News in Brief: April 14, 2021

A ceremony was held at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel on April 14 to commemorate the death of Emperor Ly Thai To, who relocated the Vietnamese capital from Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province to Thang Long, present-day Hanoi, in 1010.

Vietnam exported 428,000 tonnes of coffee worth US$771 million in the first three months of 2021, down 17% in volume and 11.3% in value compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has announced plans to plant 50 million green trees over the next five years in response to the government’s initiative to plant one billion trees during the 2021-2025 period, helping raise its forest cover to 55%.

The Ho Chi Minh City Labour Union has signed an agreement with the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Rehabilitation and Occupational Diseases to provide screening for occupational diseases at discounted prices for its members.

Vietnam exported 1.07 million tonnes of cassava and cassava products worth US$396 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 40.3% in quantity and 53.3% in revenue compared to the same period in 2020, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

A 1984-born patient with haemophilia, who was treated for 11 consecutive years at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, has been discharged following his full recovery. Health insurance has spent over VND38 billion on the long-term treatment of his hereditary bleeding disease, the first in Vietnam.

Hanoi folk water puppet amateur troupes will gather in a water puppetry festival scheduled on May 17, held at Thay Pagoda in Sai ​​Son Commune, Quoc Oai District. Each performance lasts from 20 to 25 minutes.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has sent a document to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam proposing that research be made on the possibility of installing lights to improve operational capacity at Con Dao Airport in Ba Ria-Vung Tau. As the airport is not permitted to operate 24 hours a day, flights only take off and land during daytime hours.

Electronic stamping will be applied on imported cigarettes and alcohol, as well as those domestically produced for domestic consumption, from May 15, under a newly-issued circular from the Ministry of Finance. The e-stamps contain electronic data that can be searched on the web portals of taxation and customs authorities.

The seventh H’Mong Khen panpipe festival will be held in Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province from April 30 to May 2, featuring various unique cultural activities.

The voters from Tan Thinh Ward, Thai Nguyen City, Thai Nguyen Province, who attended a meeting on April 13 to cast vote of confidence unanimously agreed to recommend Politburo member, Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang to run for a deputy position at the upcoming election of deputies to the 15th National Assembly.

On April 13, Politburo member cum Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung attended a meeting to hand over the task of Minister of Finance, having previously held the position, to Ho Duc Phoc, member of the Party Central Committee and the newly-elected Minister of Finance.

News in Brief: April 13, 2021

Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has launched the 2021 Book Week at the National Radio Broadcasting Centre, No. 58 Quan Su Street, Hanoi, as part of the activities for the 8th Vietnam Book Day (April 21).

On April 12, in Hanoi, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia attended a conference held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to implement the resolutions and decisions of the Party and the State on the ministry's personnel work.

A group of six fishermen from a fishing boat coded BV 94339 TS were saved, and their vessel towed to safety off the coast of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province on April 12, by ship SAR 413 under the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre.

Entrance exams for high school for the 2021-2022 school year in Hanoi will take place on June 10-11. Candidates will take exams in four subjects, including: Literature, Math, Foreign Language and History.

The export and import of goods and services via the Lao Cai international border gate stood at nearly US$950 million in the first quarter of this year, up 75% year-on-year. Exports surged 63% to around US$406 million during the period, mostly yellow phosphorous, dragon fruit, mangos, watermelons, and bananas.

A photo exhibition entitled ‘Ninh Binh – My Homeland’ opened on April 13, as part of the National Tourism Year 2021, being hosted by Ninh Binh province. The exhibition displays 80 photos featuring both cultural and historical value as well as the tourism potential of the locality.

The Ministry of Public Security’s Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on April 12 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the traditional day of the advisory unit under the Vietnam people’s public security (1946-2021) and receive the Military Exploit Order, third class.

Students from Cambodia and Laos in Ho Chi Minh City on April 12 joined a get-together held by the local Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on the occasion of their New Year festival. The New Year festival, called Chol Chnam Thmay in Cambodia and Bunpimay in Laos, takes place in April every year.