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July 22, 2017

Irrigation sector proposes repair budget for next fiscal year

 
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1. Govt expecting increased investment in SEZs for 2017
The government is expecting investment in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) to increase by the end of 2017, with 50 companies having invested in the zone in the first six months, a senior government official has said. Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Khamlien Pholsena reported on investment progress in the zones during the handover ceremony of condominium apartments at the That Luang Lake Specific Economic Zone in Vientiane recently. . . More >>>

2. Laos reaffirms commitment to sustainable development
Laos has reaffirmed its commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with progress already having been made in many regards. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Thongphanh Savanphet, representing the government, made the commitment at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York earlier this week. . . . . More >>>

3. Country considers changes to foreigner naturalisation
Law drafters have proposed a special policy for foreign experts and others foreigners with good antecedents who make a request for Lao citizenship as part of efforts by the state to amend the law on Lao nationality. The proposed special policy, which requires qualified foreigners to have stayed in Laos for a shorter period is part of the amended draft of the Law on Lao Nationality, which is being canvassed for public opinion. . . .More >>>

4. Flood risk for three provinces, nation's weather bureau warns
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is warning three provinces to be alert for potential flooding due to strong rain from northern to central regions until July 26. The provinces at risk included Xayaboury, Borikhamxay, and Khammuan provinces to be alert for potential flooding should more heavy rain fall across northern to central regions, according to the department. . . . . More >>>

5. Irrigation sector proposes repair budget for next fiscal year
Around 260 irrigation projects worth a total of 60 billion kip need to be repaired during the next fiscal year, the Irrigation Department has said in a proposal sent to the government via the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The funding should be approved speedily so that the projects can be repaired in time. Due to a delay in approval for funding to repair the irrigation systems since administrative changes came into effect from October to January, many projects could not supply water during the dry season, the Irrigation Department said. . . . More >>>

Home news

- Laos, Vietnam vow to boost tourism cooperation
Tourism bodies of Laos and Vietnam have made a joint commitment to remove the barriers and blockades that will become obstacles for the two nations' future cooperation over the years to come. The joint effort was made during the meeting between Laos and Vietnam for tourism promotion in Vientiane on Wednesday.The meeting saw a number of travel and hotel operators from Laos and Vietnam share their strength in service experiences for both travel and hotel services. . . . .More >>>

- Bus services continue in face of rain related delays
All bus routes from the nation's capital to northern and southern parts are operating despite the struggles caused by conditions that are hampering road transport as the rainy season continues.Passengers must be prepared to expect some delays in arriving at their destinations, transport operators say. . .More >>>

- More midwives needed for mother, baby health in Sekong
About half of pregnant women in target districts in the nation's southern province of Sekong are accessing improved health services at hospitals and dispensaries, but greater efforts are needed to reach the remainder.The province's Health Department had set a target of about 70 percent of women and pregnant women to access health services at hospitals and dispensaries in the districts of Lamam, Kaleum and Dakcheung, a senior provincial health official said. . . More >>>

Travel

Tardxang waterfall attracts more visitors during Buddhist Lent
After Lao people across the country attended takbat (aims giving) ceremonies nationwide to welcome the beginning of Buddhist Lent (July 8), known locally as Khaophansa , they visited natural waterfalls to celebrate. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Mushrooms can help households to earn income
Working as trader selling variety goods at home was not the right way to earn a living for Mr Bounthom Phankhamsao's family, so they instead started growing mushrooms to sell, which has given them a better life. . .   . .. .. . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Holy Buddhist Lent marks a fine time to take a break from drinking alcohol
Many people around the country have made a plan to stop drinking alcohol during the Buddhist Lent period and they believe it will help them to be healthier, happier, and save money as well. ...More >>>

Environment

Khammuan's limestone geography a UNESCO World Heritage Site soon?
Khammuan is known for its distinctive limestone landscapes. Those extraordinary ecosystems are a natural treasure and home to rare and endangered plant and animal species.
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Business

Ministry inspects revenue collection at border checkpoints
The Ministry of Finance has sent a team to inspect revenue collection at Vangtao-Chongmek border checkpoint between Laos and Thailand after a revenue shortfall was reported by local authorities. .
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Entertainment

Black Eyes back with poignant power ballad
Much loved local rockers Black Eyes from Indee Records have released a music video for their new power ballad Kup Pai Sa in response to their many fans' requests. . .More >>>

Feature

Popular, traditional Lao fare aplenty at capital's Nongnoi
Nongnoi restaurant is one of the local eateries that is popular among Vientiane residents and visitors to the capital for its grilled chicken and array of laab (meat and fish salads). . .More >>>

World news

IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege, report says
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanized its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region..... . . More >>>

Opinion

What changes has Laos seen with Asean membership?
Tomorrow marks 20 years since Laos joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on July 23, 1997. Activities will be held nationwide to celebrate the occasion. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their impressions on developments in Laos thanks to Asean membership. . More >>>

Sport

Lao students vow extra effort at next Schools Games
Lao student athletes have promised to do better at the 10th Asean Schools Games in Malaysia next year after they fell short of their targets for the 9th games in Singapore from July 15-19... .More >>>

Health

Malnutrition rate reduces in a Saravan's village
Malnutrition, in all its forms, includes undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related noncommunicable diseases. . . More >>>

Lifestyle

Katu textile, traditional clothes shine among foreigners
Currently, fashion and clothes from overseas or Western societies are popular with Lao people, especially teenagers. On the other hand, some foreigners are interested in traditional Lao textiles style. .More >>>

Education

Student filmmaker receives scholarship from Korea
Mr Thananhsen Khamvixay, an outstanding student from the Mass Communication Department of Faculty of Letters at the National University of Laos (NUoL) has received a scholarship from Korea Internationa. . . .... .More >>>



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