Check out today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented a report on national socio-economic situations in 2018 and the socio-economic development plan for 2019 during the first day of the National Assembly’s sixth session in Hanoi on Monday.
-- Another victim has been in a coma and has poor prognosis after a drunk female driver crashed her BMW into a group of motorcycles stopping at the Hang Xanh Intersection in Binh Thanh District in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday night. The accident already killed one and injured four other people.
-- Residents have been able to return to the Carina Plaza Apartment Complex in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, about seven months after a deadly fire killed 13 people and burned down hundreds of motorbikes.
-- A man and his father were killed after a flashflood was brought about by heavy rain in the northern province of Ha Giang on Sunday night. Multiple houses were damaged and washed away by floods in neighboring Lao Cai Province.
-- The People’s Court in the south-central province of Binh Dinh on Monday sentenced nine people to a total of 81 years in prison for destroying over 64 hectares of forest from July 2015 to August 2017. They were also required to pay VND4.8 billion (US$204,950) in compensation.
-- Police in the southern province of Tay Ninh have broken up an illegal ring that attempted to smuggle four kilograms of drugs from Cambodia and arrested three people, including one Cambodia national.
-- More than ten people were injured after a 29-seater passenger bus was hit by a truck traveling in the opposite direction in the northern province of Son La on Monday morning.
-- Coffee prices in Vietnam have increased by VND8,000 ($0.34) to approximately VND39,000 ($1.67) per kilogram, according to Do Ha Nam, vice-president of the Vietnam Coffee - Cocoa Association.
-- The People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has planned to spend VND146 billion ($6.2 million) on a project to produce high-quality pangasius fish.
-- Vietnam lost 1-2 to Australia at the AFC U-19 Championships in Indonesia on Monday evening, thus eliminated from the competition regardless of their last group-stage game with South Korea.