Check out the news you should not miss today, June 18
-- Those who took advantage of the situation, where people gathered to protest a draft law on building special administrative-economic zones over the last ten days, to sabotage the state and harm national interests must be strictly punished, Vietnam Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said as he met voters in Hanoi on Sunday.
-- The 2018 “Hanh Trinh Do” (Red Journey), Vietnam’s nationwide blood donation campaign, was held in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho on Sunday, expected to collect about 1,100 blood units.
-- Vietjet has donated air tickets worth VND700 million (US$30,625) to the 2018 Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund, which will be granted to well-educated, well-trained ethic minority students, the low-cost carrier said on Sunday.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City said on Sunday they had arrested a 23-year-old man, hailing from Hanoi, for wearing a police jacket and carrying a fake badge to join in activities to disrupt public order in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on June 10.
-- Police in Tuy Phong District of the south-central province of Binh Thuan said Sunday they have detained eight individuals accused of disrupting public order and acting against officers on duty, for their involvement in unrest in the local town of Phan Ri Cua last week.
-- A thief broke into a gold shop in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, and left with some VND1.5 billion ($65,625) worth of gold jewelry, having managed to delete all data of the store’s CCTV system, police said on Sunday.
-- A 63-year-old man has been placed in custody for three months for allegedly raping a 80-year-old woman after he got drunk from a drinking party in the southern province of Tien Giang, police said on Sunday.
-- Dollar price rose to VND23,100 a dollar on the unofficial market in Vietnam on Sunday, following an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
-- Vietnam’s budget revenue topped VND549 trillion ($24 million), VND23.7 trillion of which came from crude oil, in the first five months of this year, but the government had to earmark more than VND85.5 trillion ($3.75 million) to pay debts in the same period, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.
-- Each foreign tourist in Ho Chi Minh City had an average spending of $144.5 per person with an average stay of 5.21 days in 2017, according to a recent report by the municipal tourism department.