February 26, 2018

Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway feasibility study is underway

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- Prime Minister lauds work of SOS Children Villages 
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday lauded SOS Children’s Villages Laos for the achievements the Villages have attained over the past 25 years. The premier, who is also honorary President of the SOS Children’s Villages Laos Management Committee, extended his compliments in a ceremony in Vientiane to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Villages. ... More >>>

EPF supports protection of forests, wildlife habitats in seven provinces
The Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) has forecast a budget of over 188 billion kip to support its environmental protection activities in seven target provinces of the country. The provinces are Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Khammuan, Luang Namtha, Savannakhet, Xieng Khuang and Bokeo, all of which have ample natural resources and valuable preserved wildlife habitats, according to EPF officials. .... More >>>

Progress on Savannakhet Road No. 9 bridges approaching halfwayConstruction of two new bridges along National Road No. 9 - the Xekoumkam Bridge and the Xethamuak Bridge - in Savannakhet province is now 44 percent complete.
The two concrete and steel bridges are part of efforts to upgrade Road No. 9 that forms the East-West Economic Corridor linking Laos with Thailand and Vietnam. . ...More >>>

- Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway feasibility study is underway
Four construction companies from Laos and China have been selected by the government to conduct surveys, feasibility studies and detailed designs for a Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway Project that is set to reduce road travel times by three hours when complete.
The 585 km-expressway from Vientiane to Champassak Province is set to comprise four 3.5 metre wide lanes with a total carriageway width of 23 metres.....
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- Paediatrician urges caution over infectious diseases
About 80-90 percent of Lao children suffer from infectious diseases, and parents are advised to pay special attention to this problem.  President of the Pediatrics Association of Laos, Associate Prof. Dr Khampe Phongsavath, said this week that hospital records show that infectious diseases are the most common cause of illness and death among children. 
The most common infectious conditions are coughs, colds and diarrhoea... More >>>

- Authorities increase estimates of illegal vehicle imports
Authorities have estimated the number of undocumented imported vehicles into Laos could be as high as 20,000 even though the government has undertaken greater efforts to handle the problem.
Acting Director General of the Ministry of Finance’s Customs Department, Mr Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout told Vientiane Times on Friday that the deadline for vehicle owners to pay taxes or tariffs to the government as means to legalise their vehicles has ended.
“The vehicle owners can come to pay their tax obligations, but they need to pay both the taxes and fines for their vehicles. Our authorities will also confiscate vehicles of owners who fail to pay their obligations,” he said....More >>>

- Over fifty Oudomxay children struck down with diarrhoea
More than 50 children have been diagnosed with diarrhoea recently in Oudomxay province with the number of patients higher than previous years, according to a provincial health official.
Deputy Director of Oudomxay Provincial Hospital, Dr Souvanhthong Saenvannakham told Vientiane Times on Friday that in just one week from February 14-20 more than 50 children received treatment at the hospital for diarrhoea, especially those aged less than five years-old. Fortunately, no patient deaths have been recorded...More >>>

- Inefficient state firms facing up to significant reform
Nearly 100 state-owned enterprises in Laos are expected to undergo significant structural reforms including increased privatisation after the government found them to be operating inefficiently, according to a government report.
The government has classified 131 state-owned enterprises in three categories, according to a report Ministry of Planning and Investment published recently... ..More >>>


Tips for kidney disease prevention among children

Kidney disease can affect children in various ways and can range from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life-threatening conditions. . .... More >>>


Nature smiles on contented villagers
It’s around noon and the sun is beating down, but we are sitting in a rice field sitting in a small bamboo hut with a roof made of cogon grass and no walls so we don’t feel hot because of the breeze that blows through.... More >>>


How determination took a girl to Korea
Monalisa Bannavong, 18, a determined young girl in Vientiane and a new graduate from Kiettisack International School (KIS) in 2017 saw her dreams come true when she was awarded a scholarship to study in the Republic of Korea. .. . . . . More >>>


Lao director to showcase film in New York
After creating a buzz in Laos with his productions, filmmaker Xaisongkham Induangchanthy is preparing to promote his movie “Raising A Beast” at the Tribeca Film Festival to be held in New York during April 18-29. ..... More >>>


Wetlands and the paradox of urban development
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2. This year, the theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”... . More >>>


69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Innovative garden centre owner sees ideas take root

He is carrying a black plastic bag containing a young rose bush to place at the front of his nursery to attract passers-by. ... . More >>>





Temple is the beating heart of community life
A hilltop is always the best place to watch a sunset or sunrise and if you happen to be in Huayxai district, Bokeo province, the Chomkhao Manirat Temple is the ideal site from which to watch the sun as it sinks over the Mekong River.   .. More >>>


Chinese New Year brings prosperity to Sabpanya Bilingual School
Sabpanya Bilingual School-one of the many well-known private institutions in Vientiane is currently in the process of becoming one of the Exam Preparation Centres for the Cambridge Curriculum in Laos.  ....More >>>


Lao Fashion Week 2018 launches media campaign
A media campaign launch for the 5th Lao Fashion Week was held at Crowne Plaza Vientiane on Thursday night to discuss the success of last year’sr.....More >>>


China-Laos railway to launch the country into a new era developmentAs the construction of the China-Laos Railway project continues, residents are preparing themselves for the big changes this new connectivity will bring to. ..More >>>

World news

UN Security Council adopts resolution demanding cease-fire in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding...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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How is the tourism sector of Xayaboury preparing for Visit Laos Year?
As with other districts and provinces nationwide, the district of Xayaboury province is gearing up in many ways to welcome visitors during Visit Laos Year..... More >>>


Judo practitioners put to the test Aspiring local male and female judo competitors, known as judoka, are currently preparing at the Lao-Japan Budo Centre from February 22-26 for an examination to upgrade their belt levels..More >>>

Dining Out

Real Japanese taste hidden in five-star hotel
Japanese dishes such as sashimi and sushi with accompaniments like wasabi and soy sauce are available at many restaurants in Vientiane but Japanese nationals living in the city say they aren’t the. ... . 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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