What you need to know on Thursday:
-- Vietnam is looking to tighten control over calls for tenders for build – operate – transfer (BOT) transport projects amidst recent public outcry against a number of BOT tollgates due to their unreasonably high fees and inappropriate locations.
-- Nguyen Van Thanh Binh, deputy chief justice of the People’s Court of Soc Trang Province in southern Vietnam, has been prosecuted over his handing down illegal judgments in a property dispute involving a divorced couple.
-- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has denied any wrongdoing in licensing the import of 9,000 boxes of the cancer medicine H-capita 500mg by VN Pharma JSC, whose leaders are being tried for their alleged importation of fake drugs.
-- Three adolescents in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak are facing jail times of between six months and three years for throwing rocks at passenger buses.
-- A newly established ten-member team of experts on the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam was unveiled on Wednesday at the 2017 Mekong Connect forum in Ben Tre Province. They are expected to provide valuable insights into the sustainable development of the region.
-- The 22-year-old daughter of a former Vice Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam has been found to be registered as the owner of a luxury residential complex spanning 2,363 square meters in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
-- A newborn in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has died after receiving a Hepatitis B vaccination at a local healthcare center.
-- Lukas Brosi, chief finance officer at Swiss airport operator Flughafen Zürich AG, has expressed his interest in Vietnam’s upcoming project to develop Long Thanh International Airport in southern Dong Nai Province, after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue on Wednesday.
-- A teller at a VietinBank branch in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province has been found to forge transactional papers to steal multibillion dong (US$1 = VND22,700) from the saving accounts of her customers for personal use.
-- Nearly 110 Vietnam Airlines flights with roughly 20,000 additional seats will become available on routes between Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang until November 13 to accommodate the influx of passengers during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang, an airline representative said on Wednesday.
-- An international festival featuring the cultural aspects of Vietnam and South Korea will be held in Ho Chi Minh City between November 11 and December 3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the two countries’ bilateral diplomatic ties.