groups of My Son relics under preservation
Preservation work began at My Son World Heritage
Site on Thursday in Central Quang Nam province with a fund of
US$812,000 from the Italian government.
Under the two-year project, Quang Namís Relic
preservation Centre and archaeology experts from UNESCO will focus
on the preservation of the so-called G tower group, including G1,
G2, G3, and G4 towers. They will also help Vietnam apply
international standards in preserving and promoting the cultural
values of the site.
The My Son relic was built from the fourth to the
13th century in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district,
Quang Nam province. Under the combined impacts of nature, the
environment, and wars, the site has been seriously damaged,
particularly the G tower group.
Vietnamese scientist awarded top US IT prize
Vietnamese scientist Doan An Hai has been warded
the Best Doctoral Thesis title of Information Technology sector in
2003 by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr Hai, who is now teaching at the Computer Science
Department of Illinois in the United States, is the first Vietnamese
to win the honour. He was also presented the Career by the US
Science Association. The most honourable IT prize is presented to
some 300 outstanding professors in the US each year.
Hai is the
only Vietnamese IT lecturer teaching at US leading universities.
Laos photo exhibition
opens in Hanoi
An exhibition of photos of the Lao army opened at
the Military Historical Museum in Hanoi on Thursday to mark the
55th anniversary of the Lao People's Army (Jan. 20).
The photos showcase the history of the Lao People's
Army and the special friendship, solidarity and cooperation between
the two peoples and armies in the past resistance wars and in the
present period of national construction and defence.
Present at the opening ceremony were General Chu
Huy Man, Major General Pham Hong Thanh, and other senior officers of
the Vietnam People's Army.
Army art troupe
honoured with Lao Order
The art troupe of the Vietnam People's Army was
presented with the "Military Exploit Order" of Laos at a ceremony in
Vientiane on Thursday.
The art troupe has been on a performance tour of
Laos to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Lao
People's Army (Jan. 20).
Major General Chansamon Channhalat, Chief of the
General Political Department of the Lao People's Army, appreciated
the art troupe's performance programme, which praised the special
friendship, solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the
two countries and armies.
The troupe's performances won high appraisal from
the Lao people and soldiers in Vientiane city, Vientiane province
and a number of military units.
bank put into operation
A data bank on Vietnam's folk music and traditional
performing arts came online on Thursday, in a move to preserve
cultural value and national character.
Designed by the Musical Research Institute, the
facility is considered to be of regional calibre. It will be
advertised worldwide in the near future.
The cultural bank is composed of three parts. The
first part features folk music and traditional performing arts. The
second part is a wide selection of musical recordings, other sounds
and images of art performances. The third is an assemblage of
documents, video footage and photographs of Vietnam's traditional
music and performing arts. All documents are written in both
Vietnamese and English