Check out what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam and the Philippines signed a strategic partnership agreement on Tuesday during Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to Manila to attend the 23rd Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting, which takes place from Tuesday to Thursday.
-- Border soldiers and anti-smuggling customs officers on Tuesday seized two suspects for smuggling 10 kilograms of synthetic drugs from China into Vietnam.
-- Beach security staff in Tuy Hoa City in the south-central province of Phu Yen on Tuesday morning erected signs banning locals and tourists from getting into the water where a 4m-long fish has been lurking since the previous day. The staff members are keeping a close watch on the unidentified fish’s movement.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested localities halt their establishment of concentrated administrative hubs for a better review of the plan’s proceedings.
-- A first-instance court hearing in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday sentenced a 26-year-old former police officer to three years in prison for posting confidential state information on his Facebook page and sending it to the Facebook page of Viet Tan Party – a U.S.-based reactionary organization.
-- Luis Tsuboyama, a representative of the Peruvian Embassy in Vietnam, said at an export forum held on Tuesday that tariffs on some Vietnamese special products imported into Peru will drop to zero from the current nine percent as soon as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, finalized following negotiations in Atlanta on October 5, takes effect.
-- Taxi associations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the central city of Da Nang have simultaneously voiced their reactions at local transport departments regarding the Ministry of Transport’s plan to pilot cab-hailing apps in some cities and provinces and select GrabTaxi, the local subsidiary of the largest mobile taxi booking app firm in Southeast Asia, for the proposal.
-- Tran Doan Mau, director of the Southern Airports Authority, on Tuesday decided to impose on a 69-year-old male passenger a cash fine of VND4 million (US$ 175) for harassing and verbally abusing four flight attendants, including a foreign one, and disrupting the flight’s order during a Ho Chi Minh City-bound Vietjet flight on Sunday.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam has requested that banks not hike their loan interest rates, particularly in priority fields, in a bid to stabilize product prices prior to Tet (Lunar New Year), which kicks off in February 2016.
-- Representatives of eight universities from New Zealand and Vietnam on Tuesday inked educational strategic partnership agreements.
-- The Nippon Maru ship, with 322 young delegates of the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program on board, on Tuesday arrived at a port in Ho Chi Minh City before its members engage in five-day annual youth activities.