Vietnam Latest News on 19/10/2021

Sea level rise – challenge to international peace, security: ambassador

19/10/2021 15:21

Vietnam shares difficulties facing small island developing states, coastal countries and those located below the sea level that are grappling with adverse impacts of the phenomenon, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN said on October 18.

Speaking at an Arria-formula meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on sea-level rise and implications for international peace and security, Quy said out of the people hardest hit by sea level rise globally, more than 70 percent live in Asia.

Quy affirmed Vietnam’s commitments to promoting the UNSC’s contributions to international efforts in responding to sea level rise./.

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AstraZeneca Vietnam fosters female empowerment amid Covid

19/10/2021 17:00

For International Day of the Girl, AstraZeneca's Young Health Program (YHP) joined the global Girls Takeover to promote inclusion and highlight obstacles faced by young women in Vietnam. -

During the event, AstraZeneca representatives stepped aside from their roles to give two female students from the National Economics University a unique opportunity to lead a webcast discussion and share their ideas on how AstraZeneca could further promote female leadership and women’s empowerment.

Since 2016, thousands of girls all over the world and 982 in Vietnam have been stepping into the roles of leaders in politics, media, entertainment, and business, etc. to demand equal power and representation through Plan International’s efforts in running the Girls Takeover series.

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Female medical workers dedicated to fight against COVID-19

19/10/2021 08:12

THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Leaving behind their families, female medical workers at Huế Central Hospital in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế did not hesitate to join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overcoming all obstacles, their high sense of responsibility and medical ethics have helped them continue to fight over the course of many sleepless nights.

Dressed in suffocating protective gear all day, they all experienced suffocation and exhaustion. But they still smile and stay optimistic, even though their hands are wrinkled, cracked and their shirts are soaked with sweat. — VNS

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Motorbike sales slash nearly 46 per cent in Q3

19/10/2021 08:52

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM) has said its members sold 367,037 motorbikes in the third quarter of 2021, a year-on-year drop of 45.84 per cent.

The VAMM members, namely Honda, Piaggio, Suzuki, SYM, and Yamaha, are manufacturing and distributing about 100 models of motorcycles with prices ranging from more than VNĐ10 million to over VNĐ1 billion each.

Experts predicted that the motorcycle market will recover in the fourth quarter of 2021 - when the peak shopping demand of the year begins, and the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually under control. — VNS

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Singapore expands travel corridor to eight more countries

18/10/2021 21:31

NDO/VNA - Singapore will exempt quarantine requirements for passengers from eight other countries who have been fully vaccinated from October 19.

The move is one of Singapore's efforts to gradually lift restrictive measures to live safely with the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the "Zero-COVID" strategy that Singapore applied in 2020 was appropriate, but the appearance of the Delta variant forced Singapore to adjust and identify living with COVID-19 when the rate vaccine coverage reached 80 percent in August 2021.

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Iconic Vietnamese play to be performed again a century after first showing

19/10/2021 08:54

HÀ NỘI — After 100 years, Chén Thuốc Độc (A Cup of Poison), the first Western-style play in the history of Việt Nam, will once again be performed in Hà Nội.

This event is considered the starting point for dramatic art in Việt Nam, and its author Vũ Đình Long (1896-1960), has been widely recognised as the “Father” of Vietnamese theatre.

As his death approaches, a younger brother suddenly returns from a faraway place with money for the family. That gift helped him escape death, pay the debt and save his family.

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Artworks, photos on livestock husbandry on display

19/10/2021 09:36

More than 120 artworks and photos on livestock husbandry are on display at an exhibition held in both online and in-person forms by the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and Li-chan Project.

The exhibition is themed Vietnam’s livestock breeding through the eyes of artists and farmers. The in-person event is held in Mai Son district in the northern province of Son La until November 12.

The Li-chan Project provides livestock-led interventions towards equitable livelihoods and improved environment in the Northwest of Vietnam. It is implemented by partners of the CGIAR Research Programme on Livestock./.

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HCM City has no plans to inoculate children aged 12-17 against COVID-19

19/10/2021 09:32

Ho Chi Minh City currently has no plans to vaccinate children aged 12-17 against COVID-19, deputy head of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Pham Duc Hai affirmed on October 18.

According to him, the municipal Department of Health is asking for directions from the municipal People's Committee on the plan.

At the meeting, Le Thien Quynh Nhu, Deputy Chief of the Office of the Health Department, stated that there is also a roadmap for the COVID-19 treatment hospitals in the city to stop operating./.

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Winners of Viet Solutions 2021 announced

19/10/2021 13:24

HÀ NỘI — Winners of Viet Solutions 2021, a contest seeking digital transformation solutions for Việt Nam, were announced at a ceremony held by the Ministry of Information and Communications in Hà Nội on Monday.

The annual contest looks for technological ideas and products in the fields of healthcare, education, finance-banking, agriculture, transport - logistics, energy, natural resources - environment, industrial production, entertainment - utilities, and corporate governance.

The new feature of Viet Solutions 2021 is that the organising board chose potential products to sign contracts right after the end of the preliminary round. So far, 16 solutions have been selected for co-operation. — VNS

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Transport ministry mulls letting the unvaccinated fly

19/10/2021 17:00

As proposed by the Ministry of Transport, unvaccinated people can fly if they test negative for the coronavirus while the fully-jabbed, from low-risk areas, simply board their flights. -

In a proposal submitted to the government, the ministry said passengers from very high- and high-risk areas, including Ho Chi Minh City, would have to show a negative test result before boarding a flight.

He suggested more flights be added in the coming time following market demand and that the rule of keeping a safe distance on flights be eliminated to reduce airfares.

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Thirty-two localities declare COVID-19 risk levels

19/10/2021 16:46

Thirty-two cities and provinces across the country have declared their COVID-19 risk levels by October 18, following the Government’s new guidelines on safe adaption to the pandemic outlined in Resolution 128/NQ-CP.

The guidelines set out three indicators to assess the level of pandemic risk – the number of new community infections, the coverage of vaccinations, and the ability to receive and treat patients at all levels.

Interprovincial and intra-provincial transportation of goods are allowed to operate at all four levels, with strict adherence to pandemic prevention and control measures./.

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VN-Index slips in narrow band

19/10/2021 17:00

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index fell 0.01 percent to 1,395.33 points Tuesday, continuing along a narrow band near the 1,400-range resistance. -

Last-minute selling pressure pulled the index down by 0.2 point. It has been fluctuation within a three-point margin for the past six sessions, after surging to the 1,390-range on Oct. 11.

The HNX-Index for stocks on the Hanoi Stock Exchange, home to mid and small caps, rose 0.55 percent while the UPCoM-Index for the Unlisted Public Companies Market gained 0.23 percent.

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Sea level rise a challenge to international peace, security: ambassador

19/10/2021 16:52

NEW YORK — Việt Nam shares difficulties facing small island developing states, coastal countries and those located below the sea level that are grappling with adverse impacts of sea level rises, Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN said on Monday (local time).

Speaking at an Arria-formula meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on sea-level rise and implications for international peace and security, Quý said out of the people hardest hit by sea-level rise globally, more than 70 per cent live in Asia.

Quý affirmed Việt Nam’s commitments to promoting the UNSC’s contributions to international efforts in responding to sea level rise. —VNS

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Story of hemibagrus caught in the wild Serepok River

19/10/2021 08:41

Hoàng Lan

There are many ways to cook hemibagrus, a type of catfish found in the Serepok River in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk.

“Dishes created from hemibagrus by locals showcase their cooking skills and brings a taste of the Tây Nguyên wild jungle to eaters, particularly, those from big city like me,” she said.

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Offshore wind power needs more support to benefit Việt Nam

19/10/2021 08:05

HÀ NỘI — While experts say offshore wind power could be a good choice for Việt Nam to replace coal power, they are urging an extension of the feed-in tariff (FiT) programme.

Mark Hutchinson, chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)’s Southeast Asia Working Group, told local media that coal power plants around the world were being re-evaluated in terms of efficiency and cost, adding most countries in the world and financial institutions have announced a halt to investing in coal power.

Earlier, local media estimated 4,000MW of wind projects translate to around $6.7 billion in investment that would significantly benefit local authorities and communities. — VNS

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HCM City to build 1 million units of affordable housing for low-income workers

19/10/2021 08:29

HCM CITY — The chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, Phan Văn Mãi, said the city plans to build one million units of affordable housing for low-income workers.

The Department of Construction is working with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to review statistics of the State's social housing land fund and has reported back to the City People’s Committee.

However, this number is still too small compared to the housing needs of millions of migrant workers in the city.

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Hue to restore five Nguyen Dynasty monuments

18/10/2021 08:14

Thua Thien-Hue Province, home to the former imperial capital of Hue, will renovate five downgraded vestiges of the Nguyen Dynasty over the next five years. -

The Nguyen Dynasty was the last of Vietnam's royal rulers.

Hue, the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty, is home to royal tombs, ancient palaces and pagodas that attract millions of foreign visitors every year.

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Bac Giang works to raise values of livestock products

19/10/2021 11:18

The northern province of Bac Giang will restructure its animal husbandry to raise values of local products, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Ba Thanh has said.

In the remaining months of 2021 and the next year, local authorities will instruct districts and Bac Giang city to continue reducing small scale and dispersed farming, and at the same time bolstering biosafety models and high technology application.

Meanwhile, it will raise its livestock and poultry population from 26.46 million heads in 2025 to 35.64 million in 2030. The output of meat will then increase from nearly 260,000 tonnes in 2025 to 302,000 tonnes in 2030, while the number of eggs will grow from 250 million in 2025 to 300 million in 2030./.

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National Assembly's 2nd plenary session to open on October 20

19/10/2021 16:49

NDO/VNA – The second plenary session of the 15th National Assembly (NA) will open at the NA House in Hanoi on October 20.

Before the opening ceremony, leaders of the Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front and NA deputies will pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum.

The opening session of the second plenum will begin at 9am. It will be broadcast live by Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV1), Vietnam Television (VTV1) and National Assembly Television.

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World News in Brief: October 18

18/10/2021 19:12

"Squid Game," Netflix Inc's biggest original series launch, is estimated to be worth almost US$900 million for the streaming giant, Bloomberg News reported late on Saturday, citing figures from an internal Netflix document.

* Oil prices hit their highest level in years on Monday as demand recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, boosted by more custom from power generators turning away from expensive gas and coal to fuel oil and diesel.

* Gunmen killed at least 30 people in an attack in northern Nigeria's Sokoto state, the governor's office said on Monday.

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HCM City to build 1 million units of affordable housing for low-income workers

19/10/2021 19:05

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai said the city plans to build one million units of affordable housing for low-income workers.

The Department of Construction is working with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to review statistics of the State's social housing land fund and has reported back to the City People’s Committee.

However, this number is still too small compared to the housing needs of millions of migrant workers in the city.

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Implementing Resolution on safe, flexible adaptation with COVID-19

19/10/2021 10:02

33 provinces, cities nationwide have classified COVID-19 into four levels under Resolution No. 128/NQ-CP promoting provisional regulations on safe, flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19.

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Vietnamese firms yet to benefit from world coal price fever

19/10/2021 08:10

HÀ NỘI — Although global coal prices have reached a record high, Vietnamese coal mining enterprises have still failed to increase revenue and profit, and some of them have even suffered losses.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world average coal price has reached the highest level in history with a year-on-year hike of 110 per cent in the past nine months of 2021 and surging 75 per cent compared to the beginning of the year, though the nine-month global coal demand only increased 4.5 per cent year-on-year, after falling 5 per cent in 2020.

According to the Oil, Gas and Coal Department under the MoIT, the country's energy import trend would continue to increase in the long term and energy import dependency ratio would be around 33-37 per cent by 2025 and up to 50-58 per cent by 2035. — VNS

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Digital technology projected to earn US$74 billion for Việt Nam by 2030: Seminar

19/10/2021 14:31

HÀ NỘI — Digital technology, if exploited to the maximum, can bring in over VNĐ1.733 quadrillion (US$74 billion) to Việt Nam by 2030, with the most beneficial sectors including manufacturing, agriculture and food, and education-training.

The information was unveiled in a report on the potential of Việt Nam’s digital economy, which was presented at a workshop held in Hà Nội on Monday.

He noted the building and implementation of more programmes to support innovation for businesses would be completed in the future. — VNS

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Children’s book illustrated by Vietnamese artist published in Japan

19/10/2021 13:30

Children's comic book ‘Nhung Nguoi Ban’ (Friends) illustrated by Vu Thuy Ngoc Ha has been published by Japan's Sunny Side Publishing House. -

The book, written by Japanese writer Aihara Hiroyuki and illustrated by Ha (pen name Dom Dom), was first published in Vietnamese by Kim Dong Publishing House last year.

She won 2019 Scholastic Picture Book Award for ‘Co Be Tren Mai Nha Va Cau Be Ben Bo Bien’ (The Girl On The Roof And The Boy On The Beach) given by U.S. multinational publisher Scholastic, who also published the book.

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Enterprises urged to strictly follow standards of imported markets: SPS Vietnam

19/10/2021 17:53

The Vietnam Sanitary and Phytosanitary Notification Authority and Enquiry Point (SPS Vietnam) has advised enterprises to strictly comply with the rules of import markets, in order to prevent their products from being recalled and their reputations from being affected.

SPS Vietnam said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has received two dispatches from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) which said shipments to the European Union were found to contain excess levels of agrochemicals. Specifically, importer Vinamex Group found tricyclazone residue at a level higher than the permitted level of the EU in a batch of Queen's brand ST12 premium fragrant rice exported to Belgium. Vinamex Group has posted a recall notice and asked customers not to consume this batch of products and return it for a refund.

According to the MOIT, relevant authorities at EU border gates have been notified and will enhance quarantine measures for imported goods from Vietnam./.

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ASEAN Economic Community Council convenes 20th meeting

18/10/2021 21:35

NDO/VNA – The 20th ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council Meeting took place virtually on October 18 in preparation for the upcoming 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits slated for October 26 – 28.

At the event, the council discussed a mid-term review of the AEC Blueprint 2025. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade acts as the agency holding the responsible for the implementation of the blueprint.

Based on the results of the discussion, the conference approved a number of documents to be presented at the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits, such as the Bandar Seri Begawan Roadmap on ASEAN digital transformation to accelerate the bloc's economic recovery and digital economy integration; an AEC circular economy development framework; and an ASEAN cooperation framework towards consolidating policies on micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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HCM City begins to close field hospitals at dormitories, schools

19/10/2021 08:42

HCM CITY— The HCM City Department of Health has begun to close COVID-19 field hospitals located at dormitories and schools as the number of COVID-19 cases has dropped in recent weeks.

On October 16, the department closed field hospitals No.1 in Thủ Đức City after more than three months of operation.

Based on the pandemic risk levels as outlined in Government’s Resolution No.128, the city is now classified as a high-risk "orange" zone. Strict compliance with pandemic prevention measures are needed to reach the goal of being a "green", or "new normal", zone. — VNS

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“Travel bubble” introduced to restore HCM City’s tourism

19/10/2021 19:02

The “travel bubble” model has been billed as a potential means for Ho Chi Minh City to recover its tourism sector, which has been frozen for many months.

All tourists, guides, drivers, operators, and logistics workers at tourism sites must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and test negative, while closely following the Ministry of Health’s “5K message”.

Ho Chi Minh City will apply the “travel bubble” model until the end of this year to restore its tourism activities. An expansion of regional tourism and a shared travel policy among localities will be significant in fully recovering the spearhead economic sector./.

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To be or not be – on Facebook? That's the question

19/10/2021 07:49

Big Tech will only get bigger from here. Will you let it continue to lead you, or will you take back control of your life? -

I lead two different lives. There's the boring old me, and there's my lively self on Facebook.

*Bui Phu Chau is a bank employee. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Indian artist donates paintings to support Vietnamese pediatric patients

19/10/2021 15:00

Three paintings by artist with Down syndrome Karishma Kannan will be auctioned to support cancer patients and disadvantaged children in Vietnam. -

Indian artist Karishma Kannan, 30, sent three paintings to Vietnam for the contest "For a Triumphant Vietnam" as an encouragement for children in hospitals. Karishma's three paintings, acrylic on canvas, represent her free spirit and love for life.

Kannan hopes her paintings would be auctioned to help more children overcome adversity. The artist said: "I wish they were all healthy. When the competition is over, I hope to see the happy images of the children's families. Those images would be the motivation for my journey."

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Ministry made huge efforts to ensure the interests and social welfares of labourers

19/10/2021 08:13

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Lê Văn Thanh told Vietnam News Agency how the ministry had made huge efforts to implement social security policies to keep labourers working after the peak of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of 2020, Government issued many solutions to support its people, businesses and labourers. What are the differences between those policies and the ones introduced at the fourth outbreak of the pandemic?

In addition, if the shortage continues, we will mobilise from other special sources to avoid disruption of the labour supply chain for businesses to resume production in the new normal situation. — VNS

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United Nations calls for support for the poor to build forward together

19/10/2021 16:58

NDO - Not only has it claimed the lives of millions of people, the COVID-19 pandemic has also caused the number of extremely poor people in the world to increase again after nearly 20 years. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on countries to promote an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery to create an equal world and give opportunities to all.

According to the World Bank, the pandemic pushed about 71 million to 100 million people around the world into poverty in 2020. This number is predicted to increase to between 143 million and 163 million in 2021.

The head of the largest cooperation organisation on the planet called on the world to make greater efforts to eliminate inequality and avoid the risk of default while ensuring that investments in post-pandemic recovery go to where they are needed most, thereby creating opportunities for the poor to rebuild better in society moving forward.

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Linh sets sight on SEA Games after Olympic debut

18/10/2021 09:02

Badminton

HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Thùy Linh believes that choosing to follow her sporting dreams was the best decision of her life, but it's not been an easy path to take.

She added: “Chances are ahead and I will definitely have to face many strong rivals like Tai on my way to success. I will have to try harder and harder to go as far as possible.” — VNS

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A Hanoian opens online tours for international visitors

19/10/2021 11:18

A local tour guide brainstormed to offer new interesting online tours during the pandemic.

Although Vietnam has temporarily closed the border to international visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic since 2020, Le Hoang, a 28-year-old tour guide in Hanoi, still take foreign travelers to discover the capital city and other places in Vietnam, through a special tool of the 4.0 era: the mobile phone screen.

“At least, I hope that this model will spread widely to become a livelihood to thousands of tour guides who lost their jobs. Online tours are a good way to support traditional tourism, which is seriously affected during the pandemic,” he said.

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Vietnam is an investment destination in post-pandemic period: Bangkok Post

19/10/2021 10:10

NDO/VNA - Investment during the pandemic has proved challenging for investors across the globe. However, hopes for this top-performing Asian economy are growing as the Vietnam market has outperformed other international peers thanks to its GDP growth amid COVID-19 last year, according to the Bangkok Post.

The pandemic has indeed dampened the high growth seen in early 2021 and the GDP growth for the first nine months is less than the market forecast at 1.4 percent. Nevertheless, Maetha Peeravud, Assistant Vice President – Fund Management Group, BBL Asset Management, believed Vietnam’s economy has passed the lowest point.

He emphasised that: “The politics in Vietnam is very stable, as is the Vietnamese dong, especially over the past three years, with good export growth and consequently strong foreign reserves.”

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State-owned companies accumulate $505 mln losses

19/10/2021 11:02

Vietnam's 11 largest state-owned corporations had accumulated losses of VND11.46 trillion ($505 million) as of last year. -

Recent challenges for them include Covid-19 for aviation and tourism companies and plunging oil prices for energy companies, while some have been struggling for years due to difficulties with certain projects, according to a recent government report.

The country has 459 companies fully owned by the government, 187 that are 50 percent owned and 161 in which the government has less than a 50 percent stake.

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Thai club loses arbitration case against Vietnamese keeper

19/10/2021 12:45

FIFA has ruled in favor of Dang Van Lam in his lengthy arbitration case against his former Thai club Muangthong United. -

His agent, Andrey Grushin, said the football governing body refused to hand out any punishment to the 28-year-old Vietnamese goalkeeper.

Lam, who played major role in Vietnam's recent regional successes including the 2018 AFF championship, is currently under treatment for a serious shoulder injury he suffered last month and is expected to take at least four months to recover.

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Civil aviation authority proposes increasing domestic flights after October 20

19/10/2021 03:01

HÀ NỘI — The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed increasing the number of domestic routes from October 20.

The CAAV sent the proposal to the Ministry of Transport for when the first phase of the pilot period of reopening domestic flights ends.

The proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Transport, and once approved, would be applied from October 20. — VNS

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Việt Nam’s 500 most profitable enterprises in 2021 announced

19/10/2021 08:47

HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Report and online newspaper VietNamNet have just announced the Profit 500 list, featuring the top 500 most profitable enterprises in Việt Nam this year.

Prominent in the list are Samsung Electronics Thai Nguyen Co Ltd, Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel), Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank), Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank), Hoa Phat Group JSC, Vietnam Electricity (EVN), Vingroup, and Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk).

Due to difficulties caused by COVID-19, the return on asset (ROA) of foreign enterprises inched down by 0.1 per cent from 2020 to 12.4 per cent this year, while that of the private economic sector saw a year-on-year decline of 0.4 per cent to 9.4 per cent.

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Binh Duong draws FDI after entering new normal

18/10/2021 21:51

The southern province of Binh Duong on October 18 held an online meeting with executives of Japan’s NTT East and Tokyu Groups to discuss measures to effectively attract investment there.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi said the province strives to have all online public services levels 3 and 4 added to the national public service portal by 2025. At least 90 percent of local residents will be satisfied with the handling of administrative procedures.

Japan now ranks second among 65 countries and territories investing in Binh Duong with 327 projects worth 5.7 billion USD./.

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First Vietnamese Model To Walk The Runway of Dolce&Gabbana

19/10/2021 10:29

Model Dahan Phuong Oanh is quickly making a name for herself on the runways of some of the biggest names in fashion. She has already strutted her stuff in Milan and her next stop is Paris.

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HCM City to resume waterway transport

19/10/2021 17:03

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Transport has proposed reopening a high-speed boat and water-bus route that connects the city with Bà Rịa- Vũng Tàu, Bình Duơng and Tiền Giang provinces from October 20.

The HCM City public river bus route No.1 between Bạch Đằng Wharf in District 1 and Linh Đông Wharf in Thủ Đức City has restarted after more than four months of suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The bus service companies must arrange accommodations for their staff at the departure site and destination in the city and other provinces.

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Migrant workers return to HCMC as pandemic wanes

19/10/2021 14:00

"Currently have a 7-seater carpool to HCMC, priced at VND1.3 million ($57) per person," Ngo Ly posted online on Oct. 12. -

The 23-year-old office worker has been back in her hometown of southern Ca Mau Province for four months to avoid the Covid outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City. She was first ecstatic about returning. However, after months of being unemployed, she became frustrated. On Oct. 2, she got a message from her business requesting her to return to the office.

In Thu Duc City, Vuong Vu is cleaning and renovating the billiards salon while waiting for his 14 days of self-isolation to end. Watching the busy traffic outside, he believes it was the right decision to return to the city.

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HCMC authorities seen waffling on plans to vaccinate kids against Covid

19/10/2021 12:39

There are no plans yet to vaccinate children against Covid-19, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Pham Duc Hai, said Monday. -

The Department of Health had earlier said the vaccination would begin on October 22 based on the Ministry of Health's guidelines to immunize children aged 12-17.

The city plans to reopen schools in January next year.

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Hanoi arrests pimp for 'sugar babies'

19/10/2021 20:13

A Hanoian was arrested Tuesday for allegedly facilitating prostitution by connecting "sugar babies" with "sugar daddies." -

Ha Trong Thang, 28, will be investigated for his activities, Cau Giay District police said.

Prostitution is treated as a social evil in Vietnam, where sex workers can be fined and sent to education camps and pimps face criminal punishments.

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Cambodia shortens quarantine period to attract foreign visitors

18/10/2021 21:13

The Cambodian government decided to shorten the quarantine period from October 18. However, the absence of regular commercial flights to Cambodia from the main tourist hubs and people traveling for business purposes is raising concerns about a lack of international visitors.

Many experts and travel agency representatives in Cambodia said that when the new normal state is applied, Cambodian authorities need to closely monitor "travel bubbles" with countries that Cambodia regularly receives a large number of flights to and from, both direct or transit.

The statement added that foreign travelers still need to present a medical certificate for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Cambodia, and they must carry a vaccination card or certificate indicating their full vaccination status and vaccination date./.

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Vietnam welcomes Central African Government’s unilateral ceasefire

19/10/2021 11:30

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, has welcomed the nationwide ceasefire just announced by Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, and urged all armed forces to follow suit.

At the UN Security Council's meeting on the Central Africa Republic’s situation on October 18, Quy stressed that to achieve sustainable peace and development in the country, there is undoubtedly no other way than rebuilding trust and promoting dialogue among parties concerned.

As many as 3.1 million people in the Central African Republic, or 63 percent of its population, are in urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance./.

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Ho Chi Minh City has yet to conduct COVID-19 vaccination for children

19/10/2021 11:08

NDO – Ho Chi Minh City has yet to determine a plan to vaccinate children against COVID-19, said Deputy Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control Pham Duc Hai during a meeting on the COVID-19 situation on October 18.

Hai said that the Ministry of Health issued a document on vaccination against COVID-19 for children aged 12-17 on October 14 and the city’s Department of Health submitted a report to the municipal People’s Committee on the preparation for vaccination for children in accordance with the guidance of the Health Ministry.

In addition, the city has detailed a roadmap to conclude the operation of field hospitals for COVID-19 treatment. The city is scheduled to stop the operation of five field hospitals by October 31, an additional five by November 30, and a further five by December 31.

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Associations join hands to boost sale of Vietnamese products abroad

19/10/2021 16:18

The Vietnam-Korea Business and Investment Association (VKBIA) and the Vietnam Business Association in the United Kingdom (VBUK) on October 18 signed virtually a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on comprehensive cooperation with the aim of stepping up coordination in promoting, attracting investment in and supporting the sale of Vietnamese products abroad.

The signing of the MoU offered a chance for foreign businesses operating in Vietnam, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the UK to meet, exchange experience and boost cooperation in multifaceted aspects.

VKBIA Vice Chairman Simon Jeong expressed his belief that his association and the VBUK will carry out more substantive cooperation activities, thus supporting Vietnamese businesses and localities in collaborating with relevant partners of Vietnam, the RoK, the UK and other nations, boost connections between Korean, British and Vietnamese entrepreneurs and enterprises to enhance socio-economic development in each country and promote relations between them./.

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