Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also secretary of the Central Military Commission, attended the 2020 national military-political conference in Hanoi on Monday.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the 76th national public security conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday morning.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council convened its 23rd session on Monday to review the implementation of socio-economic tasks this year and put forth tasks and solutions for 2021. The Hanoi People’s Council also opened its 18th session on the same day.
-- The bomb and mine clearance process will be carried out within December to prepare for the construction of Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam said on Monday.
-- The test run of a tunnel boring robot is scheduled to take place in mid-January to prepare for the construction of the underground section of the Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station metro line.
-- Border guard officers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang confirmed on Monday they had arrested a 39-year-old man for organizing for multiple people to enter Vietnam illegally from Cambodia.
-- Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang are hunting for two Vietnamese men who escaped from a local COVID-19 quarantine camp on early Monday morning. They were previously brought to the facility after being caught entering the country illicitly from Cambodia on Saturday.
-- The quarrel which broke out at AEON MALL Tan Phu Celadon in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday arose from the conflict between the mall’s security guards and a group of multi-level marketing salespeople, police in Tan Phu District stated on Monday.
-- Officers in southern Dong Nai Province affirmed on Monday they had broken a large-scaled gambling ring, arrested 21 suspects, and confiscated nearly VND400 million (US$17,300), two automobiles, four motorbikes, and 24 phones.
-- Vietnam posted a record trade surplus of $20.1 billion between January and November this year despite the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, according to the General Statistics Office.