resort city located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, is slated to introduce six road-crossing points on Tran Phu Street, which runs along the beach, for foreign tourists on Monday.
-- A Vietnamese law book has been found to feature the photo of the God of Justice with the face of local comedian Cong Ly, whose name literally means “justice” in Vietnamese.
-- Ten-men Vietnam came from behind to beat Malaysia 3-1 during a friendly football (soccer) game in Hanoi on Sunday.