Here are today’s leading news stories:
— Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong highly valued the recent progress in the Vietnam – U.S. relations while meeting with U.S. Ambassador Marc E. Knapper in Hanoi on Monday, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
— The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport announced on Monday that a road running parallel to Vo Van Kiet Boulevard in District 1 would be open to traffic on Tuesday to help alleviate traffic congestion in the area.
— Hundreds of firefighters were mobilized to put out a big fire that broke out at a yarn factory covering about 4,000 square meters at Phu Cuong Industrial Cluster in southern Dong Nai Province on Monday evening.
— Ho Chi Minh City-based Medical Biomaterial & Pharmaceutical JSC has been fined VND230 million (US$10,000) and required to dispose of three types of medicine due to quality violations.
— Four eighth-grade schoolgirls from north-central Nghe An Province drowned while bathing in a local lake on Monday afternoon, an official confirmed, adding that their bodies were found in the evening of the same day.
— The 25R/07L runway of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City was reopened on Tuesday following a two-month closure, marking the completion of a major runway upgrade project at the airdrome.
— The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court has sentenced six men aged 22 to 29 to between seven and 24 years in prison for robbing commuters by disguising themselves as police officers in 2019.
— Multiple restaurants and bars in downtown Ho Chi Minh City were recently fined for violating operation time rules and selling banned products such as nitrous oxide balloons (laughing balloons) and shisha, the District 1 administration has confirmed.
— Vietnam’s BB Group and Quantum Group from the U.S. signed on Monday an agreement to jointly develop a gas industry center and a seaport in north-central Quang Tri Province, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
— “Elon Musk clinched a deal to buy Twitter Inc for $44 billion cash on Monday in a transaction that will shift control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world’s richest person,” Reuters reported.