Read what is in the news in Vietnam today:
-- Multi-platform publisher U.S. News and World Report ranked Vietnam the 30th most powerful country in the world in 2022.
-- Rains are in the forecast for cities and provinces from Vietnam’s central region to the south on Monday while the northern part still maintains cold weather, with temperatures below nine degrees Celsius in some places, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting .
-- Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City received three flights bound for Manila in the Philippines on New Year’s Day, after a power failure at the archipelagic country’s air traffic management center disrupted communication with all planes.
-- Twenty-eight traffic accidents claimed 13 lives and injured 21 people across Vietnam on New Year’s Day, according to the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security.
-- Hundreds of people are racing against the clock to rescue a 10-year-old boy who has got stuck in a 35-meter-deep concrete pile hole for 40 hours in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.
-- Authorities in Sa Pa Town of northern Lao Cai Province imposed on New Year’s Day a fine of VND7 million (US$296) on the owner of a restaurant that had charged two tourists VND495,000 ($21) for a dish of pork.
-- The Ministry of Trade and Industry increased the E5RON92 price by VND1,045 per liter to VND21,020 per liter and the RON95-III price by VND1,100 per liter to VND21,807 per liter on New Year’s Day. ($1 = VND23,635)
-- Nearly 5,000 runners participated in the Vietnam International Semi-marathon 2023 around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi on New Year’s Day.