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September 1, 2015

KOICA President announces further development funding


1. Children around the country return to school today to begin the new academic year and will meet their friends again after a three-month break.

1. School fee limits set for new academic year
In the wake of complaints by students' parents about the annual increases in tuition fees, the Vientiane Education and Sports Department has set a cap on fee increases. . . More >>>

2. India developing as emerging tourism market
India is seen as an up-and-coming source of visitors to Laos, according to local tourism officials and Asean marketing experts. . . More >>>

3. KOICA President announces further development funding
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has granted additional funding of US$14.55 million (over 117 billion kip) for rural development projects through Saemaul Undong (SMU)'s participatory approach in Laos this year. . . More >>>

4. Champassak police confiscate over 10,000 amphetamine pills
Champassak provincial police recently set up a roadblock to stop a pick-up truck in Xanasomboun district and seized more than 10,000 amphetamine tablets found inside the vehicle. . .More >>>

5. Ministry battles to ensure children finish primary school
The biggest challenge facing the Ministry of Education and Sports and its development partners is the need to ensure that many more children complete primary school. . .More >>>

6. Factory inspectors undergo training to strengthen garment sector
Fourteen selected labour inspectors together with social partners are learning the skills necessary to help improve working conditions, worker safety and, ultimately, productivity in the country's garment sector. . .More >>>


September 1, 2015
- Health officials encourage breastfeedimg to reduce infant mortality
Breastfeeding can reduce the mortality rate of infants aged 12 months or less by up to 20 percent, according to the Nutrition Centre at the Ministry of Health. More >>>
- New Party Secretary appointed at Foreign Ministry
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith has been appointed as the Party's Acting Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, replacing Mr Thongloun Sisoulith. More >>>
- Foundation provides textbooks for Xekong primary schools
Children in Xekong province's primary schools will receive 2,800 sets of new textbooks this academic year from the Ministry of Education and Sports. More >>>
- Experts discuss biodiversity strategy
The Department of Forest Resource Management, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, organised a consultation workshop last week to support the revision and finalisation of the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2011-2020. More >>>

August 31, 2015
- Laos takes stock of readiness for AEC, Asean chair
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a meeting in Khammuan province last week to assess the country's readiness to participate in the Asean Economic Community and to assume the Asean chair next year. More >>>
- Justice Department reports on court case outcomes
Over 9,000 civil and criminal cases have been recorded across Vientiane in the past five years, of which criminal cases comprised the largest number, according to the Vientiane Justice Department. More >>>
- Handicraft makers prepare for 14th annual festival
The 14th annual Lao Handicraft Festival will be held at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from October 30 to November 3 in a bid to promote local handicrafts and weavings made around the country. More >>>
- Entrepreneurs, officials to study Japanese business practice
Nine Lao entrepreneurs and two officials in charge of business promotion departed Vientiane on August 26 to take part in a business study tour in Japan. More >>>

August 28, 2015
- Officials discuss access to justice in Laos
Experts from the legal sector in Laos met with their counterparts from Vietnam, China and Singapore yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the improvement of services and access to justice in Laos. More >>>
- Govt and development partners review performance
Representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB) and some government agencies met yesterday to jointly review and share thoughts on the overall country portfolio performance.More >>>
- Xekong, Quang Nam provinces join forces against drug trade
Xekong province in Laos and Quang Nam province in Vietnam have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against drug and human trafficking along their shared border. More >>>
- Innovators inspire Lao youngsters at public lecture
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Laos, on Tuesday co-hosted a public lecture on the theme ‘Youth and Innovation'. More >>>

August 27, 2015
- Japan funds paediatric project in Champassak
The government of Japan is to provide grant assistance worth 830 million kip (US$102,358) to fund a paediatric project called “Capacity building in paediatrics at district hospitals and health centres to encourage villagers to use health services. More >>>
- Exporters call for lower transport costs
Exporters and entrepreneurs have called for the government to reduce the cost of transportation in line with the decline of oil prices on the world market. More >>>
- Police warn public over thefts
Vientiane police are continuing their warnings to the public about the prevalence of bag snatching and vehicle theft, both of which are occurring almost daily in the capital. More >>>
- Vientiane to deploy more police on city streets
The Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security will station more than 200 officers on the capital's streets to tackle traffic congestion at the start of the new school year next month. More >>>

August 26, 2015
- New school ready for next academic year
A number of public and private schools in Vientiane are undergoing renovation of their buildings as well as improving the teaching standards and supply of education materials ready for the start of the new academic year next month. . . More >>>
- Volunteer rescue service denounces hoax callers
The Voluntary Rescue Association of Vientiane is making a public plea to hoax callers who waste the organisation's time and resources with false reports of accidents. . . More >>>
- Student uniform sales decline as parents tighten belts
Vendors selling student uniforms in Vientiane markets have seen a decline in sale volumes ahead of the new school year as most parents tightened their spending. . . More >>>
- Visitors return to Buddha Park after road resurfaced
Buddha Park (Xiengkhuan Park) has long been one of Vientiane's most popular landmarks and is now much easier to reach since the access road was asphalted. . . More >>>

August 25, 2015
- Vietnam's Quang Ngai province extends scholarship support
Vietnam's Quang Ngai province will provide university-level scholarships for 30-40 students in Champassak and Attapeu provinces for the academic year 2015-16, Vietnam Breaking News reported last week
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- Lao workers found caged on a farm in Thailand
Some 12 Lao workers were found enslaved and kept in cages after a team of Thai police and soldiers recently raided a pig and chicken farm in Nakhon Pathom province's Muang district. . .More >>>
- Novice ordination project redirects wayward youth
Being ordained as a novice is seen as a good choice for young boys trying to steer clear of undesirable activities such as drug abuse and is the reasoning behind an annual project taking place in Vientiane
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- Community doctors, nurses boost mental healthcare skills
Timely intervention is the best way to prevent increases in the number of mental health patients in communities, according to experts in the field
. . . More >>>

August 24, 2015
- Beware of thieves on rainy nights
The Vientiane Police Office issued a reminder to the capital's residents on Friday, saying that opportunist thieves like to take advantage of the rain to break into houses and steal people's valuables. . More >>>
- EU bids farewell to scholarship recipients
The European Union Delegation in Vientiane on Thursday organised a farewell gathering for 13 scholarship awardees from Laos before they head to EU member countries. . More >>>
- Luang Namtha police confiscate 22,000 amphetamine pills
Luang Namtha provincial police have been cracking down on drug traffickers this month and last, resulting in numerous arrests and the seizure of significant quantities of illegal drugs. . More >>>
- Outstanding Lao students head for studies in China
The Lao and Chinese governments last week held a farewell gathering for more than 80 Lao students and officials who were awarded scholarships to study at Chinese universities. . More >>>







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
- Session approves govt plans, gives instruction for better results
- Deputy minister pledges more varied TV programmes
- NA debates education law amendment
- Laos reassures stakeholders on Xayaboury transparency
- Australia to create human trafficking database in Laos
- NA approves cabinet reshuffle
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Lao companies selected to exhibit at CAEXPO
The Trade and Product Promotion Department recently revealed the 71 Lao companies chosen to participate in the 12th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO), which takes... More >>>


Concert series pays tribute to 40th National Day
The second successful round of free live concerts to celebrate the coming 40th Lao National Day was held on the...More >>>


Energy development driving growth of other sectors
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 highlighted... More >>>

World news

Court approves two more arrest warrants
THAILAND (The Nation) -- The Min Buri Court on Monday approved two more arrest warrants for a Thai woman and a foreigner suspected of involvement in the. . . More >>>


What are your thoughts on the new school year?
September 1 marks the start of the school year as students eagerly get ready for the new semester and schools prepare themselves to welcome new pupils
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Lao U-19s semifinal bound but improvement needed
The Lao Under 19s will need to play at the best of their ability if they are to have any hope of winning in the semifinals of the AFF U-19 Championship 2015. . . More >>>


Jakarta old town: a trip back in time
Wearing a colourful old western style hat while riding a colourful bike through the old western style buildings gives you the feeling you are in a western country... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Talented rural woman weaves way to prosperity
As the cost of living rises, many families are finding that their monthly wage packet is insufficient for their daily expenses and are turning their hands to additional occupations. . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Doubling of the eighth lunar month merges time, seasons
The start of the rainy season each year tells farmers it's time to tend to their livestock and get their crops in the ground, especially rice, and also indicates that it's time for Buddhist Lent. ...More >>>


Expanding education is key to wiping out illiteracy
In aiming to eliminate illiteracy by the end of 2015, Laos has put its best efforts into expanding education to poor rural areas in the hope of meeting this goal...More >>>


Don't ignore diarrhoea in children under five
When flooding occurs, it often brings in its wake a spate of water-borne diseases as a result of poor sanitation and hygiene and the consumption of unclean food. . .. More >>>


Fishing for frogs in the rice fields
After finishing planting rice over the past month, the water on the rice fields is getting cleaner and the fields are glowing green with the rice seedlings, so there are many aquatic animals making the. ... 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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