News in Brief: March 22, 2019

The 2019 National Kickboxing Clubs Championships opened in Tien Giang province on March 21 gathering more than 500 referees, coaches, and athletes from 32 clubs throughout the country.

VinSmart, a subsidiary of Vingroup, announced on March 20 that its Vsmart smartphones would be distributed in Spain through nearly 90 stores by Media Markt which is also the first Vingroup product introduced in Europe.

President of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man worked with authorities of Khanh Hoa province on March 21 and presented social houses for needy households in the locality.

The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYUCC) held an online dialogue between HCYUCC First Secretary Le Quoc Phong and youth union members nationwide on March 21 to mark the 88th anniversary of the HCYUCC.

Vingroup’s pharmaceutical company VinFa signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation with Switzerland-based DKSH on March 21, in importing pharmaceutical products and producing modern medicines in Vietnam.

News in Brief: March 21, 2019

The UN Development Programme, the World Health Organisation and an alliance led by HR Wallingford recently launched a pioneering dengue forecasting system in Vietnam, hoping to curb the spread of the disease in the country. The D-MOSS project uses a combination of satellite information, weather forecasting and historical data on previous outbreaks to create an early warning system for potential dengue danger zones.

The 13th Swing for the Kids charity golf tournament will take place on April 20 on two golf courses at BRG Kings Island Golf Resort in Son Tay town, Hanoi, with the participation of roughly 280 players. The event, jointly held by Vietnam Investment Review newspaper, BRG Group and SeaBank, is expected to raise funds of VND1.4 billion (US$60,200) to grant scholarships to needy Vietnamese students.

The Trang An team were crowned champions of the 2019 Hoa Lu Cup Volleyball Tournament after beating the Ha Tinh team 3-1 on March 20. The tournament, traditionally held every year in Ninh Binh province, lies within the professional competition system of the Vietnam Volleyball Federation.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a project on protecting, restoring and sustainably developing forests in the Central Highlands during 2016-2030. The project aims to stop and reduce forest loss, and step by step restore and develop forests towards expanding the area under forest to 2.72 million hectares and the forest coverage rate to 49.2%.

Vietnam’s local currency bond in 2018 increased by 9.3% as calculated by the domestic currency value, which was supported by a 29.4% rise in the corporate bond market, to US$4 billion, last year, according to the Asian Development Bank’s quarterly Asia Bond Monitor announced on March 21.

On March 20, Dong Nai provincial authorities handed over six monkeys to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Dau Tieng district, Binh Duong province to take care of before releasing them to the wild. The six stump-tailed macaques and one crab-eating one were delivered by local people to Bien Hoa Forest Protection Department and Bien Hoa Forestry Centre for caring for seven years.

On March 20, the Ha Tinh provincial People's Committee held a ceremony to announce the geographical indication for Huong Son deer velvet products of Huong Son district, aiming at developing the local brand and reputation for the Huong Son specialty.

The Thua Thien - Hue province organised a ceremony on March 20 to posthumously award the title of " Vietnamese Heroic Mother" to 73 mothers, bringing the total number of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers in the province to 2,349.

A ceremony was held at the Nam Giao Esplanade in the Ho Dynasty Citadel of Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa province, on March 20 to mark the 617th anniversary of the first ceremony in Nam Giao Esplanade, in 1402, and commemorate the 597th death anniversary of Ho Quy Ly, the founding emperor of the Ho Dynasty.

The Soong Co singing of the San Diu ethnic minority group in Vinh Phuc province was officially recognised as an intangible cultural heritage following a ceremony to grant the certificate from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to the province held on March 20.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc attended a conference in Phu Ly city, of Ha Nam province, on March 20 to review the reward and emulation work in the Red River Delta provinces last year, while discussing the tasks for 2019.

Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan chaired a workshop on March 20 discussing measures to develop artificial intelligence in the city during 2019-2025.

News in Brief: March 20, 2019

Rang Dong, a Vietnamese producer of lighting products and electrical appliances, held an event in Cambodia on March 19 to introduce its products to potential customers in a market of 16 million people.

The vaccine against measles has been given to more than 850 ethnic children in Krong Bong district in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak amid an alarming rise in the number of measles cases in the province.

News in brief: March 19, 2019

Lo Thi Vui, from the Thai ethnic minority groups in Dien Bien province, was crowned "Miss Hoa Ban" (Bauhinia variegata flower) 2018 at the competition held in Dien Bien Phu city on March 18.