July 16-22: Party chief calls for continuance of grassroots democracy consolidation

Monday, 2018-07-23 11:47:00
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Party General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, addresses the national conference on the implementation of grassroots democracy, Hanoi, July 16, 2018. (Photo: NDO/Dang Khoa)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made the headlines over the past week.

Party chief calls for continuance of grassroots democracy consolidation

The promotion of grassroots democracy should become a regular and continuous task in order for it to act as a driving force for socio-economic development and the improvement of the people’s welfare, Party General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, said at the national conference on grassroots democracy in Hanoi on July 16.

He stated that grassroots democracy consolidation helps to realise social justice, improve social security and create motivation for public revolutionary movements, that contribute to the development of the country in general and of each locality, agency and unit in particular.

PM attends Vietnam ICT Summit on digital government

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the summit. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The Government needs to change itself in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) in order to be able to govern the country in the digital age, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Vietnam ICT Summit in Hanoi on July 18.

However, he conceded that there are shortcomings in the e-Government building, such as an incomplete legal framework, a lack of high-quality human resources, low safety level of the information infrastructure and low rate of public service users. Vietnam is working to establish a National Committee on E-Government led by the PM in order to utilise the public-private partnership in this regard, the PM noted.

National flag carrier continues to be certified as 4-star airline

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has been certified as a 4-star airline by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, for the third consecutive year.

With the certification, Vietnam Airlines ranks alongside some of the world’s most reputable airlines, including Air France, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and British Airways.

Vietjet buys 100 new Boeing aircraft

Vietjet President and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes represent each side for the signing of the landmark contract (photo: Vietjet)

The new-age carrier Vietjet and Boeing Commercial Airplanes signed an order contract for 100 B737 MAX aircraft with a total value of US$12.7 billion at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, held in Farnborough, the UK, on July 18.

Vietjet’s new order will serve the carrier’s development of airline alliances across the Asia Pacific region and worldwide, further enhancing the airline’s fleet synchronisation, modernisation and fuel efficiency up to 2025.

Vietnamese students win three golds at 2018 International Biology Olympiad

All four members of the Vietnamese team attending the 2018 International Biology Olympiad in Iran won medals, including three golds and one silver, according to the Ministry of Education and Training.

The 29th International Biology Olympiad drew 261 students from 71 countries and territories. At the previous contest held in the UK, Vietnamese students won one gold and two silver medals.

Vietnam flood death toll rises to 19, many still missing

Militia members are helping with the cleanup efforts in Van Chan district.

Heavy rains and severe floods have killed at least 19 people and left 13 missing in Vietnam’s northern mountainous region as of July 21, according to the national disaster management agency.

Yen Bai was the hardest hit province with 11 deaths and eight people still unaccounted for. The remnants of Typhoon Son Tinh also caused extensive damage to crops, private properties and public infrastructure. Local residents and disaster relief teams are working hard to deal with the havoc wrought on the vulnerable region which was still reeling from flash floods and landslides that struck just a few weeks ago.

French Order of Academic Palms conferred on Vietnamese Associate Professor

On July 19, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Dien, Vice Rector of the University of Economics and Law under Vietnam National University -VNU Ho Chi Minh city, was awarded the Order of Academic Palms from Vincent Floreani, Consul-General of France in Ho Chi Minh City on behalf of the French President.

The professor is a scientist who has been active in international cooperation, with a focus on the Francophone language in Vietnam. He also is the first Vietnamese person to become an official member of the France Academy of Overseas Sciences.

Viettel mobile service subscribers hits 2 million in Myanmar

Mytel is expected to make a profit in 2019.

The number of mobile subscribers to Mytel - Viettel’s venture in Myanmar - has reached 2 million just one month after its official launch, the telecoms giant announced on July 20.

It is the fastest mobile user growth rate in the history of Viettel, amid sluggish growth in the global telecommunications market. In Myanmar, Mytel was the first and only carrier to have nationwide 4G coverage immediately at launch, supported by 30,000 kilometres of optical cables which is more than half of the Southeast Asian country’s total cable length.