Read what is in the news today, January 11:
-- Leaders of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and China agreed on Wednesday to reinforce security, trade and environmental cooperation as they met in the Cambodian capital of Phom Penh for the second Lancang Mekong Cooperation (MLC).
-- The southern cities of Can Tho and Vung Tau will soon have their own book streets where readers can find their favorite books while attending regular cultural events, according to recent proposals by the local governments.
-- Six brand-new trains with a combined 90 carriages have been put to use by the Vietnam Railways Corporation at a cost of around VND957 billion (US$42.16 million) to improve railroad capacity during the upcoming travel season in February.
-- A fire that broke out at solar farm in south-central Khanh Hoa Province on Wednesday afternoon led to the complete destruction of 32,000 solar panels, with damages amounting to VND30 billion ($1.32 million).
-- The south-central province of Khanh Hoa will spend over $76 million bringing its 110kV power line underground in a South Korea-assisted project to improve the appeal of Nha Trang City, the provincial capital.
-- The administration of Ho Chi Minh City is mulling over a plan to allow a part of its sidewalks to be used for other purposes, such as parking and selling street food, to strike a balance between urban order and the actual need of its citizens.
-- The Bui Vien Walking Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City might be expanded in both space and opening hours, according to a proposal by the administration of District 1 after it has taken into account the initial success of the pilot street.
-- An ammunition supply warehouse of a military brigade in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai exploded late Wednesday leading to a mass evacuation of local residents out of the danger zone, with no casualties reported so far.
-- Koh Poh Tiong, board chairman of Thailand’s Beer Group, an indirect but wholly-owned unit of Thai Beverage that had gained control of Vietnam’s brewer Sabeco through an auction last year, has set his target for Sabeco to sell up to two billion liters of beer a year starting 2018.
-- Drivers contracted by ride-hailing service Grab in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday flocked to the headquarters of the company in District 10 to voice their objection to a recent raise in the percentage of their earnings that must be handed to the company, from 20 percent to 23.6 percent.