Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly Park Byeong-Seug expressed their support for the elevation of their countries’ relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership during their talks in Seoul on Monday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- A man from the north-central province of Nghe An suffered severe burns while his two-story house was seriously damaged following an explosion allegedly caused by homemade firecrackers on Monday.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City have booked over 87,000 violations of pandemic prevention and control regulations and imposed fines worth more than VND100 billion (US$4.3 million) since October 1.
-- A source of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Monday that a detention officer at a prison in south-central Binh Thuan Province had been apprehended for torturing an inmate.
-- One person was killed and another injured following an explosion at a waste treatment plant in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on Monday afternoon.
-- Authorities in Hanoi have suspended dine-in service in Dong Da District, which is at high risk of COVID-19 transmission, from Monday to curb the spread of the virus.
-- The Hanoi People’s Court on Monday sentenced Nguyen Duc Chung, former chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, to eight years in prison for abusing positions and powers in a case related to the purchase of water-cleaning agent Redoxy 3C to purify lakes in the Vietnamese capital.
-- The construction of Quang Trach 1 Thermal Power Plant was initiated in the north-central province of Quang Binh on Monday. The plant is expected to produce about 8.4 billion kWh of electricity a year.
-- Vietnamese model Nguyen Quynh Anh won the top prize of Supermodel Me Revolution held in Singapore on Monday. This is the first victory of a Vietnamese model in one of the biggest fashion competitions in Asia.
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