What you need to know today:
-- Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on Thursday received credentials from the ambassadors of Cambodia, Switzerland, Venezuela, Greece, Luxembourg, Paraguay, and Jordan in Hanoi.
-- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed Vietnam from a list of destinations with risk of community spread when it comes to the novel coronavirus, as there is no confirmed infection in the Southeast Asian country now.
-- Police in Da Nang have busted a robbery gang that had targeted women and robbed them 29 times.
-- Two children drowned in a canal in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.
-- A dog thief was beaten by locals to death in the north-central province of Nghe An on Thursday, police said. The thief's companion is being treated at a local hospital after suffering the same fate.
-- Le Huy Toan, former chairman of Nha Trang City, located in south-central Vietnam, and four other defendants face a suspended sentence of six to 20 months over land issues. They stood trial on Thursday.
-- Grab will provide over US$1 million for its Grab Ventures Ignite to find potential startups in early stages in Vietnam. Applications will open on April 10.
-- Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered tax departments to reschedule tax payments to support companies affected by the novel coronavirus.
-- A muscle beach competition is scheduled to be held for both local and international contestants in Phan Thiet, a beach town in south-central Vietnam, in April, according to information announced at an introduction ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.
-- Hanoi FC will play Ho Chi Minh City FC in the Thaco National Football Super Cup final at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
-- The Ministry of Education and Training has asked that local authorities get kindergarteners and grade 1-9 students back to school on March 16 while allowing high school students to resume study on March 2. The students have stayed home since the Lunar New Year festival to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus.