Check out the news you should not miss today, December 30
-- During the last sitting of the government in 2017, Vietnam's cabinet members focused on discussing the building of institutions and laws, which Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc underlined is a difficult task, thus asking ministers to pay due attention to the issue.
-- As Vietnamese enter their New Year holiday today, December 30, the National Traffic Safety Committee has announced 12 hotlines to receive complaints about traffic problems from now through January 1, 2018.
-- The section fron Cat Lai Intersection to Binh Thai Intersection on Hanoi Highway in Ho Chi Minh City was packed with a sea of vehicles from early to late Friday.
-- The ‘sidewalk clearing’ campaign and solutions to the frequent gridlock at the entrance to Tan Son Nhat International Airport are among the ‘ten outstanding events’ of Ho Chi Minh City in 2017, according to the list announced Friday by the municipal administration.
-- People in big cities such as Hanoi and Saigon started returning to their hometown on Friday evening for New Year holiday, putting pressure on traffic in national highways.
-- The Ministry of Transport’s Railway Project Management Board should work harder to speed up the completion of the Chinese-funded Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong pressed at a meeting on Friday.
-- The Hanoi Customs Department is expected to collect a total of VND21.8 trillion (US$960.3 million), for the state budget this year, up five percent from estimates.
-- Vietnam's agriculture sector posted a growth rate of 2.94 percent, overshooting the 2.84 percent target set by the government, Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan during a press conference in Hanoi on Friday.
-- Pham Nguyen Foods has been fined VND162 million ($7,137) and asked to destroy four metric tons of its chocolate cakes, worth more than $8,600, which were found to infringe the intellectual property of South Korean famous brand Choco Pie.
-- The tenth biennial Ho Chi Minh City Book Expo, featuring 350,000 titles, will open at Le Van Tam Park in March, the organizers said Friday.
-- Hanoi will not license any buffalo fighting festivals, which are widely criticized as barbaric, to take place in 2018, the municipal culture department said Friday.