What The Papers Say Oct - Nov 2018

(No.5, Vol.8,Oct-Nov Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

Hanoi to open new route for double-decker bus
English VNExpress, 30 September
Hanoi's Department of Transport has granted permission to open another route for Hanoi’s double-decker bus to serve more tourists next month.
The new route will open on October 10, will be 14.8 kilometers long, and depart every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to half past five in the afternoon. It will have 10 stops, starting on Ngo Quyen Street, and share several stops with the first route. The first route, launched in May, has 13 stops and goes through 25 streets, taking tourists to 30 tourist attractions in Hanoi.

Pangolin scales, ivory in unclaimed baggage
English VNExpress, 1 October
On Friday at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, officials found 805 kilograms of pangolin scales as well as 193 kilograms of ivory and ivory-derived products in two dozen boxes.
The latest haul is evidence of weak enforcement in Vietnam that experts have blamed for allowing a black market in wildlife trade to flourish and feed into a global multibillion dollar industry in animal parts and exotic pets.
Southeast Asian countries have become a busy thoroughfare for tusks trafficked from Africa and destined for other parts of Asia - mainly China - it has been reported.
Pangolins are treasured in Vietnam and the region for their meat and the alleged medicinal properties of their scales.
Vietnam has banned trade in tusks and pangonlins, but the practice has continued.
Vietnamese doctors leave for South Sudan on first UN peacekeeping mission
English VNExpress, 1 October
Following a memorandum signed between the Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Delegation to the United Nations and U.N. Under Secretary General for Field Support at the U.N. headquarters in New York last week, Vietnam will send 63 military doctors and medical equipment to South Sudan.
On Monday morning, the first group of 30 Vietnamese military doctors left from Ho Chi Minh City. This is the first time Vietnam is sending military doctors as part of U.N. peacekeeping forces.
Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh delivered the decision to send 30 doctors to the field hospital in South Sudan, signed by late President Tran Dai Quang in July.

Gov’t strengthens inspection on mineral mining
Vietnam News, 21 September
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment strengthen inspections on environmental protection in mineral mining.
Mineral expoltation causing great losses or serious environmental pollution and fraudulently reporting the quantity extracted must be strictly handled, he said.
The ministry was asked to foster the basic geological survey of minerals in accordance with the master plan approved by the Prime Minister, while also closely co-ordinate with relevant ministries in reviewing plans for the use of relevant mineral resources.

MoT approves airport expansion
Vietnam News, 24 September
The Ministry of Transport has approved a detailed plan to expand HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport to both the north and south by 2020 to serve 50 million passengers per year.
Under the new plan, the airport will cover a total area of 791ha, an increase of 250ha compared to the existing airport area of 545ha.
The additional land includes 37ha of national defence land, 35ha of land in the southern area, and 171ha of land in the northern area.
Under the plan, passenger terminals T1 and T2 will be expanded to increase the capacity to serve about 30 million people per year.
In addition, a new T3 passenger terminal in the southern area of the airport will be built to accommodate 20 million passengers per year.

Traces of early humans found in Tuyen Quang
Vietnam News, 25 September
Scientists have found various traces of early people living 4,000 years ago in some caves in the northern province of Tuyen Quang.
Researchers from the Vietnam Archaeology Institute said most of the traces were found in Pu Chua Cave, Cuong Village, Minh Quang Commune in Chiem Hoa District.
Stone objects include dozens of well-polished axes. Scientists hold that most of ceramic wares were made with potter’s wheels, though some broken ceramic pieces show signs of having been made by hand. Ceramic wares were decorated with ancient patterns like twists and water waves.
Scientists came to the conclusion that Pu Chua Cave was home to people of the Holocene period, around 4,000 years ago.

Nearly 600 people register to donate organs
Vietnam News, 1 October
Nearly 600 people registered to donate their organs for scientific research at an event held at a pagoda in HCM City’s District 10 on Saturday.
The event was organised by the Viet Nam National Coordinating Centre for Human Organ Transplantation under the Ministry of Health and the Buddhism Today Foundation (BTF).
The venerable head of the pagoda and also chairman of the BTF said that people could help between six and 13 other people after they die.
More than 250 people registered in 2015. The number rose to 583 in 2016 and 527 last year.

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