July 21, 2018

Authorities eye harsher fines for drunk, speeding drivers

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- Tourism attractions aplenty as media coverage draws interest, awards
Media coverage showcasing and promoting the many tourism highlights of Laos is set to attract prizes as the Lao Journalists’ Association proceeds to support the nation’s news media and publishing sectors in Visit Laos Year 2018 and beyond.
The association is set to announce winners of a tourism coverage competition at a meeting for the 68th anniversary of Media and Publication Day... More >>>

- Villagers warned on possible flooding as tropical storm lashes provinces
Khammuan and Borikhamxay provincial authorities have warned villagers living along rivers to be on alert of possible flooding after tropical storm Son-tinh lashed northern and central provinces of Laos this week.
The Xebangfai River has risen above dangerous levels since Wednesday (July 18)and will remain so for the coming days.. More >>>

- Motorists warned to avoid Kasy-Nan Road following landslides
Kasy district authorities in Vientiane province are warning motorists to avoid using the Kasy-Nan Road because it is now under repair following landslides.
Director of Kasy district Public Works and Transport office, Mr Phan Namvong told Vientiane Times on Friday that motorists travelling from Kasy district, Vientiane province to Nan district, Luang Prabang province should avoid this road with work underway to clear recent landslides... More >>>

- Authorities eye harsher fines for drunk, speeding drivers
Vientiane authorities have proposed a 10 to 20 times increase in the fines issued to drunk and speeding motorists, to be implemented in four stages, after raising the matter at the Vientiane People’s Council.
Prior to the 5th ordinary session of the Council, which took place in the capital from July 16-18, the traffic police submitted a request to increase the existing fines and make them 10 times larger, as most road accidents are caused by either drunk or speeding motorists...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 >>>

More news stories

- Medical diagnosis accuracy improvements via rapid test training
Health officials from central hospitals and health institutes nationwide met in the capital yesterday to learn about a quick test aiming to reduce wrong diagnoses and increase accuracy. The meeting was opened by Director of the CBF Pharma Co., Ltd, Vientiane, DrChindaVongsouly, Ministry of Health, DrOnechanhKeosavanh, ..More >>>

- High-end tourist arrivals up, senior official says
High-end tourists from the North America vacationing in Laos jumped by 16 percent year-on-year during the first six months of 2018, far ahead of the overall increase rate of 6 percent, a senior government official has said. High-end visitors have spent large amounts of money, making remarkable contributions to the Lao tourism industry, ..More >>>

- Correctional breakouts as 19 remain on run
Police are still hunting for 19 escapees who were being held in detention awaiting trial after 11men broke out of a centre in Sisattanak district and 35 men broke out of another in facility Sikhottabong district. The first case occurred in Sisattanak district in May as nine accused men and two prisoners broke out of a detention centre in Dongsavath village, Sisattanak district... More >>>

- Chopper trips unveiling unique views of Vientiane
A recent familiarisation trip to promote tourism from the air saw travel retailers experience an extraordinary view of the capital’s urban, rural and natural surrounds in a bid to entice more customers to experience the incomparable thrill of a helicopter ride over Vientiane.
The new joint venture between Summit Tours and Green Discovery named Summit Discovery provided a familiarisation trip to experience the capital by helicopter.
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Tips for staying healthy in the rainy season
Dengue fever, malaria, diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, food poisoning, leptospirosis, and athletes’ foot are the most common health problems during the wet season every year. . .. 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 >>>


KIS students surprised by success at science meet in Malaysia
Thirteen students from Kiettisack International School (KIS) who participated in the International Young Scientists Innovation Exhibition 2018 (IYSIE) in Malaysia said it was a huge surprise for them when they won top awards at the meet, including a gold medal. .. . . . More >>>


National heroine proud to serve national development effort 
Ms Phaengphone Khanthayongthong is the 92nd person to be named a national hero and has become the 23rd woman in Laos to be honoured with this title. This recognition of her valour did not happen by chance but acknowledged the personal sacrifices she made for the revolutionary task... More >>>


Gardener her love for traditional trees speciesMs Manivanh Chanthalangsy is a diligent gardener whose love and quest to preserve traditional plant and tree species encouraged her to start a conservation campaign from her Chantha garden.   .. More >>>


President Souphanouvong, the symbol of solidarity for national liberation

This story is written to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the birth of President Souphanouvong (July 13, 1909 - July 13, 2018). ..More >>>


Vientiane Vehicle Control Unit modernises facility
The Vientiane Vehicle Control Unit of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is continuously improving itself to offer faster and more modern services for public satisfaction.... . More >>>


Back to the past in Ayutthaya
I have visited Bangkok several times for work and I always enjoyed sampling the street food and visiting shopping malls in the evenings. However, a recent trip to the neighbouring country .... More >>>



Hidden gems a must-see in Savannakhet
While many of the sights in Savannakhet are well-known among both Lao and overseas visitors, some of the province’s most interesting places remain largely undiscovered by tourists. .. More >>>


Fuel prices drive June inflation above 2 percent
The government needs concrete measures to stabilise fuel prices in Laos as a recent increase in the cost of this commodity has driven the growth of inflation nationwide.
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Khob Chai Deu restaurant celebrates its 20th birthday 
Khob Chai Deu Restaurant celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment with a big 1970’s themed party....More >>>


Pineapple sales sweeten life for retiree"What do you plan to do when you retire?" This is a common question among senior people working in an office environment....More >>>

World news

Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital....More >>>


Village life goes electric via government, partner efforts
Cooperation with international organisations and boosting infrastructure in poor villages are among the measures adopted by the Lao government to move the nation out of the list of least developed countries (LDCs). . ..More >>>


What can be done to bolster women’s role in society?
The government’s policy is to enhance gender equality in areas including legislation, commerce, traditional practices, society, and the family. .More >


Lao students looking to improve at Asean Schools Games
The Lao student team has made its way to Malaysia for the 10th Asean Schools Games underway from July 19-27 eager to bring back more medals.. ...More >>>

Dining Out

Mor Khao restaurant a hit with Vientiane’s youngsters
Seafood papaya salad is a popular dish that many Lao people like to eat at lunch, and one of the freshest and most delicious versions of this dish is available at Mor Khao Restaurant in Vientiane. . . . 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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