News in brief: April 21, 2018

The Prime Minister has agreed to pilot the operation of four wheelers powered by electric or gasoline engines to serve passengers in restricted areas across the nation. The pilot project will last for three years.

Vietnam and Morocco tied 1-1 in their second round match of the U-19 Suwon JS Cup in the Republic of Korea on April 20, following losses in their first matches two days ago. On April 22, Vietnam will play the hosts, while Morocco will face Mexico.

The International Vietbuild Exhibition opened in Da Nang on April 21, showcasing 300 domestic and international businesses across 1,000 booths, displaying products used in construction, building materials, architecture and smart home technologies during the five-day event.

On the occasion of Vietnam Book Day (April 21), the Dak Lak provincial Border Guard Command and Kim Dong Publishing House donated 2,000 books worth VND30 million for local students in border district of Ea Sup, on April 20.

Lam Dong province organised a dialogue between the provincial leaders and local farmers on April 20 to tackle obstacles in hi-tech agricultural production, investment for agricultural sector production and support policies for local cooperative economy.

Hanoi has set a target of earning approximately US$12.7 billion from exports in 2018, a rise of roughly 8% over the previous year. To this end, the capital city will continue accelerating administrative reform, focusing on strengthening IT application in administrative procedure settlement.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines announced that it will rearrange check-in areas for priority passengers on April 20. It includes business and premium economy-class passengers, and members of the Golden Lotus programme and SkyTeam alliance who will now go through check-in procedures at counters exclusively designed for them, both at domestic and foreign airports.

The 2018 Vietnam National Football Cup will feature 24 teams from the 2018 V-League 1 and 2. The teams will compete in a knockout format in the qualifying round and round of 16, and in two-legged ties starting from the quarter-final. The tournament is scheduled to run until October 14.

News in brief: April 20, 2018

A total of 40 disaster-resilient houses will be built for poor households in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau and Ben Tre with a total investment of VND12 billion, funded by Tan Dai Hung Plastic JSC.

FPT, a Vietnamese software giant, will invest VND15 billion (US$664,000) in order to build pilot projects with smart applications in Da Nang city during the 2018-2019 period, under a a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the FPT and the city’s authorities on April 19.

Railway passengers will enjoy a discount of 10% to 15% on ticket fares on the routes linking Hanoi and Lao Cai province, Hai Phong city, Vinh city and Da Nang city, under a promotional programme hosted by the Hanoi Railway Transport JSC from, April 20 to December 12, 2018.

Contractors successfully installed the 288-tonne rotor of the first turbine at the Song Hau 1 thermal power plant on April 20, according to the Vietnam Machinery Installation Corporation (Lilama).

News in brief: April 19, 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked South Central and Central Highlands provinces to strive to produce at least 2.5 million tonnes of rice in this year’s upcoming crops.

From April 25, Thua Thien-Hue province will organise extra office sessions on Saturday mornings (excepting holidays prescribed by law) to settle local administrative procedures. Working time on Saturday mornings will be from 7-11:30 am.

Under agreements signed on April 19, the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group will sponsor telecom and IT services to the tune of VND1 billion for the Hue Festival in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, while the Vietnam Travel and Marketing Transports JSC will dole out VND1.5 billion.

Over 50 cultural, artistic and sporting events, including a carnival with the participation of seven foreign art troupes and fireworks, will be featured at the 2018 Flamboyant Flower Festival in the northern port city of Hai Phong, from May 11-13.

The Kim Dong Publishing House has introduced over 300 new books in various genres, focusing on new works serving young readers under its trademark Wings Books, on the occasion of the fifth Vietnam Book Day (April 21).

Since mid-March, cashew nut prices in Vietnam’s cashew “capital” in Binh Phuoc province suddenly decreased from VND42,000/kg to VND32,000/kg, or even VND29,000 per kg, due to a bumper season but with a low output of high quality cashew nuts compared to the previous crop.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha presented gifts worth VND500,000 each to 58 children who are receiving treatment for cleft lips, cleft palates and odontogenic cysts at the National Hospital of Odonto - Stomatology in Hanoi, on April 17.

Vietnamese player Nguyen Hai Dang has won the boys’ singles category at the Cyprus Junior International Badminton Tournament. Dang, World No. 38, defeated top seed Christo Popov of France, World No. 12, 21-9 21-13 in the final to bring home the title.