Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam has requested China to immediately stop sending bombers to conduct drills in the former’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said during a press conference on Monday.
-- Three Indian naval ships including frigate Sahyadri, fleet tanker Shakti and anti-submarine stealth corvette Kamorta, along with 900 crew members, began a four-day friendly visit to the central city of Da Nang on Monday.
-- Nearly 1,600 metric tons of fish raised along the La Nga River in the southern province of Dong Nai died on Sunday night and early Monday morning, causing immense losses for local residents. Competent authorities are now probing the cause of the mass deaths.
-- Five houses were sunk by subsidence along the O Mon riverbank in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on Monday morning, while 32 other homes in the area are facing similar risks.
-- Three employees of the National Mental Hospital 2 in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, have been suspended from work for selling expired medicine to a patient on May 16.
-- Four people in the north-central province of Nghe An have been hospitalized for emergency treatment after being struck by lightning while sitting in their home on Monday afternoon.
-- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced a draft decree highlighting that chairs of provincial People’s Committees shall be sanctioned or dismissed if they fail to prevent illegal sand mining along rivers in their localities.
-- Authorities in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan are tightening their management of bird nest farming in the locality by pulling down bird nest facilities that were built against the law or in areas that are not zoned for the purpose.
-- A total of 28 documentaries made by Vietnam and European countries will be screened during the ninth European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place from June 8 to 17 at the National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio in Hanoi and Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training is expected to pilot the installation of CCTV at kindergartens in District 1, District 12, and Hoc Mon District during the 2018-19 school year.