June 8-14: Vietnamese National Assembly ratifies EVFTA and EVIPA

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NA deputies vote to adopt the resolution ratifying the EVFTA on the morning of June 8.
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NDO – Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Vietnamese National Assembly ratifies EVFTA and EVIPA

Vietnamese lawmakers adopted resolutions to ratify the European Union (EU)-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) during a plenary sitting of the 14th National Assembly (NA)’s ninth session in Hanoi on the morning of June 8.

Specifically, 457 out of the 457 NA deputies in attendance, equivalent to 94.62% of the total number of deputies, voted in favour of the EVFTA, while the EVIPA won approval from 461 out of the 462 participating deputies, equal to 95.65% of the total.

The EVFTA is expected to help increase Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) by an annual average of 2.18-3.25% in the first five years of implementation, 4.57-5.30% in the next five years, and 7.07-7.72% in the five years after that.

Top Vietnamese leader holds phone talks with Russian President

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong has phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 11. (Photo: VNA)

On June 11, Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong had a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin to mark the occasion of Russia Day (June 12).

President Trong congratulated President Putin and the Russian people on Russia Day, stating Vietnam always attaches importance to the country’s comprehensive strategic partnership. He also spoke highly of Russia’s enormous achievements under Putin’s leadership.

On this occasion, he also offered greetings to the Russian people on the 75th anniversary of the victory over fascism, affirming that the Vietnamese people always remember and treasure this historic triumph.

During the talks, the two leaders discussed many important aspects of cooperation between the two countries, along with some international and regional issues of shared concern.

No new COVID-19 case on June 14

Vietnam reported no new case of COVID-19 on June 14, marking 59 straight days without any community infection, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The tally remains at 334, with 194 imported cases that were quarantined immediately after arrival, posing no threat of spreading in the community.

The number of patients given the all clear stands at 323, or 96.7%, with no fatalities so far.

Two Vietnamese universities listed in global rankings

Students of Hanoi National University studying in the library (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam National University (VNU) - Hanoi and VNU - Ho Chi Minh City have continued to be featured in the 801-1,000 group of the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, as announced by the British-based educational company on June 10.

The rankings feature 1,002 of the world’s most prestigious universities from 93 countries and territories, based on a methodology that assesses each institution across six metrics, including its reputation among academics and employers.

MIT in the US continued its record-breaking streak at the head of the rankings, leading the way for the ninth year in a row. The big story, however, are the impressive gains made by Asian universities, with a record 26 from the region now featuring in the top 100.

Outstanding press photos honoured

The second Press Gala (2020) and the awards ceremony for “Press Moments 2019” were held by the Nha Bao Va Cong Luan (The Journalist and Public Opinion) Newspaper under the auspices of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA).

At the event, the most outstanding press photos captured in 2019 were honoured. “Press Moments 2019” offered a useful playground for photographic reporters to showcase their professional skills.

The A prize went to Nguyen Tat Son and Dang Thanh Hoa (from the Vietnam News Agency) for their work “The fight against plastic waste in the ocean”. The organising board also awarded several B and C prizes to others.

National women’s team centre-back Chuong Thi Kieu wins 2019 Fair Play Award

Centre back Chuong Thi Kieu overcomes the pain to continue playing in the gold medal match of the 30th SEA Games. (Photo: Vnexpress)

Centre back Chuong Thi Kieu of the Vietnamese women’s football team was named the winner of the 2019 Fair Play Award during a gala hosted by the Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper on the morning of June 9.

Kieu surpassed four other candidates to claim the top honour with 695 points. This was a well-deserved reward for the resilient fighting spirit of the 25-year-old player.

In the gold medal match between Vietnam and Thailand at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, Kieu suffered a serious thigh injury that caused heavy bleeding. However, the Khmer ethnic girl overcame the pain to continue fighting alongside her teammates through the more than 120 minutes en route to their overall triumph.

Son Doong among 20 record-breaking natural wonders

Son Doong, the world’s largest cave located in Vietnam's central province of Quang Binh, has been named among 20 record-breaking natural wonders by the US’s Insider newswire.

Son Doong is the only Southeast Asian representative on the list of record-breaking nature wonders, which also includes the Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s tallest waterfall; the Nile River in Africa, the world’s longest river; Mount Kilauea in the US, the world's most active volcanic mass; and Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

"It is large enough to have a weather system independent from the outside world. The cave even has its own clouds, jungles, and rivers, and appears like a fantasy world untouched by humans," the Insider said.

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