Read what’s in the news today, January 25!
-- Over a thousand people lined up to board flights at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday morning as part of the nationwide mass travel back to hometowns for Lunar New Year celebrations.
-- Officials from the tourism department in Quang Binh Provice, north-central Vietnam, told movie directors and producers during their meeting in Hollywood about the scenic beauty of the area and local policies to make it become a film studio for the U.S. filmmaking industry.
-- Police seized nearly 500 kilograms of rotting pork and swine fat with no invoices in a passenger bus traveling in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on Thursday.
-- A car broke a bridge rail and fell into Thu Bon River in Hoi An on early Friday, killing the driver, his wife and youngest daughter. His other daughter, the only survivor, told police that the father steered the car off course in a quarrel with the mother.
-- One person died and three were injured in a fire that followed an explosion of unknown causes at the workshop of a company in Thu Dau Mot, the capital city of Binh Duong, located next to Ho Chi Minh City, late Thursday afternoon.
-- The driver of a long-haul bus tested positive for drugs on Thursday after police in the south-central province of Binh Thuan asked him to pull in, becoming the first driver of this kind of vehicle to be found using the illegal substance in a stringent nationwide crackdown by police on drug consumption amongst drivers.
-- Police are hunting a 43-year-old woman charged with murder as she had supposedly killed her husband, 61, with 14 scissor stabs on Wednesday at their home in the southern province of Dong Nai.
-- A 50-year-old man was arrested on Thursday after he robbed a bank in the northern province of Thai Binh, and took VND200 million (US$8,600) away the day earlier. The man said he was motivated by his massive outstanding debts.
-- A VND60 billion ($2.6 million) passenger catamaran is scheduled for operation in March, plying between the terminals in downtown Chi Minh City and the tourist island of Con Dao, around 200 kilometers away.
-- Vietnam’s low-cost airline Vietjet reported VND52.4 trillion ($2.25 billion) in revenue for 2018, up 24 percent from last year. Its 2018 pretax profit was 5.8 trillion ($250.7 million) – double the country’s flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.
-- The remittances sent home by Vietnamese nationals abroad reached $18.9 billion in 2018, 70 percent of which was poured into business, according to Nguyen Thanh Phong, the Ho Chi Minh City government chairman.