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December 26, 2014
Police charge man after accidental gunshot kills wife ## Laosamay Group gets international award for business quality


1.Officials collect concerns of local people through the NA hotline.
2. Associate Professor Dr Bounkong Syhavong addresses the press conference.

1. Fewer NA callers voice concerns at ongoing session
The number of callers through the National Assembly (NA) telephone hotline this session has declined by several fold compared to the last session in July. . More >>>

2. Regulation of foreign-run medical clinics still unclear
Medical clinics operated by foreign nationals continue to offer healthcare services, despite warnings from the Lao authorities to cease operation, as they are prohibited by law. . More >>>

3. Minimum wage set to increase
The government has decided to increase the minimum wage in an effort to reduce the problem of labour moving to neighbouring countries, particularly Thailand. . More >>>

4.Laosamay Group gets international award for business quality
Laosamay Group in Laos was one of 94 companies in the world to receive the International Quality Crown Awards 2014 from a Spanish group.
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Police charge man after accidental gunshot kills wife
Vientiane provincial police have brought a charge of reckless behaviour against a man whose unregistered gun accidentally fired, killing his wife. . . More >>>

NA members call for tough new immigration law
National Assembly members want the newly drafted law on migration management to satisfy those who are concerned about the influx of people from neighbouring countries. .   More >>>


December 26, 2014
- Lao, Vietnamese provinces further friendship ties
Vientiane province in Laos and Hai Duong province in Vietnam this week celebrated 30 years of joint cooperation. . More >>>
- Xaysomboun reviews poverty alleviation efforts
Xaysomboun province: This newly created province currently has 2,167 families classified as poor, equal to 17 percent of the total number of families in Xaysomboun, it was reported at a meeting on Thursday to assess development in the province. . More >>>
- Desperation for drugs leads to boy's death
Police have arrested a drug addict after he recently killed his nephew so that he could steal his motorbike, which he intended to sell to fund his amphetamine habit. More >>>
- Officials monitor product prices as New Year approaches
Officials will carry out checks on product prices in markets ahead of the New Year in a bid to curb the mark-up mentality that seizes vendors at peak seasonal shopping times. . . More >>>

December 25, 2014
- Opium problem revisits Phongsaly
Almost 30 percent of the population of the northern province of Phongsaly are believed to be addicted to or growing opium. . More >>>
- Road carnage continues in the lead up to New Year
Five people were killed and many more injured in a spate of road accidents over a seven day period in Vientiane recently. . More >>>
- Art education project spreads its wings
An art education project run by the Education for Development Fund-Lao (EDF-Lao) together with the education sector is set to be rolled out at schools in other provinces after its initial success in Savannakhet.
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- Lao handicrafts garner Japanese award
Seven handicraft products made by six Lao enterprises recently received the prestigious “G-Mark” Award under The Mekong Design Selection 2014 programme. . More >>>

December 24, 2014
- School’s winter gifts bring warmth to the poor
The Australian International School (AIS) in Vientiane has provided 200 blankets and educational materials worth about 40 million kip to poor people suffering from the cold weather in Namounlaykhay village, Phaxay district, Xieng Khuang province. More >>>
- First ever Khao Kai Noi festival takes place in Xieng Khuang
Finally, the first ever Khao Kai Noi rice festival will take place in the province where it is mainly harvested - Xieng Khuang. The long-awaited event to celebrate this famed grain can be witnessed on December 24 and 25 at the province’s main football stadium. More >>>
- Man commits suicide at Patouxay
A 24 year old man jumped from the seventh floor of the Patouxay monument in central Vientiane on Monday morning, in what was an apparent suicide. More >>>
- CPD partnership project reviews medical education system
Ministry of Health, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Seoul National University held an annual review meeting in Vientiane last week on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) project. More >>>

December 23, 2014
- Maison de la Culture a home for aspiring artists
The Maison de la Culture (House of Culture) in Vientiane held a bazaar on Saturday to showcase the work of local artists and raise awareness of the wealth of creative talent in Laos. More >>>
- New Zealand donates towards disaster readiness in Laos
The New Zealand government has contributed some 104 million kip (around US$130,000) to assist with disaster preparedness and community resilience in Laos. More >>>
- Predator fish species appear in Laos
Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have ordered officials at the country’s border-check points to conduct thorough inspections of imported fish to prevent foreign predator fish species from escaping into the nation’s rivers and streams. More >>>
- “Salt” an exhibition of salt mines in Vientiane
The beauty and the mystery of salt mines around Vientiane has been captured in a series of black and white photos now exhibiting at La Maison de la Culture de Ban Naxay in Vientiane. More >>>

December 22, 2014
- Govt, Chinese company inks deal on Huay Palay hydropower project
The government has agreed for Guangdong No.3 Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Engineering Board to undertake the development of Huay Palay upstream hydropower project in Champassak province. . . More >>>
- Aviation officials to use new air traffic technology
Officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's Department of Civil Aviation Department and Lao Air Traffic Management gathered with experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday for talks on the capacity development project for transition to new air traffic management systems. . . More >>>
- Laos, Japan meet to boost local investment
Lao and Japanese senior officials gathered in Vientiane on Friday at the 8th Annual Meeting of the “Lao-Japan Public and Private Sectors Dialogue” (Lao-Japan PPSJD) to discuss enhancing Japanese investment in Laos. . More >>>
- First tractor competition for Laos
The Siam Kubota Corporation Limited recently organised a tractor competition to demon strate its products along with promoting a bit of fun in Champassak provi nce. . More >>>

December 19, 2014
- Media urged to promote positive uses of technology
Members of the media have been urged to boost public understanding in using multimedia for the benefit of themselves, society and the nation, while also combating poor conduct on social media. . . More >>>
- Vientiane police plan New Year's security detail
Vientiane Traffic Police Department has rostered almost 600 police to security detail over the period from Christmas Day up until New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. . . More >>>
- Post Typhoon project boosts rural livelihoods
At least 3,000 farmers have been able to increase their rice productivity by more than 20 percent since the Lao Uplands Food Security Improvement Project (LUFSIP) came into effect to assist communities several years ago. . More >>>
- Woodworking project to carve out income for youth
An inauguration ceremony for a livelihood training project being undertaken by a Japanese NGO was held recently at the Non Formal Education Development Centre (NFEDC) of the Ministry of Education and Sports in the capital. . More >>>

December 18, 2014
- Pathways for sustainable development being aired
As the Lao PDR seeks to emerge from the status of Least Developed Country by 2020, research can play a critical role when it comes to producing knowledge that can be beneficial to society. This is particularly true with regard to understanding the impacts and potential trade-offs of different development scenarios as the country develops at a rapid pace. . More >>>
- ICTC, reliable assistance from Japan
The International Convention and Training Centre (ICTC) is among the most reliable of assistance provided by Japan to serve as a venue for important local, national, and international events. . More >>>
- Nam Theun II irrigation project nearly complete
The third water gate irrigation project construction downstream from the Nam Theun II hydropower plant is 90 percent complete after work began in November last year. . More >>>
- Wastewater and pollution problems increasing in Vientiane
The water quality in the drainage canals and marshes has been getting worse due to the increasing discharge of domestic wastewater from urban areas. . More >>>
- Tourism stakeholders convene for AEC countdown
A spectrum of 80-plus Lao tourism stakeholders from around the country met in Luang Prabang province recently to take a collective step forward in preparing for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
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PM calls for continuing infrastructure development assistance

- NA debates amendments to the constitution
- NA session opens amidst economic pressure
- PM visits projects in Huaphanh
- Investment in sanitation yields economic returns, study finds  
- Laos reviews 39 years of remarkable progress
Festival gives boost to Lao coffee industry
Traditional boat racing crown goes to Luang Prabang
Lao PM stresses energy security and sustainable future in Asean
Laos pushes for energy integration
Laos-Russia to deepen ties, cooperation
Vientiane AIPA adopts resolutions to boost community building
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Lao mining sector eyes larger output
A recent report from the Ministry of Energy and Mines reveals that production in the mining sector is expected to increase in value this fiscal year. .... More >>>


Sinxay Awards promote creativity in Lao authors
Vannasin magazine of the Publication Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism yesterday organised a ceremony to announce and present prizes to the winners of the 2014 Sinxay National Writing Competition. . More >> >


Building a responsible society: lessons learnt from Japan Leaving Laos, a country where Japan is viewed as a good development model in terms of implementing pollution countermeasures to keep cities clean and ... More >>>

World news

Abe reelected PM, forms 3rd Cabinet
JAPAN (The Yomiuri Shimbun) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his third Cabinet on Wednesday night after he was reelected as the nation's 97th prime minister in votes held in both chambers ... More >>>


Will the new regulation accepted by the NA help to limit alcohol consumption?
The National Assembly has agreed to accept a regulation on the control of alcohol consumption. . ..More >>>


Oudomxay to use new sports complex for northern games
Oudomxay province plans to host sporting competitions between the northern provinces at their new sports complex built for staging the 10th National Games . .. ...More >>>


Trip of a lifetime reveals secrets of Korea
When I stepped out of the aircraft on landing in the Republic of Korea, a wave of new impressions and sensations rolled over me as I took in the new . ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Farming production helps remote family escape from poverty
Growing rice for their own consumption and selling the little surplus they had was not enough to change the living standards of Mrs Nuam Khamphay's family for the better so they. . . . . . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Hmong New Year festival the time to find love
After the hard work of harvesting, it's time for rural communities to celebrate and enjoy some fun, while for some ethnic groups it's the time to look for their life partner. . More >>>


Ensuring safe food for Oudomxay National Games
With 7,000 athletes and 12,000 spectators expected to descend upon Oudomxay province for the 10th National Games from December 13-21, the challenge is on to ensure safe and clean food in sufficient supply to cater to the influx. . More >>>


WHO supports illness surveillance and response at National Games
While athletes and spectators are currently enjoying the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province this week, the Ministry of Health, Oudomxay provincial Health Authority, together with the WHO will be closely monitoring the games for outbreaks of food-borne illness (diarrhoeal), respiratory or vector-borne diseases. . More >>>


Paklai: a junction to heritage cities in Laos and Thailand
The distinctive sounds of “tock tock” tractors plying the roads and fields can be heard along the new border checkpoint between Laos and Thailand everyday, even though it has yet to officially open. .... More >>>


The wind is over

In the past, Phouphadang was covered by a dense and green forest, abundant with different species of wildlife. High in the sky, the birds flew and underneath them echoed the voice of monkeys and languars as they called to their partners. . .More >>>

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