March 21, 2018

LuangNamtha’s ethnic festival is star attraction of Visit Laos Year

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Vientiane Times will publish a one-day special edition to celebrate Visit Laos Year 2018 and Lao New Year, which takes place from April 14-16.

To promote Visit Laos Year 2018, we invite companies, organisations and individuals to express their best wishes to the government or to each other on this occasion. We will deliver this free edition of the newspaper to hotels, guesthouses, companies and individuals in Vientiane and Luang Prabang during the New Year holiday.

For more information call: 336042-9. Mobile: 020 55599209.

- Increasing forest cover to 70 percent is achievable, minister says
Extending the country’s forest cover from the current 59 percent to 70 percent by 2020 is achievable because measures are in place in pursuit of this goal, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry said this week. Dr Lien Thikeo made the comment at a press conference on Monday, when he announced that Laos would join Cambodia, Myanmar and China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in holding activities to mark this year’s World Wood Day, which falls on March 21 (today).. . . More >>>

Loss of State-owned land affecting national development
Inspection authorities are concerned about State land that has been unlawfully sold by some district and village authorities over the past decades.
The loss of State-owned land will make it difficult for the government to develop mega projects, including infrastructure and public spaces, since many of the plots that have been sold have either been occupied or taken over by individuals and entrepreneurs. . . . More >>>

Laos, EU agree to promote, protect human rights
The Lao government and the European Union (EU) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights in bilateral and international forums, according to a joint press release issued by the EU-Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue.
The agreement was reached at their 8th Dialogue on Human Rights and Governance held recently in Brussels, Belgium.
The Lao delegation attending the dialogue was headed by the Director General of the Department of Treaties and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MrPhoukhongSisoulath.. . More >>>

- Asean planning to draw up occupational health guidelines
Asean member countries plan to create occupational health guidelines for industries by risk factor, to provide preventive measure recommendations for the health of workers in Laos and the region. Occupational health and safety is one of the most important issues for workers in Asean countries, and regional guidelines would allow the assessment and monitoring of workers’ health, a meeting in Vientiane heard yesterday.. . . More >>>

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- Fred Hollows Foundation extends support for cataract surgery
The Fred Hollows Foundation has promised to continue to help Lao people with eye tests and cataract surgery. The Foundation has been working in 10 provinces of Laos, especially Phongsaly, Bokeo, LuangPrabang, LuangNamtha, and Khammuan, where it has provided cataract surgery and eye tests. This assistance has been provided since 2008 and will end December this year.... More >>>

- NA President congratulates Chinese counterpart on his election
President of the National Assembly (NA), MrsPanyYathotou, has extended congratulations to Mr Li Zhanshu on his election as Chairman of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) of China. Mr Li was elected Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 13th NPC and Chairman of the 13th NPC by the first session of the 13th NPC of the People’s Republic of China...More >>>

- LuangNamtha’s ethnic festival is star attraction of Visit Laos Year
A grand parade featuring 17 ethnic groups was one of the colourful activities of LuangNamtha’s Ethnic Groups Festival which took place on Monday to mark the province’s launch of Visit Laos Year. Government officials and visitors from neighbouring countries flocked to the opening ceremony of the festival.. ..More >>>

- Weathermen warn of strong winds, rain
People throughout the country are advised to be on the alert for the possibility of severe weather from March 20-23 when a tropical storm could pass over the country.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment issued the warning on Tuesday. The storm has the potential to bring light rain, hail, and strong winds...More >>>

- European Food Festival to titillate tastebuds in Vientiane
The European Union Delegation to Laos together with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold the seventh edition of the annual European Food Festival in Vientiane this coming Saturday.
The event will again take place at the National Culture Hall on Samsenthai Road, when more than 35 restaurants and cafes will be represented and sell food from European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain.
There will be food sales and a range of entertainng activities from 10am to 11pm...More >>>


Healthy diet, healthy life

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables will help us maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) weight. . . .... More >>>


Watermelon farm provides work for Bokeo villagers
After the annual rice harvest, villagers in rural areas don’t have much to do, as rice farming is their main occupation. Those who are young and single often head to towns to find work while married people find something to do in their village, but it’s hard to get a job and the wages are low.... More >>>


Lao schoolboys bag first prize at regional science contest
A year of serious research helped two boys from Kiettisack International School (KIS) in Vientiane to win first place in the young scientists’ competition of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO).... .. . . . . More >>>


Singaporean dancer passes on ballet skills to Lao students 
To promote ballet in Laos a Singaporean expert in the field has devoted the best part of three years passing on the finer techniques of the elegant art form to eager young dancers. More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Heroism of the Lao people
As they travelled the path to national liberation in 1975, many patriots sacrificed their lives in the fight against foreign aggressors.


Garden bakery has customers hooked
After just one year of operation, the sweet taste of the cakes, pastries and croissants produced by Bakery By Boris has dessert lovers hooked. ... . More >>>


Almsgiving - a tradition worth preserving
Almsgiving is a fine tradition that Lao people have practised every day around the country since ancient times, so much so that it has become a reflection of the country’s culture. ... .
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Tour guide’s forest home is also his office
He is very familiar with the operations of the Gibbon Experience and would like to explain everything to visitors to help them enjoy their stay more, but he has to accompany them in silence because he can’t speak English.... More >>>


South Korea’s Indoko projects 30 percent increase in Lao markets 
Indoko Company, a South Korean product importer, has projected a 30 percent increase in imports and sales of foods and products in Lao markets during 2018. . More >>>


Winners of Vientianale Short Film Competition announced
The winners of the short film competition were announced on the final day of the 2018 Vientianale Film Festival, bringing yet another expertly coordinated and much appreciated event to an exciting close....More >>>


Khaen reflects Laos’ true musical heritage
The khaen has born witness to centuries of change and development in Laos and always inspires listeners with its lilting sound and upbeat melodies, which prompt people to dance and sing... ..More >>>

World news

World’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications,” researchers announced Tuesday, saying he “stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength.”...More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What are your suggestions for achieving happiness?
There are many problems and conflicts affecting people around the world which make them unhappy. Yesterday was International Day of Happiness so to mark the occasion Vientiane Times asked a few people for their thoughts on what constitutes happiness. .... More >>>


TVLao bringing World Cup fever to nation
Football fans around the country will be able to follow every match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia live on TVLao, with the tournament taking place from June 14 to July 15....More >>>

Dining Out

Savour the tongue-tingling spicy food of Sichuan
When somebody asked me about Chinese food in Vientiane, the first place that came to mind was San Jiang market, which is packed with Chinese businesses and eateries. But when the person asked about the availability of Sichuan cuisine, I decided to do some more homework. . ... . 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. ... .
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