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September 4, 2015

Education, finance ministries open Party congresses


1. Xieng Thong temple is one of the most significant temples in the town of Luang Prabang. This photo was taken using an infrared filter. --Photo Phoonsab
The landside on road No.1D in Thathom district.

1. Luang Prabang temple wins Award of Merit
Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang province has won an Award of Merit, one of 12 to be announced under the 2015 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award scheme. . More >>>

2. Landslide blocks traffic in Xaysomboun
Traffic on road No.1D in Thathom district, Xaysomboun province came to a halt yesterday after a landslide between Sibounheuang and Phonchaleun villages occurred. . . More >>>

3. Ousted residents claim their rights after losing land
Local residents who lost land when the 450 Year Road was built in Vientiane have met with officials to claim their right to compensation or repurchase land use rights. . . More >>>

4. DPM calls for tougher governance of natural resources
Deputy Prime Minister Mr Asang Laoly has called for better organisational structure within the natural resource and environment sectors, along with stronger legislation, to ensure more effective governance. More >>>

5. Lao satellite set for launch in November
The first Lao satellite is set for launching in late November, it was confirmed as President Choummaly Sayasone visited the satellite manufacturing plant in China on Wednesday. . .More >>>

6. Education, finance ministries open Party congresses
The Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Finance yesterday began their Party congresses to review the achievements of their leadership over the past five years. More >>>


September 4, 2015
- Lao National TV broadcasting news programme in Vietnamese
A Vietnamese language news programme went to-air for the first time Wednesday night on Lao National Television (LNTV) allowing Vietnamese speakers to receive b oth Lao and international information. More >>>
- Global Fund extends support for communicable disease control
Assistance from the Global Fund has contributed to communicable disease control and prevention and helped to develop the health system in Laos in line with the government's health reform strategy to 2025. More >>>
- More pregnant women using district hospitals
Hospital health services in Luang Namtha province are being called upon more and more by pregnant women who now go there for regular check-ups and delivery of their babies although some still go to their local dispensary for the birth. More >>>
- Reading books helps children to progress
Over 50 percent of Vientiane children are interested in reading because they have learned how to read and want to develop their skill, according to a survey carried out by a publishing company. More >>>

September 3, 2015
- Road users urged to watch out for landslides
Continuous rain has caused landslides on national and provincial roads in the northern provinces, and motorists are urged to be careful when passing through these areas. More >>>
- Serious murder crimes in Vientiane
In only one week there have been a number of serious crimes committed in the capital, the worst of which involved murder. More >>>
- Laos –Thailand collaborate on HIV/AIDS and STI prevention
Lao and Thai health experts met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss creating an enabling environment for effective national and cross border responses to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the two countries. More >>>
- Mayor announces road repair fund
Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoun announced on Monday that a road repair fund would be set up to maintain roads and clear drains in Vientiane in a bid to prevent flooding in the rainy season.
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- APHEDA boosts Lao Federation of Trade Unions
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has provided over 620 million kip (US$77,000) to the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) through the Union Strengthening Programme. More >>>

September 2, 2015
- Stolen Buddha sculptures returned to Luang Prabang
Two stolen Buddha sculptures were returned to Luang Prabang on Monday following an Austrian owner handing the wooden figures over to the Laos Embassy in Vienna in May this year. . . More >>>
- Bank staff learn about foreign microfinance experiences
Releasing bank loans to poor people is amongst the activities that the Bank of the Lao PDR has implemented but making the loans more effective and really helping the poor remains something that bank staff need to learn more about. . . More >>>
- Workshop tackles disaster risk reduction
The impacts of disasters are a major challenge for Laos in the process of poverty eradication, as the country suffers yearly losses in terms of human life, property, housing and agriculture. . . More >>>
- Savannakhet plans to tap river for crop irrigation
Savannakhet province is planning to use some of its land to form a catchment area and water basin to help with the irrigation of agriculture, according to an official from Nong district. . . More >>>

September 1, 2015
- Health officials encourage breastfeedimg to reduce infant mortality
Breastfeeding can reduce the mortality rate of infants aged 12 months or less by up to 20 percent, according to the Nutrition Centre at the Ministry of Health. More >>>
- New Party Secretary appointed at Foreign Ministry
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith has been appointed as the Party's Acting Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, replacing Mr Thongloun Sisoulith. More >>>
- Foundation provides textbooks for Xekong primary schools
Children in Xekong province's primary schools will receive 2,800 sets of new textbooks this academic year from the Ministry of Education and Sports. More >>>
- Experts discuss biodiversity strategy
The Department of Forest Resource Management, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, organised a consultation workshop last week to support the revision and finalisation of the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2011-2020. More >>>

August 31, 2015
- Laos takes stock of readiness for AEC, Asean chair
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a meeting in Khammuan province last week to assess the country's readiness to participate in the Asean Economic Community and to assume the Asean chair next year. More >>>
- Justice Department reports on court case outcomes
Over 9,000 civil and criminal cases have been recorded across Vientiane in the past five years, of which criminal cases comprised the largest number, according to the Vientiane Justice Department. More >>>
- Handicraft makers prepare for 14th annual festival
The 14th annual Lao Handicraft Festival will be held at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from October 30 to November 3 in a bid to promote local handicrafts and weavings made around the country. More >>>
- Entrepreneurs, officials to study Japanese business practice
Nine Lao entrepreneurs and two officials in charge of business promotion departed Vientiane on August 26 to take part in a business study tour in Japan. More >>>

August 28, 2015
- Officials discuss access to justice in Laos
Experts from the legal sector in Laos met with their counterparts from Vietnam, China and Singapore yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the improvement of services and access to justice in Laos. More >>>
- Govt and development partners review performance
Representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB) and some government agencies met yesterday to jointly review and share thoughts on the overall country portfolio performance.More >>>
- Xekong, Quang Nam provinces join forces against drug trade
Xekong province in Laos and Quang Nam province in Vietnam have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against drug and human trafficking along their shared border. More >>>
- Innovators inspire Lao youngsters at public lecture
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Laos, on Tuesday co-hosted a public lecture on the theme ‘Youth and Innovation'. More >>>



Meeting pays tribute to people's overthrow of enemy powers

- Flooding puts a stop to tourism in Borikhamxay
- Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth
- Session approves govt plans, gives instruction for better results
- Deputy minister pledges more varied TV programmes
- NA debates education law amendment
- Laos reassures stakeholders on Xayaboury transparency
- Australia to create human trafficking database in Laos
- NA approves cabinet reshuffle
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Garment factories keen to sew up more labour
While the construction of garment factories in Laos has gradually increased in recent years the industry says it still faces a shortage of workers to help fuel continued growth. ... More >>>


Hip hop dancers line up for youth dance event
Dancing teams from the capital are set to be joined by contingents from Luang Prabang and Champassak provinces to show off their hip hop skills at the. ...More >>>


Mining: the driver of industrial growth
The exploitation of natural resources has grown rapidly and has played a significant role in economic development over the past 40 years since Laos achieved liberation on December 2, 1975. ... More >>>

World news

Chemical treatment of wastewater from Japan
A company based in Mie prefecture in Japan has developed a system for treating wastewater with chemicals and is now marketing their own treatment plant for which they also manufacture and supply the chemicals. . . . More >>>


Should secondary school students be allowed to drive?
Many schoolchildren drive to school, despite the fact that the law states that people must be 18 before they can ride a motorbike or drive a car. Furthermore. . More >>>


U-19s face difficult play-off against Malaysia
If the Lao team fails to put in a strong and powerful performance they will find it hard to overcome the Malaysian team in the play-off for third and fourth places in the AFF U-19 Youth Championship 2015. . More >>>


Jakarta old town: a trip back in time
Wearing a colourful old western style hat while riding a colourful bike through the old western style buildings gives you the feeling you are in a western country... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Talented rural woman weaves way to prosperity
As the cost of living rises, many families are finding that their monthly wage packet is insufficient for their daily expenses and are turning their hands to additional occupations. . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Doubling of the eighth lunar month merges time, seasons
The start of the rainy season each year tells farmers it's time to tend to their livestock and get their crops in the ground, especially rice, and also indicates that it's time for Buddhist Lent. ...More >>>


Rural children still face hurdles to education
Many rural children, especially girls in remote areas, still have to stay at home to take care of their younger brothers or sisters while some help their parents to plant crops, thereby missing school and putting their education at risk. ...More >>>


Film promotes hygiene in wake of Borikhamxay floods
The recent flooding in Xayaboury, Huaphan, Luang Namtha, Vientiane, Borikhamxay and Khammuan provinces has attracted the attention of the media and the public ... More >>>


Fishing for frogs in the rice fields
After finishing planting rice over the past month, the water on the rice fields is getting cleaner and the fields are glowing green with the rice seedlings, so there are many aquatic animals making the. ... More >>>


Flood submerges livelihoods across Laos
Consistent heavy rain kept hitting the roofs of people's houses beside the Mung River in Borikhamxay province. Normally, villagers are in bed after midnight, but instead the loudspeaker in the temple. . .. More >>>

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