News in Brief: January 26, 2020

On the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year (January 25), Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong toured Bac Kan Province to visit and encourage families affected by hail storms, which occurred on the evening of January 24 and the next morning. Dozens of houses in several northern provinces were left damaged from the hails.

From the 2020-2021 academic year, the Environmental Monitoring and Natural Resource Management will officially open at the University of Natural Sciences under the Vietnam National University - Hanoi. This is the first university major in the field of Natural Resources and Environment to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 in Vietnam.

According to the national weather service, on January 26 – the second day of the Lunar New Year 2020, the North and the Northern Central provinces are suffering from extreme cold conditions due to a strengthened cold spell from the North. High mountainous regions are likely to be icy.

News in Brief: January 24, 2020

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam chaired an urgent meeting in Hanoi on January 24 in response to the acute respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (nCoV) strain.

On January 23, Nhan Dan Newspaper presented an additional 100 Tet gifts worth VND500,000 each to needy patients who are receiving treatment at Ca Mau General Hospital in Ca Mau province.

News in Brief: January 22, 2020

According to Chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Trong Thai, as many as 1,300 traffic accidents occurred nationwide from December 15 to January 14, leaving 591 dead and 968 injured. Traffic accidents decreased in comparison within the same period last year on three criteria: the number of cases (14.87%), number of deaths (18.93%), and number of serious injuries (14.86%).

On January 22, the Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine issued Official Letter No.51/DP-DT on the distribution of leaflets regarding the prevention of and combat against pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus at border gates to centres for international health quarantine, centres for disease control and prevention in cities and provinces across the country. This is an essential duty to proactively prevent and control diseases that may enter Vietnam and raise awareness for passengers on the prevention of pneumonia caused by the new virus at border areas.

On January 22, on the occasion of the 90th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, member of the Party Central Committee and Secretary the Party Committee of the southern province of Dong Thap Le Minh Hoan together with leaders of the People's Council, People's Committee, and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Dong Thap province and Cao Lanh City paid tribute to people with meritorious services to the country and the province.

Hanoi will not open the walking space around Hoan Kiem Lake and adjacent areas during the Lunar New Year festival, from January 24 until February 2. The space will resume operation from February 7.

Reigning V.League 1 runners-up Ho Chi Minh City FC lost 2-1 to 2019 runners-up of Thai League 1 Buriram United in the 2020 AFC Champions League preliminary round on January 21. The Vietnamese side will play in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup alongside Singapore’s Hougang United, Lao Toyota and another unspecified team.

Luong Dinh Cua Scholarships, named after the late famous Vietnamese agronomist of the 20th century, were granted to disadvantaged students in Soc Trang Province on January 21. A total of 228 scholarships, each worth VND3 million sponsored by Soc Trang Lottery Company, were presented at the event.

On January 21, the Labour Union of Binh Phuoc Province sent local workers on free coaches to return to their hometowns to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival. This year, Binh Phuoc organised seven buses to bring 810 disadvantaged guest workers in the province to their hometowns to enjoy Tet.

On January 21, Noi Bai International Airport supported the flight coded OD572 HAN-KUL (from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur) by Malindo Air (Malaysia), which was suffering from technical problems, to land safely.

A project to ensure eye protection and eye care for residents of Dong Nai Province was launched on January 21 by Dong Nai General Hospital in collaboration with Orbis International and On Semiconductor Company. The VND5 billion project will be implemented over three years to provide vision examinations and free glasses to over 66,000 local people.

The fruit and veg sector aims to gross US$5 billion from exports this year on the back of new-generation free trade agreements, the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association has announced.

The People’s Committee of Bac Lieu Province on January 21 granted an investment decision to Singapore’s Delta Offshore Energy Pte. Ltd. to build a 3,200MW liquefied natural gas-fired power plant. The project, worth approximately US$4 billion, is the biggest foreign direct investment project in the Mekong Delta.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung hosted a reception for Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo in Hanoi on January 21.

News in Brief: January 21, 2020

The embassies of Spain and Panama in Vietnam have jointly launched a literature writing contest on the topic “Learning Spanish and enjoying life” for university students majoring in the Spanish language and students at high schools where Spanish is taught as an optional subject.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has made a decision to recognise 27 artefacts as national treasures, which include a collection of jade sceptre that date back to roughly 3,500 years ago and the Quang Chinh bronze drum which dates back to the 3rd-2nd centuries BCE.

News in Brief: January 19, 2020

Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam on January 18 held talks with Cambodian Deputy PM and Minister of the Interior Sar Kheng to review security cooperation between the two countries in 2019 and sign a cooperation plan for 2020.