Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The Hanoi Department of Health confirmed on Saturday that the quality of tap water in the capital is safe to use after lab tests showed that styrene concentration in the water was within the normal limits.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday arrested three members of a pickpocket gang that had been targeting bus-goers in District 9 and carried out an administrative search of their homes to assist the investigation.
-- A container ship capsized along the section of Long Tau River near the border of Can Gio and Nha Be Districts, Ho Chi Minh City on early Saturday morning, the municipal Department of Transport confirmed on the same day, adding that there were no casualties.
-- Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on Saturday apprehended seven suspects involved in a physical confrontation that injured seven people on Friday afternoon.
-- The Hanoi People’s Committee on Saturday sentenced Tran Duc Hai, former deputy head of the Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration under the Ministry of transport, to six years in prison for accepting bribes worth VND4.9 billion (US$210,700) between late 2015 and early 2016.
-- Kylin-GX668 Company, a distributor of Chinese cars based in the northern city of Hai Phong, confirmed on Saturday that the Chinese automobiles they sell in the Vietnamese market use a map containing the illegal ‘nine-dash line’ in their navigation system.
-- Flowers have been selling like hotcakes in Ho Chi Minh City as Vietnam is celebrating its Women’s Day on Sunday, October 20.
-- TH Milk Joint Stock Company has become the first Vietnamese firm to receive approval from the General Administration of Customs of China to export dairy products to the Chinese market.
-- UNIQLO, a well-known Japanese global apparel retailer, is expected to open its first store in Vietnam at the Parkson Saigon Tourist Plaza in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City by the end of the year.