Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam ranked second across Asia following the Philippines as the country with the highest proportion of female business leaders, according to the latest Women in Business released by service network Grant Thornton International.
-- A heat wave is forecast to hit southern for several days from today, March 8, with a high of 36 degrees Celsius and day-night temperature variation of ten degrees, which poses health risks, according the southern weather forecast agency.
-- The principal of a kindergarten the northern province of Bac Ninh, near Hanoi, was suspended as parents discovered food served in the school’s kitchen unsafe on Tuesday.
-- A man who was a deputy police chief was killed following a physical fighting with other patrons at a karaoke bar in the major southern city of Can Tho on Tuesday.
-- Police in the northern province of Lang Son detained six young men accused of gang- raping a 14-year-old girl who they knew via Facebook.
-- The Ho Chi Minh administration has asked for VND2.15 trillion ($91,735,000) from the national budget to pay off the outstanding debts it owes to contractors in charge of several units of the city’s unfinished metro line, to preempt risks of litigation.
-- Sugarcane prices have plummeted to record low levels in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai, potentially causing massive losses for local farmers.
-- The administration of the central province of Quang Ngai said it wanted a VND90 billion ($3.9 million) relief package from the national coffers to ease the drought and saline intrusion that are crippling local agriculture.
-- A bus ad auction was canceled for the fourth consecutive time in Ho Chi Minh City as no companies submitted offers to have their ads appear on inner city buses.
-- The number of Vietnamese areas that have African swine fever rose to ten as of Thursday as cases of the highly contagious disease were confirmed in two more provinces, all in the northern region.
-- The administration of the south-central city of Nha Trang has required all hotels to remove their chairs and umbrellas from the beach before it reorganizes the area. Following the reorganization, only those abiding its planning can place the items there again.