Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, January 14.
-- The 11th Party Central Committee on Wednesday wrapped up its 14th meeting in Hanoi, with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong saying the three-day event took place in a serious and democratic manner, as delegates showed a high level of responsibility and duty.
-- With the new regulation that automobile owners must equip their vehicles with fire extinguishers vehemently blasted, police will at first only reprimand violators instead of fining them, the firefighting police unit under the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday.
-- Li Shi Min, a 32-year-old Chinese national, and his Vietnamese accomplice Huynh Thi Nhu Mai were Wednesday sentenced to seven years in jail for fraud by phoning people and threatening them to pay unreal debts.
-- Vietnam will lag behind other countries if it stops implementing reform, as it has done in the last few decades, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh said in an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Investment said the city’s foreign direct investment inflow in 2015 was more than US$4.5 billion, nearly 1.5 times higher than the figure earlier reported by the Foreign Investment Agency.
-- The Nguyen Hue Flower Street, a famous annual destination for the Tet festivities in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, will run from February 5 to 12, the decoration contractor, Saigontourist, said Wednesday.
-- The Department of Education and Training of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday released a fiat, stipulating that schools ban students from bringing toxic Chinese toys to classes.
-- Vietnam will play Jordan in their opener at the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship in Qatar on Thursday night.
-- Vietnam’s talented swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was chosen as the most outstanding athlete in 2015 on Wednesday, and her coach Dang Anh Tuan won the best coach of the year title.