April 18-24: Indian parliamentary leader visits Vietnam

Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) welcomes Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha (the lower house) Om Birla (Photo: VNA)
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) welcomes Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha (the lower house) Om Birla (Photo: VNA)

Indian parliamentary leader visits Vietnam

Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha (the lower house) Om Birla paid an official visit to Vietnam from April 19-21 at the invitation by National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

While in Vietnam, Om Birla held talks with Hue and paid courtesy calls to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha Om Birla witnessed the announcement of Vietjet’s new direct services to India and the exchange of the partnership agreement to build a joint venture between Vietnam’s Galaxy Digital Holdings and India’s Tech Mahindra Limited.

Vietnam and China hold seventh Border Defence Friendship Exchange

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Defence Minister Gen. Phan Van Giang (R) and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe at Milestone No. 943 (Photo: VNA)

On April 23, Minister of National Defence General Phan Van Giang and his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe co-chaired activities at the seventh Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange in Quang Hoa District in Vietnam’s Cao Bang Province and Longzhou County in China’s Guangxi Province.

On the morning of April 23, the Vietnam People's Army delegation led by General Giang began exchange activities in Longzhou County, Guangxi Province, China, with the welcome ceremony for the delegation chaired by Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei at Shuikou International Border Gate. After which, the two delegations held talks at the county’s Convention Centre.

In the afternoon, Defence Minister Gen. Phan Van Giang hosted a welcome ceremony for a delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army led by his Chinese counterpart Sen. Lieut. Gen. Wei Fenghe at Ta Lung International Border Gate, Quang Hoa District, Cao Bang Province. Following the ceremony, the two ministers painted Milestone No. 943 and planted a friendship tree at the Ta Lung Friendship Cultural Centre. They then visited and presented gifts to the primary school in Ta Lung Township.

Vietnam’s 500 fastest-growing companies honoured

The lists of the 500 fastest-growing companies in Vietnam (FAST500) and the top 10 firms in real estate-construction - building material this year were announced by the Vietnam Report JSC and the VietNamNet e-newspaper during a ceremony held in Hanoi on April 22.

On the occasion, the organising board launched a bilingual report on Vietnam’s economic growth 2022, which looks to capitalise on enterprises’ potential for sustainable development.

FAST500, launched in 2011, is based on the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in terms of revenue and business performance. Other criteria such as total asset, after-tax profit, and company prestige in the media are also taken into account to identify their scale and stature in the industries they operate in.

Vietnam Blockchain Union makes debut

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Vietnam Blockchain Union makes debut (Photo: CMC)

Vietnam Blockchain Union (VBU) was launched at a ceremony held by Vietnam Digital Communications Association (VDCA) in Hanoi on April 21.

The VBU was established to connect the technology business community and provide consultancy to related agencies to develop policies and legal frameworks on blockchain technology, digital assets, and currencies.

It is also expected to become a bridge connecting the business community and relevant authorities to build a legal framework in the field for Vietnam, thus helping the country succeed in the field as well as the digital economy.

Seven universities in Vietnam meet intl. accreditation standards

Seven Vietnamese universities now meet international accreditation standards, according to the Ministry of Education and Training.

They are: the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology under Vietnam National University (VNU)-Ho Chi Minh City, the University of Science and Technology under Da Nang University, the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), the Hanoi University of Civil Engineering, the University of Science under VNU-Hanoi, the HCM City based-Ton Duc Thang University, and the International University under VNU-Ho Chi Minh City.

Around 180 educational facilities at university and college levels now satisfy the national standard on educational quality, the ministry said.

Royal handwritten version of 'Tale of Kieu' from Nguyen Dynasty displayed

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Hue Monuments Conservation Centre designed 36 panels to introduce the Nguyen Dynasty royal family’s handwritten version of 'Tale of Kieu'.

The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre organised an exhibition to introduce the royal family's handwritten version of 'Tale of Kieu' from the Nguyen Dynasty at Dai Cung Mon (the Grate Palace) in Hue Imperial Citadel on April 22.

The exhibition introduced and described the characteristics and properties of the royal handwritten Ban Kieu of the Nguyen Dynasty through 36 panels designed to suit the exhibition space.

According to information from researcher Nguyen Khac Bao, the Nguyen Dynasty royal family’s Nom version of 'Tale of Kieu' was once sold at an antique bookstore in Paris (France), then collected by the British Library where it was entered into the directory of the library's collection of ancient books in 1894.

Vietnam names October 10 as National Digital Transformation Day

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has signed a decision to name October 10 as National Digital Transformation Day.

The day will be held every year with the aim to accelerate the implementation of national digital transformation tasks and raise public awareness on the role, significance and benefits of digital transformation.

It is also designed to promote the participation of the entire political system and population so as to ensure the success of digital transformation.

Vietnam's No.1 player defeats “World Chess King”

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Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem defeats world champion Magnus Carlsen 2.5-1.5 (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem has made a milestone victory against world champion Magnus Carlsen, who is known as the “World Chess King”, at Oslo Esports Cup in Norway on April 24 (Vietnam time).

After 15 previous games without a win over Carlsen, Liem finally defeated him for the first time with a score of 2.5-1.5.

The Oslo Esports Cup is the first major event of the grand series Champions Chess Tour 2022, which gathered eight grandmasters. Of these, four are among the world’s top 15. They will face each other in a round-robin format. Liem is No. 6 seed at the tournament.

MV of 31st SEA Games’ official song to make debut

The music video of the official song for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), “Let’s Shine”, will officially make debut at 8pm on April 18, according to the regional sports event’s organising committee.

The song by composer Huy Tuan is about the people born with a mission to strive for new summits and leave behind difficulties on their journeys of passion and extraordinary efforts, and with the support of friends. Together they shine in the welcoming and hospitable atmosphere of hosts Vietnam.

Since the official song was launched, its audio record, sung in Vietnamese and English by well-known artists such as Tung Duong, Van Mai Huong, Ho Ngoc Ha, Isaac, and Den Vau, has attracted a large number of listeners on digital platforms, the organising committee said.