Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The 14th session of Vietnam’s 12th Party Central Committee began in Hanoi on Monday morning and is scheduled to last until December 20.
-- Three traffic police officers in the northern province of Bac Giang have been transferred to another unit after they were caught on camera hitting and insulting a truck driver who refused to pull over in late November.
-- Police in the northern province of Thai Binh confirmed on Monday they had arrested the director of Phuc Cuong Transport Company for assault, destruction of property, and collecting ‘protection’ fees from some other transport businesses operating along the Thai Binh-Hanoi route.
-- The Rach Mieu ferry route, which connects Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces in the Mekong Delta, is expected to be put into operation prior to January 27, 2021 to meet the rising transport demand during the 2021 Lunar New Year holiday, the Ben Tre Department of Transport said on Monday.
-- A car driver was killed while two passengers were injured after the vehicle crashed into the mountainside, tipped over, and caught fire in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Monday morning.
-- Police are hunting for two murder convicts who broke out of their prison in the southern province of Tay Ninh on Monday morning.
-- The Hanoi People’s Court on Monday sentenced a 31-year-old man to death for murdering his 18-year-old wife and two-year-old son after suspecting his wife had had an affair and given birth to a baby with another man.
-- Vietnam’s seafood export turnover between January and November hit US$7.75 billion, down 0.9 percent over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
-- Vietnam will become an upper-middle-income country in 2023, with its GDP seen surpassing that of Taiwan in 2035, the Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) said in its medium-term forecast for Asian economies.