February 1-7: 13th National Party Congress a complete success: top leader

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Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (standing) speaks at the press conference (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

13th National Party Congress a complete success: top leader

The 13th National Party Congress was a success and concluded two days earlier than scheduled, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong said at a press briefing on February 1 following the congress’s closure.

The congress was successful in many aspects, from its content, form and organisation to the working attitude, resulting in the adoption of its resolution, he said.

The leader highlighted the efficiency of preparation work, especially regarding documents and personnel for the congress.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong stressed that the important thing now is how best to bring the resolution to life.

Politburo assigns tasks to two Politburo members

General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and new Permanent member of the Secretariat Vo Van Thuong (Photo: VNA)

The Politburo organised a ceremony on February 6 to announce decisions on the assignment of tasks to two Politburo members.

Under Decision No. 01-QDNS/TW, dated February 5, 2021, the Politburo assigned Politburo member Vo Van Thuong as Permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat.

Under Decision No. 02-QDNS/TW, dated February 5, 2021, the Politburo assigned Politburo member Tran Tuan Anh to hold the post of Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission.

Vietnam’s industrial production index up 22.2% in January

Vietnam’s index of industrial production rose by 22.2% in January as against the same month in 2020, demonstrating the sector’s strong growth, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

Manufacturing recorded the largest gain at 27.2%, followed by an increase of 16.3% in power generation and distribution.

The number of workers in industrial enterprises as of January 1 increased by 1.1% against the previous month but fell by 1.4% compared to a year earlier, with the largest drop being in the domestic private sector at 2.5%.

16 new COVID-19 cases recorded in 12 hours

Vietnam detected 16 cases of COVID-19 in the community over the 12 hours before 18:00 on February 7, bringing the national count to 2,001, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

All new cases were recorded in Hai Duong Province - the country's largest COVID-19 hotspot.

Of the tally, 1,111 are locally transmitted, including 418 infections in the community since the pandemic broke out again in the northern provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh on January 27.

The Subcommittee for Treatment reported that four patients were given the all-clear on February 7, bringing the total recoveries to 1,472. The number of deaths related to the disease remains at 35.

People give send off to Kitchen Gods

Offerings to the three kitchen gods during the Land Genie and Kitchen Gods celebration.

Every Vietnamese family was busy staging a ceremony to send off the “Ong Cong - Ong Tao” (Land Genie and Kitchen Gods) of the household on their yearly visit of Heaven on the 23rd of the last month of the lunar year, which fell on February 4 this year.

The Kitchen Gods, the guardian spirit of the kitchen, are believed to comprise two male gods and one female, who bless the household and keep the kitchen fire burning, making every member of the family happy and well-off.

As the legend goes, the Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods will ride carps to Heaven on the day to deliver an annual report on the household’s activities to the God of Heaven. On New Year's Eve, the genies will return to earth and resume their caretaking duties in the kitchen of the house.

Hanoi to scale down Lunar New Year fireworks to prevent Covid-19

Hanoi has decided to curtail its fireworks display for the Lunar New Year celebrations, with the show now to take place at only one site, instead of 30 as originally planned, as the capital city seeks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The site has yet to be determined but the authorities stated it must meet pandemic prevention rules such as no mass gatherings. The show will be broadcast live on television.

In a related development, the authorities of Hoan Kiem District have proposed shutting down the pedestrian zone around Hoan Kiem Lake and nearby streets from February 5 as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.

Hoang Nam dominates 2021 National Tennis Championship

Ly Hoang Nam crowned champion at the tournament. (Photo: VTF)

Vietnam’s top tennis star Ly Hoang Nam proved his class as he won both the single’s and double’s titles at the 2021 National Men' & Women's Tennis Championship (VTF Masters 500-1), which wrapped up in Tay Ninh City on January 31.

Nam beat his teammate from Hai Dang Club – Trinh Linh Giang – in the men’s singles final yesterday, having also been crowned champion in the men's doubles the day before.

The first set was somewhat tedious as Nam was too strong against his opponent with a 6-0 victory. Into set 2, the 23-year-old player continued to display his outstanding performance. Giang's efforts in this set were only game wins, before letting Nam win a break in the 8th game to set a 6-3 victory, thereby snatching the championship title.

Also, on Sunday (Jan 31), Dao Minh Trang beat no. 1 seed Tran Thuy Thanh Truc 6-3, 6-4 to be crowned winner of the women's singles championship title.

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