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August 23, 2014

NA identifies problems in natural resource sector



1. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong oversees the construction of an irrigation project in Khammuan
2. A irrigation scheme from the Nam Theun II hydropower plant is under construction.

1. PM encourages irrigation development in Khammuan
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has recommended that authorities in Khammuan province develop two more irrigation systems from the Nam Theun II hydropower plant's first and fourth water gates. . More >>>

2. Work begins to amend constitution
Action has begun to amend the Lao constitution, almost 12 years after the first amendment and promulgation of the constitution in 2003. . More >>>

3. NA identifies problems in natural resource sector
The National Assembly (NA) has highlighted that many foreign investment projects working in the natural resource sector are not operating in accordance with the law and NA officials need to educate themselves on the issues to better address problems with projects. . More >>>

4. Lao students depart for studies in China
The Chinese government has awarded scholarships to 81 high achieving Lao students and officials to enable them to study at Chinese universities.
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August 22, 2014
- Children share their story as part of development progress
World Vision Laos allocated places for community children to voice and share their hopes with its senior management team at a forum on Wednesday. More >>>
- Laos undertakes surveillance for Ebola
T he Ministry of Health held a press conference this week to prepare precautionary measures against Ebola, with the outbreak in the West African countries having killed more than 1,000 people since August 16. More >>>
- Non-secured farmers can access bank loans, official says
People who do not have any security of tenure over their land can also access loans from the Agriculture Promotion Bank if they are members of certain farmer groups. More >>>
- Champassak flood victims need more support
Thousands of households in Soukhouma and Pakxe district of Champassak province are still in dire need of assistance after being hit by flash flooding earlier this month. More >>>
- Lao students receive scholarships to study in Korea
The government of the Republic of Korea has awarded the 2014 Global Korea Scholarships (GKS) to eight brilliant Lao students to study for master's and doctoral degrees at universities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). More >>>

August 21, 2014
- Laos donates to aid China earthquake victims
Laos has donated more than one billion kip through the Chinese Embassy in Vientiane for the victims of the earthquake, which shook Yunnan province in China recently. More >>>
- Lao strengthens action plan for people with disabilities
Health officials in Laos have joined a two-day forum this week regarding the formation of a disability inclusive health and rehabilitation action plan for 2015-20, in order to support people living with disabilities. More >>>
- That Luang Marsh road to convert land into capital
The construction of an 11km highway in Vientiane from Donnokhoum village in Sisattanak district which links to the 450 Year Road will still proceed under the policy of turning land into capital. More >>>
- Luang Namtha youth learn about reproductive health
Rural girls in Laos often struggle to access information and the rate of adolescent pregnancy is continuing to rise in rural areas; these concerns were the focus of a reproductive health workshop in Luang Namtha province recently. More >>>

August 20, 2014
- Laos set to benefit from AIPA meeting
There are four things that Laos will gain from organising the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Vientiane, according to a senior official from the National Assembly. More >>>
Official arrests major suspect on thievery charges
Police officers believe a suspect arrested recently may be responsible for breaking into homes and offices to steal safes and security boxes. More >>>
More Vientiane residents taking shortcut through marsh
The new highway through That Luang marsh in Vientiane will be built at about 25 metres wide, the contractors have confirmed. More >>>
- Storm destroys school in Champassak province
Around 150 schoolchildren in Huadonkoy village, Khong district, Champassak province, are set to miss the start of their school academic year on September 1 after their school was destroyed by a tropical storm. More >>>

August 19, 2014
- New national library building encounters delays
The construction of buildings to house the new National Library of Laos has been delayed to July 2015 due to a land dispute. More >>>
Nam Ngiep 1 finance in place
Finance for the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project has been finalised by the Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company (NNP1), its shareholders and lenders. More >>>
That Luang Marsh SEZ condos open for sale in October
Twelve condominium blocks with 18 floors being built at That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) are set to go on sale in October this year. More >>>
SDC supports cultural activities in Laos
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will provide funding worth US$15,000 for cultural activities in Laos, issuing grants of up to US$3,000 to 10 different organisations during this phase of the project. More >>>

August 18, 2014
- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
Senior officials of the Lao government, representatives, experts and stakeholders gathered on Friday for a meeting on ‘UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures' to discuss how to provide information and raise awareness and understanding of the work of UN Special Rapporteurs. . . More >>>
- Teenager electrocuted at local school
A teenager was killed by an electrical leakage during a sports and recreation session at a secondary school in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane on August 14. . More >>>
- Savannakhet officials step up rural fight against drugs
Savannakhet Police Headquarters are concerned about the drug problem spreading to rural areas and have stepped up efforts to reduce the threat of the social problem in the province. . . More >>>
- Laos officials study Mekong agreement and basin management
Government officials from line ministries have learnt more about the works of the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy under the 1995 Mekong Agreement in order to ensure uniform understanding on the policy. . More >>>

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Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing

- Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon
PM pushes for more rice seed studies plap plap
Age-old Japanese cuisine comes to Laos
Calls for help going unanswered, foundation laments
Govt aims to deal with land disputes
Fair treatment among patients confirmed
- Last NA session lays out plans for coming year

- Young people flock to the temples for Buddhist lent
- NA members raise concerns about development authorisations
- NA session opens with the economy a hot issue
- Australia pledges AU$86 million education aid for Laos
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Lao coffee can compete in AEC markets
Coffee production in Laos is not in a weak position if compared to coffee products from other countries and challenges can become opportunities as Laos seeks to compete in AEC markets, according to coffee association members. More >>>


Ice Bucket Challenge descends on Laos
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off around the world through social media and has finally hit Laos and Thailand. . More >>>


Uprising Day remembered
Lao people nationwide will celebrate another historical day today, giving us a chance to look at the past before marching forward to continue developing Laos as a socialist nation. . More >>>

World news

Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate accepts court ruling
JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- Losing Indonesian presidential contender, former general Prabowo Subianto accepted the final decision of the Constitutiona. . More >>>


What does Horkhao Padapdin mean to you?
Horkhao Padapdin (Honouring Ancestors) is an important event and an ancient tradition of Lao Buddhism. Some people worry that with the changes in the modern world these Lao traditions may fade away. Vientiane Times reporters asked people for their opinion of what Horkhao Padapdin means to them. . More >>>


Luang Prabang football team unlikely to retain second ranking
The Luang Prabang football team, which currently holds the runners-up position from the football tournament at the 9th National Games hosted by the province in 2011. . More >>>


Tad Sae waterfall brings in the tourists
The number of tourists visiting Laos at the moment is well down from earlier in the year because it is the rainy season which is the low tourism season in the country as well as the region. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Remote family succeeds in wiping out poverty
Bending over all day, every day planting, tending to and then harvesting his crop of rice was not enough to change the living standards of Mr Houmphan Phanyathong and his family so they decided they. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Horkhoa Padapdin festival honours ancestors
A woman known to everyone as Aunt Chansy, sits on a comfortable sofa in the living room as she recounts a drama she once saw to her two sons and one daughter so that they can understand the importance of. . . . . More >>>


Pharmacy owner helps fight against malaria Ms Khonesavanh Phouvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village, Pathoumphone district, Champassak province which has become the place to go for diagnosis and ... More >>>


Farmers advised to vaccinate cattle in flooded areas

The National Animal Health Centre is advising cattle owners in flooded areas of Champassak, Savannakhet, Saravan and Attapeu provinces to get their animals vaccinated against haemorrhagic fever. . More >>>


Countryside days catching crabs yield cries of joy and painJep khee, jep khee ” is not a pleasant term to hear in Laos, translating roughly to “shit! that hurts!” in English but it is an accurate reflection of the pain young people feel when they are ... .More >>>


Millions and life
Uncle Khamdi's family consisted of his beloved wife named Aunty Mi, and his admirable son - Kham Si; they lived in Ban Keng Noy.
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AIPA Special

AIPA during its 29 years as AIPO

There are four more weeks before the National Assembly will host the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which will be held in Vientiane from September 14-20.
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