December 23-29: Laos marks 70th anniversary of traditional day of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers

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

Laos marks 70th anniversary of traditional day of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers

The Party, State and Defence Ministry of Laos held a grand ceremony in Vientiane on December 26 to mark the 70th anniversary of the traditional day of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts in Laos (October 30, 1949).

Addressing the event, General Chansamone Chanyalath, Politburo member and Minister of Defence, affirmed that the Lao Party, State, army and people always remember the sacrifice of Vietnamese soldiers for Laos’ national independence.

For his part, General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of Defence of Vietnam, highlighted the significance of the ceremony, while stressing the special solidarity and faithful relations between Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States, armies, and peoples.

Outstanding young entrepreneurs honoured for excellent startups in 2019

The Party and State leaders join a group photo with nine young entrepreneurs at the event. (Photo: NDO/Ngoc Vy)

The Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association (VYEA) hosted a ceremony in Hanoi on December 28 to celebrate its 5th founding anniversary and present the 2019 Outstanding Young Entrepreneur in Startup Award.

This year’s award was launched in September by the Central Committee of Vietnam Youth Federation and the VYEA since 2015, targeting Vietnamese citizens under 35 years of age.

After three rounds of voting, the organisers selected the nine best candidates to present with the award. In 2018, these young entrepreneurs' businesses generated revenue of about VND1.6 trillion, contributing VND76 billion to the State budget and creating jobs for more than 15,000 employees.

Vietnam’s only scientific journal listed in SCIE

The Journal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices (JSAMD) has become the first Vietnamese journal to be put forward in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) via the Web of Science which features the world’s leading citation databases.

JSAMD is the collaboration between the Vietnam National University, Hanoi and Netherland’s Elsevier publishing company.

JSAMD is the only Vietnamese scientific journal selected by Clarivate Analytics to be listed in the SCIE database while several other countries in the ASEAN region such as Thailand and Malaysia already have 8 and 15 selected journals respectively.

Young Vietnamese painter set sales records in US

Xeo Chu and one of his paintings (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Xeo Chu, a 12-year-old Vietnamese painter, has set sales records with his colourful abstract paintings in the US, with some selling for more than US$150,000.

Chu’s paintings are being compared to works by American artist Jackson Pollock, a major artist in the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. One difference between the two, however, is that Pollock produced his most famous pieces at his middle age.

The Vietnamese seventh-grade student is holding his first show called “Big World, Little Eyes” at the Georges Berges Gallery in New York from December 19, 2019 to January 2, 2020.

Vietnam welcomes record number of foreign visitors in 2019

Vietnam greeted over 18 million international tourists in 2019, the highest level so far, according to the General Statistics Office. The number showed a year-on-year rise of 16.2%.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) said the country served 85 million domestic holidaymakers in the year, increasing over 6%.

In 2020, the country strives to welcome approximately 20.5 million international tourists, and 90 million domestic ones. The tourism sector aims to gross over VND 830 trillion (US$ 35.9 billion) in revenue.

Quang Hai’s ‘Rainbow in the Snow’ top voted for AFC U23 Championship’s Iconic Goals

Quang Hai’s ‘Rainbow in the Snow’ top voted for AFC U23 Championship’s Iconic Goals

Vietnamese midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai’s goal ‘Rainbow in the Snow’ in the final between Vietnam and Uzbekistan in the AFC U23 Championship 2018 has been chosen as the most iconic goal of the tournament.

After seven days of vote through the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) website, Hai’s stunning free kick received 1,159,847 votes or 79.1 percent of the total ballots.

It was a long way ahead of Iran's Mahdi Torabi strike which came second in the list with 298,037 votes.

Vietnam sweeps three gold medals at Asian Petanque Championships

The Vietnamese delegation blasted their way to three gold medals, their best result ever, at the 3rd Asian Boules Sport Confederation (ABSC) Petanque Championships 2019 that concluded in Hanoi on December 22.

Vietnamese players dominated the mixed triples categories following their 13-3 victories against the Lao team (two women – one man) and the Cambodian rivals (two men – one woman), respectively. The remaining title of hosts Vietnam was claimed in the women’s triples event.

The Asian Petanque Championships took place in Hanoi from December 18 to 22, with the participation of more than 100 athletes from 12 countries and territories across the continent.

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