Read what is in the news today:
-- Ambassador Tran Duc Binh, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to ASEAN, chaired the first 2020 meeting of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee in Indonesia on Tuesday.
-- The Ministry of Transport has tasked Cuu Long Corporation with putting together a pre-feasibility report on a project to build two expressways in the Mekong Delta region - one running from Chau Doc City in An Giang Province to Soc Trang Province through Can Tho City and the other from Ha Tien City in Kien Giang Province to Bac Lieu Province.
-- Ho Chi Minh City’s new Eastern Bus Station, located at a gateway to the city from the neighboring province of Binh Duong, is expected to be operational in April after three years of construction, replacing the old terminal in Binh Thanh District.
-- A ban on vehicles weighing over five metric tons, including garbage trucks, on National Route 50 during rush hours has disrupted garbage collection activities in Ho Chi Minh City as sanitation companies warn the ban could result in garbage piling up in the southern metropolis.
-- Solar power plants in Vietnam have a combined operational capacity of 3,500-3,700MW, making up around 10-25 percent of the country’s entire power generation capacity, said Nguyen Duc Cuong, director of the National Load Dispatch Center.
-- Five hotels in Vietnam have been named in the list of star-rated hotels in 2020 selected by Forbes Travel Guide. The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in the capital city and the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam got five stars, the highest ranking, while the other three - Intercontinental Resort Da Nang Sun Peninsula in the central city of Da Nang, and The Reverie Saigon Hotel and Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, garnered four stars each.
-- An Olympic horse-riding club has opened at the Thien Ma Sports Center in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong as part of plans to develop horse-riding as a professional sport in Vietnam, according to the National Sports Administration.
-- Over 75,100 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 2,009 killed globally as of Wednesday morning, according to the South China Morning Post.