Read what’s in the news today, April 7!
-- Phan Van Vinh, a former two-star general who served as chief of Vietnam’s police forces until his retirement in April last year, has been arrested and taken into a four-month custody for his involvement in a large-scale online gambling ring brought to light last month.
-- Residents in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat who park their cars outdoors have been surprised to find the vehicles’ wheels removed overnight in recurrent incidents over the past few days.
-- Police in the southern province of Tien Giang have prosecuted four men on charges of assaulting on-duty officers who came to their house to inspect the excessively loud noise from their karaoke singing.
-- People in Vietnam are rushing to get themselves vaccinated against rabies even though they have not been bitten by animals after news broke that the country was suffering a shortage of rabies vaccine.
-- Serious landslides and subsidence are being reported along a 54-meter stretch of the O Mon River in the southern city of Can Tho.
-- The board of directors at the scandal-hit DongA Bank will not face legal prosecution as there is no evidence to suggest they were aware of wrongdoings by the bank’s former CEO Tran Phuong Binh, police say.
-- Rice growers in parts of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region are transforming their paddy fields into catfish farms in large numbers, leaving experts concerned there will be risks of price manipulating in the near future.
-- South Korean industrial conglomerate Hyosung has pledged to invest US$1.2 billion into the development of a thermoplastic polymer production plant in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.
-- The Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) and the Petrolimex Group Commercial Joint Stock Bank (PG Bank) have called off a potential merger after nearly two years of negotiations.
-- The administration of Nha Trang City in south-central Vietnam has pledged to crack down on shops with foreign language-only signs as the resort city is being taken over by signboards with Chinese or Russian words.
-- The women’s national football team of Vietnam will face Japan at 8:45 pm today in their first group match of the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.