Read what is in the news today:
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday afternoon arrested Lee Hyeong Won, 29, the suspect of a robbery-murder that resulted in the death of a South Korean woman and severe injuries to her husband and daughter in District 7 last weekend.
-- Police in Thu Dau Mot City, located in the southern province of Binh Duong, are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a large water jar in a hundred-year-old graveyard in the city on Wednesday afternoon.
-- A garbage truck had a flat tire while traveling through the Saigon River Tunnel connecting Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 and District 2, causing an-hour-long traffic congestion on the road on Wednesday afternoon.
-- High winds accompanied by whirlwinds and a possibility of dust are in the forecast for Vinh Tan Commune in Tuy Phong District in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, where a thermal power complex comprising four thermal electricity plants is located.
-- Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District and National Highway 1 in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City have been filled with apricot blossoms transported from farms for sale and lease as it is only one month before the 2020 Lunar New Year, which will fall on January 25.
-- Hundreds of police officers have been mobilized to protect a court in the northern province of Dien Bien on Thursday which tries nine defendants in a case of gang-raping and murdering a female college student that shocked Vietnam in February this year.
-- The first certified Halal convenience store was put into service in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, giving over 8,000 Muslims in the southern metropolis more shopping choices.
-- Vietnam has imported more than 110,000 metric tons of pork to cover the shortage of the most commonly consumed meat in the country while waiting for the herds to be replenished after the African swine fever killed a large portion of the country's hogs earlier this year, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien reported at a conference in Hanoi on Wednesday afternoon.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam has for the second time issued a fine of VND120 million (US$5,187) to Grab Vietnam Ltd. due to its failure to comply with regulations relating to administrative procedures on registering loans from overseas. The ride-hailing service provider was slapped with the same punishment in May this year.