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April 12, 2014

Vangvieng braces for 1,000 visitors over Lao New Year

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1. Mr Onida Souksavath ( right ) and Mr Jeo Vachaik shake hands after signing the project documents.
2. Khao Kataven is the first ‘One District, One Product' (ODOP) in Naxaithong district.

1. New air traffic control systems set to be installed
Laos will have new modern air traffic control and communication systems to manage the country's airspace following the plan of the Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Systems (CNS) project being undertaken by the government. . More >>>

2. Khao Kataven eyes overseas markets
Overseas customers are showing keen interest in buying Khao Kataven (‘Sun' brand rice) after it gained Lao government ‘One District, One Product' (ODOP) approval at the end of last year. . More >>>

3. Bokeo opens first health insurance fund
Bokeo province has opened its first community health insurance fund, based in Houayxai district, to ensure members of all ethnicities have access to medical service when they need it. . More >>>

4. Vangvieng braces for 1,000 visitors over Lao New Year
Vangvieng district, the renowned tourist town in Vientiane province, is hoping to welcome 1,000 visitors over the three-day Lao New Year festival from April 14-16. . More >>>


April 10, 2014
- New Year troublemakers warned of tough police response
Vientiane police commander Brigadier General Dr Bounxou Nammachack has warned potential troublemakers who intend to engage in antisocial activities during Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) that they will face tough measures against them. . More >>>
Schools support tobacco control
Students from eight secondary schools in Vientiane are promoting tobacco control in classrooms with the aim of establishing more smoke-free zones. . More >>>
Hospitals prepare for the holidays
Vientiane hospitals will appoint extra medical staff to be on 24 hour stand-by over the Lao New Year to deal with a possible surge in emergency admissions. . More >>>
Vendors eye Lao New Year sales
Many vendors in Vientiane expect good sales of clothing during the traditional high demand lead up to next week's Lao New Year Celebrations. . More >>>

April 09, 2014
- UNWTO, TripAdvisor tackle Lao tourism marketing
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) demystified the Japanese market, and Trip Advisor offered deeper insight into the world's largest travel website during the 12th Lanith Symposium, “Marketing & Promoting Lao Tourism.” More >>>
American alumni students gather in Vientiane
The alumni of American exchange students and businessmen gathered at the Lao Plaza hotel on Saturday to meet with colleagues and associates and enhance professional development. More >>>
Road safety first during Lao New Year
Champassak provincial Police Headquarters have warned locals to pay close attention to road safety over the Lao New Year to minimise accidents. More >>>
Star pupils rewarded by Eastern Star Bilingual School
Winners of the sixth Inter-school Science and Maths Puzzle Olympiad (ISMO) of Eastern Star Bilingual School were presented with their certificates and prizes last week at the school. More >>>

April 08, 2014
- Lao Ban Advocates take action for mine awareness
A group of cluster munitions survivors marked the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on Friday with the Lend Your Leg campaign. More >>>
World Health Day highlights dangers of mosquitoes, flies
The World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrated World Health Day yesterday by getting an early start on its work in Laos combating common vectors, or carriers of disease, like mosquitoes, sandflies, bugs, ticks and snails. More >>>
Beware of bag-snatchers during Pi Mai
Officials from the Vientiane Police Office are reminding locals to stay aware during this week as thieves may be on the prowl in the upcoming Lao New Year. More >>>
Ministry to initiate village health worker programme
The Ministry of Health has discussed training village health workers to make sure that all Lao ethnicities have access to good quality medical services. More >>>

April 07, 2014
- Plan International improves sanitation, hygiene in Bokeo schools
Plan International has committed to donating around US$1 million (8 billion kip) to help primary schools and communities in three of the poorest districts of Bokeo province with improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene, referred to as WASH. . More >>>
- Vientiane Road No. 10 upgrade to ease congestion
The upgrading of the Road No. 10 from the Donnoun junction to Tha Ngone village in Xaythany district, Vientiane is now around 15 percent complete after the project began last year, Head of the project Mr Tingkham Sisavath told Vientiane Times on Wednesday. . More >>>
- Japanese cherry blossoms bloom in Huaphan province
Japanese cherry blossom trees have been planted in Huaphan province ahead of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Laos and Japan in 2015. . More >>>
- Collaboration to combat animal-to-human diseases
The continual reports of human avian influenza (H7N9) cases in China have raised concerns for the Lao government. . More >>>
- Officials focus on campaign to prevent market fires
Vientiane Police Headquarters last week told its officials to continue campaigning on fire prevention in Vientiane in light of recent tragedies. . More >>>

April 04, 2014
- Medics seek ways to boost primary healthcare
The Ministry of Health plans to develop primary healthcare services to be under the control of each community. More >>>
- Tragic house fires kill one, displace many in Xayaboury
House fires killed one person in Xienghone district, Xayaboury province and left many homeless both there and in Honga district, according to a recent report from the provincial Labour and Social Welfare Department. More >>>
- Luang Prabang ready to welcome Pi Mai visitors
Accommodation houses and food service providers in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang are ready to welcome thousands of domestic and foreign tourists during Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) this month, a local hotel authority has assured. More >>>

April 03, 2014
- Laos promotes renewable energy development
Renewable energy is creating a business atmosphere that is investment oriented and the potential of hydropower is very significant as another renewable energy source in Laos. More >>>
- Cuban school erects statue of Lao hero
A statue of Lao national hero Sithon Kommadam created by the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People was completed and handed over for erection at Sithon Kommadam School in Cuba last week. More >>>
- GMS countries consider incentives for better water management
Countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region can learn lessons from the challenges they have faced trying to improve livelihoods and share the benefits of the river. More >>>
- Broken taxis destroyed in Donnoun forest fire
A forest fire on Tuesday afternoon in Xaythany district, Vientiane burned a depot containing old cars in need of repair.More >>>
- Lao language course helps foreigners communicate
A group of French nationals and Lao people of French origin have successfully completed the three-month Lao language course “I Read and Write Lao Language” at Vientiane Secondary School. More >>>

April 02, 2014
- Police appeal for public help about floating body
Several Vientiane Police officers went to the marshland near That Luang last week where they recovered the floating body of a young man. More >>>
New resort boasts ethnic culture and Mekong views
A new and improved tourist site has opened for business at the Vientiane Ethnic Culture Park and is ready to welcome domestic and overseas tourists who would like to go for swimming, relax and enjoy a good meal and a drink. More >>>
Revealing survey to improve women's health
Some 18.85 years is the average age of young women having sexual intercourse for the first time, and about 12.8 percent of unmarried young women have had intercourse. More >>>
ceremony for new Alter Hall ( Sim ) begins
Thana villagers are delighted that they now have a new Alter Hall or Sim for the monks in their temple to perform their ceremonies, chant and make homage after the old Sim became ruined with age. More >>>

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Pork producers will maintain current stocks despite demand
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Pepsi contest winner takes first step in musical career
Mr Thepphavan Vongchandy 16, a fifth year student at Chanthabouly Secondary School has taken the top spot in the Pepsi Singing contest 2014 and will now step up to produce a single for Indee Records Company. . More >>>


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World news

School bus overturns, killing eight
BEIJING (China Daily) -- Premier Li Keqiang urged rescuers and doctors in Hainan province to provide the best treatment and counseling to the 32 injured in a bus accident on Thursday morning that killed eight primary school students. ... More >>>


How do you manage your money over Lao New Year?
Most Lao people celebrate Lao New Year for three full days or more, with some having already started. People always spend a lot of money celebrating the festival and some wind up broke once the parties are over. .. More >>>


Futsal trainers get AFC futsal level
Lao futsal trainers in Vientiane and from seven provinces were awarded certificates on Thursday after completing an AFC futsal level 1 coaching course under the auspices of the Lao Football. . ...More >>>


Champassak moves to attract more tourists Rich in tourism resources Champassak province is trying hard to attract more people to visit its popular sites after the province was listed as having the second largest number of tourism sites in ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Animal husbandry a ticket out of poverty
Houmphan Phanyathong and his family have seen their living standards improve every year, thanks to non-stop work in animal husbandry and agricultural production. . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Predictions for Lao New Year 2557
Predictions are something that Lao people, especially Buddhists, have believed for a long time as they are a time honoured tradition and have been proved true on many occasions. . More >>>


Charge your phone in 30 seconds
An Israeli tech startup, StoreDot, claims to have created a new battery pack that can fully charge your phone in a mere 30 seconds. . . . . . .. . . More >>>


Safe food consumption over Pi Mai
Residents are encouraged to follow food safety regulations to reduce illness over the Lao New Year. . . .. . . ... More >>>


Rescued macaques find home at Lao zoo
Walking in the Lao Zoo at Keun village on the outskirts of Vientiane on a weekday was not a tour in a park, but like a jungle adventure. While the 20-year old zoo might be a little short on amenities for visitors wanting to relax.. More >>>


Volunteer journalists gain greater understanding of environmental issues Vietnamese and Lao volunteer journalists have a greater understanding on issues related to the environment, especially in hydropower and mining, after a fieldtrip to the northern ... More >>>

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