What The Papers Say May 2013

(No.4, Vol.3, May 2013 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

Memory jars
www.thanhniennews.com, 9 April
Archeologists in in the old town of Hoi An, in central Vietnam, have unearthed four burial jars believed to date back more than 2,000 years.
The Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation said the jars belonged to the Sa Huynh civilization.
The Sa Huynh civilization flourished between 1000 BC and 200 AD in central and southern Vietnam, especially in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces.

Nuke U.
tuoitrenews.vn, 16 April
Vietnam will give incentives to students who pursue undergraduate courses in nuclear energy, an education ministry official said at a conference in the Central Highlands last week.
These students will be exempt from tuition, dorm expenses, and other basic expenditures when they are enrolled in nuclear-related majors.
Vietnam is working on projects to build two reactors in Ninh Thuan, which are expected to come on line in 2020-21.

College knowledge
tuoitrenews.vn, 18 April
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a ($96 million) plan to train officials and young talents abroad over the next seven years.
It has set a target that 1,650 people will graduate with a Master’s and 150 others with a undergraduate degree between 2013 and 2020.
Priority will be given to universities in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

Hung kings attract interest
tuoitrenews.vn, 19 April
The Hung Kings festival, held in April in Phu Tho Province, in commemoration of the country’s first kings who founded the country, attracted over three million visitors.
More than 1,400 Hung kings temples nationwide also held offerings to the kings.
The reigns of 18 Hung Kings’ lasted from around 2,000 BC to 258 BC.

Wild cattle need protection
tuoitrenews.vn, 21 April
The department of forest management in the southern province of Binh Phuoc is coordinating with local national parks to protect two herds of 21 gayals which have strayed out of the forest and destroyed crops.
The best solution, according to the forest rangers, is to herd the animals into a national park Cat Tien or Vinh Cuu in the neighboring province of Dong Nai.
It was the shrinking of forests that forced the animals into leaving their normal habitat. In Binh Phuoc alone, over 1,000 hectares of forest were chopped down last year.

Bird flu kills again
tuoitrenews.vn, 24 April
A 12-year-old girl in northern Thanh Hoa Province died of the A/H1N1 avian flu, bringing the death toll from the disease within a month to three.
According to provincial health authorities, the girl got the virus from her brother-in-law, who contracted it when he was in Hanoi.
Two other people in her family were also infected with the virus, but they recovered.

Paradise lost
english.vietnamnet.vn, 14 April
A lot of the beautiful landscapes which have been advertised as the ‘paradises’ for tourists, in fact, are ‘paradises of rubbish’.
The Xuan Huong Lake, in Dalat, has reportedly been ‘poisoned’ with algae, which gives off a bad odor.
Mui Ne beach in Phan Thiet province is also polluted, due to waste water discharged directly from resorts.

Foreigners urged to put down roots
english.vietnamnet.vn, 14 April
Officials and economists say Vietnam will not be able to rescue the real estate market if it does not allow foreigners to buy houses in Vietnam.
In 2008, the National Assembly allowed foreign individuals to buy houses in Vietnam in a 5-year trial period.
However, to date, only 500 foreigners have bought houses. Most of them are native-born Vietnamese who live overseas.

Wetland gets award
english.vietnamnet.vn, 15 April
In April, Mui Ca Mau (Ca Mau Cape) National Park in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, received the certificate by the convention in Wetlands recognizing it as the 2,088th world Ramsar site.
The park covers 15,262 hectares of land and 26,600 hectares of coastal areas in low-lying saline land, and is home to 93 species of birds, 26 species of mammals, 43 species of reptiles, nine species of amphibians and 233 fish species, including many that are rare.
It is the fifth Ramsar site in Vietnam.

On the brink of epidemic?
english.vietnamnet.vn, 16 April
Thousands of salaganes died in April in Phan Rang City in the central province of Ninh Thuan. The information made hundreds of salagane-breeding households in HCM City anxious.
Health experts have warned of the risk of possible A/H5N1 transmission from salagane to humans. The Veterinary Department said some blood samples taken from the dead birds proved positive for the virus.
Salaganes cannot be isolated like poultry, and the information has made salagane breeders worried.

Animals caught in Web
english.vietnamnet.vn, 24 April
According to a survey recently released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), up to 108 wild animal species are trafficked illegally over 33 Vietnamese websites.
The survey discovered that about 84 per cent of wildlife species were sold as pets, 9 per cent for food and 1 per cent for traditional medicine processing.
Do Quang Tung, from the Vietnam division of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, said Vietnam has yet to conduct a nation-wide assessment of the wild animal trafficking that happens over internet despite the fact that wild animal trafficking via the internet is believed to have been happening in Vietnam for a whole decade.

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