Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith joined talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on Monday evening, as part of his visit to Vietnam from October 2 to 6.
-- Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, was voted as chairman of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly for the 2018-19 tenure during a meeting in Geneva on Monday morning.
-- The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has submitted a proposal to the central government, suggesting that laborers in Vietnam will have a seven-day break for the Lunar New Year holiday in 2018.
-- Three attendants at a tollgate on National Highway 5 in the northern city of Hai Phong were temporarily suspended from work after attacking a truck driver on September 25, as he was attempting to dodge the toll booth.
-- Chau Thi Thu Nga, a former member of the law-making National Assembly, stood trial at the Hanoi People’s Committee on Monday for scamming over 700 people and appropriating up to VND348 billion (US$15.2 million).
-- The operator of an accommodation establishment in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa has been fined VND41 million ($1,798) for causing food poisoning for 109 guests on September 25.
-- Police in Vinh City, located in the north-central province of Nghe An, are verifying an accusation that a woman was beaten by a local police officer.
-- Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen has suggested that an anti-flooding pumping system, which has been operated on Nguyen Huu Canh Street, be used in other flooded areas in the city.
-- Ho Chi Minh City’s second food street was opened on Monday morning at Bach Tung Diep Park in District 1, featuring 15 different stalls serving diners daily from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.