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October 21, 2014

Provincial Assembly establishment debated at constitution-amendment seminar



1. Ms Pany Yathotou (left) and Mr Somphanh Phengkhammy address the seminar.

1. Policy developers shape constitutional amendments
Top policy developers are currently contributing to a lively discussion and sharing their ideas regarding possible amendments to six chapters of the Lao constitution, which was once amended in 2003. More >>>

2. Closer eye cast over current, future investments
The government is vowing to inspect state-funded projects which are being implemented in the nation, particularly 34 so-called mega-projects, in a move to ensure the effective use of government funds. More >>>

Seven days for census survey
Laos Statistics Bureau has confirmed it shall survey of the population via a census to be conducted across the country over seven days at a projected cost of US$7.2million. More >>>

Xieng Khuang UXO education project enters 2nd phase
Spirit of Soccer Office to Laos has been given the go ahead for the 2nd phase of its unexploded ordnance (UXO) education programme following additional funding and the signing of a MOU. More >>>

Provincial Assembly establishment debated at constitution-amendment seminar
Lao policy developers have envisioned establishing the People’s Assembly (parliament) at provincial and capital level in an attempt to enhance the assembly’s role in socio-economic development and uphold the rights and interests of local people. More >>>


October 21, 2014
- Civil servant management challenges ministry
Civil servant management remains a major issue for the Ministry of Home Affairs, especially the recruitment process which must ensure fairness and transparency to select quality candidates. More >>>
- Plan Int’l set to improve primary education in Bokeo 
Plan International will continue to implement a new approach to improve teacher methodology in Bokeo province under Phase 2 of a project running from 2015 to 2019. More >>>
- IEG to test students’ English language standards
The Ministry of Education and Sports and IIG Education Laos Co., Ltd are working in cooperation to test the English language standards of Lao students as part of preparations for the introduction of the Asean Economic Comm. More >>>
- Korea helps Lao officials to develop rural education
Twenty-two officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports left Vientiane last weekend to attend a programme on capacity building in remote education training, which is taking place from October 19 to November 1 in the Republic of Korea. More >>>

October 20, 2014
- Govt mulls reducing social security cost for individuals
Authorities are considering reducing the amount paid by individuals who want to join the social security system (SSS) in an attempt to enable members of the public to benefit from and join the system, a senior government official has said. . More >>>
- Plenty of governance reform challenges despite progress
The government faces more work and challenges dealing with governance reform despite having made significant progress so far.
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- Rising costs, market access issues depriving farmers
The rising cost of agricultural inputs, natural disasters due to climate change and the lack of access to markets have posed great challenges for family and smallholder farmers in Laos as they strive to make a living, officials and experts have agreed. . More >>>
- Vientiane authority to manage waste water
Public concern rose recently over the rapid population growth in cities and towns of Laos creating sanitation worries, while a systematic waste water management is needed. . More >>>
- Officials work to give Vientiane breath of fresh air
Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department officials last week held a meeting to gather constructive feedback for the Vientiane Clean Air Plan (CAP), under the Clean Air for Smaller Cities in the Asean Region project. . More >>>

October 17, 2014
- Health researchers descend on capital to share knowledge
Strengthening and enhancing research capacity in Laos in support of achieving the Millennium Development Goals related to the health sector is a major goal of the 8th National Health Research Forum from October 16-17. More >>>
- Laos, Russia seek to boost tourism cooperation
The number of Russians visiting Laos will grow larger than it has ever been before as the country has an abundance of tourism sites. More >>>
- E-learning tools to improve communication for the deaf
The Association for the Deaf is currently supporting the hearing impaired by helping them to learn Lao sign language with e-learning tools, thereby improving their communication abilities. More >>>

October 16, 2014
- Regional, French officials discuss water resource management in Mekong basin
Regional officials exchanged knowledge and experience with French experts in Vientiane for integrated water resource management in the Mekong river basin. More >>>
- Red Cross aims to achieve breakthrough in capacity
The Lao Red Cross needs to take stronger measures to breakthrough and build capacity among its staff for it to be ready to respond effectively when providing humanitarian aid in both emergency and normal situations. More >>>
- Global Handwashing Day: A reminder that a simple practice saves lives
As the world celebrated Global Handwashing Day, the government, UNICEF and partners marked the occasion at a local primary school under the theme: Choose Handwashing, Choose Health.More >>>
- Get your camera out for humanity's sake
Budding photographers and professionals alike have been called on to display their skills and vie for inclusion in an inspirational calendar that will be seen nationwide. More >>>
- Local officials brush-up on waste management techniques
Local officials have been sharing experiences with experts from the European Union on chemical and biological waste management in Vientiane from October 14-16. More >>>

October 15, 2014
- Permission first then spend, civil servants reminded  
Revenue generated by state organisations from professional service provision relating to the areas of information, culture and tourism must be utilised in strict accordance with financial regulations, financial staff have been reminded. More >>>
- Savannakhet eyes Dongnatad to be new economic zone
Savannakhet provincial authorities have given approval to Khounxay Development and Construction Company to study developing the Dongnatad area into a new economic zone of the province featuring extensive tourism and sporting facilities. More >>>
- New civil registration system under development
A national civil registration and vital statistics system under development will ensure the most important aspects of people’s lives, such as births, deaths, marriages and basic identity are officially recorded. More >>>
- Lao Red Cross launches“warm for winter” appeal
As the cold season approaches Lao Red Cross is calling for donations of new or second hand blankets, clothing, shoes and socks to assist vulnerable communities in the northern provinces to keep warm and stay healthy as part of their appeal “Warm for Winter”. More >>>

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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


Rubber price crash forces farmers to sell farms Some Luang Namtha provincial rubber growers have decided to sell their plantations after the price of rubber has gone way down. More >>>


Something special for all the ladies

Personality, poise, confidence, knowledge and the desire to be a new face in Lao entertainment.
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Horsing around goes from leaps to bounds
With a cool breeze blowing, a sunny morning on the outskirts of town sounds like as good a time as any to be on horseback.
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World news

Fiery end for two bikers in highway accident KUALA LUMPUR (The Star, ANN) -- A rider of a high-powered motorcycle was burnt to death, while another big biker was killed after being hit by a car in a horrific accident along the Karak Highway.More >>>


What are your impressions of Luang Prabang city? Luang Prabang is one of only two World Heritage listed sites in Laos because of its unique combination of architecture, culture and natural beauty. This blend of distinctive features means it attracts large numbers of tourists every year and has been lauded by ... More >>>


Korea funds athletic facilities in Xieng Khuang province The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has provided a grant of US$43,800 for Phonsavanh Upper Secondary School in Xieng Khuang province, aiming to... More >>>


Channel your inner ‘Tarzan' on the Nam Kat Deep in the jungle of Laos' northern Oudomxay province runs a river named the Nam Kat, a place where travellers can experience peace and excitement in. ...More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Poverty eradication week focuses on economic inequality Fourteen-year-old Anousone remembers scouring the jungle for food. He’d skip school and head into the wilderness, digging up bamboo shoots and picking leaves from ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Ork Phansa ; Tark Baat in the suburbs Getting ready for the end of Buddhist Lent is a notably lively moment in Lao culture; this year, the day of Ork Phansa fell on the Wednesday the eighth of October as dictated by the full moon in accordance with the lunar calendar. More >>>


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 >>>


Lao, Japanese surgeons share expertise in rhinitis struggle
Rhinitis training for doctors at Ear, Nose and Throat ward of Mahosot Hospital is underway with assistance from the Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. . More >>>


Lunar eclipse brings pleasant end of Lent  
A beautiful blood red moon illuminated the night sky as the sun set on the last day of Buddhist Lent on Wednesday evening.


Floodwaters wash over a sleeping Vientiane
Deep into the first night of this month, Vientiane residents lay soundly asleep in their beds blissfully ignorant of the floods washing away the streets and sweeping away their belongings. s.More >>>

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