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October 10, 2015

Road accident rate drops in September


1. A section of National Road No. 9 in Savannakhet province. (File photo)
2. Dr Bounpheng Philavong delivers the latest HIV statistics.

1. Road No. 9 upgraded to Asean standards
Sections of National Road No. 9 linking Thailand and Vietnam through Savannakhet province of Laos are being upgraded to Asean standards so they can bear loads of 11 tonnes per axle. . More >>>

2. Surge in number of new HIV infections
The number of people newly infected with HIV in Laos doubled from 2011 to 2014, Director of the Centre for HIV/AIDS/STI, Dr Bounpheng Philavong, said on Thursday. . . More >>>

3. New English language centre opens
The government is forging ahead with efforts to train up a workforce that can drive economic development and recognises that education is the key to human resource development. . More >>>

Ministry outlines measures to prevent begging
The government is using short and long term measures to address the issue of street beggars, while calling on the public not to respond to beggars' requests for money. . More >>>

5. Road accident rate drops in September
The Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security reported that there were 369 road accidents around the country in September, resulting in 55 fatalities. Some 510 people were injured and 664 vehicles were damaged, with the cost of the damage amounting to almost five billion kip. . More >>>


October 9, 2015
- Government discusses water resource management
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been paying attention to the better management of water resources after water quality and ecosystems have been degraded in some areas in recent years.More >>>
- Vientiane to have improved water supply
The government is preparing to upgrade the Vientiane Water Supply Expansion project to ensure that 95 percent of the city's population has access to clean water by 2020. More >>>
- 2,000 older people receive free healthcare services
Setthathirath Hospital and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare provided free health care services to 2,000 older people in the city on Thursday October 1 in recognition of the international Older People's Day which falls on that date. More >>>
- Flight school makes test run to Xayaboury
The Civil Aviation Flight Training Centre (CAFTC) conducted its first flight from Vientiane's Wattay International Airport to Xayaboury province to check out the route and airport for trainee pilots. More >>>

October 8, 2015
- 49 Lao nationals receive Australian scholarships
A total of 49 high-achieving Lao nationals received Australia Awards Scholarships at a ceremony held in Vientiane on Tuesday prior to beginning studies in Australia next year. More >>>
- Majority of people with mental health issues go without treatment
The majority of Lao people with mental health issues do have not access to treatment and health services because Laos still lacks human resource capacity in the field of mental health. More >>>
- Lao Federation of Trade Unions prepares seventh congress
The Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) has revealed plans for its upcoming seventh congress on October 14-15 in Vientiane. More >>>
- Rural Oudomxay villagers get free health checks
Over 4,500 people in remote areas of Namor district in Oudomxay province recently received free dental, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye examinations, along with general health checks. More >>>

October 7, 2015
- Asean ministers to meet on science and technology
Laos will host two important Asean science and technology meetings by the regional grouping of nations from November 2-6 in Vientiane.
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- Newspapers needs to get ‘smart' to attract younger readers
While smartphone users increasingly access social media the Lao Journalists' Association is promoting reading newspapers as a way for young media users to be better informed and boost readership.
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- Students nationwide mark National Teachers' Day
Students and teachers at schools and other educational institutions gathered yesterday to celebrate National Teachers' Day, held annually on October 7. . . More >>>
Government, private sector discuss intellectual property law
The Department of Intellectual Property is seeking to build understanding about copyright and rights involved with copyright for entrepreneurs as well as copyright principles for managers and the protection of intellectual property . . . More >>>

October 6, 2015
- Police suspect burst tyre caused fatal road accident
Officers from the Savannakhet Traffic Police Department said yesterday they suspect a burst tyre was the cause of a road accident that killed five people on October 3. . . More >>>
- Local workers benefit from southern economic zone
Over 4,500 local people have been employed by Lao and foreign companies at the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone since it was established in 2003. . . More >>>
- New hospital boosts healthcare in Xieng Khuang, Huaphan
More than 30,000 people in Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces will benefit from improved healthcare after the Bounthine Yeominrak Hospital (Mother-Children Medical Care) opened last week. . . More >>>

October 5, 2015
- More Japanese volunteers arrive in Laos
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently welcomed six more volunteers to Laos. More >>>
- Lao, Japanese high school students promote cultural exchange
The Aeon 1 percent Club is running a mutual exchange programme between Japan and Laos called the Teenage Ambassadors, taking place in Laos from September 28 to October 5. More >>>
- Vientiane hotel gives boost to village school
A Vientiane hotel has donated over 120 million kip to a primary school in Sikhottabong district. More >>>
- Luang Prabang hotels, restaurants receive food quality award
Luang Prabang's dining scene continues to heat up, with 13 hotels and restaurants achieving “The Mark” certification for clean and safe food production in 2015. More >>>

October 2, 2015
- Lao government awards friendship medal to Thai ambassador
The Lao government has awarded a friendship medal to Thai Ambassador to Laos Mr Pisanu Chanvitan, congratulating him for his achievements as Thailand's chief diplomat in Laos. More >>>
- Laos, EU join forces against human trafficking
The European Union views human trafficking as a serious violation of fundamental human rights, while Laos is taking steps to combat this unacceptable form of organised crime. More >>>
- Lao immigration officials to gain knowledge in Korea
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has invited 15 Lao government officials from the Immigration Department at the Ministry of Public Security to a fellowship programme on immigration service management capacity building at the Republic of Korea's Institute of Justice this month. More >>>


49 Lao nationals receive Australian scholarships

- Shortage of local raw materials causes production cutbacks
- Students nationwide mark National Teachers' Day

- Laos seeks foreign experience on animal genetic resources
- Laos, EU join forces against human trafficking
- Officials hurry to solve road collapse in Vientiane
- Lao U-19's ready for Vietnam at Youth Championships
- Laos focusing on playing smarter to avoid leaking goals
- Education sectors must work together to achieve goals
- Laos celebrates major milestone in education
- Expert boosts Asean chairmanship skills for local officials
- Meeting pays tribute to people's overthrow of enemy powers
- Flooding puts a stop to tourism in Borikhamxay
- Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth

PM urges brewery to use more local materials
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has called for Carlsberg, the joint venture partner with the Lao Brewery Company (LBC), to explore ways . . . . . More >>>


Epok Puppet Show pulls the strings of success
Khao Niew Theatre Group's Epok Puppet Show was very popular last week receiving a great reception from both Lao and foreign audiences in Luang Prabang province. . . .More >>>


Cooking is a love and an art
"Cooking is not just preparing food, it needs love to be put in and creativity to combine the ingredients to produce an incredible menu and the artistry to decorate every dish; it's like a painting... More >>>

World news

Party Central Committee's 12th plenary session opens
HANOI (VNS) -- The 11th Party Central Committee convened its 12th plenary session in Hanoi yesterday under the chair of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. .. . . More >>>


What are your thoughts on the renewed ban on wood exports?
The government previously prohibited the export of wood but rescinded the ban which then resulted in a shortage for furniture makers. Some have had to stop operations after failing to get enough wood to fill orders. . . More >>>


Athletes to vie for U-16 track and field events
Skilful U-16 level athletes from Vientiane and provinces are striving to get ready to compete at the annual track and field events in Savannakhet province from October 22-24. . . .
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Vangnong waterfall, a truly relaxing place
Anyone who feels they have nothing to do on the weekend needs to discover the charm, fresh air and crystal clear waters of the Vangnong waterfall and they will be bored no more. ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Rural family turns a profit from pig farming
It wasn't too difficult for Mrs Loungleudy Xayyaseng's family to rise above poverty and become a model for others on how to shake off a life of impoverishment. . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Hor Khaosalark : Counting down to end of Buddhist Lent and monks' lucky draws
Following two weeks of relaxing and feeling full of merit by conducting alms giving and presenting packets of food to the dead. . ...More >>>


Teacher dedicates his life to students
Being a good teacher isn't just about your ability as you also need to love and be dedicated to what you do as well as be able to bring out the best in students and set a good example. ..More >>>


Eye care for all
World Sight Day is observed annually on the second Thursday of October, to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. . . ... More >>>


Sithan-tay boat crew aims to be ‘King of the River'
After listening to a song about boat racing at the Sithan-tay village office, more than 70 longboat paddlers carry their oars down to the Mekong in the south of the village, where they will put in an arduous training session. . . . More >>>


Flood submerges livelihoods across Laos
Consistent heavy rain kept hitting the roofs of people's houses beside the Mung River in Borikhamxay province. Normally, villagers are in bed after midnight, but instead the loudspeaker in the temple. . .. More >>>

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