1. Bangladeshi President pays official visit to Vietnam
The President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, and his wife paid an official visit to Vietnam from August 9-13 at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang.
During his visit, President Truong Tan Sang and Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid issued a joint statement, expressing their desire to broaden existing co-operation and extend it to potential areas. Agreeing to strengthen political links between the two countries, they highlighted the need to facilitate all-level visits and people-to-people exchanges.
The Bangladeshi President also held talks with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
2. US Supreme Court Justice visits Vietnam
The US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid a two-day visit to Vietnam from August 10-11.
She was welcomed by the Vietnam Supreme People’s Court Chief Truong Hoa Binh and PM Nguyen Tan Dung.
The Vietnam Supreme People’s Court and the US Supreme Court hope to further co-operation, especially in judicial experience sharing and court personnel training as well as step up experience sharing in restructuring legal proceedings, judicial reform and training court officials.
3. NA Standing Committee convenes 40th session
The 40th session of the 13th National Assembly Standing Committee commenced on August 10 in Hanoi, during which legislators are scheduled to debate 17 bills and one draft ordinance.
Among the draft documents are the revised Civil Code, revised Civil Procedure Code, revised Criminal Procedure Code, Law on Information Security, Law on Referendum, and Law on Belief and Religion.
4. ASEAN Community Women’s Circle of Hanoi makes debut
The ASEAN Community Women’s Circle of Hanoi (AWCH) made its debut in Hanoi on August 11, with the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.
AWCH will play an important role in contributing to building a united and prosperous ASEAN Community, in which women account for nearly a half of the population. AWCH will also help connect
ASEAN people with each other and the ASEAN community with the world.
5. Co-ordinating measures, policies on macro finance, economics
Since August 11, China has cut the reference rate for the yuan for the third consecutive day down to 4.46%. It is the yuan’s biggest devaluation in 20 years and its lowest exchange rate against the US dollar in several years, significantly affecting Vietnam’s trade and international financial and investment activities.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a meeting with relevant ministries, sectors and agencies to look at the possible impacts of the Chinese yuan’s devaluation on the Vietnamese economy.
On August 12, the State Bank of Vietnam decided to raise the exchange rate margin from +/-1% to +/-2% as an instant reaction to the devaluation when the commitment on lowering the Vietnam dong’s value against the US dollar to 2% at maximum has been used already after two exchange rate adjustments in January and May.
6. First Vietnamese candidate wins IELTS regional award
Vu Dinh Hung (middle) won the British Council’s IELTS prize in the East Asian region.
Vu Dinh Hung from Ho Chi Minh Ctiy has become the first Vietnamese contestant to win the British Council’s IELTS prize in the East Asian region.
With a score of 8.5, Hung surpassed more than 900 other candidates from 11 countries and territories in the region to rank among the top five students who will each receive GBP12,000 (nearly US$19,000).
7. Swimmer Anh Vien wins medals at World Cup
Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won a bronze and a silver medal in the women’s 200m and 400m individual medley events at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup 2015 in Moscow, Russia.
She also finished in fourth place in the finals of the women’s 200-metre medley event at the 2015 FINA World Cup Paris-Chartres.
8. Phong Nha-Ke Bang once again recognised as world heritage
Quang Binh province received UNESCO’s certificate recognising Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park as a world natural heritage for the second time on August 14.
The second recognition of UNESCO is based on the two criteria that the park meets: ‘Representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial ecosystems’ and ‘containing natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity’.
The Quang Binh Cave Festival also kicked off on the same day and will run until August 20 with a wide variety of activities and significant events.
9. Huge blasts at Chinese port kill 50, injure more than 700
Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters.
At least 700 people were injured, more than 71 seriously, the Tianjin government reported.
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