Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Several male students of the Thanh Son Middle School in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho have opened up to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper about the traumatizing experience when they were sexually abused by the school’s principal, who was arrested last weekend.
-- A 25-year-old woman in the southern province of Binh Duong was apprehended on Monday morning after robbing a local gold shop and attempted to escape on her motorbike.
-- Dozens of farmers in Dinh Quan District in the southern province of Dong Nai have suffered heavy losses after a large amount of fish raised along the La Nga River died on Sunday and Monday.
-- The People’s Court in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Tuesday begins the trial of five suspects who were caught mixing a battery-dyed compound of gravels and coffee bean skins into black peppers to sell for more profit.
-- A 33-year-old man was electrocuted to death as he was helping a neighbor fix an electrical problem on the roof of her house in Binh Duong Province on Monday.
-- Police in Dong Nai Province have initiated an investigation after a man and a woman, who previously resided in Ho Chi Minh City, fled the locality after owning VND250 million ($10,750) to local veggie farmers.
-- The People’s Committee in Nha Trang, a report city in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, has approved a plan to reduce the number of rental chairs and umbrellas along the local beaches.
-- The People’s Committee in the south-central province of Binh Thuan is reviewing the responsibility of competent authorities in the beach city of Mui Ne for letting the Muine Hills Hotel, located in Ham Tien Ward, operate illegally over the past nine years. The project was not approved but has been open to tourists since 2009.
-- A series of new buses, each costing nearly VND1 billion (US$43,000), of a transport cooperative in Ho Chi Minh City are now left unused after being operated for only a few months due to ineffective and loss-making operation.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam has announced some draft amendments to current regulations, highlighting that individuals and organizations that trade and exchange foreign currency without a legitimate license would only be fined up to VND20 million ($860) instead of the current VND80 million ($3,440) to VND100 million ($4,300) penalty.