Read what is in the news today, the second day of the Year of the Dog!
-- Police on Friday arrested an 18-year-old suspect in the mass murder of a family of five in Ho Chi Minh City, who were found dead the day before inside their own house in Binh Tan District with multiple slashing and stabbing wounds on their bodies.
-- A fire broke out early Friday morning at a private residence in northern Vietnam’s Thai Binh Province, killing one occupant and injuring three firefighters who were trying to put out the raging flames.
-- A total of 34 people were killed and 35 others injured in 46 traffic accidents across Vietnam on Friday, the first day of the 2018 Lunar New Year festival, with the common causes being driving under the influence, speeding, and failing to wear helmets on motorbikes, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.
-- Drivers will not be charged when traveling through two toll stations for Ben Thuy 1 and Ben Thuy 2 Bridges, which connect the north-central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, on Friday and Saturday, as part of a policy aimed at worry-free Tet travel announced by the tollgates’ management bodies on Friday.
-- Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh slapped administrative fines on 75 people on Friday for shooting fireworks, which has been banned in Vietnam since 1995 due to various injuries and damage caused by the explosive pyrotechnic devices.
-- A group of Vietnamese expatriates living in Birmingham, England have paid 10,000 British pounds (US$14,000) for the autographed jersey of Pham Xuan Manh, who played as a midfielder for Vietnam’s national under-23 soccer team that finished as runners-up at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship in China last month.