Monday, July 9, 2012



July 10, 2012
Quang Tri hosts ‘National Traditional Boat Race 2012’
The ‘National Traditional Boat Race 2012’ took place on the Thach Han River in the central province of Quang Tri on July 8.
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The competition marked the 65th anniversary of ‘War Invalids and Martyrs Day’ (July 27) and the 40th anniversary of the ‘81 Day and Night’ vigil of Quang Tri Citadel.
More than 200 participants from provinces including Kien Giang, An Giang, Binh Thuan, Da Nang, Quang Tri and Hai Duong joined in the event. Competitors took part in categories of 1,000, 500 and 200 meter races.
The competition will be open until July 10.
Book about Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Cu published
A book entitled ‘Nguyen Van Cu – Outstanding Leader, Exemplary Communist’ has recently been published by the National Political Publishing House – Truth to mark the 100th birthday of the late Party General Secretary (1912-2012).
The 856-page book includes more than 70 writings by Party and State leaders, scientists and Nguyen Van Cu’s relatives, featuring the revolutionary life and career of the late Party chief.
Nguyen Van Cu was born into an intellectual family on July 9, 1912 in Phu Khe commune, Tu Son ward, Bac Ninh province and began taking part in revolutionary activities at the age of 15. He was elected as the General Secretary of the Indochina Communist Party Central Committee (now the Communist Party of Vietnam) in 1938. An excellent example of a true communist, he was absolutely loyal to the Party and faithful to the people. As a Party leader, he left many valuable lessons about the spirit of criticism and self-criticism in Party building.
Nestle runs healthy life photo contest
VnExpress electronic newspaper and Nestle are holding a nationwide photo contest ‘Song vui khoe xua va nay’ (Live well and happy: Now and Then) from now until August 11.
The contest aims to feature impressive moments of physical and spiritual activities of Vietnamese people during the past century and to raise people’s awareness of a healthy and happy life.
The organizers want photographers to share their best shots and new angles of some daily life activities. The total value of the contest is VND50 million consisting of two first prizes worth VND10 million each, one second prize worth VND8 million, two third prizes worth VND5 million each and three consolation prizes worth VND2 million each. Furthermore, there are six weekly prizes worth VND1 million each voted by the newspaper’s readers.
Photographers are allowed to send a single photo or a collection of maximum ten photos (in black and white or color) with clear and specific captions. Entries with artists’ personal information should be sent to
Vietnam-Japan festival takes place in HCM City
A Vietnam-Japan Festive Day took place in Ho Chi Minh City on July 8 to promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The event featured an exhibition of documents and pictures on Japan, its culture and its people as well as information about studying in the East Asian country.

Participants learnt how to make Japanese kites and boxes, origami paper folding and enjoyed contemporary music played on traditional Japanese instruments by Aki and Kunio, a duo playing koto and acoustic guitar.
The Vietnam-Japan Festive Day was organised by the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural Centre.
Similar cultural events were held in Hanoi, Hoi An and Da Nang and all were welcomed by a wide range of people.

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