Read what is in the news today, October 25.
-- Azerbaijan considers Vietnam an important partner in Southeast Asia and hopes to strengthen multifaceted relations with the country, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a meeting on Thursday with Vietnamese Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in Baku.
-- Two more Vietnamese officers, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Le Ngoc Son and Major Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, will join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the Vietnam Peacekeeping Department under the Ministry of National Defense announced at a ceremony in Hanoi on Thursday.
-- Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue on Thursday hosted a reception for visiting Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs of South Korea’s Foreign Ministry Yun Kang Hyeon, who is in Hanoi to attend the 17th meeting of the Vietnam-South Korea Inter-Governmental Committee for Economic and Scientific-Technological Cooperation.
-- Representatives from the world’s leading IT corporations are sharing advanced technology trends at the Vietnam IT Conference 2019, which opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday to tap the potential of the Southeast Asian country’s IT sector.
-- Hundreds of people took part in a firefighting drill at Vietnam’s tallest building, the Landmark 81, in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday based on a simulated situation that a blaze, caused by an electrical short circuit on the seventh floor of the 461-meter building, has spread to other floors, leaving many stranded.
-- The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand on Thursday received two Vietnamese fishermen, 51-year-old Lam Van Con and 53-year-old Duong Van Hai, who had been rescued by Thai fishermen and coast guards after their squid-fishing boat had sunk during a storm off the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in September.
-- Vietnam was placed at the 70th position out of 190 economies in the World Bank’s latest report on 2020 Ease of Doing Business ranking, down one notch from last year despite a higher score of 69.8 points out of 100.
-- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung hailed the effective operation in Vietnam of the Thai group SCG at a reception for SCG’s President and CEO Roongrote Rangsiyopash in Hanoi on Thursday, praising the group’s efforts in ensuring the progress of the Southern Oil Refinery Complex.
-- Vietnam's aviation market will play a key role in the aviation growth in Southeast Asia in the next 20 years and the country’s fleet is expected to quadruple by 2038, said Darren Hulst, managing director of market analysis and sales support at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, at a press conference on the airline market held in Hanoi on Thursday.
-- Despite the slowdown in global deal-making due to ongoing worldwide economic uncertainty, Vietnam is forecast to remain active in merger and acquisition (M&A) in 2020, according to a new report by multinational law firm Baker McKenzie.
-- Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways has added two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to its fleet after officially welcoming the planes from its partner GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS) in Singapore on Thursday. The aircraft will be put into operation in November this year.