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November 22, 2014
Study tour to Korea provides lifelong learning lessons


1. Beung Va lake is one of many popular tourist attractions in Kaysone Phomvihane district. --Photo Khamphan

1. Savannakhet to become more tourist friendly
Savannakhet authorities are set to further improve tourist attractions and infrastructure in the provincial capital to encourage visitors to spend more time in the city. . More >>>

2. CLV Summit to discuss development triangle area
The prime ministers of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam will meet next week in Vientiane for the 8th Summit of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on the Development Triangle Area (CLV DTA) to discuss future cooperation in the region. . More >>>

Study tour to Korea provides lifelong learning lessons
A high level delegation of the Ministry of Education and Sports under the leadership of Deputy Minister Mr Lytou Bouapao has spent a week studying policies and practices of lifelong learning in the Republic of Korea.
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4. American NGO assists prenatal care in the north
A Seattle-based medical team from the US nonprofit organisation Health Leadership International (HLI) has returned to Laos to gift state-of-the-art ultrasound systems to eight district hospitals in Luang Prabang, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces. . More >>>


November 21, 2014
- Tap water quality comes under the microscope
Raising both the quality of and public confidence in the safety of tap water for consumption is a challenge being addressed with expert assistance from Japan. . More >>>
Charitable foundation appeals for donations
The Phatthana Phasouk Foundation is calling for donations of warm clothing, blankets and educational materials for distribution to impoverished families in northern Laos. . More >>>
US donors extend support for Setthathirath Hospital
The US Lamp Organisation has confirmed its intention to further support Setthathirath Hospital, after providing more than US$600,000 over the past 10 years. . More >>>

November 20, 2014
- Govt highlights sanitation on World Toilet Day
The Lao government, together with UNICEF, the World Bank, and other institutions is commemorating World Toilet Day to raise awareness on sanitation conditions in Laos. . More >>>
Break-ins spiral in 2014
Break-ins and thefts at homes and business premises remain a problem in the nation's capital with more than 150 cases reported so far in 2014, according to the Vientiane Police Office Interrogative and Investigative Section. . More >>>
Laos, Vietnam join forces to fight social ills
Authorities in Huaphan province in Laos and Sonla province of Vietnam have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to deal with social problems occurring along their shared border. . More >>>
Study in Japan Fair promotes scholarship opportunities
Study in Japan Fair 2014 held yesterday at the National University of Laos (NUOL) gave teachers and students from different education institutions of Laos and Japan the opportunity to discuss scholarship programmes and share their experiences for information exchange. . More >>>

November 19, 2014
- New Zealand experts review seismic risk at Xayaboury
A team of hydropower engineers and geologists from New Zealand visited the Xayaboury hydroelectric power project in northern Laos recently to review the probabilistic seismic hazard assessment and the plant concept-structure safety. More >>>
Australia-Laos clean water collaboration
More than 1,000 households and a host of schools in rural communities across the country are benefitting from clean water thanks to a simple but effective filter designed in Australia and made in Laos. More >>>
Hoax callers waste road rescue teams' time
The Foundation for Assisting the Poor People of Laos in Vientiane is upset that hoax callers are phoning their 2623 hotline requesting emergency assistance from its rescue teams for fake accidents. More >>>

November 18, 2014
- Project offers new hope for people living with HIV/AIDS
Officials working in three areas of Laos will learn how to help people with HIV/AIDS to live in harmony with the rest of society, with support from the European Union (EU) and the French Red Cross. More >>>
Three foreign visitors pronounced dead in Vientiane last week
Three foreign visitors were found dead in Vientiane last week and security officials are currently working to ascertain the cause of their deaths. More >>>
Laos sends four elephants to Japan
The Lao government dispatched four elephants to Japan on Sunday as a special gift to Tokyo Zoo, where it is hoped they will be productive breeding partners. More >>>
Korean cooperation renovates health centre in Luang Prabang
A US$29,862 grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has funded the much-needed renovation of the Xenkhalok health centre in Luang Prabang province. More >>>

November 17, 2014
- Road accident victims remembered
Officials and international organisations held a special ceremony in Vientiane on Saturday to remember road traffic victims in Laos and the world. . More >>>
- 30,000 children vaccinated against measles, rubella in Xekong
Almost 30,000 children received measles and rubella vaccinations in Xekong province on Saturday as part of a campaign supported by the Lao government, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). . . More >>>
- VietinBank raises profile in Laos with new office building
Work has begun on the new headquarters of VietinBank Laos in Vientiane, with a groundbreaking ceremony taking place on Saturday at the site on Lane Xang Avenue in Chanthabouly district. . . More >>>
- Book release aims to spark journalistic passion
Lao journalists will soon be able to report their stories with greater confidence after learning from leading media expert Mr Kunda Dixit, who is the author of a book titled “Dateline Earth: Dateline as if the Planet Mattered”. . . More >>>

November 14, 2014
- Agro-biodiversity project benefits rural households
The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative's (TABI) National Steering Committee met yesterday to assess the initiative's success in balancing the conservation of natural resources with improvements to the livelihoods of local ethnic groups. . More >>>
- Road and bridge renovations go to open tendering
Scores of construction workers from private companies met to submit tenders on road and bridge repair around the country at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in Vientiane on Thursday. . . More >>>
- Dispelling myths key to reducing human trafficking
Raising awareness among children and young people, especially young women, about the potential dangers and benefits of migration is very important, and requires the government and the authorities concerned to work together. . . More >>>
- Amphetamines problem reported amongst labourers
Labourers on large construction projects across the country are known to be devouring amphetamines to stop them from getting tired and help them get through their shift, according to drug control officials. . More >>>

November 13, 2014
- Agencies raise concerns over forestry loss to opium crops
International organisations are increasingly concerned about the destruction of forests in areas where opium poppy farmers fell trees so they can grow the illicit crop. More >>>
- Hoy Khua waterfall to open Chompet district to tourists
The tourism sector in Luang Prabang aims to develop Hoy Khua waterfall in Chomphet district and attract more visitors to cross the river from the world heritage listed town so see a slice of rural Laos. . More >>>
- Lao and Japanese students share the art of oratory
A group of students and teachers from Japan have completed their visit to Laos under the JENESYS2.0 project, where they joined Lao students to learn traditional dances and songs, origami and share the art of oratory.
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- Oil slick from explosion damages aquatic life: official
Local authorities in Borkeo province are making efforts to mitigate damage from an oil slick on the Mekong River. More >>>
- SCG doubles scholarships to Lao students
Siam Cement Group (SCG) will provide 200 scholarships in the 2014-2015 school year to students from Vientiane and also the three districts of Thakhek, Nongbok and Mahaxay of Khammuan province. . More >>>

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Festival gives boost to Lao coffee industry

- Traditional boat racing crown goes to Luang Prabang
Lao PM stresses energy security and sustainable future in Asean
Laos pushes for energy integration
Laos-Russia to deepen ties, cooperation
Vientiane AIPA adopts resolutions to boost community building
President receives AIPA delegates
AIPA opening emphasises Asean's regional significance
Asean education ministers meeting kicks off in Vientiane
Traffic chaos in Vientiane after morning deluge
Ministry battles to ensure children finish primary school
Laos, Argentina strengthen cooperation
New propaganda head assumes post
- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Three is a breeze as Lao coffee goes abroad
Alocal producer has launched coffee exports to Thailand and Singapore after enjoying success on the domestic market. . . More >>>


Artists prepare for Lao Cultural Week in Vietnam
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism is staging fashion shows and cultural performances during Lao Cultural Week taking place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from December 2-7. . More >> >


Lacquering up raises recognition for Luang Prabang artisan
For a young man driven by a fondness for an art form with a local history obscured by time, crossing the Mekong River from his small village to study ..... More >>>

World news

12 injured in train derailment in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were injured when a passenger train derailed after a blast in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, local media reported. . ... More >>>


Would you prefer to arrange a wedding in a hotel or at home?
The wedding season is in full swing and hotels and restaurants are booked out as couples prepare to celebrate their big day in grand style. But it wasn't always this way.
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Vientiane raises funds for athletes
Vientiane sports officials are raising funds from organisations and companies to assist in supporting the team the city will send to compete in the 10th National Games in Oudomxay. ... More >>>


Harvest season, a good time to visit Vangvieng
Vangvieng is known for its beautiful scenery, the chains of mountains, the Xong River, caves and adventure activities but if you enjoy the green and yellow rice fields and the harvest season. .. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Farming yields prosperity for Huaphan family
Realising that growing just one crop or rearing poultry did not fill their pockets, Mr My Mua and his family decided to grow sweetcorn, and the resulting profits have been key to helping them rise above poverty. . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Ock Pop Tok recognised for cultural preservation efforts
Laos-based social enterprise Ock Pop Top was honoured by the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards as the best in cultural preservation for 2014. . ....


Big investments in education for kids a growing trend When a six-year-old girl who studies at one of the international schools in Vientiane returned home in the evening, she gave her mother a big smile by reading out loud a brand name written in English on a household appliance. More >>>


Luang Prabang needs to step up smoke-free campaign
As you wander around Luang Prabang, the first town in Laos to be declared a World Heritage Site, you will notice smoke-free signs both small and large, indicating a healthy lifestyle. . . . . . More >>>


Transient night market losing vendors' money
The smoke of grilled chicken and a fragrant variety of local foods wafts out of the small street once again, hidden on a narrow road at the once famous market behind the Fine Art Institute, which was . . ..... More >>>


SCG's Thai cement plant embraces green manufacturing
It is the company's strong commitment to the dual function of running a business while conserving the environment and benefiting society that has earned the Siam Cement Group (SCG) a well deserved accolade within the industry. . .More >>>

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