News in Brief: January 18, 2019

The N-shape flyover at the Nguyen Thai Son-Nguyen Kiem junction in Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh City was opened for traffic on January 18. With an investment of US$22.2 million, the three-arm bridge is expected to ease traffic jams at the gateway to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The ‘Sơn La Strawberries and Safe Agricultural Products Week 2019’ officially kicked off at Big C Thang Long supermarket in Hanoi on January 18. Hosted by the Son La provincial People’s Committee, the three-day event aims to introduce and promote the consumption of safe local agricultural products, especially strawberries.

Twenty-five outstanding entries of the “Khoang Khac Vang” (Golden Moment) annual press photo contest earned awards in the two categories of photo set and single photo at a ceremony in Hanoi on January 18. Launched by the Vietnam News Agency in September 2018, the contest received 6,428 works from 632 photographers nationwide.

More than 16,600 people voluntarily donated their blood through blood donation campaigns launched by the Military Hospital 108 in 2018, providing over 4.5 million ml of blood, the hospital said on January 17.

Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich held a meeting with retired senior military officials from South Vietnam on January 17, during which he wished for more contributions from former officials.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh presented the "Heroic Vietnamese Mother" and "Hero of the People's Armed Forces" titles to Le Thi Ngai and Truong Thi Tam in Khoai Chau district, Hung Yen province, on January 18.

The Ho Chi Minh City Labour Confederation held a ceremony to commend 54 Party members on January 18 on the occasion of the 89th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Five Vietnamese travel companies, alongside over 1,000 firms from 50 countries worldwide, are currently participating in the 26th edition of SATTE, South Asia’s leading travel show, in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, from January 16-18.

News in Brief: January 17, 2019

A spring fair 2019 opened in Da Nang city on January 16, featuring 250 booths from nearly 200 businesses, cooperatives and supermarkets, offering necessities for locals in the central city until January 23.

A classroom for Agent Orange victims and disadvantaged children in Da Nang city was inaugurated in Hoa Nhon commune, Hoa Vang district on January 16. It was built from the donation of sailors from HMCS Calgary and MV Asterix under the Royal Canadian Navy on a visit to Da Nang in September 2018 and the Boomer's Legacy Fund with a budget of VND98 million, as well as a part of the funding from the Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Da Nang.

A traditional festival of the Ta Oi ethnic minority in Quang Tri province opened at A La village, A Bung commune, Dakrong mountainous district on January 16. The Arieu Ping festival is held once every 10 or 15 years and lasts for three days.

Up to now, there are 64 insurance companies across the country. In 2018, the total investment back into the economy by the insurance industry was estimated at VND319.6 trillion, up 29.53% compared to last year.

On January 17, the Department of Traffic Police (Ministry of Public Security) in coordination with the Mainichi Newspapers Group Holdings of Japan announced the winner of the slogan creation contest for traffic safety, namely "Doraemon with traffic safety". The special prize was given to Doan Nguyen Thuy Chi, a first class grader from Ngo Thi Nham Primary School in Hanoi, for her slogan "Wearing a safety helmet for you, staying away from accidents, all family is happy".

The Southern Power Corporation, under Vietnam Electricity, in coordination with the Dong Nai province authorities, handed over 10 gratitude houses to 10 local policy families in Vinh Cuu and Tan Phu districts on January 17. Each house was funded with VND50 million to build.

News in Brief: January 16, 2019

The Saigon Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, composed of musicians aged between 18 and 25, made their debut on January 13 in Ho Chi Minh City with a concert entitled “Once Upon a Spring” where Tchaikovsky’s best works were performed.

To date, 695 Vietnamese products have filed for intellectual property rights protection, according to a report reviewing the campaign to encourage Vietnamese people to use Vietnamese products.

A mobile app called “Hanh Trinh An Toan” (Safe Journey) has been launched by Plan International Vietnam and the Institute for Community Health Development to make it easier for female migrant workers to find jobs and lodgings.

News in Brief: January 15, 2019

The Vietnam Red Cross Society held a conference in Hanoi on January 15 to review the 10-year outcomes of its humanitarian campaign and to honour individuals and collectives who stood out in the campaign. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

A symposium on the brocade culture of Vietnamese ethnic groups was held in Dak Nong province on January 15, by the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, under the framework of the on-going Vietnam Brocade Culture Festival.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh attended the first congress of national notary representatives and the establishment of the Vietnam Notary Association on January 14.