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PM to visit India

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will pay an official visit to India and attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi from January 24 to 26, news website Thoi Bao Tai Chinh reports.

He will join a number of other events, including a meeting between leaders of ASEAN countries and the Indian PM, a parade marking India’s Republic Day (January 26) and an “At Home” event chaired by the President of India.

During the visit, PM Phuc and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks and witness the signing of important agreements.

White Book on human rights in Vietnam launched

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the White Book titled “Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Vietnam” at a news briefing in Hanoi on January 18, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reports.

Having four chapters and written in Vietnamese, English and French, the book presents Vietnam’s laws, policies, efforts and achievements in protecting and promoting human rights in the country, and challenges to be overcome in the future.

Red Sunday 2018 expects 35,000 units of blood

Blood donation campaign Red Sunday 2018 with the participation of 31 provinces and cities nationwide is expected to collect 35,000 units of blood (each unit equals 250 milliliters) to cope with the shortage of blood for emergencies.

Le Xuan Son, editor-in-chief of Tien Phong newspaper, said at a press conference on the campaign in Hanoi on Wednesday that as of January 15, 2018, 19 provinces and cities had participated in the campaign, with nearly 25,000 units of blood collected, which met 67% of the plan.

Jointly held by Tien Phong newspaper, the National Committee for Traffic Safety and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, the campaign takes place from mid-December 2017 until the end of January 2018.

Vietnam has new ambassadors to U.S., UN

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc has been picked as Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. in the 2017-2020 term, replacing Pham Quang Vinh, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.

According to information on the website of the Foreign Ministry, Ngoc was born in Hanoi in 1963 and earned a Master’s degree in international relations. 

He began his diplomatic career in 1988. 

The National Assembly Standing Committee has also approved Dang Dinh Quy, another Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, as new ambassador and head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in the 2017-2020 term. Quy was born in Nam Dinh Province in 1961 and has worked as diplomat since 1991.

More Vietnam students win New Zealand scholarships

Twenty-eight Vietnamese students will start postgraduate study in New Zealand next month. They are the latest recipients of the prestigious ASEAN-New Zealand Scholarships provided by the Government of New Zealand.

More than 270 local students have received these awards since the scheme started in 1994. Every year, successful scholars are selected from hundreds of applicants and receive full tuition fees, airfares, living allowances and insurance for their time in New Zealand.

Applications for scholarships starting in 2019 will open on February 1 and close on March 14, 2018.

Two high-speed patrol boats launched

Song Thu Shipyards Corporation on January 18 handed over two high-speed patrol boats to the Vietnam Border Defense Force and launched the boats at Song Thu Port in Danang City.

With technological support from Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands, the two boats are designed to serve coast protection, maritime rescue and maritime security.

According to Tuoi Tre newspaper, the boats measure 42.8 meters in length and more than seven meters in width, and are capable of accommodating 18 soldiers.

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