Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed a bill on regulating rampant riverine sand mining, which suggests removing provincial leaders from their post if the extraction is under lax oversight.
-- A poor woman returned VND100 million ($4,300) worth of cash that the owner dropped on a road in Ho Chi Minh City’s neighboring province of Dong Nai. After seeing a pedestrian pick the cash bag up and hold it close to the body, she told the person that it was hers so that she could bring it to the police.
-- Le Huy Toan, deputy chairman of the south-central resort city of Nha Trang, has been forbidden from leaving his residential area as he is being investigated on charges of negligence that causes grave consequences for his role in a construction project.
-- Vietnam is going to set up food safety inspectorates across nine of its major cities and provinces for a one-year trial period.
-- Police in Vietnam’s central province of Thua Thien-Hue on Wednesday seized over 2.5 metric tons of animal innards carried in a long-haul bus steered by a Vietnamese driver who failed to present licenses for the organs.
-- State-run Vietnam Electricity has predicted frequent power cuts early next year as the country has been facing shortages of coal and water for power plants in late 2018.
-- Malware attacks are increasing in number to the computer network of important enterprises, administrative government agencies and banks, with one malicious program created to infect the system every four seconds, said Do Sinh Truong – technology specialist at HP Development Company – at a Wednesday conference.
-- Visitors to the ancient town of Hoi An in central Vietnam will be offered free entrance on December 4 as celebration of the town’s 19th year of being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.