Check out the news you should not miss today:
— Hanoi police confirmed on Friday that they had apprehended two men for prostitution brokerage in form of sugar dating service, which refers to a mutually beneficial dating pratice between an older weathier person, or a sugar daddy, and a younger individual in need of financial support, also called a sugar baby.
— Police in south-central province of Phu Yen on Friday have arrested three local women for fraud and appropriation of more than VND20 billion (US$883) by luring multiple victims into investing in a bogus company.
— Police in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City are hunting for two robbers after they broke into a beverage stall and snatched a phone from a 6-year-old child.
— One tourist drowned and another went missing after swimming at a beach full of strong waves in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday afternoon.
— The Hanoi People’s Committee declared on Friday that the capital city will not arrange any festive activities with huge crowds and will suspend all unnecessary large gatherings during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival over fears of COVID-19 spread.
— All visitors to Ho Chi Minh City’s Nguyen Hue Flower Street are required to wear face masks all the time, including when taking photographs, according the organizing board.
— Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have detected the shady practice of using industrial chemicals to whiten eight metric tons of lotus stems before distributing them to local markets.
— The Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh passed away at Tu Hieu Pagoda in his motherland of Thua Thien-Hue Province on Saturday night, aged 95.
— Life-saving water supplies from a New Zealand navy ship were distributed across Tonga’s main island on Friday, as other countries battled the logistics of delivering aid to one of the world’s remotest communities, Reuters reported.