February 6-12: Vietnam Poetry Day opens at Temple of Literature
Monday, 2017-02-13 12:11:19
NDO—A Nhan Dan selection of notable events which occurred over the past week.
1. Lao PM arrives in Vietnam for intergovernmental committee meeting
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and a government delegation arrived in Vietnam on February 7 to attend and co-chair the 39th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
This was the first time the PMs of the two countries had co-chaired an Inter-Governmental Committee meeting, demonstrating the two governments’ commitment to effectively implementing their cooperation plan for 2017.
The Lao PM met with President Tran Dai Quang, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
2. Ceremony marks 110th birth anniversary of Party leader Truong Chinh
The 110th birth anniversary of former Party General Secretary Truong Chinh was marked at a ceremony in the northern province of Nam Dinh on February 9.
The late Party leader is also known as an outstanding political theorist, journalist, cultural researcher and poet, with many of his own works published on Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh’s Thought, as well as the Party’s view on cultural issues, which laid the theoretical foundation for the formation of a new Vietnamese culture.
3. Bac Ninh kicks off gems and jewelry expo
Bac Ninh’s provincial Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises opened the Gemstone, Jewellery and Art Gemstone Fair on February 8 in Kinh Bac Cultural Centre, Bac Ninh Province.
Thousands of types of gemstones and gemstone artworks were displayed at 90 booths at the event. Artworks introduced at the exhibition are made from natural gemstones in Vietnam such as ruby, sapphire, spine, peridot, tourmaline, quartz and opal.
4. HCM City builds flyovers to deal with traffic congestion
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport on February 8 launched construction for two flyovers with a combined investment of VND 746 billion (US$33 million) at two traffic congestion hotspots, one of which connects with Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
The two projects are expected to be finished in six months.
5. Belarus launches short-term visa exemption to Vietnamese citizens
People at the Octyabrskaya square in Minsk, Belerus
Belarus’ five-day visa exemption policy applied to citizens of 80 countries, including Vietnam, took effect on February 12. Citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia and Samoa must have a valid multiple entry visa to any EU member state or Schengen country with an entry stamp into their territory, as well as tickets confirming departure dates from Minsk National Airport within five days from the date of entry.
Belarus visa-free travel does not apply to persons coming to Belarus with flights from Russia and intending to fly to Russia.
6. Vietnam Poetry Day opens at Temple of Literature
The 15th Vietnam Poetry Day opened at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on the morning of February 11 as an annual event to promote Vietnam’s poetry to domestic and international poetry lovers.
The event featured different spaces introducing outstanding Vietnamese poets in the 1930-1945 period, winners of the 2016 Poetry Awards, young poets and children’s poet clubs.
7. Vietnam begins first phase of area code standardisation
New dialing codes for 13 provinces and centrally-governed cities took effect from February 11 in the first phase of a national scheme to standardise phone numbers which will be implemented over seven months.
Localities in the first stage include Son La, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Yen Bai, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh.
During the transition period, which will last for about one month from the date the new codes take effect, users can dial landline numbers using either the old or new codes.
8. Traditional festivals kick off across the country
Many traditional festivals have kicked off across the country, including the Con Son-Kiep Bac Spring Festival in Hai Duong province and Long Tong festival in Tuyen Quang province, the traditional seal-opening ceremony at Tran Temple Complex, Loc Vuong Ward, Nam Dinh City, the Tran Temple festival in Thai Binh province, Lim Festival in Bac Ninh, the annual Spring Tea Festival in Thai Nguyen and Tan Vien Son Thanh festival in Ba Vi, Hanoi.
The festivals have so far attracted a large number of visitors.
9. National Tourism Year opens in Lao Cai
The 2017 National Tourism Year, themed ‘Northwestern Colours’ officially opened in the northwestern province of Lao Cai on February 11.
This is the first of a series of culture and tourism events that will take place throughout the year in different localities with an aim to attract more local and foreign investors to the northwestern region.