Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The second session of Vietnam’s 15th National Assembly is scheduled to take place virtually from October 20 to November 1 and directly in Hanoi from November 10 to 12.
-- Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a ceremony in Hanoi on Monday to honor individuals and organizations who made outstanding contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
-- Nine people have been killed or gone missing due to floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in central Vietnam since last Friday, the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported on Monday.
-- It is expected to stop raining in central provinces from Tuesday, but more downpours will return to the region between October 22 and 27, posing high risks of flooding, human and property damage, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
-- The Hanoi People’s Court on Monday sentenced a 25-year-old man to 20 years in jail for stabbing to death another man over a conflict that broke out at a beer parlor in August 2020.
-- Five endangered grey-shanked douc langurs have been shot dead by a group of poachers at a forest in the central province of Quang Ngai, local forest protection officers confirmed on Monday.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has proposed that ferry and express boat services connecting the city with other provinces be allowed to resume operations from Wednesday.
-- Xom Bong, a popular bridge located near the Po Nagar Cham Towers in south-central Nha Trang City, will be dismantled and rebuilt within the fourth quarter of this year.
-- The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has asked the Ministry of Transport to permit airlines to reopen domestic air routes from December if the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled well nationwide, the Vietnam News Agency reported.