Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang has been dismissed from the Politburo for his violations during the 2009-11 period. Whether he will still be the Party chief of Ho Chi Minh City will be decided by the Politburo later.
-- Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on Saturday arrested Le Lam Hung, the prime suspect in the armed bank heist that took place at a local branch of Vietcombank on April 26. Hung had taken nearly $100,000 worth of USD and VND from the lender.
-- A group of some 20 thugs on Sunday morning charged into the Hanoi Medical University Hospital and cut the throat of a male patient, who had been admitted to the infirmary earlier for a wound on his head. The victim’s condition was stabilized on the afternoon of the same day thanks to doctors’ effort.
-- A ship carrying seafood caught fire while docking off the south-central province of Binh Thuan on Sunday morning, causing damage worth nearly VND3 million ($132,038).
-- A project worth VND499 billion ($21.9 million) is set to be carried out in the third quarter of this year to upgrade and prevent flooding on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.
-- A total of 93 Javan pangolins were released back to their natural habitat on Sunday after being rescued and taken care of by conservationists at the Cuc Phuong National Park, located in the northern province of Ninh Binh, a month ago.
-- According to the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s wood industry has been developing rapidly thanks to the positive results of integration.
-- A large number of residents in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan have been raising bird nests to benefit from the lucrative business, going against the plan of the provincial People’s Committee.