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December 20, 2014
Hongsa power plant to start generation next year


1. Ms Vatsana Silima is among the NA members who want the law to include the responsibilities of alcoholic drink distributors' in relation to alcohol related incidents.
2. Don Sahong channel where the site of the proposed 260-megawatt Don Sahong hydropower project is planned.

1. Law on Alcoholic Beverages sparks heated debate
The premises licenced for the distribution of alcoholic drinks and their operating hours, forms of advertising and related government policies were the most frequently raised issues during the National Assembly (NA) debate on the draft Law on Alcoholic Beverages.. . More >>>

2. Upstream development alters Mekong water levels
Chinese storage dams in operation on the Upper Mekong River have already altered water levels in the Lower Mekong all the way down to the Khon Falls in Laos, experts told the recent consultation for the Don Sahong Hydropower Project. . . More >>>

3. PM extends sympathy over school attack in Pakistan
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on Thursday sent a message to Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr Nawaz Sharif over the attack in the Army Public School in Peshawar province. . . . More >>>

4. Asean discusses obligations on human rights
The Human Rights Treaty obligation in Asean has been under discussion in Luang Prabang province on December 17-18 as a potential addition to the legal systems of Asean member countries. . . More >>>

Hongsa power plant to start generation next year
Construction of the Hongsa Lignite Power Plant is now 93 percent complete according to a Hongsa Power Company report. . More >>>


December 19, 2014
- Media urged to promote positive uses of technology
Members of the media have been urged to boost public understanding in using multimedia for the benefit of themselves, society and the nation, while also combating poor conduct on social media. . . More >>>
- Vientiane police plan New Year's security detail
Vientiane Traffic Police Department has rostered almost 600 police to security detail over the period from Christmas Day up until New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. . . More >>>
- Post Typhoon project boosts rural livelihoods
At least 3,000 farmers have been able to increase their rice productivity by more than 20 percent since the Lao Uplands Food Security Improvement Project (LUFSIP) came into effect to assist communities several years ago. . More >>>
- Woodworking project to carve out income for youth
An inauguration ceremony for a livelihood training project being undertaken by a Japanese NGO was held recently at the Non Formal Education Development Centre (NFEDC) of the Ministry of Education and Sports in the capital. . More >>>

December 18, 2014
- Pathways for sustainable development being aired
As the Lao PDR seeks to emerge from the status of Least Developed Country by 2020, research can play a critical role when it comes to producing knowledge that can be beneficial to society. This is particularly true with regard to understanding the impacts and potential trade-offs of different development scenarios as the country develops at a rapid pace. . More >>>
- ICTC, reliable assistance from Japan
The International Convention and Training Centre (ICTC) is among the most reliable of assistance provided by Japan to serve as a venue for important local, national, and international events. . More >>>
- Nam Theun II irrigation project nearly complete
The third water gate irrigation project construction downstream from the Nam Theun II hydropower plant is 90 percent complete after work began in November last year. . More >>>
- Wastewater and pollution problems increasing in Vientiane
The water quality in the drainage canals and marshes has been getting worse due to the increasing discharge of domestic wastewater from urban areas. . More >>>
- Tourism stakeholders convene for AEC countdown
A spectrum of 80-plus Lao tourism stakeholders from around the country met in Luang Prabang province recently to take a collective step forward in preparing for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
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December 17, 2014
- Warning system set up to stave off rough weather
A National Early Warning System on Meteorological and Hydrological Disasters will be set up to provide accurate and timely advice in the face of the increasing number and extent of extreme weather events. More >>>
- Media takes lecture on linguistic correctness
Members of the media have been instructed to maintain the linguistic correctness of their writing and reporting and ensure the accurate use of terms in order to avoid confusing their readership. More >>>
- Media enrolled for Ebola preparedness
Media representatives in Laos met in Vientiane yesterday to learn more about preparations in the fight against Ebola which has already claimed more 6,000 lives in West African countries. More >>>
- Vientiane province seen as attractive for potential Indonesian investments
Pineapple and sugarcane growing, tourism, and cement production are among potential investments attracting the interest of Indonesian business to Vientiane province. More >>>
- Korea promotes strengthened partnerships with its NGOs
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) organised a workshop on strengthening partnerships with Korean development Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Vientiane from December 11-12. More >>>

December 16, 2014
- Forest protection vital for carbon control
As the climate changes, many countries around the world have had to take on greater responsibility for forest protection and management. More >>>
- New training centre to produce skilled labour
Bouthviset College and LTB Capital Company have agreed to enhance cooperation in building the Lao-Japan Skilled Labour Development and Training Centre. More >>>
- Korean assistance sharpens focus on medical imaging
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has introduced a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) at the Children’s Hospital to provide better medical treatment through accurate interpretation of medical images. More >>>
- SCG provides scholarships to 150 children
Siam Cement Group (SCG) Sharing the Dream Programme has provided 150 scholarships, of a total of 200 scholarships for 2014-2015 worth 350 million kip, to outstanding students from 47 schools in Vientiane. More >>>

December 15, 2014
- Lao, Thai medical research promotes effective treatment
Teachers and students from the University of Health Sciences of Laos and Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University of Thailand have shared their experience in health sciences research, aimed at joining hands in the fight against disease. . . More >>>
MICT reviews violence against women
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) in cooperation with the Gender Development Association (GDA), reviewed its national strategy plans on Friday as it seeks to eliminate violence against women and children. . . More >>>
Respect for the law key to combating corruption
All Party committees and leading officials should adopt education measures to raise public awareness on respect for the law as well as lead non-corrupt lifestyles as a primary measure in the prevention of systemic corruption. . . More >>>
Australia farewells Lao scholars
Australia's Ambassador to the Lao PDR Mr John Williams on Thursday hosted a reception to farewell 46 young Lao students who have received Australia Awards scholarships to study in Australia. . . . More >>>

December 12, 2014
- Lao, Viet officials tighten technology cooperation
Delegations from Vietnam and Laos met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss cooperation in the field of science and technology between the tw o countries. . More >>>
- Over 2,000 people reported as victims of human trafficking
Anti-human trafficking cooperation between Laos and Thailand has revealed that 2,017 Lao people have been identified as human trafficking victims from 2011 to 2014. . More >>>
- EU recognises the challenges on child rights
Despite positive changes in key indicators such as infant mortality and rising school enrolments, people should not forget that many of the country's children are still not able to fully exercise their rights. . More >>>
- Infrastructure, civil engineering scholars to benefit from corporate funding
Scholarships worth 5 million Thai baht (1.2 billion kip) will be provided to researchers and educators at the Faculty of Engineering of National University of Laos (NUOL) thanks to the generosity of three companies.
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December 11, 2014
- Foreign Affairs Ministry marks Human Rights Day
A forum organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark Human Rights Day took place at the National University of Laos' (NUOL) law campus yesterday. . More >>>
- Military to provide regional assistance, disaster relief
Senior military personnel from 18 countries are meeting in Vientiane to confirm plans for sending troops overseas to work on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. . More >>>
- Seven day census survey deemed sufficient
Authorities have allayed concerns that seven days is sufficient time to conduct the physical survey for the upcoming census next year.
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- Officials talk to increase safety health in rural
Government officials and representatives from international organisations talked in Vientiane yesterday on various problems relating to water and sanitation in rural areas of Laos. . More >>>

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NA debates amendments to the constitution

- NA session opens amidst economic pressure
- PM visits projects in Huaphanh
- Investment in sanitation yields economic returns, study finds  
- Laos reviews 39 years of remarkable progress
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
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Thai exhibitor promotes exhibition industry to Lao entrepreneurs
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has introduced an exhibition industry and incentive programm. ... More >>>


Lao author takes out prestigious SEA Write Award
Local author Mr Somsouk Souksavath recently returned back to Laos after collecting the SEA Write Award 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand for his work Anachak Bin Bon (The flying kingdom). . ... More >> >


Researcher takes pride in varieties of Lao rice
It takes me by surprise when Dr Chay Bounphanousay explains that Laos has more than 14,000 rice variety samples collected at the museum of Naphok . . . . More >>>

World news

Eight children killed in home in northern Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. ... More >>>


What are the main problems being encountered in your constituencies?
Vientiane Times reporters spoke with a number of NA representatives at the ongoing 8th Ordinary Session of the National Assembly in Vientiane.
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Women's futsal included for next National Games
Oudomxay province: After successfully organising the men's futsal competition in the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province this year. ...More >>>


Be it on the ground or in the air, safe and comfortable the Bangkok way Bangkok Airways is famous worldwide as one of Thailand’s best airlines with a clean safety record and excellent standards of service, which I can vouch for after flying ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Farming production helps remote family escape from poverty
Growing rice for their own consumption and selling the little surplus they had was not enough to change the living standards of Mrs Nuam Khamphay's family for the better so they. . . . . . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Prince's fund comes to rescue as termites attack National Museum structure, artefacts
The Lao National Museum has undertaken some important building restoration works over the last six months despite being destined to move to a new location sometime next year. . .. More >>>


Ensuring safe food for Oudomxay National Games
With 7,000 athletes and 12,000 spectators expected to descend upon Oudomxay province for the 10th National Games from December 13-21, the challenge is on to ensure safe and clean food in sufficient supply to cater to the influx. . More >>>


WHO supports illness surveillance and response at National Games
While athletes and spectators are currently enjoying the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province this week, the Ministry of Health, Oudomxay provincial Health Authority, together with the WHO will be closely monitoring the games for outbreaks of food-borne illness (diarrhoeal), respiratory or vector-borne diseases. . More >>>


Paklai: a junction to heritage cities in Laos and Thailand
The distinctive sounds of “tock tock” tractors plying the roads and fields can be heard along the new border checkpoint between Laos and Thailand everyday, even though it has yet to officially open. .... More >>>


The wind is over

In the past, Phouphadang was covered by a dense and green forest, abundant with different species of wildlife. High in the sky, the birds flew and underneath them echoed the voice of monkeys and languars as they called to their partners. . .More >>>

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