November 23, 2017

Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway works expected to start early 2018

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1. PM encourages Thaxang community’s organic farming
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called on residents of Thaxang village in Vientiane’s Pakngum district to expand their organic vegetable farming, which has succeeded in contributing to improved community livelihoods. Mr Thongloun made the call during his visit to the community yesterday as part of his one-day tour to assess development in the district.
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2. China, Asean agree to boost media exchanges, deepen strategic partnership 
Information ministers have exchanged views with the aim of strengthening the China-Asean strategic partnership for peace, prosperity and boosting media exchanges and cooperation. Discussions on media cooperation took place yesterday during the China-Asean member states information ministerial meeting in Suzhou, China. . More >>>

3.Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway works expected to start early 2018
Construction of the Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway is expected to begin early next year after the governments of Laos and China signed a joint-venture investment deal on the project last week.
The joint-venture agreement was among 17 cooperation documents signed during the two-day state visit to Laos by Chinese President Xi Jinping from November 13-14. . More >>>

4. Asean states step up cooperation on trans-national crime prevention
Asean member states are set to enhance their cooperation to deal with trans-national crime, illegal migration, human trafficking and people smuggling. They will also work together to address issues of regional and international concern to make the Asean immigration community stronger.This was decided during the 21st meeting of Asean Directors General of Immigration Departments and Heads of Consular Affairs Divisions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs (DGICM) and related meetings held in Vientiane yesterday. . More >>>

More news stories

- Laos, China partner in use of remote satellite sensing
Laos and China have agreed to cooperate on scientific projects to strengthen the science and technology sector with a focus on remote satellite sensing and drone surveillance. An agreement to this effect was signed on Tuesday by Acting Director of the Department of Planning and Cooperation under the Ministry of Science and Technology . . More >>>

 - Vientiane-Nong Khai border crossing truck lane opens
Traffic movement across the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Vientiane and Nong Khai province, Thailand, should speed up with the opening of a dedicated lane for heavy vehicles. The lane will be used by trucks carrying goods from Laos to Thailand and is 13 metres wide and 426 metres long. A ceremony to hand over and officially open the new truck lane took place at the bridge on Tuesday. . . More >>>

- Youth volunteers begin building homes for poor in Xaysomboun
More than 30 youth representatives of the central Lao Front for National Development including staff of Vientiane Times, and Phongsavanh Bank, joined a voluntary programme to help rural people in Longxan district of Xaysomboun province over the weekend. They participated in many activities, such as distributing educational materials to schoolchildren, giving clothes and other items of basic need to poor villagers. . More >>>

- US volunteer group provides boost to nation’s patient management
A Seattle-based volunteer medical education team from the USA nonprofit, Health Leadership International (HLI), has returned to Laos to provide an emergency medical training course titled “medical management of the injured patient” at the Colleges of Health Sciences in Savannakhet and Luang Prabang provinces. . . More >>>


Overuse of antibiotics leads to drug resistanceIncreased resistance to drugs is often the result of frequent antibiotic use. As antibiotics become more prevalent in society, we have seen the emergence of more drug resistant bacteria

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“Makers of Tomorrow” sees innovative learning space created on campus with boost from Bosch
The realisation of a simple idea and the construction of a creative learning space was the concept of a team of student winners in Bosch’s “Makers of Tomorrow” contest... More >>>


Outstanding student recounts path to certificate of excellence
"When I graduated with a first class honours bachelor degree, I was so pound of what I had achieved in this first step of my teaching career. This milestone has persuaded me to continue to improve myself,” Mr Thongvan Phonexaythip said proudly. . . More >>>


Miss Universe Laos proud to represent country on international stage
Miss Universe Laos, Souphaphone Somvichith, who is better known to friends as Nui, is very excited to be the first contestant from the country to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. ... . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Chao Anouvong statue commemoration marks king’s contribution to Laos
This weekend marks the 7th anniversary of the installation of the Chao Anouvong statue in Vientiane with activities organised today and tomorrow to commemorate this important event.
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Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>












Xaysomboun sets out its stall for Visit Laos Year 
With the launch of Visit Laos Year 2018, provinces around the country are preparing activities to welcome visitors and reveal their hidden treasures.... More >>>


Customers spoilt for choice amid competitive insurance market
The national insurance market is considered highly competitive and favouring consumers with the supply of such services currently outstripping demand. . . More >>>


Laos, Korea partnering in promotion of fine arts
The Fine Arts Association of Laos and the Fine Arts Association of the Republic of Korea on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase cooperation in the arts field. . . More >>>


Belt and Road Initiative produces tangible benefits for Laos
The Belt and Road Initiative has been producing tangible benefits for Laos including the China-Laos railway, first Lao Satellite and conversion of local terrestrial analogue radio... More >>>

World news

PM: Country would be overtaken if it’s not ready for disruptive change
KUCHING, Malaysia (The Star/ANN) -- Malaysia must be ready for disruptive change by adjusting its policies to meet the changing circumstances, says Prime Minister Najib Razak..
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China and Laos: Working together for a community with a shared future and strategic significance
At the invitation of Bounnhang Vorachit, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I will soon pay a state visit to the Lao PDR.. .More >>>


How can we address public concerns about crime in Vientiane?
Vientiane Public Security authorities recently announced they have investigated more than 5,000 criminal cases so far this year, an additional 1,000 cases compared to all of 2016. Some 2-3 incidents each day are related to theft... More >>>


Capital staging secondary school football competition next month
Vientiane Football Federation plans to hold a friendly championship for male and female secondary school students around the city to kickoff at Chao Anouvong Stadium on December 7... More >>>

Dining Out

Pakxe group’s fish sauce keeps cooks satisfied
Mrs Soumaly Banchongvichit clearly remembers the taste of the padaek (fermented fish sauce) she ate when she moved from Vientiane to her husband’s home in Nonsavang village in Pakxe district... . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Champassak weavers hit a snag in finding markets
 As he politely answered a customer’s question about the quality of the sinh woven by the Saphai Handicraft Weaving Group, which were on display at the That Luang festival in Vientiane.. . . More >>>

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