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October 22, 2016

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1. President Bounnhang yesterday visits Samakkhixay Secondary School in Luang Prabang province, which has received funding support from the Nam Khan hydropower projects. --Photo Khamphanh
2. Lao officials discuss their work with their Vietnamese counterparts at the Viet-Laos Friendship Association in Hanoi recently.

1. President takes stock of development in Xayaboury
President Bounnhang Vorachit yesterday visited Xayaboury to obtain firsthand information on social and economic development in the province. . More >>>

Viet-Laos Friendship Association prepares to mark special anniversaries
The Viet-Laos Friendship Association worked to build solidarity between Laos and Vietnam during a time of war and is now pursuing the same goal in peace time. . More >>>

Govt: 98 percent of people to have electricity by 2030
The government has set a goal to provide access to electricity for at least 98 percent of the population by the end of 2030. . More >>>

4. Laos launches a new project to improve rural local livelihoods
Laos has started an initiative in the country's dry dipterocarp forests in Savannakhet province to enhancing conservation for a positive impact on local communities, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said. More >>>

Appeal for donations to That Luang restoration project
The National Committee for the 4th That Luang Restoration Project has issued the following announcement, dated October 30, 2016. More >>>

6. Champassak clamps down on transit of foreign fuel tankers
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has said that fuel trucks from other countries should not be allowed to stop for long in Champassak in a bid to prevent the illegal sale of fuel. More >>>


October 21, 2016
- Asean to strengthen partnerships for enhanced connectivity
Asean representatives gathered for the 7th Asean Connectivity Symposium in Vientiane yesterday to engage stakeholders in realising the Master Plan on Asean Connectivity 2025. More >>>
- Infectious diseases the main health issue among under-fives
Infectious diseases are the main cause of illness and death among children under the age of five treated at the Children's Hospital in Vientiane. More >>>
- Vientiane to inspect drinking water plants
Vientiane authorities have recently announced inspections on drinking water plants in and around the capital to check on hygiene and net volume to ensure safety and fairness for consumers. More >>>
- Ministry, Betagro join forces to promote livestock breeding
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with Betagro (Lao) Sole Co., Ltd. is giving advice to farmers across Laos on livestock breeding. More >>>

October 20 , 2016
- Electric buses all set for city pilot scheme
Electrically powered buses will take to the streets of downtown Vientiane later this month to encourage more people to use public transport and reduce traffic congestion in the city centre. . . More >>>
- Deputy PM calls for stronger environmental protection
The Environment Protection Fund (EPF) has to be reformed as a stronger permanent government organisation so it can continuously and effectively implement its function. . . More >>>
- Ten crimes reported during boat racing festival
A total of 10 crimes were reported to the Vientiane Public Security Headquarters during this year's boat racing festival with pickpocketing being the most common misdemeanour. . . More >>>
- First GI Week to launch in Vientiane
The FAO to Laos and the Ministry of Science and Technology held a joint press conference on Tuesday to announce the launching of the first Geographical Indications (GI) Week in Laos. . . More >>>

October 19, 2016
- Asean, EU vow to strive for shared strategic goals
Asean and European Union (EU) nations have agreed to promote an Asean-EU global partnership for shared strategic goals and the wellbeing of the people of the two regions. More >>>
- Fire demolishes house in Xaysettha
A house in Somsanga village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane was engulfed in flames on Monday night sparked by the owner lighting candles to mark the end of Buddhist Lent. More >>>
- Adolescent girls still lack access to education and healthcare
The majority of adolescent girls still cannot access the level of education and health services needed to ensure their welfare, especially in rural areas. More >>>
- Road accidents on the rise
The number of road accidents increased while the number of deaths fell during this year's boat racing festival, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department. More >>>

October 18, 2016
- Laos sets sights on eradication of poverty, scarcity
The government is set to eradicate poverty and scarcity by raising awareness among local people of the need to actively fight against these issues. . More >>>
- Minister raises environmental health concerns in Manila
The Lao health sector needs to continue to address basic water, sanitation and waste management issues in healthcare facilities, schools and rural and remote communities.. More >>>
- Men arrested with 500kg of illegal drugs
Bokeo provincial police recently teamed up with border soldiers to arrest two men after confiscating more than 500kg of chemicals used to make drugs, three guns, bullets, some money and other items in Tang-aor village, Tonpheung district. . More >>>
- Luxembourg extends support for MRC's strategic work
The government of Luxembourg has granted 1 million euro to the Mekong River Commission to support its strategic work over the next five years.
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October 17, 2016
- Ministry marks World Standards Day
Laos needs to offer more support for research in the field of science and technology if it wishes the sector to develop and yield benefits for the country. More >>>
- Communicable disease control discussed
The Lao media is being enlisted to strengthen communicable disease control in the hope of reducing the outbreaks of disease each year, especially dengue fever. More >>>
- Vientiane solves begging problem
Vientiane social welfare centre is planning to improve its vocational training site for agricultural production to support beggars and mentally-disturbed people who have been found walking around in the capital. More >>>
- Chinese government supports free eye surgery
The Chinese government has provided free eye surgery to almost 200 people in Laos and donated glasses to mark World Sight Day on October 13. More >>>

October 14, 2016
- LuangPrabang library boat attracting more young readers
The Lao Children's Library Boat in LuangPrabang province is using books with easy to interpret stories and illustrations which are attractive to children to encourage more reading in remote communities. More >>>
- More science and technology cooperation needed
The Ministry of Science and Technology still needs more cooperation between the state and private industry to improve and develop the sector. More >>>
- Lao students set to study in Singapore
Two outstanding students in Vientiane have received the Asean Scholarship award to pursue their upper secondary and pre-university studies in Singapore. More >>>


Depositors keep money in banks despite lower interest rates

Although banks have lowered the interest offered on kip accounts, many people are continuing to keep their accounts open. ...More >>>


Kuricorder and Friends build bridge between cultures
The Kuricorder and Friends concert at the National School of Arts on Thursday night in Vientiane attracted an enthusiastic audience to enjoy performances by Lao and Japanese artists. .More >>>


China's imitation sinh threaten Lao weavers
Hundreds of years of traditional weaving in Laos is being threatened by imported imitation silk skirts ( sinh ) produced in China. . More >>>

World news

World media pay special attention to China's space mission
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- The successful automatic docking of China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with Tiangong-2. ...More >>>


What's to be done about bars and restaurants that sell alcoholic drinks next to schools and colleges?
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith recently highlighted the problem of the proliferation of bars, computer game shops and snooker clubs around schools.... More >>>


Teams primed for Carlsberg Cup 2016
Many teams from Vientiane are ready to take part in the Carlsberg Cup 2016, a 7s football tournament which runs from October 22 to November 19. More >>>


Pakxong tourism venture opens up new insight into Laos
As part of Asean's 2025 Vision, the region is aiming to become a quality tourism destination offering a unique, diverse Asean experience and committed to responsible. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Enterprising farming family sows seeds of prosperity
Growing rice was not enough to sustain Mrs Boupha Minaxay and her family so they decided to grow more crops and raise animals as well, which set them on the road out of poverty. . . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

That Luang renovation restores iconic national treasure
The fourth restoration of Vientiane's Pha That Luang, which began early last month, aims to preserve this national and cultural icon. More >>>


Teenage judo star dreams of 2020 Olympic Games
Laos' top female judo fighter in the 63kg open level, Ms Somsoudalath Venevankham, aged 18, has her eyes set on competing at the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. . . More >>>


Ministry recommends preventive measures against Zika
Recent increases in the number of Zika cases in the region and at least two confirmed Zika-linked microcephaly cases in Thailand have raised concerns in Laos and the Ministry of Health is strongly recommending certain preventive measures. Fortunately, hundreds of people have been tested and no cases have been detected in Laos. . . . ... . . More >>>


Mung Kha La to promote Lao dishes to local eaters
Delicious, clean and polite is how you would describe the dining experience served by Mung Kha La, a popular catering service based out of Houay Hon g village. . . 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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