Read what’s in the news today, February 24!
-- Chu Thi Binh, the victim in the recently uncovered savings theft of over VND245 billion (US$10 million) by a former deputy director of Eximbank’s Ho Chi Minh City branch, has said she does not agree with the bank’s offer to resolve the issue in court and demanded that the lender return to her the stolen amount immediately.
-- Police in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City on Friday caught a ‘super thief’ who preyed on careless visitors at the Dam Sen theme park and confiscated valuable items in his possession, which he had stolen from 14 different victims in just one morning.
-- All eight crew members on Vietnamese freighter Binh Nguyen 86 were successfully rescued on Friday afternoon after their ship sank early the same morning off the coast of Nghe An Province in north-central Vietnam due to rough waters.
-- Six cases of illegal logging were booked by the forest protection unit of Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam during Tet, or Lunar New Year, as loggers took advantage of the long holiday when most officials are off-duty to commit their crime.
-- District 2, District 9 and Thu Duc District will be Ho Chi Minh City’s core driving force in the city’s journey to welcome the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), the municipal Party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan said at a meeting on Friday.
-- The administration of La Gi Commune in south-central Binh Thuan Province has confirmed that the black-ish water being discharged into the ocean as shown in recent viral footage on social media had been mud from a local dredging project to build a sea port, and was not wastewater from nearby seafood processing facilities.
-- The body of Kim Seung-guk, a 31-year-old South Korean national who works as an engineer at a company in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, was discovered in a forest by locals on Friday afternoon after he had been reported missing the same morning.
-- A company specializing in producing cassava flour with its factory in the southern province of Binh Duong has been fined for VND1.7 billion ($75,000) for illegally discharging untreated wastewater into the environment and other violations in environment protection.
-- Only one car was imported into Vietnam between February 16 and 22 when the entire country enjoyed a long holiday to celebrate Tet, or Lunar New Year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs the
-- Farmers in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, Vietnam’s biggest cashew growing region, are making huge profits as the price of the nutritious nut is reaching a high of up to VND45,000 ($1.98) a kilogram, around ten percent higher than the same period of last year, thanks to favorable weather conditions.