May 28, 2018

Parliament to convene on June 5

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- Savannakhet celebrates Kaysone Phomvihane city status
Savannakhet province on Friday officially declared the town of Kaysone Phomvihane to be a city after the government recently authorised the upgrade of three provincial capitals to city status.
The government has authorised the change in status in order to advance the administration and development of these urban areas.
These are Luang Prabang - the capital of Luang Prabang province; Kaysone Phomvihane – the capital of Savannakhet province; and Pakxe – the capital of Champassak province. .. More >>>

- Govt pursues search for Lao Airlines joint venture partner
The government is still seeking a qualified partner to jointly operate Lao Airlines in a bid to achieve more efficient and profitable operation of the national flag carrier.
Several potential foreign investors have expressed interest in forming a joint venture with the Lao government, a source at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport said... More >>>

- Lao festival woos Japanese in bid to entice holiday-makers
A tourism exhibition and cultural performances are among the highlights of the Lao Festival taking place from May 22-29 in Tokyo, Japan.
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara, ministry officials and Lao performers are currently in Tokyo to take part at the festival... More >>>

- Govt ramps up revenue collection
Government sectors have been told to step up efforts to fill the government’s coffers in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 after a shortfall in revenue collection was recorded for the year so far. Last week’s monthly government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith discussed measures to boost revenue collection over the remainder of the year.   .. More >>>

Parliament to convene on June 5
The National Assembly (NA) has announced it will convene its 5th ordinary session from June 5-28, the Lao News Agency reported on Friday, citing the parliament’s Secretariat.
The announcement did not specify any details of the agenda planned for the biannual session of the NA’s 8th Legislature.. More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia
Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13....More >>>

More news stories

- Phongsaly offers jungle treks for intrepid tourists
Phongsaly province in the far north of Laos is making a name for itself with the fascinating jungle treks it offers visitors, taking them to remote villages and giving them an insight into local lifestyles. ...More >>>

-Govt slashes cost of some food items to lower cost of living
Authorities have set ceilings for the price of certain dishes sold by street vendors, at local markets, restaurants, hotels and other places in a move aimed at reducing the rising cost of living.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce on Friday issued an announcement, which significantly cuts the price of single bowls of food, namely fer (noodle soup), khaopiak (another kind of noodle soup), fried rice, and khao lardna (rice topped with other food).More >>>

-Vientiane prepares colourful programme for Children’s Day
Vientiane authorities and international organisations are preparing a raft of activities to celebrate International Children’s Day and National Arbour Day on June 1.
This year the two events will be celebrated under the slogan “Child rights promotion, Safe use of technology, Accountable environment, and Be a good host for Visit Laos Year 2018”, according to the secretariat of the mother and child commission. ... More >>>

- Korea boosts students’ job prospects with ICT course
The Lao-Korea Friendship ICT Academy at the National University of Laos last week hosted the Introducing ICT Course and Recruitment Information Session to explain a series of courses that will take place in July.
The information session, titled “Go to the ICT Academy Education Programme” discussed university ICT industry job prospects and detailed the ICT course content to the university students who went along to learn about the programme...More >>>


How important are antenatal checks for mothers-to-be?
The death rate of mothers and children in Laos remains unacceptably high compared to other developing countries.    . .. More >>>


Chance meeting evokes vivid memories of a rural childhood
Laos is an intriguing country full of interesting traditional and beautiful ways of life; it forces you to slow down and join in the laidback lifestyle, especially in the rural areas. .. More >>>


Winner of Chinese language contest revels in linguistic prowess
Outstanding student Mr Bouaphanh Yachongtou from Luang Prabang province won first place in the Chinese language contest held in Laos this year and will now take part in a Chinese language contest in China. . . . . . More >>>


One man’s passion for handicrafts inspires a new generation of artisans
Mr Tarreboun Rattanavong loves collecting and preserving handmade bamboo and rattan items that are commnly used for household purposes.
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Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . More >>>


Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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Vangvieng a magnet for Asian visitors
The small district of Vangvieng with its picturesque Xong River and surrounding mountains continues to attract large numbers of Koreans and Chinese, even though it’s the low season right now.... More >>>


Impounding of the tallest dam in Laos starts at Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project
The Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) officially marked the Start of Impounding of Water in the Main Reservoir this weekend in Borikhamxay province after the project began impounding water in its main reservoir on May 15, 2017.... More >>>


Lao model spreads his wings in the entertainment scene
Model Teler Sisombath is encouraging fans to follow and support his entertainment work now that he’s back from China where he studied for a master’s degree in Business.
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Laos, Indonesia promote trade and tourism
Laos has a lot of wonderful and interesting places to visit and Visit Laos Year 2018 can be instrumental in informing more people about Laos and encouraging them to visit the country.  ..More >>>

World news

Second giant panda born in Malaysia makes public debut
KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) -- The second giant panda born in Malaysia made her first public appearance at the national zoo here on Saturday...More >>>


Do officials need to increase checks of imported farm products at border crossings?
Businesses and those in involved in agriculture have urged the authorities to make closer checks of imported farm products, as they are considered an obstacle to attracting investment in and growth of the sector.
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What do you think of the plan to relocate some petrol stations?
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has suspending the licensing of petrol stations and fuel depots that are located in unsafe places such as residential areas, or near markets, hospitals, schools, or on hazardous roads....More >>>


Asean countries agree on same muay style
The four Asean countries of Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia met in Ratchaburi province, Thailand, from May 22-25 to discuss the establishment of the Muay Suvarnabpumi Federation. ... More >>>

Dining Out

Cooking sticky rice to perfection
Sticky rice is a very simple name for the staple grain of Laos and the nation’s most popular food item. It has been an essential part of Lao life from generation to generation and no meal is eaten without it.. . . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... . More >>>

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