Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha were questioned by National Assembly deputies during the Q&A session on Monday as part of the NA’s ongoing 5th meeting, which runs from May 21 to June 15.
-- The Vietnamese government always supports and creates favorable conditions for defense ministries of Vietnam and South Korea to foster their cooperation, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said during a meeting with South Korean Defense Minister of the Song Young-moo in Hanoi on Monday.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee on Monday requested that suitable disciplinary actions be imposed upon Tat Thanh Cang, the city’s standing deputy Party chief, for his violations regarding the illicit sale of a 32.5-hectare land plot in Phuoc Kien Commune, Nha Be District by a state-owned company.
-- Doan Ngoc Hai, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, famously known as Captain Sidewalk, returned to the streets in Nguyen Thai Binh Ward on Monday evening to resume his ‘sidewalk clearing’ campaign following eight months of inactivity.
-- Competent authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai are investigating the death of a married couple who were found severely burned inside their house on early Monday morning.
-- The construction of the Vam Cong Bridge, connecting Dong Thap Province and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta, has yet to resume after cracks were found on a girder in November 2017. The reasons behind the cracks have not been announced as well.
-- Heavy downpours are forecast to continue to hit provinces in south-central and central Vietnam due to the effect of a tropical depression that formed near Hoang Sa (Spratly) Archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea.
-- The People’s Court in Nha Trang City in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Monday sentenced Hoang Tan Hai to four years and six months in prison for selling thousands sea turtle corpses in 2014.
-- A man residing in Ho Chi Minh City has been arrested for allegedly murdering his girlfriend and attempting to dump the body in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
-- The number of South Korean visitors to Vietnam has reached more than 1.4 million in the first five months of 2018, increasing by 62.1 percent year-on-year.
-- Many Grab drivers in Ho Chi Minh City gathered at the company office in District 10 on Monday to complain after they had had their accounts locked for unknown reasons.