Here are the leading news stories for today, December 8:
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has proposed doubling current fines for traffic violations in inner city areas in a bid to alleviate traffic congestion.
-- The administration of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Thursday decided to lower the toll for the Lien Khuong- Prenn expressway connecting the province’s Da Lat City and Duc Trong District.
-- A ‘smart city’ model covering 272 hectares will be established in Dong Anh District, Hanoi in January 2018 with capital investment estimated at US$4 billion.
-- A total of 42 students of a middle school in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan were hospitalized for food poisoning on Thursday morning, most of whom recovered and were discharged later the same day.
-- A court in Dak Lak Province on Thursday sentenced Vy Be Ngoat, 42, to death for killing an 11-year-old boy and his 14-year-old brother.
-- About 500 households at Le Thuy fishing village, located in the central province of Quang Ngai, are threatened by subsidence brought about by high tide.
-- Police in Hanoi confirmed on Thursday they had arrested a man for physically abusing his ten-year-old son. The victim said he had been repeatedly beaten over the last year and is being treated for several wounds including bone fracture.
-- As it is only days ahead of a deadline when E5 will completely replace A92, the most popular type of gasoline in Vietnam, local businesses have suggested that more policies be implemented to encourage buyers to use the biofuel.
-- The Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas) on Thursday provided financial assistance for the growing of one million cashew trees in Cambodia for the 2018-22 period.
-- Vietnam will tighten the management of foreign-invested businesses in the retail sector to ensure fairness for domestic firms, Nguyen Duc Kien, deputy head of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee, said at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.