News in brief: November 21, 2017

Hanoi Railway Transport Joint Stock Company has announced that the company will offer promotion tickets for the Hanoi-Hai Phong route from November 21 to December 28. Accordingly, ticket prices at VND65,000 will be applied for all trains the route from Monday to Thursday, for HP1, HP2, LP2, LP3, LP6, LP8 trains on the route on Fridays and Saturdays and LP2, LP3, HP1, LP5, LP6, LP7 trains on Sundays. Ticket prices at VND75,000 will applied for LP5, LP7 trains for Fridays and Saturdays and HP2, LP8, HD2 (from Hai Duong to Hanoi) on Sundays.

The Northwest Industry and Trade Fair, taking place in Yen Bai province from November 20-26, features the participation of 150 enterprises, associations and craft villages from 14 Northern mountainous provinces. With an estimated 300 booths, the fair showcases agro-forestry-fishery products, foodstuffs, processed foods; goods from handicraft villages; garments, fashion; consumer goods and household goods; construction materials, equipment, interior and exterior decoration; electrical and electronic products.

News in brief: November 20, 2017

General Motors Vietnam and Operation Smile Vietnam on November 20 jointly implemented a free medical and surgical programme for more than 50 children with cleft lip and facial malformations. The programme will take place from November 20 to 24 at Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Hospital for children in difficult circumstances. A 45-minute operation by doctors at the Hanoi-based hospital is expected to bring a new life to children with cleft lips or palates.

The Ministries of Finance and Industry and Trade have decided to increase the petrol price as of 3pm on November 20, following the previous adjustment on November 4, of which RON 92 will increase by VND434/litre to VND18,580 per litre; E5 gasoline up VND385/litre to VND18,243 per litre and diesel 0.05S up VND408/litre to VND15,019 per litre.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs signed a two-year contract as the director of the newly-inaugurated PVF Football Academy in Van Giang district, Hung Yen province on November 20. Invested in by real estate giant Vingroup, under the Promotion Fund for Vietnamese Football Talent (PVF), the centre aims to provide training for young talents of Vietnamese football. In addition to Giggs, another legend of Man Utd Paul Scholes will also work at the PVF centre as a technical adviser.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Phu Yen province received relief goods from the Government of Laos on November 20, to help local people overcome the consequences of Typhoon Damrey, which struck the province in early November. The neighbouring country had decided to provide aid for Phu Yen with ten tonnes of rice, ten tonnes of sticky rice, and one tonne of dried pork and beef. Previously, goods donated by Russia, including sugar, condensed milk, canned meat and fish and baby food were also distributed to localities in the province.

News in brief: November 19, 2017

Lam Dong provincial People's Committee organised a conference on investment, trade and tourism promotion in Lam Dong province, on November 18, in Da Lat,. The event attracted nearly 300 enterprises from Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces in the province.

As many as 180 domestic businesses are displaying various products at nearly 400 pavilions of at a Trade and Tourism Fair which opened in Binh Thuan on December 18. The fair is considered as an opportunity for enterprises to introduce new products and new technologies to visitors, contributing to build and develop Vietnamese products’ brand.

Khmer people’s Ngo boat race festival concluded in Bac Lieu on November 18. The organising board presented prizes to outstanding teams in the categories, including 600m and 800m boat race for women and 1,000m and 1,200m for men. As part of the seventh Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival of the Khmer ethnic people in southern Vietnam, the event featured the participation of 23 teams, with 1,700 athletes, from 12 cities and provinces across the country.

News in Brief: November 17, 2017

The Vietnam International Bicycle Exhibition 2017 opened at the Hanoi International Centre for Exhibition on November 16. The four day event is showcasing products including sport bike, climbing bike, fashion bike, bicycle for children, bicycle components, accessories and equipment. The exhibition aims to setting a benchmark against the increasing air pollution and traffic chaos in the cities of Vietnam and towards more sporting activities for all age groups.

The National Top Table Tennis Players Tournament officially kicked off in Dak Lak on November 17. The last elite event of the year opened for 16 men and 16 women who achieved the best results at the recent national championships. Athletes are divided into groups competing in two stages to vie for medals.

The first international-standard library for children in Vietnam opened at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi on November 16. The 240sq.m library provides about 2.000 books in Vietnamese, Korean and English. The library is a cooperation between the National Library of Vietnam and the Republic of Korean International Cultural Foundation with backing from Hyundai Corporation.

News in brief: November 16, 2017

Hanoi Old Book Fair 2017 opened at Hanoi’s Temple of Literature on November 16 under the theme "The vitality of Russian literature." The four day event offers readers nearly 20 tonnes of old books in all fields and genres, with a special discount of 35-50%. Talk shows and exhibitions on Russian literature are also scheduled for the event.

The Green Heritage Tourism Week Hanoi 2017 will be held on the occasion of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23), featuring various activities to promote the value of natural and cultural heritages in the country. The event is scheduled for the Vietnam Exhibition Centre for Culture and Arts, No.2 Hoa Lu Street, Hanoi from November 21-23, showcasing the potential and attractiveness of ecotourism in the world's natural heritages, biosphere reserves, and national parks across Vietnam.

The Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam launched a contest on November 15 to find the best solutions for green cities in Vietnam. Local NGOs, students’ organisations, and social enterprises in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are invited to submit their best ideas on how to secure greener and cleaner cities. In each city, the best idea will be rewarded with US$3,500 and the second prize will be US$1,500. Participants may submit their proposals to by December 3, 2017. The selected participants will be invited to present their ideas in Hanoi on December 12, and in Ho Chi Minh City on December 14.

News in brief: November 13, 2017

The Mekong Delta province of Long An has decided to establish special-use forests of Lang Sen Wetland Reserve in Vinh Loi and Vinh Chau A communes, Tan Hung District, with the investment cost of VND37 billion in 2017-2021 period. This is a strictly protected area of the core zone with natural ecosystems and the presence of many species that form the habitats of the Plain of Reeds. In addition to its conservation function, the 19.7 million m2 area also serves as tourism development.

Over 500 typical materials, including rare books, will be introduced to readers for the first time during an exhibition hosted by the National Library of Vietnam at No. 31 Trang Thi Street, Hanoi, from November 27. The event aims to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the library’s establishment, offering a number of products and services facilitating readers’ access to information.

Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group, on November 11, inaugurated a coal transport system to convey coal from Khe Ngat storage to Dien Cong in Uong Bi city, the northern province of Quang Ninh. The 6km long conveyor belt runs have a total investment of VND1.3 trillion with a capacity of 6 million tonnes per year, reducing the daily operation of more than 300 trucks and 500 freight cars carrying coal.

News in brief: November 9, 2017

Vietnam Airlines was awarded the prestigious “CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the Year” at the 2017 CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, held in Singapore, on November 8. The award is given to the airline that has stood out strategically during the year, whilst having the greatest impact on the development of the airline industry and providing a benchmark for others to follow. This is the first time the national carrier has won the award.

The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, has donated 105 water filtering systems to help residents in the central Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam provinces to cope with the aftermath of flooding caused by typhoon Damrey, which swept through central Vietnam last weekend. The filterers arrived at Da Nang International Airport on the afternoon of November 7.