News in Brief: June 15, 2018

The Mekong Beauty Show 2018, the second of its kind, returned to Ho Chi Minh City on June 14, attracting more than 200 exhibitors from countries and territories with over 250 booths, introducing a variety of products, technologies and innovations in cosmetics production.

The remains of 25 Vietnamese soldiers who died during wartime in Laos were repatriated from Oudomsay province, Laos, on June 14. A memorial and reburial ceremony for the fallen heroes will be held at Tong Khao cemetery, Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien province, on June 15.

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has instructed the Ministry of Finance to provide more than 160 tonnes of rice from national reserves to the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum to support local people in the period between crops.

News in brief: June 14, 2018

The 2018 National Youth Judo Championships officially kicked off in Thua Thien –Hue province on June 14, with the participation of 387 athletes from 22 youth teams from cities and provinces across the country. The tournament runs until June 16.

The Hanoi municipal Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donations held a ceremony in Hanoi on June 14 to honour 196 families and individuals, who are outstanding blood donors, in Hanoi in 2018, and to launch Blood Donor Day in response to the campaign named "Pink Drop Festival" for summer 2018.

The Thoi Dai (Vietnam Times) newspaper of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) launched its Lao and Khmer language electronic versions on June 14. The Lao version can be read at huunghivietlao.thoidai.com.vn, with the Khmer version available at huunghivietnamcampuchia.thoidai.com.vn.

News in Brief: June 13, 2018

On June 12, the HCM City Youth Union presented the “Creative Youth” badge to Nguyen Tran Thao Nguyen, a student of the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (HCM City), who recently won the world graphic design competition.

Health ministry inspectors announced on June 12 that they have issued the decision to withdraw 12 products of Light Food JSC and 23 products of Vinanusoy Food Technology JSC for having violating product announcement and labelling regulations.

The conference “Hanoi 2018- Cooperation, Investment and Development” will take place on June 17, gathering the participation of over 1,500 delegates, including the leaders of the Government, ministries, sectors and localities, representatives from international organisations and diplomatic agencies, investors, and businesses.

The Ho Chi Minh Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera and the US’s CREDO choir will stage “Verleih uns Frieden” and “Let there be peace on earth”, under a special music programme entitled “summer melody”, scheduled for June 14 at Ben Thanh Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City. It is part of the Asia tour by the US 115-member community choir in 2018.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided a non-refundable assistance package worth US$53,858 for the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to implement a project to recycle urban waste. The two-year project aims to minimise the pollution caused by plastic waste in Hue city, as well as the rivers and coastal areas of the province.

News in Brief: June 12, 2018

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has warned that the current large scale hot weather in the North will last until June 14, with the daily average temperature at more than 37 degrees Celsius and the hot period lasting from 12-16 hours.

A portal featuring youth initiatives in startup, scientific research and creative activities was launched on June 11 at www.ytuongsangtao.net and on the mobile app "Sáng tạo trẻ" (Youth creativity), seeking to promote the movement among Vietnamese youngsters.

A contest seeking innovative ideas on public administrative renovation among young people was officially launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 11. It will last until the end of October and the final round is scheduled for November.

From June 15 to August 15, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs in Hanoi will temporarily cease the holding of ceremonies and memorial services for regular maintenance work. Normal operations will resume from August 16, 2018.

Much like home testing kits, the oral HIV quick test method will be launched in Vietnam for the first time, announced the Ministry of Health. A US-based HIV test manufacturer has agreed to sell the kits to Vietnam for around US$2 per unit, whereas most kits cost up to US$20 per unit if bought online.

Soc Trang province’s 2018 investment conference will be held on June 19 to promote local socio-economic achievements, investment potential and preferential policies. About 47 projects with registered capital at nearly VND123 trillion will be granted licences at the event.

The 2018 Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship, LienVietpostbank Cup, is taking place in the northern province of Bac Ninh for the first time from June 10-17, with the participation of 15 teams from the continent. The hosts are in Group A, together with Japan, Thailand, and the defending champions, China.

As many as 1,200 Hanoians will join a yoga performance at the Indoor Athletics Palace in Nam Tu Liem district on July 16 in response to the International Day of Yoga (IDY), which falls on June 21. IDY 2018 will be observed in 11 cities and provinces across the country from June 16 to July 15.

The northern province of Hai Duong has exported about 9,500 tonnes of litchi from the beginning of this year’s crop. About 9,340 tonnes were shipped to China, 120 tonnes to the Republic of Korea, and 40 tonnes to Australia, the UK and France.