Read what is in the news today:

Politics

— Senior economic officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam gathered in Hanoi on Sunday for their 18th meeting hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Society

— A 42-year-old Vietnamese Facebook user who goes by the name of Chuong May Man (Lucky Chuong) on the social network was detained by police officers in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on Sunday for spreading “distorted” information concerning a recent incident in Hanoi where three officers were killed by attackers while guarding a project to build security walls around a military airfield.

— Unseasonal rains are in the forecast in southern Vietnam in the afternoon this week due to an east wind turbulence, lowering temperatures in the region to around 20-33 degrees Celsius, according to the Southern Region Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Center.

— Authorities at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City have issued a notice calling on travelers to pay close attention to their belongings after a pickpocket was caught on Sunday stealing from a passenger at the airdrome’s domestic terminal.

— Over 100 people, most of whom are middle school students, were hospitalized for suspected food poisoning in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday after eating sticky rice with chicken during a school trip.

Business

—  Budget carrier Vietjet Air on Sunday launched two new air routes linking Vietnam’s Can Tho City with Taipei of Taiwan and Seoul of South Korea, running four and three round trips per week, respectively.

—  While there are few, if any, signs of the real estate bubble bursting in 2020, the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction said that land prices could increase in some areas such as the planned special economic zones and new urban areas with developed technical and social infrastructures.

— Vietnam’s tax authorities are implementing measures to crack down on a common tax avoidance practice among house sellers, who declare the value of their property much lower than how much they actually sell it for in order to avoid paying a hefty tax for the transaction.

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