Here are today’s leading news stories:
— Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Lao counterpart Phankham Viphavanh co-chaired the 44th meeting of the Vietnam – Laos Inter-Governmental Committee on Bilateral Cooperation in Hanoi on Monday, as part of the Laotian official’s visit to Vietnam from January 8 to 10.
— A married couple and their two children were traveling on a motorbike when they crashed into a sand dune belonging to a road construction site in central Quang Nam Province on Sunday, resulting in the death of the woman and one of the children, authorities confirmed on Monday.
— Authorities in the southern province of Binh Phuoc put into operation a 1,000-bed makeshift COVID-19 hospital on Monday in an effort to boost the local treatment capacity.
— A resident in Binh Phuoc has found a newborn baby abandoned at a local cemetery and handed over the boy to a commune-level medical center for temporary care.
— Multiple households have been evacuated due to an ammonia leak at an ice making facility in the southern province of Binh Duong.
— An over 50-year-old yellow apricot tree has been sold at more than VND6 billion (US$264,300) at a flower market in Long Xuyen City, located in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.
— One person was killed and another injured after being attacked by a knife-wielding group of men over a conflict in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City early on Monday morning.
— A 29-year-old woman was sentenced to death on Monday for transporting a large amount of narcotics in Ho Chi Minh City.
— Vietjet Air has been recognized as one of the world’s Top 10 safest low-cost airlines for 2022 by AirlineRatings, the world’s famous airline safety and product rating website, according to the Vietnam News Agency.