News in brief: August 21, 2018

A number of stone and pottery antiques dated to the 9th-12th centuries were discovered at Phong Le archaeological site in Da Nang city during excavations which are being carried out from June 10 to September 10, according to an announcement by the excavation team on August 20.

The second session of the National Song and Dance Festival 2018 kicked off in Da Nang city on August 20, bringing together 18 art troupes from across the country. The ten-day event provides an opportunity for young talents to shine and for professional art troupes and artists to engage in cultural exchanges.

Quang Tri provincial People’s Committee has promulgated a project on safeguarding and popularising the UNESCO-recognised Intangible Cultural Heritage of 'Bai choi' folk singing in the locality for the 2018-2023 period.

The Ministry of Finance held a ceremony in Hanoi on August 20 to honour winners of the national press contest on the financial sector. One grand prize, two A, three B, five C and ten consolation prizes were presented for the best entries, which stood out from more than 2,200 submissions.

Nguyen Le Dong Hai, a tenth grader from Le Khiet High School for the Gifted, become one of the two global awardees of the Ivy Scholarship worth US$58,020 to study at the CATS Academy Boston in the US.

The Cinema Department is hosting a free screening programme across the country from August 19 to September 5 to celebrate the August Revolution and National Day. The films on show will spotlight exemplary models of patriotism and encourage a love and responsibility towards the motherland among every Vietnamese citizen.

News in Brief: August 20, 2018

Hanoi has announced a smart parking project in Den Lu II urban area in Hoang Mai district, with a total area of over 1,100m² and a capacity of 116 parking lots.

Pham Thi My Huyen was crowned miss beauty at the Hoa Lu Beauty 2018 contest on the final night at Ninh Binh provincial Conference Centre on August 19.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the relevant authorities to raise the e-Government index of Vietnam according to the United Nations evaluation methodology, through boosting the effective implementation of online public services.

The Vietnamese Book Week has been held at the Books Kinokuniya Tokyo, Japan, to mark the first time that a Vietnamese book store was opened in the East Asian country to export Vietnamese book to Japan.

On August 19, the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion called for further donations of blood type O as the reserves of the O type blood for emergency treatments are very scarce.

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, Head of the Government's Steering Committee on Price Control, has urged the ministries, sectors and localities concerned to implement measures to stabilise the pork market.

All In Station, the first blockchain ecosystem support centre in Vietnam, has officially been put into operation in Ho Chi Minh City, covering an area of 1,000m² in Sala urban area in district 2, with flexibly designed areas for libraries, team workplaces and spaces for exchanges and seminars.

The International Three-Cushion Carom Billiards Tournament BTV-Becamex IJC Cup 2018 has wrapped up Binh Duong province, with Tran Quyet Chien from Ho Chi Minh City being crowned champion. The three-day tournament gathered 64 cueists from Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Netherlands.

News in brief: August 19, 2018

Initiatives to protect the green planet towards a sustainable development environment were introduced at a talk held by the Live & Learn Centre in collaboration with the French Cultural Centre (L’Espace) in Hanoi on August 19.

A group of four Vietnamese students brought home a bronze medal for their impressive robotic design at the “2018 FIRST Global Challenge” international robotics competition in Mexico from August 15-18. Besides the medal, the Vietnamese team attained remarkable achievement when it ranked 12th out of 165 teams joining in the event.

The Union of Friendship Organisations of central Quang Nam province held a workshop in Hoi An city on August 19 to promote people-to-people exchanges with Japan. This was part of the Japan Cultural Days in Quang Nam to celebrate the 45th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties (September 21, 1973).

News in brief: August 18, 2018

The Prime Minister has appointed Vu Tien Loc, President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as Vice Chairman of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness.

The Open Phu Yen Newspaper Marathon Tournament kicked off on August 18 with the participation of nearly 200 athletes from five provinces of Gia Lai, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen running alongside reporters from newspapers in other provinces and cities nationwide.

A workshop entitled “President Ton Duc Thang and the working class and the Vietnam Trade Union” was held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 18 to mark the 130th birthday of the late President.