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October 13, 2015

LuangNamtha police arrest long-time drug suspect ## Runner reprises marathon in support of children's welfare ## Villagers displaced by Xayaboury dam enjoy higher incomes ## Laos confident about development of Don Sahong dam


1. President Choummaly Sayasone awards the National Gold Order to the ministry and the Party Central Committee's Foreign Relations Committee.
2. A house disintegrates after a landslide along the Mekong River.

1. Meeting marks Laos' successes in diplomacy
Having diplomatic relations with 138 countries and 124 political parties around the world are seen as major achievements by Laos in the field of foreign affairs and diplomacy over the past 70 years. . . More >>>

2. More houses evacuated after landslide in Borikhamxay
Houses along the Mekong River in Borikhamxay province have been evacuated after five of them were undermined by a landslide at about 2am on Sunday. . . More >>>

3. Boy dies of polio in Borikhamxay
The Ministry of Health has notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of a case of type 1 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV1) in a child with paralysis in Phameuang village, Borikhan district, Borikhamxay province. . . More >>>

Laos confident about development of Don Sahong dam
Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad is confident the run-of-river Don Sahong dam in Champassak province will be a success after learning more about the processes involved in the scheme. . . More >>>

5. Fire destroys house in Chanthabouly
A fire gutted a two-storey house in Thongkhankham village, Chanthabouly district, yesterday morning, but no casualties were reported. . . More >>>


October 13, 2015
- Govt reviews locust outbreak prevention measures
The government is publicising the various techniques and measures needed to prevent and control the yellow-spined bamboo locust outbreak, which recently ravaged crops in the northern provinces.
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- Ministry marks National Science Day
The Ministry of Science and Technology on Friday held a news conference to mark the third National Science Day on October 12 and outline the ministry's work. . More >>>
- Xieng Khuang district celebrates access to lower secondary education
Paek district authorities in Xieng Khuang province have announced their success in implementing the Lower Secondary Education Equivalency Programme, which is defined as one where 95 percent of the population in the 15-35 age group have access to lower secondary education.
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- Authorities reviewing boat races following tragedy
Vientiane authorities are reviewing the recent boat racing festival at Inpeng Ethnic Culture Park near the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge following the tragic death of a competitor. . More >>>

October 12, 2015
- WIG marks 25th anniversary with celebratory fundraising bazaar
The annual WIG Bazaar will take place on November 7 at the National University of Laos' Faculty of Engineering on Sokpaluang Road, from 10am to 5pm. More >>>
- India pledges to provide more scholarships
The Indian government will continue supporting an additional 150 scholarships for Lao officials and students to upgrade their knowledge in India, it was announced last week. More >>>
- Beware of door-to-door phone sellers
A group of foreign nationals has been reported as selling fake luxury mobile phones in Vientiane.More >>>
- New school opens in Luang Prabang province
A newly built secondary school opened recently in Vangbai village, Viengkham district, Luang Prabang province. More >>>

October 9, 2015
- Government discusses water resource management
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been paying attention to the better management of water resources after water quality and ecosystems have been degraded in some areas in recent years.More >>>
- Vientiane to have improved water supply
The government is preparing to upgrade the Vientiane Water Supply Expansion project to ensure that 95 percent of the city's population has access to clean water by 2020. More >>>
- 2,000 older people receive free healthcare services
Setthathirath Hospital and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare provided free health care services to 2,000 older people in the city on Thursday October 1 in recognition of the international Older People's Day which falls on that date. More >>>
- Flight school makes test run to Xayaboury
The Civil Aviation Flight Training Centre (CAFTC) conducted its first flight from Vientiane's Wattay International Airport to Xayaboury province to check out the route and airport for trainee pilots. More >>>

October 8, 2015
- 49 Lao nationals receive Australian scholarships
A total of 49 high-achieving Lao nationals received Australia Awards Scholarships at a ceremony held in Vientiane on Tuesday prior to beginning studies in Australia next year. More >>>
- Majority of people with mental health issues go without treatment
The majority of Lao people with mental health issues do have not access to treatment and health services because Laos still lacks human resource capacity in the field of mental health. More >>>
- Lao Federation of Trade Unions prepares seventh congress
The Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) has revealed plans for its upcoming seventh congress on October 14-15 in Vientiane. More >>>
- Rural Oudomxay villagers get free health checks
Over 4,500 people in remote areas of Namor district in Oudomxay province recently received free dental, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye examinations, along with general health checks. More >>>

October 7, 2015
- Asean ministers to meet on science and technology
Laos will host two important Asean science and technology meetings by the regional grouping of nations from November 2-6 in Vientiane.
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- Newspapers needs to get ‘smart' to attract younger readers
While smartphone users increasingly access social media the Lao Journalists' Association is promoting reading newspapers as a way for young media users to be better informed and boost readership.
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- Students nationwide mark National Teachers' Day
Students and teachers at schools and other educational institutions gathered yesterday to celebrate National Teachers' Day, held annually on October 7. . . More >>>
Government, private sector discuss intellectual property law
The Department of Intellectual Property is seeking to build understanding about copyright and rights involved with copyright for entrepreneurs as well as copyright principles for managers and the protection of intellectual property . . . More >>>

October 6, 2015
- Police suspect burst tyre caused fatal road accident
Officers from the Savannakhet Traffic Police Department said yesterday they suspect a burst tyre was the cause of a road accident that killed five people on October 3. . . More >>>
- Local workers benefit from southern economic zone
Over 4,500 local people have been employed by Lao and foreign companies at the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone since it was established in 2003. . . More >>>
- New hospital boosts healthcare in Xieng Khuang, Huaphan
More than 30,000 people in Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces will benefit from improved healthcare after the Bounthine Yeominrak Hospital (Mother-Children Medical Care) opened last week. . . More >>>

October 5, 2015
- More Japanese volunteers arrive in Laos
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently welcomed six more volunteers to Laos. More >>>
- Lao, Japanese high school students promote cultural exchange
The Aeon 1 percent Club is running a mutual exchange programme between Japan and Laos called the Teenage Ambassadors, taking place in Laos from September 28 to October 5. More >>>
- Vientiane hotel gives boost to village school
A Vientiane hotel has donated over 120 million kip to a primary school in Sikhottabong district. More >>>
- Luang Prabang hotels, restaurants receive food quality award
Luang Prabang's dining scene continues to heat up, with 13 hotels and restaurants achieving “The Mark” certification for clean and safe food production in 2015. More >>>


Thousands of people in need of treatment for vision problems

- 49 Lao nationals receive Australian scholarships
- Shortage of local raw materials causes production cutbacks
- Students nationwide mark National Teachers' Day

- Laos seeks foreign experience on animal genetic resources
- Laos, EU join forces against human trafficking
- Officials hurry to solve road collapse in Vientiane
- Lao U-19's ready for Vietnam at Youth Championships
- Laos focusing on playing smarter to avoid leaking goals
- Education sectors must work together to achieve goals
- Laos celebrates major milestone in education
- Expert boosts Asean chairmanship skills for local officials
- Meeting pays tribute to people's overthrow of enemy powers
- Flooding puts a stop to tourism in Borikhamxay
- Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth

Laos looking at 7 percent growth in tourist arrivals
Tourist arrivals are believed to have grown by 7 percent growth last fiscal year (2014-2015) thanks to better marketing and the promotion of tourist sites in Laos. . . More >>>


Lao Famous United kicks off support for society
Lao Famous United (LFU) held an official launch last week to explain their charitable aims which started with the donation of goods to assist Vientiane Rescue. . .More >>>


From advocate to entrepreneur helping farmers
At the end of this year, the Lao People's Democratic Republic will mark its 40th anniversary with a series of achievements in various fields set to be. . . More >>>

World news

Kim Yong Nam meets Lao, Vietnamese Party delegations
P yongyang (KCNA) -- President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam had friendly talks. . . More >>>


What does Declaration of Independence Day mean to you?
Declaration of Independence Day is marked on October 12 and this week the nation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of that special day. To gain some perspective on the event. . . More >>>


Lao futsal team out of AFF Championship
The Lao futsal team is returning home after failing to get past the first round of the AFF Futsal Championship 2015 in Thailand from October 8-12 . . . More >>>


Vangnong waterfall, a truly relaxing place
Anyone who feels they have nothing to do on the weekend needs to discover the charm, fresh air and crystal clear waters of the Vangnong waterfall and they will be bored no more. ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Rural family turns a profit from pig farming
It wasn't too difficult for Mrs Loungleudy Xayyaseng's family to rise above poverty and become a model for others on how to shake off a life of impoverishment. . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Hor Khaosalark : Counting down to end of Buddhist Lent and monks' lucky draws
Following two weeks of relaxing and feeling full of merit by conducting alms giving and presenting packets of food to the dead. . ...More >>>


Teacher dedicates his life to students
Being a good teacher isn't just about your ability as you also need to love and be dedicated to what you do as well as be able to bring out the best in students and set a good example. ..More >>>


Eye care for all
World Sight Day is observed annually on the second Thursday of October, to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. . . ... More >>>


The trials of a boat racing paddler
On the river, there are a group of longboats, each with a crew of around 50 people, practicing for the upcoming boat . . . More >>>


Flood submerges livelihoods across Laos
Consistent heavy rain kept hitting the roofs of people's houses beside the Mung River in Borikhamxay province. Normally, villagers are in bed after midnight, but instead the loudspeaker in the temple. . .. More >>>

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