February 19, 2018

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- Elephant festival draws jumbo crowd
President Bounnhang Vorachit and his wife were among a delighted crowd attending the annual Elephant Festival in Xayaboury province on Saturday, with the event serving to raise awareness of the need to protect Laos’ dwindling pachyderm population.
A grand parade of 69 elephants was the main feature of the opening ceremony on Saturday, which took place at Sanamluang in the provinciaal capital, Xayaboury district. .. More >>>

Xeno market inferno destroys six stalls
A fire destroyed six shops at Xeno market in Xaymoungkhoun village in Outhoumphone district of Savannakhet province on Thursday evening with damage estimated at over 700 million kip.
“According to initial report, six shops in the market were damaged by a fire in the evening of February 15, which spread quickly,” Deputy Head of Security Office of Outhoumphone district Major Suan Xayalin told Vientiane Times on Friday. . More >>>

Police detain alleged pyramid scam architect
Economic police in Vientiane have detained the instigator of an alleged “Ponzi”-style investment scheme and seized the company’s assets as they investigate illegal capital raising activities. The owner of Laokham Consultant International Investment Company has been placed in police custody after over 60 members of the public came forward to declare the loss of over US$1 million that was deposited with the firm. .. ..More >>>

- Xieng Khuang reshuffle sees acting governor appointed
A midterm reshuffle in political appointments saw the replacement and transfer of Xieng Khuang provincial Party Chief and governor Prof. Dr Somkot Mangnomek announced last week. The move comes after the 7th provincial Party Congress elected him as Party Secretary of the province in 2016. Traditionally, each term for a leadership post in Party, State and government lasts for five years, currently until 2020.According to the announcement, the replacement was aimed at fulfilling work requirements in the province and in the office where Dr Somkot, who is also member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party’s Central Committee, will now work.. ..More >>>

- Study abroad attractive as degree candidates cross borders
The number of Lao students and officials studying outside the country is on the rise. In 2017, more than 6,100 students studied in foreign countries Some 1,023 people received government scholarships, 2,181 people received exchange scholarships, and 1,891 people financed their own tuition. The figures reveal the number of candidates for a bachelor’s degree from institutions abroad increased from 1,496 people in 2016 to 1,725 in 2017.Outside their homeland, some 1,032 candidates undertook courses and research toward master’s degrees in 2016 and some 1,066 people in 2017.. ..More >>>

- Convoy call as caravan promotes Phou Khaokhuay
The capital will play host to a caravan of passenger vehicles next month from the urban area to Phou Khaokhuay mountain in Xaythany district to promote tourism, an official has confirmed. The convoy of cars will depart at 7 am from Nonsa-art to Nangommay village, a distance of about 50 km, Mr Noulai Lattana who is in charge of the caravan, told Vientiane Times recently. Participants in the caravan will be joined Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism officials, local people of  Xaythany district and businesspeople, he said.....More >>>

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- Tanmixay-Sikeuth road construction behind schedule
The 9.4 kilometre road upgrade running from Tanmixay crossroads in Xaythany district to Sikeuth junction on Road No. 13 North in Naxaithong district is currently only 33.50 percent complete and unlikely to finish on time.
The project is scheduled to finish in September this year according to the original agreement but has slowed with the construction company citing difficulties with finance and removing obstacles along the road corridor particularly electricity and water supplies, Project Director Mr Houmphan Duangphadeth told Vientiane Times on Friday... More >>>

- Food security, climate resilience, nutrition, structural challenges ponderedFood insecurity, malnutrition, low resilience to climate change and structural issues impeding good governance continue to pose challenges for national development. These challenges require officials from line ministries and their development partners to work together to address increased risks urgently.To address the issues, senior officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment and all line ministries recently met with representatives from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss in detail.. ..More >>>

- Oudomxay villagers welcome free health checks
More than 8,000 people from 17 villages in the remote areas of Xay district, Oudomxay province recently received free dental, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye examinations, along with general health checks.
The services were provided by a team of doctors from Oudomxay provincial and district hospitals in collaboration with health experts from the United States’ Lao Rehabilitation Foundation (LRF), according to a report from LRF’s official...More >>>


Poor nutrition in early childhood can make you deaf
Nutrition is one of many health issues that the Ministry of Health is promoting. This is because if your children do not eat nutritious food daily, they may suffer from loss of weight and have higher risk of having learning disabilities. .... More >>>


Storybooks bring smiles to rural schoolchildren
Our world would be more beautiful if everyone shared what they had with other people. That was what I heard a young man at Reading Elephant Laos say, adding that a donation of just US$1 could bring a smile to a child’s face by paying for school writing books and pencils... More >>>


Lao model to study for MBA degree in Thailand
Mr Thotsaphone Sitphaxay (Oung), a model from First Modeling Lao, will soon be off to Thailand to study for a Master of Business Administration degree. . ... . . . . More >>>


Painter’s creations portray Lao lifestyle
He sits on a red stool with his right hand dexterously painting the figures of two women dressed in traditional costume........ More >>>


Wetlands and the paradox of urban development
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2. This year, the theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”... . More >>>


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. .. . .


Boost your savings by making cooking stoves
If you are unemployed and looking for a decent job, making environmentally-friendly cooking stoves might be a starting point, as everyone can benefit from having a clean oven in their home.. ... . More >>>












Kapok flower festival, unique a multi-cultural celebration
Kapok Flower Festival, which is well known as one of the biggest cultural events in Bokeo province, has just celebrated its 18th year. ... More >>>


Massive new tourism development planned for Vangvieng 
Authorities in Vientiane province are considering a major tourist development along the Nam Xong river to the west of central Vangvieng district, aiming to provide more sophisticated facilities for tourists.....More >>>


Exhibition showcases achievements of National Institute of Fine Arts
The National Institute of Fine Arts (NIFA) is organising an exhibition to showcase its achievement over the recent first school semester.....More >>>


China-Laos railway to launch the country into a new era developmentAs the construction of the China-Laos Railway project continues, residents are preparing themselves for the big changes this new connectivity will bring to. ..More >>>

World news

Juncker urges to simplify EU defense, security policy decision-making process
MUNICH, Germany (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker here on Saturday urged to simplify processes of decision-making in the European Union (EU) defense and security policy. .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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Do you support the scheme to tidy up Vientiane’s streets?
To mark Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane authorities have embarked on a tidying up operation to clean up the city’s streets and crack down on the arbitrary use of pavements for parking and by small business owners. More >>>


Big hopes, hoops as school courts basketball future
Basketball teams from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand showed off their skills in competition at the 3rd Eastern Star Streetball International Tournament in the capital on the weekend...More >>>

Dining Out

Grandma Choy’s Banh Kuan keeps customers coming back
It may not be easy to find Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in Vientiane for a meal during the Lunar New Year but Grandma Choy Sivilay hasn’t closed her eatery during the celebrations for many years. ... . 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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