March 4-10: Biography of President Ho Chi Minh published in Bengali in Bangladesh

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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Biography of President Ho Chi Minh published in Bengali in Bangladesh

The Vietnamese Embassy in Bangladesh held a ceremony on March 6 to unveil a Bengali-language biography of President Ho Chi Minh, which was translated from an English edition published by The Gioi Publishers.

The biography, a joint effort by the Vietnamese Embassy and the Nawab Salimullah Institute, came following the translation and publication of a book entitled “Uncle Ho’s Testament” by Vu Ky in Bengali in 2017.

It is expected to help Bengali readers gain a better understanding of the life, career and ideology of President Ho Chi Minh.

Five from Vietnam included in Forbes billionaires list

Chairman of the diversified conglomerate Vingroup Pham Nhat Vuong (R) and new-age carrier Vietjet CEO and President Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao

Vietnam has five billionaires, with total assets of US$13.6 billion, on the recently released Forbes 2019 World Billionaires list, including two newcomers.

The two newcomers are Ho Hung Anh, chairman of Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank), and Nguyen Dang Quang, chairman of consumer goods and natural resources firm Masan Group.

The three returnees to the list were chairman of the diversified conglomerate Vingroup Pham Nhat Vuong, new-age carrier Vietjet CEO and president Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and chairman of Thaco – the biggest car company in Vietnam – Tran Ba Duong.

Outstanding female scientists honoured with Kovalevskaia Award

Vietnam Women’s Union, Kovalevskaia Award Committee and the Hanoi Medical University organised a ceremony in Hanoi, on March 4, to honour the winners of Kovalevskaia Award 2019, which honours outstanding female scientists.

The award was presented to a group of female environmental technology scientists at the Faculty of Environmental Science of the University of Science, and also to a member of the Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Lan, Director of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture.

The award, named after Russian female mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya, is presented annually to honour female scientists with major achievements in scientific research and application.

Bear conservation centre opened in Ninh Binh province

Bear conservation centre opened in Ninh Binh province (Photo:

Four Paws, an international animal welfare organisation, opened a bear sanctuary in Ky Phu commune of Nho Quan district, in the northern province of Ninh Binh, on March 7.

The centre has a total area of 10ha, which is able to accommodate about 100 bears in a suitable semi-natural habitat.

The first phase of this facility, covering 3.6ha, has been completed. It is currently caring for 10 bears which used to be farmed for their bile, and two others which are victims of wildlife trafficking.

The sanctuary is now able to receive another 32 bears, and it will have enough space for over 70 bears by the end of this year.

Vietnam named among top 11 of world’s healthiest countries

Vietnam has been listed among the top 11 healthiest countries in the world, according to the Global Wellness Index (GWI) published by investment firm LetterOne.

Out of the 151 nations evaluated for the list, Vietnam was ranked in 11th place while Canada took the number one position. A host of other Asian countries also made the list’s top 11, including the Philippines in 4th, Maldives in 5th, Singapore in 7th, Laos in 8th, the Republic of Korea in 9th, and Cambodia in 10th.

The GWI’s evaluation is based on a number of key metrics, including blood pressure, blood glucose, obesity, depression, government healthcare spending, alcohol use, smoking, happiness, and healthy life expectancy.

Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival kicks off in Dak Lak

A performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA)

The seventh Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival opened in the Central Highlands province of Dak lak on March 9 under the theme “The Quintessence of Jungle”.

The biennial festival aims to increase the value and position of Vietnamese coffee brand in the global market as well as honour coffee growers, processors and businesspeople.

Running through March 16, this year’s event includes a hive of activities, including the 2019 Dak Lak investment promotion conference, an exhibition on coffee, a seminar on the development of specialty Vietnamese coffee, a photo and coffee history exhibition, a street parade, and a culinary competition.

15-year-old Vietnamese lifter sets three youth world records

15-year-old Vietnamese weightlifter, Do Tu Tung, brought home three gold medals and setting three youth world records in the men's 49kg division at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships, which opened in Las Vegas, USA, on March 8 (local time).

Competing with seven strong rivals from Turkey, USA, Ecuador and Romania, the young Vietnamese dominated the snatch, setting a new youth world record at 95kg with his second attempt. He continued his great performance in the clean and jerk, also setting the youth world record at 117kg and immediately improved to 125kg, totalling 220kg, which is also a youth world record.

Since the weight class was first put into play by the IWF, Tung has established three new world youth records.

Vietnam advance to AFC U16 women’s finals for first time

Vietnam's U16 women team (Photo:

Vietnam will take part in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Women’s Championship Finals for the first time after finishing second in the group stages in Vientiane, Laos, on March 8.

Vietnam won one, drew one and lost one to finish on four points in Group A behind Australia, who won all three games.

Australia and Vietnam will join Group B’s China and Bangladesh and the top three teams from the 2017 edition, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, along with hosts Thailand, in the finals in September.

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