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Men's help enlisted to eliminate violence against women

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1. UXO clearance workers check for ammunition in Nongbua village, Bualapha district, Khammuan province.

1. Khammuan reviews progress in UXO clearance
Although much progress has been made in clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO), a huge number of cluster bombs still remain in Khammuan province, hindering development. n. More >>>

2. Food security project kicks off in four provinces
The Strategic Support for Food Security and Nutrition project is getting under way after officials from all sectors of the project met in Vientiane last week. . More >>>

Education not deterring drug addicts
Authorities in Laos are facing many challenges in terms of stopping drug addicts from becoming involved in illicit substances again after going through rehabilitation. . More >>>

Men's help enlisted to eliminate violence against women
Lao men still need to address poor attitudes that perpetuate violence against women to eliminate this widespread scourge, an international official has said. . More >>>


July 1 , 2016
- Japan supports convention centre refurbishments
The government has successfully undertaken the first repairs and improvements to the International Convention and Training Centre (ICTC) this year with support from Japan. More >>>
- Human resources key to development: education minister
Laos needs to strengthen human resource development through ongoing improvements to the education system with the top priorities being the upgrade of basic education and reduction of dropout rates. More >>>
- Savannakhet rice may have potential for international market
Officials believe that some rice fields in Savannakhet province that do not use chemical pesticides and herbicides might have the potential to grow organic rice for the international market. More >>>
- Chanthabouly flower pots discarded after locals complain
About 200 flower pots displayed along roads in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane, have been removed because they do not meet with the approval of the local community. More >>>

June 30 , 2016
- First meeting of Saravan People's Council approves provincial structure
The first session of the Saravan provincial People's Council opened yesterday to approve its organisational structure, select leadership and appoint a Council president. . More >>>
- Lao women prepare for university studies in France
A group of French-speaking Lao students who were selected for higher education in France are now preparing for their two-year university courses, which begin in September. . More >>>
- Clampdown on unlawful goods gains ground
The Vientiane Industry and Commerce Department will continue to work with other sectors to inspect and impound illegal and out-of-date products in markets and shops in Vientiane. . More >>>
- Tobacco companies to display graphic health warnings on cigarette packets
The government will soon require tobacco companies to display graphic health warnings on cigarette packets in the hope of reducing the number of deaths from smoking-related illnesses. . More >>>

June 29, 2016
- Lao, Korean experts discuss enhanced online security
Lao and Korean IT experts met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss the protection of internet users in Laos by creating an environment for secure electronic transactions through the use of a digital signature system. More >>>
- Emergency service reports three suicides in capital
About 30 people in Vientiane have taken their lives each year over the past half decade, according to an assistant with the emergency service Vientiane Rescue 1623. More >>>
- Student dropout rates plummet
The high drop-out rate among schoolchildren has been resolved since the Ministry of Education and Sports introduced a ‘no failing students' policy five years ago. More >>>
- Phongsaly community has improved hygiene, sanitation
Over 300 residents of Hadset village in Bountay district, Phongsaly province, now enjoy better hygiene and sanitation after the installation of a gravity-fed water system funded by the United States' Lao Rehabilitation Foundation. More >>>

June 28 , 2016
- Wastewater treatment project gets green light
Integrating Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Solutions (DEWATS) can help to improve the living conditions of vulnerable groups while protecting the environment and public health in Laos, and are essential to a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Vientiane on Friday. . More >>>
- Law amendment to reflect government restructure
Article 13 of the Law on Government will be amended following the transfer of certain areas of work from the Prime Minister's Office to ministries and other government bodies. . More >>>
- New road could double arrivals to Luang Prabang from Thailand
The number of visitors travelling from Thailand to the world heritage town of Luang Prabang could more than double once a new road linking it to the neighbouring country is complete. . More >>>
- Lao Bar Association runs course on lawyer ethics
The Lao Bar Association (LBA) in cooperation with the French government last week ran a training of trainers course on lawyer ethics.
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June 27, 2016
- Laos, Vietnam review border management
Laos and Vietnam have agreed to enhance border management between the two countries following the existing legal documents while accelerating the implementation of internal regulations. More >>>
- Laos, Japan hold joint seminar on water and wastewater management
Lao private companies should set a good example for industrial wastewater regulation and wastewater management that will become increasingly important in the country, officials said at a water management seminary recently held in Vientiane.More >>>
- Integrated Pest Management methodology needed in Laos
Laos needs to use Integrated Pest Management methodology (IPM) for plant protection in agriculture areas to reduce or minimise the risks to human health and the environment, officials say. More >>>
- Ecology Institute, KFBG provide new nursery for orchid conservation
The Biotechnology and Ecology Institute and Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden (KFBG) from Hong Kong continue to look to provide different orchids to be conserved at the new Orchid Conservation Nursery that both have worked together to open recently. More >>>

June 24, 2016
- Government officials need to set blood donor example
Government officials should set a good example to society and donate blood with the National Blood Transfusion Centre and partners holding activities in offices, educational institutions and other places. More >>>
- Specialised personnel needed for Lao women's advancement
Head of the Secretariat to the National Commission for Advancement of Women, Ms Chansoda Phonthip believes Laos should have personnel specialised in the field of gender equality to drive the successful advancement of women in the country. More >>>
- Vientiane lacks funds to clean street drainage systems
Not all drainage ditches and drain pipes along roadsides in Vientiane are being cleaned to allow the free flow of water and protect the city against floods because of a shortage of funds. More >>>
- Sengsavanh College gets help from visiting Thai teachers
The teachers of Sengsavanh College have recently upgraded their skills after meeting to discuss educational development with visiting Thai teachers in Vientiane on Thursday. More >>>

June 23 , 2016
- Laos must continue creation of Fish Conservation Zones
The Lao government must continue to create ‘Fish Conservation Zones' which are areas that aim to build the capacity of local communities in overseeing the sustainable management of their aquatic resources, officials say. . . More >>>
- Drug dealers caught daily but don't disappear
Although it is common to see drug dealers and users being sentenced to prison time in the People's Courts nationwide, it seems that for every dealer arrested another one pops up to take their place. . . More >>>
- National Assembly considers law amendment
The enforcement of Article 13 in the Law on Government concerning the rights and obligations of the Ministers to the Prime Minister's Office may be suspended pending ammendment. . . More >>>
- Japanese volunteers pay courtesy visit to Lao Prime Minister
A group of 46 Japanese volunteers paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Vientiane yesterday before continuing on a mission to support Laos in both socio-economic and human resource development. . . More >>>

June 22, 2016
- Hydropower project plants trees for new resettlement area
Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) staff, local government officials, and community members planted trees to symbolise the start of new lives for people in the Houay Soup Resettlement Area (HSRA) in Borikhan district, Borikhamxay province recently. More >>>
- Why do provinces need bigger hospitals?
With many existing hospitals in the provinces suffering from staff shortages some people are questioning why authorities need to build bigger facilities. More >>>
- Many rural communities oblivious of fisheries law
Rural people's difficulty in accessing information on the Law on Fisheries is one the reasons for continuing illegal fishing in Laos, according to an official. More >>>
- Young Lao filmmakers showcase talent at Korean sponsored festival
Six documentaries and three short films created by students of the Mass Communication Department at the National University of Laos were screened last Friday during its 2016 Students Film Festival at the National Culture Hall in Vientiane. More >>>

June 21 , 2016
- Khamphay Sana Group plants trees for forest protection
The Khamphay Sana Group plans to plant four million trees at the Asean Community's Deanhong Phousoung Botanical Garden within the Tadxone Waterfall Natural Tourist Site in Naxaithong district, Vientiane.
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- Swiss non-profit working with Laos to improve UXO clearance
The Government of Laos has recently supported a Swiss non-profit organisation to bring a technical innovation into Laos to test improvements in ongoing UXO clearance. . More >>>
- Korean-Lao friendship set to build new primary school
Korea-Laos Friendship Association is assisting education development in Laos and plans to build a new primary school in a remote area of Sangthong district, Vientiane. . More >>>

June 20 , 2016
- Inaugural book fest garners students' interest
Students and teachers from the National University of Laos (NUOL) interested in marketing, finance and other subjects enjoyed perusing the many textbooks and guides on show at the inaugural NUOL Book Fest on Friday. More >>>
- Hot winds from Laos ignite fire in Vietnam
Forest fires burning in Vietnam's Nghe An province destroyed about 20 hectares of forest last Sunday, caused by hot winds crossing the border from Borikhamxay province of Laos but there was no burning at the Lao site, provincial authorities said on Friday. More >>>
- Thirty-one killed over two weeks in nationwide accidents
In just two weeks over the last month 215 road accidents occurred across the country causing 31 fatalities, according to statistics from the Traffic Police Department of Ministry of Public Security. More >>>
- New primary teachers qualified in English
More than 500 newly graduated pedagogy students from the Dongkhamxang Teacher Training College are qualified to teach English at the primary school level, helping to upgrade education and foreign language skills. More >>>

June 17, 2016
- Agriculture program links developing districts in nation's south
A two-day biannual meeting of the Southern Laos Food and Nutrition Security and Market Linkages programme (FNML) funded by IFAD was held recently at Sekong province to promote agriculture development last month. More >>>
- Prosthetics, orthotics donated to XiengKhuang patients
More than 100 people with mobility disabilities from XiengKhuang rural areas have received free orthotic and prosthetic devices and physiotherapy from 29th May to 6th June. More >>>
- Govt supports river commission - Asean cooperation
Cooperation between the Mekong River Commission MRC's Secretariat and Asean Secretariat would contribute significantly to strengthening the Asean Community and serve the interest of all the region's peoples. More >>>
- Authorities: Illegal gold miners gone from Vientiane province
Illegal gold mining is no longer occurring in Vientiane province's Kasy district, according to local authorities. More >>>

June 16 , 2016
- Local organic agriculture needs to boost development
Organic agriculture in Laos needs to expand production, undertake more promotion and develop towards international standards, according to a leading official. . . More >>>
Vietnam's foreign policy prioritises cooperation according to visiting academic
Vietnam's foreign policy prioritises it's relationship with Laos and greater Asean while maintaining cooperation with most countries around the world according to the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam's Institute for South China Seas Studies Head, Dr Tran Truong Thuy in a lecture held in Vientiane on Tuesday. . . More >>>
Diabetes still increasing in Laos
Diabetes is still increasing in Laos, especially amongst people who lack knowledge on its prevention, a workshop on the topic was informed.
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Singapore assists with student eye examinations
Students in the capital are getting free eye examinations thanks to Vientiane Education and Sports Department with support from the Lions Club of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic and supporters. . . More >>>

June 15, 2016
- Officials brush-up on oral health model
Medical teams from the Cha Ganjyu School and Community Based Oral Health Promotion Project and project target primary school teachers met in Vientiane to discuss how best to manage the oral health promotion model. More >>>
- ANZ Bank goes solar to save costs
ANZ Bank in Vientiane has launched a solar energy system and now looks to 90 kilowatt peak (kWp) rooftop solar photovoltaic to garner long term energy cost savings. More >>>
- Medics debate mother and child health promotion
Health workers and nutritionists met recently to evaluate the implementation of the Strategy and Planning Framework for the Integrated Package of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Service (SPFIPMNEHS), which was carried out from 2009-2015. More >>>

June 14, 2016
- Milk project to give legs to nutrition efforts
Vientiane Education and Sports Department, with support from New Chip Xeng Group and Dutch Mill Co., Ltd, will implement the ‘Milk to Schools' and ‘31 Legs' running competition project at schools in the capital Vientiane. . More >>>
- Prosecutors receive specialised English for Law training
The Office of the Supreme People's Prosecutor (OSPP) launched a specialised English for law training programme on Monday in Vientiane which will run over the next five years. . More >>>
- Vientiane-Hanoi highway via Borikhamxay still an option
A 145 km section through Viengthong district linking the Laos-Vietnam traditional border to Pakxan in Borikhamxay province is still a distinct possibility to form part of a future Vientiane-Hanoi highway. . More >>>
- Lao, Korean experts discuss land management technologies
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with Korea Land and Geospatial Information Corporation and Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), organised the first land information system technical school seminar recently. . More >>>


- Philippine dancers light up Vientiane stage
Meeting reviews development progress of poorest Asia-Pacific nations
First Asean ecotourism forum
opens in Champassak
Local organic agriculture needs to boost development
Asean professional women's forum
tackles tourism issues
Eco friendly accommodation with a view in world heritage town
Education must help people work: Vice President
Most workers' rights
still not protected
Laos, Vietnam highly value time-honoured ties, vow to deepen cooperation
President advises Lao Front to serve as national spiritual centre
Draft regulatory framework for healthcare professionals needed in Laos

Private investor set to boost tourism in Meuangfeuang district
A businessman in Meuangfeuang district, Vientiane province, will invest 400-500 million kip in the development of leisure activities on the Nam Lik River. More >>>


Concert celebrates Vientiane fashion show
A live concert featuring both Lao and Thai singers and celebrating a recent fashion show in Vientiane was held at the ITECC Mall's convention hall on Thursday. . . More >>>


Nongtha Paradise project seeking investor interest
The government has approved various land concession projects to domestic and foreign companies in a bid to advance socio-economic development, with the capital Vientiane home to a large number of such projects. More >>>

World news

China to contribute wisdom to global governance
CHINA (China Daily/ Xinhua) -- The world order should be decided not by one country or a few, but by broad international agreement, said Xi Jinping, general. . More >>>


Should public parking be allowed in temples?
Finding a parking place in Vientiane is nearly impossible and the authorities have tried to regulate the situation to keep the capital orderly.. More >>>


Country's top badminton players to compete at President's Cup
Hundreds of badminton players from clubs around the country are hoping to win medals at the 16th annual National Assembly's President's Cup badminton tournament in Vientiane to be held on August 4-7.
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Young man finds success as a tour guide
Meeting people and sharing new challenges with residents of many different countries has given a young Lao man a passion for travel.
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Poverty Eradication

Cattle farming helps Champassak family to bring home the bacon
Many rural families have only one source of income, but Mr Bounlan Chanphouvong and his family in Champassak province decided that growing rice wasn't sufficient to support them . . . . . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Vat Pa Pha Bard enshrines the peace of Buddhism
As Vat Pa Pha Bard is surrounded by forest, it's a perfect site to sit and meditate or wander around the holy place to learn about Lao Buddhist temple arts. More >>>


Young woman climbs ladder to success at UK university
A young woman from Laos, a developing nation in Asean, dreams of achieving a good degree from a top university in the United Kingdom. . More >>>


Smoke-free network expands in South Asia region
Looking around the South Asia Regional Tobacco Control Leadership Programme in Myanmar, various graphic health warnings and posters illustrated the dangers of smoking. . More >>>


Designer contest winner sets sights on global fashion industry
The winner of this year's Young Lao Designer competition, Viseth Sitthilath, expects to be an important fashion designer one day, using his own brand to promote the Lao fashion industry on a world stage. . . . More >>>


Are clean streets nothing but a dream?
Vientiane authorities announced back in 2010 that all roads in the capital would be clean by the year 2015 as part of the city's clean and green strategy, so more than five . . More >>>

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