Read what is in the news in Vietnam today:
-- At 0:00 on Saturday, marking the auspicious onset of the Lunar New Year festival, Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong conveyed heartfelt wishes for the well-being, peace, prosperity, and joy of all Vietnamese citizens, both within the country and across borders. He also extended his aspirations for global peace, cooperation, camaraderie, and enduring development to Vietnam's esteemed international partners hailing from various corners of the world.
-- On Friday evening, at Cat Lai Port in Ho Chi Minh City, multiple export shipments comprising 105,000 tonnes of electronic components were successfully loaded onto the container ship Uni Perfect, operated by the Evergreen shipping line. This significant event marks Vietnam's inaugural export deliveries in the Lunar New Year, said the Saigon Newport Corporation.
-- Commencing their dedicated efforts on Friday, over 1,000 engineers and workers have initiated a comprehensive working plan that will unfold over the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday at the Long Thanh airport construction site in Dong Nai Province, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. The objective is to accelerate the pace of progress on the airport project, according to the project management board. This commitment to work extends throughout the Tet holiday, following the decision of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
-- On Friday night, the skies above Hanoi dazzled with a spectacular drone light show featuring 2,024 multicolored drones. These aerial devices seamlessly orchestrated to create various images and words, showcasing the allure of the Vietnamese capital's prominent destinations and adding a vibrant celebration to the Lunar New Year festivities.
-- On Lunar New Year's Eve at 11:00 pm, Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan led a delegation from the Ministry of Health, accompanied by Angela Pratt, representative of the World Health Organization in Vietnam. Together, they visited the Central Obstetrics Hospital in Hanoi to express their appreciation and encouragement to the dedicated medical staff who were diligently working during this significant time.
-- The Da Nang City Department of Public Security on Friday dispelled a rumor circulating on social media claiming that local traffic police would not be conducting breath alcohol checks during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, which commenced on Thursday. The department affirmed that contrary to the misinformation, traffic police forces would maintain continuous checks throughout Tet.
-- A delegation headed by Nguyen Van Nen, secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, paid a visit to Cho Ray Hospital on Friday evening. During the visit, Secretary Nen conveyed his heartfelt Lunar New Year wishes to the medical staff and encouraged them to fulfill their duties for the well-being of patients. The hospital's director, Nguyen Tri Thuc, assured that the hospital had made thorough preparations, including personnel, equipment, and pharmaceuticals, to effectively serve the people during the Tet holiday.
-- A diverse crowd, including individuals from the UK, Russia, and various other countries, on Friday night congregated at 11 specified locations in Ho Chi Minh City to marvel at vibrant fireworks displays heralding the arrival of the Lunar New Year. The enthusiastic atmosphere prevailed as similar fireworks performances unfolded in other locations, including Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Can Tho.
-- The White House on Friday rejected a report from a Department of Justice special counsel, Robert Hur, who said in the document that President Joe Biden was suffering memory lapses. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris called the report ‘clearly politically motivated,’ according to Reuters.
-- The U.S. is offering a reward of up to US$10 million for information leading to the identification or location of key leaders in the Hive ransomware organized crime group, the State Department said in a recent statement, adding that the Hive ransomware variant has targeted victims in over 80 countries, including the U.S., Reuters reported.