Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- An excavator operator was knocked unconscious and wounded Monday when a bomb exploded next to his machine at a construction site in the Vietnamese southern city of Can Tho. The excavator could have triggered the blast as it hit the weapon that apparently remained underground after war, according to local authorities.
-- Truong Van Tien, former director of state-run Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, was arrested Monday on charges of abuse of power for property misappropriation purposes. Many of the corporation’s former leaders were implicated in one of Vietnam’s most scandalous cases where they caused immense financial damage to the government over four years ago.
-- A man was found dead on a portion of Vietnam’s lifeline National Route 1 in Phu Yen Province, south-central Vietnam, on Monday after his motorcycle hit a gaping pothole there, police said.
-- A Buddhist nun discovered a three-kilogram newborn dead in a duffle bag hung on her pagoda entrance gate in Dong Nai, a neighboring province of Ho Chi Minh City, on Monday. Police said the infant still had an umbilical cord and died presumably of suffocation.
-- A Vietnamese man died on the spot after having a crash with a tractor-trailer while he was riding in the motorbike-banning lane on Saigon Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
-- Rescue workers evacuated over 1,800 families to safety on Monday after heavy rain starting a day earlier caused widespread serious flooding in the central province of Quang Nam.
-- The sky over Ho Chi Minh City turned overcast, with frequent lightning and rain on Tuesday morning, exacerbating traffic congestion that is already a thorny problem in the metropolis.
-- Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony to welcome French passenger Tissot Jean-Claude, who was the seven-millionth foreign visitor to the southern metropolis on Monday.
-- Seventeen Vietnamese taxi operators announced Monday that they had gathered themselves into a union using one same ride-booking app to compete against ride-hailing services such as Grab.
-- The administration in the south-central tourist city of Nha Trang is planning to allow motorbikes to turn right at the red light and turn multiple streets into one-way traffic roads in early 2019, as ways to reduce nagging traffic congestion.