News in Brief: October 20, 2018

The Xuyen A Hospital inaugurated the 16,000 sq metre Xuyen A - Vinh Long General Hospital in Vinh Long province of October 20. The largest medical facility in the province was built with a total investment of nearly VND1.2 trillion (US$51.7 million).

Vietnam Airlines Corporation donated VND300 million to the Fund for the Poor during a programme "The country joining hands for the poor - No one left behind", held on October 17.

The Lao dong va Xa hoi (Labour and Social Affairs) Magazine under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of its first issue on October 19. The magazine also received a third-class Labour Order for the second time at the celebration.

Paintings on various genres and materials are on display at the Le Ba Dang Art Centre, No. 15 Le Loi street, Hue city, gathering works by 26 women artists from Ho Chi Minh City, Gia Lai, Da Nang and Thua Thien - Hue.

The Border Guards of Quang Binh central province has successfully rescued a sinking fishing vessel with five fishermen from the northern province of Quang Ninh on board.

Eleven organisations and individuals who have made outstanding achievements in their start-up projects were honoured with the Ho Chi Minh City Innovation and Startup Award on October 19.

On October 19, Hung Yen province announced the decision to establish a tropical hospital on the basis of reorganising the provincial HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Centre. It will be upgraded to 150 beds by 2020.

A low pressure offshore of the South coast combined with the current active low pressure axis is predicted to bring heavy rains ranging from 40-80 mm a day to locales in the region in the next few days.

A new community-based tour was launched in Don village, Thanh Lam commune, Ba Thuoc district, in the central province of Thanh Hoa, to boost local tourism potential, featuring the Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

The Republic of Korea Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam presented 241 scholarships totalling roughly VND600 million (US$25,800) to disadvantaged students in Binh Duong province on October 19.

Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Tran Tuan Anh, and European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, have pledged to carry out the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement in a timely and effective manner. The commitment was expressed in a joint statement issued following their meeting in Brussels on October 19, on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.

News in brief: October 19, 2018

An international conference on technological advances in communication took place in Ho Chi Minh City on October 18, with the participation of institutes, universities, technology firms, suppliers of telecom and information technology services, and 150 researchers and experts in the field of information and communication, both at home and abroad.

A collection of objects and documents affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos are being on display at an exhibition in Ham Tan district, Binh Thuan province from October 19 to 22.

The Keo Pagoda Festival 2018 officially opened in Duy Nhat commune, Vu Thu district, Thai Binh province on October 18. Keo Pagoda was recognised as a special national relic in 2012, while the Keo Pagoda Festival was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage and also a national tourist site five years later.

The Ho Chi Minh City chapter of Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) and Ho Chi Minh City Television raised a total of nearly VND40 billion (US$1.73 million) in support of “For the Poor” Fund during a music show on October 18.

Tra fish exports are expected to earn Vietnam US$2.1 billion in 2018, up 22% against the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

News in Brief: October 19, 2018

The 2018 Food and Nutrition Fair opened at the Nguyen Du Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City on October 18, featuring more than 150 booths with food stuff and nutritional products being introduced to customers until October 21.

On October 18, the Ministry of Education and Training and Toyota Vietnam presented 115 scholarships worth VND690 million to university students in the northern and southern regions.

On October 27 and 28, the Flood-Resistant Housing Project in collaboration with the National Volunteer Centre and VTV6 will organise the Green Happiness Programme to plant 5,000 willow trees in Hoi An city and 1,240 shade trees in Hanoi.

A group of 18 doctors from Chung-Ang University, the Republic of Korea, are providing free health checkups and medicines to people in the central province of Quang Ngai from October 15-19. The event is expected to be attended by about 2,350 locals, bringing the total number of people benefiting from the event over the past 10 years to 23,800.