Check out today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Home Affairs has convened a meeting to gather feedback on a plan to merge thousands of districts and communes across the country that do not meet the standards in terms of area and population.
-- As a tropical depression in the Gulf of Tokin is weakening, a new one has formed northeast of the Philippines and is forecast to pick up strength and enter the East Vietnam Sea on Tuesday, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.
-- The Department of Home Affairs in the south-central province of Binh Thuan has stirred up concern after approving a plan to send ten local officials, including the chief of the provincial police department, on a study program in Germany, which is aimed at improving knowledge on infrastructure development in coastal areas.
-- Head of the train station in Nha Trang, a beach city in south-central Khanh Hoa Province, has been relieved of his post following a near miss between a train and a stationary locomotive on July 9.
-- A technician of low-cost carrier Vietjet has been fined VND7.5 million (US$325) for stealing a bag which a passenger had left on an aircraft on June 27.
-- The People’s Court in the north-central province of Nghe An on Monday sentenced Nguyen Thi Lam, 31, a former employee of an Eximbank branch, to life in prison for appropriating over VND50 billion ($2.16 million) from six customers between 2012 and 2016.
-- About ten workers were hospitalized after a gas leak occurred at an ice facility in the southern province of Binh Duong on Monday.
-- Two high school students in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong were killed after a car lost control and crashed into a local coffee shop on Monday evening.
-- Many businesses are facing immense difficulties as commercial and office space rent in downtown Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi has recently skyrocketed.
-- The Quang Trung Industry JSC, the operator of an anti-flooding pump system that has been used to deal with inundation on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Ho Chi Minh City, has suggested leasing the machine to the municipal administration at over VND24 billion ($1.04 million) per year.