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August 24, 2016

Risk of dengue in Xayaboury on the rise ## Government discusses draft national land policy

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1. Capital markets offer a better way to make profits.
2. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department expects the Mekong level in Vientiane to decrease today after seeing a decrease overnight yesterday.

1. Lao Securities issues warning on dubious financing companies
The Lao Securities Commission Office is advising people considering making deposits with financial institutions to make a careful assessment before going ahead. More >>>

2. Mekong water levels remain at safe heights
Mekong water levels in central and southern provinces are still lower than warning levels despite heavy rain that struck the region this month. More >>>

3. Over 300 business people, academia to attend ABIS 2016
More than 300 business people, academia, and speakers from institutes in and out of Asean are expected to attend the Asean Business and Investment Summit 2016 (ABIS 2016) next month. More >>>

4. Officials vow food safety for summits' guests
Health officials have intensified inspections to ensure hygienic foods are served to thousands of delegates and media personnel planning to attend the Asean Summit and its related summits to be held in Vientiane early next month. More >>>

Laos, Vietnam jointly boost sports
The Lao Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam have agreed to exchange and boost their young sportsmen and women so that they are more competitive at the regional and international levels. More >>>

Vientiane-Xekong bus crash kills three
A Vientiane-Xekong bus lost control and rolled onto its roof in Xonephak village, Xanasomboun district, Champassak province, killing three passengers. More >>>


August 24, 2016
- Government discusses draft national land policy
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has held discussions to research and improve the draft national land policy as well as the plan for agricultural land use in Laos. More >>>
- Pertussis cases reported in XiengKhuang and Borikhamxay
Some pertussis cases reported in Nonghet district of XiengKhuang province in July and in Viengthong district of Borikhamxay province over the last two weeks are now under control. More >>>
- Risk of dengue in Xayaboury on the rise
It's now a major concern that people in Xayaboury may be at more risk of dengue fever due to flooding in the province after continued flooding in many northern areas of the country. More >>>
- Lao confers friendship medal to Xinhua Vientiane news chief
The Lao government handed over a friendship medal to Xinhua News Agency's Vientiane Bureau Chief on Monday night who is completing his term of service of international news coverage in Laos. More >>>

August 23 , 2016
- Mechanised UXO clearance underway in XiengKhuang
Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) has commenced the Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance project in XiengKhuang province which aims to accelerate the disposal of cluster submunitions in the country.
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- Department warns of possible Mekong flooding
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Meteorology and Hydrology Department has warned people of the possibility of flooding after the rapid rise of water levels in the Mekong River. . . More >>>
- Fires engulf apartment building, factory in Vientiane over weekend
A major fire occurred in Vientiane last weekend resulting in damages of over 400 million kip according to the Vientiane Prevention and Protection Police Department. Fortunately no one was injured in the blaze.
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- Lao media personnel complete writing course in Vietnam
A total of 42 Lao media personnel completed a follow-up course regarding writing skills on economic, political, and social target programmes in Vietnam last week. . . More >>>

August 22, 2016
- Tobacco control workshop mulls sustainable funding
Representatives from the media, Hygiene and Health Promotion Department, Mass Media Department, World Health Organisation in Laos met last week to discuss ways to sustain the Tobacco Control Fund.
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- Polio prevention sees good results
Laos has achieved good results in its vaccinaiton campaign for polio prevention in all targeted provinces this year but there are still challenges and lessons which can be learned to improve coverage in the next round. More >>>
- Central regions tourism festival to be held in Vangvieng
A central regions tourism promotion festival will be held in Vientiane province from D ecember 10-16 with the aim of attracting larger numbers of local and foreign tourists. More >>>
- UHS-Laos stepping up non-communicable disease prevention efforts
The University of Health Sciences in Laos (UHS-Laos) is looking to strengthen its doctors and nurses working to reduce non-communicable disease prevention (NCDs) in target communities. More >>>

August 19, 2016
- Heritage city market closes due to flooding
Authorities in LuangPrabang province have improved the drainage system along various major roads in the city after flooding was recorded in several areas including the LuangPrabang Night Market. More >>>
- Lao craftspeople need markets for cultural production
Lao craftspeople need better marketing in order to boost the prospects of the cultural production sector, especially carvings, sculptures and pottery produced as souvenirs. More >>>
- Fire destroys two-story house on temple grounds in Savannakhet
A two-story house at the Huameuang Tai temple in KaysonePhomvihane district, Savannakhet province has been destroyed by fire but no causalities have been reported. More >>>
- Robot Contest to take place at end of year
Contestants from various technical and vocational institutes expect to use microprocessors and modern technology in their robots whilst taking part it the 13th annual Robot Contest, which will take place at the end of this year. More >>>

August 18 , 2016
- Govt cancels toll collection at Thangon Bridge
The government has stopped collecting the toll at Thangon Bridge over the Nam Ngum River in Xaythany district, Vientiane after the debt for its construction has been fully repaid to the bank. . More >>>
- Powerhouse work to commence at Don Sahong
The concret foundations for the Don Sahong Hydropower Project are now being set in place prior to construction. . More >>>
- One policeman dead after pickup rolls in Champassak
Road users travelling in both the northern and southern regions of the country should exercise caution whilst driving as the wet weather, occasional flooded areas and landslides make driving on the roads a potential hazard. . More >>>

August 17, 2016
- Handicraft sector needs to increase understanding of silk production
The Lao Handicrafts Association (LHA) needs to increase the understanding and importance of sericulture to local people so they can support the sector further, according to an official. More >>>
- Three villages in Borikhamxay announced as open-defecation free
Three villages in Borikhamxay province - Houayhai, Tapae and Pameuang in Pakkading, Borikhan and Viengthong districts - have now been officially announced as open-defecation free. More >>>
- Fatal fortnight in capital claims six lives
Six victims died in road accidents in the capital over the two weeks from August 1-14, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department. More >>>
- “Ya ice” users are on the rise, sources say
Methamphetamine use is on the rise in the country due to the foreigners, including those from neighbouring countries, using the drug when they come to visit or work, according to the police. More >>>
- Savannakhetpromotin needs improved journalism skills
The quality of Savannakhet's local media still needs to improve so the province can promote itself to the country and world, according to the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism department. More >>>

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- Officials and some of the 37 master's students from Meiji
-Savannakhet's Famous Xeno Grilled Chicken Now in Vientiane
- Civil code draft nears completion
-Conserving culture can be a business success

-Soumontha Restaurant's laab has diners coming back for more
Girls learn life values through Buddhist project
- Mystery jars and remains unearthed in Naxaithong
-Senior editors of Asean share views for vision's Asean community
- Asean economic meeting concludes, adopts priorities to realise 2025 vision
- Canada eyes economic cooperation potential

PM proposes seven point agenda
to pursue Asean economic goals


Stakeholders discuss green growth and opportunities in Laos
Some 60 representatives from line ministries in Laos, the Royal Government of Cambodia and international organisations gathered at a two-day workshop yesterday in Vientiane to discuss green growth concepts and opportunities in Laos.More >>>


Cuban classical ballet performed in Vientiane
A special classical ballet performance to promote Cuban ballet and also mark the 90th birthday of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, by Cuban Prima Ballerina MsViengsay Valdes was held in Vientiane last Sunday evening. More >>>


August 23, a day to recall National Uprising Day
The overturning of the old administration on Uprising Day or administrative power seizure day on August 23, 1975, and the independence declaration. . More >>>

World news

3rd typhoon makes landfall in northern Japan, causes floods
JAPAN (Kyodo News) -- Typhoon Mindulle made landfall Tuesday on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, bringing widespread heavy rain and flooding, the weather bureau said. More >>>


What are your thoughts on illegally driving on the left?
Lao traffic regulations call for driving on the right hand side of the road but there are many motorcycle drivers that continue to ride on the left, especially when they are trying to cross the road during traffic jams or when travelling for only short distances. Vientiane Times asked some members of the public to hear their thoughts on this problem. More >>>


Vovinam team hopeful to medal at Asian Beach Games
The vovinam team has been training hard in hopes of winning a medal in the sport's dancing event at the Asian Beach Games to be hosted by Vietnam on August 25-27. More >>>


Exploring the Champhone tourism circuit in Savannakhet province
The rainy season is one of the good times to go exploring the natural environment in Laos, and one place people can find many natural attractions is Champhone district of Savannakhet province. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Innovative milk drink yields health, financial benefits
Adrink called ‘3 Star' sour milk - a modified version of yoghurt - has been dreamed up based on the tastes of Lao people and is now surging in popularity. .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Buddhism brings gentle behaviour to unruly boys
A number of young people are interested in learning the Dharma practices upheld by Buddhist monks as they hope that this will lead them on a path to. . . More >>>


Good time management earns university student Japanese scholarship
Ms Vilayvone Vang is one of eight Lao students to receive acceptance in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth 2.0 programme (JENESYS) with plans to study her masters in commerce this year. . More >>>


Making tuberculosis testing available for everyone in Laos
Several important milestones have been achieved by the National Tuberculosis (TB) Centre in Laos, with steady declines seen in the incidence, prevalence and mortality rates of TB. . . . .. More >>>


Night market's street food has something for everyone
While some people express concerns about roadside food stalls due to potential health concerns there's no doubting that what's on offer at Anou night food market . . . 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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