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July 06, 2015

WWF launches gender project in Savannakhet ## Education ministry planning illiteracy-free declaration ceremony ## Revenue shortfall slows salary payments in Savannakhet, Khammuan


1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong during the meeting in Tokyo. --Photo Kyodo News
2. Ms Chanthavone Phandamnong ( right ) shakes hands with Mr Marc Thomas Jenni after the signing ceremony.

1. Japan to assist Laos with UXO removal, development
TOKYO (Kyodo News) -- Japan will provide grant aid totalling US$11 million to help Laos speed up the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from the Indochina War and prepare for hosting Asean meetings next year, according to an accord they signed Saturday. . More >>>

2. Swiss charity assists education
Child's Dream Foundation from Switzerland, provided assistance through the Ministry of Education and Sports for improving the project on ‘Broadening Access to Sustainable Education' (BASE) in Laos.. More >>>

3. Illiteracy at 26 percent amongst female workers, survey finds
An illiteracy rate of 26 percent has been found among female workers in three districts of Vientiane, a ccording to the outcome of a recent survey conducted by the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU). . More >>>

4. NA members ask govt to clarify national development plan
National Assembly (NA) members were in confusion over the government's national socio-economic development plan as they had noticed the practices by the government did not support the stated policies. . . More >>>

Revenue shortfall slows salary payments in Savannakhet, Khammuan
A shortfall in revenue collection in Savannakhet and Khammuan has slowed the payment of salaries for civil servants in the two central provinces, despite the Finance Ministry having balanced the budget to the provinces, the parliament was told. . More >>>


July 06, 2015
- Late rains won't hurt rice crop much, ministry believes
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry confirmed that despite the late arrival of rain in this wet seaso n there would not be a major impact on rice farming. More >>>
- New agriculture and forestry ministry Party leaders elected
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry last week elected new party leaders of the ministry to oversee implementation of the sector's development. More >>>
- Minister calls for residents to clean dirt from the roads
Many people in Vientiane are still neglecting their social responsibility to maintain cleanliness on the kerbs and roadsides outside their homes and businesses, according to a government minister. More >>>
- Rescue team reports increasing road accidents in capital
Road accidents continue to kill and maim people across the country and Vientiane rescue teams are on standby 2 4 hours to help crash victims. More >>>

July 03, 2015
- Nepal is safe and ready for tourists to discover
A delegation from the Nepal Embassy to Thailand paid a visit to the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism last week to inform about the current situation in the wake of the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal. . More >>>
- Khuadin market begins to modernise
About 20 percent of the Khuadin market area, which is owned by a private company, Lieng Heng Trade and Market Development, will undergo a major facelift to turn it into a more modern style of shopping facility. . More >>>
- NA approves Xekong - Kaleum road upgrade
T he road linking Kaleum district to the Xekong provincial capital in the southern part of the country will receive significant improvement over the next three years. . More >>>
- Local rescue teams awarded 8 international medals
Eight members of Lao rescue teams received one gold, one silver and six bronze medals from the International Disaster Medical Rally recently in Chiang Rai province, Thailand. . More >>>

July 02, 2015
- JICA sees new Japanese volunteer group arrive in Laos
The latest group of Japanese volunteers arrived in Vientiane yesterday, with the 14 new arrivals on a mission to support the people of Laos in regards to socio-economic and human resource development.
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- Robbery not motive in roadside shooting: Official
Robbery has been ruled out as the cause of two people being shot dead at Nakhae village, Xaythany district, Vientiane on Tuesday as their valuables were still in the car, an official said. More >>>
- Khammuan focused on illegal drugs crack down
Khammuan provincial authorities are continuing to work with neighbouring countries and other provinces in Laos to further drug eradication efforts, especially countries in the Mekong sub-region.
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- Vientiane province teachers upgrade English skills
The English Language Institute of China (ELIC) in cooperation with the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will implement the first ever English Language Teacher Training Programme (ELTTP) for in-service secondary English teachers. More >>>

July 01, 2015
- One Health improves with international regulation
The One Health meeting this year in Champassak province, which ran from June 29-30, sought coordination and collaboration between multi-disciplinary sectors and improvement to the International Health Regulation Core Capacity. More >>>
- Lao and Japan discuss labour protection
Some 60 officials from various labour o rganisations in Laos and Japan joined a discussion about labour protection in both the formal and informal work sectors in Laos yesterday. More >>>
- Lao joins Asia-Pacific address on climate change
Laos recently shared its experience of climate change with participants from other regions, reporting that over the past years the country has experienced heavy storms, flooding and drought as a result of climate change. More >>>
- Odour from waste in parts of Saravan overwhelming
The bad smell emanating from the waste by-products of alcohol production in Kongxedon district of Saravan province is adding considerably to the general pollution in the area. More >>>
Laos, US confer on Asean chairmanship preparations US Ambassador to Asean Nina Hachigian has arrived in Vientiane for two days of meetings to explore Laos' plans and priorities for Asean, while reinforcing US support for Laos' 2016 Asean chairmanship preparations. More >>>
- Public complaints about dangerous truck drivers on the rise
The concrete road linking Nahay village in Hadxaifong district to Khamsavat village in Xaysettha district is now hindered by trucks carrying sand and soil, particularly in the rush hour. More >>>

June 30, 2015
- US assists humanitarian disaster preparedness
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Laos, supported by the US government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare yesterday for a project to strengthen the capacity of Lao government officials in the management of humanitarian emergencies. More >>>
- Wild elephants raid crops in Khammuan
Wild elephants have reportedly been wreaking havoc among people's crops and huts in Xaybouathong district, Khammuan province, much to the consternation of local farmers. More >>>
- Proposal writing to help officials seek funding for wastewater treatment
A total of 36 officials from throughout Laos are learning about feasibility studies and project proposal writing in relation to wastewater treatment projects, so they will be able to seek funding from the government and international donors. More >>>
- Kasy-Maed road link construction on track
The company rebuilding the road linking Kasy and Maed districts in Vientiane province has reported that the project is progressing well and work is now about 25 percent complete. More >>>

June 29, 2015
- Late rains delay planting of rice crop
Some upland rice farmers may be unable to plant the crop this year because their fields are covered in tall weeds that have grown over the prolonged dry season. . More >>>
- Health checks for locals as Hongsa power plant fires up
Medical teams in Xayaboury province will be monitoring local people's respiratory health after Unit I of the Hongsa Power Plant began commercial operations earlier thi s month. . More >>>
- Counterfeit Apple products confiscated from Vientiane shops
Authorities are continuing their search for counterfeit products with officials uncovering large quantities of fake Apple smartphones and accessories flooding the market in Vientiane. . More >>>
- Hardcover sales still going strong despite e-books
The sale of hardcover books in the centre of Vientiane hasn't been affected by e-book applications that allow customers to access reading material via the internet. . More >>>



NA opens to consider cabinet members, economic issues

- Attapeu International Airport opens
- Thailand funds drug treatment centre in Laos
- Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge opens
- Renovated museum receives crowning glory
- Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Energy developers sell electricity to EDL
Nam Phak Power Company Limited (NPCL) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Electricité du Laos (EDL) in Vientiane last month to supply to EDL. . More >>>


Toh urges fans to support the music video ‘Memory'
Toh Soulisak from KPY Entertainment is hoping to persuade his fans to follow the new music video of Ting Phailavan which incorporates the single ‘Memory' after releasing the lyrics through the YouTube website in response to fans requests. .
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Mission, view of incoming British ambassador to Laos
The year 2015 is considered to be a critical year for Laos as it prepares to become part of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) which will come into force at the end of this year. Being part of the AEC will increase not only Laos' engagement with the... More >>>

World news

Japan pledges US$6.1 billion for development of Mekong nations
TOKYO (Kyodo News) -- Japan pledged on Saturday to give fresh aid worth US$6.1 billion in official development assistance (ODA) to five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River. ... More >>>


What do you think about the covering of drainage canals for construction projects?
Some wastewater canals in Vientiane have been covered for the construction of buildings, restaurants, parking lots and for others uses... More >>>


Lao athletes to continue to vie at Thailand Open
The Lao Amateur Athletics Federation will continue to support the Lao athletics team to take part in the Thailand Open in September despite them being unsuccessful in the 28th SEA Games.. ... More >>>


Busy Phnom Penh very welcoming for those on a budget
Chilling out in a foreign country doesn't always require a big budget for a short visit, especially in Cambodia where food, accommodation and transport are already well priced. . .... . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Commercial crops help remote family improve living standards
Many people want a better life and often this means adding new strings to your bow if you want to achieve more. This was the case with Mrs Bounthong Chommany who decided . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Kongbouat Festival
Respectful senior monks and newly ordained monks step over silk sashes placed by merit makers for the monks to step on after they walk from a Naga boa. ...More >>>


Let's explore bookshops across the border
In a busy shopping mall in the heart of Thailand, youngsters calmly browse through cartoon books page by page before pulling out money from their pockets to buy, while some adults are busy searching for.. ...More >>>


Reproductive health policy needs more effective promotion
The Ministry of Health is encouraging people from all walks of life to implement its policies for women by ensuring they have access to all necessary health services and that their rights are upheld and protected. . More >>>


Local female rescue team member tops international event
Ms Chandavieng Ammasone, 20, proudly kisses the gold medal she won from friendly competition while also undertaking practical training in helping victims during ... More >>>


Piranhas for sale at local shops
Vegetables, sweet yams, Mekong fish and organic produce are all commonly seen at small shops lining the walkway along the riverfront in Vientiane. But one thing you don't expect to see is razor-toothed carnivorous piranha fish of South American rivers and lakes. . . . ... More >>>

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