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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 23

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 08:45 GMT+7

Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, January 23.

Politics

-- Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on Friday sent his congratulations to Bounnhang Vorachith on his election as Party General Secretary of the Central Committee of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) for the 10th tenure.

Society

-- Vietnam is among the world’s 39 countries that master the vaccine production technology, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the document debating session at the ongoing 12th National Party Congress in Hanoi on Friday.

-- Three workers were killed while four others were injured as a stone mine collapsed in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on Friday.

-- Vietnam’s northern and north-central regions are forecast to receive the coldest spell of the winter-spring season on Saturday, with temperature in Hanoi expected to drop to 9oC.

-- Two local residents in the southern province of Dong Nai have had 1,400 pots of flowers to be sold during the coming Tet (Vietnam’s Lunar New Year) sabotaged by unknown people.

Business

-- Vietjet will launch the Hanoi – Taipei route on February 1 with three return flights a week, the carrier announced Friday.

-- Vietnam’s largest mobile operator Viettel has partnered with Opera to launch an app store that offers data subscribers unlimited downloads for VND10,000 ($0.45) a week, according to Mobile World.

-- Vietnam’s State Securities Commission is considering allowing foreign securities firms to open branches in the country to offer services and attract other international investors, it said at a meeting in Hanoi on Friday.

-- The Ho Chi Minh City's consumer price index (CPI) in January dropped 0.03 percent month on month, thanks to strong decline in the traffic sector, driven by two fuel price cuts in the month.

Lifestyle

-- History professor Larry Berman, author of a book on famed Vietnam intelligence officer Pham Xuan An, will talk “untold stories” about the ‘perfect spy X6’ at the book street Nguyen Van Binh in downtown Ho Chi Minh City today, January 23.

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