Check out what is in the news today, December 14
-- State-owned Vietnam Post made a statement on Tuesday afternoon to adamantly oppose its Chinese counterpart’s issue of stamps and other publications in late October which blatantly claim five lighthouses on Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago as their own, and demand the publication be annulled.
-- At a Tuesday seminar in Hanoi, delegates, including foreign scholars, discussed problems faced by Vietnamese and expat intelligentsia with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his deputy Vuong Dinh Hue.
-- Passengers on a Vietnam Airlines flight on Tuesday were scared out of their wits when the pilot failed to land the plane in Cam Ranh Airport in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa several times due to foul weather.
-- The downpours and flooding in the past two days have ground trains through a pass in Nha Trang, a beach city in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, to a standstill, and inundated several inner-city streets and local homes as of Tuesday.
-- The U.K. and Australia embassies on Tuesday put into operation a visa center in the central city of Da Nang.
-- Rivers in the central region from Thua Thien-Hue to Ninh Thuan provinces will undergo another major flood and flashfloods in the next two days, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting has said.
-- The road and railway traffic police have proposed to the Hanoi Department of Public Security alcohol gauge be installed in passenger buses in a bid to curb drunk driving.
-- Police in Dong Nai Province, neighboring Ho Chi Minh City, has revealed they had bust an armed drug trafficking ring and arrested four suspects.
-- Representatives of the British Business Group Vietnam urged at a Tuesday working session with municipal leaders that further improvement be made to the infrastructure and tax administrative procedures in Ho Chi Minh City, and urban flooding and traffic congestion, two of the metropolis’ chronic plagues, be alleviated.
-- Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup has announced they had bagged the top prizes in the global and Asia-Pacific categories with their iconic tower and luxurious urban community at the 2016 International Property Awards ceremony held on December 12 in London, the U.K.