Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam and Director of the Russian National Guard General Viktor Zolotov, held talks in Hanoi on Tuesday during the latter’s visit ahead of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties in January 2020.
-- Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan is on a working trip to Australia from December 1 to 5 at the invitation of the Australian government.
-- The fifth Regional Dialogue on ASEAN-United Nations Political-Security Cooperation opened in Hanoi on Tuesday within the framework of the seventh ASEAN-United Nations Workshop.
-- Social affairs will be an important issue of ASEAN as well as its socio-cultural community in 2020 when Vietnam serves as its chair, Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said as he received ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi in Hanoi on Tuesday.
-- Issues including water use strategies of Mekong countries and the development of hydropower plants in the Mekong River’s mainstream were discussed at the second plenary meeting in 2019 of the Vietnam Mekong River Commission held in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Tuesday.
-- A planned airport near the famed resort town of Sa Pa in northern Vietnam will be a hybrid airport serving both civilian and military purposes with a capacity of three million passengers yearly, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam said at a ceremony announcing adjustments to the project’s detailed planning on Tuesday.
-- The Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City has submitted a report to the municipal People’s Committee detailing a draft plan to deal with the city’s homelessness situation, with a goal of eliminating homelessness citywide by the end of 2020.
-- The administration of Hanoi has proposed taking an additional official development assistance (ODA) loan of VND14 trillion (US$604.65 million) to develop its Nam Thang Long - Tran Hung Dao urban railway project, raising the project’s total ODA fund to VND30,572 billion ($1.32 billion), or 85.6 percent of its cost.
-- Vietnam added 25 medals, including eight gold ones, to their medal count on the third day of official competition at the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines on Tuesday, keeping its second place in the medal table behind the hosts, with 75 medals in total.