October 24, 2017

Funding to fight poverty set to increase in 2018, parliament told

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1. PM declares ‘intolerance’ of corruption, abuse of power
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the National Assembly (NA) yesterday the government will take earnest action in striving for good governance by addressing corruption, abuse of power and bureaucratic issues. The premier described corruption, abuse of power and bureaucratic issues as the root cause hindering good governance. . . More >>>

2. Japan boost school environment improvement project in Laos
The government of Japan will provide grant aid amounting to 1.4 billion Japanese yen (over US$12 million) to implement the project for improving the lower secondary school environment in the central and southern provinces. The signing ceremony for the exchange of notes for grant aid for the project took place yesterday in Vientiane. . . More >>>

3. Overvalued road projects inspection ordered: PM 
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has confirmed that costs of many road construction projects in the past years were too expensive and exceeded the realistic value. The PM vowed to inspect all unauthorised road projects, particularly higher-cost projects before putting them on the list for payments, saying that the government would enforce the laws strictly. . . More >>>

4. Funding to fight poverty set to increase in 2018, parliament told
Funding from various sources, including the state budget, to finance projects to fight poverty is set to increase in 2018, the Minister of Planning and Investment told the parliament on Friday. . . More >>>

5 . Inspection targets could include any project, authority confirms
The Government Inspection Authority (GIA) will inspect all target projects following the result of an audit by the State Audit Organisation (SAO) while proposing for stricter processes to in the approval processes for development projects. . . More >>>

6. Laos protecting benefits, rights of workers overseas
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has been successful in protecting the benefits and rights of Lao workers employed abroad, especially in Thailand, according to a leading official. . .  More >>>

More news stories

- Lancang-Mekong culture, tourism friendship caravan visits Lao capital
Laos is increasingly benefiting from cross border cooperation efforts in the tourism field, participants in the Lancang –Mekong Culture and Tourism Friendship Caravan (LMC) have been told. . . More >>>

- Four Xayaboury villages hit by flash flooding
Four villages in Paklai district, Xayaboury province were hit by flash flooding after heavy rain on Sunday night, with many families and hectares of rice fields affected. . . More >>>

- French NGO photo exhibition fundraiser assists poor children
Enfant d’Asie (Children of Asia) Association organised their first ever photography exhibition in Vientiane on Saturday to raise funds in support of the nation’s poor children. . . More >>>


The benefits of exercise for older persons
After waiting for two hours to get a health check-up, Grandfather Boun is relieved when medical staff give him some useful tips on how he can stay in good shape.
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Xekong family proudly making mark with handmade textiles
An ethnic family in Xekong province is proud that many people, including foreigners, have expressed an interest in their handmade textiles. . . More >>>


Student shares experiences of being awarded top honours certificate
Ms Pharada Vongsolaseune or Da is one of three students from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Department of Social Work and Development of the. . . More >>>


Best regards to beautiful Yunnan
 A Lao media delegation recently attended a workshop on advertising media and mass media in Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan, China, where they also visited many places of interest. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Lao artisan making fans to blow poverty away 
Without having  careful observation of this paper fan, you may use it only for relieving the heat.
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Arts & Culture

Xayaboury festival drumming up visitors to rural district
The recent drumming competition in rural Thongmixay district is one of Xayaboury province’s biggest festivities throughout the year and always lively, colourful and meaningful for participating residents and visitors.. More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>



Labour ministry pushes for more local recruitment in projects
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare is expected to enhance cooperation with other ministries concerned in a bit to prioritise approaches to local recruitment . . . More >>>


Sherlock Holmes play delights Vientiane audience
A play featuring the escapades of Sherlock Holmes drew a large crowd at the Mercure Vientiane hotel on Friday night, with everyone keen to see this unusual and fascinating production.. More >>>


Belt and Road Initiative produces tangible benefits for Laos
The Belt and Road Initiative has been producing tangible benefits for Laos including the China-Laos railway, first Lao Satellite and conversion of local terrestrial analogue radio... More >>>

World news

South-East Asia’s media personnel gain insight into Korean life, culture  
Audiences of the Vientiane Times and other regional media outlets are set to benefit after media personnel from ten Asean member countries gained a more profound knowledge and understanding of the culture of the Republic of Korea (ROK) thanks to the 2017 Asean Media People Visit to Korea programme.. .More >>>


On what issues should we focus to ensure poverty alleviation?
Education is one of the issues often discussed at the National Assembly as the members believe it will help achieve poverty alleviation. While the nation’s economy ... More >>>


Petanque players getting set for PM’s Cup
Men and womens petanque teams from Vientiane city and many provinces are gearing up to compete at the 8th National Assembly’s President’s Cup in Bokeo province from November 28 to 30. . . More >>>

Dining Out

Smooth Restaurant & Bar & Café offers Spanish cuisine
Smooth Restaurant & Bar & Café, which opened recently in the central town of Vientiane, offers a wonderful experience with its tasty food and great ambience. .. . More >>>


Huayxorn-Huayxua: A model centre for agriculture services and development
The Huayxorn-Huayxua agriculture service and development centre, established jointly with Thailand, is a model for ... . More >>>

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