News in Brief: January 17, 2019

Up to now, there are 64 insurance companies across the country. In 2018, the total investment back into the economy by the insurance industry was estimated at VND319.6 trillion, up 29.53% compared to last year.

On January 17, the Department of Traffic Police (Ministry of Public Security) in coordination with the Mainichi Newspapers Group Holdings of Japan announced the winner of the slogan creation contest for traffic safety, namely "Doraemon with traffic safety". The special prize was given to Doan Nguyen Thuy Chi, a first class grader from Ngo Thi Nham Primary School in Hanoi, for her slogan "Wearing a safety helmet for you, staying away from accidents, all family is happy".

The Southern Power Corporation, under Vietnam Electricity, in coordination with the Dong Nai province authorities, handed over 10 gratitude houses to 10 local policy families in Vinh Cuu and Tan Phu districts on January 17. Each house was funded with VND50 million to build.

News in Brief: January 16, 2019

The Saigon Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, composed of musicians aged between 18 and 25, made their debut on January 13 in Ho Chi Minh City with a concert entitled “Once Upon a Spring” where Tchaikovsky’s best works were performed.

To date, 695 Vietnamese products have filed for intellectual property rights protection, according to a report reviewing the campaign to encourage Vietnamese people to use Vietnamese products.

A mobile app called “Hanh Trinh An Toan” (Safe Journey) has been launched by Plan International Vietnam and the Institute for Community Health Development to make it easier for female migrant workers to find jobs and lodgings.

News in Brief: January 15, 2019

The Vietnam Red Cross Society held a conference in Hanoi on January 15 to review the 10-year outcomes of its humanitarian campaign and to honour individuals and collectives who stood out in the campaign. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

A symposium on the brocade culture of Vietnamese ethnic groups was held in Dak Nong province on January 15, by the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, under the framework of the on-going Vietnam Brocade Culture Festival.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh attended the first congress of national notary representatives and the establishment of the Vietnam Notary Association on January 14.

Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh held a working session with authorities of the northern province of Lang Son on January 14.

Vietnamese firms are introducing confectionery, beverages and fruits at the two-day Indus Food 2019 fair, which opened on January 14 in Greater Noida city, in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas in Binh Dinh and InterContinental Long Beach Resort in Phu Quoc have been named in the list of Asia's 16 most exciting new hotels by CNN Travel.

News in Brief: January 14, 2019

More than 17,000 lily and tulip trees of Dutch varieties, planted at an altitude of over 1,000 metres on Sa Mu Mount by Quang Tri province’s centre for the application of scientific and technological advances, will be provided to the market in service of the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) 2019.

A cultural event was held in Phnom Penh by Vietnamese students in Cambodia on January 13 to greet the Year of the Pig 2019. At the event, Charge d’ Affaires of the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia, Nguyen Trac Toan, spoke highly of the celebration, and congratulated the Vietnamese students for their robust achievements in 2018.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed the decisions on the appointment of two Deputy Ministers of Industry and Trade, a Deputy Inspector General of the Government Inspectorate, a Vice President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, an Assistant to the PM, and an Assistant to the Deputy PM.

The Lam Dong provincial People’s Committee recently issued a decision recognising the Van Thanh high-tech flower production region in Da Lat city. This is Da Lat’s second traditional flower village to be recognised as a high-tech agricultural production area.

The National Fund for Vietnamese Children inaugurated and handed over the works of canteen, hall and auxiliary facilities at the dormitory of Mon Son Secondary School in Nghe An province’s Con Cuong district on January 13, in the presence of Truong Thi Mai, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Mass Mobilisation Commission.

News in Brief: January 13, 2019

The Test Kitchen Vietnam 2019, where visitors can taste original Japanese dishes, is ongoing at AEON Mall Long Bien in Hanoi from January 10 to 20. Organised by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) at the venue for the third time, the event aims to promote Japanese gastronomy among Vietnamese.

Craft villages are at the centre of a series of lunar New Year (Tet) activities, which are taking place at the Hoi An Impression Theme Park in Hoi An city, a World Heritage site in the central province of Quang Nam, from January 11 to February 11.

News in Brief: Januray 13, 2019

In order to solve the scarcity of blood during the Lunar New Year, on January 12, in Nghe An province, the Nghe An health sector organised a voluntary blood donation festival for the fourth time. At the end of the festival, the organising broad had collected more than 700 units of blood.