The Indian President is on a three-day State visit starting from November 18 to Vietnam at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong. At the meeting, the two sides reviewed outcomes of the cooperation between Da Nang and other Indian localities. Over the past years, Da Nang city has welcomed many delegations from Indian cities, associations and naval ships. At the meeting. Photo: baodanang.vn In the first nine months of 2018, Da Nang’s export to India reached USD 1.5 million, up 9 percent over the same period in 2017. As of September 2018, two Indian-invested projects with total registered capital of USD 13.5 million were licensed by the city authorities. Through the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, the Government of India offers scholarships every year to Da Nang’s officials to attend short-term English training, information technology, environment and science courses, … [Read more...] about Da Nang leader welcomes Indian President
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Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his spouse at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his spouse toured the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture in the central city on November 19, as part of his ongoing state visit to Vietnam at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong. The Da Nang museum has signed a memorandum of understanding on India’s National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation, and Museology on the compilation and publication of the catalogue “Cham Sculptures of Vietnam and their Relationship with Indian Art”, which studies 50 sculptures in the collection of the Da Nang museum. The museum is collaborating with the National Museum of India in studying and compiling the book, which will introduce the relationship between Cham sculptures and Indian artworks. The catalogue will be printed in … [Read more...] about Indian President visits Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, My Son Sanctuary
VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese stock market will have opportunities to attract billions of dollars worth of capital if it is upgraded to an emerging market. Vietnam has been added to FTSE's reconsideration watchlist on the secondary emerging market Vietnam has been added to FTSE Russell’s reconsideration watchlist on the secondary emerging market. Banking will get biggest benefits if Vietnam becomes an emerging market. Vietnam’s banks will have to observe the standards in Basel II Accord by 2020, which means that they have to raise regulatory capital to ensure the CAR (capital adequacy ratio). However, experts stressed that the presence in the watchlist doesn’t indicate official upgrading. Vietnam will still be in the watchlist for at least 12 more months before it gets an official upgrade. RELATED NEWS Vietnam closer to key FTSE upgrade Where is foreign capital going? Mai Chi … [Read more...] about Who will benefit if Vietnam is upgraded to secondary emerging market?
This file photo taken on March 26, 2013 shows Chinese actress, singer and producer Fan Bingbing (centre) attending the Viscap fashion show during China Fashion Week in Beijing. — Photo AFPViet Nam News SHANGHAI — One of China’s biggest and wealthiest film stars, actress Fan Bingbing, has disappeared from public view as authorities probe alleged tax evasion by entertainers, sparking growing fan speculation over her fate. The 36-year-old actress, model, and producer has been a household name in China for years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past. But Fan, usually active on social media, has gone dark online and has reportedly not been seen in public for weeks. "Will Fan Bingbing go to prison?" asked one of hundreds of thousands of recent postings about her on China’s popular Twitter-like Weibo platform, while others speculated she had been banned from movies or was under house arrest. Fan’s troubles … [Read more...] about ’Where is Fan Bingbing?’: Chinese star goes dark amid pay crackdown
BEIRUT — A string of suicide blasts and raids claimed by the Islamic State group killed more than 220 people in southern Syria on Wednesday, in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks hit several areas of the largely government-held southern province of Sweida, where IS retains a presence in a northeastern desert region. The bloodshed came almost a week into a Russia-backed regime campaign to oust IS fighters from a holdout in a neighbouring province of the country’s south. IS claimed responsibility for the violence, saying "soldiers of the caliphate" attacked Syrian government positions and security outposts in Sweida city, then detonated explosive belts. The Britain-based Observatory said four suicide bombers targeted Sweida city while others hit small villages to the north and east and shot residents in their homes. At least 221 people were killed, including 127 civilians, the … [Read more...] about More than 220 dead in IS attacks on southern Syria
Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy Now it’s time to get down to business. The domestic leagues around Europe kick off in few weeks’ time and my eyes will be firmly focused on all things Premier League. Clubs in England have been splashing the cash like there’s no tomorrow. And this year’s big spenders, so far, have been my team, Liverpool. Including the acquisition of Virgil van Dijk (£75m) and Naby Keita (£54m) back in January, Liverpool have so far spent a small fortune in 2018, adding Fabinho (£40.5m), Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m) and Alisson (£67m) to their squad. That’s a total of £250m or VNĐ7.6 trillion. So what does that mean for a team that finished fourth last season and haven’t won a major trophy in far too many years? Is it all or bust for manager Jurgen Klopp? If he doesn’t bring silverware back to Anfield come May, will Klopp get the chop? Many feel this is last chance saloon for the German who has … [Read more...] about Is it last chance saloon for Klopp?
As images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un strolling by revellers at a rooftop bar the night before an unprecedented meeting with President Donald Trump circulated around social media sites, U.S. citizens started asking 'Where is Singapore?'. 'Singapore', the tiny Southeast Asian city-state that played host to nuclear talks earlier this week, was the most searched term on internet search engine Google in the United States on Monday with over 2 million hits. Related searches during those 24 hours included 'Where is Singapore', 'Singapore summit' and 'time in Singapore'. Blanket media coverage on Monday included Kim's surprise tour of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and its surrounding gardens, and the first hours of the meeting with Trump in the resort island of Sentosa. Singapore said it spent S$20 million ($15 million) on the summit, a figure that drew the ire of some citizens. However, marketing experts say the coverage generated from the event could be worth more than 10 times … [Read more...] about ‘Where is Singapore?’: Trump-Kim summit a PR coup for tiny city-state
Vietnam can expect its fintech ecosystem to grow in the near future should it pay attention to the funding issue, growing talent in the field, and a legal framework to support such growth. Vietnam is currently ranked second in the number of incubator, accelerator, and innovation labs in the region, behind only Singapore. This is a positive signal for the development of fintech in Vietnam. The country has another advantage in being a young and digitally savvy economy. As per an EY report, around 90 per cent of payments are still in cash. That is the reason why Vietnamese fintech startups have strong focus on payment—47 per cent specialises in this sub-sector, ranking highest in the region. There are also some fintech associations in Vietnam where fintech startups can gather to update, improve their knowledge, seek support, share experiences, and develop a legal framework for this industry. “Fintech companies are still small in scale and the policies and regulations for … [Read more...] about E&Y: Where is fintech in Vietnam?
An Indian tourism road show in HCM City on Wednesday invited Vietnamese to "walk in the footsteps" of the Buddha but in the comfort of trains. Incredible India brought together key players in India's hospitality industry, senior tourism officials, and tour operators who saw great potential in the Vietnamese market. Anand Kumar, joint secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, said Viet Nam was an emerging market for India. Vietnamese tourists can help promote understanding between the two countries given that Indians can also know more about Vietnamese, he added. Indian Buddhist scholar Shantum Seth said the arrival of Buddhist pilgrims from Viet Nam and other countries can help revive the religion in his country. The value of a pilgrimage to India is that pilgrims can get an insight into Buddhism in the context in which the faith was born and developed, he said. "It's like you walk with the Buddha," he said. "When pilgrims visit Lumbini (where the Buddha was born), the … [Read more...] about Indian tourism roadshow on Buddha’s trail
The current Lim Festival is very bustling, attracting thousands of visitors. Quan ho is sung everywhere from houses to boats. People, including cultural experts, are optimistic about the development of Quan ho.But it is really difficult to find a real Quan ho show which is organised according to traditional procedures.We came to Dang Village when the Lim Festival was about to end and were welcomed warmly by Mrs. Hai Quynh. At 7pm, we went to the village pagoda. After the incense thurifying ceremony, guests started their performances. They were young ca tru singers from the Thang Long ca tru club and young calligraphers from the Vietnam Cultural Preservation Company.The traditional Quan ho show began at past 8pm. Mrs. Hai Quynh and 6-7 old women, around ten middle-aged women, and some young girls sat down on sedge mats spread out in the pagoda’s yard. There were only four male singers. Listeners stood up around mats.A quan ho researcher, Bui Trong Hien, said ancient Quan ho … [Read more...] about Where is the real Quan Ho?