Efforts to bring ‘Xam’ singing closer to public


Hanoi: A unique form of folk singing using a combination of spoken singing and music, with a history marked by ups and downs, ‘Xam’ is experiencing a resurgence in many regions across the country, especially in the Red River Delta region, including Hanoi.

From the first Xam singing group established in Dong Xuan market in Hanoi, many ‘Xam’ clubs and classes to teach and revitalise the art form have been established.

Revival after long oblivion

‘Xam’ singing is a traditional art form which originated from Vietnam’s northern region. As its deep lyrics narrate daily life stories, the art form is considered an intricate cultural item, and has become an important part of the Vietnamese people’s spiritual life. The art-form fell into oblivion for a time, but recently has been revitalised and gradually made its return into the minds and hearts of music lovers.

The first Xam singing club was launched in 2006 by the Vietnam Music Development Centre named Xam Ha Thanh (Hanoi buskers’ singing group). Its members per
form for free every weekend evening at Dong Xuan Market in front of local market goers and visiors to the area.

The club has become a cradle nurturing the love for Xam singing among the public. Many artists have grown from this club and participated in activities contributing to the revival and development of this art form.

So far, dozens of Xam singing clubs and groups have been established in Hanoi.

People in Hanoi and tourists can enjoy free Xam singing performances at various locations around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter.

Xam Ha Thanh has endeavored to revive ancient Xam melodies, infusing modern elements into new compositions, bringing the folk art closer to the public.

The art form is gaining more recognition and becoming familiar to many people nowadays.

According to music researcher Dang Hoanh Loan, support and coordination from the government, cultural and artistic organisations, as well as contributions from artists and the community, are needed to further develop the folk music genre wi
thin the community.

Furthermore, it is necessary to encourage and support the maintenance and development of Xam singing clubs, groups, and cultural centres, he said./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Saudi Arabia beat the Thai national team 5-0 in the U23 Asian Football Championship.

Qatar, Abdullah Radif scores a hat-trick to help. Saudi Arabia beats the Thai national team 5-0 in the U23 AFC Championship. To qualify for the Olympic Games, Paris 2024

AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024, Group C, second match, Thailand national team, blue team, meets Saudi Arabia. After the first match, the Thai national team beat Iraq 2-0, while Saudi Arabia beat Tajikistan 4-2. Starting the game only 4 minutes, Haitam Asiri opened in front of goal for Ayman Yahya to charge in for Saudi Arabia. Leading 1-0 in the first half of extra time in the 45th + 1st minute, Ahmed Al Ghamdi slipped in and struck with the right and inserted it into the first post, giving Saudi Arabia a 2-0 lead in the 45th + 7th minute. Abdulla Radif came to hit with his right hand to give Saudi Arabia a 3-0 lead. The second half started the game only 4 minutes. Chisanupong Chote blocked the ball into the path of Abdullah Radif who hit with his right hand into the goal. Their own 2 in this match gave Saudi Arabia a 4-0 lead.

In the 73rd minute,
Abdullah Radif scored a hat-trick in this match, helping Saudi Arabia win 5-0, collecting two straight victories with a full 6 points. As for the Thai national team, they have 3 points, equal to Iraq, who defeated Tajiki. Place 4-2, with the last match on April 22, the Thai national team meets Tajikistan at Al Yanoub Stadium at 10:30 p.m. Thailand time, while Saudi Arabia meets Iraq at Khalifa International. Stadium.

Source: Thai News Agency

Belgian museum houses thousands of Vietnamese artifacts


Brussels: A large number of artifacts from various cultures around the world, including thousands of Vietnamese objects, are currently on display at the Royal Museum of Art and History in Belgium (MRAH) – an enticing cultural destination in the capital city of Brussels.

Visiting the Southeast Asia area of the museum, visitors will have a chance to explore through the cultures of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.

Nearly 3,000 artifacts dating back to before the 15th century are showcased, constituting the largest collection of Vietnamese antiquities abroad, which were acquired by the museum from collector Clément Huet in 1952.

Huet, who worked in Vietnam from 1914 to 1938, amassed a diverse collection of Vietnamese cultural artifacts including ceramics, statues, jewelry, weapons, and ceremonial objects. His collection offers a unique overview of the Vietnamese culture and art before the 20th century.

Bowi Quibus, the curator of the Southeast Asia exhibition area, said that the arti
facts are arranged according to two main criteria of chronological order and theme, helping visitors easily track the development of Vietnamese art and culture through different periods, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the country’s history and culture.

The highlight of the exhibition room is a Dong Son bronze drum, a unique cultural symbol of Vietnam. Additionally, visitors can admire masterpieces of ceramics from Ly and Tran dynasties.

Logan Vander Linden, a Belgian visitor, expressed his delight in exploring the Vietnamese artifacts at this museum, saying that through observing these antiquities, he gained a deeper understanding of the history of the Southeast Asian nation.

The Vietnamese antiquities collection at the Belgian museum is a testament to the rich cultural and artistic development of Vietnam through various dynasties. The museum serves as an ideal destination for visitors to explore and learn about Vietnam and its people.

Established in 1835, the MRAH currently is home to a vas
t collection of over 800,000 artifacts encompassing fields such as art, history, and archaeology from countries around the world./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

The Thai team beat Myanmar 5-0 in the Futsal Asian Cup.

Bangkok, Supawut Thueanklang scored 2 goals to help the Thai national team defeat Myanmar 5-0, collecting 2 straight victories and advancing to the final 8 of the AFC Futsal Asia competition. Ncup 2024

AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2024 to find 4 teams from Asia to compete in the 2024 Futsal World Cup in Uzbekistan. This September, by Group A, the 2nd match at the indoor stadium, Hua Mak, the War Elephants, the small Thai national team, the red team, met Myanmar with Boonlert Charoenwong, the Thai coach, controlling the army in the 8th minute, Itthicha. Praphaphan shot with his right and the ball ricocheted off a Myanmar player, changing the entrance to the goal for the Thai national team to lead 1-0 in the second half in the 22nd minute. Suphawut Thuanklang hit with his left and the ball ricocheted off a Myanmar player. The ball slipped through the legs of the Myanmar goalkeeper and gave the Thai national team a 2-0 lead.

Then Myanmar Played a power play against the Thai team, but in the 30th minute the ball was c
ut off and went to Muhammad Usman Musa with his right to give the Thai national team a 3-0 lead in the 35th minute. Panas Kittiphanuwong Hit with the right side from a narrow angle, very beautiful, helping the Thai national team lead 4-0 in the 38th minute. The Thai national team received the second penalty point. Suphawut Thunklang killed it without missing a beat. It was Suphawut’s second goal in this match and Making “Thep Arm” lead as the top scorer with 3 goals, helping the Thai Futsal team beat Myanmar 5-0, collecting 6 full points from 2 matches, guaranteed to be the first team to advance to the round of 8. They have to wait to see who their competitors in Group B will meet: Iraq, Uzbekistan or Saudi Arabia. Vietnam and Myanmar will have to wait to see who will advance to the next round in the final game after Thailand. For the final match on Sunday, April 21, kicking off at 2 stadiums at 6:00 p.m., Thailand meets Vietnam at the Indoor Stadium and Myanmar meets China at the Bangkok Arena.

Source: Tha
i News Agency

Vietnam becomes biggest rice supplier for Singapore


Hanoi: Vietnam has for the first time surpassed India and Thailand to become the largest rice exporter to Singapore by shipping 36.15 million SGD (26.55 million USD) worth of rice in the first three months of this year, an increase of 80.46% over the same period in 2023, winning 32.03% of the market share, according to the Vietnam Trade Office in Singapore.

Vietnam was followed by Thailand with an export value of 33.63 million SGD, while India came third with 33.16 million SGD.

The decline in export value of regular brown rice and white rice was offset by the strong increase of sticky rice, milled or peeled fragrant rice and broken rice with turnovers of 3.79 million SGD, 18.06 million SGD and 575,000 SGD, respectively.

Particularly, besides Vietnam’s traditional strong product of white rice, the turnovers of two other product groups – sticky rice and milled or peeled fragrant rice – also rose to dominate the majority of the market share in Singapore, reaching 80.08% and 73.33% respectively. This was the m
ain factor that helps Vietnam surpass Thailand and India to become the country with the largest rice market share in Singapore, the office asserted.

According to the office, Thailand, India, and Japan have been major competitors of Vietnam in Singapore. India’s ban of rice export from July 20, 2023, has created good conditions for Vietnam to increase market share in Singapore.

However, the office advised Vietnamese rice exporters to continue improving their competitiveness and enhancing the quality of rice.

The office will organise more exhibitions to increase the presence of Vietnamese rice in this potential market.

The office cited data from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore as showing that Singapore imported nearly 112.9 million SGD worth of rice in the first three months of this year, up 23.86% year on year.

In order to increase market share and sustainably maintain its top position, according to the office, all ministries, sectors, localities, associations, and bu
sinesses should join hands together in strengthening promotion of Vietnamese rice products and trademarks.

Alongside, the signing of a memorandum of understanding in rice trading between Vietnam and Singapore will also be an effective tool for Vietnam to maintain its position of No.1 rice supplier in Singapore, it added./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Measures sought to boost Vietnam – Russia digital economic cooperation


Moscow: The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia organised a seminar on April 19 on prospects for Vietnam-Russia digital economic cooperation, attracting over 100 delegates representing ministries, sectors, research institutes, and business associations of the two countries.

The function focused on opportunities and solutions to further promote cooperation between the two nations in this promising field.

In recent years, Vietnam’s digital economy has experienced remarkable development. According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, the proportion of the digital economy in Vietnam’s GDP reached 16.5% in 2023, with an average annual growth rate of 20%, which is three times the GDP growth rate.

According to assessments from international organisations, the scale of Vietnam’s Internet economy in 2023 reached approximately 30 billion USD, up 19% compared to the figure in 2022. Vietnamese digital technology companies have also been gradually strengthening their international cooperation efforts. Last year,
Vietnam had over 1,500 digital technology enterprises with revenue from foreign markets totaling an estimated 7.5 billion USD, up 4% year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the strongest growth in Russia’s Internet economy is observed in the e-commerce sector, with total revenue reaching 15.4 trillion rubles (over 164 billion USD) in 2023. Russia also leads in the field of smart cities and e-government, with cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg being at the forefront of IT application worldwide.

Delegates said that the current context presents tremendous opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in general and between their respective businesses in particular. Several digital economic cooperation projects are already underway between Vietnam and Russia, particularly in such areas as cybersecurity, smart cities, digital banking, and digital business solutions.

In addition to the aforementioned projects, participants also highlighted numerous other promising areas for digital economic cooperation, such as fi
nance, health care, agriculture, transportation, energy, environment, and manufacturing.

They put forward recommendations and solutions to further expand cooperation in the digital economy sector from the perspectives of policymakers, researchers, and businesses, including intensifying the trade promotion in information technology products of the two countries, and boosting collaboration in researching and developing digital platforms and products.

Ambassador Dang Minh Khoi emphasised the significance of the event, saying Russia’s experiences in developing its digital ruble is highly beneficial, expressing Vietnam’s interest in participating in the testing process of Russia’s digital ruble by the Central Bank of Russia.

Delegates agreed that if utilised effectively, this could be a significant driver for economic cooperation between the two countries in the coming time./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese furniture products introduced at Milan Design Week


Rome: Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung has congratulated Vietnamese enterprises – the Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) and the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (HAWA) – for their initial success in showcasing Vietnamese products in Milan Design Week in Italy – a design and brand arena of furniture businesses around the world.

While visiting the Vietnam pavilion at the event on April 18, the diplomat encouraged enterprises to focus on enhancing their competitiveness through good cooperation with design buyers in Italy and Europe, thus penetrating deeper into the European market, as well as other markets.

The Vietnamese wood industry needs substantial and systematic investment to enter and dominate higher market segments, he stressed.

The pavilion opens to visitors from April 16 – 21. Covering a total area of 360 sq.m, it is showcasing outstanding furniture and handicraft products from 35 Vietnamese enterprises.

Vietnam is renowned for its export of furni
ture, ranking sixth in the world. The debut at the Milan Design Week is a significant affirmation of the creative values of Vietnamese furniture and handicraft industry on the international stage, demonstrating its strength and potential for strong development./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

OIC rushes to help Pickup truck crashes into light pole, 5 dead

Bangkok, OIC rushes to help. Pickup truck crashes into electric pole, 5 dead, 1 injured, Nakhon Phanom Province

From the case of pickup trucks Registration number 2KH 4108 Bangkok Lost control and crashed into an electric pole Sakon-Nakae Road area Ban Don Thon – Ban Tha Champa Kan Lueang Subdistrict, Na Kae District, Nakhon Phanom Province This caused 5 deaths and 1 injury. On April 18, 2024, the OIC Office urgently followed up on damage reports through the Electronic Reporting Platform for Group or Major Accidents.

Ordered the OIC Office, Sakon Nakhon Province, to visit the area to inspect pickup trucks. Registration number 2KH 4108 Bangkok Prepare compulsory car insurance (Act) with LMG Insurance Public Company Limited, starting coverage from March 18, 2024 to March 18, 2025, covering death. or permanent total disability 500,000 baht per person. In the case of injury, the maximum treatment cost is not more than 80,000 baht per person. In the case of loss of organs 200,000-500,000 baht per person. In the
case of permanent disability, 300,000 baht per person. And in the case of being treated in a hospital as an inpatient, you will receive daily compensation of 200 baht per day for a total of not more than 20 days and purchase voluntary car insurance (type 1) with LMG Insurance Public Company Limited, coverage starting March 18, 2024 to March 18, 2025

The policy provides coverage for damage to life, body or health of third parties in the amount of 500,000 baht per person, 10,000,000 baht per time, damage to property of third parties 1,000,000 baht per time, damage to cars 780,000 baht, lost car/fire 780,000 baht for Personal accident coverage according to the documents attached to the policy In case of death Loss of organs, permanent disability (RY 01), driver/6 passengers, 50,000 baht each and medical expenses (RY 02) in the amount of 50,000 baht per person, driver’s insurance (RY 03) 200,000 baht per time.

for following up on compensation for the families of those who died from this incident Initially, the
outcome of the case is under investigation by the investigating officer. The legal heirs of 5 accident victims who died will initially receive protection from the insurance policy as follows:

1. Drivers of pickup trucks have the right to receive initial damages as funeral expenses. From the compulsory car insurance policy (P.R.B.) in the amount of 35,000 baht and personal accident coverage according to the documents attached to the policy. In case of death Loss of organs and disability in the amount of 50,000 baht from a voluntary car insurance policy, totaling 85,000 baht.

2. The two deceased passengers who were the children of the driver and the mother of the driver have the right to receive compensation from the compulsory car insurance policy (Act) of 500,000 baht each and from the voluntary car insurance policy. Type 1 Personal accident coverage according to the documents attached to the policy. In case of death Loss of organs, disability, 50,000 baht each, totaling money that the heir will receive 550
,000 baht each.

3. The other two deceased passengers have the right to receive compensation from the compulsory car insurance policy (Act) in the amount of 500,000 baht and from the voluntary car insurance policy, type 1, in the case of death, body, and health of outsiders, 500,000 baht each. Baht Personal accident coverage according to the documents attached to the policy In case of death Loss of organs, disability, 50,000 baht each, totaling money that the heir will receive 1,050,000 baht each.

4.Injured persons being treated at Na Kae Hospital, OIC Office, Sakon Nakhon Province. Has coordinated with the insurance company to facilitate and guarantee medical treatment rights directly with the hospital. The injured person does not have to pay for treatment according to their rights in any way.

Currently waiting for the legal heir to prepare documents for the insurance company. Because the heirs of the victims are domiciled in Amnat Charoen Province. Therefore, we have coordinated with the OIC Office, Regio
n 5 (Ubon Ratchathani), OIC Office, Amnat Charoen Province. To facilitate the payment of compensation to heirs has already been completed. In addition, the OIC Office is in the process of integrating with the Thai Life Assurance Association. and the Thai General Insurance Association To further check that Do the victims or those who died in this event have additional insurance besides this? If it is found that you have insurance, you will receive all rights specified in the insurance contract. Contact the OIC hotline 1186.

Source: Thai News Agency