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Grand ceremony marks Ha Noi Liberation Day

Update: October, 11/2014 - 09:47
President Truong Tan Sang awards the Ho Chi Minh Medal to the Party, government and people of Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS)— Party, State, and Government leaders and officials joined people from all walks of life at a ceremony yesterday that celebrated the 60th Ha Noi Liberation Day (October 10, 1954).

Among the prominent attendees were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Ha Noi Party Committee Secretary Pham Quang Nghi expressed deep gratitude to late President Ho Chi Minh, martyrs and generations of Vietnamese people for their sacrifice and dedication to the liberation, construction and defence of the country and the capital city.

Fireworks light up the sky over the iconic Ho Guom (Sword Lake) to celebrate the 60th Ha Noi Liberation Day. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc

He recalled the atmosphere in the capital on October 10 six decades ago, when more than 400,000 residents greeted the triumphant Vietnamese army units returning to Ha Noi and taking over the city from the French troops.

Since then, Ha Noi has focused on rebuilding itself, and together with other northern localities, supported the struggle of southern Viet Nam against the US, he added.

Over the past years, the capital has recorded several outstanding socio-economic achievements while weathering numerous difficulties including the fallout of the global economic crisis, he said.

The city's annual economic growth rate stood at 9.5 per cent, 1.5 times the national average, while its gross domestic product and State budget collection accounted for 10 and 20 per cent of corresponding national figures.

It has made significant strides in urban planning and management, education, traffic safety, social welfare and cultural development, the official said, adding that Ha Noi boasts the highest human development index in the country, Nghi said.

The city has established co-operative ties with more than 100 capitals and cities across the world. Fifteen years ago, it was the only Asia-Pacific city presented with the "City for Peace" title by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), he added.

The ceremony saw 10 individuals honoured as "the capital city's eminent citizens" and 1,120 others rewarded for their good deeds in 2014.

On this occasion, President Truong Tan Sang presented the Ho Chi Minh Order, Viet Nam's second highest honour, to the Party Committee, authorities and people of Ha Noi. — VNS

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