Check out what is in the news on December 13
-- A cold front, forecast to be the strongest to hit northern Vietnam this winter, will create severely cold weather conditions there and possible snow in mountainous areas starting Saturday, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting warned.
-- Astronomy fans in Vietnam can behold Geminids, an annual biggest meteor shower, which will have a peak activity meteor count on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, according to the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association.
-- Police in Tan Chau Town in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have revealed they had arrested and begun legal proceedings against a 32-year-old physical education male teacher for allegedly dating and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
-- Police in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, disclosed on Tuesday they were investigating a purported suicide committed by a middle-aged couple and their teen son in a house earlier the same day.
-- C46, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security's economic police unit, on Tuesday started legal proceedings against the former board chair of the Vietnam Rubber Group for deliberately violating state regulations on economic management and causing serious consequences.
-- The Ministry of Industry and Trade inspectorate have revealed Khaisilk, a premier Vietnamese silk brand, might face criminal charges for fraud following the discovery of the company’s scarf merchandise being sourced from China and sold under the guise of made-in-Vietnam labels in October.
-- Speaking with Tuoi Tre on Tuesday, leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City Tax Department confirmed they had asked the Netherlands-based Uber B.V., which oversees the ride-hailing app operations in Vietnam, to repay VND66.68 billion, roughly US$2.95 million, in tax arrears, or they would face public announcement of their tax evasion and compulsory measures.
-- Trade departments in Mekong Delta provinces called for investment into their 54 food and agricultural projects at a seminar held in Can Tho City on Tuesday.
-- Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, with sponsorship from Japanese-invested food manufacturer Acecook, on Tuesday organized Pho Day to honor and better promote the hallmark noodle soup.