Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam and Thailand held the seventh political consultation, chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung and Permanent Secretary of the Thai foreign ministry Busaya Mathelin in Hanoi on Monday.
-- Five people including a 70-year-old woman, her three children, and her daughter-in-law were killed in a fire that broke out at their home in a small alley on Do Xuan Hop Street in District 9 on early Tuesday morning.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a disciplinary warning against Vu Anh Minh, chairman of the state-run Vietnam Railways Corporation, for “serious violations and shortcomings” during his previous leadership posts in agencies under the Ministry of Transport.
-- PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday had a working session with his economic advisory group in Hanoi. The 15-member group comprising economic experts and entrepreneurs will provide the government leader with measures to achieve economic goals for 2020, especially those on stabilizing the macroeconomy and accelerating growth.
-- Retail beer prices in Vietnam have continued to drop by VND5,000-10,000 per 24-can box compared to ten days ago, as demands for the alcoholic beverage dwindles following the country’s recently enacted drink-driving laws which impose strict penalties on anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
-- The Ministry of Finance is looking to tighten regulations over corporate bond issuance to protect investors and prevent risks from an overheated market as the capital raising channel is abused, according to a recently published draft decree on corporate bond issuance.
-- Vietnam has targeted to earn US$9 billion from fishery exports in 2020, a year-on-year increase of seven percent, according to the Directorate of Fisheries.
-- An exhibition of photos, documents, books, and newspapers that chronicle the development of the Communist Party of Vietnam was opened in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on Monday in celebration of the Party’s 90th anniversary (February 3).