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September 28, 2016

Four die, several injured in Champassak crashes ## Schoolchildren have it all figured out in maths contest

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1. Dr Bounthong Chitmany addresses the government meeting on Monday.
- Workers in a manufacturing plant in the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet province. Policy makers are drawing up a Law on Special Economic Zones to promote greater investment in these zones.
2. Dr KhamchanhVongsana explains the importance of the project.

1. Cabinet mulls ways to boost investment in special economic zones
The government cabinet has been exploring ways to better facilitate and promote investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZ), after many zones have been set up in the provinces and in Vientiane. More >>>

Flood protection embankment to be built in Hadxaifong
Construction of a 30-km embankment along the Mekong River starting near the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane will soon begin. More >>>

Ministry bans sale of Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications announced on Tuesday that shops and mobile phone distributors nationwide are to stop importing and distributing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. More >>>

4. Educators beef up on test design
Education officials are taking part in a capacity development workshop on test development and design in schools. More >>>

5. Eight new foreign ambassadors appointed to Laos
Eight new foreign ambassadors to the Lao PDR yesterday presented their credentials to President BounnhangVorachit. More >>>


September 28, 2016
- Laos, Vietnam open Saiphouluang Road photo exhibition
The Ministry of National Defence in cooperation with the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos on Monday officially launched an exhibition of photos depicting the history of the Ho Chi Minh Trail (Saiphouluang Road). More >>>
- Lao, Japanese medics review progress in gastrointestinal treatment
The number of gastrointestinal problems identified at Mahosot Hospital increased significantly this year as a result of better testing and diagnosis, according to experts in the field. More >>>
- Four die, several injured in Champassak crashes
Several accidents occurred at the same spot in Namva village, Phonthong district, Champassak province on Monday night, killing four people instantly and injuring several others. More >>>
- Schoolchildren have it all figured out in maths contest
The Department of Education and Sports in cooperation with the Smart Math Centre on Sunday organised the second Vientiane Smart Math Competition to give children the chance to share and build their experiences in mathematics. More >>>

September 27 , 2016
- Vientiane Rescue passes on prized award to the people of Laos
Vientiane Rescue 1623, under the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR, presented the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016 to the Lao people, after receiving the award in Manila, the Philippines, last month.
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- Students to get right skills by combining theory, practice
A leading global supplier of technology and services, Bosch, has launched the programme “Makers of Tomorrow”, an innovative approach to practical education, createdand implemented in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos (NUOL). . . More >>>
- Police net amphetamine haul in Bokeo road block
The Bokeo Drug Prevention and Control Department last week seized 200,000 amphetamine pills being transported by pick-up truck and detained the driver. . . More >>>
- University awards top honours to outstanding graduates
The National University of Laos (NUOL) has awarded certificates of honour to 34 students out of the total 5,969 who graduated this academic year, the 16th batch of graduates from the university. . . More >>>

September 26, 2016
- Hadxaifong families get compensation for property lost to Mekong embankment
The government is spending more than 4.2 billion kip (US$528,670) in compensation payouts to 97 families in Hadxaifong district who will lose land or property when an embankment is built along the Mekong River to prevent flooding. More >>>
- Association extends support for children with disabilities
Aid Children with Disability Association (ACDA) on Friday handed over school supplies to children with disabilities at Saphanthong-neua Secondary School in Sisattanak district, Vientiane, as part of its ongoing support for disabled children.More >>>
- DHL staff boost stocks at blood transfusion centre
The National Blood Transfusion Centre is struggling to collect and provide enough blood for use by hospitals throughout the country.
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- Successful Laos, Singapore student programme wraps up
Lao students have benefitted from the Temasek Foundation Specialists' Community Action and Leadership Exchange Programme (TF SCALE) which wrapped up in Vientiane last week. More >>>

September 23 , 2016
- Network ramps up action against wildlife crime
The Lao Wildlife Enforcement Network (Lao-Wen) is meeting in Vientiane province from September 21-23 to discuss a new strategy and rules to facilitate stakeholders' participation in combating wildlife crime.
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- Wind turbine projects yet to spin
While feasibility studies have indentified sufficient wind speeds in several parts of the country wind turbines have yet to be erected. . More >>>
- Vientiane authorities launch stricter inspections of vehicle number plates
Vientiane authorities will start stricter inspections of vehicle number plates, as there continues to be an issue with fake or duplicated numbers. . More >>>
- Journalists deepen knowledge of women's rights
The National Commission for the Advancement of Women (NCAW) and the Lao Journalists' Association on Wednesday held a training course on women's rights issues in Laos. .More >>>

September 22, 2016
- Vientiane Rescue prepares for boat racing festival
Over 20 volunteers from Vientiane Rescue 1623 are performing drills to assist anyone in the water in preparation for this year's boat racing festival in the capital next month. More >>>
- Better budgeting needed in health sector
Laos will need stronger financial management planning and budgeting in the health sector if it is to provide free healthcare for people in target provinces. More >>>
- Xayaboury refuses entry to motorcycle groups
Caravans for bicycles and motorbikes are now prohibited from entry at all border checkpoints between Laos and Thailand in Xayaboury province. More >>>
- Ethnic Culture Park boat racing underway
The Inpeng Ethnic Culture Park traditional boat racing festival is underway near the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge from September 19-25 with the finals set for this weekend. More >>>

September 21, 2016
- Agricultural development dialogue for round table process
Government officials, development partners and other stakeholders met yesterday to discuss agriculture and rural development as they prepare to report to the round table meeting in November. More >>>
- Japanese foundation gives school supplies to Savannakhet children
Over 900 schoolchildren in two rural districts of Savannakhet province now have plenty of educational supplies for use this academic year, provided by the Marubeni Educational Fund in Laos. More >>>
- LuangPrabang's electric shuttles spark popular support
Local people and foreign tourists have supported the use of electric vehicles following a recent public transport trial in the World Heritage town of LuangPrabang. More >>>
- University offers new dental technician programme
The University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Vientiane is providing students with a new option this academic year in the form of a Dental Technician Associate Degree. More >>>

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Motor expo to rev up regional opportunities
Vehicle dealers from across the region are expected to seek business partners at the Vientiane International Motor Expo this week looking to sell more large cars in the Lao market. More >>>


Joint exhibition promotes local artists' work
A painting and printmaking exhibition titled ‘Yangkaday' or ‘Everything is okay' has opened to display the works of three local artists at La Maison de la Culture in Naxay village, Xaysettha district. More >>>


One man's mission to trace his mother's Lao origins
A British citizen named Mr Karin Stowe turned up at the Vientiane Times last week with an intriguing request - could we could help him with his quest to locate his mother's birthplace? More >>>

World news

Taiwan closes schools, offices ahead of island-wide typhoon
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwan closed schools and offices as a large typhoon with 162 kilometres per-hour winds approached the mountainous island Tuesday. More >>>


Together we can have a clean capital
Dust and mud along the roadsides in Vientiane is a problem that hasn't been able to be solved despite the fast pace of socio-economic development in the capital of Laos. More >>>


Laos amongst medals at Beach Games
Laos has won two silver and two bronze medals at the 5th Asian Beach Games underway in Vietnam from September 24 to October 3. More >>>


More golfers attracted to challenge Vientiane courses
Golf is quickly gaining popularity across Laos amongst young and old alike with a good variety of courses and driving ranges in the capital available to test players' abilities. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Raising quails helps family beat poverty
Every day, MsBounkongPhothideth walks around the 30 cages of quails she keeps to collect their eggs which will be sold, which earns her part of the 8 million kip she makes from the business each day. . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Weaving creates jobs, preserves age old traditions
By preserving the traditional skills of their forebears through the weaving of women's skirts (sinh) and silk fabrics, women in southern Laos are earning millions of kip. . .More >>>


Diligent student shares US university experience
Passing an exam to win an overseas scholarship is no easy task but it can be even harder to complete coursework if you're not prepared to put in a lot of effort. . . . More >>>


Easy steps to keep dengue away
Dengue is a leading cause of sickness in the tropics and sub-tropics. It is caused by one of the four serotypes (dengue virus one, two, three or four). . . ... . . More >>>


Parents a driving force in Lao sports development
Parents' encouragement in involving their children in sports is a vital part of the development of sports in Laos. More >>>


Temples lead the way in creating green spaces
Planting trees in urban areas is very important because it creates green spaces and helps to preserve the natural environment amid large areas of concrete buildings. . . . More >>>

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