Press Digest (February 3 to 6)

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These are some of the leading stories in the Vietnamese press from February 3 to 6



- Ho Chi Minh City police Monday issued an arrest warrant for Filipino Alexande Samot, 55, for allegedly stabbing a compatriot to death over a quarrel while the two were playing Chinese chess in their rented house in Binh Thanh District last Friday (Lunar New Year's Day).


- Vietnam’s top male chess player Le Quang Liem moved up 10 spots from last month to 38th in the World Chess Federation (FIDE) rankings with an elo rating of 2,709. His highest ever ranking was 27th last April. 



- A 32-year-old man in Hanoi died of methanol poisoning Monday after four days of drinking moonshine starting on Lunar New Year’s Eve (last Thursday). Dr Nguyen Dam Chinh of Bach Mai Hospital's poison control center said his family brought him to the hospital Sunday still under the influence of alcohol and with various disorders, brain, liver, and kidney damage, hypotension, and elevated blood acidity level. He was one of five alcohol-poisoning victims brought to the hospital during the four days, but the rest recovered and have been discharged.   


- Hanoi police are looking for a man in Ba Dinh District after he allegedly shot his wife in the chest and leg last Thursday, killing her. The police found a pistol and 10 bullets at the scene.



- Authorities in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai Monday afternoon managed to put out a fire more than a day after it broke out in the Hoang Lien National Park’s buffer zone, the director of the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said. He said a total 15.5 hectares of forest and grassland were destroyed, adding that the risk of forest fires in the area remain high.

- 530 accidents occurred nationwide during Tet from January 28 to February 4, in which 253 people were killed and 563 others injured, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee. The total number of deaths was down by 56 from the same period last year though the number of accidents increased by 161.

- The number of criminal cases from January 30 to February 1 was 245, an 8.97 percent increase from the same period last year, statistics from the Ministry of Public Security showed. The police arrested 270 people allegedly involved in 113 cases.

- Inspectors from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the northern province of Quang Ninh ordered Hanoi-based Khang Thai travel firm to take more than 100 Hong Kong tourists to Ha Long Bay as scheduled Monday after their guide disappeared on arriving in Ha Long earlier that day. According to the department, the guide went home to visit his family and returned late, worrying the tourists. 



- The People’s Committees in the northern provinces of Hai Duong and Nam Dinh said Wednesday that they will punish leaders from localities where people let off fireworks during the Tet holidays. Before Tet, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc reminded the country of Vietnam’s ban on the small explosives and warned provincial chairpeople that they would be held responsible if they let fireworks go off in their jurisdictions.    

- An undersea power cable from Ha Tien Town to Phu Quoc Island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang was scheduled to be inaugurated Thursday. The cable was linked to the national grid last Sunday, providing cheaper power to residents and companies in Phu Quoc.

- VietJet Air said Wednesday it will sign an agreement worth US$6.1 billion to buy 62 A320 aircraft from Airbus during the Singapore Airshow February 11-16. The planes will be delivered to the budget carrier between now and 2022. The two firms signed an MOU about the purchase of 92 Airbus planes and the rental of another eight in France last September.

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