Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou during a reception in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- The Standing Board of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in the 2010-2015 tenure and the top Party unit at the municipal People’s Committee in the 2011-2016 tenure have been found with serious violations during their terms that call for disciplinary measures, according to a conclusion made by the Central Inspection Committee during its 42nd session held in Hanoi from January 3 until Wednesday.
-- A woman who suffered serious burns in a farm fire in the suburbs of Moscow, Russia on Tuesday has been identified as a Vietnamese citizen, according to the foreign ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.
-- The General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has ordered municipal and provincial health departments to strengthen remote monitoring of body temperature of all incoming visitors at Vietnamese border gates in the wake of an unknown pneumonia outbreak first reported in Wuhan City, China.
-- An internal network error of low-cost carrier Vietjet and Vietnam’s newest airline Bamboo Airways has been determined as the cause of the laggy check-in incident at Da Nang International Airport’s Terminal 1 in the central city of Da Nang on January 2, the airport authority has reported to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam.
-- One driver was killed and three people are in critical conditions after a pickup truck plunged more than 50 meters into an abyss on a section of National Highway No. 12 passing through Trong Hoa Commune in Minh Hoa District, located in the north-central province of Quang Binh, on Wednesday morning.
-- Many employees of the P&H Seafood Processing Company gathered at the firm’s facility in Long Xuyen City in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Wednesday to ask for unpaid wages and the promised 13th-month pay.
-- Over a dozen Vietnamese migrant workers at a water treatment plant in Fengyuan District, Taichung City in central Taiwan, have been fined a combined NT$1 million (US$33,261) for slaughtering and eating a dog, according to the English-language newspaper Taiwan News.
-- Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Tien Trinh, deputy head at the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Development Studies, suggested at a seminar in the southern metropolis on Wednesday an ambitious idea to turn Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1 into a hub for digital screen and billboard advertisements like the Times Square in New York.
-- The Vietnam Olympic Committee on Wednesday said that it had received cash rewards for Vietnamese athletes, who had won medals at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in the Philippines in November-December 2019, from Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup after several athletes complained to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that they have not been given the promised cash amounts.