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


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


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


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


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...]

National Day brings sudden boom to travel industry


A four-day weekend means travel will be popular and keep the transportation sources busy during Vietnam's National Day. During the National Day holiday, Hanoi's My Dinh Bus Station expects to see an increase in the number of passengers traveling on shorter routes to Viet Tri City, Thai Nguyen City, Cam Pha Town, Cao Bang and Thanh Hoa provinces as well as longer routes such as Vinh City, Son La, Ha Giang and Dien Bien provinces. Nguyen Manh Tien, Manager of the My Dinh Bus Station said, … [Read more...]

Home-made explosives pose danger to community

A young man who lost his left hand in an explosion he caused  Photo: Tuoi Tre

There are many websites available that teach people how to make explosives at home, even though home-made dynamite has injured and disabled many people, a Tuoi Tre investigation has found. A young man who lost his left hand in an explosion he causedPhoto: Tuoi Tre >> 'Time bombs' in HCMC>> Directors weigh in on movie explosives>> Amateur videos of city explosions that killed ten>> Deadly blasts, killing 10, caused by movie props?>> 10 killed in home collapse … [Read more...]

Vietnam counter-terrorism police probe bus station blast


The Ministry of Public Security on Friday sent a counter-terrorism team to investigate an that injured three people at a bus station explosion in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho the day before. The main suspect, La Hoang Sang, 28, was detained by Can Tho police on Friday. Sang was one of the injured, the others being his girlfriend Duong Thi Thuy Trang, 19, and another passenger Tran Van Thanh, 27. Footage from security cameras at the bus terminal waiting room of Phuong Trang Bus … [Read more...]

Three people get burns in an explosion at bus station in Can Tho City


Three people got burns and panic-stricken hundreds of passengers rushed out of Phuong Trang bus station in Hung Vuong Street, Ninh Kieu District of the Mekong delta City of Can Tho on February 28 when an explosion occurred. La Ngoc Phu, Phuong Trang Company's director, said the company's camera recorded two passengers, a man and a woman, stepped into the waiting room with a bag. Suddenly, a blast took place causing burns to three people including two passengers and a friend of … [Read more...]

Nearly 3,000 rowers line up for Soc Trang boat race

Nearly 3,000 athletes from the southern province of Soc Trang and a number of neighbouring provinces have registered for the Ngo boat race taking place on November 5-6 alongside the 2014 Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum. The race brings together 40 men's teams and 12 women's teams to row 1,200m and 1,000m, respectively. Several events will be held on the sidelines of the forum to promote the culture of the local Khmer ethnic group, including flower offering and moon worshipping … [Read more...]

Agricultural restructuring heavily debated during NA sessions


Fishermen carry a tuna from a fishing boat to Binh Chau port, Binh Son district, Quang Ngai province (Photo: VNA) Agricultural restructuring was one of the most hotly discussed topics during the plenary sessions on October 30-31 of the ongoing eighth session of the National Assembly. According to Dinh Thi Phuong Khanh, a representative from the Mekong Delta province of Long An, connections between farmers, and between farmers and businesses have been poor. She suggested more effective … [Read more...]

Southern national park named Vietnam’s sixth Ramsar site


A national park in southern Vietnam will receive a certificate of recognition as the Southeast Asian country's sixth Ramsar site on Saturday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Tuesday on its website. Con Dao National Park, located in the Con Dao archipelago administered by the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, will become the world's 2,203rd Ramsar site upon the official recognition, the ministry said. It includes a part of the archipelago and the surrounding … [Read more...]

Int’l forum offers recommendations on climate-change adaptation


VietNamNet Bridge - After three days of discussion, the international forum on building resilience to climate change impacts in coastal Southeast Asia, held by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Cambodia, released a declaration with 39 recommendations for the governments of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. More than 200 representatives of Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia confirmed climate change impacts are happening and committed to work more strategically to adopt the … [Read more...]

Nationwide seminar on intellectual property

The Hanoitimes - More than 300 delegates from universities and businesses nationwide on October 30 gathered in the southern province of Bac Lieu at an intellectual property seminar. According to the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP), in the context of international integration, 4,125 inventors have filed for intellectual property protection since 1988.However, several local businesses encountered substantial difficulties in protecting their intellectual property rights … [Read more...]

Can Tho expands industrial parks

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho plans to expand and upgrade a number of industrial parks, Head of the Management Board of Can Tho Industrial Park Vo Thanh Hung said on October 30. The master plan aims to increase the locality's total industrial area to 2.267ha and pave the way for Can Tho to become an industrial hub in the Mekong Delta region by 2025. Thanks to the city's efforts to implement a number of special policies on administrative procedures, preferential credit, and human resources … [Read more...]

Social News 31/10

Ventilator donated to City hospital The New Zealand-based Julie Ferne Memorial Trust donated a Newport e360 ventilator to the Children Hospital 2 in HCM City yesterday, making it the first medical equipment donation made by the Trust to the hospital. The Preston family partnered with VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) to procure the ventilator and to ensure that the equipment will be used and maintained properly. Since 2012, the Julie Ferne Memorial Trust has raised funds from around the world to … [Read more...]

Vietnam urged to protect Intellectual Property

Vietnam needs to pay attention to the protection of intellectual property (IP) on the domestic market since this is a crucial feature of a market economy and international integration. The issue was highlighted at a national conference on Intellectual Property in the Mekong Delta province Bac Lieu on October 30. The function was attended by 300 delegates from a number of institutes, universities, and businesses. A National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) report under the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Phu Quoc Airport up for sale

A Jetstar Pacific aircraft is seen at Phu Quoc Airport - PHOTO: ANH QUAN

Le Anh In fact, the Ministry of Transport is considering transferring several airports to other investors, and Phu Quoc Airport off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will likely be the first to change hands. … [Read more...]