Party chief starts Indonesia visit

VietNamNet Bridge – The biggest and most comprehensive-ever book collection on the history of Viet Nam has just hit bookcases throughout the country. A vast tome: The 15-episode collection Lịich Su Viet Nam is now available at bookstores at the prize of nearly VND5 million (US$222). -- Photo daibieunhandan.vn Titled Lich Su Viet Nam, the 15-episode collection was printed for the first time by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences in 2015 with a limited number of 500 copies. The book was awarded Best Book in 2015 by the IRED Institute of Education and Phan Chau Trinh Foundation. “This very first reprint will help the 10,000-page collection serve a wider audience,” said Vu Duong Thuy Nga, head of the Library Department within the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. “The collection will be sent to public libraries all over the country this time.” According to Dinh Quang Hai, rector of Viet Nam History Institute, the collection covering Vietnamese history from early times to the year 2000 was a ministry-level research project hosted by the institute. “The collection builds on basic knowledge in previous studies on the matter, besides focusing on including the most recent research by experts from history, archaeology, ethnology, religion and culture,” he said. Tran Duc Cuong, chairman of Viet Nam Association of History Science, stressed that the collection includes more details on two border wars between 1975 and 1988. “The southwest border war is very clear. After we gained the reunification in 1975, the Pol Pot-allied…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Indonesia from August 22-24 will help consolidate friendship and boost co-operation, deepening the two countries’ strategic partnership.  Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Indonesia from August 22-24 will help consolidate friendship and boost co-operation, deepening the two countries’ strategic partnership. — VNA/VNS Photo Deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Nguyen Huy Tang said this is a historic visit as it is the first visit made by a Party chief to Indonesia since late President Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959, and the first visit made by a top Vietnamese leader since the two nations established a strategic partnership in June 2013.  The trip also aims to reaffirm Viet Nam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, co-operation and development, and attaching importance to relations with neighbours and partners in ASEAN, he added.  Viet Nam and Indonesia established diplomatic ties on December 30, 1955. Viet Nam is the only ASEAN country Indonesia has a strategic partnership with.  They have inked numerous co-operation deals, including memoranda of understanding on co-operation in fisheries and sea-related issues, agriculture and finance. Various co-operative mechanisms have also been established, including the bilateral co-operation committee at the foreign ministerial level, and a joint committee on economic co-operation.  In recent years, two-way trade has grown well. Import-export turnover increased from US$4.6 billion in 2012 to US$5.6 billion in 2016 with average growth of five per cent. The two countries…... [read more]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said there could have been abuses in his government's war on drugs and ordered the police to take custody of officers who were involved in the killing of a high school student last week. In a hastily called news conference at the presidential palace, Duterte said he would not condone abuses and the police officers would have to face the consequences of their actions if that is the recommendation of a formal investigation. "There is a possibility that in some of police incidents there could be abuses. I admit that," Duterte said. Duterte unleashed a crackdown the day he took office on June 30 last year after a convincing win in an election in which he campaigned heavily on a promise to use deadly force to wipe out crime and drugs. The firebrand leader, however, stepped back from defending the police as public anger mounts over the killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos. Civil society groups and left-wing activists marched in the streets to protest killing. CCTV footage appearing to show Kian Loyd Delos Santos being dragged by plain-clothed police past a basketball court in Caloocan City Barangay, Philippines August 16, 2017 in this still image taken from video. Courtesy of Caloocan City Barangay 160/Handout via Reuters Residents and protesters hold lighted candles at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's war…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Karate is back in the SEA Games this August, following its absence in Singapore two years ago. Nguyen Thi Hong Anh in a training shift in Ha Noi. She is the national hope for karate gold medal at the SEA Games. — Photo zing.vn Viet Nam’s athletes are hoping to secure four gold medals and stay in the top three after a successful 2016 season. Malaysia, the hosts, would be the biggest challenge. They topped the medal tally at the 27th Games in Myanmar winning seven out of 17 titles, while Viet Nam bagged three to stand second. The young martial artists, it is hoped, will make a bang. “Our team are in the process of rejuvenation. However, the athletes have made remarkable improvement, especially the women. It is the reason we believe we will win gold medals in Kuala Lumpur,” Vu Son Ha, head of Karate Department of the National Sports Administration, said. Athletes have been summoned from the beginning the year. They are aged 18-20 in the kumite (combat) team and 16-20 in the kata (performance) squad. Many of them have bagged medals from continental and world events in the last two years. Nguyen Thi Ngoan is one of the best athletes in the kumite team, trained by Iranian Sayed Hassan Shaterzadeh. She won a bronze at the Karate1-Premier League, the world’s most important league event, in the women’s 61kg in April. Ngoan also pocketed a gold medal from the Asian championship for U21 athletes…... [read more]

The Ministry of Transport will increase service charges at airports to compensate for investment costs of the airport system and raise service quality. A corner of Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi. - VNS Photo Thanh Hai According to a regulation issued last week, the take-off and landing charge will increase by 5 per cent from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, on average. It will fluctuate based on rush hours, normal hours and off-peak hours. Specifically, the charge will be raised by 15 per cent during rush hours and reduced by 15 per cent during off-peak hours. During normal hours, the take-off and landing charges will be VND698,000 (US$30.6) each time for ATR70 aircraft, more than VND1.5 million for A320 and A321, and more than VND5.8 million for A350, B787, B777 and A330. The charge will be up by 10 per cent as of July 1, 2018. Insiders said flight airfares will certainly increase following the transport ministry’s regulation, which was issued last week, because input costs are up. A representative of budget airline Vietjet Air told Vietnam News Agency that the firm had yet to determine a method to raise airfares. However, the fare would go up when charges increased. “We encourage passengers to buy tickets online directly, not through unofficial agents, to avoid buying tickets at higher prices,” representatives said. Another representative from budget airline Jetstar…... [read more]

ROME: Italy said on Monday (Aug 21) it has found traces of fipronil in two eggs samples, making it the latest country hit by the Europe-wide insecticide scandal, while a batch of tainted frozen omelettes was also withdrawn. Fipronil, which can harm human health, has been discovered in eggs in 17 European countries since the scandal came to light on Aug 1. (AFP/Guido KIRCHNER) The two positive samples were from a total of 114 samples so far tested. One involved Italian-sourced eggs, while the other was still under investigation, said the Italian health ministry. Separately, a regional official said a batch of frozen omelettes containing traces of fipronil had been withdrawn from sale in Milan. The omelettes were supplied by German group Kagerr and distributed by an Italian group, a Lombardy regional official told reporters. He said 127 units from the batch had been withdrawn, but 117 had already been sold to consumers. Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but the European Union has banned its use in the food industry. The insecticide has now been discovered in eggs in 17 European countries since the scandal came to light at the start of August, and was even found as far away as Hong Kong. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves and dozens of poultry farms closed, and the European…... [read more]

PARIS: Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, will represent the country and carry out charity work but not have the official status of First Lady, following opposition to giving her such a title, the presidency announced on Monday (Aug 21). This file photo taken on Jul 14, 2017 shows Brigitte Macron (C), wife of French President, smiling ahead of the start of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. (Photo: AFP/Alain Jocard) A proposal by Macron during campaigning earlier this year to create a new First Lady status has been shelved, but the presidency had promised to clarify her position and the resources at her disposal. The former school teacher will have two presidential advisors and her own cabinet, paid for from Macron's budget, and will focus on working with charities helping children and handicapped people. She will also represent France at her husband's side during international summits and meetings and work with the partners of other global leaders to highlight work to combat climate change or domestic violence. An online petition against creating an official First Lady role - which would have required a change in the law or constitution - garnered more than 300,000 signatures in August. An opinion poll in early August showed a majority of French people were also opposed, even though Brigitte Macron is a popular figure. POLITICAL…... [read more]

MARSEILLE: One person was killed and another seriously injured in the southern French city of Marseille on Monday (Aug 21) after a convicted criminal with psychiatric problems drove a van into people waiting at two bus stops, police said. French forensic police search the site following a car crash on Aug 21, 2017, in the southern Mediterranean city of Marseille. (Photo: AFP/Boris Horvat) The incident comes with Europe on high alert following last week's car ramming attacks in northeastern Spain. But Marseille's prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said there was no evidence of a terror connection and that the driver - who had several convictions for offences including robbery - was mentally unstable. "He was found with a letter from a psychiatric clinic and we are leaning towards treating it as a mental health case," Tarabeux told AFP. The man first drove at speed at a bus stop in the city's northern 13th district at around 9.00am (3.00pm Singapore time), hitting a woman who was rushed to hospital with serious pelvis injuries. The driver of the stolen van then continued to the eastern 11th district, where he slammed into another bus stop, killing a 42-year-old woman. The police caught up with him shortly afterwards in the city's Old Port district, where he was arrested. Several European cities, including London, Berlin and Stockholm, have been targeted in a wave of attacks by Islamist radicals…... [read more]

NEW DELHI: McDonald's said Monday (Aug 21) it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator. A McDonald's in New Delhi pictured in June: the company is to shut 169 outlets in India AFP/CHANDAN KHANNA The fast food chain's Indian subsidiary said it was terminating its agreement with Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd (CPRL), alleging breach of contract and payment defaults. The move means all McDonald's outlets in north and east India including the capital New Delhi will close, although the company said it would look for a new partner. McDonald's outlets will remain open in south and west India, where it uses a different franchise operator. "We have been compelled to take this step because CPRL has materially breached the terms of the respective franchise agreements relating to the affected restaurants," the company said in a statement. McDonald's shut over 40 of its restaurants in Delhi in June after they failed to renew their eating house licences, a police registration to operate a place of public entertainment. The fast food restaurant market in India is worth about US$1.5 billion and growing at around 15 per cent a year, according to Delhi-based consulting firm Technopak. With a population of 1.25 billion, more and more of whom have the money to eat out, India is an attractive market for foreign fast-food firms. But foreign operators…... [read more]

MADRAS/CHARLESTON: Emotional sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America on Monday (Aug 21) as the sun vanished behind the moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look up at the partial solar eclipse from the balcony of the White House in Washington, DC. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP) Millions of eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of totality, a 113-kilometre wide swath cutting through 14 US states, where the moon briefly blocked out all light from the sun. "It was incredibly beautiful. I am moved to tears," said Heather Riser, a 54-year-old librarian from Virginia, sitting on a blanket in Charleston's grassy Waterfront Park where thousands had gathered to watch. Festivals, rooftop parties, weddings, camping trips and astronomy meet-ups popped up nationwide for what NASA expected to be the most heavily photographed and documented eclipse in modern times, thanks to the era of social media. The blackest part of the eclipse, known as totality because the moon blocks all the sun's light from the Earth, began over Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 5.16pm GMT (1.16am, Tuesday, Singapore time). Crowds whooped and cheered at the first sign of darkness. Just inland, more than 100,000 people gathered at Madras, Oregon - typically a…... [read more]




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