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July 25, 2016

Vientiane province pursues development of Nam Ngum as visitor attraction

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1. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith ( sixth left ) joins a group photo at the opening ceremony of the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Vientiane on Sunday along with other Asean leaders. --Photo Khamphan
2. Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher.

1. Lao PM calls for Asean nations to remain united
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for Asean nations to remain united, play a stronger role within the region, and stay true to Asean's principles. . . More >>>

Govt approves legislation to serve development needs
The government has in principle approved four laws, two decrees and other policies to streamline its administrative system and boost socio-economic development. . . More >>>

Asean members, development partners assess progress
The Senior Officials' Meeting of Mekong Countries and Development Partners Cooperation took place in Vientiane on Saturday to review the progress made in the implementation of projects and programmes under each cooperation framework over the previous year. . More >>>

Topical issues highlighted by foreign media at AMM
Economic affairs, terrorism, climate change and security are among the topics being highlighted by foreign media as they are discussed by Asean foreign ministers and their dialogue partner counterparts at meetings taking place in Laos. . More >>>

5. Vientiane province pursues development of Nam Ngum as visitor attraction
Authorities in Vientiane province are going ahead with their plan to develop the Nam Ngum 1 dam reservoir as a tourist destination, while still seeking funding for the project. . . More >>>


July 25, 2016
- Three killed in Vientiane road accidents last week
Three people died in road accidents in the capital last week, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department. More >>>
- Comply with the rules or face closure, nightclubs warned
Vientiane authorities are planning strict management of entertainment venues and beer shops in the capital to curb the harmful effects on society. More >>>
- City lacks budget to build concrete roads
There are no plans to upgrade more roads in the capital from asphalt to concrete because of a lack of funds, according to an official. More >>>
- Small trucks carrying sand and soil permitted in city centre
Vientiane authorities have agreed that small trucks carrying sand and soil for construction projects can operate throughout the rainy season, while larger trucks will be banned from using roads in the city centre. More >>>

July 22, 2016
- Downpours in China won't affect Laos, weathermen say
The heavy rain that is currently causing widespread flooding in parts of China will not be coming to Laos any time soon, according to forecasters.More >>>
- Setthathirath Hospital to continue free-treatment policy
Vientiane's Setthathirath Hospital plans to continue its free-treatment policy for low income patients, despite struggling to finance the scheme. More >>>
- Assembly members beef up on economic issues
Members of the National Assembly and the People's Provincial Assemblies have learnt more about economic issues so they can better support and monitor work being undertaken by the government. More >>>
- Laos-Japan association extends support for rural students
The Kumamoto-Laos Friendship Association on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to assisting the education of Lao children. More >>>

July 21 , 2016
- Top students depart for US to attend MOSWC
Three talented young students from Laos will depart for the United States of America next month to represent Laos in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC), which will be held in Orlando, Florida from August 7-10, 2016. . . More >>>
- State Auditing Organisation instructs southern provinces' operations
President of the State Auditing Organisation, DrViengthongSiphandone and senior officials visited two southern provinces last week to encourage and guide their operations in the year ahead. . . More >>>
- That Luang market traders shown the door
Some 500 stallholders at the makeshift That Luang market in Xaysettha district need to look for a new location to sell their wares before August 23 as the site has been earmarked for development. . . More >>>
Champassak battles drug abuse, trafficking
Champassak provincial authorities are pursuing a drug awareness campaign in at-risk schools and villages to help prevent the trafficking of illegal drugs. . . More >>>

July 20 , 2016
- Luang Namtha people to access health insurance
Luang Namtha province will soon begin to launch a health insurance fund in order to enable government officials and company workers in the province to access health insurance services. More >>>
- Workers unaware of rights: labour chief
Lao workers and the heads of labour associations must be better informed about their rights when it comes to negotiating working conditions. More >>>
- Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
Yesterday was Buddhist Lent festival day and Lao people welcomed and celebrated this important event nationwide by giving alms and presenting offerings at their local temples. More >>>
- Savannakhet counts the cost in wake of storm
Four houses, 48 trees and more than 70 electricity poles along Road No. B9 in Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province, were damaged during a storm that lashed the area on Monday evening. More >>>

July 19 , 2016
- KOICA extends support for rural development
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to support Laos in various sectors, especially the development of rural communities across the country. . More >>>
- Malaysia, Laos mark 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations
A group of 40 students and 10 lecturers from the Malaysia's Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) have undertaken a 6-day capacity-building project in Vientiane. . More >>>
- Donors support third phase of Poverty Reduction Fund programme
Donors to the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) including the Word Bank and the Australian government are planning a third phase of projects after recently inspecting development initiatives in Luang Prabang province.
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July 18, 2016
- Lao Front informs Buddhist body of Party Congress highlights
The Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) has explained the outcomes of the 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the 10th Congress of the LFNC to monks and novices. More >>>
- Opening of Vientiane radio, TV station on hold
The Vientiane Department of Information, Culture and Tourism is reviewing plans to open a new television station in the capital because a shortage of qualified personnel and funding has put the project on hold. More >>>
- New cement plant passe s emissions test
The massive new Vangvieng Cement Plant No. 3 in Vientiane province has passed a test to detect particle emission and ensure the plant does not pollute the surrounding countryside. More >>>
- Nationwide road accidents claim over 90 lives in June
Over 90 people were killed in road accidents around the country in June according to the latest report from the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>

July 15, 2016
- Government drafts decree on data and information centre
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications on Wednesday discussed a draft decree on a data and information centre to improve the provision of such services in Laos. More >>>
- Provinces suggest need to regulate Chinese satellite dish shops
Several provinces asked the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism this week to create regulations to regulate Chinese-owned shops selling satellite dishes. More >>>
- Vocational training gives boost to job seekers
A large number of lower and upper secondary school students are now interested in taking vocational training programmes since the Ministry of Education and Sports launched a pilot scheme to boost enrolment. More >>>
- Private schools get approval to increase charges for extra classes
Privately owned primary schools can increase the fees for the extra classes they run during the school holidays, a governing body has confirmed. More >>>

July 14, 2016
- Communities give back to nature by replenishing fish stocks
Communities across the country yesterday marked National Fish Releasing and Conservation of Aquatic and Wildlife Day by adding fish to natural waterways to replenish stocks. . More >>>
- Dengue death toll rises to nine
The Ministry of Health has called on the public to clean up around their communities by removing or emptying containers that can harbour mosquito larvae in a bid to lessen the incidence of dengue fever.
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- Lao TV a hit with ethnic viewers in Xekong
While some debate the qualities of local television, the people of Xekong province have taken a liking to Lao TV according to representatives of the television station, speaking at a meeting in Vientiane on Tuesday.
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- Telecom staff get lessons in fibre technology
Korean companies are helping Lao officials to develop their skills in information and communication technology during a seminar taking place in Vientiane. . More >>>


- Asean meeting promotes region to the world
Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
PM pushes for greater connectivity between Asia, Europe
Communities give back to nature by replenishing fish stocks
PM asks media, ministry
to work harder
Concerns rise over locust invasion
Investing in adolescent girls seen as key to sustainable development
Asean journalists vow
to build closer ties
Strong laws pave way for development: minister
US to expand cooperation with Laos, increase UXO financing
Japan gives boost to human resource development in Laos
Governance workshop mulls sustainable development goals
Vat Pa Pha Bard enshrines the peace of Buddhism

Thailand remains main export market for Saravan
The value of goods exported by Saravan province has been in positive territory this fiscal year, with Thailand still the main export market for the province, a senior official reported. . . More >>>


Popular band faces customer shortage in rainy season
Members of the band SisavathElecthone are taking a break due to a lack of demand during the rainy season when fewer people are hosting parties. . . More >>>


Savannakhet's famous Xeno grilled chicken now in Vientiane
Vientiane residents don't need to travel to the Xeno area of Savannakhet province to buy the famous grilled chicken since a new restaurant opened in Vientiane last month. . . More >>>

World news

Kabul sees deadliest attack since 2001, IS claims responsibility
KABUL (Xinhua) -- At least 80 people were killed and more than 200 others wounded in a twin blast targeting a mass protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday, the deadliest attack Kabul has ever seen since 2001. . . More >>>


How should illegal loggers be penalised?

A lot of illegal logging has been uncovered and many traders have been arrested since the government banned the export of unprocessed wood. . . .More >>>


Toyota FC closing in on top league ranking
The second leg of the 2016 Lao Premier League, which began this week, saw Lao Toyota FC put in a strong bid to regain the top ranking. . More >>>


Naypyitaw: make it your next holiday destination
My journey to Naypyitaw, the new capital of Myanmar, took me 12 hours as I moved through five cities: Vientiane, Bangkok, Yangon and Mandalay, before finally arriving in Naypyitaw.. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Saravan family's chicken feasts put food on everyone's table
Selling grilled chicken is helping a Saravan family to make a good income, which appears to be increasing as the popularity of this succulent dish spreads. . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Monks intensify devotions during Buddhist Lent
Monks and novices have to stay in their temples to strictly practice all their routines and principles throughout the three months of Buddhist Lent, which begins today. . . More >>>


Winning NUOL student to compete in IT contest in America
Mr Panyapaseuth Xayavong, 19, a first year engineering student at the National University of Laos, has won first place at the Microsoft Office World Competition 2016. .More >>>


Sharing a glass may increase risk of hepatitis A
There has been an outbreak of hepatitis A in Xieng Khuang province, with large numbers of people falling ill. The risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with unclean water and poor sanitation and hygiene. . .. More >>>


Designer contest winner sets sights on global fashion industry
The winner of this year's Young Lao Designer competition, Viseth Sitthilath, expects to be an important fashion designer one day, using his own brand to promote the Lao fashion industry on a world stage. . . . More >>>


Centuries-old Lee fish traps now a thing of the past
Centuries-old Lee traps, or basket-type fish traps fashioned out of wood and bamboo, which have been used by southern fisherman for hundreds of years, are in the process of being removed. . . More >>>

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