Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, December 6:
-- BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), a frigate in the Philippine Navy, docked at the Cam Ranh International Port in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Monday, beginning a four-day visit to Vietnam.
-- The Ministry of Information and Communications on Monday decided to revoke the press card of Dang Ngoc Hoa, deputy editor-in-chief of Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper, after the daily was fined VND200 million (US$8,929) last month for a series of inaccurate articles about the quality of Vietnamese fish sauce.
-- The long-haul bus driver who was filmed eating instant noodles while steering the vehicle in south-central Vietnam last week has been sacked by his employer, Tai Thang Company Ltd., the bus operator said Monday.
-- The administration of the central city of Da Nang will ban small fishing boats, whose engines are below 20HP, from sailing ashore to protect its fishery resources from now to 2020. Some 1,095 boats are expected to be affected by the decision.
-- A 39-year-old man in the southern province of Binh Phuoc has been arrested for allegedly raping the 10-year-old daughter of one of his friends following a drinking party last week.
-- Dollars rose to a record high VND23,350 on Vietnam’s black market on Monday, up VND200 from last weekend.
-- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday requested Vietlott, the company behind the country’s American-style computerized lottery, to prepare a report regarding its operations, following repeated complaints from traditional lottery companies about its wrongdoings.
-- Vietnam raised petrol prices by VND304 a liter on Monday, following recent developments in the global oil market in the wake of the OPEC’s announcement of its plan to cut output next year.
-- The Vietnam Business Forum 2016 kicked off Monday in Hanoi, with the task of strengthening the role of the private economic sector high on agenda.
-- Dang Thi Le Hang, the runner-up of Miss Vietnam Universe, will represent the country at the upcoming Miss Universe 2016 pageant in the Philippines.
-- Starting April 29, 2017, the biennial Da Nang International Fireworks Competition will be ‘upgraded’ to a festival, and will run for two weeks instead of two days like before, the administration of the central Vietnamese city announced Monday.