Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The 11th plenum of Vietnam’s Party Central Committee opened in Hanoi on Monday, chaired by Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, and is slated to last until October 13.
-- A traffic jam lasted for more than three hours along Nguyen Huu Canh and Dien Bien Phu Streets in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday evening as the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Van Thuong Streets in Binh Thanh District was closed for roadworks and upgrades.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Police has signed a memorandum of understanding with Grab Company Limited to provide GrabBike drivers with guidance on self-defense and how to deal with criminals.
-- The Hanoi People’s Committee has ordered competent authorities to shut down all cafés along the city’s urban districts and impose strict penalties upon violators prior to October 12, following a recent direction from the Ministry of Transport.
-- Another two hectares of pine tree forest in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has been chopped down, with local forest protection officers failing to know when the incident happened and who were responsible for it.
-- The Department of Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong confirmed on Monday that a 32-year-old senior lieutenant has been suspended from work for fatally crashing his car into a man while driving under the influence of alcohol in late September.
-- A 70-year-old woman in the central city of Da Nang was fatally stabbed after trying to stop a robber from threatening another woman on Monday morning. The 25-year-old suspect was arrested on the same day after hiding inside a nearby abandoned house.
-- The tourism market in Vietnam has begun to warm up as local travel agents announced new tours and discounts for upcoming special occasions, namely Christmas and New Year’s Day.
-- A seminar was held in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on Monday to boost connectivity between localities in Vietnam’s Central Highlands and the Japanese government and businesses.
-- Vietnamese gymnast Le Thanh Tung has booked a ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan after advancing to the finals of the ongoing 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany on Tuesday morning.