Read what is in the news today.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City are investigating an attempted suicide by a 41-year-old man who shot himself in the head with a gun at Trung Vuong Hospital in District 10 on Sunday evening, a few hours after being hospitalized for taking around 100 sleeping pills.
-- Thousands of people, mainly students and youngsters, donated 1,200 blood units during the annual Red Sunday blood donation festival held at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology on Sunday.
-- The People’s Army of Vietnam turned 75 years old on Sunday (December 22).
-- Vietnam will enjoy temperate weather on Christmas Eve on Tuesday, with temperatures falling to 21-22 degrees Celsius in Ho Chi Minh City, around 21 degrees in Hanoi, and 18-20 degrees in the central region, with no rain in the forecast nationwide.
-- Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways took delivery of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, its first wide-body aircraft, at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Sunday. It is the first private carrier in Vietnam to use a wide-body aircraft.
-- Although the Vietnamese national women’s football team have been promised up to VND22 billion (US$948,000) in rewards following their successful title defense against Thailand at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines on December 8, as of Sunday they had received only VND5.3 billion ($228,000) given by the government, Vietnam Football Federation, and a sports official while other private companies had not delivered on their promises.
-- Romanian Vovinam master Florin Macovei has been voted to become the new general secretary of the World Vovinam Federation following the 6th World Vovinam Championship held in Cambodia on December 17-22, making him the first non-Vietnamese to hold the top position in the world governing body of the Vietnamese martial art.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education has said the income of its lecturers has been greatly improved since the university was granted more autonomy by the government, with the average associate professor now earning VND63 million ($2,700) a month compared to VND10-15 million ($430-645) a month before.