August 13-19: 30th Diplomatic Conference opens in Hanoi

Monday, 2018-08-20 11:00:30
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh opens the 30th Diplomatic Conference (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made the headlines over the past week.

30th Diplomatic Conference opens in Hanoi

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Binh Minh, affirmed at the 30th Diplomatic Conference, which opened in Hanoi on August 13, that the diplomatic sector has completed the major tasks set out by the 12th National Party Congress.

Addressing the conference, Party General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong, also shared the praise for the diplomatic sector, noting that in the past three years, especially in 2017, the sector recorded various important achievements and became a bright spot in the country’s success.

Typhoon-triggered floods leave 10 dead, 2 missing

Some roads in Son La, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An were hampered by landslides (Photo: VNA)

The death toll caused by the floods following typhoon Bebinca, the fourth storm to hit Vietnam this year, had increased to 10 as of August 18, according to the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Of the dead victims, two were in the northern mountainous province of Son La, two were in the north central province of Thanh Hoa and six others died in central Nghe An province. In addition, two people in Son La and Thanh Hoa were reported missing.

Moody's upgrades ratings on 14 Vietnamese banks

Moody's Investors Service upgraded its ratings on 14 Vietnamese commercial banks, on August 14, following its upgrading of Vietnam's sovereign rating to Ba3 from B1 and the change in the outlook for the sovereign's rating, to stable from positive, on 10 August 2018.

The service has upgraded the long-term local and foreign-currency deposit and issuer ratings of Vietcombank, BIDV, and VietinBank, as well as upgrading the long-term foreign-currency deposit ratings of ACB, MB, and Techcombank, among others.

Hanoi, HCM City among five leading improvers of life quality

A corner of Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi and the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City are among the five leading improvers of the quality of life over the past five years, according to the Global Liveability Index 2018 of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – a research and analysis division of the UK-based Economist Group.

This year, Hanoi was ranked 107th out of the 140 surveyed countries with 59.7 points, up 5.5 percentage points, while Ho Chi Minh City came in 116th with 57.1 points, up 4.4 percentage points.

Rapid economic development, alongside the higher scores in the fields of recreational and artistic activities, private education, and road infrastructure were the main factors that helped the Vietnamese cities to increase their places in the ranking.

Vietnamese physics professor wins 2018 Dirac Medal

Vietnamese Professor, Dam Thanh Son, from the University of Chicago was recently named as one the three winners of the 2018 Dirac Medal and Prize by International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

Son and the two others winners – Subir Sachdev of Harvard University and Xiao-Gang Wen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – received the honour for their independent contributions toward understanding novel phases in strongly interacting many-body systems, introducing original cross-disciplinary techniques.

In its announcement of the laureates, the ICTP wrote that Son was the first to understand that gauge/gravity duality could be used to address basic questions in strongly interacting many-body problems.

Vietnamese photographers win two gold medals at world contest

Thunderstorm by Le Duc Toai

Two Vietnamese photographers – Dao Tan Phat and Le Duc Toai - have won gold medals at the Third International Circular of Photography “Grand M.S.M Circuit 2018”.

Phat won the FIAP gold medal with his work Floating Fishing Village in the travel photo section, while Toai won the FSS gold medal with his work Thunderstorm in the open monochrome section.

The contest, held in the three countries of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, in July, was open to entries from all over the world. It offered a total of 59 awards in four sections of open colour, nature, travel photos and monochrome.

Vietnam up nearly 900 points in FIFA rankings

Vietnam is Southeast Asia’s number one team, coming in at 102 on the FIFA World Rankings for August.

According to FIFA’s new ranking formula, Vietnam received 1,220 points, up nearly 900 points compared to the previous method, earning the country 17th place in Asia.

Asiad: Quang Hai fires Vietnam into Round of 16 as Group D winners

Vietnamese players celebrate Quang Hai's goal during the match. (Photo:

A solitary goal by Quang Hai helped Vietnam U23s to topple Japan in the last group match on August 19 and cruise into the knockout stage of the Asian Games men’s football as Group D winners.

By beating Japan 1-0, Vietnam U23s officially claimed top spot overall in Group D with nine points. Next up for Park’s side will be a Round of 16 clash with the best third-placed team of either Group B, E or F. Meanwhile, as the Group D runners-up, Japan will battle it out against the Group E winners, Malaysia, for a place in the quarterfinals.

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