Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc joined leaders of other ASEAN member states and President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae In at the second session of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan on Tuesday, where he proposed a number of directions to promote cooperation in connectivity between the ROK and ASEAN.
-- Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport must be expanded to serve 100 million passengers per year, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said at a meeting with relevant ministries and localities on Tuesday.
-- The number of erosion and landslide points in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam has increased nearly sevenfold over ten years, from 99 points in 2010 to 681 points in 2019, experts said at a seminar to discuss solutions to the problem held in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Tuesday.
-- Ford Vietnam has announced it will invest an additional VND1.9 trillion (US$82 million) in expanding its automobile assembly and production factory in the northern province of Hai Duong, bringing its total investment in the expansion project to $184.7 million.
-- A number of projects to develop condotels in Vietnam are on the brink of collapse due to capital shortage as speculators fight an uphill battle to reclaim their money without clear regulations to monitor this recently emerging form of real estate.
-- Financial institutions can only send no more than five debt reminders to their debtors per day between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm, according to a new circular issued by the State Bank of Vietnam that will take effect on January 1, 2020.
-- The administration of Hoi An City in central Vietnam has decided to expand a pedestrian-only zone of Hoi An Ancient Town to also include Phan Chu Trinh Street from March 2020 as the city aims to brand itself as a “Bicycle City” and “Motor-less City."
-- Scientist Mai Thi Ngan from Vietnam’s National University of Agriculture was presented with the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers at a ceremony in Ibaraki Prefecture on Tuesday for her research on the development of a diagnostic test and pooled testing system for detection of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
-- The Vietnamese women's football team kicked off their Southeast Asian (SEA) Games title defense with a 1-1 draw against archrivals Thailand at Binan Football Stadium in the Philippines on Tuesday afternoon.
-- The Vietnamese sporting delegation, which comprises 856 members including 568 athletes competing in 40 sports, left Hanoi on Tuesday for the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines on a charter flight of national carrier Vietnam Airlines.