News in brief: January 8, 2018

The central coastal city of Da Nang has decided to support 50% of expenses for each project invested in hi-tech agriculture, aiming to form large-scale projects producing quality agricultural products with high competitiveness. Of which, support for site clearance shall not exceed VND3 billion each; investing in the production of infrastructure not exceeding VND2 billion; and investing in vegetables, flowers and fruit cultivation not exceeding VND1 billion.

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake hit the northwestern province of Dien Bien at 3:14am on January 8. The earthquake’s centre was at a depth of 10km in Dien Bien Dong district, with shocks lasting around three seconds. However, it caused no damage to houses or buildings. Last year, the province was struck by seven earthquakes with the magnitude ranging from 2.1 to 3.9 on the Richter scale.

V-League Club Ho Chi Minh City have signed a contract with former Manchester United midfielder Rodrigo Pereira Possebon. Earlier, HCM City signed a two-year contract with 54-year-old Japanese coach Toshiya Miura, who was the manager of both the national and U23 squads from Vietnam in 2014-16.

News in brief: December 19, 2017

Construction started on a VND200 billion facility in Moc Chau, in the northern province of Son La, on December 19, aimed at processing passion fruit and vegetables for exports to Europe. Invested in by the Nafoods Group with modern equipment, the 2ha facility has a processing capacity of 120 tonnes of passion fruit and vegetables every day. The plant will come into operation by September next year.

Vietnamese martial artists returned home on December 18 with four gold medals won at the first Wushu Sanda Asian Cup held in China. The winners are Chu Thi Thuy Hang in the women’s 55kg, Nguyen Thi Trang in the women’s 60kg, Ngo Tien Tuan in the men’s 48kg and To Van Bau in the men’s 56kg. The three-day event attracted martial artists competing in 11weight categories for men and six divisions for women.

Nineteen photos on the theme of environmental protection have won prizes at a photo contest launched by the Vietnam Environment Administration and Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists. Themed “The aspirations of nature,” the contest attracted over 2,600 works, featuring positive and typical images of environmental protection models in Vietnam, while condemning acts that pollute the environment.

The Ministry of Finance and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development signed a loan agreement on December 19 to develop the infrastructure in coastal areas in Thai Thuy district, in the northern province of Thai Binh, one of the localities in Vietnam that bears the brunt of climate change. The over US$9 million project is expected to help the province to increase its business production.

News in brief: December 18, 2017

Sanest Khanh Hoa and VTV Binh Dien Long An were crowned as the respective men’s and women’s overall champions at the National Volleyball Championships 2017, which concluded in Dak Lak province on December 17.

Huy Long An Co., Ltd (Vietnam) and the Sawai Ranch Company (Japan) signed a cooperation agreement on the cultivation of Wagyu cattle on December 17. Accordingly, Wagyu cultivation will be implemented at the Vietnamese company’s farms following a close procedure from selecting breeds, diets and care, to butchering, in line with Japanese standards.

News in brief: December 17, 2017

Vietnam won the top Grand Prize worth US$10,000 at the WhiteHat Grand Prix 2017 that wrapped up in Hanoi on December 17. Under the theme of "Vietnam Heritages," the 24-hour cyber security contest attracted over 450 leading network security and software teams from 60 countries and territories around the world. The teams completed 40 questions in the Jeopardy Online format with challenges covering Web Exploits, Reverse, Pwnable, Forensics and Crypto. The competition was co-hosted by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications and Bkav Internet Security Company, aimed at strengthening cooperation, research and network & cyber security training.

Photos depicting the beautiful seascapes and islands of Vietnam, islanders’ daily life and marine economic activities are featured in an exhibition entitled "Homeland’s Sea and Islands" in Hanoi, featuring 150 photos from the archives of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Vietsovpetro, a joint venture between Vietnam and Russia. The exhibition will run until December 20 at the VNA headquarters, No. 5 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hanoi.

The first waste treatment plant in the South Central Coast province of Binh Thuan was put into operation in La Gi town on December 16. The 30ha project was invested by the Da Loc Investment Construction Company with a total capital of over VND272 billion. It is capable of treating 195 tonnes of domestic waste and over 255 tonnes of industrial waste per day. Since its pilot run from last April, the facility has treated approximately 14,000 tonnes of garbage in La Gi.

The 2017 Camellia sasanqua Festival opened in Binh Lieu district, the northern province of Quang Ninh on December 16, with a range of typical art performances and folk games by local ethnic minorities. Hosted for the first time in December 2015 during the blooming of Camellia sasanquas, the annual festival aims to promote and introduce the cultural values and natural beauty of Binh Lieu – the land of white Camellia sasanquas – to domestic and foreign tourists.

News in brief: December 16, 2017

A trade and tourism fair of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area was opened in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on December 16, featuring 100 pavilions that are introducing products characteristic of the area. The four-day event is part of the 11th meeting of the joint coordination committee of the three countries to strengthen the trilateral solidarity and traditional friendship.

Vietnamese businesses are introducing their clean coffee, tea and spices and soil fertilising organic products at the ASEAN Natural & Organic Show in India from December 15-17. The event was held in Kolkata city of the West Bengal state as part of the activities to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic ties and 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue relations. The show also attracts businesses from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Russia and close to 200 Indian firms.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has decided to offer 1,100 more flights to meet travel demand during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. It will run additional flights from January 31 to March 2 on the 15 domestic routes with strong travel demand. More than 220,000 extra seats will be made available, bringing the total seats for the period to an estimated 1.5 million.

Translator Kato Sakae has recently published a bestselling novel for teenagers by noted writer Nguyen Nhat Anh in Japan early this December. Titled Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (Yellow Flowers on Green Grass), the novel is the second by the writer to make its debut in Japan. The first work titled Mat Biec (Blue Eyes) was published in 2004."Yellow Flowers on Green Grass" was first published in Vietnam in 2010 and became a bestseller, featuring brotherhood, neighbourhood and various complicated feelings experienced by teenagers.

News in Brief: December 14, 2017

An exhibition entitled "Defeating B-52" is being held at the Air Defence and Air Force Museum in Hanoi. The event is hosted the Air Defence and Air Force Service in celebration of the 45th anniversary of "Dien Bien Phu victory in the air". With more than 300 photos, materials and artefacts, the display brings back memories of the past sorrow but heroic times of armed forces and people of Hanoi.

News in brief: November 21, 2017

Hanoi Railway Transport Joint Stock Company has announced that the company will offer promotion tickets for the Hanoi-Hai Phong route from November 21 to December 28. Accordingly, ticket prices at VND65,000 will be applied for all trains the route from Monday to Thursday, for HP1, HP2, LP2, LP3, LP6, LP8 trains on the route on Fridays and Saturdays and LP2, LP3, HP1, LP5, LP6, LP7 trains on Sundays. Ticket prices at VND75,000 will applied for LP5, LP7 trains for Fridays and Saturdays and HP2, LP8, HD2 (from Hai Duong to Hanoi) on Sundays.

The Northwest Industry and Trade Fair, taking place in Yen Bai province from November 20-26, features the participation of 150 enterprises, associations and craft villages from 14 Northern mountainous provinces. With an estimated 300 booths, the fair showcases agro-forestry-fishery products, foodstuffs, processed foods; goods from handicraft villages; garments, fashion; consumer goods and household goods; construction materials, equipment, interior and exterior decoration; electrical and electronic products.