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April 29, 2016

Borikhamxay's Don Lin island earmarked for development ## Nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs in April

1. The lack of rain is affecting rice fields in Vientiane.

1. Laos facing increasing drought impacts
Climate change is expected to bring increasingly severe drought conditions to Laos, with agricultural yields possibly falling 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by the year 2050. More >>>

Provincial assemblies expected to open mid-next month
The newly formed Provincial Assemblies (PAs) are set to open their inaugural sessions next month to consider and approve organisational structures, as well as elect the leadership in the provinces and the capital Vientiane. More >>>

Singapore's SilkAir to begin flights to Laos
Singapore Airlines' full service regional subsidiary SilkAir has confirmed plans to launch flights to LuangPrabang and Vientiane in October, becoming the eighth foreign airline group to serve Laos. More >>>

Parliament's past five-year performance summarised
Over the five years of the National Assembly's 7th Legislature from 2011-2015, some 75 laws were enacted and amended, bringing the total number of laws promulgated to 119. More >>>

LuangPrabang awaits decision on Buddha images
The people of Xiengthong village in the world heritage town of LuangPrabang are waiting for official guidance concerning 11 Buddha images that came to light after a storm lashed Xiengthong temple last weekend. More >>>

Laos yet to formulate drought response plan
Laos has yet to commence planning to provide drought response aid in the country while extreme dry conditions and a lack of water are already affecting the neighbouring countries of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. More >>>


April 29, 2016
- Healthcare boost for women and children in Khammuan
A healthcare project for women and childen will be expanded to include three villages in Xaybouathong district, Khammuan province. More >>>
- Nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs in April
Many provinces nationwide have launched a crackdown on illegal drugs, which commenced in April, with a number of drug traffickers having been arrested by the police. More >>>
- Borikhamxay's Don Lin island earmarked for development
The Khamphaisana Construction Company recently received approval to conduct a feasibility study on the development of Don Lin island in Pakxan district, Borikhamxay province, as a tourist attraction. More >>>
- Health officials on the alert for Zika virus
The Ministry of Health's Communicable Disease Control Department is continuing to run tests on blood taken from dengue patients to monitor for the Zika virus. More >>>

April 28 , 2016
- Parasitic wasps key to control of rice pests
The use of trichogramma wasps for the biological control of key pests in rice is expected to be rolled out in other areas of Laos following successful trials in Vientiane and Xayaboury province. . More >>>
- Two houses destroyed by fire
Flames engulfed two houses in Nongduang-Neua village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane, on Wednesday morning, leaving two people with injuries. . More >>>
- Vientiane trials mechanical planting aids
Vi entiane authorities are planning to use new mechanised methods for rice planting in order to boost crop yields. . More >>>
- Insurance company gives school a makeover
The Dhipaya Insurance Company team recently added a creative flourish to the latest aid efforts at the primary school in Nathong village, Hinheup district, Vientiane province. . More >>>

April 27, 2016
- Germany extends support for vocational education
The government of Germany will continue to support the vocational training sector in Laos through the KfW Development Bank in the form of financial cooperation. More >>>
- NA members mull introduction of stronger powers
The ability to pass a vote of no confidence against anyone in national or state governing bodies would be a major enhancement of the National Assembly's powers. More >>>
- Autism association seeks additional funding
The Association for Autism is seeking to raise additional funds to assist with vocational training for autistic children in Laos. More >>>
- Int'l school students become teachers of English
The Australian International School (AIS) in Vientiane is spearheading the English Literacy Outreach Programme for primary schools to help young Lao children learn English. More >>>

April 26 , 2016
- Intellectual Property Fair opens
Laos is holding the Intellectual Property (IP) Fair 2016 at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from April 26 to May 1, aiming to increase people's awareness and understanding of intellectual property. . More >>>
- Indonesia supports Asean journalists' visit
The Indonesian government is supporting journalists from Asean countries to visit Indonesia to promote tourism and culture. . More >>>
- Xayaboury students win contest; next stop China
A team from Xayaboury Secondary School will represent Laos at the Global Natural History Day (GNHD) in Shanghai, China, after winning the GNHD 2016 Laos Final. . More >>>
Big Brother Mouse wins reading promotion award
Big Brother Mouse, a not-for-profit Lao-owned project in Luang Prabang province, has been selected as one of two winners of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2016. . More >>>

April 23, 2016
- Laos mulls use of satellite technology to monitor agriculture
Laos plans to employ the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) which can be used to pinpoint geographic locations in the various development sectors in the country, including agriculture. More >>>
- Ministry orders urgent action to prevent locust outbreak
The Ministry of Agriculture a nd Forestry has instructed its line agencies in the northern provinces to take steps to prevent further outbreaks of yellow-spined bamboo locusts as the insects could seriously damage crops if nothing is done. More >>>
- Labour Day plans announced
Many Lao workers are not sufficiently protected and are employed in unsafe workplaces with unregulated sanitation and hazardous conditions. More >>>
- Schools provide input for new storybooks
Manuscripts of various children's books are ready to be printed after the last testing by children and teachers at primary schools in Savannakhet province. More >>>

April 22, 2016
- Tobacco industry clouding health policy implementation
Laos still can't implement health policies to further reduce smoking in the country because of the influence of the tobacco industry, according to an official. More >>>
- Champasak to improve hotel standards
Champassak authorities are planning to improve hotel standards in a bid to attract more domestic and foreign guests and ensure its hotels meet international and regional standard requirements. More >>>
- Work on new Huaphan airport suspended
Construction of the Nongkhang airport in Xamneua district, Huaphan province, has been temporarily suspended but work is expected to resume in the near future. More >>>
- Xaysomboun ramps up tourist attractions
Hom district authorities in Xaysomboun province are planning to develop PhaChaeLae waterfall and other sites as popular tourist destinations, which will help to boost the local economy. More >>>

April 21 , 2016
- Laos, Russia plan nuclear cooperation
The Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Laos' Ministry of Energy and Mines have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. . More >>>
- Phongsaly capital development continues despite budget issues
Authorities in Phongsaly province have confirmed they are continuing with construction of the new provincial capital despite the government's budgetary constraints. . More >>>
- Immigration, customs staff beef up English skills
A group of 18 immigration and customs officers are the latest beneficiaries of Australia's long-standing border management programmes in Laos. . More >>>

April 20 , 2016
- Officials get to grips with riverside garbage in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial authorities sent officials to Borikhan district recently to tackle the problem of garbage strewn along the Nam Xan riverbank during the Lao New Year festivities last week. More >>>
- Govt awards Korean ambassador for enhancing ties
The government has awarded a friendship medal to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos Mr Kim Soo-Gwon for his efforts to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Laos. More >>>
- LuangNamtha calls in soldiers to put out forest fire
A further 100 soldiers may be deployed in Sing district, LuangNamtha province, to help extinguish a wildfire burning in the Namha National Conservation Forest. More >>>
- MMG LXML Sepon improves health services in Savannakhet
Some 37,000 people in Vilabouly district, Savannakhet province, now have access to better health services throughout the ongoing support from MMG LXML Sepon (LXML). More >>>

April 19, 2016
- Rice farmers not supplying middlemen's needs
Middlemen who buy rice in Champassak province would like farmers to grow a lot more rice that smells and tastes good, but farmers are unwilling to meet their needs because the brokers aren't prepared to pay a higher price. .More >>>
- Twenty-three fatalities in Lao New Year road toll
In just four days of the Lao New Year holiday from April 13 to 16, a total of 23 people were killed and 207 road accidents were reported nationwide
. More >>>
- River embankment to prevent flooding in Vientiane
Work on a flood protection embankment sub-project in Vientiane will soon begin after the signing of a contract with the Soukpaseuth Survey-Design, Road-Bridge and Irrigation Construction Company. . More >>>

April 18 , 2016
- Road builders run out of cash
Slow progress in the construction of a 6.7km concrete road linking Nongphaya and Phakhao villages in Xaythany district, Vientiane, has been blamed on the cont ractors' funding difficulties. More >>>
- Govt, partners to empower women in the workplace
The Australian Embassy and Australian Chamber of Commerce (Austcham Lao) will continue to work with the Lao government and business partners to develop strategies to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. More >>>
- Illicit gold mining widespread
Gold diggers are operating illegally in the provinces, covering up their excavation activities by pretending to supply soil, sand and gravel to construction sites in order to deceive the authorities, Vientiane Times has learnt. More >>>
- Turbine upgrade delivers more power
Installation of a new turbine at the Theun-Hinboun Powerhouse in Khammuan province is allowing THPC to generate more electricity from the water it uses. More >>>

April 9 , 2016
- Chinese government supports hosting of Asean Summit
The Chinese government last Friday provided grant aid to the Lao government to a ssist the country hosting the Asean Summit later this year. More >>>
- Health sector discusses violence against women
Violence against Women (VAW) is culturally tolerated in Laos; over half of the women who have experienced violence by their husbands do not tell anyone due to the fear of shame and stigma. More >>>
- People want rice grown with livestock dung
Farmers can use compost, bio-fertiliser and chemical fertiliser to help improve the soil for planting rice. More >>>
- Vientiane rescue teams ready for Pi Mai accidents
Vientiane rescue teams are on standby to assist accident victims over the Pi Mai Lao celebrations from March 13-16. More >>>

Party congress VDO series

Laos marks World Intellectual Property Day

- Laos prepares for timber trade agreement with EU
Parliament approves development plans
Lao salt producers mull quality improvements for export
Lao Brewery to sponsor Premier League 2016
New leaders take up their posts
Joyful festivities mark Pi Mai Lao ,
the year of the monkey
President tours Saysettha Development Zone
Laos seeks consultation on national development policies
Officials seek to expand community-based drug rehab
Asean ministers, bank governors strengthen financial regional integration
New designs help silk textile conservation

Public Bank launches Visa credit, debit cards
Public Bank Laos, a leading commercial bank in Laos, and VISA Internatio nal Co., Ltd., yesterday announced the launch of a Visa issuing service comprising Visa credit and debit cards in a bid to provide its customers with a package of services. More >>>


Freshy contest semi-final set to take place
The semifinal round of a freshy contest entitled ‘Sirimona Freshy Boy and Girl 2016' is set to take place in Vientiane on May 1. More >>>


From deprived child to successful business owner
After his mother died when Por Khaikhemmany was just seven years old, his life changed and he developed a fighting spirit as he was left to forge his own path through life. More >>>

World news

Prevent Jakarta from further sinking
INDONESIA (The Jakarta Post, ANN) -- President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has expressed concern about land subsidence in Jakarta, which is sinking at an increasingly rapid rate, and he called on all relevant parties to prevent further subsidence. More >>>


How do you feel about competing in the national-level exams?
This week 114 top students from Grades 4 and 7 in secondary schools took national level examinations at the National University of Laos after beating out other students to represent their province and prove they are among the best in the country. More >>>


Lao female footballers to do battle at AFC U-14 championships
The Lao women's national U-14s football team is set to compete at the AFC U-14 Girls' Regional Championships 2016, with the tournament to take place on home soil from May 31 to June 5. More >>>


Oudomxay opens exciting forest retreat
A spectacular tourist activity centre named NamkatYolaPa has opened in Oudomxay province in a protected forestry area, adding to Laos' many visitor attractions and opening up a largely unexplored area. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Khammuan: reaping the rewards of farming
Hinboun district in Khammuan province continues to declare more villages as models of development, which is playing an important role in ensuring communities achieve government development targets. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Turning nature's leftovers into works of art
Hundreds of beautiful handcrafted items are produced by Kabong Lao Puppet Artistic Group using leftover natural materials. . . . . . .More >>>


From burden to bravo: you choose who you want to become in life
Grade A student Ms Bhasudevi Souphanouvong has received a scholarship to study at Kiettisack International School (KIS) for the past two years and is an outstanding student of the school. . More >>>


Closing the immunisation gap
As World Immunisation Week, annually observed from April 24-30 gets underway, the Lao Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF have issued a fresh call to promote the use of life-saving vaccines for all families and communities in Laos – particularly those in hard-to-reach areas. More >>>


Businesswoman helping sculpt Pi Mai Lao celebrations
ALao businesswoman's vision is helping to create a special attraction at Don Chan beach as part of Vientiane's Lao New Year celebrations. . . . More >>>


Are clean streets nothing but a dream?
Vientiane authorities announced back in 2010 that all roads in the capital would be clean by the year 2015 as part of the city's clean and green strategy, so more than five . . More >>>

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