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May 23, 2015

Lao graduate students headed to United States


1. Workshop participants review the final draft of a project that will build parks in Luang Namtha and Bokeo provinces.
2. A visitor looks for places of interest on a map of local attractions at the tourism office in Borikhamxay province.

1. Final draft of US$52m parks project reviewed
The final draft of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Corridor Towns Development Project was put forward in Vientiane on Friday, with plans to build a culture park in Luang Namtha province and an ecology park in Bokeo province. . More >>>

Borikhamxay seeks to entice visitors with 25 new attractions
Borikhamxay province has laid out a grand vision for its strategy plan for 2015-20, aiming to become a tourism link between the south of Laos and the region, and is seeking concession-holders to develop 25 tourist sites. . More >>>

3. Singapore gives boost to trainee machinists
The Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE) recently provided 15 mechanical workshop machines to the Ministry of Education and Sports to train Lao machinists and metal workers. . More >>>

4. Lao graduate students headed to United States
Four outstanding Lao students will travel to the United States this year to pursue Master's degrees under the US State Department's prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Programmme, according to the US Embassy to Laos.. More >>>


May 22, 2015
- Fire wipes out Saravan market
A fire that broke out during windy conditions yesterday swept through Kh ongxedon market in Khong village, Khongxedon district, Saravan province, damaging more than 70 stalls. . . More >>>
Water supply system for Thapangthong feasible
A district water supply system which draws its water from the reservoir of the Xesalalong-Xeku Irrigation Project in Thapangthong district, Savannakhet province can be constructed if funding is available.
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Public health checks ahead of Hongsa power plant opening
Over 6,000 people living in five villages of Hongsa district and three villages in Ngeun district, Xayaboury province are having their health checked before Unit I of Hongsa power plant begins commercial operations next month. . More >>>
Vientiane to solve untidy roadside cables
Vientiane authorities will collaborate with the private sector to solve the problem of untidy electrical, telephone and television cables along main roads to improve the image of the capital. . More >>>

May 21, 2015
- Faculty of Engineering Job Fair in its 4th year
The 4th annual Job Fair organised at the Faculty of Engineering will take place next week on May 28th with almos t150 vacant positions on offer.
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Oudomxay bus stations in conflict
A bus station in the Oudomxay provincial capital of Xay is complaining that a more recently established rival is taking away passengers from the old bus station. . More >>>
New maternity hospital to open next month
The new Mother and Newborn Hospital, located in Nongphaya village, Xaythany district, will open next month, helping to ease the load on the existing hospital in Kaoyot village, Sisattanak district. More >>>
Bokeo police uncover huge amphetamines haul
The police in Bokeo province confiscated a haul of 48,000 tablets of amphetamine and arrested six drug traffickers in Huaxai district of the province last weekend. . More >>>
Health workers prepare for survey on child immunisation
Laos will conduct the first survey of vaccination and body measurements of target children as part of efforts to fulfill Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1 and 4 on nutrition and child health. More >>>

May 20, 2015
- EDL to award 20 scholarships to outstanding students
Electricite Du Laos (EDL) has announced it will give 20 scholarships to young students to further their bachelor degree studies at Hohais University in China this year. More >>>
Forum sets the stage for monsoon preparedness
Officials from concerned departments and organisations met in Vientiane yesterday to review the 2014-2015 post-monsoon season in terms of climate patterns and performance of the seasonal climate outlook. More >>>
Singaporean students build new classroom in Vangheua
A group of 19 students from Singapore Management University (SMU) have constructed a new classroom for the primary school in Vangheua village, Vangvieng district of Vientiane province, at a total cost of 55 million kip. More >>>
Officials train on combating corruption
The govern ment has partnered with the US Embassy to organise training for officials this week aimed at combating corruption. More >>>

May19, 2015
Vientiane residents call for smoke-free Chao Anouvong Park
Vientiane residents and young people on Friday assembled in Chao Anouvong Park to campaign for the smoke-free status of the capital's largest public park to be upheld. More >>>
Officials build understanding on international standards
More than 30 representatives from various sectors in line ministries are attending training on building understanding of the certification of products, processes and services as defined by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). More >>>
Bike racers being reined in, police say
Police officers have responded to public complaints that they are not out on the streets at night to stop youths from racing motorbikes and disturbing the peace in central Vientiane. More >>>
- Road accidents claim 19 lives in just one week
In the w eek from May 11-17 there were 19 fatalities nationwide with the damage toll in excess of one billion kip, according to the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>

May18, 2015
Irrigation to improve yields for Xaythany farmers
A Basic Irrigation Agriculture Technology Dissemination Project with farmer participation will help to improve the income earned by farmers from growing rice and other crops in Xaythany district, Vientiane.
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Teachers of English boost classroom skills
Some 59 teachers of English recently learnt about strategies for increased learning, to improve their teaching and help their students to learn English more quickly. . . More >>>
Couple found hanged in Sisattanak
The Vientiane Police Office reported last week that a couple was found ha nged in Chomphet Tai village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane, with investigations into the incident still underway. . More >>>
- Luang Prabang governor vows more aid for hailstorm victims
Luang Prabang provincial authorities have pledged to provide fu rther assistance to people whose property was affected by a hailstorm that lashed the province in March, causing widespread damage. . More >>>
 Walk marks 150 years of global telecoms progress
Senior officials from ministries, members of the diplomatic corps, other personnel and students gathered in Vientiane on Saturday for a short walk to mark the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. . More >>>

Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge opens

- Renovated museum receives crowning glory
- Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties
Lao acrobats have new show for audiences
- Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties
- Party points the way for continuous growth
- Exhibition highlights achievements under Party leadership
- Kimonos, yukatas on show in Vientiane
- Kuwait agrees to 192 billion kip loan to finance irrigation project
- Lao-Japan launch new laboratory for parasites
- PM calls for accurate answers in census survey
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- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Laos-Singapore power grid under scrutiny
A Working Group will meet in Malaysia next week to discuss the potential development of an electricity grid linking Laos and Singapore and trading in electricity. . . ... More >>>


Book Fair returns to Vientiane
The Buddhism Project for Development together with the Vientiane Department of Education and Sports and Action with Lao Children are holding the 10th Book Fair on June 5-6 at Saphanthong-neua temple in Sisattanak district, Vientiane. . . . ...
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Blind keyboard player finds music is balm to the soul

Music is one of the things that make people feel relaxed, especially those who love to play an instrument or listen to music.

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World news

Prime Minister Dung pledges to tackle trade of illegal narcotics
HA NOI (Viet Nam Newzs) -- Viet Nam gave high priority to fighting the illegal drug use and would work closely with the United Nations and Mekong region nations to stop. ... More >>>


Why do we plant trees on Arbor Day each year?
Every year, public and private groups plant thousands of saplings to mark Arbor Day on June 1 but despite all these efforts forest cover in Laos has not increased. Vientiane Times asked people where they think tree planting is going wrong and what should be done to ,... More >>>


Youngest athlete to do best at SEA Games
Chansouk Mingkham-nhong, at 16 the youngest female athlete in the Lao athletics team, is looking forward to the opportunity to do her best at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in June. . . More >>>


Adventure in the Xe Bang Fai river cave
Laos is rich in natural beauty that can be seen all around when one travels the country but some of the most amazing natural beauty can also be found below ground. .... . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Perseverance raises Huaphan family out of poverty
With development proceeding apace, rural people now have more choices about which line of work is likely to bring them in the most income and improve their lifestyle.. ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Foreign volunteer paints a picture of daily life in Laos A young American volunteer has been capturing her love of Lao lifestyles through her artworks, which are now showing at an exhibition at i:cat gallery.
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Let's explore bookshops across the border
In a busy shopping mall in the heart of Thailand, youngsters calmly browse through cartoon books page by page before pulling out money from their pockets to buy, while some adults are busy searching for.. ...More >>>


Young people shying away from family planning
A counsellor in the field of family planning, Dr Ya Phoummalinno, says shyness is one of the main reasons why many young people do not come forward to use the services on offer. . ....More >>>


Lao artist makes bold statement in new exhibition
Ms Olé Viravong Scovill is not like other artists. She puts make-up on only half of her face, because that's her personal style.
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Zoo and its animals lacking partners
It is quite common for overseas media to excitedly report on cute baby animals born at their local zoo. The news makes people curious to visit and view the animals, but in Laos we rarely see this kind of news. ... More >>>

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