News in brief: December 15, 2018

A cultural and tourism week opened in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on December 14, aiming to promote the cultural characteristics of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, as well as introducing new tourism products of the region.

A friendly football tournament held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia kicked off on December 14, with the participation of four teams from the Vietnamese Embassy, the Cambodia People’s Party, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia.

The fund for learning encouragement of Soc Trang province on December 14 awarded 280 scholarships to disadvantaged students who have obtained excellent performances at schools in the province. In the past seven years, the fund has granted scholarships to more than 1,500 students.

News in Brief: December 15, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh presented the fifth National Award for Outstanding Young Officials 2018, on December 14. 36 young cadres and civil servants who have gained outstanding achievements in their work this year were granted the award, developed by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

Vietnam enjoyed a record trade surplus of US$7.41 billion in the past 11 months, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

VinSmart, a member of conglomerate Vingroup, officially introduced its first smartphones under the brand name "Vsmart” on December 14. Four Vsmart smart phones, namely Joy1, Joy1 +, Active1 and Active1 +, use the VOS operating system developed on the Android platform and cost from VND2.5-6.3 million per product.

The Vietnam Oil and Gas Group and the People's Army Newspaper have jointly organised a symposium, featuring 30 presentations highlighting the potential and affirming the important role of the oil and gas industry in the country's renewal and integration process.

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature and Art Associations held a ceremony to celebrated its 55th anniversary on December 14.

A repatriation and reburial ceremony for the remains of 30 voluntary Vietnamese soldiers who laid down their lives in Laos took place in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien on December 14.

A 20,000m² plant to process canna rhizomes, run by an affiliate of the Company of Economic Cooperation of Vietnam, was inaugurated in Phaxay district of Laos’ Xiang Khouang province on December 14. It was built with an investment of more than US$1 million.

A set of comic books aiming to raise children’s awareness of unexploded ordnance accidents in Vietnam made its debut in Hanoi on December 14. The comics were compiled by the Vietnam Bomb and Mine Action Support Association

News in Brief: December 14, 2018

After three months of testing, on December 13, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Phu Yen province and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) launched the Smart Travel Portal.

The remains of 30 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives during wartime in Laos, were repatriated from Oudomxay province in northern Laos on December 13.

Vietnamese technology startup Be Group Corporation officially launched its ride-hailing platform on December 13 with beBike and beCar.

On December 13, two Vietnamese agencies, the National Banknote Printing Plant (NBPP) and the Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals (POLYVAC), received the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Award 2018 for their contributions to Vietnam’s development through international cooperation.

News in Brief: December 13, 2018

From December 13 to 16, Vietnam Airlines will add an extra 14 flights (3,700 seats) on Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City routes to meet Vietnamese football fans' growing demand for the upcoming second leg final match of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.

A workshop entitled “Learning clubs to improve infants’ health and development in Vietnam: Report on progress” took place on December 13, to seek ways to expand learning clubs promoting childcare in the first 1,000 days, which, according to UNICEF, is important to children’s future health and development.

The Asia-Europe conference on lifelong learning and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development was held in Hanoi on December 13, by the Ministry of Education and Training and the Asia-Europe Foundation, to discuss lifelong learning policies and encourage lifelong learning among the people.

The basic salary applied to civil servants, public employees and the armed forces will rise from VND1.39 million to VND1.49 million per month as of July 1, 2019, according to the National Assembly Resolution No. 70/2018/QH14.

A temple dedicated to 10 martyrs of the Hon Khoai uprising in the southern province of Ca Mau was inaugurated on December 13, to show gratitude to the fallen soldiers during the uprising in 1940.