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January 18, 2017

New national library to offer full services next month ## Lao Economic Daily anticipates bright future

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1. Associate Prof. Dr BounkongSyhavong presents flowers to Her Royal Highness Lamia bintMajet Al Saud.
MrSinay Mienglavanh reads a report at the inspection meeting. --Photo Khamphanh

1. Saudi princess gives boost to measles vaccination drive
Saudi Arabian Princess Her Royal Highness Lamia bintMajet Al Saud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, says the organisation will provide about US$2.6 million to Laos in support of measles and rubella vaccinations this year. More >>>

2. Numerous officials cited for corruption by inspection authority
Numerous officials at the central and local levels have been found to have been involved in corrupt conduct which has resulted in a huge loss of financial resources. More >>>

3. Ministry lists top ten commercial rice varieties
The Department of Trade Promotion under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has listed the top ten Lao rice varieties for domestic sale and export. More >>>

Minister vows stable electricity supply
The electricity supply in various special and specific economic zones has been stable, enabling factories to operate smoothly, a minister has said. More >>>

5. Vientiane Council asks authorities to tackle chronic problems
Members of the Vientiane People's Council have asked local authorities to crack down on law breakers, saying the hands-off attitude in relation to management has led to numerous unresolved problems in the capital. More >>>

6. Road 13 South safety under scrutiny
There are no almost safety barriers to protect road users along Road 13 South, which runs for about 847 kilometres from Vientiane to Attapeu province via Borikamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan and Champassak provinces. More >>>


January 18, 2017
- Autism association reports on project successes
The Association for Autism (AFA) held a joint press conference yesterday in Vientiane with their partners to review a successful healthcare project for Lao children affected by autism. More >>>
- Laos, US strengthen partnership
Lao and US senior officials have discussed a comprehensive partnership and stronger economic ties between the two nations during a US senior official's visit to Laos from January 16-17. More >>>
- New national library to offer full services next month
The new National Library of Laos expects to be fully up and running next month with modern facilities and larger spaces, providing readers with a better library experience. More >>>
- Lao Economic Daily anticipates bright future
The Lao Economic Daily newspaper run by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is improving its columns to attract more readers and upgrade the overall quality of the publication. More >>>

January 17, 2017
- Laos, Singapore partner in physiotherapy education
More people with disabilities will be able to enjoy a positive quality of life now that Singapore and Laos have joined forces to improve the physiotherapy education programme in Laos. . More >>>
- 51 people die in two weeks of accidents
Vi entiane has again topped the list of road accidents around the country over a two week period, with 66 recorded accidents and nine fatalities.
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- Over 1.2 tonnes of cannabis seized in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial police recently arrested five men and confiscated cannabis bricks weighing more than 1,200kg as well as two motorboats in Huaysied village, Pakxan district. . More >>>
- Medical team gives patients new vision in life
About 30 people in Oudomxay province who had problems with their eyelids have undergone corrective surgery performed by Thai and Lao specialists, and are now enjoying better vision.. More >>>

January 16, 2017
- Lao National Television open news service on YouTube
Lao National Television recently signed an agreement with Music Rights Management of Thailand Co., Ltd., to begin a news service on YouTube. More >>>
- Project boosts livelihood development in Xekong
The Ministry of Education and Sports and World Concern Laos will launch the Integrated Development Project to contribute to the overall economic development of Laos, and especially communities in Xekong province. More >>>
- Job fair highlights opportunities with Japanese companies
Students at the National University of Laos were able to get information about employment with Japanese companies at the Job Fair and Japanese New Year Festival last week. More >>>
- Changing times convert farming reservoir to tourist attraction
Alt hough a large lake on the outskirts of Kaysone Phomvihane district in Savannakhet province is proving very popular, local authorities have plans to further improve and develop the si te. More >>>

January 13, 2017
- Lao Food Festival announces this year's event
The Lao Businesswomen's Association will host the 12th Lao Food Festival from January 25-27, 2017, with the main exhibition set to be held at Chao Anouvong Park in Chanthabouly district. . More >>>
- Trade unions spread influence to private sector
Laos launched a new project at the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) on Thursday aiming to build capacity for the protection of workers' rights in the private sector. . More >>>
- Two dead, 30 injured in Xieng Khuang bus crash
One Lao and one French passenger died and 30 people sustained injuries when a bus collided with the rear end of a 12-wheel truck and overturned in Yordhuay village, Nonghet district, Xieng Khuang province, on Wednesday morning. . More >>>
- JICA welcomes new Japanese volunteers to Laos
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched eight new Japanese volunteers to Laos, aiming to support the Lao people in their efforts towards socio-economic and human resource development across the country. . More >>>

January 12, 2017
- Foreign investors lured by Oudomxay tourism treasures
Several natural sites in Oudomxay province are attracting the interest of foreign investors keen to develop new attractions to draw more domestic and overseas visitors, according to a provincial official. More >>>
- Tourism officials beef up on sustainable standards
A project supported by the Lao-German Development Cooperation is hosting a three-day training course on Global Sustainable Tourism Council Standards as a follow-up to a workshop held in Vangvieng last March, under the RELATED initiative. More >>>
- Indonesia gives token of friendship to disabled Lao women
Staff from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia's Women's Association Dharma Wanita Persatuan (DWP) on Tuesday visited the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre to make donations and share in friendly activities. More >>>
- School's Culture Day celebrates diversity
Eastern Star Bilingual School recently hosted its third annual Culture Day to celebrate cultural diversity, showcasing a variety of dances, cuisines, and art forms from countries all around the world. More >>>

January 11, 2017
- Water provider seeks funding for development
The Vientiane Water Supply Enterprise will look for sources of funding for its development projects after the government recently ordered it not to increase consumer water rates this year. More >>>
- Hadxaifong mulls closure of rowdy entertainment venues
Hadxaifong district authorities are considering closing places of entertainment near educational institutions in a bid to reduce noise and curb drug abuse and drinking. More >>>
- One dead, 18 injured after minivan falls over precipice
A girl died and 18 people were injured when a minivan ran off the road and rolled down a precipice in Phonthong district, Luang Prabang province, on Saturday . More >>>

January 10 , 2017
- Vientiane confirms original economic targets, despite govt's adjustment
The Vientiane administration has confirmed it will not lower its annual average economic growth target originally approved at least 11 percent, despite the government lowering national growth targets and cutting expenditure. .More >>>
More maps to aid Korean visitors
The Maum Donghaeng Foundation of the Republic of Korea has supported the reprinting of tourist maps of Laos in the Korean language to assist the growing number of visitors arriving from the north Asian nation.
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Govt to build more transmission lines, substations
The government plans to install 54 more electricity transmission lines and build another 16 substations by 2020. .More >>>
Minister asks Bokeo health workers to ensure patient satisfaction
The Minister of Health has encouraged doctors and nurses in Bokeo province to provide good quality services that match patients' expectations and provide satisfaction. .More >>>

January 9 , 2017
- Ministry vows to tackle education disparities
The educational disparity between urban, rural and remote areas still remains but the Ministry of Education and Sports is working to bolster education and sports development in target areas.More >>>
- Xayaboury readies accommodation for elephant festival visitors
The organising committee of Xayaboury's annual elephant festival is preparing home-stays to cater to the expected large influx of visitors this year. More >>>
- National Culture Hall renovation set to start
Renovation of the National Culture Hall is set to begin in the near future once the necessary Chinese-funded materials arrive. More >>>

January 6, 2017
- Vientiane combating gender based violence
HELVETAS Swis s Intercooperation in Laos and the European Union have provided more than 1.97 billion kip (228,700 Euro) for the Bringing Justice Closer to Women Suffering from Gender Based Violence project in target villages of Xay thany district, Vientiane. More >>>
- About 5 percent of mothers still giving birth alone
The Ministry of Health is promoting a free delivery scheme to encourage more rural women to give birth at healthcare centres after finding that about 5 percent of women deliver their babies in a secluded area outside their house. More >>>
- Police get tough with drug traffickers
The year 2016 saw police nationwide crack down on drug trafficking in a determined attempt to stamp out the growing trade.More >>>
- One injured in Sisattanak house fire
One person was injured when a house in Donpamai village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane, was engulfed in flames yesterday, with the fire thought to have been started by an electrical short. More >>>

January 5 , 2017
- Organic soybean grower in Vientiane requires buyers
An organic soybean growers' group in Xaythany district, Vientiane requires purchase agreements with regular buyers in order to expand its production. . More >>>
- Public encouraged to mark anniversary of Chao Fa Ngum statue
People nationwide are encouraged to attend events taking place this week to mark the 14th anniversary of the installation of a statue of Chao Fa Ngum in Vientiane. . More >>>
- Free cleft lip and palate surgery on offer
Mahosot Hospital in partnership with the University of Health Sciences, Women's International Group and Bridge the Gap Foundation from the Netherlands will provide surgery to correct cleft lip and palate conditions, dental problems, and burn scars. . More >>>
- Nam Kat Yorlapa Resort popular with tourists
Nam Kat Yorlapa Resort, in the protected forestry area along Nam Kat River of Xay district, Oudomxay province is becoming a popular ecotourism destination after receiving good feedback from local and foreign visitors. . More >>>

January 4 , 2017
- Ministry reveals plan to end forest encroachment
Laos is planning to put a complete stop to unregulated logging and forest encroachment by restoring forests through the replanting of trees and forest protection. More >>>
- Vientiane tops list in New Year road accidents
Vientiane topped the list of road accidents nationwide during the New Year celebrations in the five days from December 29 to January 2, in which there were 37 accidents with 57 people sustaining injures and five people killed. More >>>
- Vietnam asks Laos to upgrade link road
Vietnam has asked Laos to consider upgrading the 111km Road No. 18 that links Attapeu province to southern Vietnam. More >>>
- Borikhan district suffers from unworkable water supply
More than 200 families in Xomxeun village, Borikhan district, Borikhamxay province are still complaining about their water supply after it stopped working a few years ago. More >>>

January 3, 2017
- Early warning weather centre to offer brighter outlook
Construction of a meteorological and hydrological early warning station has been completed, with the contractor handing over the project to the government on Frid ay. . More >>>
Lao Red Cross raises blood collection target for 2017
The Lao Red Cross (LRC) has set a target of 44,000 bags of donated blood next year to boost its supplies, while the number of people in need of blood continues to increase. . More >>>
50 police complete training for operation of command centre
Some 50 police officers from departments under the Ministry of Public Security have enhanced their capacity in dealing with emergencies through Police Command Centre (PCC) training. . More >>>
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam enhance border security
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have agreed to further strengthen cooperation in maintaining security along their shared borders to enhance trade, investment, tourism, and transportation. . More >>>

December 30 , 2016
- Prime Minister visits Sakura Park in Viengxay
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith recently visited the Lao-Japan Friendship Sakura Park in Viengxay district, Huaphan province, to tour the park planted with Sakura or cherry blossom trees. More >>>
- Khammuan clamps down on sale of substandard goods
Authorities in Khammuan province are carrying out strict checks to remove substandard goods from market stalls and shops in a bid to put an end to a chronic problem. More >>>
- PFHA reviews health activities
A project aiming to improve health service quality for local people in Laos' northern provinces was one of the achievements highlighted at a meeting of the Promotion of Family Health Association (PFHA). More >>>
- EDL opens call centre for public comments
Electricite Du Laos (EDL) has opened a larger call centre with the phone number 1199 so that consumers can make complaints or recommendations regarding the company's operations. More >>>
- Korean NGO extends social welfare services
The Korean NGO Great Peace in the Lao PDR (Great Peace) expects to continue their project in 2017 to provide social welfare services and promote child rights in the local community. More >>>


Phongsavanh Bank receives international awards, prizes in 2016
Phongsavanh Bank Limited received many international awards and prizes for its quality of service, management and best enterprise and manager of the year at the end of last year. More >>>


Poupay Laddavanh wows readers with sexy magazine shoot
The winner of The Wow Lao season 1, Ms Laddavanh Khounthavong (Poupay), who came to prominence on the fashion stage of the project, is now receiving a lot of interest from fans and is sought after for magazine shoots. More >>>


Nineteenth SEA Write Awards winner satisfied with success
The nineteenth winner of the SEA Write Awards Mr Soubanh Luangrath is proud to have been recognised as an outstanding writer for the country and will continue his endeavours to promote Lao literature. More >>>

World news

PUB takes action against drainage contractor
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times, ANN) -- Singapore's national water agency PUB will take action against a contractor for carrying out unapproved drainage works at Upper Thomson.More >>>


Developed villages can change superstitious beliefs
Even though fewer than 5 percent of women now give birth alone and outdoors, with the figure still dropping, the Ministry of Health is facing a serious challenge in trying to reduce the mortality rate of mothers and infants. More >>>


Laos encouraged to host 2019 vovinam championship
Asean countries have urged Laos to host the 5th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championship in 2019 following the successful 4th championship in Cambodia last week. . . More >>>


Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang
After seven years of preparations the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang opened to the public last month. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Orange juice sweetens life for Hadxaifong family
He was very proud to see that his orange juice attracted so many customers, who queued up to buy juice that was made in Laos instead of outside the country. . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Xayaboury memorial honours unknown soldiers
A new memorial honouring the men and women who devoted their energies and in some cases sacrificed their lives in the defence of their country has been built in Mai village, Thongmixay district, Xayaboury province. ...More >>>


Two-time Chinese scholarship awardee shares his experiences
"Ever since I heard about the Chinese Government Scholarship when I was in Mor 5 (Grade 11), my goal was to get one, said 26-year-old Chinese Government Scholarship holder, Mr Novalee Sayaxang. . . . . More >>>


Get back to good health after giving up smoking
Have you just quit smoking? What are you going to do from now? Caring for your body with a good diet and regular exercise is very necessary. . . .


Skilled artisan shines in silverware trade
Making a silver bowl is not easy because the whole process takes a month, so if you don't really like it or you're not a patient person this is not the job for you. More >>>


Temples lead the way in creating green spaces
Planting trees in urban areas is very important because it creates green spaces and helps to preserve the natural environment amid large areas of concrete buildings. . . . More >>>

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