June 23, 2018

Yoga practitioners flock to That Luang, Luang Prabang

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- Barriers come down in proposals to boost tourism
Officials have proposed suggestions to the government for the removal of various barriers facing the tourism sector in a bid to boost visitor arrivals in Laos.
The proposal follows on from advice offered by the Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism at a recent annual meeting held in the capital.... More >>>

- Plans to end asbestos-use,  related disease nationwide
Laos plans to put an end to asbestos-related diseases among workers by banning the use of the material to stop exposure, according to a leading official.
Speaking to local media on Wednesday, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng said nations around the world including Asean member countries must stop the use of asbestos as a construction material.    ... More >>>

- Marriage law amendments ease processes for foreigners, citizens
Amendments to the Law on Family Registration passed by the National Assembly (NA) recently will ease and regulate marriage between Lao and foreign nationals as well as family registration affairs in general.
Presenting the drafted law to the ongoing 5th ordinary session of the NA’s 8th legislature, Minister of Home Affairs, Khammanh Sounvileuth said the existing law promulgated since 2009 was not comprehensive and insufficiently clear.... More >>>

- Yoga practitioners flock to That Luang, Luang Prabang
Vientiane residents joined people abroad in practising yoga to improve their health and mental abilities for the occasion of the 4th International Yoga Day.
The Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Boualane Silipanya, and the Ambassador of India to Laos, Mr Ravi Shankar Aisola, on Thursday joined people who practised yoga and inhaled deeply to relax...More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia
Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13....More >>>

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- New project to boost HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment 
Laos launched a new health project at Sethathirath Hospital in Vientiane yesterday aiming to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS including among foreigners and migrant workers in the country. For several years, the nation has implemented projects to address HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment but these have not included the two at-risk groups...More >>>

- US soldiers remains repatriated
The government has continued to work with US counterparts to recover, identify and repatriate the remains of deceased US personnel long-missing in Laos. Since the Indochina War (1964 to 1975), a total of 282 personnel declared missing in action (MIA) have been located, identified and returned to the US with a further 291 outstanding. ..More >>>

- Ancient king’s image set for immortalisation in Attapeu statue
Construction of a monument to King Chao Xayasetthathirath was launched with a stone laying ceremony bringing authorities, local people and the private sector to Xaysettha district of Attapeu province yesterday. Chao Xayasetthathirath is considered by many to be a historical king with intelligence and high capability in the administration of military and political affairs, ruling intelligently to.. More >>>

- Vientiane’s Sang Sinxay Festival preserving local culture through verse
Authorities will stage colourful activities during this month’s Sang Sinxay Festival in Vientiane to preserve Lao culture and art, especially poetry dating back more than 400 years. The second Sang Sinxay Festival will be held on June 30 from 8am-4pm at the Lao-Japan Budo Centre featuring many activities including Sinxay poetry reading and painting contests, as well as stalls selling books operated.. More >>>


Yoga practise remains valuable tool to increase physical activity, avoid noncommunicable diseases
Routine physical activity is central to leading a  long and healthy life. Among other benefits, adequate physical activity improves muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness, enhances bone health, helps prevent depression and promotes mental health.. . .. More >>>


The Mekong: the heart of a rewarding lifestyle
The Mekong River is the source of many good things that help people through their daily lives. It lowers their cost of living by providing them with fertile soil in which to grow vegetables and enables them to make money by selling their crops and the fish they catch.... More >>>


Xayaboury singer dreams big on stage, in business
A verve for vocalisation led a local boy from Xayaboury province to the city to achieve his dream of becoming a famous singer in Vientiane. .. . . .


Khaen playing back in fashion  
Back in 1975, learning to play the khaen was not very popular among students at the National School of Performing Arts in Vientiane. It seemed that the tradition would die out and that young people were ready for change, preferring to forget the habits of their elders... More >>>


Aquatic resources management project improving local livelihoods in Siphandone
Siphandone, in southern Laos, also known as the 4000 Islands, is a huge area of the mighty Mekong River that flows out into many channels, creating numerous islets and rapids. It’s also an area with an abundance of fish.  .. More >>>


Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Ice-cream refreshes life of young entrepreneur

Making ice-cream has helped Mr Anan Thongsavath to earn at least 1.6 million kip a day, resulting in his family becoming a model household in Phonphanao village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane... . More >>>


Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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Shilin Stone Forest’s captivating landscape ready to amaze visitors to China’s Yunnan
Shilin Stone Forest about 90 km from Kunming city, Yunnan province of China is a leading natural tourism site of the region attracting more than 30,000 visitors every day. . .. More >>>


Nation facing structural challenges despite robust economic growth
Laos is still grappling with several challenges and pending issues impeding macroeconomic development despite robust expansion of the country’s economy when compared to regional peers. .. More >>>


Lao model shows off poise, judgment at pageant abroad
Miss International Laos 2017, Phounesup Phonnyotha, said she appreciated being chosen as one of the judges of Mister National Universe 2018 held in HuaHin, Thailand. ...More >>>


Ancient traditions flourish in Bokeo
Although small and landlocked, Laos is full of strong traditions and customs that are regularly practised among its 49 ethnic groups....More >>>

World news

Trans-Siberian Railway to Busan mooted as Moon arrives in Russia
(The Korea Herald) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, following the two countries’ pledge to improve bilateral ties on economic. ...More >>>


Do officials need to increase checks of imported farm products at border crossings?
Businesses and those in involved in agriculture have urged the authorities to make closer checks of imported farm products, as they are considered an obstacle to attracting investment in and growth of the sector.
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What are your impressions on participating in the first Mekong media training?
The first training for media from Mekong countries was held in Yunnan province, China from June 11-19 hosted by Yunnan Daily Press Group. It included lectures on international cooperation and communication.
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Vovinam hopes high for next month’s Myanmar championship
The Lao team is quietly confident of bagging gold medals from both men’s and women’s events at the 5th Asean Vovinam Championship to be hosted by Myanmar from July 27-30...More >>>

Dining Out

Top of the range restaurant offers one-stop taste of Indochina in Vientiane
Located in the heart of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Laos has diverse tourist attractions such as the world heritage town of Luang Prabang and the beautiful city of Vientiane, while the landlocked country also offers a variety of international cuisines.. . . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... . More >>>

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