Here are the news stories you should not miss today:
-- A fire broke out in a restaurant near downtown Ho Chi Minh City at around 3:00 pm on Wednesday, only six days after its opening. The fire, which ended an hour and a half later, caused no human casualties but destroyed the building.
-- A court in Vietnam’s south-central province of Binh Thuan on Wednesday gave prison terms from two to three years and a half to 30 people found guilty of provoking public disorder at a major local government building in mid-June.
-- Police in Can Tho nabbed nearly 100 young people, including women, while they were holding an illegal street race on a national highway on Wednesday. They converged in the Mekong Delta city from neighboring provinces.
-- Authorities in Vietnam’s southern province of Kien Giang are trying to help two Russian tourists go back to their country after they stayed at a local hospital for a week and only left with strong efforts of persuasion from the institution. One of the visitors is a 25-year-old woman who was seen sitting in a mediation posture, begging in the local streets late last year.
-- Vietnam’s Southern Airports Authority said the number of flight delays at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City in October climbed 15 percent to 1,240, while the figure for cancellations rose 61 percent to 69, compared to the previous month. The country’s first private-owned Vietjet topped the list of airlines with such problems.
-- Vietnam Register, an agency on vehicle certification and inspection, has ordered nationwide registration centers not to provide quality checks to vehicles retrofitted with accessories not in line with the manufacturer’s design, like high-power LEDs, TV sets and refrigerators.
-- Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company on Wednesday opened another vaccination center, the largest of its kind in southern Vietnam to date, in Ho Chi Minh City’s neighboring province of Binh Duong, where disease tends to break out due to a high density of factory workers and rental accommodation.
-- The administration in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa required provincial educational authorities to switch to the traditional instructional method from the Vietnam Escuela Nueva model, which local schools has been experimenting with. The model, originating in the 1970s in Colombia for rural public education, has been applied in over 50 cities and provinces in Vietnam.
-- A high school in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa has forced three of its ten graders to leave school for a year and four for a week, after they were found talking ill of their teachers in a Facebook group. A teacher noticed a private message on a mobile phone of one of the students and reported it to the school leader.