Read what’s in the news today, June 16!
-- Ho Chi Minh City and the U.S. looks to further enhance cooperation the medical field through infrastructure development and the use of modern technology and equipments, the two sides said at a meeting on Friday between the city’s administration and leading U.S. businesses in the field of medicine headed by U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink.
-- A Vietnamese-American has been detained and prosecuted by Ho Chi Minh City police for disrupting public order after he was found to have incited other participants of a march on Sunday to climb over police vehicle and demanded that law enforcement move their vehicles to give way to the crowd.
-- Addressing fellow lawmakers on Friday, chairwoman of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hailed the people’s patriotism demonstrated through their deep interest in issues of national significance, while condemning those who take advantage of democracy to instigate disruptive behaviors.
-- A project to build the Trung Luong – My Thuan Expressway, which stretches 51 kilometers connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Mekong Delta Provinces, has resumed full speed after three years of snail-paced construction due to lack of capital, as officials hope to have it done by 2020.
-- One police officer is still missing after he fell into the Hau River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region in a crash between a police boat and a sand barge on Thursday, which left two other officers injured.
-- Ho Chi Minh City Police has resumed investigation on a high-profile boat accident in 2013 that killed nine people on a passenger express boat which sank off the city’s Can Gio District while carrying 30 passengers, exceeding the boat’s load capacity of only 12.
-- Plans to upgrade degrading runways at Vietnam’s two biggest international airports – Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai in Hanoi – have been lagging due to lack of capital, posing safety risks.
-- Three people were killed and 13 injured when a passenger bus plunged off a cliff on the infamous Lo Xo mountain pass in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum early Saturday morning.
-- The chief of Vietnam’s cyber security police has refuted false rumors that authorities would put all social media accounts under surveillance when the country’s cyber security law enters into effect at the start of next year, stressing that the police would only look into cases involving violation of the law.
-- A 15-year-old boy in the central Vietnamese province of Hue was miraculously saved on Wednesday when doctors raced against the clock to pull off a high-risk heart transplant using organ from a donor in Hanoi.