Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday concluded his three-day visit to Vietnam to co-chair the 42nd meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
-- Traffic police officers imposed fines worth a total of VND816.6 million (US$35,300) upon 615 road users for violating the new law on drink-driving throughout Vietnam on January 1 and 2, the first two days after the piece of legislation officially took effect, the Ministry of Public Security announced on Saturday.
-- A 37-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son were seriously injured after a rockslide struck their home in Nha Trang City, located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, on Saturday afternoon.
-- The Vuon Mat Troi Kindergarten in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa has been fined VND43 million ($1,860) for a case where 130 of its students came down with food poisoning after a school meal on December 23.
-- The Drug Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health has advised people against using a type of medicine that has recently been advertised on the Internet as a treatment of lung cancer.
-- Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh returned to the north-central province of Thua Thien-Hue on Saturday afternoon after two months of resting in Thailand.
-- Phu Cat Airport in the south-central province of Binh Dinh on Saturday welcomed 144 Korean passengers on flight QH9457 of Bamboo Airways, which had departed from Cheongju Airport in South Korea, marking the commencement of Phu Cat airport’s international air service provision.
-- A giant dragon-shaped pot of peach blossom trees, which his worth VND1 billion ($43,270), has attracted a lot of attention from local residents on Lac Long Quan Street in Hanoi over the past days.