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Central Highlands see positive socio-economic changes

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

Central Highlands see positive socio-economic changes

QĐND – Monday, December 27, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

The Central Highlands Steering Committee held a conference in Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak province on December 27 to review ten years of implementing the political bureau’s resolution on socio-economic development and national defence and security in the Central Highland region in the 2001-2010 period.

Over the past ten years, localities in the central highlands have achieved impressive results in socio-economic development. The average income per capita in the region increased remarkably from VND2.9 million in 2001 to VND15.5 million in 2010 (making up 67 percent of the nation’s average rate with economic growth rate reaching 11.9 percent per year.

In the reviewed period, the Central Highlands upgraded to two first-tier urban areas, and established two cities and four towns. Infrastructure in both urban and rural areas in the region improved. 91 percent of communes possessed roads leading to the centre while 98 percent of hamlets had access to the national grid. All communes have primary schools, kindergarten, and health stations. Five provinces in the region have completed compulsory high school education.

Vocational training and job generation also gained positive results with nearly 1 million recruited workers including more than 180,000 ethnic minority people. The unemployment in urban area dropped to 2.51 percent. Nearly 111,000 households escaped poverty. The proportion of poor households fell to just 10.34 percent. In the ethnic minority group alone, the rate of poor households dropped sharply from 47.8 percent in 2006 to 19.9 percent in 2010.

Delegates also pointed out some shortcomings in the region. For example, socio-economic infrastructure in the region remains low while the quality of human resources has not been improved. While the rate of poor households decreased sharply, the rate of households fall into poverty again remained high. Over 11,000 households have had enough land for production.

Deputy Head of the steering committee, Tran Viet Hung said poverty reduction and hunger elimination for ethnic minority groups remained an urgent task for the region. Therefore, he said it is necessary to improve infrastructure in the region.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Coffee bean pickers swindled in Central Highlands

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

In recent days, dozen of residents in central provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa had been tricked into going to the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to pick coffee beans with meager payment.

Lam Dong province is in severe lack of workers to pick coffee beans

Nguyen Van Tra from Hoa Binh 1 Commune, Tay Hoa District, Phu Yen Province said that in mid November, two people came to the commune seeking laborers to pick coffee beans Lam Ha District, Lam Dong province.

The strange people promised to pay him VND3 million a month together with accommodation fee.

Tra and some others in his commune got on a bus, carrying them to Minh Nghia job introduction center in Hoai Duc Commune, Lam Ha District.

Right after the bus arrived, about ten people surrounded them and then paid Minh Nghia center to take the chosen laborers home.

The employees just paid Tra and other seven people VND1.7 million a month each. In the first month, their salaries would be deducted by VND650,000 for travelling and eating fees and for Minh Nghia center.

Those who disagreed and wanted to go home had to pay the employees VND1.15 million including the VND650,000 above.

Three of eight people in Tra’s group ran away, the remaining had to call relatives for a ransom of VND9.2 million for all of them including the escaped ones.

The destiny of 20 other people on the same bus with Tra has not been known.

In the neighboring province of Khanh Hoa, Minh Nghia center also duped 30 others in Van Ninh District. Some of them ran way, some others have been redeemed while there has been no clue of the remaining people.

Lam Ha District Police and relevant officials investigated Minh Nghia center on December 1 and found that it has operated for two months but without license.

The center’s owner has singed in a document agreeing to temporarily stop operating as well as to remove its advertising board.

On the following day’s afternoon, the district police held a man in custody for the cheating 10 people from Dak Nong Province to pick coffee beans in Lam Dong.

He has declared his name only as Nghia and from Hiep An Commune, Duc Trong District of Lam Dong Province.

Source: SGGP

Central Highlands provinces improve cooperation

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 2:21 am

Central Highlands singer Y Moan passes away

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Y Moan, the Central Highlands singer who dedicated his life to panegyrising his homeland, died after a long fight with intestinal cancer at his house, Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands of Dac Lac Province on October 1.

Singer Y Moan has died after a long fight with stomach cancer at his home in Buon Ma Thuot city in the Central Highlands of Dac Lac Province.

He suffered from intestinal cancer which has spread to other parts of his body during the four months.

Thousands of people came to see him for the last time at the house.

Earlier, he failed to turn up for a live show last month in his native Dac Lac Province because of his sickness.

He was conferred the title of People’s Artist by President Nguyen Minh Triet on September 14.

It is the highest honour given by the State for artists.

He was gifted 2,000 copies of his DVD titled Back to the Old Village, his only album in an illustrious career spanning three and a half decades, at the ceremony to confer the title.

Y Moan, born in 1957 in a poor ethnic E De family in Buon Ma Thuot, was discovered in 1976 after reunification. He left his home in the mountains of Central Highlands and headed for Ha Noi when he was recruited for the Song and Dance Troupe.

He studied at the then Ha Noi Conservatory of Music from 1979 until 1986.

He is noted for singing songs about the Central Highlands’ mountains and forests written by people like Nguyen Cuong, Tran Tien, Linh Nga Nie K’dam, and Ama No, making sure the land became well-known to millions of people both within and outside the country.

He is widely considered to be the most successful artist to ever emerge of the Central Highlands.

His funeral will be held in the Central Highlands city of Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak Province on October 5.

Source: SGGP

Harsh weather causes young coffee beans to drop in Central Highlands

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

The ongoing sweltering weather have led young coffee beans fall down in some portions of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

The scorching weather leads young coffee beans to drop in Gia Lai Province (Photo: Gia Lai Newspaper)

Coffee fields have also seen plants bearing few beans or feeble beans in Chu Se, Chu Pah, Ia Grai and Dak Doa districts.

In addition, insects like bugs and cicadas develop amid the phase when coffee plants begin bearing beans.

Local farmers and authorities have sprayed pesticides and have bolstered efforts to take care of and irrigate their fields, to minimize damage to this year’s coffee crop.

Source: SGGP

Central Highlands burning flame, once and forever

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

Meritorious Artist Y Moan of the Ede ethnic minority will hold a music performance to celebrate his singing career at Au Co Cultural Center in Hanoi on August 6.

                      Meritorious Artist Y Moan

It will be the first and last solo performance of the leading Central Highlands singer, as he is enduring the last phase of cancer.

The “Highland flame” concert will demonstrate Y Moan’s burning devotion to singing; the concert event has been highly anticipated by his friends and fans.

Born in 1957, Y Moan was one of seven children in a poor family. He left school when he was in 6th grade to support his parents.

He joined a Dak Lak Province art troupe of at the age of 18 and won a gold medal at the National Dance and Singing Festival in 1976 for the song, Ganh thoc vao kho (Carrying rice to the store).
He then became popular for songs honoring the Central Highlands.

If you want to to visit him in Buon Me Thuot City, you can ask anyone, from taxi drivers at the airport to motorbike drivers at bus stations, everyone knows the location of his house in Dha Prong Commune.

Y Moan is the pride of all Central Highlands people.

Apart from singing, Y Moan also works as a farmer on a coffee field covering on an area of more than 4 hectares, to support his family, especially two sons Y Von and Y Garia, who study singing at the Military College Of Arts & Culture.

He also collects many Central Highlands traditional musical instruments and home appliances of the Ede people, which he displays at his house. He considers his home to be a small museum where he can preserve his national culture.

“Highland singers have to sing as though the forest is fluttering in the wind, the murmur of a brook and rumble of the fall,” the singer said.

Source: SGGP

Forest protection helps highlands communes escape poverty

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

Thanks to payment received for environmental services (PES), residents of two communes in the highlands province of Lam Dong have escaped poverty.

Households in Lam Dong Province (Photo: Vietnam Government Web Portal)

After two years of conducting a pilot project of PES in two communes, one of several mechanisms for generating sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation, deforestation has reduced along the Da Nhim River in Lac Duong District where people had chopped down many pine trees to grow coffee.

The program rewards local communities involved in conservation activities by allowing them to manage land and resources, and then providing payment for the economically important goods and services that result from their ecological stewardship.

Da Sar commune People’s Committee chairman Ya Tiong said almost all local farmers have been assigned to protect nearly 15,000 hectares of jungle in the commune; they feel proud to be guardians of the jungle, which intensifies their awareness of environmental protection.

Meanwhile, 260 households in Da Nhim Commune agreed to guard over 7.500 hectares of jungle. Da Nhim Hydro Power Plant paid VND290,000 per hectare to each household in 2009.

Lac Duong District People’s Committee said deforestation violations in communes Da Sar and Da Nhim have reduced by half since the program was implemented.

Moreover, each household nets VND8 million by protecting 30 wood hectares annually; they spent the sum on high yielding breeds of coffee, planting vegetables or raising cattle and poultry.

Households stand to earn VND45 million per year through farming.  The rate of impoverished families in Da Sar commune has dropped from 30.35 per cent in 2008 to 14.5 per cent in 2009; meanwhile the poverty rate has reduced from 34.33 per cent to 27.54 per cent in Da Nhim Commune.

The government issued a decision to pay for environmental services in 2008 for the highlands province of Lam Dong, the northern provinces of Son La and Hoa Binh, the central province of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, the southern province of Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City.

Hydro power plants, water suppliers and tourist companies in the areas with jungles must pay for the services, according to the decision.

Source: SGGP

Major fire at shopping center in Central Highlands city

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Thick, black smoke began pouring out of an artificial flower shop set in a Pleiku City shopping center in the central highlands province of Gia Lai, scaring hundreds of people, said police on July 4.

Two firefighters battle the blaze at a shopping center in Pleiku City on July 4. (Photo:SGGP)

At 5:10 pm on July 4, the major fire erupted in the Ngoc Doanh shop on Ngo Gia Tu street, the busiest area in the city.

Fortunately, it was raining as the fire blazed.

Three fire trucks and dozens of firefighters arrived on the scene to control the fire.

According to an investigation, a short circuit on the second floor of the shop caused of the fire.

In related news, in Ho Chi Minh City, fire blazed out of at a wasted materials establishment on Nguyen Thai Binh Street in Tan Binh District at 6:40 am on July 5.

The shop was full of the waste materials such as paper and plastic so the fire burnt out quickly.

Four fire trucks and 40 firefighters were sent to the scene, controlling the fire by 8 am. 

Source: SGGP

Tiger reserves to be formed in Highlands

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Tiger reserves to be formed in Highlands

QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Five tiger reserves will be established in the Central Highlands and southern provinces under a national programme to preserve and expand the country’s tiger population.

The development of tiger conservation areas is the first step in the national programme, said Hoang Thanh Nhan, an official from the Biodiversification Conservation Department under the Vietnam Environment Agency (NEA). 

The programme, designed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in co-operation with foreign experts, was in response to the Global Tiger Initiative launched by the World Bank to protect the Asian tiger from extinction by 2020. 

The five areas will be established in the Central Highland provinces of Dak Lak, Kon Tum and Dak Nong, the southern province of Binh Phuoc and the central province of Quang Nam. 

York Don National Park in Dak Lak will be a key area in the programme and will be developed in close co-ordination between forest protection staff, border police and non-government organisations. 

When the reserves in operation, qualified staff and modern facilities will take on the protection, supervision and management work, said Nhan at a national tiger conservation seminar held recently in Hanoi . 

The number of wild tigers in Vietnam has dropped sharply over the past few decades and they face extinction within the next ten years, said experts at the seminar. 

Although Vietnam is one of the 13 countries in the world to have a wild tiger population, the country now has less than 50 wild tigers that are in serious danger of extinction, due to hunting and deforestation, according to Nguyen The Dong, the NEA’s vice chairman. 

In Vietnam, tigers have habitually lived along the border between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, the Central Highland provinces and the southern province of Binh Phuoc . 

However, the tiger population only numbers a handful in many of these areas, with some districts only possessing paper records of tiger numbers backed by little evidence of real tiger populations, he said. 

Nguyen Manh Hiep from the NEA’s Nature Conservation Department suggested setting up a dedicated wild-life border patrol because wild tiger populations were not confined to just Vietnam but regularly crossed borders. 

Hiep added that another reason for the decline was that Vietnamese and other Asian people hunt tigers for their body parts to manufacture supposed medicines. People also believe that tiger teeth will help them avoid bad luck

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

First children’s hospital in Central Highlands

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

First children’s hospital in Central Highlands

QĐND – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

A project to build a children’s hospital with 150 beds in the central highland city of Da Lat got underway on June 29.

The hospital, designed by the Lam Dong Construction Consultancy Joint Stock Company, will be built by the Thanh An Construction Company at a cost of over VND245 billion sourced from government bonds.

It’s scheduled to go into operation by late 2013.

According to the provincial health department, apart from examining and treating children from the province and its surrounding areas, the hospital will conduct scientific research and provide training for doctors in the community.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND