Vietnam recognised as active, responsible member of IPU: officialVietnam is seen as an active and responsible member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) with substantive contributions to the IPU Assembly, said Chairman of the National Assembly (NA)’s Committee for External Relations Nguyen Van Giau. The leader also asked the IPU to work with the United Nations, other international organisations and member parliaments on religious and cultural affairs. At the IPU 137, the Vietnamese delegation took part in the activities of all IPU committees, the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young Parliamentarians. Giau said IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury described Vietnam as an active and responsible IPU member with substantive contributions to the IPU Assembly. Following her attendance at the IPU 137, the top legislator of Vietnam visited Kazakhstan, the first ever official trip to this country by a Vietnamese NA leader, Giau noted.
October 19, 2017 04:30 UTC
Vietnam int’l autumn-winter fashion week slated for late OctoberThe Vietnam International Autumn-Winter Fashion Week (VIFW) 2017 will take place in Hanoi from October 31 to November 3, reported the organiser Multimedia Joint Stock Company. VIFW Chairwoman and founder Le Thi Quynh Trang said after five successful editions, the VIFW has become Vietnam’s only international-scale fashion event that is held annually and is open to the public. Representatives from well-known fashion magazines such as Vogue Italy, Vogue Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and designers such as Nguyen Cong Tri, Thuy Nguyen, Xita brand and Canifa by Le Ha will also join the event. At the closing day, Eva de Eva will introduce the latest collection to celebrate its 10th founding anniversary. “The best street style” show for youngsters will be also held at Trang Tien shopping centre in downtown Hanoi.
October 19, 2017 04:30 UTC
Expat theatre group celebrates HalloweenSaigon Players, an English-language theatre group, will present its annual Halloween party at The Hive Saigon Outcast on October 27 and 28. Saigon Players will host a Halloween party at The Hive Saigon Outcast on October 27 and 28. Photo from Saigon Players Facebook pageThe party will feature an interactive screening of the popular Halloween film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, released in 1975. After the screening, there will be a party featuring shadow actors playing roles in the movie. The organiser will give special prizes for the Best Rocky Horror-themed costumes.
October 19, 2017 04:18 UTC
HCM City struggles to set up clinics for HIV patientsTo ensure delivery of HIV treatment services, the health sector in HCM City is accelerating coverage of health insurance for HIV patients as donor funding for antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and treatment will end in a few years now that Viet Nam has reached lower middle-income status as classified by the World Bank. An HIV patient receives free antiretroviral (ARV) drugs at District 11’s Medical Centre in HCM City. Around 1,200 HIV patients are being treated at District 1’s Medical Centre, he said. Under the proposal, district hospitals would sign contracts with social insurance agencies to provide health care services for HIV patients with health insurance cards. More than 31,000 HIV patients in HCM City receive regular examinations and treatment at medical centres.
October 19, 2017 03:56 UTC
Foreign bands step up game in HCM City music sceneForeign bands in recent years have stepped up their efforts to “stay in the game” as Vietnamese bands appear to be regaining popularity in the local music scene. Many foreign bands in HCM City are improving their skills and performances in an increasingly competitive music environment (Photo: sgtiepthi.vn)Though Vietnamese music is still vastly more popular, the number of foreign artists coming to the city to pursue their musical careers has increased. Depending on the nature and scale of particular events, either foreign or local bands will be selected to perform, he said, adding that most foreign bands often become more popular after performing at the GEM Centre or the Acoustic Bar. As a result, foreign bands are more likely to play as they meet most of the requirements. They should cover popular songs or produce and sing their own songs, experts have said.
October 19, 2017 03:45 UTC
Vice President seeks stronger multifaceted cooperation with FinlandVietnamese Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has expressed her hope for stronger cooperation in all spheres with Finland while meeting Finnish officials and entrepreneurs during her official visit to this European country from October 16-19. The Vice President asked the Finnish Government to continue assisting Vietnam, especially in the fields that both countries prioritise. In the time ahead, Finland will prioritise economic and trade cooperation with Vietnam. The potential for cultural and educational cooperation remains huge, she said, voicing her hope for stronger partnership in these spheres. While applauding the bilateral education-training cooperation, Minister Grahn-Laasonen said it will remain a priority of the Finnish Government in the time ahead.
Vietnamese piano talent to perform with RPCOYoung Vietnamese piano talent Luu Hong Quang will perform with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) in the Toyota Classical Concert 2017 at the Hanoi Opera House, on November 4. Young Vietnamese piano talent Luu Hong Quang. At the concert, the pianist will perform Piano Concerto No. The concerto was composed by Mozart when he was 21 years old, contributing to his growing fame within the music world. The RPCO is known for its versatile renditions of classical, light classical and popular music.
Vietnam’s youths active in SochiFirst Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) Central Committee Le Quoc Phong met with Chairman of the Young Guard of United Russia Denis Davidov in Sochi, Russia on October 18. The Vietnamese union recognises the importance of links with other youth organisations, including the Young Guard of United Russia, to promote the role of youths, Phong said. For his part, Davidov said the Young Guard of United Russia, established in 2005, has more than 170,000 members. The same day, the leader of the Vietnamese delegation met with the delegations from Cambodia and Belarus. The Vietnamese delegation also took part in cultural exchanges, sports games, workshops and discussions on economics, politics, science-technology, health, and education during the festival.
Vietnam Open to begin on October 21The annual Vietnam Open tennis tournament will be held from October 21 to 29 in Ho Chi Minh City. Alize Lim is appointed an ambassador of the Vietnam Open which will be organised from October 21-29 in HCM City (Photo: VTF)The ATP Challenger event is worth 50,000 USD and will grant 90 points to the winners in both, the singles and doubles categories. This year, the competition has lured athletes with top world rankings, including former world No. The tournament, which is entitled Hung Thinh Vietnam Open, will see Alize Lim, a Vietnamese French athlete, as the tournament’s ambassador. The matches will be aired live on The thao TV and The thao Tin tuc HD channels.
VN Index declines on late profit-takingShares declined on the HCM Stock Exchange on October 18 as investors looked for short-term profits when the VN Index reached the intraday high of 831 points. An investor monitors stock prices at Tan Viet Securities CompanyThe benchmark VN Index inched down 0.07 percent to end at 827.72 points. Nearly 199 million shares were traded on the southern bourse, worth 4.76 trillion VND (211.8 million USD). Banks, property developers, brokerage firms and steel producers saw their share prices decline after they had performed well to lift the stock market on October 17. More than 53.5 million shares were traded on the northern market, worth nearly 990 billion VND.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
Top legislator concludes official visit to KazakhstanNational Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan arrived in Hanoi in the evening of October 18, concluding her three-day official visit to Kazakhstan. National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) meets Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan Kassym Zhomart TokayevDuring the visit, Ngan held talks with Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament (Lower House) of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin. They discussed and agreed on a range of measures to continue fostering and expanding cooperation between the two countries and the two legislatures. The Vietnamese top legislator also met Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan Kassym Zhomart Tokayev; paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev; and held meetings with Deputy Chairman of the ruling Nur Otan Party Abraruly Kul-Mukhammed and First Secretary of the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan Zhambyl A. Akhmetbekov. They also pledged to increase the exchange of high-level delegations and jointly supervise the implementation of cooperative agreements signed by the two governments.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
Obstacles hinder the switch to E5 biofuelThere are only two months left until January 1, 2018, the date set for the nation to switch from RON A92 petrol to bio-fuel E5, but the plan is facing problems. To qualify for selling E5 bio-fuel, traders need to allocate additional fuel pumping facilities and storage tanks for biofuel E5 at their petrol stations. Apart from this, consumers were not really confident about E5 fuel, Rue said, adding that the current E5 bio-fuel consumption accounted for only 9 per cent of total petroleum consumption in the market. "E5 bio-fuel consumption experienced a downtrend because consumers still haven’t got used to its use. With higher production costs than other kinds of petrol, E5 requires higher capital, but offers less profit.
October 19, 2017 02:26 UTC
BUSINESS IN BRIEF 19/10HCM City gets new serviced apartmentLuxury serviced apartment Sherwood Suites in HCM City will rent out units from October 28. There are promotions for the opening, according to Kai Speth, deputy president for operations and business performance at WMC Group, said. According to Eliane van Doorn, business development director (ASEAN Business) at UBM Asia, the organiser of VIETWATER, the event will continue building an international business platform for 14,000 participants to connect, exchange, and share their industry expertise. But, he added, to maximize VKFTA opportunities, businesses themselves need to be proactive to thoroughly study the agreement and grab investment and business opportunities. Recently, Vietnam has been more active in improving business and investment climate, and raising the confidence of international businesses, the minister added.
October 19, 2017 02:15 UTC
Vietnam Women Award honours 18 units, individualsThe Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee on October 17 presented the Vietnam Women Award 2017 to eight units and 10 individuals with outstanding contributions to social development. In the current period of international integration, Vietnamese women have continued their important role in promoting socio-economic development as well as ensuring security-political of the country. The women honoured with the Vietnam Women Award 2017 have inspired millions of others across the country to work harder and create for the nation’s sustainable development. The participants will be offered chances to share their initiatives to deal with current social problems in the country. The Church actively joined social activities and poverty reduction programmes.
October 19, 2017 02:03 UTC
Health ministry details sex reassignment surgery regulationsThe Ministry of Health has proposed more details to complete the bill to legalise sex reassignment surgery for those aged over 18. The Vietnamese National Assembly approved a bill to legalise sex reassignment surgery and recognise transgender people on November 24, 2015. The bill which took effect on January 1 this year allows people to undergo sex reassignment surgery in Vietnam. The second set requires people to take psychological tests, use hormones for one year and underwent sex reassignment surgery. Those who already had sex reassignment surgery overseas must have check-ups at authorised hospitals to be legally recognised.
October 19, 2017 01:52 UTC