News in brief: June 24, 2017

On June 23, Microsoft Vietnam, the Centre for Marine life Conservation and Community Development, along with other stakeholders, launched project “Enabling Boat” in Quang Ninh. The project aims to support disadvantaged youths, in the coastal area, to get access to information, communication and technology (ICT), to adapt to the digital era, improve their livelihood and increase their awareness regarding marine conservation.

The French Institute in Vietnam coordinated with MILLE ET UNE PRODUCTIONS to introduce the film "Red Sky", directed by Oliver Lorelle, at the L'Espace French Cultural Centre in Hanoi, on June 28 at 6.30pm. The film was shot entirely in Vietnam.

1,000 people participated in the third International Yoga Day, held in Vinh Phuc, on June 24. The event is part of a series of activities organised to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties, and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership, between Vietnam and India.

News in Brief: June 23, 2017

The world-class cruise liner ‘Majestic’, carrying nearly 3,500 passengers and over 1,500 crew members, anchored in Vietnam for the first time in the port of Tan Cang Cai Mep in the Southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on June 23. During their one-day stay in Vietnam, passengers visited Ba Ria-Vung Tau and are scheduled to leave for China on the evening of June 23.

News in brief: June 23, 2017

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has officially recognised seven new national intangible cultural heritages, including various traditional festivals, handicrafts and social and religious practices. The cultural heritages originate from Cao Bang, Ha Nam, Ha Tinh, Ninh Thuan and Thanh Hoa provinces.

The fifth agricultural seeds fair and exhibition is taking place from June 22-26 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event features 350 booths introducing new and high-quality plant and animal seeds, advanced techniques, modern technology and biotechnology in agricultural production and food processing.

The national airline carrier Vietnam Airlines has been rated 14th among 20 carriers offering the best premium economy class in the world by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. The airlines’ premium economy class seats are currently available on flights to France, the UK, Germany, Australia, and Japan.

News in brief: June 20, 2017

As of June 20, 54 hospitals in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have increased the price of medical services for patients without health insurance while prices applied at hospitals in other provinces and cities will be determined by provincial People's Councils before the end of 2017.

A workshop discussing difficulties in exercising public prosecution and adjudication in criminal cases for accused foreigners was held by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Procuracy and the Japan International Co-operation Agency on June 20 under which delegates all stressed the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve these cases.

Petrol prices were reduced as of 3pm on June 20 with a decrease of VND862 per litre for RON 92 petrol, VND805 per litre for E5 bio-fuel, VND738 per litre for kerosene, VND650 per litre for diesel and VND369 per kg for fuel oil.

News in brief: June 18, 2017

A writing contest on the friendship between Vietnam and Russia was launched in Bac Giang city, on June 17. The entries should reflect the feelings of Vietnamese people for the country, people and culture of the former Soviet Union and present-day Russia, the historical relationship with the country and the people of Vietnam, as well as the sentiments of generations from the Soviet Union and Russia toward Vietnam.

Vietnam has nearly 150,000 farms in the country with a land area of 900,000 hectares. The farm economy is growing fast, both in quantity and quality, contributing to the restructuring of the agricultural and rural economy.

Over 16,800 Vietnamese workers participated in this year’s Korean Employment Permit System (EPS) exams. The EPS includes three exams on paper, replacing the computer exams used in previous years. The Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour’s Human Resources Development Service will select labourers according to their scores.

Preschool students in disadvantaged areas will be exempted from paying tuition fees from 2018 as outlined in several new policies. This move aims to ensure all preschool students will have access to education. It also helps to reduce the rate of dropouts and encourage kids in remote areas to go to school. The priorities for ethnic minority students, teachers and mangers in above-mentioned areas will also be implemented until 2020.

Thousands of people participated in the third International Yoga Day held in Hanoi on June 17 and Da Nang on June 18. The event is part of a series of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and 10th anniversary of strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.

News in brief: June 15, 2017

The Electricity of Vietnam's Power Generation Corporation 1 produced nearly 12.4 billion kWh of electricity in the last five months, fulfilling 40.8% of the target set for the year. In May alone, the company’s output approximated 2.5 billion kWh, up 20% over the same period last year. The firm is set to produce nearly 2.9 billion kWh of electricity in June.

The 2017 U15 International Football Challenge Cup, funded by the Thieu Nien Tien Phong Plastic JSC, kicked off in the central city of Da Nang from June 14, with four teams from Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Myanmar and Indonesia, playing in the competition. The winner will be awarded with a trophy, gold medals and US$3,000 in cash. Following the opening ceremony, a match between U15 Vietnam and U15 Chinese Taipei took place with Vietnam victorious 5-2. The tournament will run until June 18.

The Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund will provide Mo duong den tuong lai (A Brighter Path) scholarships to at least 33 ethnic girls to enable them to complete high school and tertiary education in the next seven years. Recipients will receive seven-year scholarships worth VND220 million (US$9,700) each, for three years of high school and four years of university. The money will cover tuition fees, books, food, housing, uniforms, mentoring and training in soft skills.

Hanoi has set a target to ensure that all citizens will have access to clean, drinkable tap water by 2020. To encourage businesses to invest in water supply in rural areas the city will help connect them with banks, while allocating up to VND1 trillion in soft loans to assist the firms, especially those investing in projects in My Duc, Me Linh, Chuong My, Thuong Tin and Phu Xuyen districts. Hanoi has allowed ten investors to implement 20 projects in 75 communes with more than 180,000 households and 730,000 people. The projects are expected to raise the ratio of rural residents with access to clean water to approximately 54%.

News in brief: June 14, 2017

A cargo train heading for Vietnam left Kunming, the capital of the Chinese southwestern province of Yunnan, on June 13, an opening of a new route between the two countries. Currently, the service is weekly, but it is expected to become daily once the supply of goods becomes more regular.