February 26 - March 4: President tours India and Bangladesh, PM chairs cabinet meeting

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President Tran Dai Quang (left) is greeted by Bangladeshi President Mohammad Abdul Hamid.
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NDO – President Tran Dai Quang paying a State visit to India and Bangladesh and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairing his regular cabinet meeting are among the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

President Tran Dai Quang pays State visit to India, Bangladesh

President Tran Dai Quang (right) and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. (Credit: VNA)

President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse wrapped up a three-day State visit to India on March 4.

During the visit, President Quang was received by the President of India and accorded with a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also held delegation-level talks with the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narenda Modi. In India, the guest met a number of Indian leaders and took part in a range of activities, including addressing the Vietnam - India Business Forum and holding discussions with several prominent leaders of the Indian industry and business.

At 4pm on March 4 (local time), President Quang and his spouse arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, starting a three-day State visit to the South Asian country. President Quang and his spouse were greeted by Bangladeshi President Mohammad Abdul Hamid, with a 21-gun salute during an official welcoming ceremony at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The visit takes place at a time when Vietnam and Bangladesh are celebrating the 45th anniversary since the foundation of their diplomatic ties. It affirms Vietnam’s consistent external policy of independence, self-reliance, and the multilateralisation and diversification of its foreign relations, including the long-standing friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Bangladesh.

Government convenes regular meeting, reviewing socio-economic situation in first two months

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the meeting (Photo VNA)

The Government convened its regular meeting, the first sitting of the Lunar New Year, under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Hanoi on March 1.

PM Phuc reviewed the Tet holiday, which lasted from February 14-20, lauding the efforts of all agencies and sectors to ensure a warm festival for people nationwide.

Regarding the country’s development in February, the PM said that, despite the week-long holiday, the macro economy, as well as interest and foreign exchange rates, remained stable.

The leader also commented on the exports in the month, which stood at some US$13.4 billion, raising the total export value in the first two months to US$33.6 billion, up nearly 23% annually.

Vietnam Doctors’ Day celebrated nationwide

The gathering held by the Cambodian-Vietnamese Doctors’ Association (Credit: NDO)

A grand ceremony was held by the Ministry of Health to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of Vietnam Doctors’ Day (February 27, 1955-2018), in Hanoi on February 27.

On the same day, many provinces and cities around the country held meetings to mark Vietnam Doctors’ Day, honouring the outstanding individuals and units in the health sector.

A gathering was held on the occasion by the Cambodian-Vietnamese Doctors’ Association, with the attendance of Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh. Established one year ago, the association operates as a charity organisation to care for the Overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia.

Earth Hour 2018 launched in Vietnam

The launch of the Earth Hour campaign in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry of Trade has launched the Earth Hour campaign, with all 63 provinces and centrally-governed cities nationwide stating that unnecessary lights will be turned off on March 24.

With the message “Go More Green”, the campaign seeks to encourage businesses and the society as a whole to take part in activities that save energy, protect the environment and respond to climate change.

Lights are expected to go off in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and other cities for one hour from 8:30-9:30pm on March 24.

Two female associate professors honoured with 2017 Kovalevskaia Award

Young doctor Tran Van Khanh (L) and senior lecturer Dinh Thi Bich Lan are winners of the 2017 Kovalevskaia Award.

The winners of the 2017 Kovalevskaia Award were announced by the Vietnam Women's Union on March 2, namely Ass. Prof. Tran Van Khanh, Head of the Molecular Pathology Department under the Hanoi Medical University’s Faculty of Medical Technology, cum Deputy Director of Gen-Protein Research Centre under the university; and Ass. Prof. Dinh Thi Bich Lan, Senior Lecturer under the Institute of Biotechnology of Hue University.

The 30-year old award aims to honour female scientists who have gained significant achievements in their fields of expertise.

Vietnamese brings home World Boxing Council title

Nguyen Ke Nhon (right) wins Vietnam’s first World Boxing Council title on February 27.

Nguyen Ke Nhon won the World Boxing Council (WBC) title after defeating Russian Sergei Belik in Bangkok’s Luminee Stadium on February 27.

Nhon’s win is the first WBC title for Vietnam. Previously, Tran Van Thao had won a WBC Asian zone title.

Nhon, 20, from the central province of Binh Dinh, is one of the most popular muay artists in the country. He has won seven national gold medals, a kickboxing gold medal and a trophy at the Coco Championship recently.