Festival to honour the Raglai’s culture

The central province of Ninh Thuan’s People’s Committee has announced that it will host a festival honouring the culture of the Raglai, an ethnic group related to the Cham, from August 29 to 31.

The festival is expected to attract more than 500 Raglai artisans and performers from the provinces of Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan and Lam Dong, and 150 performers from the Viet Bac Folk Music and Dance Troupe.

It will feature the Raglai’s rituals, traditional music and dance performances, as well as traditional games. An exhibition displaying costumes, musical instruments and farming tools will also be included.


Gia Lai scraps 13 minor hydro-power plants

The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Province of Gia Lai revoked licences for 13 small- and medium-sized hydro-electric projects in the last two months because of delays in implementation and possible harm to the environment.

According to Huynh Ngoc Tu, director of the provincial Industry and Trade Department, the projects would also damage local residents’ fields.

The 13 projects were planned to cover thousands of hectares of cultivated land and forest. Of them, two projects at la Grang 1 and la Tchom 1 were to have a total capacity of 14.5 MW, but cover 300ha of cultivated land, while the 3W-Dak Sepay project was set to cover up to 26.5ha of forest.


Child abuse cases hit 1,000 each year

Nearly 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse are discovered each year in the country. The crimes are mostly caused by relatives, stepfathers and older people.

Nguyen Trong An, deputy director of the Department of Children Protection and Care, said the department had launched a VND1.7 trillion (US$81 million) programme to protect children until 2015.

The programme aims to help children recover from sexual abuse, build parents’ clubs to raise their awareness in child protection, and offer training in living skills to girls.