US bomb deactivated in Quang Tri

A EOD member digging soil to remove the bomb from the ground. Source:

PANO - The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of the Quang Tri RENEW Project, which is sponsored by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), safely deactivated an unexploded U.S. bomb on June 19th at the RENEW's Central Demolition Site in Trieu Trach commune, Trieu Phong district, Quang Tri province. The 112-kg bomb, 0.28m in diameter and 0.92m in length, was a U.S. General Purpose 250 LB AN-M57, dropped by a US aircraft in wartime. Previously, it was spotted at a depth of about 1.5m in a new resettlement zone under construction in Ta Rut commune, Dakrong District. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Children, teachers get quality helmets

Quality helmets have been provided to more than 4,000 students and teachers at eight elementary schools in HCM City's Districts 12, Binh Thanh, and Binh Chanh under a road safety campaign. The campaign is organised by the National Traffic Safety Committee, Ministry of Education and Training, and Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) More workers sent abroad this year According to the Overseas Labour Management Department, the number of workers sent abroad reached 91,143 in the first 10 months of this year, or 4.76 per cent higher than the full-year target. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people look towards the fatherland’s sacred sea and islands


(VOVworld)- A program themed "A great family of Vietnamese ethnic groups and national construction and defence" has been held in the National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism on the outskirts of Hanoi. More than 200 representatives from 32 ethnic groups from 8 cities and provinces attended the event. Various activities on the theme of seas, islands, borders and national sovereignty were held. The program opened with the ritual worshiping the god of the sea (Po Riayak) of the Cham fishermen of the central province of Ninh Thuan. … [Read more...]

Tribal Disneyland prepares to show-off nation of 54 cultures

Dispelling bad spirits: A shaman from the Ta Oi ethnic group is the centre of a ritual to cleanse a newly-built house on stilts at the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism. — VNS Photos Trinh Bo

by Le Huong A vast complex of houses and spiritual structures from the 54 ethnic groups from all over Viet Nam is still a work-in-progress by the State. The tribal Disneyland, known as the Viet Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, is situated in Dong Mo District. It is far larger than the complex built for the Museum of Ethnology much closer to the city. Putting the final touches to a tray of offerings on grassland near a newly built stilt house, the shaman from a village dedicated to the Ta Oi ethnic group is ready to begin worship to clear any bad spirits away from the dwelling and provide blessings for the future. The villagers are from central Quang Tri's Ta Rut Commune in Dakrong District. Surrounding the shaman, younger men and women dance, sing and play gongs to provide the right atmosphere. Their activities quickly draw a crowd of curious people. The shaman then leads the procession around the new house. He sprinkles pig's blood on every corner, every wooden … [Read more...]

Pa Co gong culture finds defiant protector


Loud and clear: Playing gongs plays an important role in cultural and spiritual activities, including funerals, of the Pa Co. — VNA/VNS PhotoHo Cau A Pa Co ethnic man in the central province of Quang Tri keeps in mind that the cultural beauty of his people should be preserved by the younger generation. Thanh Thuy reports Ho Van Ing, 67, takes another sip of rice wine. "I've led a life with many ups and downs." We huddle closer to the flickering fire to stave off the cold. Outside, the mountainous mist descends on the sleepy Vuc Leng Village. Ing, wearing shorts and a vest, seems oblivious to the chill. We lean forward and he begins to tell us his story. As an ethnic Pa Co man, Ing has devoted his life to the preservation of the unique traditions and way of life in his remote village, located in Quang Tri's mountains. Born into the family of a respected village leader, Ing soon became accustomed to important village events, such as weddings, festivals and funerals. From a very young … [Read more...]

Keeping some traditional values of gong performance


(Cinet)- Quang Tri organized the Arieu Ping and gong festival in Ta Rut commune of Dakrong district to honour the traditional cultural values of gong performance in the local ethnic minority groups on January 27. Gong performances are closely tied to community cultural rituals and ceremonies of ethnic groups, with gong sounds mean to communicate with deities and gods. On November 25, 2005, in Paris, the space of gong culture in Central Highlands was recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. For ethnic groups, the gong is a musical instrument of sacred power and with every gong there is a god who gets more powerful as the gong gets older. The festival marks a wide range of activities such as procession and incense offering ceremonies, gong performance, a buffalo festival and an archery contest together with folk music and dances with the hope for a happier and wealthier new year. "God of gong" is the protector of the community so the gong … [Read more...]

Festival honours ethnic groups’ culture


The central province of Quang Tri on January 27 held the Arieu Ping and gong festival in Ta Rut commune of Dakrong district to honour the traditional cultural values of local ethnic minority groups. The festival featured a wide range of activities such as procession and incense offering ceremonies, gong performance, a buffalo festival and an archery contest together with folk music and dances with the hope for a happier and wealthier new year. Arieu Ping is the biggest festival of the Pako ethnic minority group to pay homage and tribute to the deceased. Meanwhile, gongs have been used to celebrate special occasions, including new house celebration, grave leaving ceremony, weddings, ritual parades and funerals for more than 3,000 years in Vietnam. Gong culture is an inseparable part of the ethnic minority groups’ spiritual life as it is seen as a tool that helps them connect with the heaven. The festival has been held in rotation among communes in Dakrong district to … [Read more...]

Photos by mountain dwellers


Fifty ethnic minority people from many provinces in Vietnam have been trained to become amateur photographers, under a photovoice project, part of the "Our Culture" project, organized by the Institute for Studies of Society Economy and Environment (iSEE). Their works were displayed at Hanoi's Ly Thai To flower garden last week. VietNamNet introduces some pictures, which are also stories about the daily life and culture of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Prior to an important event in daily life, such as building a new house, selecting a location to build house, doing business, going hunting or in marriage, Pa Ko people often see chicken's leg. Before looking at the chicken's leg, right after the chicken is stuck, the host has to pray related gods on what he wants to see.The chicken's leg has 4 toes, each represents one sacred thing. The big toe shows god or bad luck. The index toe represents us. The middle toe is the protection and support god (Ging Ka niq), normally the … [Read more...]

Illegal gold exploitation pollutes Dak Rong River

VietNamNet Bridge - Illegal gold exploitation has caused serious pollution along the Dak Rong River in the central province of Quang Tri. According to Dak Rong District Police, dozens of companies have been exploiting gold in the district, but only five have licences. One mineral exploitation company in the district was granted a licence by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, while the other four have been licensed by the provincial People's Committee. "Local police have tried to fine and stop unlicensed companies mining in the area but they continue to repeat their violations," said Ho Quang Than, head of the district police. … [Read more...]

Youth cycle for a greener Viet Nam


VietNamNet Bridge - Vu Thi Xen, 24, is the founder and face of an award-winning project to promote environmental issues among young people. Xen has devoted much of her youth to green issues. The first time Xen understood the importance of environmental preservation was during an encounter with a club called Cycling for Environment. … [Read more...]

School children infected with gold fever


A gold rush in Ta Rut Commune in the central province of Quang Tri is causing headaches for local authorities, who had no idea how to address the social problems the latest dash for cash has caused. In the fast-flowing muddy current of Dakrong River, two men take soil from the river bed and wash it. Many local children had given up school to look for gold, hoping for a better life … [Read more...]

Escaped Crocodiles Add New Threat to Worst Flooding in 30 Years

A crocodile is recaptured.

Flooding said to be the worst in three decades continues to savage central Viet Nam, claiming 21 lives so far, while authorities and residents hunt down hundreds of crocodiles let loose by flood waters last weekend in Khanh Hoa. In central Quang Nam province, six of 17 districts are flooded, 15,000 households are displaced and hundreds of hectares of farm land has been seriously damaged. In the province's historic Hoi An town, nine of 13 wards are under 1-5 metres of water. Local authorities have sent canoes and helicopters to evacuate victims, 10,000 of whom have been moved to higher ground. National Highway 1a is completely blocked by water. In Dai Loc District, four have died and over 90 percent of homes are flooded, as is the case in Phu Vang District's Phu Mau Commune. Cam Kim Commune is completely isolated and some 6,000 inhabitants are awaiting helicopters. In Duy Xuyen District's Duy Hai Commune, 65 fishing boats have been swept out to sea. In the city of Da … [Read more...]

Huge bomb deactivated


PANO - The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Peace Trees Vietnam (PTVN) successfully deactivated a 500kg bomb in the central province of Quang Tri on September 24th. Earlier, while conducting a patrol, troops from the Tam Thanh Border Post under the provincial Border Guard Command spotted the bomb at Se Pon River's bank in A Ho hamlet, Thanh commune, Huong Hoa district. … [Read more...]

Quang Tri removes unexploded ordnance


The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from the organisation Peace Trees in central Quang Tri province removed 114 explosive devices on April 22. Children's awareness of UXO risks improved Vietnam steps up UXO clearance efforts Hanoi hosts UXO exhibition They included mortar and artillery shells, bombs and landmines left over in Lao Bao town, Huong Hoa district, during the war. So far this year the EOD team has removed nearly 30,000 pieces of UXO on 35,000 square metres of land for farming. Quang Tri, as the hardest-hit province in war time, still has nearly 400,000 hectares of land not yet freed of explosive ordnance. It can clear only 2,300-2,500 hectares for farming a year. … [Read more...]

Air Defence and Air Force units hold command exercises


PANO - The Air Defence and Air Force Service held a command exercise for its Air-Defence Divisions 375 and 372 from September 29th to October 1st in Da Nang City. The exercise aimed to review the units' training results, especially their combat collaboration, then map out measures to improve on any shortcomings and complete a training plan for the future. Reviewing the exercise, Major General Nguyen Van Tho, Deputy Commander and Chief-of-Staff of the service, held that participating units have fulfilled all the set requirements while ensuring complete safety for people, weapons, and equipment during the exercise. He urged the units' commanders to continue studying and complete their tactics plan in close attachment with their mission in the coming time. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Regional hospital’s success in viscera transplantation

Thai Nguyen provincial General Hospital. Photo:

PANO - The Thai Nguyen provincial General Hospital has successfully conducted a kidney transplant for a twin in Thai Nguyen city, it was released at a meeting on September 30th. This is the first successful kidney transplant by a hospital in the northern mountainous area with technical support from their counterparts at the Military Hospital 103. The health of both the organ donor and recipient is improving. The result of the four-hour operation confirmed the local doctors' professional qualification in organ transplantation, which will contribute to improving the quality of healthcare services for the locals, especially in applying modern technologies to the diagnosis and treatment process. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Jetstar Pacific opens three new domestic air routes

A Jetstar Pacific's flight. (Photo for illustration)

PANO - Low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific on September 28th announced the launch of three new domestic air routes using Airbus A320 planes. Accordingly, the airline will conduct one roundtrip flight every day between Ho Chi Minh City and Pleiku, and three roundtrip flights between Hue and Da Lat cities every week from October 25. It will also operate three roundtrip flights a week between Chu Lai of Quang Nam province and Buon Ma Thuot of Dak Lak province from October 27th. One-way fares for the air routes between Ho Chi Minh City and Pleiku and Chu Lai and Buon Ma Thuot are on sale from September 28th at 450,000 VND, while one-way fares for the Hue- Da Lat route are sold from September 29th at 550,000 VND. The same day, the carrier also introduced its promotion program with special discounted fares as low as 30,000 VND (1.34 USD) for the three new air routes and a number of other domestic routes. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]