Homemade explosives easy to buy, but take heavy toll in Vietnam

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A young Ho Chi Minh City man has not attempted to create explosives since losing his left hand when an unintended explosion took place on February 3. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre Explosives are as easy to buy in Vietnam as meat, and playing with them as if they were toys has become a trend among the youths, some of whom were victims of accidents last month. The price for playing with explosives often comes in blood and bone. Vietnamese laws only allow fully state-owned companies to become … [Read more...]

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Serious traffic accident kills three, injures many

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In a serious traffic accident at 7.45am this morning, August 22, three people were killed and several others injured when a truck rammed into a 50-seater passenger bus on the Da Lat-Nha Trang Route in Sar Commune of Lac Duong District in Lam Dong Province. According to initial information, a 50-seater bus belonging to the Phuong Trang Transport Company traveling from Dalat to Nha Trang was hit by a sand truck, which was coming from the opposite direction. Among the three killed was one … [Read more...]

Activities launched to support students during entrance exams

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The Student Support Center in Ho Chi Minh City has announced that the program Tiep Suc Mua Thi (Support Students in University Entrance Exam) which was launched by the Vietnam Students' Association will resume from June 3 till the end of the exams. Under the program, students' associations, students support centers and youth unions of 40 universities and colleges in the city will offer free meals, bus tickets, maps and free or inexpensive lodgings to candidates and their relatives. Quach … [Read more...]

Transport firms on road to higher fares

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Scores of Ho Chi Minh City-based transport firms are weighing up hiking fares on the back of escalating fuel costs. illustration photo The recent fuel price surge on March 29 made a number of transport firms mull plans to hike fares. Accordingly, a litre of petrol jumped 10 per cent to VND21,300 ($1.02) from VND19,300, while a litre of diesel rose from VND18,300 to VND21,000. The increase followed an 18 per cent hike on February 24. Ho Chi Minh City Union of Transport Cooperatives … [Read more...]

Nation sets off for national holidays

With all public and private offices closed for four days on national holidays, tens of thousands of residents in big cities are preparing to come back hometown or flock to tourist hotpots, causing a dearth of bus, airplane and train tickets. Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City 's district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents … [Read more...]

Nation hits the road for national holidays

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City 's district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day. With all public and private offices closed for four days, she was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so búy well in advance. Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of … [Read more...]

Quality coaches for Tet deficient

HCMC - Most transport companies in HCMC and other provinces announced on Monday that deluxe coach service for the Lunar New Year holidays, or Tet, has been sold out. As observed by the Daily on Monday at Mien Dong Coach Station in Binh Thanh District in eastern HCMC, most ticket agents shook their heads when passengers asked for tickets to their central and northern provinces. The hustle to buy deluxe class tickets at the Mien Dong Coach Station - Photo: Quoc Hung Tet falls on January 26 and … [Read more...]