Here are today’s leading new stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had bilateral meetings with leaders of Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar on the sidelines of the ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday.
-- United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis joined talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich and met with State President Tran Dai Quang and Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on Thursday, as part of his ongoing visit to Vietnam.
-- The Hanoi People’s Procuracy on Thursday suggested that Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction Corporation, a subsidiary under state-run oil and gas group PetroVietnam, be sentenced to life in prison for embezzling VND14 billion (US$616,502).
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has stated that all roadwork across the southern hub will be ceased from February 8 to 23 to allow local residents to prepare for and celebrate the Lunar New Year festival, which officially begins on February 16.
-- Two workers were killed and another injured after dynamite was set off for the exploitation of rocks at a mine in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Thursday morning.
-- The Department of Transport in the central city of Da Nang confirmed on Thursday that a driver of Hai Van Taxi Lines had been fired for overcharging a group of South Korean tourists after taking them from the airport to their hotel on Wednesday.
-- Truong Van Tuan, 24, a driver of the Da Nang- based G.N Company, turned himself on to local police on Thursday after mugging VND200 million ($8,810) from an accountant of the same firm. Tuan was driving the accountant back to the company after she had withdrawn the money from a local bank.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Thursday sentenced Cao Tan Dat, 27, to 20 years in prison for stabbing his boyfriend, who works as a teacher, to death over an emotional conflict in January 2017.
-- Police in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai are looking for the suspects who allegedly robbed a sleeper bus after forcing the driver, his assistant, and passengers out of the vehicle on Thursday.
-- E5 petrol only made up 60 to 65 percent of total fuel consumption in Vietnam, a month after the A92 gasoline, which was previously the most commonly-used fuel in the country, was removed from the market, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
-- The Vietnamese government raised 4.18 trillion dong ($184 million) through the sale of a 20 percent stake in state-owned Petrovietnam Oil Corp (PVOIL) in an initial public offering (IPO) on Thursday.
-- Four investors from India, Thailand, South Korea, and the Middle East are eyeing to buy 36 percent of shares of Vietnam Electricity’s Power Generation Corporation 3.