News in brief: April 21, 2017

A photo exhibition featuring Vietnam’s beauty and tourism potential recently opened at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv. On display were photos of Vietnam’s reform achievements, landscapes, people and cultures.

News in brief: April 19, 2017

Vietnam will send a team consisting of eight students who are 11th and 12th graders from Hanoi, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Binh Phuoc and Thanh Hoa to compete in the 2017 Asian Physics Olympiad in Russia in May. The contest is scheduled to take place in Yakutsk, Russia, from May 1-9.

The Vietbuild Da Nang International Exhibition and Vietnam Architecture Festival 2017 kicked off in the central city of Da Nang on April 19 with the participation of nearly 300 domestic and foreign enterprises, displaying a wide range of products at some 600 booths covering construction materials, property, smart electrical appliances, door and window systems, interior and exterior decorations, solar power machines and water pipeline systems. Within the framework of the five-day event, the 2016 National Architecture Awards ceremony will be held to reward 30 of the most outstanding designs and architects out of 120 entries that have been classified into different categories: housing, public buildings and architectural publications.

A special arts exchange namely "Quang Tri – Memories of the Rivers" will be held at the special relic site of Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River, Quang Tri Province on April 30 under the framework of the National Reunion Festival on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Unification (April 30, 1975-2017) and the 45th anniversary of the liberation of Quang Tri Province (May 1, 1972-2017). With the estimated broadcasting time of 100 minutes, the programme will feature stories in the past linked with the two historic rivers in Quang Tri: Ben Hai and Thach Han, separation between the north and the south during the war and the meaning of national reunification. The programme also consists of a meeting with witnesses, presentations of reports and materials, musical performances and flower-releases on the river.

Approximately 100 reporters have voted for the Devotion Music Awards, held by the Vietnam News Agency’s Culture and Sports daily since 2005, to honour the best artists and musical productions of 2016. The annual awards are divided into nine categories, including best song, best album, best singer, best composer, best new artist, best live music show, and best television music show. For the first time, there will also be a best producer of the year award. The awards ceremony will be held on April 25 at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House with performances given by the nominees.

Hanoi FC will face Ceres Negros of the Philippines at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City in Group G of the 2017 AFC Cup on April 19. Hanoi are currently on top of the group undefeated with two wins and two draws, while Ceres are third with a win, two draws and a loss–tied with Felda United of Malaysia. The other Vietnamese representative in the AFC Cup, Quang Ninh Coal, is currently on the bottom of Group H with only one point after three matches and are almost certainly to be knocked out. Quang Ninh will meet Yadanarbon in their last match on May 2 in Myanmar.

News in brief: April 16, 2017

The National Students’ Math Olympics 2017 Contest wrapped up in the central coastal province of Phu Yen on April 15, with 67 first, 116 second and 156 third prizes awarded to pupils and students across the nation. The event drew the participation of 80 delegations from institutions, universities, colleges and high schools nationwide to participate in Algebra and Analysis. The 2018 event will be held in the central province of Quang Binh.

The Hanoi’s West Lake Water Park opened on April 15, bringing about an attractive programme for this summer entitled "Colour Summer 2017" with many incentives and discounts. Accordingly, during April 16-18, the park is offering 50% discount on its Water Park tickets and a 30% discount on its New Sun Park tickets.

Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has announced that in Q1 this year, the group has completed several key power projects, including connecting grid generators No. 1 and 2 of Trung Son Hydropower Plant, operating generator No. 1 at Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant and commencing commercial operations of generator No. 1 of Duyen Hai 3 Thermal Power Plant. EVN has also kicked off 26 projects and completed 25 grid works of 500/220/110 kV. The total value of EVN construction investment in Q1 reached VND22.3 trillion, with disbursement reaching VND19.2 trillion.

The Trang An landscape complex in northern province of Ninh Binh has opened the filming area of the recent blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island" to welcome domestic and international tourists to visit for free. After the film was screened around the world, the Tourism Department of Ninh Binh has assigned relevant local management agencies and businesses to restructure the film studio in Ninh Xuan Commune (Hoa Lu District) in accordance with the original one with natural materials. To attract tourists, Ninh Binh has also added the destination to tourist sites, while coordinating with travel businesses to introduce the filming areas during conferences and seminars.

News in brief: April 13, 2017

A public wifi system in Ha Long Bay will be piloted in the third quarter this year and put into use in the fourth quarter on several projected areas and overnight boat mooring points on the bay, announced the northern Quang Ninh province’s authorities. Accordingly, super wifi solution (also known as TV white space) with large coverage, low attenuation and improved coverage will be applied through six wifi stations.

The 13th International Exhibition on Automobiles, Motorbikes, Electric Bikes and Supporting Industry, will take place from May 25-28 in Ho Chi Minh City, and will see the participation of more than 350 enterprises. The Saigon Autotech & Accessories 2017 will feature about 700 booths on 15,000m2 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, introducing sports automobiles, light commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, electric bikes, and fuel-efficient cars, among others.

Mobile carrier VNPT VinaPhone officially launched its 4G service in the southernmost province of Ca Mau on April 12, making the service provider the first to deploy 4G in the province. To date, VinaPhone has completed the first phase of its 4G coverage project in 12 provinces and cities across the country, including Ca Mau. Along with optimizing 4G quality in areas where service is available, VinaPhone is urgently deploying the second phase of the project to accelerate 4G coverage across the country in 2017.

News in brief: April 10, 2017

Over 22,5000 Vietnamese workers went to work abroad in the first quarter of this year, marking an increase of 8.7%, over the same period last year, statistics from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) show. In the month of March alone, statistics from enterprises show that the total number of workers abroad was 8,274 — of which 2,598 were women. Japan ranked as the largest market for Vietnamese workers during the first three months (3,823 workers), followed by Chinese Taipei (3,580 workers), the Republic of Korea (437 workers), Saudi Arabia (191 workers), Algeria (112 workers), Malaysia (67 workers), and Turkey (45 workers), among others.

News in brief: April 9, 2017

Vietnam's no.1 shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh bagged four gold medals both in individual and team events at the 2017 National Shooting Championships, which is being held in Hanoi. Thanks to Vinh’s achievement, the Army team is leading — with a medal tally of 13 golds, 12 silvers and five bronzes — followed by Hai Duong and Hanoi.

Hanoi claimed the top position, with 18 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals, at the 2017 National Wushu Championships, which took place in Hai Duong province from April 5-8. Ho Chi Minh City and the Army teams were in second and third places, respectively. The tournament drew the participation of over 280 male and female athletes from 30 provinces, cities and units across the country.

News in brief: April 8, 2017

The traditional Mai An Tiem Festival officially opened on April 8 at the Mai An Tiem’s temple in Nga Phu commune, Nga Son district in the central province of Thanh Hoa. The annual festival commemorates Mai An Tiem, who was exiled to a desert island (now in Nga Son district) by the Hung King where he discovered watermelon seeds and started growing the fruit, making the island prosperous and rich.

Delegates of the Lam Son Bookcase project held a ceremony in Thanh Hoa province on April 8 to present nearly 200 bookcases and 200 gifts worth VND500 million to 17 primary schools in Don Son district. The project is expected to bring joy to millions of needy children across the country as well as nurture their passion for reading.

News in brief: April 7, 2017

The Centre for Research, Conservation and Development of Vietnamese Cuisine has recently been set up by the Vietnam Tourism Association with an aim to preserve and promote the quintessence of the Vietnamese gastronomy, contributing to the country’s tourism development. The centre is located at No.18 Truong Dinh street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) has presented 53 Toyota scholarships worth VND6 million each to support young Vietnamese music talents in the northern region. This year, TMV will donate two traditional instruments worth VND90 million for five music training schools under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, plus 85 scholarships amounting to VND510 million to excellent students from the above five music schools. Launched in 2009, the annual Toyota scholarship programme aims to support and encourage Vietnamese students specialise in music.