Read what is in the news today:
— Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just signed a decision to appoint Hoang Dao Cuong, director of the Institute of Monuments Conservation, as Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
— Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco), Ho Chi Minh City’s water supplier, will cut its service in six districts on Saturday evening and Sunday for system maintenance.
— Flooding has in the past week killed 11 people, injured 41 others, and damaged over 500 houses and 60 schools, many crops, cattle and poultry, and roads in the central province of Quang Nam, home to the touristy city of Hoi An. The total damage was estimated at VND1.48 trillion (US$63.8 million).
— The Ministry of Transport requires all passengers on airplanes, long-haul buses, trains, and other means of public transportation to wear face masks properly to prevent COVID-19.
— Over 240 Vietnamese citizens were flown home safely from the Philippines on a flight arranged by Vietnamese authorities, the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines, and national carrier Vietnam Airlines on Friday.
— The High People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday rejected an appeal and upheld the death penalty for a 29-year-old woman from the southern province of Long An for having illegally transported drugs from Cambodia into Vietnam for 19 times.
— A program entitled ‘Made in Vietnam - Vietnam’s Quintessence’ featuring some 100 booths of enterprises selling the country’s major products such as coffee, tea, cashew nuts, textiles, footwear, and fruit opened at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi on Friday and will run through Sunday with the aim to encourage Vietnamese people to use local goods.
— Vietnam’s largest refining and petrochemical firm, Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical JSC (BSR), has reported third-quarter profits of more than VND171 billion ($7.37 million).
— Margrethe Maersk, one of the world’s largest container ships, is set to arrive at Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Monday next week.