Here are the news stories you should not miss today:
-- Typhoon Bolaven, the first to hit Vietnam this year, was located around Song Tu Tay Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, on Wednesday evening before weakening into a tropical depression at sea, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
-- Singaporean attorney Remy Choo Zheng Xi confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday that Phan Van Anh Vu, who is being held by Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), is Vu “nhom” (aluminum), who is being wanted by Vietnamese police.
-- Nguyen Hong Lam, chairman of Hanoi’s Quoc Oai District who has been missing since Tuesday last week, was found dead by hanging at his private home in Hoang Mai District on Wednesday evening.
-- Police in the northern province of Bac Ninh on Wednesday night arrested the owner of a local warehouse storing scrap metal, where an explosion occurred on the morning of the same day, killing at least two people and damaging many houses.
-- Officers in the northern province of Dien Bien busted a ring that transported 500 bricks of heroin, weighing a total of 171 kilograms, from Laos to Vietnam on Wednesday.
-- Nguyen Trong Dieu, deputy chief inspector in the northern province of Hai Duong, has been dismissed from his position for using a fake university degree.
-- The People’s Court in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Wednesday sentenced Dang Van Hien to death for shooting dead three people during a quarrel over land disputes in late October 2016.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Wednesday morning officially appointed Tran Sy Thanh, deputy head of the Party’s Central Economic Committee, as the new chairman of PetroVietnam’s board of directors.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam has recently announced that its foreign exchange reserves had reached US$52 billion, which local experts considered an impressive figure that would create many opportunities for the country.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has approved a project to run two markets that sell absolutely clean food.