Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The Politburo has tipped Nguyen Van Nen, chief of the office of the Party Central Committee, secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee during the 2020-25 tenture.
-- Vietnam on Saturday evening confirmed two imported COVID-19 cases, including a Vietnamese man returning from Russia and a German expert, raising the country’s tally 1,107, with 1,024 having recovered.
-- A tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea has evolved into Storm Linfa – the sixth to hit Vietnam this year – and has entered the maritime area off the localities from central Quang Nam Province to south-central Binh Dinh Province, with winds at 60-75km per hour and gusts at up to 105km an hour.
-- Following the formation of Storm Linfa, two more tropical depressions are likely to appear in the East Vietnam Sea between October 11 and 20 and potentially to develop into storms, according to Hoang Phuc Lam, deputy director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
-- Many villages in Trieu Phong District in the north-central province of Quang Tri were still severely flooded as of Saturday afternoon. Flooding in the locality has broken the record in 1983 due to prolonged downpours over the past days.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed on Saturday they had arrested a woman, who was in her 20s, for robbing a bank in Tan Phu District of more than VND2 billion (US$86,400) and running away in a taxi.
-- A workshop was held in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday to promote tuna supply chains and tuna exports to the EU under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.
-- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Phu Yen TTP JSC have signed a $186 million loan to develop and operate a 257-megawatt solar power plant in the south-central province of Phu Yen. This is the country’s first certified green loan.