Daily Archives: March 18, 2018

Li Keqiang reelected as Chinese Prime Minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree for the appointment of Li Keqiang as prime minister on Sunday at the National People’s Congress (NPC).

The NPC also re-elected Zhou Qiang as the President of the Supreme People’s Court, and approved the appointment of Zhang Jun as procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Source: VOV5

Ban flower 2018 honors cultural values

The Ban (Bauhinia) Flower Festival 2018 began in Dien Bien province Saturday with many new activities to attract visitors.

Nguyen Van Binh, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission and Head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region, told the opening ceremony that the festival honors the cultures of ethnic groups, strengthen national unity, and promote the image of Dien Bien province to people inside and outside Vietnam.

Ban flower represents love, filial piety, gratitude, and strong vitality. I believe that with local traditions, potential, advantages, and people’s support, Dien Bien province will advance faster to become an attractive tourist destination. Binh said.

This is the first time I’ve been here to see beautiful white Ban blossoms covering mountains. We’ll visit some scenic spots and historical sites, visitor Bui Tien Toan from Hoa Binh province elaborated.

The annual festival is held in the middle of March, which is the Ban flower season and prior to the commemoration of the 1954 Dien Bien Phu victory over the French army.

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Luke Nguyen named as Vietnam Airlines’ global food ambassador

Vietnamese-Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has been picked as Vietnam Airlines’ Global Food Ambassador.

An agreement to this effect was signed in Sydney this week under the witness of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Under the three-year deal, Luke Nguyen will help improve the quality of meals served on Vietnam Airlines’ flights and creating 8 new regional specialties to serve business class passengers. He will also hlep popularize Vietnamese food to international friends via cultural and trade programs in various countries.

Australia is a strategic market of Vietnam Airlines’ long-term development plan. In 2017 the carrier transported more than 460,000 passengers, an increase of 42% against the previous year.

Vietnam Airlines opened a direct route to Australia in 1995 and now operates 17 flights per week on Boeing 787s to the country. It is currently the sole Vietnamese carrier to run direct flights to Sydney.

Source: VOV5

Russian presidential vote begins

Russian citizens living in Moscow began casting ballots to vote for the next president at 8:00 am local time on Sunday.

Russia’s Central Election Commission said about 110 million citizens, including nearly 1.9 million overseas Russian have the right to vote. There are about 97,000 polling stations.

Voting will conclude at 8 pm the same day in Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost region. Russia is the largest country in the world and stretches across 11 time zones.

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Iran rejects possible change to nuclear deal

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has rejected any changes to the 2015 nuclear deal after the US said it was seeking a “supplemental” accord with European powers.

ISNA news agency on Sunday quoted Secretary Ali Shamkhani as saying that Iran will not accept any changes, interpretation or new measure aimed at limiting the deal it signed with major powers including the UK, France, Russia, the US, China, and Germany. He also warned European countries “against the temptation of playing at the same game as the Americans”.

Shamkhani said Iran’s ballistic missile program, which has a defensive nature, will steadfastly continue.

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People mourn former PM

Thousands of people on Sunday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at his house in Tan Thong Hoi commune, Cu Chi district, HCM city.

Mr Khai passed away at 1:30am on Saturday at the age of 85. Among the first mourners were Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communications and Education Vo Van Thuong and former President Truong Tan Sang. In the memory of locals, Mr Khai was a simple and caring leader.

We are deeply grieved by the death of Mr Khai who we consider a father and a brother. When he was alive, he treated us as his own offspring and helped us as much as he could, Phan Thi Hoa of Cu Chi district recalled.

An official ceremony to pay tribute to the late Prime Minister will take place from 8:00 am on Tuesday to the end of Wednesday at Reunification Hall in Ho Chi Minh City. The burial ceremony is scheduled at 11:00 am on Thursday in his hometown in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City. During 2 days of national morning on Tuesday and Wednesday, State offices and public facilities will fly the national flag at half-mast and all entertainment activities will be postponed.

Source: VOV5