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October 27, 2016

Improving the coordination of nutrition

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1. Lao Prime Minister ThonglounSisoulith ( first left ) at the ACMECS 7 Summit.
MrSavankhoneRazmountry shares views to revise the government's proposed plan.

1. Mekong countries discuss measures to boost region's development
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Leaders of the five Mekong countries discussed measures to promote cooperation and make the region more dynamic and competitive at the two summits that convened in Hanoi yesterday.
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Assembly outlines plans for govt to spur growth, revenue collection
National Assembly (NA) members have called on the government to improve public services, cut lavish spending and plug revenue leaks in an attempt to boost growth and revenue collection. . . More >>>

NA hotline helps public air concerns
The National Assembly (NA)'s telephone hotline has allowed the public to raise concerns, including the misconduct of government officials, which reaches high level leaders and concerned sectors. . . More >>>

4. Govt seeks to increase bank deposits to 84 percent of GDP
The government has announced its intention to increase deposits in commercial banks to 84 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020, up from the 57 percent expected in 2016, in a bid to meet growing development needs. . . More >>>

Improving the coordination of nutrition
Laos needs to increase understanding of the advice of nutritional experts as well as improve coordination with related centres operating in the nutrition sector in order to see improved results in the field. . . More >>>

6. Rice production yet to meet target
Outbreaks of pests, flooding disasters along with chilly weather that occurred early this year have been cited as the main causes why rice production in Laos has not met its target. . . More >>>


October 27 , 2016
- Lao, French medics to provide free treatment in XiengKhuang
A medical team from the Lao-French Medical Association is advising people with cleft lips and palates, and people who have problems with their ears and mouth, diabetes or heart disease, to register for free surgery and treatment at the provincial hospital in XiengKhuang province.
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- Regional roundtable backs call for moderation as an Asean value
Sharing ideas with all stakeholders on the local nuances of moderation was the main issue yesterday when Asean representatives, government officials, academics and diplomats convened in Vientiane. . More >>>
- More investment needed for the future of adolescent girls
Laos needs to invest more in adolescent girls, specifically in their education and sexual and reproductive health, particularly in regards to reducing early marriages and pregnancies among young people.
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- Korean experts share techniques in water resources management
The Ministry of Energy and Mines is partnering with K-water and the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to organise the Lao Water Resources Academy seminar as part of a corporate social responsibility programme developed by KOTRA and other Korean companies.
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October 26, 2016
- UK-Asean conference highlights value of innovation
Higher education is the main driver in a knowledge-based economy and universities play a major role in creating a skilled labour force capable of using effective modern communication technologies and results from research. More >>>
- Doctors hail success in treatment of breast cancer
Laos has seen success in the treatment of women with breast cancer this year, using a new method called neutrino-medicine, raising hopes of reducing the high mortality rate from this disease. More >>>
- Experts voice support for health sector reform
The recent review of the National Health Sector Reform Phase II (2016-2020) has received overwhelming interest and response from development partners. More >>>
- One-stop service to speed up border crossings
Lao and Thai officials are holding discussions on starting a “one door, one stop” service at the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Savannakhet province and Mukdahan province in Thailand. More >>>
- Asean countries prepare for community statistics meeting
The Lao government and other Asean countries are preparing for the Sixth Session of the Asean Community Statistical System (ACSS) Committee, which will be held in Vientiane from November 1-3. More >>>

October 25 , 2016
- Three fires engulf properties in Vientiane
Three fires occurred in the capital from October 17-23, causing over 890 million kip in damage, according to the Vientiane Prevention and Protection Police Department. . More >>>
- Govt, civil society consult on environmental impact assessments
Representatives from government and civil society met yesterday to provide feedback on draft regional guidelines for effective public participation in environmental impact assessment processes, to ensure these processes involve communities. . More >>>
- Four die after bus falls over precipice in Luang Prabang
Two Lao and two Chinese passengers died when a Chinese bus ran off the road and fell down a precipice in Nameuang village, Nan district, Luang Prabang province on Sunday night. . More >>>
- Lao Front strengthens working methods
The Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) needs continuous improvement despite good achievements in past months, including improvements to various regulations to bring them up to date with changing circumstances. . More >>>
Indochina Bank assists disabled students in Vientiane province
Indochina Bank has initiated a community assistance project for disabled and underprivileged students in Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province.
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October 24, 2016
- Footbridges replaced in Luang Prabang to allow river crossings
Local authorities and residents have built temporary wooden footbridges after the previous structures collapsed at the end of last month in Viengkham district, Luang Prabang province. More >>>
- Police arrest hit-and-run driver
The Vientiane Traffic Police Department recently arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving a motorbike in Khounta village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane. More >>>
- Traffic police record higher accident rate in October
According to the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security, 331 road accidents occurred across the country from October 3-16 resulting in 38 fatalities. More >>>
- Project seeks to improve hygiene, nutrition in 40 villages
Children living in villages where community members defecate in the open or use unhygienic sanitation facilities are on average 1.1 cm shorter than those living in villages where everybody uses improved sanitation. More >>>

October 21, 2016
- Asean to strengthen partnerships for enhanced connectivity
Asean representatives gathered for the 7th Asean Connectivity Symposium in Vientiane yesterday to engage stakeholders in realising the Master Plan on Asean Connectivity 2025. More >>>
- Infectious diseases the main health issue among under-fives
Infectious diseases are the main cause of illness and death among children under the age of five treated at the Children's Hospital in Vientiane. More >>>
- Vientiane to inspect drinking water plants
Vientiane authorities have recently announced inspections on drinking water plants in and around the capital to check on hygiene and net volume to ensure safety and fairness for consumers. More >>>
- Ministry, Betagro join forces to promote livestock breeding
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with Betagro (Lao) Sole Co., Ltd. is giving advice to farmers across Laos on livestock breeding. More >>>

October 20 , 2016
- Electric buses all set for city pilot scheme
Electrically powered buses will take to the streets of downtown Vientiane later this month to encourage more people to use public transport and reduce traffic congestion in the city centre. . . More >>>
- Deputy PM calls for stronger environmental protection
The Environment Protection Fund (EPF) has to be reformed as a stronger permanent government organisation so it can continuously and effectively implement its function. . . More >>>
- Ten crimes reported during boat racing festival
A total of 10 crimes were reported to the Vientiane Public Security Headquarters during this year's boat racing festival with pickpocketing being the most common misdemeanour. . . More >>>
- First GI Week to launch in Vientiane
The FAO to Laos and the Ministry of Science and Technology held a joint press conference on Tuesday to announce the launching of the first Geographical Indications (GI) Week in Laos. . . More >>>


Lao handicraft association optimistic of future
Lao handicraft products can look forward to continued expansion of their markets through improving designs and better quality, according to the head of the sector's. . .More >>>


Tokyo Int'nal Film Festival opens with red carpet launch
The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has opened with Japanese and foreign celebrities walking the red carpet on Tuesday in front of a large . . .More >>>


China's imitation sinh threaten Lao weavers
Hundreds of years of traditional weaving in Laos is being threatened by imported imitation silk skirts ( sinh ) produced in China. . More >>>

World news

Steps taken to ‘speed up' corrupt fugitives' return from US
CHINA (China Daily, ANN) -- Chinese and US judicial authorities have been speeding up negotiations on returning five most-wanted corrupt Chinese officials, who are still on. . . .More >>>


Do we need more shopping malls in Vientiane?
Vientiane is become more and more developed and there are many big buildings springing up, including a lot of shopping centres. But Vientiane is quite a small city and most people don't have much purchasing power. Vientiane Times asked some local residents if they . . . More >>>


Savannakhet volleyballers look forward to school games next year
Sav annakhet provincial men's and women's student volleyball teams will begin to train regularly at an indoor stadium and live-in accommodation until traveling to. . . More >>>


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum still drawing the crowds
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi continues to attract large numbers of tourists who come to learn about the life and work of the late President Ho Chi Minh, who is the. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Enterprising farming family sows seeds of prosperity
Growing rice was not enough to sustain Mrs Boupha Minaxay and her family so they decided to grow more crops and raise animals as well, which set them on the road out of poverty. . . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

That Luang renovation restores iconic national treasure
The fourth restoration of Vientiane's Pha That Luang, which began early last month, aims to preserve this national and cultural icon. More >>>


Teenage judo star dreams of 2020 Olympic Games
Laos' top female judo fighter in the 63kg open level, Ms Somsoudalath Venevankham, aged 18, has her eyes set on competing at the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. . . More >>>


Ministry recommends preventive measures against Zika
Recent increases in the number of Zika cases in the region and at least two confirmed Zika-linked microcephaly cases in Thailand have raised concerns in Laos and the Ministry of Health is strongly recommending certain preventive measures. Fortunately, hundreds of people have been tested and no cases have been detected in Laos. . . . ... . . More >>>


Mung Kha La to promote Lao dishes to local eaters
Delicious, clean and polite is how you would describe the dining experience served by Mung Kha La, a popular catering service based out of Houay Hon g village. . . 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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