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July 30, 2014

Lao authorities and JICA implement rural development project

1. Chinese President Xi Jinping ( right ) and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, hold talks with Secretary General of Lao People's Revolutionary Party Choummaly Sayasone in Beijing, China. -- Photo Xinhua

1. Laos, China pledge to boost bilateral ties
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Lao President Choummaly Sayasone on Monday held talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing, pledging to boost the relationship between the two ruling parties as well as the bilateral ties “no matter how the international situation changes.” More >>>

2. Admission quota set for university entrance exams
The National University of Laos (NUOL) will hold entrance exams next week for about 15,000 school leavers and expects to take on around 6,000 students this academic year in line with the quota set by the Ministry of Education and Sports. More >>>

3. Dangerous herbicide use found in Bokeo banana farms
The authorities are concerned about the herbicide used at Chinese operated banana farms in Bokeo province, fearing that overuse of chemical substances will impact people's health and the environment. More >>>

4. Insufficient conditions for steel processing plant here
Laos still has insufficient conditions to construct a steel processing plant, Minister of Energy and Mines Soulivong Dalavong has said.More >>>

 Lao authorities and JICA implement rural development project
The Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is implementing a rural development project called ‘Livelihood Improvement Project for Southern Mountainous and Plateau Areas' (LIPS). More >>>

6. Policies for revolutionary fighters set for completion by 2015
Policies to reward national heroes, revolutionary fighters and retired officials who served virtuously in the struggle for national liberation and then development should be largely complete by 2015, a senior government official has said. More >>>


July 30, 2014
- NA confirms its role in dealing with public complaints
The National Assembly (NA) has steadily seen to public complaints on behalf of the state legislature, as well as the administrative and judicial bodies. More >>>
Laos escapes Typhoon Rammasun destruction
There have been no reports of major flooding or mudslides occurring nationwide as a result of the recent Typhoon Rammasun which came close to Laos two weeks ago. More >>>
Thai pollsters visit Laos
A team of six pollsters from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Thailand have visited Laos as part of its cooperation programme among Asean member countries ahead of the integration into the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. - More >>>
Bank account to reforest Sangthong and Hinheup district
The project entitled ‘Sustainable Management of Watersheds in the Lower Mekong Basin' plans to reafforest 700 hectares by 2017, with the objective of increasing greenery and forestry in the country. More >>>

July 29, 2014
- Lack of jobs sees a return to opium farming
Former opium users in remote areas have returned to growing the crop after a shortage of jobs. More >>>
Champassak man shot dead in Vientiane
Vientiane Police Office reported yesterday that a man from Champassak province was shot dead in Suanmone village, Sisattanak district Vientiane. More >>>
Laos, Vietnam strengthen justice cooperation
The Lao and Vietnamese justice ministries have enhanced cooperation in the justice sector. More >>>
Communicable disease control hotline launched
The Vientiane Communicable Disease Control Department of the Ministry of Health yesterday officially launched a new 166 toll free hotline to assist with information on communicable disease prevention and control. More >>>

July 28, 2014
- THPC improves villagers' livelihoods
The Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) has presented new homes and community facilities to four affected villages, after more than US$14 million (over 112 billion kip) was spent on infrastructure development in the area. . More >>>
- Govt provides allowance for disadvantaged students
The government is set to provide a monthly allowance of approximately 400,000 kip to disadvantaged students studying at vocational training schools around the country. . More >>>
- Thieves target vehicles for break-ins
Thieves breaking vehicle windows to steal property inside is becoming a major problem with police currently investigating numerous incidents, according to a district official last week. . More >>>
- Rural communities better access to healthcare
Thousands of women and children in Bokeo province have been able to access improved health services. . More >>>

July 25, 2014
- Bikes impounded during road checks waiting to be claimed
The Vientiane Traffic Police have issued an announcement calling for motorcycle owners whose bikes have been lost, stolen or confiscated by the police to claim them back within three months from now. More >>>
- Laos presents friendship medal to NHK Japan TV
The Lao government presented the Friendship Order to television network NHK of Japan in Vientiane on Monday at Lao National Television. More >>>
- Crucial evidence emerges in Sikhottabong bomb incident
Groundbreaking information has emerged on the explosion which injured 10 people attending a wedding reception in Vientiane, after investigative police discovered crucial evidence. More >>>
- Lao, French medical students share experience and culture
Medical students from the University of Health Sciences in Laos and counterparts from French Universities met this week in Vientiane, aiming to share medical skills and their own country's culture. More >>>

July 24, 2014
- Woman jailed for smuggling drugs into prison
A women admitted in a Vientiane courtroom on Tuesday that she attempted to smuggle drugs into a prison by concealing them in food wrapped in banana leaves. More >>>
- Many districts still lack science teachers
Encouraging quality teachers to work in rural areas remains a challenge in many districts around the country, despite the fact teacher training colleges are turning out many graduates every year.More >>>
- NA members want tax law to promote domestic production
Goods items imposed to pay value-added tax were a focus of consideration among National Assembly (NA) members who would like to see more effective promotion of domestic production businesses. More >>>
- Nation's roads may escape landslide damage this year
The main roads nationwide this year may be free of landslide damage as there has been little torrential rain last month. More >>>

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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
- Another MK82 found in Sangthong district
- Laos-Vietnam opens 8th international checkpoint
- PM backs Sengdeuane to be leading food farm
- Govt encourages constructive use of social media
- Experts make recommendations on city planning
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity
- Dodgy week ahead for gold
- EDL-Gen stock rallies in first day's opening trade
- Tuesday trades a slender improvement


Bloomberg TV delves into economic impact of Xayaboury dam A film crew from Bloomberg TV , one of the top business news organisations in the world visited the Xayaboury Hydropower Project to gauge the economic impact it will ... More >>>


Joint venture love story to showcase beauty of Laos A Lao-Chinese romantic film, Luang Prabang Mi Khuamhak Khongkhoi (Falling in Love) , will be set in the northern province as well as China and is expe cted to debut ... More >>>


New planting technique adapts to climate change

Thousands of tonnes of rice each year are damaged in Laos by drought and flooding as a result of climate change. More >>>

World news

Vietnamese residents evacuated from dangerous flood zones LAO CAI, Vietnam (Vietnam News, ANN) -- Authorities in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai are working to finish the evacuation of the remaining 140 local ..More >>>


What do you think about foreign clinics in Laos? Lao regulations don't allow any foreigners to open a clinic in the country but there appears to be many operating, especially in the capital. Some clinics have been promoting themselves quite heavily claiming they can treat all patients and diseases. Vientiane Times asked members of the public ... More >>>


Lao Ironman runs his first race in Switzerland Mr Inthy Deunsavan has become the first Lao athlete to complete an ironman challenge after taking part in a marathon, which included a swimming, biking and running race in Zurich, ... More >>>


Buckle up and drive through mesmerising Laos
Travelling on the road from Vientiane through Xayaboury province to Luang Prabang province is a sight to see at the beginning of the rainy season, with many farming activities and greenery lining the way. . ..More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Farming helps remote family escape from poverty
People in remote areas nationwide have been farming for many centuries, growing rice and many kinds of vegetables for their personal consumption. . . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Buddhist lent: there is more merit in abstinence
From now until October 8, Khamsouk has promised himself that he will refrain from drinking any kinds of alcohol for the three months of Buddhist lent or Boun Khao Phansa , so from now on he will drink tea at social outings if his friends don't mind. . . . 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 >>>


Hepatitis: Think again
Little is known about Hepatitis or viral Hepatitis and the problems it causes. This is why the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners would like to urge all policy makers, health workers and. . . More >>>


Country children's fighting fish hobby

While many kids in the city are busy stressing over mathematics or English holiday classes, kids living in rural areas are heading out to the ponds near their rice fields to capture and raise fighting fish. . .. . . .More >>>


Modern Lao homes do not consider the environment
Great big two or three storey concrete houses adorned with fancy designs such as eagles and lions dominate the streets of Vientiane as these houses are becoming common in the emerging middle class society. More >>>

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