March 19, 2018

Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam partner in fight against human trafficking

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- Laos, Australia agree to broaden cooperation
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his hosting Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday agreed to broaden cooperation between the two countries in various fields, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The two premiers held bilateral talks during Mr Thongloun’s visit to Australia to attend the Asean-Australia Special Summit, which took place in Sydney on March 17-18. . . More >>>

Lao Front agrees on plan of work for 2018
The Lao Front for National Development’s Committee approved by-elected and additional members, advisors on economics and law, and the work plan for this year, at its plenary meeting last week. The meeting was attended by 260 Lao Front Committee members. They agreed to enlarge activities planned to celebrate the Front’s 68th anniversary this year. Members also agreed on preparations for this year’s Lao Front Standing Committee plenary meeting, national meeting of eminent persons, and the Front’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020. . ... . More >>>

Lao expatriates pledge support for development efforts
Ethnic Lao who now live overseas have pledged to do more to unify Lao communities in their countries, as well as preserving their original national identity and supporting the government’s policy of people-based diplomacy.
Representatives of ethnic Lao from France, Canada, and the United States relayed these pledges when addressing the ordinary plenary meeting of the Lao Front for National Development Committee last week. . More >>>

- Laos placed 110th on UN’s ranking of world’s happiest nations
Laos has been placed 110th out of 156 countries in the United Nations’ ranking of the world’s happiest nations, coming in behind several other Asean countries.
The 2018 World Happiness report unveiled recently ranked countries on six key variables including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption....More >>>

- Lao leaders congratulate Chinese counterparts on re-election
President Bounnhang Vorachit and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith have congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on being re-elected and re-appointed to the top posts in the Chinese state and government leadership.
A message sent by President Bounnhang to President Xi read “On the occasion of Your Comrade’s re-election by the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, on behalf of the government and people of Laos, and on my own behalf, I would like to extend my hearty congratulations and wishes.”.More >>>

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- Japan provides 1.9 billion kip for road, bridge upgrades
The Japanese government has provided grant assistance of 1.9 billion kip (US$231.408) for two infrastructure projects in Laos through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
The grant contracts were signed at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Friday by the Ambassador of Japan to Laos, Mr Takeshi Hikihara; Director of the Office of Public Works and Transport in Champhon district, Savannakhet province, Mr Phonesavath Ladchamphone; and Director of the Office of Public Works and Transport in Meuangfeuang district, Vientiane province, Mr Bounthene Keo-outhay.... More >>>

- Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam partner in fight against human trafficking
The governments of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam will continue to support each other in their efforts to prevent cross-border human trafficking.
The countries’ cooperation was discussed at a recent meeting titled Reviewing Conference Campaign on Combatting and Suppressing Cross Border Trafficking in Persons in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The meeting took place in Champassak province and was attended by Laos’ Deputy Minister of Public Security, Police Brigadier General Dr Somvang Thammasith, and other delegates from the three countries....More >>>

- Laos, IFAD extend partnership to enhance rural livelihoods
The Lao government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will further collaborate on improving food and nutrition security to enhance the livelihoods of people living in rural poverty.
The collaboration will also continue to encourage opportunities for smallholder farmers in the rapid development of value chains around cash and food crops and livestock.
This was the message at the final stakeholder meeting of the Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP) 2018-2024 between Laos, IFAD, and development partners in Vientiane on Friday, attended by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury..More >>>


Healthy diet, healthy life

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables will help us maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) weight. . . .... More >>>


Watermelon farm provides work for Bokeo villagers
After the annual rice harvest, villagers in rural areas don’t have much to do, as rice farming is their main occupation. Those who are young and single often head to towns to find work while married people find something to do in their village, but it’s hard to get a job and the wages are low.... More >>>


Lao schoolboys bag first prize at regional science contest
A year of serious research helped two boys from Kiettisack International School (KIS) in Vientiane to win first place in the young scientists’ competition of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO).... .. . . . . More >>>


Singaporean dancer passes on ballet skills to Lao students 
To promote ballet in Laos a Singaporean expert in the field has devoted the best part of three years passing on the finer techniques of the elegant art form to eager young dancers. More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Garden bakery has customers hooked
After just one year of operation, the sweet taste of the cakes, pastries and croissants produced by Bakery By Boris has dessert lovers hooked. ... . More >>>


Almsgiving - a tradition worth preserving
Almsgiving is a fine tradition that Lao people have practised every day around the country since ancient times, so much so that it has become a reflection of the country’s culture. ... .
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Luang Prabang View Hotel supports social activities, Visit Laos Year
Even though it has been supporting the local government for many years, the Luang Prabang View Hotel looks forward to continuing to support social activities, including the Visit Laos Year 2018 campaign..... More >>>


TKI Companies to offer life and general insurance in Laos
TKI Life Insurance Co., Ltd. and TKI General Insurance Co., Ltd., the two newly inaugurated Vientiane-based insurance companies, expect to become country’s leaders in life and general insurance with packaged products and professional services beginning from this year... More >>>


Acclaimed producer envisions Lao-Cambodian film partnership
Much-admired filmmaker and producer from Hanuman Productions Cambodia, Kulikar Sotho has a vision of Lao and Cambodian filmmakers working together to promote the art form....More >>>


Khaen reflects Laos’ true musical heritage
The khaen has born witness to centuries of change and development in Laos and always inspires listeners with its lilting sound and upbeat melodies, which prompt people to dance and sing... ..More >>>

World news

Lawmakers quibble over details of US$1.3T US spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top-level congressional talks on a US$1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related.....More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What are the benefits of learning English?
Vientiane Times asked some local residents how they think speaking English can be helpful, bearing in mind that this is Visit Laos Year...... More >>>


Corporate support muscles up Mr and Miss Fitness Lao
Sporting equipment company Vientiane Fitness is supporting the Lao Body Building Federation with 100 million kip to stage Mr and Miss Fitness Lao 2018, with the contest to take place in Vientiane on April 7.....More >>>

Dining Out

Savour the tongue-tingling spicy food of Sichuan
When somebody asked me about Chinese food in Vientiane, the first place that came to mind was San Jiang market, which is packed with Chinese businesses and eateries. But when the person asked about the availability of Sichuan cuisine, I decided to do some more homework. . ... . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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