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Logo designing contest for ASEAN youths launched
Logo designing contest for ASEAN youths launched
Hanoi (VNA) – The 2020 Year of ASEAN Identity Logo Design Competition for ASEAN Youths has been launched by the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN-German Cooperation. (Photo: asean.org) 2020 has been designated as the Year of ASEAN Identity to further develop and foster a sense of belonging and shared identity among the peoples of ASEAN. ASEAN citizens aged...
Malaysia considers total e-cigarette ban
Malaysia considers total e-cigarette ban
Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia is considering banning the sale of electronic cigarettes following reports of deaths in the US linked to e-cigarettes, said the country’s Minister of Health Dzulkefly Ahmad on October 14. (Illustrative photo: AFP) As of October 11, US authorities had reported 29 deaths and 1,299 cases of respiratory illnesses linked to the use of e-cigarettes,...
Laos’ boat racing festival 2019 opens
Laos’ boat racing festival 2019 opens
Vientiane (VNA) – The boat racing festival 2019, called Boun Suang Huea, opened in Laos on October 14 at the end of Buddhist Lent. Illustrative image (Photo: Youtube) Racers from 24 teams had been chosen and trained several months earlier. Big crowds gathered along the banks of the Mekong River to watch and cheer on the boats as...
Indonesia plans to build 31 nickel smelters by 2022
Indonesia plans to build 31 nickel smelters by 2022
Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian Government aims to build 31 nickel smelters by 2022, with 20 projected to open next year to help the production of electric car components. The Indonesian Government aims to build 31 nickel smelters by 2020. (Source: TheInsiderStories) With many smelters going into operation, there was no concern about the supply of electric car components,...
Lao people celebrate end of Buddhist Lent
Lao people celebrate end of Buddhist Lent
Vientiane (VNA) – Millions of Lao Buddhist followers flocked to pagodas near their houses on October 13 for Bun Ork Phansa that marks the end of Buddhist Lent or three-month retreat during the rainy season. Lao Buddhist followers flocked to pagodas near their houses on October 13 for Bun Ork Phansa that marks the end of Buddhist Lent or...
ASEAN, Japan deputy defence chiefs gather in Tokyo
ASEAN, Japan deputy defence chiefs gather in Tokyo
Tokyo, October 11 (VNA) – Deputy defence chiefs of ASEAN countries and Japan met in Tokyo, Japan from October 8-10 to discuss regional security, the future of the Indo-Pacific region and ASEAN’s initiatives for regional cooperation. Lieut. Gen. Ngo Minh Tien, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, led the Vietnamese delegation to the event....
Stabbers of Indonesian minister linked to IS: official
Stabbers of Indonesian minister linked to IS: official
Hanoi (VNA) – Two Indonesians who stabbed the country’s chief security minister on October 10 belong to IS-linked terror network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), said Indonesia’s State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan. Indonesian Chief Security Minister Wiranto (File Photo: AFP/VNA) Speaking with reporters, Gunawan said they were members of JAD, an extremist group responsible for deadly suicide bombings. Indonesian...
WB: Malaysia needs to widen sales, services tax coverage
WB: Malaysia needs to widen sales, services tax coverage
Hanoi (VNA) - The World Bank (WB) has said the Malaysian government needs to diversify and increase its revenue resources, including widening coverage of the sales and services tax (SST) to rebuild fiscal buffers. Illustrative image (Photo: Internet) In its October 2019 edition on the Economic Update for East Asia and the Pacific, themed “Weathering Growing Risks”, released on...
US, Philippines, Japan hold disaster-response drills
US, Philippines, Japan hold disaster-response drills
Hanoi (VNA) - More than 2,000 US and Philippine military personnel, along with a small number of Japanese soldiers, on October 9 began annual combat exercises aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and affirming their commitment to keep the region "free and open." The 10-day drills, which include amphibious assault and live-fire exercises, kicked off at...
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