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April 1, 2015

Officials receive fire prevention training ## Changes to Constitution planned to boost economic growth ## Public security staff learn fire prevention strategies


1. Don Chan Beach behind the night market alongside the Mekong River will be the site of recreational activities during Pi Mai Lao.

1. Vientiane outlines Pi Mai Lao activities
Vientiane will use its diverse culture, a range of exciting activities and a trade fair to impress local residents and foreign visitors during this year's Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year), which takes place from April 14-16. . More >>>

Govt discloses belt-tightening measures
The government has announced measures intended to curb spending, in a move to use the state's budget and resources in the most effective manner.
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3. Statistics improvement a priority for AEC
Laos is furthering the development of its statistics system to bring it in line with international standards and provide valuable data and information for government agencies, development partners and investors. . . More >>>

4. Manual gives new guidelines on participatory planning
Communities across the country will have an approved manual to follow as a guideline to help them with appropriate techniques for participatory development planning. . . . More >>>

5. Fire department runs safety campaign
Fire department officials are conducting a fire safety campaign, considering it to be one of their most important tasks for ensuring public safety in the event of a fire. . . . More >>>


April 1, 2015
- More buses to ply southern routes over Pi Mai
The Southern Bus Station in Vientiane plans to add a further 30 buses to its routes to ensure sufficient seats for passenger travel during Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao). . . . More >>>
Borikhamxay road a step closer to repair
The rebuilding of a 30 kilometre section of road in Borikhamxay province that links to two northern provinces will go ahead after a committee was set up last week to oversee the project. More >>>
Deputy PM urges hospitals to prepare for dengue outbreak
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Phankham Viphavanh has advised major hospitals in Vientiane to draw up plans to accommodate an influx of dengue patients so they don't have to stay in corridors overnight.
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Laos, Australia to survey Plain of Jars
Laos and Australia have discussed the conditions required for the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province to become a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Heritage Site, with a view to making the intriguing site more widely known. . . More >>>

March 31, 2015
- Media beef up on Law on HIV/AIDS Control
Family members have direct responsibility for educating each other on the harm brought about by HIV/AIDS and learning to avoid risky behaviour that could lead to infection with HIV. . . More >>>
Four Bokeo restaurants closed after selling protected wildlife
Authorities in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GTES) of Bokeo province last week seized products made from protected animal species, along with animal parts, from four foreign-owned restaurants. More >>>
Vientiane solving beggar problems
This year so far 23 beggars have been identified in Vientiane after the committee formed to solve the problem had one some basic research. . More >>>
Lao fellows complete postgraduate studies in Japan
Eighteen Lao fellows have successfully completed their 2-2.5 year master's courses at Japanese universities under the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Programme.
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March 30, 2015
- Schoolchildren become leaders in hygiene and sanitation
Thirty children from each school in Pha-oudom district, Bokeo province, last week took part in activities to promote hygiene and sanitation.
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KOICA sends more volunteers to Laos
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has dispatched another six volunteers to Laos to take part in the country's socio-economic development, in response to requests from Laos and the effectiveness of the Korea Overseas Volunteer (KOV) programme.
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Plans announced for World Autism Awareness Day
The Association for Autism in Vientiane (AFA) held a joint press conference on Friday to announce the programme for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, an annual global event.. More >>>
Authorities, community chip in for new bridge
Authorities and villagers have joined together to mobilise funding for construction of a replacement bridge in Phonsoung village, Phonhong district, Vientiane province, which opened last week. . More >>>

March 27, 2015
- Meeting chews over agriculture and nutrition
Representatives from concerned government agencies, development partners, the private sector, local CSOs and international NGOs gathered for a two day workshop in Vientiane to disc uss agriculture and nutrition. More >>>
New project to help young children with disabilities
Families in Vientiane will enjoy a better quality of life because of fewer impairments and disablement, notably for mothers, newborns and young children, through a new project that is supported by the Belgium Government. More >>>
Flights delayed by thunderstorms
A number of domestic flights operated by Lao Airlines have been delayed recently because of heavy thunderstorms in some areas. More >>>
Ministry disseminates instructions on competition and award
The criteria for departments, units, other collective groups and individuals for gaining awards from the government on the occasion of celebrations for the two historical national dates, were disseminated yesterday among senior officials under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. More >>>

March 26, 2015
- Students learn about Japanese legal system through demonstration
The Faculty of Law and Political Science of the National University of Laos yesterday organised a demonstration of a Japanese Law Court to let students and teachers learn about the basic le gal system in Japan.
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Medics conduct nutrition survey
The National Institute of Public Health is conducting a nutrition survey to be used as a source of reference when drawing up policies on the care of newborns and infants in Laos. . More >>>
Youth radio station set to hit the airwaves
The Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union will be on air next month with its own station. Lao Youth Radio Station will broadcast on the frequency FM 99.1 MHz. . More >>>
Development students gain hands-on knowledge with field trip
Students from the Department of Social Workers and Development (DSWD), Faculty of Social Sciences of the National University of Laos recently undertook a study field trip programme to broaden their understanding of community development issues. More >>>
- Lao Youth to attend regional forum in Cambodia
The Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union is to select representatives who will soon travel to participate in the 5th Commit Youth Forum to be held from April 26-30 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to discuss the problem of human trafficking with other countries in the Mekong Region.
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March 25, 2015
- Leaders learn about sustainable development in ICT
Leading officials and staff in Vientiane gathered at the National Internet Centre yesterday to learn about sustainable development in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. More >>>
Prepare for heavy rain
The Weather Bureau has warned the public to be prepared for unexpectedly heavy rain over the next five weeks until the end of next month. More >>>
Vientiane community pays to have own road surfaced
About 15 families in Dongnaxok Tai village in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane, have dug into their savings to pave for asphalt to be laid on the road they live on, after waiting in vain for the government to lay a concrete surface. More >>>

March 24, 2015
- Ministry urges public to help combat TB
Members of the public are urged to work together to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Laos to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015 and eradicate the disease worldwide by 2050. More >>>
- Bokeo police capture heroin traffickers
Police and local authorities in Bokeo province are on the hunt for a group of drug traffickers after arresting two dealers who were transporting 17 packs of compressed heroin hidden inside a truck on March 16. More >>>
- Southern children to receive Japanese encephalitis vaccine
Some 1,450,000 children aged 1 to 15 years in 10 southern provinces will receive free vaccinations against Japanese encephalitis (JE) from April 20 to 30. More >>>
Pakxong holds annual boat racing festival
Authorities in Champassak province organised their annual boat racing festival in Nonchan village, Pakxong district last weekend, with this year's competition featuring some 12 boat racing teams. More >>>
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March 23, 2015
- Laos shares in Francophonie celebrations
Every year in March millions of French speakers around the world come together to participate in Francophonie celebrations in each of the 77 member states and governments of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). . More >>>
- Ministry steps up fight against drug trade
The Ministry of Public Security is concentrating on the drug problem which is seen as a major issue for Lao society, according to a security news reporter on Friday. . More >>>
- Researchers seek to unlock secrets of the Plain of Jars
A new five-year collaborative project between Lao and Australian researchers hopes to unlock more of the secrets behind the Plain of Jars, and help inform Lao government deliberations on a possible UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the internationally-acclaimed site. . . More >>>

New project to help young children with disabilities

- Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties
Lao acrobats have new show for audiences
- Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties
- Party points the way for continuous growth
- Exhibition highlights achievements under Party leadership
- Kimonos, yukatas on show in Vientiane
- Kuwait agrees to 192 billion kip loan to finance irrigation project
- Lao-Japan launch new laboratory for parasites
- PM calls for accurate answers in census survey
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Wattay Airport updates air freight services
The airfreight facility at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane is set to be upgraded after a deal was struck with a logistics company to improve freight...More >>>


Children's book teaches timeless moral lessons
Keen readers can often be seen browsing the shelves of a good bookshop fuelling their curiosity for knowledge or just wanting to get lost in a good story. . . . More >>>


Remote area harbours Laos' cleanest village
It's quite difficult to find a clean area in some parts of poor countries because it seems there's always a problem with garbage. Laos, for example. ... More >>>

World news

New medical agency eyes new drugs
JAPAN (TheYomiuri Shimbun, ANN) -- The key to fully utilising a new organ tasked with playing the role of chief commander in this nation's medical research is to achieve success in promoting industry-university collaboration in the medical field, according to experts. . . More >>>


What do you think about the cancellation of road works during the rainy season?
The authorities often don't repair roads in the wet season because it's difficult and the roads will only deteriorate again rapidly. ... More >>>


Lao footballers headed to beach tournament in Vietnam
The Lao national beach football team plans to compete at the Asean Beach Soccer Championships 2015 in Vietnam at the end of this. .. More >>>


Remote village offers welcome retreat from the bustle of Vientiane
Everyone wants to go to a place if it's fam ous or has some intriguing features. I'm of the same mind and want to go somewhere after hearing people talk about it. But people have differing opinions.... . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Sangthong district pursues development road
As development changes the face of Najalern village in Sangthong district, Vientiane, it is poised to become a small town in recognition of its economic progress. ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Writer dedicates his life to Pali palm leaf manuscripts
When first starting to write the Buddhist scriptures in the Pali language on palm leaves, one of Laos' foremost experts in the craft was rather embarrassed about his efforts because the lettering was not as neat as that done by other people.
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Education reforms aim to produce
a skilled workforce This article is one of a series published in Vientiane Times to mark the 60th anniversary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party on March 22.. ...More >>>


Prevention is better than cure for tuberculosis The Tuberculosis (TB) Centre in Vientiane estimates that about 24 out of every 100,000 people in Laos die from tuberculosis. However, the centre's TB control programme aims to ....More >>>


A farmer's life doesn't end in retirement

Many people don't want their parents to do any work after they retire because by that time most people are quite old, but if you ask retirees themselves, the majority say they don't want to sit at home doing nothing. More >>>


Teaching children to care for the environment
Every morning before classes start the children at Pakpok school collect then deposit empty water bottles and drink cans in a place where rubbish is kept before being taken away, as one of the school's regular morning activities. . . . . .More >>>

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