Lac Hong team triumphs at Robocon Vietnam 2018The LH-ATM team from Lac Hong University in the southern province of Dong Nai won the 2018 Vietnam Robot Contest (Robocon Vietnam) after defeating another team from the same university – LH-Galaxy – during the final game in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on May 13. Lac Hong University team triumphs at Robocon Vietnam 2018Besides a cash award of 50 million VND and a trophy, the winning team became the representative of Vietnam to take part in the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (ABU Robocon), which is slated for August 26 in the northern province of Ninh Binh. The LH-Galaxy came second, while the third prizes were presented to two teams – SKH4 from Hung Yen University of Technology and Education, and VTEC-SUMMER from Vinh Phuc College of Technology. Vietnam has won the ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest six times. The championships were claimed by Ho Chi Minh City University of Science and Technology in 2002, 2004 and 2006, while Lac Hong University won in 2014 and 2017, and Hung Yen University of Technology and Education took the title in 2015.-VNA
May 14, 2018 02:37 UTC
Three killed, two others injured in HCM City motorbike robberyAt least three men have been killed and two others seriously injured while chasing after a group of motorbike robbers in Ho Chi Minh City. A group of four robbers came to break the lock of Phuong's scooter. When they were about to take the vehicle away, some local men came to stop them. While struggling to seize the robbers, five men were stabbed. "After injuring the four men, the robbers drove away in two motorbikes," the witness said.
May 14, 2018 02:26 UTC
Retail industry sees new pressure in digital eraVietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam has 49 million internet users, or half of the total population, according to Sen Do (sendo.vn), an e-commerce trading floor. In 2017, Sendo.vn had more than 40 million users each month with more than 4 million downloads on both Android and iOS. In 2017, Sendo.vn had more than 40 million users each month with more than 4 million downloads on both Android and iOS. If they have only online sales, they will face barriers related to consumer confidence, shipping and payments. Developing omni-channel sales, heightening awareness about the community, and applying technology are the only choice for retailers in the new digital era.
May 14, 2018 01:30 UTC
Vietnam lags behind Thailand in use of blockchain in agricultureVietNamNet Bridge - Agriculture is the livelihood of 70 percent of Vietnamese. Agriculture is the livelihood of 70 percent of VietnameseThai pepper is sold at VND150,000 per kilogram in the world market, while Vietnamese pepper is VND90,000. Deputy director of the Vietnam Agriculture Academy Dao The Anh said that Vietnam’s products will find it difficult to access high value chains if they do not use advanced technology. The use of blockchain technology for data management was recently explained at the 2018 Spring Agriculture Forum. The Lina platform is optimized with a hybrid design, allowing the Lina supply chain to ensure real-time traceability of products, with three key strong points: transparency, optimization, and traceability.
May 14, 2018 00:33 UTC
Vietnamese regulations trip up US professorVietNamNet Bridge - Truong Nguyen Thanh, a Vietnamese-born US professor, has left Vietnam for the US after being turned down for the post of rector of Hoa Sen University. Prof Truong Nguyen ThanhThanh was a professor at University of Utah before coming to Vietnam to work as vice rector of Hoa Sen University. After one year, Thanh was appointed by the school’s board of management to the post of rector. However, Thanh did not meet the requirements stipulated in the Higher Education Law to be appointed a rector of a university. Thanh was a professor at University of Utah before coming to Vietnam to work as vice rector of Hoa Sen University.
May 14, 2018 00:11 UTC
Over 1,600 triathletes race in Ironman 70.3More than 1,600 athletes from 56 countries, including 620 Vietnamese, took part in the triathlon race Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2018 in the central city of Da Nang on May 13. Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2018 attracts more than 1,600 athletes. From a one-day event that was held in 2015, three years later, the Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2018 has been expanded into a multi-day event, with many categories and activities for families to join. Nguyen Le Quoc Anh, CEO of Techcombank, said the Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam 2018 has contributed to developing sports movement and promoting tourism of Da Nang and Vietnam to the world. Huynh Van Hung, Director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, said the municipal People’s Committee has decided to turn Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam into a quinquennial event of the city.
May 13, 2018 16:30 UTC
HCM City increases civil servants’ salariesIncreasing civil servants’ salaries was among the notable improvements made by HCM City since agovernment resolution that gives the city more control over its governance was approved by the National Assembly four months ago. Increasing civil servants’ salaries was among the notable improvements made by HCM CityBeginning in early April, the city’s administrative agencies assessed the work of all civil servants in the city and decided to pay them higher wages, depending on each individual’s assessment. The city said it would increase their annual income by around 0.6 times this year, and pledged to increase civil servants’ salaries by 1.8 times by 2020The municipal People Council has also approved the total number of 12,345 civil servants working at administrative agencies in HCM City this year. Together with salary reform, the city authorities approved new parking fees for cars on streets. Tam said better pay would encourage civil servants to work harder and more effectively, while higher parking fees would foster an awareness of the need to keep orderly streets and pavements.-VNA
May 13, 2018 16:30 UTC
National festival reflects diversity of Then signing artThe sixth national festival of the art of Then singing and Tinh gourd lute of the Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic groups officially opened in Ha Giang city, the northernmost province of Ha Giang, on May 13. A performance of Then singing with Tinh gourd lute at the festivalAfter the opening ceremony, arts troupes from 14 provinces participating in the festival performed Then singing accompanied by Tinh lute. These performances were deeply imbued with traditional cultural identities of Tay, Nung and Thai ethnics. The festival from May 12 to 14 gathers more than 500 artisans from the 14 provinces nationwide. Each Then and Tinh melody and dance reflect the aspirations of Tay, Nung and Thai people, and they are precious cultural heritage contributing to the diverse culture of Vietnam, she added.
May 13, 2018 12:11 UTC
RoK doctors continue free surgery programme for VietnameseDoctors from the Republic of Korea (RoK) will continue the “Change Life” programme, which provides free cosmetic surgery for young Vietnamese people with facial defects, said Dr. Chon Yong-hun, Vice President of the Vietnam-RoK Friendship Association. Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu pose for a photo with participants of the "Change Life" programmeDuring an interview granted to Seoul-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent, he said he and his colleagues have decided to implement the programme to help Vietnamese young people with facial defects to have brighter future. Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu said the charity programme will foster the stronger relationship between Vietnam and the RoK. He also voiced his hope that the programme will be expanded so that more Vietnamese people will receive free surgery in the future. The programme has so far provided surgery for nine Vietnamese youths.-VNA
May 13, 2018 09:11 UTC
Domestically made dairy products have upper hand over importsVietNamNet Bridge - Domestic dairy production has been increasing rapidly, while the proportion of imports in total domestic consumption is on the decrease, which is good news for Vietnam’s dairy industry. Domestic dairy production has been increasing rapidlyThe imports have decreased as domestic dairy producers are scaling up their production to better satisfy domestic demand. Domestic dairy producers tend to expand their cow farms to better control the material supply and ease the reliance on material imports. Vinamilk is developing its organic products, while other companies focus on developing alternative dairy products from vegetation. Quang Ngai Sugar has black sesame soya milk and green tea milk, while IDP has corn milk products.
May 13, 2018 09:00 UTC
Red Flamboyant Flower Festival kicks off in Hai PhongA gala night was held at the Opera House Square in the northern port city of Hai Phong on May 12 as the first out of more than 50 activities within the Hoa Phuong Do (Red Flamboyant Flower) Festival. Of note, Hai Phong ranked ninth among 63 cities and provinces nationwide in the provincial competitiveness index in 2017, up 19 places as compared with 2015. The gala night themed Hai Phong Vuon Ra Bien Lon (Hai Phong reaching out to the sea) demonstrated the city’s determination to carry forward traditions and utilise its potential to develop and integrate into the world. Over the last seasons, the Flamboyant Flower Festival has become a recognised festival of the port city, symbolising and praising its people and land. Renowned as the city of flamboyant flower, Hai Phong is a peaceful city of wide boulevards dovetailed with organised tree rows.
May 13, 2018 08:15 UTC
Sugar producers worried as inventory remains highVietNamNet Bridge - Sugar companies have once again shouted for help as the volume of inventory is increasing rapidly, while the domestic market is flooded with smuggled sugar. Some sugar refineries have had to sell products at prices nearly equal to the prices of smuggled sugar. Some others have accepted to sell sugar below product costs to reduce the inventory volume (VND11,400-12,000 per kilogram). Some others have accepted to sell sugar below product costs to reduce the inventory volume (VND11,400-12,000 per kilogram). VSSA’s Ha Huu Phai said the price decrease fell to a 4-year low in the world market because of the record high output of 178 million tons, or 10 million tons higher than last year.
May 13, 2018 05:37 UTC
Fintechs, with technology and big data, jump into consumer lending marketVietNamNet Bridge - Commercial banks are becoming digitalized, while fintechs, with great advantages in technology, have joined the consumer lending market. Lam and others like him could become a client of fintechs, which, by effectively exploiting big data, have step by step broken the barrier in consumer credit. The consumer credit growth in 2017 continued from two groups of suppliers – commercial banks and finance companies. Finance companies provide 12 percent of total consumer loans, while official consumer credit only serves 30 percent of customers who have demand. Fintechs are expected to be the biggest rival of commercial banks and finance companies in the near future.
May 13, 2018 01:52 UTC
Vietnam hopes for enhanced cooperation with BrazilVietnam treasures the increasing role of Brazil in the international arena and wishes to further promote comprehensive cooperation with the country, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Brazilian Foreign Minister Nunes Ferreira witness the signing of the MoU between the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and the Alexandre de Gusmao Foundation of BrazilMinh made the statement during talks with Brazilian Foreign Minister Nunes Ferreira on May 12, who is on an official visit to Vietnam from May 12-13. For his part, Nunes affirmed Brazil considers Vietnam as an important partner in Southeast Asia. He spoke highly Vietnam’s increasing role and position in the region and the world, as well as his country’s determination to strengthen and expand the friendship and all-around cooperation with Vietnam. The Vietnamese official took the occasion to urge Brazil to soon recognise Vietnam’s market economy.
May 12, 2018 12:22 UTC
Party Central Committee asks to implement resolution productivelyThe closing session of the 7th plenary meeting of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) was held on May 12 under the chair by Politburo member and President Tran Dai Quang. The CPVCC elected Tran Cam Tu, CPVCC member and Standing Vice Chairman of the CPVCC Inspection Commission, the 12th tenure, as Chairman of the CPVCC Inspection Commission, the 12th tenure. Meanwhile, Hoang Van Tra, Vice Secretary of the Party Committee, Chairman of the People’s Committee and head of the National Assembly deputies, the 14th tenure, of Phu Yen province was elected to the CPVCC Inspection Commission, the 12th tenure. The CPVCC elected two additional members of the 12th tenure Secretariat, including Tran Thanh Man, CPVCC member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee; and Tran Cam Tu, CPVCC member and Chairman of the CPVCC Inspection Commission, the 12th tenure. The CPVCC considered and agreed to expel Dinh La Thang, CPVCC member and deputy head of the CPVCC Economics Commission, from the Party.
May 12, 2018 10:52 UTC