News in Brief: July 18, 2019

The National Youth Swimming and Diving Championships 2019 officially closed on July 18 in Hanoi after nine days of competition. The first position went to Ho Chi Minh City team.

An exhibition on the impact of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin in Vietnam opened in Pleiku city, Gia Lai province on July 18. The event is to mark the 58th year of the AO/dioxin catastrophe in Vietnam and the Day for AO/dioxin victims (August 10).

Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has become the official nutrition sponsor for Vietnamese athletes and coaches, who will attend the SEA Games 2019 and ASEAN Para Games 2020.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted the importance of joint efforts to boost Vietnam – France cooperation for better outcomes, while receiving outgoing French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary in Hanoi on July 17.

On July 17, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received outgoing German Ambassador Christian Berger in Hanoi, expressing his hope for comprehensive cooperation activities between Vietnam and Germany, covering economics, politics, culture, national defence, security and personnel training.

The 26th annual Ho Chi Minh City International Track and Field Vietnam Open 2019 was launched in Ho Chi Minh City on July 17 with the participation of 550 athletes from across the country. They will compete in 34 categories from July 17-19, including 15 men’s events, 14 women’s events and five relay races.

The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) held a meeting in Hanoi on July 17 to discuss the launch of a national action programme on plastics for Vietnam.

The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the Asian Development Bank held a seminar in Hanoi on July 17, discussing the development of high-quality workforce for Vietnam’s sustainable development.

News in Brief: July 17, 2019

From 17:00 of July 17, the retail price of RON95-III increased VND718 to a maximum level of VND21,235 per litre, while the ceiling price of bio-fuel E5 RON 92 was up VND626 to VND20,279 per litre.

Poet Phan Vu, the author of the epic “Em oi! Ha Noi Pho” that has been set to music for one of the most famous songs about Hanoi, passed away on July 17 at the age of 93 in Ho Chi Minh City after a long battle with illness.

The Hanoi People’s Committee will spend VND265 billion to carry out the “One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) programme in the 2019-2010 period. The programme will focus on groups of products including food, beverages, herbs, fabrics and apparels, souvenirs, furniture, decoration, and rural tourism services.

A trade fair entitled “Proud of Vietnamese goods” was launched in Cho Moi district, An Giang province on July 17 by An Giang provincial Department of Industry and Trade. The fair, which is part of activities to promote the presence of Vietnamese goods in rural areas, attracted nearly 20 Vietnamese firms who showcased nearly 10,000 essential items.

A total of 446 remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who laid down their lives in Cambodia have been found in the 2018-2019 dry season and will be repatriated to Vietnam on July 22-24 through the border gates of Long An, Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces.

Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh held a working session with leaders of Quang Trị province on July 17 to discuss the province’s socio-economic situation and paid tribute to martyrs at the Truong Son Martyrs’ Cemetery.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has decided to establish nine national appraisal councils to assess textbooks and education activities of the first grade under the new education programme. The councils will report the results to the MoET before September 30, 2019.

The feasibility study on the construction of Long Thanh international airport was completed one month ahead of schedule and will be submitted to the National Assembly in October this year, according to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam.

The third National Young Talented Choreographers Contest wrapped in Hanoi on July 16 after 11 days of competition. Ten best performances were presented with awards by the culture ministry’s Department for Performing Arts, Vietnam Dancing Artists’ Association, and Ho Chi Minh City Culture and Sports Department.

The Hue Central Hospital and Thua Thien-Hue Association of Endocrinology and Diabetes provided free examination and screening of diabetes for over 1,000 people and thyroid pathology for more than 3,000 local people on July 16. The programme will run until July 26.

Nearly 2,200 officers, soldiers and students from 64 mass art troupes of the armed forces will participate in the 2019 Mass Art Festival for armed forces and students scheduled for July 24-28 in Ho Chi Minh City, September 19-27 in Da Nang and November 5-22 in Hanoi.

Pham Minh Chinh, Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Organisation, presented gifts to policy beneficiary families and offered incense at the Monument dedicated to Po Hen Hero in Hai Ha district, Quang Ninh province, on July 16, on the 72nd anniversary of Invalids and Martyrs Day.