Read what’s in the news today, January 11!
-- The Standing Committee of the lawmaking National Assembly on Thursday showed support to a proposal that convicts may work in production facilities outside the prison as part of a policy to transform them into those who can bring benefit for society and fend for themselves upon being released.
-- Vietnam’s defense ministry decided to transfer the military guard task at the tomb of renowned Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap on an islet off the central province of Quang Binh to his family after performing the round-the-clock duty since his death in 2013.
-- Police have initiated legal proceedings against the driver of a field trip bus carrying 20 junior college students that plunged off the Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam on Tuesday for driving in a fashion that causes grave consequences.
-- Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa have taken a local man out of an iron cage where he had stayed for nearly four years in his home. It remains unknown that he was there willingly or under his family’s coercion.
-- Police seized two young moon bears put on sale in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam, on Wednesday and transferred the cubs to a wildlife conservation center. Moon bears, or Asian black bears, are listed as a threatened species in the country.
-- Local dairy producer NutiFood Nutrition Food and Japanese beverage group Asahi, on Thursday formed a joint venture in offering Japanese-made nutritional products to Vietnamese children.
-- Ho Chi Minh City has plans to resume the ambitious VND10 trillion ($430 million) construction project against flooding, one of its nagging headaches, in February after it had been delayed for nearly a year since early 2018.
-- Vietnam’s fledging privately-owned airline Bamboo Airways will begin selling its flight tickets of various classes on Saturday afternoon, four days since the domestic authorities granted an aircraft operator certificate to it on Tuesday.
-- Meeting the Basel II Accord – international regulations to ensure bank stability in risk exposure – is a prerequisite for domestic banks to increase their credit growth, said the head of Vietnam’s central credit agency on Thursday. Only three Vietnamese banks now satisfy the accord.