Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Competent authorities have prepared various measures to deal with traffic congestion along several expressways connecting Ho Chi Minh City with neighboring Long An, Tien Giang, and Dong Nai Provinces during the Lunar New Year holiday.
-- Vietnam’s railway sector is set to continue its operation from February 15 to 18, which is during the Lunar New Year holiday, to meet the demand for transportation.
-- Passengers will be able to take bus routes No. 109 and 152, which connect District 1 and Binh Chanh District with Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, free-of-charge from February 10 to 14 and from February 20 to 24. The program is aimed at reducing traffic jams in the southern metropolis before and after Tet.
-- The tropical depression which formed east of the Philippines has developed into a storm, named Sanba, and is traveling toward the East Vietnam Sea with wind speed at 60 to 75km per hour.
-- Two people were injured after a 29-seater passenger bus went off an expressway linking Hanoi and the northern province of Lao Cai on Sunday morning.
-- Nearly 20 people have been caught being high on drugs after police inspected 12 hotels in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
-- Travel agents across the country have reported a hike in the number of tourists during this Lunar New Year, adding that 60 percent of their clients had bought tours to foreign countries for the holiday.
-- Visitors to the central province of Thua Thien-Hue are advised to report overcharging to local authorities via the two hotlines 0234 350 1111 and 0234 38 28 288 during this Tet.
-- The Nguyen Hue Flower Street, situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, is now ready for its grand opening on Tuesday.
-- Vietnamese cyclist Nguyen Thi That snatched a gold medal in one of the categories of the Asian Road and Para Cycling Championship in Myanmar on Sunday.