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October 20, 2014

Nationwide awareness critical to the advancement of women ## Local authorities: don't encroach on forest areas



1. Mr Xaysi Santivong ( front right ) and Ms Kaarina Immonen shake hands on launching the new support project.
2. Mr Bounheuang Douangphachanh.
3. Mr Somdy Duangdy.

1. New project to strengthen public administration
Ministry of Home Affairs joined international development partners to launch a new project on Friday to strengthen legislative and institutional provisions to allow for more efficient and effective administration and service delivery in the cou ntry. . . More >>>

2. Pick up the pace on poverty alleviation as per President's advice
Much has been achieved in terms of poverty alleviation, but more needs to be done. . More >>>

Nation moving to sustainable economic growth
Laos will move to quality sustainable growth in its economy over the next five years without an over reliance on natural resources, a senior government official has confirmed. . More >>>

Local authorities: don't encroach on forest areas
Vientiane province officials have cautioned people living near forest conservation areas not to encroach on them to raise livestock and upland
ric e. . More >>>

Nationwide awareness critical to the advancement of women
Continuous building of awareness on gender equality and the creation of opportunities for women remains critically important to encouraging women to participate in decision making and public administration at all levels. . 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.
. More >>>
- 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 >>>

October 14, 2014
- Japanese professors, students study Asean integration
A group of professors and students from Nagoya University in Japan will spend 10 days in Laos during their field study on Asean economic integration and the challenges and opportunities that Laos will face. More >>>
- Nam Kat River opens for adventure tourists
Oudomxay provincial authorities along with contractor ARI Construction Company recently officially opened their new tourism facilities on the Nam Kat River, intended to bring additional income into the province which will help to protect their forests as well as build sustainable incomes for more local people. More >>>
- Drug-free schools announced in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang provincial authorities have declared more than 20 primary and secondary schools as model drug-free educational institutes. More >>>
- Medics resuscitate knowledge on heart disease
Cardiologists and other doctors from central and provincial hospitals will be better equipped to save lives after a meeting on cardiology held in Vientiane recently. More >>>

October 13, 2014
- Research vital for progress as National Science Day celebrated
Ministry of Science and Technology recently held a press conference to mark National Science Day on October 12 to review their work and make plans to develop the sector. More >>>
- Teenagers need to read newspapers, Lao Journalist Association hears
The Lao Journalist Association is promoting the reading of newspapers as a way for young media users to be better informed and to boost readership. More >>>
- Over 100 Savannakhet drug-free schools by 2015
Savannakhet provincial authorities are expected to declare over 100 primary and secondary schools as model drug-free campuses by 2015 as part of the government's plan to battle drug ab use. More >>>
- Free eye checks, glasses, operations and more spotted on World Sight Day
The Ministry of Health, Vientiane Health Department, and Ophthalmology Centre in cooperation with CBM Germany, and the Fred Hollows Foundation on Friday provided free eye checks, glasses, and cataract operations to mark World Sight Day 2014. More >>>

October 10, 2014
- Lao, UK universities cooperate in education sector
The National University of Laos (NUOL) and Aston University of the United Kingdom (UK) recently signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to promote potential future collaboration. More >>>
- Borikhamxay seeks to widen road
The road linking Borikhamxay province with Xieng Khuang province in the north of the country needs to be made wider according to provincial authorities. More >>>
- Sithong memorial park slated for Sangthong
Work on a park to honour national hero Mr Sithong at Nahoypang village in Sangthong district, Vientiane should commence soon after receiving approval from the government, with construction expected to take two years to complete. More >>>
- Boat racing traffic chaos continues
More than one hundred thousand vehicles converged on the city centre on Wednesday night, causing traffic gridlock as people flocked to the Mekong to release fireboats and mark the end of Buddhist Lent. More >>>

October 09, 2014
- Luang Prabang signs agreement for public park development
Authorities in Luang Prabang province signed a land concession and development contract with Douangpaseuth Road and Bridge Construction Company of Thaluang village in Luang Prabang district, Luang Prabang province for the creation of a public park to increase tourism facilities in the province. . More >>>
- Women still victims of violence
Violence against women is still widespread across the country but there is a new plan set to tackle the issue. . More >>>
- Fire safety paramount during festivals
Vientiane authorities have issued warnings for local residents, government offices and businesses to be more alert to prevent possible fire outbreaks notably during the celebration of the End of Buddhist Lent and That Luang festival. . More >>>
- Japan govt funds school construction in Borikhamxay
The government of Japan recently handed over a lower secondary school which was financed and constructed through Japanese grant assistance to the Grass-roots Human Security Project (GGP) in Thongnamee village, Borikhamxay province. . 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


Dokjong handicrafts start to gain international recognition
Dokjong handicraft products are selling well in the domestic market and are now being recognised by foreign customers, especially after the products were awarded One District One. . More >>>


Father, son bring classic film scores to local audience
Vientiane audiences were treated to a family affair as pianist Sacha Puttnam performed well-known themes from classic films created by his father, acclaimed film producer Lord Puttnam. . More >>>


Achievements of Lao diplomats
The Lao PDR gained full liberation and proclaimed the country on December 2, 1975; and the diplomatic tasks of foreign affairs have made a great contribution to developing the nation since. More >>>

World news

Yang, Kerry meet in Boston ahead of APEC summit
BOSTON (China Daily, ANN) -- China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Boston on Saturday for the second day on his US visi. More >>>


What do you like to do in your free time?
As the country's first World Heritage site, Luang Prabang has become a famous tourist attraction. In addition to its natural beauty it is a thriving city with an industrious and hard-working population... More >>>


Laos qualifies for Suzuki final tournament
Lao national men's football team has already qualified for the final tournament of the Suzuki Cup 2014 after getting t hree more points from their 2-0 win over Timor Leste last Saturday. . . 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

Govt strives to move country out of poverty
The government is actively implementing its poverty reduction strategy in the hope of achieving fundamental poverty reduction and raising the country out of poverty by 2020. . . . . . . . . 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 >>>

AIPA Special

AIPA consolidates efforts for realising community building Parliaments in Southeast Asia have consolidated their efforts in strengthening cooperation for realising Asean Community building at the 35th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). More >>>

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