News in brief: September 20, 2017

The domestic retail price of RON 92 petrol increased by VND319 to VND18,111 per litre, as of 3pm on September 20. The price of E5 bio-fuel also rose by VND297 to VND17,836 per litre. The prices of diesel and kerosene were up by VND491 and VND568 per litre, standing at VND14,441 and VND13,115, respectively.

Vietnam Airlines will launch the Hanoi-Tuy Hoa air route starting from October 1, with four flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The flights depart from Hanoi at 11.30am and leave Tuy Hoa at 1.50pm.

News in brief: September 18, 2017

The Vietnam Television International Cycling Tournament - Ton Hoa Sen Cup 2017 wrapped up on September 17 with its final lap stretching 147km from Bao Loc (Lam Dong province) to Ho Chi Minh City. Jiung Jang, from the Korail Cycle Team of the Republic of Korea, won the final yellow jersey with the best time of 39:04.46, while the green jersey went to Le Van Duan from Vietnam USA Society English - HCM City Team as the best sprinter with 206 points. The 14-stage tournament kicked off in Hanoi on September 2 with 84 cyclists from 12 teams competing.

Ba Be - Bac Kan Tourism Week 2017 will officially open on October 18 in Po Lu village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district of the northern province of Bac Kan, featuring a range of cultural, sporting and tourist activities. The event aims to introduce and promote the ecotourism potential and traditional cultural values of Ba Be district and Bac Kan province to both domestic and international visitors.

Vietnam's leading violinist Bui Cong Duy will take the stage during the "Beethoven Night" event, scheduled at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on September 19, presenting Beethoven's treasures to Vietnamese audiences. The conductor for the event will be Spanish talent David Gomez Ramirez.

The Hoi An International Marathon 2017 took place in Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam province, on September 17, attracting the participation of nearly 1,500 athletes from all over the world, competing in 5km, 10km and 42km range categories. The event was held for the first time in the UNESCO-recognised heritage by Thai Index Creative Village Company and Hoi An authorities in order to promote both local sport and tourism.

Vietjet has begun selling tickets priced from VND199,000 (excluding taxes and fees) on the route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, which will be put into operation as of November 24, 2017. The route will be operated as a daily round trip, with a flight time of 45 minutes per leg, departing from HCMC at 17:35 (local time) and arriving in Phnom Penh at 18:20 (local time). The return flight takes off in Phnom Penh at 19:30 and arrives in HCMC at 20:15.

A flight connecting Hanoi and Nanchang, the capital of east China's Jiangxi province, departed on September 17, launching the first direct air route between the two localities. Run by Chinese low cost carrier Lucky Air, the flight will operate every Wednesday and Sunday, helping shorten the travel time between the two cities to three hours from six hours previously.

News in brief: September 17, 2017

The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) revised the goal of rice export to 5.6 million tonnes this year from the 5.2 million tonnes set in July thanks to a strong rise in contracts signed during August, and positive signs of the market. In the first eight months this year, the country exported more than 3.8 million tonnes of rice with free on board (FOB) value of US$1.66 billion, up 17.7% in volume and 16.6% in value, respectively, on a yearly basis.

The first national festival of Dao ethnic culture will take place in the northern mountainous province of TuyenQuang on September 29 and 30. Dao ethnic communities from 12 provinces and cities will gather at the event. The festival is set to showcase Dao music, costumes and ritual ceremonies, food, and sports, with photo exhibitions and seminars. One of the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups, the Dao community has an estimated population of 750,000.

News in brief: September 12, 2017

On September 11, Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) announced that from January 1 next year, the group will launch bio-fuel E5 Ron 92 gasoline on its trading system, entirely replacing the old Ron 92 gasoline nationwide. Accounting for over 50% of Vietnam’s gasoline market, Petrolimex encourages its latter companies to carry out the conversion earlier than the above mentioned time, while developing specific a conversion plan for the E5 Ron 92 gasoline replacement in order to suit the facility's technical conditions and market demand.

The Cotton Day 2017, the first of its kind in Vietnam, opened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 12, featuring a seminar to discuss Vietnam-US relations, Vietnam’s garment-textile industry and the impacts from the US trade policy and purchase trends, in addition to a fashion show. The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam Cotton and Spinning Association, the Vietnam Textile and Garment Association and the US Cotton Council International in order to connect Vietnamese firms in the industry for sustainable partnerships and development.

Leather and footwear exports in the first eight months topped US$9.64 billion, an annual increase of 12.2%, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Vietnam’s leather and footwear products were exported to 100 countries, with the US, EU, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea being the main buyers.

Vietnam will host the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in late 2017 for the first time, which has excited local fans. According to the organiser, the Republic of Korea’s CJ E&M, the MAMA Week will start at Hoa Binh Theatre in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, before continuing at the Yokohama Arena in Japan on November 29 and W Hotel in Hong Kong (China) on November 30. The Asia World-Expo Arena will be held in Hong Kong on December 1.

Vietnam beat Indonesia 3-0 in a Group B match of the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U18 Championship held in Myanmar, on September 11. With this third win Vietnam’s U18 football team has nine points, consolidating top spot in Group B thanks to having a better goal difference than Indonesia. In their match with the hosts Myanmar two days later, Vietnam will need just a draw to enter the semi-finals of the regional tourney.

News in brief: September 10, 2017

The PM has approved a project to mainstream the issue of human right protection into educational programs of the national education system. The project aims to disseminate, popularize, and educate on human rights; improve awareness of learners, teachers, and educational managers on the protection of human rights; develop a sense of responsibility for citizens and contributions to comprehensive human development.

News in brief: September 6, 2017

The Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) has produced 24.58 million tonnes of coal in the first eight months of the year, accounting for 68.3% of the annual plan. Of the total output, 21.38 million tonnes were consumed domestically, while 866,000 tonnes were exported, raking in over VND35.3 trillion (US$1.55 billion) in revenue.

The low-cost airline Vietjet Air operated approximately 1,500 flights, serving nearly 260,000 passengers during the National Day holiday (September 2-4). The number of passengers this holiday increased 27% annually, with punctuality rates reaching 88.3%. On the occasion, the carrier announced a new route from Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta (Indonesia) and opened the Hanoi-Yangon (Myanmar) route.

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang earned US$506.3 million from exports in the past eight months, up 6.5% annually and fulfilling 61.7% of the yearly plan, reported the provincial Department of Industry and Trade. The high result was mostly due to growth in the exports of rice and frozen tra fish.

14 schools in Vietnam have been recognised with the International School Award (ISA) by the British Council for their efforts in developing students as global citizens through enhancing their understanding of different countries and cultures, in addition to integrating international elements into their curriculum during 2016-2017. ISA is a global project by British Council involving over 2,000 upper secondary and high schools in over 50 countries worldwide.