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February 21, 2017

Concerns accounted for in Xayaboury hydropower development, EU told

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1. Belgiain Queen Mathilde visits Laos
Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who is also the Honourary President of Unicef Belgium, and Her Royal Highness's delegation is visiting Laos from February 20-23, which is in line with the Unicef cooperation framework, according to the Lao News Agency . . . More >>>

2. Road construction in Donnokkhoum behind schedule
The 11 km stretch of road construction from Donnokkhoum village in Sisattanak district to Nakhuay village in Xaysettha district is now about 65 percent complete. . . More >>>

3. Illegal land titles emerge as outstanding issue in Vientiane
Illegal issuance of land titles has emerged as an outstanding problem in Vientiane over the past year with the illegal titles involved in a total land area of 506,662 square metres, an official report has suggested. . . More >>>

4. Concerns accounted for in Xayaboury hydropower development, EU told
All concerns have been taken into account in the development of the Xayaboury run-off-river hydropower plant the project developer recently relayed to European Union (EU) Ambassador to Laos, Leon Paul Faber.
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Laos to receive Asean funding for intellectual property protections
Laos will benefit from the Asean Intellectual Property Rights fund, which is supported by the European Union, following a substantial increase in funding. . More >>>

6. Laos, China and neigbouring countries discuss locust outbreak in Laos
High-level officials from Laos, China, Vietnam and Thailand have discussed cooperation efforts in the prevention and control of the yellow-spined bamboo locust outbreak in Laos. . More >>>

Laos, EU meet to overview cooperation
Laos and the EU held a two-day meeting to discuss various works aiming to promote the development of a broad number of sectors in the country last week. More >>>

February 21, 2017
- Nam Ou Power Co. Ltd pays agreed natural resources charges
The Nam Ou Power Co., Ltd has forecasted a budget of about US$800,000 (6.5 billion kip) aimed for payments to the government for natural resources usage charges in two northern provinces. . More >>>

- Savannakhet fire destroys 16 Xeno grilled chicken shops
Savannakhet provincial police are still investigating the cause of a massive fire on Sunday evening in which 16 Xeno chicken grill shops in Xay-oudom village, Outhoumphon district, Savannakhet province were destroyed, with losses estimated at over 498 million kip. . More >>>

- Bokeo province, a destination for investment, tourism
Authorities, business operators, and specialists have viewed Bokeo province as a destination for doing business, especially in tourism, eyeing the bright future of investment. . More >>>

- New schools for Champassak province
The children of Pakxe and Phonthong districts in Champassak province now have new primary schools complete with reading rooms to learn in thanks to the support of the NGO Room to Read. . More >>>

Adventure tourism comes to Luang Prabang
The beautiful landscape, thick forests and majestic waterfalls are what most people associate with World Heritage listed Luang Prabang but to date it has not had much in the way of adventure activities. . .More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Crops help remote family reach better living standards
Agricultural production and animal husbandry are playing an important part in helping villagers in Naxaiyai village, Saravan reach better living standards while also helping Mr Nit Keomany's family become a model. . . . . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Holy water sprinkling a respected Buddhist tradition
The holy water sprinkling ceremony that took place at That Luang on Sunday to honour the country's most senior and revered monk carries great meaning for all monks and Lao people. . .More >>>


Twin brothers take aim at National, International events
Savannakhet province has currently been training its talented male and female students to become skillful athletes with their sights on vying in national eventsaround the country in the near future. . . . More >>>




SME service centre to promote regional business integration
An official inauguration of the first ever Small and Medium Enterprise s (SMEs) Service Centre (SSC) – aiming at improving the environment for SMEs to do business . . More >>>


Cool & Kawaii Japan 2017 ends in success
Cool & Kawaii Japan 2017 held at the National Culture Hall last week captivated audiences and promoted a smooth cultural exchange between both Laos and Japan . . More >>>


Luang Prabang foods a hit at festival
Luang Prabang cuisine was one of the highlights to attract visitors to join the 12th Lao Food Festival which took place from January 25-27 at Chao Anouvong Park in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane. . More >>>

World news

India proposes Kathmandu to Delhi, Kolkata rail links
Nepal (The Kathmandu Post) -- India has expressed interest to link Kathmandu with two Indian cities, New Delhi and Kolkata, using direct railway lines in a bid to. . . More >>>


Should the upcoming railway project better inform the public the areas that the project will affect?
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport told Vientiane Times last week that the construction of the railway from the Chinese border to Vientiane has still not begun after officially opening on December 25th. The railway, slated to be 417-km . . More >>>


Lodkeo cements regional middle distance position
Lao professional female runner Lodkeo Inthakoumman is currently the top ranking middle distance runner at the Asean and Asian levels after some high placed . . More >>>


Coping with allergies
He was always holding a cloth or tissue to clean up a running nose as he suffered for one month. He took medicine three times a day as a pharmacist advised but the condition was not any better and worse at night when the temperature dropped. . . . More >>>


Shoemaker stiches up a living
Walking through Vientiane via Google Maps, you will find many well-known and famous buildings such as Patuxay, Vat Sisaket and Pha That Luang. . More >>>


Celebrating RAMSAR Convention Day
Anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, internationally known as the “Ramsar Convention”, named after the city of Ramsar in Iran where the convention was signed on February 2, 1971 . . . More >>>

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