News on 19 September 2016
1) Endangered pangolins released into the wild
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW), Cúc Phương National Park and Hà Nội Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) have successfully released 33 Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) into the wild at an undisclosed secure site.
SVW said late last week that the lucky pangolins were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in August. After a month of care at SVW and Hà Nội Wildlife Rescue Centre, they were released back into the wild in good health.
SVW does not disclose the release locations of pangolins, due to the risk of the animals being located and recaptured by poachers.
"This successful release was the result of hard work by WRC and SVW staff. We look forward to further successful releases in the future," the Director of WRC, Ngô Bá Oanh, said.
2) Vietnamese fourth grader beaten by police over suspected phone theft
Several bruises were found on the body of a schoolboy who was suspected to have stolen a teacher’s phone after he was taken to a police station in southern Vietnam for questioning over the crime this week.
Nguyen Duc Dong, 37, on Saturday reported several injuries on his son’s body, which he believed had been caused by police officers in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, about 120km from Ho Chi Minh City.
Large patches of bruise could be seen on the back of the boy’s thighs, while his earlobes were filled with fingernail marks.
According to Dong, his son T., who is in fourth grade, had sustained these injuries after he was taken on Friday morning to a police station in Tan Lam Commune, Xuyen Moc District in the province for questioning over his purported theft of a teacher’s phone.
3) 936 Hanoi streets to feature natural stone
The Hanoi administration has announced it will pave 936 streets with natural stone in 12 districts across the city.
The move comes as the city’s pavement continues to show signs of degradation, hindering pedestrians to walk as well as worsening the image of the city, reported by Giao thông (Transport) online newspaper.
Lê Văn Dục, director of the city’s Transport Department, said the natural stone’s biggest asset is its reliability of 50-70 years.
After testing the material in several streets in Nguyễn Trãi and Lê Trọng Tấn, the department was impressed with the stone’s handsome aesthetic and determined to pave hundreds of streets with the stone, he said.
Twelve companies have been selected to provide the stone for the construction, he said, and the project is estimated at under VNĐ500,000 (US$22) per square metre.
4) HCM City begins to crack down on pollution problem
The HCM City government has ordered the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to take measures to curb environmental pollution.
Speaking at a meeting on Wednesday, People’s Committee Nguyễn Thành Phong said some major tasks such as finding investors for urban wastewater treatment plants should be accomplished immediately.
Canals and ditches should be dredged and their flows cleared to reduce flooding, he said.
The system of classifying household rubbish should be introduced, he said.
The city faces pollution from wastewater, solid waste, fumes and noise at many spots, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Header photo by: Cha già José