Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with Chairman of the National Council (Upper House) of Bhutan Tashi Dorji in Hanoi on Monday, as part of the latter’s trip to the Southeast Asian country to attend the UN Day of Vesak 2019.
-- Rain accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds is forecast to dampen southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Meanwhile, a heat wave is expected to affect northern and central provinces from May 16 to 19.
-- More than 130 people in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong were admitted to the hospital on Monday morning due to food poisoning after they had attended a wedding party on Sunday evening.
-- Local residents were able to rescue all students after a fire broke out at a three-story daycare center in Ha Dong District, Hanoi on Monday morning. The cause of the flame was later identified as electrical failure, according to a firefighting police official.
-- Officers from the Ho Chi Minh City immigration office on Monday carried out procedures to issue a passport for a 63-year-old man at right a local hospital where he was being treated for his illness. The issuance, the first of its kind to be done outside the immigration office, was to help the patient continued his treatment overseas, following a request from his family.
-- Operations along the north-to-south railway route were back to normal at 4:30 pm on Monday, more than seven hours after a cargo train derailed, causing one of its railroad cars to tip over, in the northern province of Nam Dinh on the morning of the same day.
-- A 52-year-old man was killed and his 40-year-old wife severely injured after their car plunged off a 30-meter cliff in the northern province of Lao Cai on Monday.
-- Fish have died en masse along a Ban Thach River in the central province of Quang Nam over the past four to five days due to prolonged hot weather and saltwater intrusion, resulting in heavy losses for local farmers.
-- A total of ten records were recognized by Vietkings, the Vietnamese record association, in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Monday, during the ongoing Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa Beach Festival, Truong Nhu Ba, a Vietkings’s official, confirmed.