​Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News -- February 14

Good morning from Vietnam!

Here are the news stories you should not miss today:

Politics

-- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a meeting with incumbent and former Party, state and National Assembly leaders on the occasion of the traditional Tet holiday at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Tuesday, expressing his optimistic outlook on Vietnam’s development in 2018.

Society

-- The suspect of the murder of a 23-year-old woman in a pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City earlier this week was nabbed when hiding in the south-central province of Phu Yen on Tuesday.

-- The driver of a Camry car fled the scene after crashing into several motorbikes, a taxi and a seven-seater car, injuring the two-wheeler drivers to hospital, in Hanoi on Tuesday.

-- Ho Chi Minh City leaders joined 600 outstanding and poor workers in a pre-Tet celebration at the local Suoi Tien Theme Park on Tuesday, three days before the Lunar New Year holiday begins.

Business

-- Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index closed Tuesday at 1059.73 points, up 1.72 percent, when the Vietnamese stock market entered a seven-day break to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet).

-- Tata Group should fast-track the Long Phu 2 thermal power plant project in Vietnam and put the facility into operation on schedule, President Tran Dai Quang told Indronil Sengupta, Chief Executive – Vietnam at Tata Sons at a reception in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Lifestyle

-- The Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic Nguyen Hue Flower Street officially opened to visitors on Tuesday and will run until February 19 to mark the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

-- The annual Ho Chi Minh City book street festival, with 12 exhibitors putting more than 26,000 book titles on sale, kicked off on Tuesday in celebration of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, which falls on Friday.

Sports

-- Vietnamese cyclist Nguyen Thi That returned to Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, after making history with a gold medal in the women’s 106km road race at the at the Asian Road and Para Cycling Championship which concluded in Myanmar the day before.

-- The Vietnam Football Federation will send the country’s U16 and U19 teams to train trips in Japan in preparation for the finals of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Championships this year.

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