Check out the news you should not miss today, December 25
-- Thirty-six people, including 31 Chinese tourists, were taken to shore safely after their boat collided with a cargo barge in Ha Long Bay, off the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh, on Sunday.
-- Cold rain was recorded in several parts across Ho Chi Minh City on Monday morning, as Typhoon Tembin, which has killed more than 200 in the Philippines as of the weekend, is forecast to make landfall in southern Vietnam later the same day.
-- Ho Chi Minh City has evacuated more than 5,000 residents in coastal and storm-prone areas, and requested all students from kindergartens to universities to stay home from Monday noon through Tuesday given the forecast influences of Typhoon Tembin.
-- One was killed, while two people remain trapped and are feared death in a raging fire at a confectionery plant in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on Sunday.
-- A driver turned himself in to police in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on Sunday after fatally hitting four pedestrians with his car in the locale one day earlier.
-- Several streets in Hanoi were jammed as people rushed to local attractions on Christmas Eve.
-- Mountainous areas in northern Vietnam, such as Moc Chau, Sa Pa, Dien Bien and Ha Giang have emerged as the top destinations for local tourists, who want to experience the chilling cold during their year-end holidays.
-- Vietnam’s foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction has topped US$35.88 billion in the year to date, up 44.4 percent from last year, according to the General Statistics Office.
-- VinMart+, the convenience store chain operated by Vietnam’s conglomerate Vingroup, inaugurated its first 15 outlets in the southern city of Vung Tau on Sunday, revealing that it aims to increase the total locations countrywide to 3,000 by the end of 2018.
-- The first-ever walking street on Phu Quoc Island, off the southern province of Kien Giang, was opened on Sunday night, attracting thousands of domestic and international tourists and islanders.
-- Seven months after its May opening, the Hanoi Book Street, modeling after the Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City, has proven to be less attractive to local visitors than expected.
-- ‘Western’ martial arts, including MMA, kickboxing, catchvwrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, have lured many new practitioners in Vietnam, where Asian martial arts such as wusu or taekwondo used to be the top choices.