Read what’s in the news today
-- Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly, called for people in the country to join a fundraising campaign for the poor by sending text messages to the number 1409, with each message contributing VND20,000 (just under $1), as she addressed an event on poverty on Wednesday.
-- A court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced three factory workers to more than two years in prison for causing public disorder on Wednesday after they yelled and threw stones to police during a riot against a draft Vietnamese law on economic zones in June.
-- Nguyen Dinh Thanh, 27, received a seven-year prison term on Wednesday for creating, possessing and distributing materials, including over 3,000 leaflets, inciting others to act against the Vietnamese government.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday proposed stopping the use of family book, a household document which manages citizens and causes cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, and instead giving each person a new identity number stored on government database.
-- Police are investigating the death of a Chinese man who suddenly jumped from the second floor of a terminal at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on October 13. He seemed to have mental illness, said a leader from the airport’s security department.
-- Saigon Premier Container Terminal, the only sea port in southern Vietnam to receive assembled automobiles, imported 6,047 cars in September, an increase of 806 units compared to the month earlier.
-- Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, one of Vietnam’s two collegiate educational institutions, is formulating a pilot program on training those who want to have a PhD specializing in practical application, rather than just theory. The program is expected to be the first in the country to award applied PhDs.