August 17-23: Meeting marks 75th anniversary of August Revolution

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

Meeting marks 75th anniversary of August Revolution

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attended a ceremony held at the NA House on August 19 to mark the 75th anniversaries of the Tan Trao National Congress (August 16), the August Revolution (August 19), and National Day (September 2).

Tan Trao, known as the cradle of Vietnam’s revolution, was once the home of President Ho Chi Minh and Party agencies in the period before the success of the August Revolution in the resistance war against French colonialists.

On September 2, 1945, at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

As part of the meeting, the delegates watched a documentary that reconstructs the atmosphere of September 2, 1945 and underlines the significance of the Independence Day.

A number of cultural events were also held across the country to mark the 75th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attend fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attend fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (Photo credit: Hoang Quynh)

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on August 19 attended the virtual fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which was held from August 19-20 under the theme of the leadership of parliaments in realising multilateralism more effectively.

The conference, held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the United Nations, and the Austrian Parliament, adopted the Declaration on Parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and sustainable development for the people and planet.

On the first working day of the conference, Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivered a speech on “Stepping up parliamentary action: climate change urgency”. She agreed that climate change has become ever more urgent, particularly as the world is being severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam among top 16 most successful emerging economies in the world

A new study shows that Vietnam is in the top 16 most successful emerging economies in the world, with many prospects to narrow the gap with developed countries amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, according to The Economist.

In a recent article, The Economist said this awful year could, paradoxically, be a good one for what economists call convergence. This normally takes place when poor economies grow faster than rich ones, narrowing the income gap between them. Few emerging markets will grow at all – perhaps China, Egypt and Vietnam. But because advanced economies will probably retreat even faster, the gap between them will narrow.

Based on the productivity performance of 97 economies since 2000, the World Bank has identified five clubs. The three gloomiest groups comprise fairly poor countries. A fourth contains some big ones with unfulfilled potential, such as Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

The most successful club spans all of today’s advanced economies as well as 16 emerging markets, including China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Poorer members tend to grow faster than the rich ones, at a pace that would halve the productivity gap between them every 48 years.

Vietnamese team bag six medals at 13th Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad

The Vietnamese team participating in the 13th Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad.

All six members of the Vietnamese team competing at the 13th Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad (APIO) 2020 on line have won medals, the Ministry of Education and Training said on August 22, citing sources from the event’s host Indonesia.

The team brought home one gold, four silver and a bronze medals, ranking sixth in the event, after China, Russia, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

Vietnam is among 10 teams winning gold at the competition.

In the previous event, Vietnam won seven silver medals.

568 COVID-19 patients in Vietnam fully recovered as of August 24 morning

As many as 568 of the total number of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam have fully recovered as of August 24 morning, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The country’s total COVID-19 cases were reported at 1,016, including 674 community infections. There are 534 cases linked to outbreaks in Da Nang since July 25.

Among the active patients, 39 have tested for SARS-CoV-2 once, 49 twice and 28 three times. There have been 27 fatalities so far.

A total of 70,620 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients and came from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine nationwide.

Vietnam wins golden trophy in volleyball at Army Games 2020

Vietnam's military engineering unit at the Army Games 2020.

The Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) delegation won their first golden trophy at the Army Games 2020 in Russia after overcoming the Uzbekistani team 2-0 in the final match of the amateur volleyball tournament on August 14 (local time).

The event, open to engineering units, was the first sideline activity of the “Safe Route” competition within the framework of the Army Games in Kstovo.

Four participating teams were divided into two groups for the preliminary round, with Vietnam beating hosts Russia 2-0 to set up a title match with Uzbekistan, who defeated Belarus. In the final, agility, good jumping power and especially teamwork helped the Vietnamese military engineers finish off the opponents to lift the golden trophy.

The golden volleyball trophy will be presented during the closing ceremony of the Army Games 2020 on September 5, together with other important awards.

“Make in Vietnam” digital technology product awards 2020 launched

The “Make in Vietnam” digital technology products 2020 award, the first of its kind in Vietnam, was launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Hanoi on August 19.

The awards will cover five categories including excellent digital foundation, excellent digital products, outstanding digital solutions, the narrowing of the digital gap, and potential digital products.

All enterprises operating in Vietnam can apply for the awards from August 20 to October 20, 2020, through the online address

The award is expected to encourage digital technology enterprises to research and create digital technology products and honour outstanding products with contributions to the development of the e-government, digital economy and digital society in addition to promoting “Make in Vietnam” digital products to businesses and the people of Vietnam.

Vietnamese film wins prize at Locarno International Film Festival

Poster for ‘A Trip to Heaven’ by director Duong Dieu Linh

‘Thien Duong Goi Ten’ (A Trip to Heaven), a film by young Vietnamese director Duong Dieu Linh, has won a prize at the 2020 Locarno International Film Festival which was held in Switzerland from August 5 to 15.

The 15-minute Vietnamese film was presented with the Medien Patent Verwaltung AG Prize of the festival’s Pardi di doman category, which honours best international short films.

The category saw the competition of 43 entries, including two other Vietnamese films, namely ‘An Act of Affection’ by Viet Vu, and ‘The Unseen River’ by Pham Ngoc Lan.

‘A Trip to Heaven’ tells the story of 50-year-old woman named Tam, who bumps into her high school sweetheart on a tour bus to the Mekong Delta. Tam was hopeful for a chance of reconciliation, but maybe he was not.

Vietnamese painter wins awards for promoting intangible cultural heritage

Vietnamese painter Vu Duc Hieu, director of the Muong Cultural Space Museum, has won the 2020 Jeonju International Award for Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage (JIAPICH).

Hieu and the two other finalists, namely Impacto, a non-governmental organisation founded in Mexico; and Asama, a non-profit organisation in Burkina Faso, stood apart from thirty-nine applicants from 27 countries on six continents.

According to the organising board, the activities of Vu Duc Hieu’s Museum of Muong Cultural Space could be considered as model activities for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of minority people, resulting in assisting minority groups to affirm their cultural identity and promoting the establishment of the harmonious cultural diversity of the nation.

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