Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

Folk painting exhibition opens in Da Nang

An exhibition of Vietnamese folk paintings opened in Da Nang on Thursday to honor the culture of Vietnamese ethnic groups.

On display are 62 paintings chosen by the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum to represent traditional painting villages like Dong Ho in Bac Ninh province, Hang Trong and Kim Hoang in Hanoi, Vu Di in Vinh Phuc province, and Doc Loi in Nghe An province.

An event, called Folk paintings and Tet, gives visitors a chance to explore Vietnamese folk paintings and Dong Ho prints. The exhibition will run until February 25.

Source: VOV5

Youth survey on sustainable development goals released

The first-ever Youth Survey on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was released during a ceremony in Hanoi on Friday.

Speaking at the event, UNDP Country Director in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen underscored the role of young people in implementing and obtaining UN sustainable development goals.

She said that UNDP Vietnam wants to support young Vietnamese people to actively engage in national development.

She proposed to help improve their understanding on SGDs, create opportunities for them, and rally them in implementation.

Source: VOV5

Ho Chi Minh city to host Tet book street festival

-A book street festival will open this Saturday in District 1, HCMC, to welcome the Lunar New Year.

On display will be 26,000 publications by 12 Vietnamese publishers. The festival will run until February 19.

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Former Catalan officials appeal to UN

Three Catalan independence leaders being held in Madrid have appealed to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

A lawyer for the leaders told reporters on Thursday that the arrest of his clients has violated international law and prevented them from being political representatives of Catalonia.

Former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras and two other separatist leaders were accused of illegally declaring Catalonia’s independence and detained last November.

Source: VOV5

Former Catalan officials appeal to UN

Three Catalan independence leaders being held in Madrid have appealed to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

A lawyer for the leaders told reporters on Thursday that the arrest of his clients has violated international law and prevented them from being political representatives of Catalonia.

Former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras and two other separatist leaders were accused of illegally declaring Catalonia’s independence and detained last November.

Source: VOV5

China, UK boost bilateral relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday agreed to strengthen cooperation in the new era.

At a reception for May in Beijing, Xi said peace, development and win-win cooperation have become the mainstream of the times. Both countries need to respond to the needs of their respective development stage and bilateral cooperation, and add new meanings to the bilateral ties so as to forge a relationship for the “Golden Era,” Xi said.

May said she believes her China visit will boost the UK-China strategic partnership. The leaders agreed to evaluate their investment and trade, as a first step in forming a bilateral trade agreement after Brexit. This is May’s first official visit to China since she took office in 2016.

Source: VOV5

PM asks for more protection of people’s health from cold spell

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Friday hosted a government meeting for January. He said since the beginning of the year Vietnam’s major cities have gained encouraging results.

However, he told ministries, sectors and localities not to be complacent about the achievements. Regarding the on-going severe cold spell in the northern region, he said: Amidst the severe and harmful cold weather and the traditional Lunar New Year Festival or Tet which comes in about 10 days, more attention should be paid to people’s health and farming activities. The related sectors have to take prompt measures.

PM Phuc asked for efforts to ensure goods supply and social and traffic safety during Tet. The Consumer Price Index of January grew 0.51%, higher than the same period last year. It requires closer coordination in managing prices of electricity, education, and healthcare services to keep the annual CPI of less than 4%. I ask ministries and localities not to increase fees of relating services.

Mr. Phuc said the government’s main tasks in 2018 remain policymaking to create a breakthrough in socio-economic development.

Source: VOV5