July 23-29: 71st anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day marked nationwide

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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made the headlines over the past week.

71st anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day marked nationwide

Localities across the country held various activities to commemorate the millions of martyrs and war invalids who sacrificed their lives and health during the wars.

The authorities, volunteers and benefactors also expressed their care for the families of martyrs and invalids through giving them financial support, social houses and heath care check-ups.

"We never forget and must not forget the great sacrifices of our forefathers and the millions of fallen soldiers who laid down their lives for the Fatherland and for the great revolutionary cause of the Party and our people," PM Phuc said at a ceremony on July 26.

Hanoi marks 10 years of administrative boundary adjustment

Urban space has been expanded in many directions, with the construction of modern, synchronous and complete social and technical infrastructures, such as Van Quan, My Dinh, Mo Lao and An Khanh in western city.

Hanoi held a ceremony on July 28 to mark the 10th anniversary of the adjustment of the capital city’s administrative boundary.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung, said that, after a decade, the city has been given a facelift with an average growth of 7.41% per year, making it one of the two driving forces of the national economy.

National Assembly Chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said the NA’s Resolution No.15 on the adjustment of the administrative boundaries of Hanoi marked the largest adjustment and expansion of Hanoi’s boundary so far, adding that it has made it easier for the city to develop its economy with thousands of tangible and intangible cultural heritages, as well as building a strong national defence-security posture.

Australian House of Representatives Speaker visits Vietnam

Speaker of the Australia's House of Representatives Tony Smith paid an official visit to Vietnam from July 23-25, at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, under which the two sides agreed to further intensify the links between the two legislatures.

The Vietnamese side expressed their support for Australian firms to increase investments in the country, especially in the fields of high demand such as energy, telecommunications infrastructure, finance-banking, mining, engineering, high-tech agriculture, education, tourism, poverty reduction, climate change prevention and high-quality workforce training.

Vietnam attracts US$80 billion in ODA over the last 25 years

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh speaking at the event (Photo: baoquocte.vn)

Vietnam has mobilised approximately US$80 billion in official development assistance (ODA) and preferential loans since 1993, establishing itself as one of the largest recipients of ODA worldwide, as announced at a joint meeting between the National Assembly and the Government on July 26.

Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh noted with pleasure that the donors have expressed their appreciation for Vietnam’s effective use of ODA loans, which is the main reason for the donors to continue providing ODA and preferential loans to Vietnam to facilitate national development.

Vietnam becomes China’s largest trade partner in ASEAN

Vietnam has overtaken Malaysia to become the largest trade partner of China in ASEAN, said Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, Hu Suojin, at a press briefing held by the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on July 26.

Total trade revenues between Vietnam and China were estimated at US$66 billion in the opening half of 2018, with the average monthly trade turnover between the two countries having exceeded US$10 billion for the first time in history, he said.

In terms of investment, Hu Suojin stated that, in 2017, China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam exceeded US$2.1 billion, the largest sum in history and China is currently the sixth largest foreign investor in Vietnam.

Vietnamese students shine at International Olympiads

Four members of the Vietnamese team that participated in the 2018 International Chemistry Olympiad

All five Vietnamese students won medals, including two golds, at the 49th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO 2018) held in Portugal from July 21 to 29, with the participation of 86 countries and territories.

At the 2018 International Chemistry Olympiad held in Slovakia and the Czech Republic from July 19-29, all four members of the Vietnamese team also bagged medals, including one gold, two silvers and one bronze, the Ministry of Education and Training announced on July 29.

PM agrees on Hanoi’s hosting of SEA Games 31

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed to allow Hanoi to host the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 11th ASEAN Para Games (Para Games 11) in 2021.

According to the the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, SEA Games 31 is scheduled to last for roughly 17 days and Para Games 11, around 11 days, from October to December 2021. About 11,000 athletes and coaches are expected to participate in SEA Games 31, with some 2,100 to join the Para Games 11.

Sapa named among the 50 most beautiful places on the planet

Sapa has become increasingly attractive to visitors in recent years. (Photo: Huy Thoai//Getty Images)

Sapa, in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, has been included in a new list of the top 50 most beautiful places on the planet by travel site PureWow.

Sapa, located some 2,000km further north, is known for its trekking trails. The colourful town is recognised as the perfect oasis for travellers on strenuous mountain treks and rice paddy tours.