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WEEKLY EVENTS

The 50th anniversary of the 1968 Mau Than Spring General Offensive and Uprising celebrated; U-23 Football Team of Vietnam warmly welcomed home and the North of Vietnam has been undergoing the longest cold snap in two years are the most prominent pieces of news in the week.

03/02/2018 13:21:00

National celebration of 50th anniversary of 1968 Mau Than Spring General Offensive and Uprising

The grand 50th anniversary of the 1968 Mau Than Spring General Offensive and Uprising was celebrated at Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City on January 31, 201 jointly by the Party Central Committee and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Attending the ceremony were General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, State President Tran Dai Quang. Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Secretary of Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thien Nhan and a lot of leaders, former leaders of the Party and State, Vietnamese heroic mothers and war veterans.

In the opening speech, Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thien Nhan recalled the heroic and magnanimous days of the 1968 Mau Than Spring General Offensive and Uprising. He reserved special thanks to war martyrs and heroes who had laid down their lives during the 1968 general offensive and uprising days.

“These days will become forever the symbol of patriotism, iron will and the determine-to-fight, determine-to-win spirit of the entire Party, army and people to win national independence and freedom” – Mr. Nhan stressed./.

 

Sea of national flags to welcome home U-23 Football Team of Vietnam

It took the national U-23 football team of Vietnam 5 hours to go from Noi Bai International Airport after winning the silver medal of the AFC U-23 Championship. The reason is that the team had to parade amid the sea of humans waving the national flags to welcome the team home.

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 Even it is the runner-up of the AFC U-23 Championship, the U-23 football team of Vietnam are the champions in the heart and mind of the fans

The U-23 footballers were warmly welcomed at the Government Office by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister, Chief of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien and other senior Governmental officials.

Welcoming the team home, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that he had been waiting for over 5 hours, but he was very glad for this waiting. Then on behalf of the Party and the State, the Prime Minister conferred Labor Order, First Class, upon the U-23 football team of Vietnam, Labor Order, Third Class upon Coach Park Hang-seo, goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung and mid-fielder Nguyen Quang Hai.

After that, about 20.00 hrs on January 28, all the members of the team moved to My Dinh Stadium where 40,000 supporters were waiting to welcome them home.

On January 29, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met the team at Dien Hong Convention Hall of the National Assembly House. During the meeting, the coaching staff members and footballers of the team signed their names on the national flag which used to fly over Lung Cu, Ha Giang Province.

On February 1, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc handed to Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism the ball and the footballers’ jerseys with the signatures of all the members of the U-23 football team of Vietnam for a widespread auction and the proceeds will be given to the families with contributions to the revolution and to the poor households./.

 

Government holds its regular monthly meeting of January 2018

The Government held its regular monthly meeting of January 2018 on January 2 under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

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At the meeting, the Prime Minister has drawn attention to the fact that Vietnam’s economy is an open economy with export-import reaching 190%, so no neglect, subjectivism and satisfaction are allowed when all the global disturbances will make direct impact on Vietnam’s economy

Positive changes could be seen in social and economic development right in the first month of 2018 with industrial index increasing by 20.9% year on year, the total retail and services sales, by 9.5% and the number of international tourists coming to Vietnam stood at 1.4 arrivals. At the same time, USD 1 billion of FDI capital was realized and export turnover was put at USD 19 billion.

Also in January, the U-23 football team of Vietnam made a miracle by winning the runner-up title at the AFC U-23 Championship.

Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pointed out that vigorous developments could be seen in the social and economic situation in the first month of 2018. PMI has increased sharply with 53.4 points, reflecting the consumers’ confidence. However, he also drew attention to the fact that Vietnam’s economy is an open economy, with export-import reaching 190%, so all the global disturbances will make direct impact on Vietnam’s economy. That is why, there should be no neglect, subjectivism and satisfaction./.

 

Second “Golden Hammer and Sickle” Award: Social spillover effect

On the occasion of the 88th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, February 3, 1930 – February 3, 2018, the National Press Award on Party Building entitled “The Golden Hammer and Sickle” Award, the 2nd in 2017 will honor collective units and individuals who have made a lot of contributions to the propaganda work concerning the Party building.

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The presentation ceremony of the first Golden Hammer and Sickle Award on Party Building in 2017

This is the second time the Award was organized, thus creating a social spillover effect. This is the continuity of the first award, making an important contribution to the Party building and revamping, a frequent and important task of the Party with the aim of constantly improving the capacity and fighting spirit of the Party.

After 9 months, there are 1,966 valid works having been handed in. The prize structure is: One Special Award worth VND 100 million, 5 A prizes with VND 50 million each; 10 B prizes with VND 35 million each, 12 C prizes with VND 25 million and 25 consolation prizes with VND 10 million each.

As far as the quality of the works this year is concerned, there is better quality with diverse forms and subjects, reflecting the Party building everywhere and in every field of the social life./.

 

Population of Vietnam is around 94 million

The current population of Vietnam stands at 93.7 million and it is expected to have one more million in 2018, making Vietnam stand the 13th in the world and the third in Southeast Asia, according to the General Department of Population and Family Planning at the conference held in Hanoi on January 30, 2018.

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In general, as far as the gender difference is concerned, in 2017, 112 baby boys over 100 baby girls and in 2018, it is forecast that this index will continue to increase to 112.8 baby boys over 100 baby girls.

The current life expectancy in Vietnam is averaged at 73.5, in which, women’s longevity is put at 76.2 years old and men, 70.9 years old.

Worthy of note concerning the population of Vietnam is that the height of the Vietnamese has seen no considerable increase in recent years. The main reason for this is the guarantee of nutrition and physical training./.

 

Number of professors and assistant professors sees spike

The State Council of Professor Title has just announced a list of candidate to the title of professors and assistant professors in 2017.

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According to the results of voting, 85 people have met the professor standards and 1,141 people have met the assistant professor standard, raising to the total of 1,226 people.

The youngest professor was born in 1982. He is Pham Hoang Hiep from Hai Duong Province. The oldest professor was born in 1943. She is La Hue Cam from Ho Chi Minh City Teacher Training University.

The number of professors and assistant professors in 2017 is higher than the previous year to 534 people./.

 

1.4 international tourist arrivals in January of 2018

There are about 1.4 million of international tourist arrivals coming to Vietnam in January 2018, a y.o.y 42% increase, according to the General Department of Statistics.

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about 1.4 million international tourist arrivals coming to Vietnam in January 2018, a 42% increase year on year

Most of these tourists have come from Europe, America and Australia, in which overseas Vietnamese have occupied a lion’s share when they are coming home to welcome the traditional Lunar New Year Tet Festival.

In January, tourists coming from Asia are numbered in 1,046,700, a 53% increase year on year, while those from Europe are put at 225,500, a 22.5% increase year one year.

Tourists coming from America stands at 97,700, a 7.7% increase year on year, in which tourists from the US reached 72,600, an 8% increase, while those coming from Australia reached 55,300, a 13.5% increase./.

 

Longest cold snap in North Vietnam

According to the Center for Hydrometeorology Forecast, the North of Vietnam has undergone the longest cold snap in the past 2 years with snow and ice covering white the whole region.

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Snow white covering the whole of Lao Cai Province

The temperature in the mountainous areas has sharply reduced. In Sapa, it is 0°C to 1°C; Mau Son, -0°4 C.

About 2,000 cattle have died of hunger and cold in the past few days, in which Cao Bang Province has seen the biggest number of 670 cattle dying; Lao Cai, 440 cattle; Dien Bien, 400 cattle and Hoa Binh 250 cattle.

In face of this situation, a lot of measures have been taken to combat against it with money being poured into building the animal lodging and buy feed for animals.

During this cold snap, it is certain that crops will be heavily damaged. So it is advisable for farmers to take good care of rice and other crops./.

 

Petrol price hike take along increase of CPI

The increase of petrol price in January is one of the reasons that have increased the CPI in the early months of 2018, according to the General Department of Statistics.

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CPI in January 2018 increases by 0.51% against the previous month

According to the General Department of Statistics, in January 2018, CPI increased by 0.51% against the precious month and 2.65% year on year. This sharp increase is due to the sky-rocketing demand of consumption of the people and enterprises during the coming Tet days.

Especially the petrol price hike in January is the main reason for the increase of CPI in January 2018. On the other hands, when the Lunar New Year is fast approaching, the demand for house repair is also another reason for the increase of CPI. In the transport area, the General Department of Railway has increased the ticket fare to 6.54%. This is also the reason for the CPI increase./.

 

Highest Bonus for Tet is VND 855 million and lowest, VND 20,000

In 2018, on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Tet, enterprises have given a bonus of a month pay (around VND 5.5 million), a 15% increase year on year, to workers.

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On average, those who are given the highest bonus could earn VND 6.2 million, the lowest, VND 1.1 million. The man who is given the highest bonus of VND 855 million comes from an enterprise of Ho Chi Minh City.

The lowest bonus of VND 20,000 is from an enterprise in Vinh Phuc Province.

On average, the bonus is put at VND 1.1 million nationwide. As far as the monthly salary is concerned, in 2017, on average, it is VND 6.6 million.

Salary and bonus are decided by enterprises by basing on the results of business and production./.

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