September 17-23: President Tran Dai Quang passes away aged 62

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President Tran Dai Quang (1956-2018) (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made the headlines over the past week.

President Tran Dai Quang passes away aged 62

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang passed away on the morning of September 21, at the age of 62, due to a serious illness.

The board responsible for the health of the senior leaders said the President was unable to make a recovery despite the enormous efforts made by domestic and foreign professors and doctors.

Born in 1956 in the northern province of Ninh Binh, he was elected president of Vietnam in April 2016 at the 11th plenary meeting of the 13th National Assembly.

Vice President holds authority of President: NA Standing Committee

Acting President of Vietnam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (Photo: VNA)

Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Vice President, now holds the authority of President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam until the National Assembly elects the new President of the country, as announced by the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on September 23.

ASOSAI 14 opens in Hanoi for first time

The 14th Assembly of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) opened for the first time in Hanoi, on September 19, making a milestone in the 24-year history of the State Audit of Vietnam.

Delegates agreed to issue the “Hanoi Declaration”, aiming to transmit the most important messages of ASOSAI 14 and the seventh ASOSAI symposium themed “Environmental auditing for sustainable development”.

Auditor General of the State Audit Office of Vietnam, Ho Duc Phoc, assumed the chairmanship of ASOSAI for the 2018-2021 term.

NA Standing Committee’s 27th meeting concludes

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan concludes the 27th meeting of the NA Standing Committee (Photo: VNA)

The 27th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee concluded on September 20 after nine working days to prepare the important contents for the NA’s sixth session, slated for October.

Closing the meeting, NA Chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said that during the meeting, the NA Standing Committee gave ideas on nine bills and approved a number of resolutions on various issues.

The NA Standing Committee approved a resolution on an environmental tax list and adjusted the tax rate for products that take a more lasting toll on the environment, such as fossil coal, herbicides, anti-termite chemicals, plastic bags and restricted antiseptics.

Domestic pork prices rise amid African swine fever fears

Pork prices in Vietnam have begun to rise again over the past week amid news that African swine fever has now spread to 12 countries around the world, forcing the government to ban pork imports from Hungary and Poland.

In several northern provinces, the prices for a kilogram of pork has risen by VND1,000-2,000.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the temporary ban on pork imports from Europe will affect prices as there is a limited domestic supply but it should not be a cause of concern for consumers, noting that the fall in pork supplies was negligible.

Tran Tieu Vy, 18, crowned Miss Vietnam 2018

Miss Vietnam 2018 Tran Tieu Vy and two runners-up by her side. (Photo: VNA)

18-year-old, Tran Tieu Vy, from the central province of Quang Nam, was crowned Miss Vietnam 2018 on September 16, after edging out 43 other women at the competition in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vy was one of the youngest contestants at the 16th edition of Vietnam's largest beauty pageant and will represent Vietnam at the Miss World contest later this year.

Vietnam maintain Southeast Asia reign in latest FIFA rankings

Vietnam have defended their 102nd position in the world as the International Football Federation (FIFA) released its latest men’s rankings on September 20.

While not playing any international matches in the last month, Vietnam have maintained their total points of 1220 for the September standings, which kept the team at the top of Southeast Asia and 17th in terms of the Asian ladders.

Mid-Autumn Festival marked nationwide

Crafted paper masks are the traditional toys of Hanoians during the Mid-Autumn Festival (photo: Duy Linh)

A range of activities have been held in localities nationwide over the past week to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important and meaningful traditional festivals in Vietnam.

Senior leaders also joined the celebrations with children and presented disadvantaged children with gifts and scholarships to encourage them to overcome difficulties and continue their studies.