Read what is in the news today:
-- Two people were killed and a driver was injured after a truck overturned while traveling downhill on a section of DT609 Street passing through Dong Giang District in the central province of Quang Nam on Wednesday afternoon.
-- About 123 road construction sites with barricades in Ho Chi City have turned traffic congestion, which is already bad for residents in the southern metropolis due to rising transport demand ahead of the 2020 Lunar New Year holiday, into a gridlock nightmare.
-- Traders have complained about a fall in beer prices while beer sales keep declining compared to the same period of last year, amid Vietnam’s clampdown on drunk driving with a new law which took effect on January 1.
-- Hanoi hopes to raise the number of tourist arrivals by over ten percent from last year to nearly 32 million, including more than 8.2 million foreigners and nearly 23.8 million domestic visitors, in 2020, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.
-- Conglomerate Vingroup officially opened its VinUni University (VinUni), a not-for-profit university, at the Vinhomes Ocean Park urban area in Gia Lam District, Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- Local book distributor Phuong Nam Corp, in collaboration with The Gioi (World) publishing house, has released ‘Canh sac pho thi Sai Gon – Cho Lon’ (City Scenes of Saigon – Cho Lon), a watercolor sketchbook depicting top spots and signature sites in Saigon – the former name of Ho Chi Minh City – and Cho Lon, a neighborhood housing the city’s largest Chinese-Vietnamese community, painted by 60-year-old artist Pham Cong Tam.
-- The plum flower season has begun in the highlands district of Moc Chau in the northern province of Son La and will last until mid-February, attracting droves of visitors by the beauty of the white plum blossoms in the wild.
-- The Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Wednesday was recognized for holding two Vietnamese records, one for its Tra Su Cajuput Forest – “the most beautiful and famous” of its kind in Vietnam, and one for “the longest bamboo bridge” in Vietnam awarded to a recently opened bridge.
-- The People's Committee of Da Lat City, the capital of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on Wednesday imposed an administrative fine of VND40 million (US$1,727) on Thanh Thanh Cong Lam Dong Tourism JSC for building a 28-meter-high glass bridge in the Love Valley attraction without permission and suspended the illegal construction on the same day.
-- Vietnam will take on North Korea in their crucial final group match of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand at 8:15 pm on Thursday.