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VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 28

PM requests prompt measures to overcome Typhoon Noru’s consequences
The storm also knocked down more than 500 trees in different localities (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh ordered the prompt evaluation of losses caused by Typhoon Noru and immediate application of measures to overcome its consequences, support affected people and stabilise production and people’s life during a meeting on September 28.

The PM underlined the need to get students in affected localities to return to school as soon as possible, make sure that no one has to suffer from hunger, cold or has no place to live, and prevent diseases from breaking out after the storm.

The Government leader said that although Noru is a strong storm that landed at night, preparations against the storm were effective thanks to efforts of the administration at all levels and the community.

At the meeting, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Finance to provide aid in rice and cash to affected localities based on their demands to help locals settle down and resume production.
Relevant ministries and agencies were instructed to ensure smooth traffic, power supply, and clean environment.

At a meeting of the Frontline Steering Committee for response to Typhoon Noru the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, head of the committee said that good preparations ahead of the storm have produced good results, with no loss in human life and minimum material losses. He hailed localities for their strong performance in bracing for the storm.

Vietnamese President meets with Japanese Emperor in Tokyo

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on September 28, part of his stay in the Northeast Asian country to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

The Vietnamese leader expressed his deep condolences over the death of Abe, highlighting the former PM’s special sentiment, dedication, and efforts to promote the countries’ friendship, especially the upgrade of bilateral ties to the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia in 2014, which Phuc described as a precious heritage needing to be upheld and promoted.

He highly valued the vigorous, comprehensive, and substantive development of the extensive strategic partnership in all fields, increased people-to-people exchanges, and mutual assistance in trying times, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Phuc appreciated support from Japan, which was the first country to donate COVID-19 vaccine and medical supplies to Vietnam to help with pandemic response.

He also extended an invitation from Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and himself to the Japanese Emperor and Empress to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2023. He held that the visit will hold significant importance to the countries’ relations.

Expressing his delight at the thriving relations, Emperor Naruhito affirmed that he attaches great importance to the Vietnam - Japan friendship and will do his utmost to contribute to bilateral ties.

He also underlined the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two peoples through cultural and people-to-people exchanges, particularly in the year marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Vietnam to promote culture in Austria, India, RoK

Vietnam Days Abroad 2022, with a diverse combination of online and offline promotional activities, will be held in Austria, India, and the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the anniversaries of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and these countries.

As part of the event, two new promotional products on digital platforms, including Virtual Exhibition: Vietnamese Lacquer Painting and Video Games about Vietnamese culture (Lac Viet Adventures) were officially launched.

The exhibition introduces outstanding Vietnamese lacquer works, lacquer development history, and Vietnamese lacquer painting techniques.

As for the video game, Lac Viet Adventures showcases the uniqueness and beauty of Vietnamese culture.

Vietnam Days in Austria will provide the public with an overview of the 50-year friendship and partnership between Vietnam and Austria.

The event in India is slated for November 3-4 in New Delhi. It comprises a number of meaningful activities in the fields of economy, culture, and politics.

Vietnam Days in Korea will take place in Seoul on the sidelines of the high-level Vietnamese leader's official visit to the Republic of Korea from the end of November to the beginning of December.

Vietnam beat India 3-0, top International Friendlies 2022

Vietnam beat India 3-0 in Thong Nhat stadium, Ho Chi Minh City on September 27, and won the International Friendlies 2022 with two consecutive wins.

The early opener for Vietnam, made by Phan Van Duc, came at the 11th minute.

In the second half, Van Toan and Van Quyet each scored one goal in the 50th and 72nd minute, respectively. 

With the title at this tournament, Vietnam expect to have more points to improve their FIFA rankings. 

Dong Thap cooperates with Cambodian locality to fight human trafficking

Fighting human trafficking is one of the fields of cooperation in an agreement signed between the Women’s Union of the southern province of Dong Thap and the Cambodian Women for Peace & Development Association of Prey Veng province on September 27.

The agreement for 2022-2027 was signed at a conference held by the two women’s organisations in Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh city to review their joint work in the period from 2017 to 2022.

The two sides also vowed to coordinate to advocate the advancement of women and develop tourism.

Over the past five years, the two women’s organisations have shared experience in strengthening their organization, expanding membership and renewing the content and methods of operation.

In particular, their collaboration in communication work to prevent and curb the trafficking of women and children across the border has proved effective.

Teleconference on NA’s supervision plan 2023 wraps up

A teleconference to launch the National Assembly’s supervision plan 2023, under the co-chair of NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and NA Vice Chairman Tran Quang Phuong, wrapped up in Hanoi on September 27.

Accordingly, the NA and NA Standing Committee will consider reports, hold Q&A sessions, conduct thematic supervisions and cast confidence votes on persons holding positions elected or approved by the NA. They will also examine the implementation of the NA’s resolutions on thematic supervision and Q&A sessions, the settlement of voters’ suggestions and citizens’ complaints and denunciations.

The NA will conduct supreme supervision on two topics, namely the mobilisation, management and use of resources for COVID-19 prevention and control; the enforcement of laws and policies on health care at the grassroots level and preventive medicine during its fifth session and the implementation of the NA’s resolutions on national target programmes on new rural development and sustainable poverty reduction for the 2021-2025 period, and socio-economic development for ethnic minorities and mountainous region for the 2021-2030 period during its sixth session.

Meanwhile, the NA Standing Committee will oversee the implementation of the NA’s resolutions on reforming general education curricula and textbooks during its 2023 August meeting and the implementation of laws and policies on energy development for 2016-2021 during the 2023 September meeting.

The NA’s Committee on Judicial Affairs will work closely with the NA Council of Ethnic Affairs and other NA committees to examine the annual reports on the progress of fighting corruption, negative behaviours and wastefulness submitted by the Government, the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuracy. If necessary, reports on anti-corruption and wastefulness as well as thrift practices will be submitted to the NA for consideration during its year-end meetings.

Nine-month traffic accidents down from pre-pandemic level

Traffic accidents in the first nine months of this year dropped by 52.5% (4,362 cases) to 8,313 and related deaths reduced by 20% (945 deaths) to 4,714 compared to the same period in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

However, the figures rose 1.71% (140 cases) and 12.35% (518 deaths) from the same period in 2021.

The majority of accidents happened on the road with 8,206 cases, killing 4,606 people.

There were 76 accidents on the railways, claiming 55 lives, while 26 accidents on the waterway killed 41.

Meanwhile, 12 people died or went missing in five maritime accidents in the period.

No serious aviation incident was reported in the nine months.

Exhibition featuring thuỷ mặc paintings opened

A painting exhibition featuring the art of thuỷ mặc (ink wash painting) by late People’s Artist Trương Hán Minh has been launched in HCM City.

The event, called Di Sản 71 Năm - Một Đời Thuỷ Mặc (71 Years Working for the Love of Ink Wash Painting Art), is organised by the city’s Fine Arts Association. 

It commemorates the one-year anniversary of Minh’s death. 

More than 70 works featuring flowers, trees, mountains and rivers are displayed. Most paintings are vivid and used traditional Chinese ink techniques. 

Minh was born in 1951 in Chợ Lớn (Big Market) in HCM City’s District 5. He is a master of thuỷ mặc. He had more than 60 years of experience in watercolour painting. His art portrays the Vietnamese spirit and sends messages about love and peace.

He exhibited at many solo and group exhibitions in Việt Nam as well as in Australia, China, France, Malaysia, Japan, Laos and the US. Many of his works are collected by Vietnamese and foreign collectors. 

Minh worked for several art schools in the city and in southern provinces, and was chairman of the Fine Arts Cub of Chinese-Vietnamese Artists and was a member of the Việt Nam Fine Arts Association. He organised and sent more than 200 of his paintings to auctions for charity work for poor and disabled children and people. Many of his works feature the beauty of Việt Nam and its people. Highlighted works portray women and children in daily life in remote or mountainous areas.  

The exhibition will run till October 1 at 218A Pasteur Street, District 3. 

Books featuring southern Vietnam history, culture released

A collection of three books on the South’s history and culture by late cultural reseacher, historian and Professor Ca Văn Thỉnh has been released in HCM City. The publication celebrates Thỉnh’s 120th birthday.

The three books include research works, writings, and news articles written by Thỉnh before 1945 and after 1975.

Professor Thỉnh, known by the pen name Ngạc Xuyên, was born in 1902 in Bến Tre Province. He studied in the Hà Nội Indochina College of Pedagogy from 1925 to 1927. He worked as a teacher and a senior official in education in Bến Tre Province from 1928 to 1945. He began his research into Southern history and culture in 1945, and studied the region’s traditional culture and literature for several years. In 1955, he was among the first scholars in Việt Nam to be honoured with the title Professor.

Vietnamese esports teams to compete at world championships

Gam Esports and Saigon Buffalo will vie for a purse of more than US$2.2 million at the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.

The competition will kick off on September 29 in Mexico City's Arena Esports Stadium and culminate on November 5 in San Francisco.

The tournament of the 24 best teams in the world will collide across multiple cities in North America in their ultimate quest for the coveted Summoner's Cup.

Vietnamese representatives Gam Esports (GAM) and Saigon Buffalo (SGB), who are the 2022 Việt Nam Championship Series (VCS) Summer Season's champion and first runner-up, are back to the tournament after two years of absence due to the pandemic.

GAM is the most traditional VCS team, which is in the second half of the fourth season of Việt Nam's entirely professional League of Legends league as an independent region. The team, led by captain Đỗ Duy Khanh aka Levi, has won the national championship seven times and the 31st SEA Games in May. They also competed in a range of international tournaments.

SGB are home to young talented players. However, despite their youth and lack of experience, the team proved to be tough rivals of any team in the domestic league and are expected to cause a few upsets at the world championships.

The 12 teams will be drawn into two pools starting from the Play-in Stage. SGB are in Pool B against MAD Lions (Europe), DRX (South Korea), DenizBank Wildcats (Turkey), Royal Never Give Up (China) and Isurus (Latin America).

Each team will play one game against every other team in their group. The top team in each group will automatically advance to the Group Stage. The second, third and fourth-placed teams will vie for two Group Stage slots through playoff matches.

These Play-in Stage's best four will join the 12 teams, including GAM, who directly qualified for the Group Stage, which will be held on October 7-10 and October 13-16 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

These 16 teams will be split into four groups of four, with each competitor playing against every team in their group twice. The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the Knockout Stage.

Vietnamese GAM are in Group C with ⁠⁠Rogue (Europe), ⁠⁠Top Esports (China) and a to-be-decided team from the Play-in Stage.

Miss Grand Vietnam 2022 unveils crowns with diamonds and gemstones

The organisers of the Miss Grand Vietnam 2022 pageant introduced five crowns decorated with diamonds and gemstones which will be presented to the winning beauty queen and four runners-up of the pageant.

The crown titled “The Wings of Beauty” to be awarded to the pageant’s winner is made of 18k gold attached by 1,522 white zirconia gemstones and 42 emeralds.

Pham Kim Dung, head of the organising board, said Miss Grand Vietnam 2022 would be the first to have up to five crowns for the Top 5 finalists.

The winner will go on to represent Vietnam at Miss Grand International 2022 slated for October in Indonesia, whilst the other four runners-up will also fly to Indonesia to support local representative, Dung noted.

Miss Grand Vietnam 2022 was launched in June this year, with the Top 51 selected to compete in the final round. The grand finale is set to take place on October 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Miss Grand International 2023 will get underway in Ho Chi Minh City in October next year.

Vietnamese futsal players ready for Asian cup 2022

The Vietnamese futsal team are ready for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022, which will be held from September 27 to October 8 in Kuwait.

Việt Nam will meet South Korea in their first match in Group D today.

"The Vietnamese futsal team have prepared the best they can for the event. We will try our best in every match for the best result. Our first opponent will be South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Japan," said coach Diego Giustozzi.

To prepare for the Asian event, Việt Nam have trained in Kuwait under the careful eye of their coaching staff.

Giustozzi said he was delighted with the higher concentration of the Vietnamese players. The team had carefully studied the South Korean way of playing to exploit weaknesses in the South Korean defence.

Before the match, the Vietnamese team received the good news that captain Trần Văn Vũ is recovering well from his injury.

Việt Nam will meet Saudi Arabia on September 30 and Japan on October 2 during the group stage.

The event has 16 national teams, divided into four groups. The top two teams of each group will advance to the knockout phase. 

Manh Kien departs for Manhunt International 2022 male pageant

Tran Manh Kien, the Vietnamese representative at Manhunt International 2022, recently set off from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City as he heads to compete in the upcoming male pageant which will be held in the Philippines.

The Vinh Phuc native stands at 1.85 metres tall and measures 108-79-100.

He has prior experience competing in beauty pageants, having previously appeared in Mister Vietnam 2019, although he ultimately failed to win the top title.

This year the grand final of the Manhunt International 2022 male pageant is scheduled to take place on October 2 in the Philippines.

Manhunt International originally started in 1993, with the annual contest being resumed after two years of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increase in Russian tourists booking tours to Vietnam

Travel planning service OneTwoTrip has revealed that Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia are among the most popular destinations for Russia travelers ahead during the New Year.

This comes amid Russian tourists purchasing air tickets, with departure dates between December 31 and January 8.

OneTwoTrip shared that the leading place among countries in terms of early bookings is Thailand, making up 38.7% of Russian tourist’s destination, followed by Indonesia at 10.9%, and Vietnam at 10.8%.

Fourth place is occupied by the Philippines at 5.5%, followed by Turkey with a share of 5.1%.

According to Vietnamese travel operators, Vietnam Airlines the only local carrier to fly to Russia, suspended Hanoi-Moscow flights on March 24 amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalating, with service on this route not yet resuming.

Therefore, the nation can only welcome small groups of Russian tourists who transit through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The first eight months of this year saw the country serve 14,600 Russian visitors, accounting for only 1% of total tourists to Vietnam.

Work on Phan Thiet airport to start next year

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has asked Binh Thuan Province to kick off the construction of Phan Thiet Airport in 2023.

Under the deputy prime minister’s instructions, Binh Thuan needs to review the capacity of the project’s investor Rang Dong Joint Stock Company. If the firm fails to ensure the required conditions, the province has to look for another investor as a replacement.

The civilian-military Phan Thiet Airport is located in Thien Nghiep Commune, Phan Thiet City. The project's site clearance was basically completed by August 30.

It is designed to serve international flights.

The airport has a 3,050-metre runway and is scheduled to welcome around two million passengers per year.

The 545.5ha airport has a total investment capital of VND11.8 trillion (USD513.8 million). The civilian component of the project costs VND3.83 trillion.

Australia supports Viet Nam’s science and technology development

Promoting Innovation and knowledge is one of the three pillars of the Viet Nam-Australia strategic partnership, noted Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Andrew Goledzinowski.

The Australian diplomat made the statement while delivering remarks at Viet Nam's National Conference on the development of a synchronized, efficient, advanced and internally integrated science and technology market in Viet Nam, held last week.

Last year, at COP 26, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met with former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, during which both sides entered into a joint commitment to deepen cooperation around climate change, clean energy transition and nature-based solutions, noted Andrew Goledzinowski.

Australia is now delivering on these commitments, including through the Aus4Innovation program, which brings together the Ministry of Science and Australia's National Science Agency (CSIRO), with CSIRO being based in the Australian Embassy in Ha Noi.

Ambassador Goledzinowski added that one of the practical outcomes of this collaboration has been joint production of a Guide on how to commercialize ideas.

This Guide has now been produced and is being road tested by some of the experts and researchers who attended the Conference, including the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology, the Academy of Agricultural Science and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Gov’t continues to cut land rentals for pandemic-hit entities

The Government sets goal to reduce land and water surface rents worth around VND 3.5 trillion (over US$ 50 million) for COVID-19 pandemic-hit enterprises in 2022.

This is part of the Government's Resolution 125/NQ-CP, dated September 22, 2022 on reduction of land and water surface rentals for COVID-19 pandemic-hit enterprises. 

This is the third consecutive year the Government has cut land and water surface rentals for COVID-19 pandemic-hit enterprises in a bid to revitalize the economy. 

Earlier, the Government issued Resolution 11/NQ-CP (Resolution 11), dated January 30, 2022 on socio-economic recovery measures. 

Resolution 11 stipulates 30 percent reduction of land rentals for tenants that meet both of the following conditions: (1) The tenants lease land directly from the State under a decision, or contract, or certificate of land use right and make annual land rental payments; (2) The tenants suffer business suspension due to COVID-19.

The Ministry of Finance reported that last year, over VND 3.4 trillion of land rental fees were cut under the Prime Minister Decision 27/2021/QD-TTg. 

Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s Terminal 3 set to start work in October

At the third quarter brief meeting yesterday, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The required the relevant units to facilitate the progress of road projects and set to start works on some key airport ones.

Accordingly, as for road projects, contractors had to concentrate on constructing four component projects of the North-South Expressway in the first period, including sections of Mai Son – National Highway No.45, Cam Lo – La Son, Vinh Hao – Phan Thiet, Phan Thiet – Dau Giay to open to traffic by the end of the year.

As for expressway projects in the second period, the project management boards are assigned to complete the project designs by end of October to submit the quotation for approval by November 15 and start works by end of December.

Regarding the Long Thanh International Airport, relevant units need to promptly start works on the terminal by end November and the runway items by end of the year.

Minister Nguyen Van The also required to start work on the Terminal 3 of the Tan Son Nhat International Airport at the beginning of October.

Poems of former Deputy PM introduced in Australia

The Vietnamese Embassy in Australia on September 27 introduced a collection of poems by Truong Hoa Binh, a former member of the Political Bureau and former permanent Deputy Prime Minister, to the Vietnamese community in the country.

The collection, named “Tieng vong hon song nui” (Resonance of nation’s soul), comprises of 84 poems praising the beauty of Vietnamese land and people, especially rivers across the nation.

Speaking at the introduction ceremony, Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh said that Vietnamese is currently the third most spoken language in Australia, and there are more and more Vietnamese coming to Australia to study and live, and vice versa.

Source: VNA/SGT/VNS/VOV/Dtinews/SGGP/VGP/Hanoitimes

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