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January 21, 2017

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1. A banana plantation in northern Laos. (File photo)
2. Dr Lahounh Chanthabout ( seated, first right ) and Mr Akihisa Tsuji ( seated, first left ) at the agreement signing ceremony.
3. An electricity station in Vientiane.

1. Bokeo plans to close 18 banana farms
Bokeo provincial authorities plan to suspend the operations of 18 companies who have invested in banana plantations after inspections revealed they were not complying with the regulations agreed to. . More >>>

2. Medicinal plant project takes root
Laos will benefit from the new “Value-Added Processing Technology for Local Medicinal Plants” project provided by the Japanese government to support the planting of traditional medicinal plants around the country.
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3. Govt hikes electricity rates for business, int'l organisations
The government has approved an increase in electricity rates for businesses and international organisations while the price of household power consumption will remain the same. . More >>>

Lao, Thai officials track down drug dealers
Lao and Thai officials are continuing their investigations into a drug trafficking ring after seven suspects were arrested in Thailand on Thursday.
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5. Laos, partners urge greater awareness of gender-based violence
Government officials and representatives of international organisations in Laos on Thursday attended a workshop on raising awareness of gender-based violence and the promotion of an initiative to prevent sexual violence. . More >>>


January 20 , 2017
- Japan supports empowerment of disabled people
The Japanese government has provided a grant of more than 1.34 billion kip (US$165,442) for a livelihoods support programme for people with intellectual disabilities in Laos. More >>>
- Ministry reviews progress of HIV project
Ministry of Health officials and personnel from around the country met yesterday in Vientiane to review the Building Capacity for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS/STI project for 2015-2016 and discuss plans for the year ahead. More >>>
- Year's first fire destroys Chanthabouly house
Vientiane's first fire of the year occurred at Thongtoum village in Chanthabouly district when a house burnt down on Wednesday evening, with an electrical short thought to have started the blaze. More >>>
- Lao Chevening scholars welcomed home, alumni group formed
British Ambassador to Laos, Hugh Evans on Tuesday welcomed back seven Lao Chevening scholars, returning from their Masters studies at prestigious British universities. More >>>

January 19, 2017
- Oudomxay to upgrade tourist attractions
Oudomxay provincial authorities this year plan to open new tourist attractions and improve infrastructure and visitor facilities at some existing sites while also providing more income-generating opportunities for local people. . More >>>
- German-Lao group gives boost to Luang Namtha teacher training college
The German-Lao Association for Development (GLAD) on Monday agreed to provide more than 1.1 billion kip (124,533 euro) to the Teacher Training College in Luang Namtha province. . More >>>
- Ministry of Health evaluates communicable disease control project
The Ministry of Health has reviewed progress of the Second Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project (CDC2) in Laos. . More >>>
- Better opportunities for unschooled children in Laos
Laos needs to increase opportunities for unschooled children in rural and remote areas in order to improve the overall quality of education in the country. . More >>>

January 18, 2017
- Autism association reports on project successes
The Association for Autism (AFA) held a joint press conference yesterday in Vientiane with their partners to review a successful healthcare project for Lao children affected by autism. More >>>
- Laos, US strengthen partnership
Lao and US senior officials have discussed a comprehensive partnership and stronger economic ties between the two nations during a US senior official's visit to Laos from January 16-17. More >>>
- New national library to offer full services next month
The new National Library of Laos expects to be fully up and running next month with modern facilities and larger spaces, providing readers with a better library experience. More >>>
- Lao Economic Daily anticipates bright future
The Lao Economic Daily newspaper run by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is improving its columns to attract more readers and upgrade the overall quality of the publication. More >>>

January 17, 2017
- Laos, Singapore partner in physiotherapy education
More people with disabilities will be able to enjoy a positive quality of life now that Singapore and Laos have joined forces to improve the physiotherapy education programme in Laos. . More >>>
- 51 people die in two weeks of accidents
Vi entiane has again topped the list of road accidents around the country over a two week period, with 66 recorded accidents and nine fatalities.
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- Over 1.2 tonnes of cannabis seized in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial police recently arrested five men and confiscated cannabis bricks weighing more than 1,200kg as well as two motorboats in Huaysied village, Pakxan district. . More >>>
- Medical team gives patients new vision in life
About 30 people in Oudomxay province who had problems with their eyelids have undergone corrective surgery performed by Thai and Lao specialists, and are now enjoying better vision.. More >>>

January 16, 2017
- Lao National Television open news service on YouTube
Lao National Television recently signed an agreement with Music Rights Management of Thailand Co., Ltd., to begin a news service on YouTube. More >>>
- Project boosts livelihood development in Xekong
The Ministry of Education and Sports and World Concern Laos will launch the Integrated Development Project to contribute to the overall economic development of Laos, and especially communities in Xekong province. More >>>
- Job fair highlights opportunities with Japanese companies
Students at the National University of Laos were able to get information about employment with Japanese companies at the Job Fair and Japanese New Year Festival last week. More >>>
- Changing times convert farming reservoir to tourist attraction
Alt hough a large lake on the outskirts of Kaysone Phomvihane district in Savannakhet province is proving very popular, local authorities have plans to further improve and develop the si te. More >>>

January 13, 2017
- Lao Food Festival announces this year's event
The Lao Businesswomen's Association will host the 12th Lao Food Festival from January 25-27, 2017, with the main exhibition set to be held at Chao Anouvong Park in Chanthabouly district. . More >>>
- Trade unions spread influence to private sector
Laos launched a new project at the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) on Thursday aiming to build capacity for the protection of workers' rights in the private sector. . More >>>
- Two dead, 30 injured in Xieng Khuang bus crash
One Lao and one French passenger died and 30 people sustained injuries when a bus collided with the rear end of a 12-wheel truck and overturned in Yordhuay village, Nonghet district, Xieng Khuang province, on Wednesday morning. . More >>>
- JICA welcomes new Japanese volunteers to Laos
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched eight new Japanese volunteers to Laos, aiming to support the Lao people in their efforts towards socio-economic and human resource development across the country. . More >>>

January 12, 2017
- Foreign investors lured by Oudomxay tourism treasures
Several natural sites in Oudomxay province are attracting the interest of foreign investors keen to develop new attractions to draw more domestic and overseas visitors, according to a provincial official. More >>>
- Tourism officials beef up on sustainable standards
A project supported by the Lao-German Development Cooperation is hosting a three-day training course on Global Sustainable Tourism Council Standards as a follow-up to a workshop held in Vangvieng last March, under the RELATED initiative. More >>>
- Indonesia gives token of friendship to disabled Lao women
Staff from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia's Women's Association Dharma Wanita Persatuan (DWP) on Tuesday visited the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre to make donations and share in friendly activities. More >>>
- School's Culture Day celebrates diversity
Eastern Star Bilingual School recently hosted its third annual Culture Day to celebrate cultural diversity, showcasing a variety of dances, cuisines, and art forms from countries all around the world. More >>>

January 11, 2017
- Water provider seeks funding for development
The Vientiane Water Supply Enterprise will look for sources of funding for its development projects after the government recently ordered it not to increase consumer water rates this year. More >>>
- Hadxaifong mulls closure of rowdy entertainment venues
Hadxaifong district authorities are considering closing places of entertainment near educational institutions in a bid to reduce noise and curb drug abuse and drinking. More >>>
- One dead, 18 injured after minivan falls over precipice
A girl died and 18 people were injured when a minivan ran off the road and rolled down a precipice in Phonthong district, Luang Prabang province, on Saturday . More >>>


Fuel prices rise for first time in 2017
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has announced a fuel price increase across the country beginning yesterday (January 20) after a rise in the price of fuel on the world market. More >>>


Laos' Lingling leaps to further entertainment success
Following on from her success as 2nd Runner-up of Miss International Queen 2014 popular transgender model, MsPiyadaInthavong (Lingling) has starred in the Thai pilot and TV series Miss Beauty and Talent Thailand Season 2 . . More >>>


Modest award-winning short story writer championing Lao literature
Mr Sengchan Soukkasem, whose short story Phieng Yang was awarded the Sinxay Literature Award in 2016, is determined to use his success to help promote Lao literature. . . More >>>

World news

Three die as car ‘deliberately' hits pedestrians in Australia
MELBOURNE (The Nation) -- Three people died and 20 more were hurt Friday when a car ploughed into pedestrians in the Australian city of Melbourne, but police said it was not a terror attack. ..., More >>>


Will the planned Vientiane highway help to ease congestion?
The Vientiane People's Council recently approved a proposal for the construction of a 14-km highway submitted by city authorities in a bid to ease traffic congestion..More >>>


Games celebrate Lao Army Day
Thousands of soldiers from departments and organisations under the Ministry of National Defence attended games at the Km5 stadium in Vientiane from January 9-19 to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Lao People's Army. More >>>


Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang
After seven years of preparations the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang opened to the public last month. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Borikhamxay closes in on development targets
Development and poverty eradication is the target of all officials nationwide and Borikhamxay is one of many provinces that are moving closer to this goal as living standards change for the better year by year. . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Xayaboury memorial honours unknown soldiers
A new memorial honouring the men and women who devoted their energies and in some cases sacrificed their lives in the defence of their country has been built in Mai village, Thongmixay district, Xayaboury province. ...More >>>


Rural teacher struggles to main standards
Being a teacher in a rural area is very important for the development of education but the job is not favoured by teachers, especially those who teach English, as they feel they will be unable to progress. . . . . . More >>>


Love your children, get them vaccinated
The National Centre for Maternal and Child Health's Expanded Programme of Immunisation under the Ministry of Health is providing free vaccines against measles, rubella and polio, to protect the health of children under nine and women aged 15-45. . . . More >>>


Skilled artisan shines in silverware trade
Making a silver bowl is not easy because the whole process takes a month, so if you don't really like it or you're not a patient person this is not the job for you. More >>>


Temples lead the way in creating green spaces
Planting trees in urban areas is very important because it creates green spaces and helps to preserve the natural environment amid large areas of concrete buildings. . . . More >>>

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