News in brief: April 16, 2018

Viet Van, a reporter of Lao Dong (Labour) Newspaper has won the Honorable Mention at the 11th annual London International Creative Competition for his photo collection entitled “Di tim cau tra loi” (Finding answers), capturing a classroom of Buddhist novices in Myanmar.

Vietnamese-made satellite, Micro Dragon, is expected to be launched into space in late 2018 by the Epsilon rocket by IHI Aerospace of Japan. The earth observation satellite, weighing 50kg and measuring 50x50x50cm, was made in 2013 and tested successfully last year.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has received the 12th out of the total 14 Airbus A350-900 aircraft that it had ordered previously. Coded VN-A897, the plane was put into use for the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route on April 15.

Dak Lak has allowed 18 investors to conduct surveys and build solar power projects in the Central Highland province. The locale has defined the locations for the potential plants, with a total area of nearly 7,500 ha, mostly in Ea Sup, Buon Don and Krong Bong districts.

News in brief: April 15, 2018

Cao Dan Pagoda at Tan Loc commune, Thoi Binh district, Ca Mau province has been recognised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a national historical monument.

A workshop has been held in Dak Lak province to discuss the preservation of the traditional musical heritage of ethnic minorities in the central and Central Highlands regions.

Nearly 3,000 book titles have been donated to poor children and to support libraries in remote and border areas as one of the most important activities in response to the Vietnam Book Day in Lao Cai.

News in brief: April 14, 2018

Tay Bac University, a public higher education institution in the northern mountainous province of Son La, held a celebration of Bunpimay Festival for its Lao students on April 13, laying on various cultural and sports activities, as well as art performances.

The Ho Chi Minh City Innovative Startups in Tourism (HIST) contest 2018 was launched on April 14, in search of feasible startup projects aligned to the city’s tourism development.

The long anticipated Vietnamese movie ‘Co Gai Den Tu Hom Qua' (The Girl From Yesterday) will be screened for free for 2,500 ethnic minority students in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces from April 16 to 23 under a programme hosted by the CGV, the leading cinema operator and film distributor in Vietnam.

The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will host the annual Taste of Australia Family BBQ, a public outdoor community barbecue for the public, in Da Nang city on April 22, as an event to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – Australia diplomatic relations.

A 225-kg MK82 bomb believed to have been dropped by US planes in 1972 was removed from the construction site of a highway in Quang Ninh province by the bomb and mine disposal company 319 under the Defence Ministry.

News in brief: April 13, 2018

The Ministry of Information and Communications, in cooperation with BKAV Technology Group, will conduct a national scale cyber security drill early next month, focusing on the treatment of virtual currency digging and malicious codes infected through vulnerabilities in software.

A ceremony was held in Na Sang 1 village, Dien Bien district, in the mountainous northern province of Dien Bien on April 13, to grant the certificate of “national intangible cultural heritage” to the water splashing festival of the Lao ethnic minority group, a traditional New Year festival praying for favourable weather, bumper crops, good health and luck.

Over 250 male and female boxers from 20 localities across the country are competing at the National Kick-Boxing Championship 2018, which opened in Dak Nong on April 12. Boxers are competing in 21 weight classes for 21 sets of medals until April 20.

An old book festival opened at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, No. 19C Hoang Dieu street, Hanoi on April 12, offering books at a discount of 30% and cheap book costing from VND5,000 for book lovers. The event will last until April 15.

A symposium discussing the solutions to promote the national one-stop-shop mechanism, ASEAN Single Window and trade facilitation is scheduled for Hanoi on May 20, under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and the Finance Minister.

A 700-page book discussing the green economy for sustainable development amidst climate change was launched in Hanoi on April 12, aiming to provide policymakers with theoretical and practical views of the issues. The book was compiled by scholars from the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment and an author from the Republic of Korea.

Nearly 3,000 book titles have been donated to impoverished children in the mountainous northern province of Ha Giang at a book festival on April 12. The event was held in response to Vietnam Book Day (April 23).

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has stated that, since April 11, it has diverted its flights from/to Europe away from the Black Sea area, which could be under influence of the rising tension in Syria. The diverted flights include those from Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City to Paris/Frankfurt/London and vice versa.