Read what is in the news today.
-- Vietnam is set to replace paper bills with electronic ones by November 1, 2020, according to Luu Duc Huy, director of the tax policy department under the General Department of Taxation.
-- More than 4,000 people from different units participated in an anti-terrorism drill in District 1 and at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, on Sunday.
-- Former Ministers of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son and Truong Minh Tuan are brought to trial in Hanoi today, December 16, for violations in a TV acquisition that caused a US$300 million loss to the state budget.
-- Police in Da Lat, a touristy city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, have asked passenger bus operators to warn their customers against pickpockets using sedative drugs at bus stations.
-- Police in Buon Ma Thuot, the capital city of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, have arrested a 22-year-old local man for sneaking into a secondary school in the city and controlling a female ninth grader for two hours to sexually assault the girl on Saturday.
-- Vietnam has retained the first position in the number of national registered domains in the Southeast Asian region in 2019 for the ninth consecutive year, according to the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center.
-- Venture capital funding pouring into Vietnamese fintech companies accounted for 36 percent of the total fintech investment in Southeast Asia, according to the Fintech in ASEAN report released by the United Overseas Bank.
-- The fourth Vietnam Rice Festival is taking place in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long with a wide range of events designed to promote agro-economy and rice trade in domestic and foreign markets until December 19.
-- Vietnam was ranked fourth in Southeast Asia and 54th in the world on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest food security index.