The Southeast Asian country has been selling stakes in state firms in recent years to improve their performance and to fill the government's coffers, but the pace has been slower than scheduled recently.
``It is a special day for relations between the EU and Vietnam. The agreement has opened a new horizon for the development of both sides,'' Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said after he witnessed the signing.
Vice President Naidu and his Vietnamese counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh reiterated the importance of building a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region on the basis of respect for national sovereignty and international law, MEA said in a statement.
Defence lawyers have maintained the women were pawns in an assassination orchestrated by North Korean agents. The women said they thought they were part of a reality prank show and did not know they were poisoning Kim.
The Committee for Religious Affairs, a government body, issued a statement on its website on Friday saying "the ritual goes against Buddhist philosophy and violates Vietnam's law on religion and folk beliefs."
Vietnam lies on the map almost like a S-shaped dragon, living with its folklore and legends side-by-side with technology and contemporary nuances. Here’s a primer on its food, people and places.
Literally called ‘descending dragon bay’ Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province has over 1600 islands and islets of limestone pillars. (Text and Images: Shiny Varghese)
Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died in an apparent suicide bid.