Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has arrested and initiated legal proceedings against five former leaders of the Thai Nguyen Steel Company, located in the namesake northern province, for being involved in violations regarding a VND8.1 trillion (US$348.3) expansion project.
-- Temperature in Thua Thien-Hue Province, located in central Vietnam, reached 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday as the dry season has reached its peak in the region.
-- A doctor at a general hospital in the north-central province of Nghe An has recently been assaulted by two family members of a young patient after they thought he did not know how to examine the patient. Police have arrested one of the attackers and are hunting for the other.
-- A total of 31 Vietnamese, Australian, and Malaysian people were caught using drugs inside a tourist villa in Vung Tau, a popular beach city in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on Friday night, police confirmed on Saturday.
-- The average amount of household garbage in Vietnam is 27 million metric tons a year and surges by five percent on a yearly basis, the Center for Environment and Community Research reported at a conference in Hanoi on Saturday, adding that the amount of plastic waste has risen tenfold over the past 25 years.
-- A traffic police officer in Ho Chi Minh City has been caught on CCTV pointing his gun at two illegal street racers and beating one of them on the night of April 17. A city police official confirmed they are verifying the incident and identifying the officer in the video.
-- Heavy downpours accompanied by hail occurred in Da Lat, a tourist city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on Saturday afternoon, causing multiple neighborhoods to be seriously inundated.
-- The People’s Committee in the south-central province of Binh Thuan on Saturday put into operation the VND2.3 trillion ($98.9 million) Vinh Tan International Port, which covers more than 140 hectares in Vinh Tan Commune, Tuy Phong District.
-- Hundreds of people gathered at the headquarters of Hoang Quan Real Estate Company in the south-central city of Nha Trang on Saturday and said they would live there after the developer failed to deliver the apartments they had bought on time.