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October 31, 2014
Speeding truck kills British tourist in Champassak ## Revised agreement to spur investment in Bokeo



1. Regional Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in the Mekong Region, Ms Ruth Huber shakes hands with Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Somchit Inthamit after signing the agreement yesterday at the Ministry Planning and Investment in Vientiane.  

1. Asean environment ministers' meeting kicks off
The 15th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on Environment (15th IAMME) kicked off in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the Asean environmental cooperation plan. More >>>

2. Revenue collection misses target
Revenue collection for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which ended in September, failed to meet the amended target despite cuts being made to the original budget plan. .
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Capital goes down path in search of extra roads funding
Authorities are hoping to get road improvement projects in Vientiane back on track and complete in the near future as additional funding sources are sought for the work. . More >>>

Speeding truck kills British tourist in Champassak
The driver of a truck trailer has been detained by Champassak provincial police after the vehicle overturned and killed a British tourist in Pakxong district on Tuesday. . . More >>>

Revised agreement to spur investment in Bokeo
The Lao government and Chinese developers have amended an agreement relating to the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Bokeo province.  More >>>


October 31, 2014
- Clinics to provide free dental checks
A total of 160 clinics in Vientiane will provide free dental and oral checks from November 1 to 30, aimed at promoting oral health among the general public. . More >>>
- Health sector discusses policy for achieving MDGs
Officials from the health sector and development partners on Wednesday discussed plans for health sector reform and overcoming the finance gap in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). . . More >>>
- Fakes rounded up as police target phony iPhones
Several of the city's mobile phone shops were inspected by police yesterday as part of checks for counterfeit goods. . More >>>
- Saravan districts hit books in literacy drive
Saravan authorities hope to elimi nate illiteracy in the province by the end of 2015 through improved primary education via teacher training programmes and improvements to school facilities, according to a newly-released repo rt. . More >>>
French association extends neurological programme at Mittaphab
The Neurosciences Promotion Association of France has agreed to continue the neurology promotion programme at Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane, aiming to improve doctors' neurological skills. . More >>>

October 30, 2014
- Laos, Brunei, Philippines mull stronger tobacco control
Health officials from Laos, Brunei and the Philippines are discussing how to make tobacco control campaigns more effective, in a bid to cut the number of smokers. . More >>>
- UXO Lao mows down better access to sites
Four ride-on mowers from Japan are to be employed for the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) to mow grass and small shrubs so clearance teams can get better access to contaminated areas.
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- Ministry strives for comprehensive livestock vaccination
With diseases continuing to kill livestock in large numbers and putting food security at risk, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has announced urgent measures to tackle the issue. . More >>>
- Done Khong Bridge set to boost Champassak economy
Done Khong Bridge in Khong district of Champassak province will soon be the main way to transport agricultural goods and passengers from the island to the mainland. . More >>>

October 29, 2014
- Xayaboury closes in on education goals
Khop has become the seventh district in Xayaboury province to be certified as providing full lower secondary education to its residents. More than 1,400 target people in the district aged 15-30 were awarded lower secondary school certificates after receiving training under a special programme that began in the academic year 2007-2008. More >>>
- Lao, int’l accounting bodies join forces
The Lao Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA) will work more closely with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to strengthen the finance and accounting sectors in Laos. More >>>
- Hydropower impacts addressed
Ways and means to manage externalities posed by hydroelectric power generation were under discussion recently as the leading Lao hydroelectricity firm teamed up with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). More >>>
- UHS kicks off Master’s in pharmacy
The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has begun teaching the third Master Mekong Pharma course for students from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. More >>>
- Borikhamxay focuses on road development
Borikhamxay province is spending more than 57 billion kip to construct 12 roads in the province with a length of 13 km. The 12 roads include three main roads, eight side streets and one integrated road, which will be important for transport, trade and create convenience for residents. More >>>

October 28, 2014
- New system to raise bar on auditing standards
An auditor’s report issued by the State Audit Organisation is a general document which doesn’t go into sufficient detail on the financial status of a project. More >>>
- Vocational education professionals head abroad to raise skills at home
A group of 10 vocational education professionals on Saturday left Laos for one-year international training courses in teaching and administration, which they will attend in Germany and the Republic of Korea. More >>>
- Khammuan rising as tourism blooms
Khammuan provincial authorities will focus on developing tourist attractions and other facilities, hoping to attract more visitors and benefit from regional integration. More >>>
- Fence comes down on old LFTU site
The corrugated iron fence surrounding the construction site on the former Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) headquarters on Lane Xang Avenue has been removed, sparking speculation among society that it may be sold to another investor. More >>>
- Medics get upgrade to paediatric surgery skills 
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Laos, and Strasbourg University, France, are continuing to work together to raise the skill levels of Lao medical personnel in various areas of paediatric surgery and radiology. More >>>

October 27, 2014
- That Luang fair could generate 30 billion kip, trade officials say
The Vientiane Industry and Commerce Department has predicted that this year's That Luang Fair, which will run from October 31 until November 6, will generate over 30 billion kip in revenue for venders and organisers. .More >>>
- Science ministry supports e-book development
The Ministry of Science and Technology is supporting Lao education through the development of electronic books (e-books) which are now available on the internet website . More >>>
- Country focus on disaster management
The government is set to further working with the involved sectors to put in place measures to help to manage potential natural disasters. . More >>>
- More funding needed for tourism promotion
Not enough is being done to advertise Laos' tourist attractions on overseas websites and popular television channels, due to a lack of funding. . More >>>

October 24, 2014
- Work on new Phongsaly capital to take 10 years
The development project to install major infrastructure for the new capital in Bounneua district of Phongsaly province has kicked off and is set to take 10 years to complete after original government approval in 2009.More >>>
- Safe food would bring in more tourists, experts say
Laos would be more attractive to tourists if they could be assured of food quality and international hygiene standards. More >>>
- Man sentenced to life for drug trafficking
The Vientiane People's Court yesterday sentenced Mr Xaysana Vangxaychith, aged 20, resident of Donnoun village , Xaythany district, Vientiane to life in imprisonment and fined him 600 million kip on charges involving the purchase and sale of trafficable quantities of illicit drugs. More >>>
- Scholarly twosome set to study in Singapore
A pair of students from secondary schools in Vientiane have been rewarded for their scholastic efforts with scholarships to study in Singapore. More >>>

October 23, 2014
- Minister calls on Red Cross to be more efficient
Carrying out work in line with specific guidelines and with a set role in mind, along with strict evaluation of performance, would result in competent leaders and effective outcomes. More >>>
- Ministry vocational scholarships up by 15 percent
The Ministry of Education and Sports' Technical and Vocational Education Department is set to distribute scholarships to around 1,900 students from poor districts across the country to study vocational education this coming academic year. More >>>
- Officials visit Korea to bolster knowledge of electricity industry
Some 21 government officials departed Vientiane on October 18 for the Republic of Korea, where they will undergo a capacity building training programme to enable them to better manage Laos' electricity industry. More >>>
- Illness implicated in Khan river death
A 22-year-old man found dead in the Khan river in Luang Prabang province this week had been considered mentally unstable, a local doctor confirmed.More >>>
- Rehab centre seeks remedy for funding
Somsanga Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane is seeking almost six billion kip to construct an additional apartment house and facilities for drug users coming for treatment. More >>>

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Festival gives boost to Lao coffee industry

- 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


Lanith Vientiane breaks ground for new Centre of Excellence
Lao National Ins titute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) has agreed to invest 750,000 euros (about 7.6 billion kip) to build its new ‘Centre of Excellence' in Vientiane . . .... More >>>


Khaoniew Theatre Group hits the road with performance workshops
Khaoniew Theatre Group has just successfully completed a tour of Savannakhet and Luang Prabang provinces where they held performance workshops for eager students. .   More >>>


Grand stupa glows in moment of glory
You can feel something special is in the air at That Luang esplanade if you happen to be in the area from October 31 to November 6.....
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World news

Vietnamese NA backs new airport despite funding issues
HANOI (VNS) -- The National Assembly (NA) Economic Committee has approved a plan to build a modern international airport, but voiced concern. . ... More >>>


How do you protect yourself from thieves?
It was reported recently that some people have been robbed while withdrawing money from ATM's around Vientiane. The armed robberies have sparked fears in the community....
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Oudomxay takes possession of new venues as National Games near
A new sports complex in Oudomxay province's Xay district is set to be handed over in preparation for the 10th National Games in December 13-21. . More >>>


Kaeng Nyui waterfall: the falls of paradise
A visit to the well known tourist haunt of Vangvieng will inspire thoughts of caving, trekking and kayaking, but don't forget to add Kaeng Nyui waterfall to your itinerary, as it's not to be missed. n. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Borikhamxay family finds prosperity through chicken farming
Working in an air-conditioned office did nothing to improve the living standards of Mrs Viengsavanh Thongvilay's family, so she decided she had to do something more and chose to raise chickens to bring in more money. ... 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 >>>


How to ease rhinitis
If you sneeze and have a runny or stuffy nose during the spring, summer or fall allergy seasons, you may have seasonal allergic rhinitis. . . More >>>


When television killed the storytelling star
It may seem hard to imagine today, life before television. But it was not too long ago that most people had never heard of such a . . . More >>>


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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