News in brief: July 10, 2018

The national amateur Tuong (classical drama) theatrical festival 2018 officially wrapped up in Binh Dinh province on July 9. The event, which featured the participation of 400 artists from 15 amateur Tuong clubs nationwide, saw a total of 21 gold and 16 silver medals awarded to outstanding individuals.

A national sports festival for the disabled took place in the central coastal city of Da Nang on July 9, with the participation of more than 1,300 athletes and trainers on 30 teams from across the country. The five-day contest features competitions in nine sporting events; track and field, swimming, table tennis, powerlifting, badminton, chess, Boccia, judo and tennis.

A total of 65 domestic and foreign cyclists will participate in the 19th National Open Women’s Cycling Tournament for the An Giang Television Cup from July 13 to 18. The six-day race features six stages stretching 622km through 11 localities of Vietnam.

News in Brief: July 9, 2018

A high level forum and international exhibition on Industry 4.0, namely the Industry 4.0 Summit 2018 Conference and Expo, will be held in Hanoi from July 12-13, bringing together speakers who are leaders and IT experts in order to discuss development strategies and their application in the fourth Industrial Revolution.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines began implementing QR code payments through the local payment gateways Napas (with Momo and Moca apps) and VNPay (with mobile banking and Internet banking apps and bank accounts) on and at its official ticket offices nationwide.

A series of large banks in Vietnam have announced increases in their ATM fees. Accordingly, from July 15, intra-network ATM fees of Vietcombank, VietinBank, Agribank and BIDV will increase from VND1,100 to VND1,560.

Nearly 57,000 ha of alternative forests have been planted across Vietnam as of June 30, equal to 84% of the total area needed to be grown after forest land had been shifted to other purposes.

The industrial production index in the first half of 2018 increased by 10.5% over the same period last year, an increase of 7% annually. Of which, the manufacturing sector contributed the most with 9.7 percentage points to the overall increase.

A special programme was held in Hanoi on July 8 by the Vietnam Martyrs’ Families Support Association to pay tribute to those who sacrificed themselves for national independence. The delegates text messages to the 1405 hotline to contribute VND20,000 each to a fund supporting the martyrs’ families.

A ceremony featuring special art performances and fireworks was held in Huong Hoa district, the central province of Quang Tri on July 8, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Khe Sanh Victory (July 9, 1968-2018) and the liberation of Huong Hoa.

The southern province of Kien Giang has listed three projects that are in urgent need of investment in order to call for investors, including a 500-bed hospital, a resort and tourism complex, and a waste treatment plant, on Phu Quoc Island.

The Japanese team took first place in the overall rankings at the 32nd Open Golden Racket International Table Tennis Tournament 2018, which wrapped up in Ho Chi Minh City on July 7.

Over 50,000 youths and workers will join volunteering work and cultural exchange in several provinces in the southern, central and Central Highlands regions, as well as a number of localities from Laos, during the 17th Ky Nghi Hong (pink holiday) campaign, from July 8 to August 12.

News in brief: July 8, 2018

The three-day Cai Rang floating market festival kicked off in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on July 7, featuring a display of local delicacies, cultural customs and folk games associated with life on the water.

On July 7, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Trade jointly decided to keep the prices of petrol and biofuels unchanged, while raising the prices of kerosene by VND189 per litre and mazut by VND319 per kilogram.

In the south central coastal province of Ninh Thuan, construction began on July 7 on a reservoir on the Than River, which can hold 85 million cubic metres of water and is designed to provide water for 20,000 households and irrigate 400 hectares of farmland during the drought season.

News in brief: July 7, 2018

Construction of the Song Than reservoir project got underway in Hoa Son commune, Ninh Son district, the central province NinhThuan province on July 7. The project has a total investment of VND855 billion.

The Ho Chi Minh City Business Association has launched the 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneurs Awards. The awards ceremony is due to be held on October 13 to coincide with Vietnam Entrepreneurs’ Day.

The Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Social Insurance organised an online conference on July 6 to discuss measures to improve the quality of medical examinations and the treatment covered by health insurance at the grassroots level.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has permitted the National Museum of History to coordinate with the Quang Ngai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to excavate the ancient Dung Quat ships in Binh Thuan commune, Binh Son district, Quang Ngai province. The excavation is scheduled to be carried out until September 15, 2018.