April 23, 2018

Scholarships ‘not for sale’, officials warn

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- China, Singapore cultivating local farmer support to grow chemical-free rice
Chinese and Singaporean investors are working with farmers in Laos to grow chemical-free rice for export under a joint development project.
An agreement on the joint development for the cultivation of healthy rice was signed on Friday between Cui Can E-Commerce of China and QLV Agrotech Co., Ltd., and endorsed by Deputy General Manager of Amethyst Tong Cai Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd, China, Mr Wu Yu-Lian.
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- Lao, Thai governments open centre to help Lao workers in Thailand
The Lao and Thai governments have opened a centre in Thailand to help Lao workers there holding purple cards (work permits) to ensure they are fully legal and are registered with the authorities.
The newly opened ‘Post-Arrival and Reintegration Centre for Migrant Workers’ in Thailand’s Mukdahan province will be used for selecting, checking and training foreign workers before they will be allowed to seek jobs in Thailand thus preventing them from falling victim to human trafficking, officials said.
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- Construction of new school kicks off in Phongsaly
Construction of a new secondary school has kicked off in Bounneua district of Phongsaly province with support from a Vietnamese government grant to boost human resource development in Laos. Workers are improving the site where two three-storey buildings with 40 classrooms will be built. Each room will be fully furnished. . More >>>

- More responsibilities delegated to newly-established cities
More work and responsibilities have been delegated to three new cities’ administrations giving the local authorities a greater role in the development of their urban centres.
The government recently declared the upgrading of districts of Luang Prabang, which is the capital of northern Luang Prabang province, Kaysone Phomvihane, the capital of central Savannakhet province, and Pakxe, the capital of southern Champassak province into cities.... More >>>

Scholarships ‘not for sale’, officials warn
Authorities in charge have warned members of the public not to pay money for promised scholarships to study in foreign countries, saying it is a trick.
The Ministry of Education and Sports issued a warning recently after learning many have fallen victim to fraudsters.
Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Dr Kongsy Sengmany told Vientiane Times on Friday that several victims have informed the ministry that they were lured into paying money in exchange for promised scholarships for their children to study in China. But the victims were not given the scholarships as promised.... . More >>>

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- Govt boosting quality to lure more Chinese tourists
The Government is set to enhance the quality of tourism services in a bid to attract more foreign tourists, especially from China, as it becomes the largest tourism market in the region, and globally.
Tourist arrivals in Laos reached 3.86 million people in 2017, decreasing from 4.23 million tourists in 2016. This year, the figure is expected to increase to about 5 million visitors. . More >>>

- Mahosot claims success with new breast cancer treatment
Mahosot Hospital has presented was it claims are successful results of the so-called Breast Cancer 24-hour Solar Alignment Pathway for doctors using neutrino medicine to treat women with the disease.
President of the Lao Breast Cancer Association, Dr Saifone Phounsavan told Vientiane Times last week about the association’s successful Asbestos and Breast Cancer Disease Screening Project last year which targeted to reduce cancer mortality rates through early screening, intervention and diagnosis. ..More >>>

- Over 300 traffic violators set for regret after Pi Mai Lao
Vientiane police caught over 300 traffic violators in the capital during Pi Mai Lao over April 14-16 with most of the cases involving speeding and driving whilst drunk.
This year police strictly enforced the law with regard to irresponsible road users. Traffic violators, especially intoxicated drivers, have been penalised.
Vientiane Police Office Deputy Chief and Director of the Vientiane Traffic Police Department, Ministry of Public Security, Lieutenant Colonel Youttaphong Souvannasing told Vientiane Times on Friday that police this year monitored motorists’ speed and assessed their level of sobriety at seven locations across the capital, and subsequently identified 305 traffic law violators, including 87 women....More >>>

-Vientiane authorities announce Job Fair for the capital
Some 150 booths from government and private sector organisations will be on show at next month’s ‘Job Fair’ in Vientiane to maximise employment opportunities for jobseekers.
Director of the Department of Labour and Social Welfare of Vientiane, Ms Lamphoy Syakkhachan told a press conference in the capital on Friday that the fair is scheduled to run from May 4-8 at the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre (Lao-ITECC) in Vientiane.. ..More >>>


Challenges for polio immunisation of children in Borikhan district
The polio vaccination campaign for Borikhan district in Borikhamxay province will this year focus on ethnic groups living in four target villages.
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Khaen plays integral role in Lao culture 
The sound of the khaen has been an inherent part of Laos for thousands of years. Today, wherever there are Lao people, there is always the sound of the khaen. .. More >>>


Local model balances fashion career with college finance, banking studies
Mr Savansek Aekbanlang, well-known locally for his work on the Lao Super Model stage, recently graduated with a certificate in Finance and Banking from Lattana Business Administration College... .. . . . . More >>>


Blind stool maker crafts his own determined path through life
While life has a way of throwing up all sorts of challenges for us in the pursuit of our dreams, perhaps the best test of character is how we deal with any misfortunes which befall us... More >>>


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

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . 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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Nam Song weaves its magic for visitors through stunning Vangvieng
Vangvieng is full of fascinating places to visit including natural and manmade attractions that every day draw large numbers of domestic and overseas visitors to the picturesque town. .... More >>>


MI launches development projects supporting cross-border trade growth
Four projects designed to accelerate cross-border trade and support the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the six countrie..  . . More >>>


Tar A’ Pacts to launch new music video
Fans of popular Tar A’ Pacts who have been eagerly waiting to watch his latest music video for the track “Chapenpaidaibor” won’t have long to fret with its release imminent...More >>>


Thai  Lao New Year celebrations: Close ties and shared culture
Songkran (Thai New Year) or Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) is one of the most special occasions of the year, widely celebrated across many countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand and the Laos..
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World news

India approves death penalty for rapists of girls under 12 after nationwide outcry
NEW DELHI (The Straits Times) -- India’s Cabinet on Saturday (April 21) approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12.... 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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Do you think police should increase measures to monitor drivers during festivals?
Many lives are lost in road accidents across the country every year, especially during important events such as the International New Yea... More >>>


Local pugilist pair targeting youth boxing quarterfinals in Thailand

Two young Lao boxers are hoping to make it to the quarterfinals (second round) of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships underway in Thailand from April 21-27.
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Dining Out

Seafood buffet a perennial hit in Vientiane
Seafood buffets are a huge hit with diners in Vientiane, especially families and groups of friends, even though they aren’t easy to find in the capital’s restaurants. . . 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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