Check out today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a meeting on dealing with complaints and petitions in Hanoi on Saturday, during which he addressed weaknesses in the current efforts to settle citizens’ complaints and denunciations.
-- Authorities in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday restarted their efforts to reclaim local sidewalks which have been occupied by parking and business activities.
-- Many streets in Ho Chi Minh City were severely inundated due to a prolonged downpour that started on Saturday evening and lingered until late at night, causing difficulties for commuters and local residents.
-- The heat wave in northern Vietnam has been forecast to weaken on Sunday and end on Monday, bringing about a gradual decrease in temperature, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
-- Dinh Van Duong, former chairman of the People’s Committee in Phuc Thanh Commune in the north-central province of Nghe An, and two other ex-officials have been arrested for allegedly abusing their power to illegally sell 284 land plots covering nearly 89,000 square meters from 2012 to 16.
-- Police in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Saturday arrested 10 members of two gangs who were involved in a violent confrontation on Friday night, during which three people were killed and two others injured.
-- A woman in the southern province of Dong Nai has recently accused the National Mental Hospital 2, located in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, of selling expired medicine to her daughter.
-- Many residents have reported being duped into buying expensive cosmetics after experiencing a free skincare session provided by the Hanoi-based DeAura Company.
-- A series of artistic performances were organized at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday night to mark the 128th birthday of late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh (May 19, 1890).
-- Following a request from the Asia for Animal Coalition sent to Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, managers of Dam Sen Cultural Park in Ho Chi Minh City said they would temporarily cease their animal circus performances while waiting for an official decision from competent authorities.