July 22-28: Nation pays tribute to national contributors, martyrs

Monday, 2019-07-29 11:14:17
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Leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that made headlines over the past week.

Activities pay tribute to national contributors

Various activities are being held across the nation to pay tribute to wounded soldiers and beneficiary families on the occasion of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers' Day (July 27).

Former and current Party, State and Fatherland Front leaders paid tribute to fallen soldiers and President Ho Chi Minh on July 26, Vietnam’s Remembrance Day. The leaders laid a wreath at the monument to heroes and fallen soldiers on Bac Son Street, expressing their gratitude to the nation’s sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives for national independence and the people’s happiness.

Vietnam-Russia Youth Forum opens in Hanoi

First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Le Quoc Phong, speaking at the opening ceremony of the forum (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese and Russian youngsters are gathering at a forum that opened in Hanoi on the night of July 23. The Vietnam-Russia Youth Forum, jointly held by the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam and the Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, will run until July 29, with various activities in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the northeastern province of Quang Ninh.

The forum, together with the Russia-Vietnam Youth Forum scheduled to take place in Moscow and Saint Petersburg from September 24 to October 1, aims to welcome the Vietnam-Russia Year and the Russia-Vietnam Year and mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the treaty on basic principles for Vietnam-Russia friendship.

Vietnam sees over 50% of communes meet new rural standards

Local youths take part in a rural road construction project in Cao Bang province. (Photo: Dan Van)

An estimated 50.1% of rural communes in Vietnam have fulfilled the criteria of new rural areas as of June 2019, a threshold achieved 18 months ahead of schedule, a government official has announced. At a conference on July 25 Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Thanh Tong said that the 50% threshold was initially planned for 2020.

Statistics show that 5,458 communes have met all 19 criteria, up 620 communes from the end of 2018. Tong added that 82 out of 644 districts in 36 provinces and centrally governed cities have been recognised by the Prime Minister as new rural districts. All communes have fulfilled 15.26 criteria on average and no communes meet fewer than 5 criteria.

Vietnamese students bag four medals at international biology contest

Vietnamese students at the 2019 International Biology Olympiad.

Vietnamese students have won one silver and three bronze medals at the 2019 International Biology Olympiad held in the Hungarian city of Szeged, the Ministry of Education and Training has announced.

The silver medal went to 12th grader Hoang Minh Trung from the Lam Son High School for Gifted Students in Thanh Hoa province. The bronze medal winners are 12th grader Duong Tung Lam from the Phan Boi Chau High School for Gifted Students in Nghe An province, 11th grader Ha Vu Huyen Linh from the VNU High School for Gifted Students in Hanoi and 12th grader Hoang Thi Huyen Trang from the Hung Vuong High School for Gifted Students in Phu Tho province.

Vietnam up three spots in global innovation index

The conference to announce the Global Innovation Index in India.

Vietnam has jumped three spots to the 42nd position out of 129 world economies in the Global Innovation Index (GII), as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in New Delhi, India, on July 24.

It is the highest ranking that Vietnam has achieved so far. Meanwhile, Switzerland, the US, UK, Finland and the Netherlands remain at the top.

Banks report record profits in first half of 2019

Vietcombank tops the list of banks with the largest profits in the first half of this year. (Illustrative image)

A large number of commercial banks have reported their highest ever profits in the first six months of 2019 and almost all banks have completed over 50% of their yearly profit targets.

Vietcombank tops the list of banks with the largest profits in the first half of this year, they posted profit before tax (PBT) exceeding VND10 trillion (US$430 million) for the first time. According to experts, the big profits were attributed to positive credit growth and good control of non-performing loans during the first half of this year.

ASEAN+3 singing contest opens in Ha Long city

A performance on the semifinal night (July 27). (Photo: VOV)

The ASEAN+3 Singing Contest 2019 officially opened in Ha Long city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, on the evening of July 27. Running from July 26 to 29, the event, organised by Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), features the participation of 22 contestants from ASEAN member states and four invited singers from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The contest is open for professional pop singers aged between 18-35, aiming to promote understanding and cultural exchanges between Vietnam and other nations in the region while discovering and supporting the development of young musical talents in the ASEAN community.

Vietnam brings home three Asian karate championship bronze medals

Ho Thi Thu Hien after taking bronze at the 16th Asian Karate Federation Senior Championships, which closed on Sunday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (Photo: baohatinh.vn)

Vietnam won three bronze medals at the 16th Asian Karate Federation Senior Championships, which closed in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on July 21. Two medals were presented to the kata (performance) athletes and one to the kumite (combat) team.

The first medal went to Nguyen Thi Phuong in the women's kata event. Phuong shared third place with Sadeghi Dastak Fatemeh of Iran. They were behind Shimizu Kiyou of Japan and Lau Mo Sheung Grace from Hong Kong. Phuong, Le Thi Khanh Ly and Luu Thi Thu Uyen then placed third in the women's team kata event. Ho Thi Thu Hien, Dinh Thi Huong, Trang Cam Lanh and Le Thi Thu Thao claimed the last medal for Vietnam in the women's team kumite after losing in the semi-final.

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