Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Officers under Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security on Monday initiated legal proceeding against Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, former vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in the central city of Da Nang, and four other ex-officials for their involvement in the violations related to Phan Van Anh Vu, a.k.a. Vu ‘nhom.’
-- Rescue units were able to save a 45-year-old man who was stuck under a train in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City at around 5:00 pm on Monday.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has asked the administrations in District 7 and Binh Chanh District to focus on cleaning up trash along local roads and bridges.
-- Public workers in Vietnam are expected to have a total of three days off for the upcoming Hung Kings Commemoration Day (March 14) and up to five days for the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1).
-- A car was traveling along National Highway 6 in the northern province of Son La at around 1:00 am on Monday when it plunged off a 400 meter cliff, resulting in the death of the driver and serious injuries to an 11-year-old girl.
-- A female employee of a hotel in the north-central province of Nghe An was killed after a fire broke out at the eight-story venue on Monday morning. The incident also urged people inside the hospital located next-door to evacuate for their own safety.
-- Two people were killed and another severely wounded after a truck rear-ended a trailer tractor along the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway on Monday morning.
-- A man received a fine worth VND200,000 (US$8.6) on Monday for forcefully hugging and kissing a 20-year-old girl inside an elevator at an apartment building in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi earlier this month.
-- Two 10th-grade students in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City were hospitalized on Monday following their physical confrontation with students from another school that arose from their conflicts on Facebook.
-- The Ministry of Finance has proposed that the import of auto parts, which are used in the production of eco-friendly automobiles, should be eligible to a zero percent tax in Vietnam.