August 27-September 2: Vietnam’s National Day joyfully marked at home and abroad

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Thousands of people pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh on National Day
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made the headlines over the past week.

Vietnam’s National Day joyfully marked at home and abroad

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse hosted a banquet for ambassadors, charge d’affaires and heads of international organisations in Hanoi on August 30 to mark Vietnam’s 73rd National Day (September 2).

A delegation of the Party, State, National Assembly, Government and Vietnamese Fatherland Front paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi on August 31.

A series of exhibitions, cultural activities, art programmes, and sporting events were organised across the country to entertain people over the national holiday. Vietnamese embassies abroad also hosted ceremonies to mark the occasion.

President wraps up visits to Ethiopia, Egypt

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse (L) pose for a photo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his spouse (R). (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse arrived in Hanoi on August 29, rounding off successful state visits to Ethiopia and Egypt.

The two trips, made at the invitation of Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, have resulted in positive outcomes regarding the exchange of content between all sides, successful documents signed, as well as President Quang’s sideline activities.

At the end of each visit, a joint statement was issued, setting out major orientations and laying the basis for bilateral cooperation in the near future.

Indian Ocean Conference focuses on building regional architecture

The third Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) opened in Hanoi on August 27, drawing nearly 300 delegates from 40 countries and territories, including almost 100 Vietnamese officials and scholars.

The two-day event, themed “Building Regional Architecture,” focused on emerging regional architecture and promoting cooperation between the region’s stakeholder countries in building trust, respecting international law and settling disputes in a peaceful manner, as well as in maritime management and handling non-traditional threats.

The conference was a clear demonstration of the growing ties between New Delhi and Hanoi and the position of Vietnam in the US-led Indo-Pacific initiative.

Ha Long-Hai Phong expressway opens to traffic

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C) and delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the expressway. (Photo: NDO/Tran Hai)

The Ha Long-Hai Phong Expressway was opened to traffic at a ceremony on September 1, which saw the attendance of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Built at a cost of roughly US$581 million, the 25.2 km long expressway cuts the distance between Hanoi and Ha Long from 180km to 130km, and reduces the Ha Long-Hai Phong route from 75km to 25km.

The Ha Long-Hai Phong Expressway is expected to create breakthroughs in the socio-economic development of the economic triangle covering Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh.

Ho Chi Minh Museum inaugurated in Thailand

The Ho Chi Minh Museum was inaugurated in Ban Dong in Phichit province of Thailand, 350km north of the Thai capital of Bangkok, on September 1, as the third memorial site of late President Ho Chi Minh in Thailand, following other museums in Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom provinces.

Covering an area of 6,400 square metres, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, along with the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Site, is located at the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Centre in Phichit province.

Construction of the museum began in December 2013 at a cost of around US$915,000 funded by the Thai government.

Winners of ‘Bui Xuan Phai – For Love of Hanoi’ announced

Winners at the awards ceremony (Photo: VNA)

The Bui Xuan Phai Grand Prize has been awarded to 96-year-old Nguyen Ba Dam, a former history teacher at Phan Dinh Phung High School in Hanoi, who has devoted his whole life to the Hanoian culture and lifestyle.

The two Best Work Prizes were awarded to poet Phan Vu and Noel Poirer, former French Ambassador to Vietnam for his documentary film “My Hanoi”.

The Idea Prize went toAssociate Professor Nguyen Van Huy and his colleagues who suggested the preservation of Vuon Chuoi’s archeological relics, where the first inhabitants are believed to have settled in the historical area of the capital.

Book honours scientific-technological innovations

The Vietnam Golden Book of Innovation 2018, which gathers outstanding innovative projects and solutions in science and technology, made its debut in Hanoi on August 30.

Apart from summaries of the 73 prize-winning projects in the past year, the book also lists the collectives and individuals who have won international awards, along with Vietnam’s policies in support of innovation.

ASIAD 2018: Vietnamese delegation receive warm welcome home

Vietnamese delegation honoured at a programme titled “Proud of Vietnam” held on September 2 at the My Dinh national stadium in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese sports delegation attending the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD) in Indonesia returned home to the warm welcome of thousands of fans in Hanoi on September 2.

Vietnam finished 17th in the medal tally of the continental sporting event. The country sent 352 athletes to compete at the event. Vietnam pocketed four gold medals in pencak silat (men’s tanding 70-75 kg and 90-95 kg), women’s long jump and women’s lightweight quadruple sculls categories.

In addition, the Olympic team made history by earning a first ever place in the semi-finals of the men’s football and winning praise from international experts.

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