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August 5, 2015

DPM urges businesses to be more flexible ## Library Boat brings book treats toLuangPrabang youngsters ## More students to enrol in vocational programmes


1. Mr Thongloun Sisoulith ( fifth right ) and colleagues from the Asean Secretariat and other member countries link hands at the Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2. A vehicle struggles to get through the mud after a landslide was cleared on a section of National Road No. 1B in Phongsaly province.

1. DPM attends Asean meetings
A Lao delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith attended a series of Asean events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 3-4.
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2. Mudslides block traffic in Phongsaly
Hundreds of vehicles are backed up along National Road No. 1B in the mountainous province of Phongsaly with some sections of the road covered in mud following landslides in the wake of torrential rain. More >>>

3. DPM urges businesses to be more flexible
Although the Lao economy is growing rapidly, business operators need to be flexible when it comes to investment projects, especially if they are at risk from outside economic influences. More >>>

4. Xaythany gears up for electricity network upgrade
  An upgrade of the electricity network in Xaythany district, Vientiane, is set to start early next year after receiving financial support from the World Bank.
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Govt provides relief aid for flood hit communities
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare on behalf of the National Disaster Management Committee is working to help communities affected by flooding around the country. More >>>

6. Luang Prabang sees dynamic growth
Luang Prabang province has experienced dynamic growth over the past five years with the growth rate averaging 8.8 percent per year. More >>>


August 5, 2015
- School leavers sit university entrance exams
More than 16,000 school leavers are scheduled to sit university entrance exams at various centres across Vientiane today, with about 7,000 students set to pursue studies at faculties this academic year if approved by the Ministry of Education and Sports. More >>>
- Bank, hospital team up to provide cataract surgery for monks
wenty-nine Lao monks with eye problems will soon have free treatment or cataract surgery in Thailand thanks to a cooperation agreement between a Lao bank and a Thai hospital. More >>>
- Lao, Thai cooperation on skill development continues
Experts from institutes for skill development in Laos and Thailand met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss developing the capacity of teachers at technical schools in Laos in relation to competency based curriculum design and development systems. More >>>
Dental health project ends
More than 100,000 people have benefitted from dental and oral check-ups in Vientiane province since Japan's Organisation of International Support for Dental Education (OISDE) trained local nurses in basic dentistry skills. More >>>

August 4, 2015
- City authorities inspect drains as downpours cause floods
Vientiane Administration officials teamed up last week to inspect drainage channels around the capital in a bid to prevent further flooding this rainy season. More >>>
- Two Lao schools win 2nd Asean Eco-schools Award
Thongkang Primary School and Xaysettha Secondary School of Laos have been awarded the 2nd Asean Eco-schools Award in recognition of their exemplary efforts in inculcating environmental awareness in all aspects of education to students and surrounding communities.
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- Be aware of social problems, police warn
Vientiane Police Office has reminded members of the public to be more aware about social problems in Vientiane after a spate of recent thefts and bag snatchings. More >>>
- Road deaths drop in July
The number of road accidents nationwide dropped by almost 50 incidents in July compared to June, according to a report by the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>
- Authorities sparking interest in welder employment opportunities
Despite young people perceiving a lack of job opportunities there is in fact strong labour demand in Vientiane and other provinces for graduates from the Lao-German Technical School, especially welders.
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August 3, 2015
- Peace and solidarity committee celebrates 32nd anniversary
The Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity (LCPS) recently held a press conference at the Lao Journalists' Association in Vientiane to celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of the LCPS (August 1 1983 - August 1 2015). More >>>
- US Embassy promotes education in Luang Prabang
Staff from the United States Embassy in Vientiane travelled to Luang Prabang province to discuss educational opportunities from July 27-29. More >>>
- Vietnam hands over newly built school to Luang Namtha
The Viengphoukha Upper Secondary School built with funding from the Vietnamese government was officially handed over to Luang Namtha province of Laos after 18 months of construction, according to Vietnam News Agency . More >>>
- KOICA dispatches more World Friends Advisors to Laos
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has sent eight more World Friends Advisors to Laos so as to continue to contribute to socio-economic development and poverty eradication across the country through sharing expertise, knowledge, and experiences. More >>>

July 30, 2015
- Diphtheria breaks out in Laos
In recent months diphtheria outbreaks have been reported in six places in Laos, in Vientiane and the provinces of Vientiane, Savannakhet, Khammuan, Huaphan and Luang Namtha. A total of 476 cases including six deaths were reported as of July 25, 2015. More >>>
- Xaysettha police arrest 48 drug users
Taskforce officers from Xaysettha district police office have arrested some 48 young people for using drugs after searching a house in Nonkhortai village, Vientiane, the Khuamsangob Daily reported yesterday. More >>>
- Champassak technical teachers to gain automotive skills
Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd will work with Champassak Technical and Vocational College in Pakxe district, Champassak province to enhance capacity building for teachers in the field of automotive repairs. More >>>
- Dental caries remains high in Vientiane
Despite the fact that the incidence of dental caries has decreased in 10 primary schools benefiting from a Japanese supported project in Vientiane, dental caries still remains prevalent. More >>>

July 30, 2015
- Quality nursing services key to patient care and satisfaction
Better nursing care in Laos was the focus of a meeting in Vientiane yesterday as 150 health officials reviewed and discussed the newly-revised “Guidelines for the Scope of Nursing Practice”. More >>>
- Continued French support for studies in France
The 60 French speaking Lao students studying to work in the health and tourism sectors and their teachers will be able to continue their education in France from the end of July courtesy of the scholarships being provided by the French government. More >>>
- Early life nutrition workshop launched in Vientiane
The Lao Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health Sciences held a workshop on ‘Early life nutrition and updating emergency obstetrics care' recently. More >>>
- Japan empowers skills for the disabled
Japan's continuing support for the empowerment of disabled people in Laos through various skills based projects was highlighted at a contract signing yesterday. More >>>


Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth

- Session approves govt plans, gives instruction for better results
- Deputy minister pledges more varied TV programmes
- NA debates education law amendment
- Laos reassures stakeholders on Xayaboury transparency
- Australia to create human trafficking database in Laos
- NA approves cabinet reshuffle
- 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


New dam slated for construction in Xayaboury
The government has granted permission for a local company to build the Namhoung 1 hydropower dam in Xayaboury province, in line with the natio nal plan to... More >>>


Naxay Culture House to increase exhibitions
The Naxay Culture House will put on exhibitions and other activities as a way to encourage Lao and foreign artists to display more of their w...More >>>


Media and Publications grow over 65 years
This story is to mark the 65 years anniversary of the establishment of Media and Publication Day of the Lao PDR on August 13, 1950.. ... More >>>

World news

Building collapses outside Mumbai after heavy rain; 12 dead
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Twelve people were killed early Tuesday when an old building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain, an Indian official said... More >>>


How can publishers improve their offerings to the public?
Publishing is an important industry and disseminates the Party's directions to citizens, as well as providing information to all... More >>>


Aussie competition should help develop Asean football teams
Junior football teams from Asean nations are now facing a new competitor in Australia, which is fielding teams in Asean junior football tournaments throughout... More >>>


Time for some sightseeing in Timor Leste
As a new country in Southeast Asia, Timor Leste, which regained independence in 2002, might not be as well known as other countries in the region... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Animal rearing key to improving living standards
There are many things that can make people feel despondent and lacking in ambition but this is not the case for Mr Samlan Saysouk's family because they have been patient . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Spending life as a nun during Buddhist Lent
We see many women dressed in white clothes at local temples; they are the nuns; they are ordinated and preparing themselves to practice the teachings of the Buddha...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 >>>


Cigarette packet warning images benefit public health
Graphic warning images on cigarette packets can be effective in reducing the rate of smoking by correctly informing the public about related health problems, according to a leading health official. . More >>>


Non-profit promoting Lao stories and reading to children
Under the slogan “Providing Lao Children with a better reading environment and brighter future” a Vientiane based non-profit organisation's vision is to produce books to inspire their education. . ...


Fishing futures under question in the lower Mekong basin
Standing at the head of a wooden fishing boat in the middle of the Mekong River where hundreds of fishermen are jostling for the best position to set their nets, a 65 year old fisherman named Mr Thong Ming has high hopes of landing a saleable catch. .. More >>>

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