Check out the news you should not miss today, January 25, the 28th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or three days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday.
Politics -- Vietnam consistently wants to develop its strategic partnership with Singapore, State President Tran Dai Quang asserted when receiving Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong in Hanoi on Tuesday.
-- Vietnam and Belarus celebrated the 25th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship on Tuesday, with Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang extending a congratulatory message to his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on the occasion.
-- The request was made by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held at a working session with the Mobile Police High Command in Hanoi on Tuesday, emphasizing the need for the force to boost cooperation in personnel training with police of other countries.
-- A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday upheld a 30-year imprisonment sentence given to Pham Cong Danh, ex-chairman of the Vietnam Construction Bank (VNCB) Board of Directors, for his key role in causing serious total economic losses of more than VND9 trillion (US$396 million) for the lender.
-- Nguyen Thi Thanh, an employee on the north-to-south Vietnam Railway service, has been praised for returning a bag containing nearly VND100 million ($4,464) left behind by a passenger to the owner.
-- Vietnam considers the engagement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement a medium to implement its policy of proactive and active economic integration, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Hai Binh said Tuesday, responding to the media on Vietnam’s reaction to the US’s announcement to withdraw from the trade pact.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City transport department on Tuesday inaugurated four electric bus routes, with stops in 23/9 Park, Saigon Zoo, Crescent Mall and the Phu My Hung residential area.
-- A ten-day “Festival of light” is poised to illuminate the famed Hoi An Old Quarter in central Vietnam from January 27 to February 5, or the first ten days of the Lunar New Year.