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March 05, 2015
Lao, Japan focus on managing the JOCV


1. Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong ( left ) shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo yesterday. --Photo Kyodo
Mr Bjarne Ussing ( left ) shakes hands with Mr Phoukhieo Chanthasomboune after signing a project agreement.

1. Lao prime minister begins Japan trip, to meet Abe, emperor
TOKYO, Japan (Kyodo) -- Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong arrived in Tokyo yesterday for a four-day official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan and expand political and economic ties between the two countries. . More >>>

2. DanChurchAid set to reduce UXO risk
The Danish NGO DanChurchAid has begun a project to mitigate the risk of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and support victims in the provinces of Xieng Khuang and Huaphan. . More >>>

Laos, Vietnam eliminate tariffs on 95 percent of goods
The governments of Laos and Vietnam have agreed to eliminate tariffs on more than 95 percent of goods moved between the two countries.
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Lao Women's Newspaper celebrates 35th anniversary
The Lao Women's Newspaper yesterday marked its 35th anniversary with great satisfaction and hope for continued promotion of the legitimate rights and interests of women throughout the nation. . More >>>

5. Japan extends support for livelihood improvement project
The Japanese government this week provided grant assistance worth US$112,190 to the Japan International Volunteer Centre (JVC) to Laos, a Japanese non-profit organisation. . More >>>

6. SBP to save money, help in avoiding accidents
Students around Vientiane are now able to save money, cut down on pollution and avoid the risk of accidents if they use the new Student Bus Pass (SBP) to go to school, college or university each day. . More >>>


March 05, 2015
- Socio-cultural community work reviewed
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism convened a meeting with officials from various other ministries in Vientiane yesterday to share ideas on the draft review of the Asean Socio-Cultural Community.
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Lack of resources pushing English teaching off track
The Ministry of Education and Sports' English course for primary school (Grade 3) pupils is off track due to a lack of textbooks and teacher handbooks. . More >>>
Lao, Japan focus on managing the JOCV
The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) programme's implementation in Laos will be under strong management in the future.
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Charity gives boost to disabled people
Deseret International Charities (DIC) has agreed to provide wheelchairs for people with disabilities, along with English classes, at the Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane. More >>>

March 04, 2015
- Police bust drug traffickers in Bokeo
The authorities in Bokeo province are currently working with neighbouring countries and other provinces in Laos to further drug eradication efforts, especially in the Golden Triangle region on the upper Mekong as it flows out of China. More >>>
Disease monitors sharpen surveillance and response skills
The monitoring of diseases throughout Laos should be more efficient after epidemiologists recently completed a one-year Field Epidemiology Training (FET) programme. More >>>
Agriculture and forestry officials learn database skills
Agriculture and forestry officials in the southern provinces have taken part in database management skills training. More >>>

March 03, 2015
- Thai authorities seize drugs worth 47b kip smuggled from Laos
Thai authorities have impounded marijuana and methamphetamines worth more than 47.2 billion kip (5.8 million Thai baht) after they were reportedly smuggled into the country from Laos. More >>>
- New wavelength concession holder to raise standards
A local businessman has promised to provide a better radio service in the future after being awarded a radio wavelength concession by the Lao National Radio yesterday in Vientiane. More >>>
- Government declare seven villages of sanitation in Savannakhet
SNV joined government partners Namsaat Central, the Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion and the provincial and district Rural Development and Poverty Reduction Office (P/DRDO) last week to celebrate improvements to sanitation in Savannakhet. More >>>
- Fun Day promotes camaraderie among school pupils
Panyathip International School in Vientiane recently hosted its seventh annual ‘Family Fun Day' to strengthen friendships among students. More >>>

March 2, 2015
- Authorities promote responsible use of social media
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications organised a presentation last Friday to promote the proper use of social media to local officials and businesses. . . More >>>
Community-based initiative boosts tourist arrivals
A community-based tourism initiative being carried out in three provinces has boosted tourist arrivals and created jobs for local residents. . . . More >>>
Youth encouraged to learn job skills
Young people are being encouraged to attend vocational schools in an attempt to reduce the number without the required skills to meet market demand. . . . More >>>
Students take part in trial online English course
A new online English learning system will be tested on 300 students from six educational institutions in Vientiane with the aim of improving their language skills. . More >>>

February 27, 2015
- Japan funds upgrade of road, bridges in Savannakhet
The Japanese government on Wednesday gave a grant of US$82,271 (over 600 million kip) to the Lao government to repair a road and replace wooden bridges in Outhoumphone district, Savannakhet province.
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Joint forum for socio- economic development
Lao and Korean experts met in Vientiane on Wednesday to share socio-economic development experiences under the title of ‘Cooperation Measures for Development in Vocational Education and Training'. . . More >>>
Foundation rescue team seeks additional funds
The Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR is seeking to raise additional funds and recruit more volunteers to help inured members of the public as the number of road accidents continue to rise.
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Road tragedy claims family of four
A family of four from Namtuan village in Xayaboury district, Xayaboury province, was tragically killed when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a large truck, around 14 km from the province's central district. More >>>

February 26, 2015
- Lao-Japan launch new laboratory for parasites
The Lao-Japan Parasitology Laboratory was officially launched yesterday at Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) in Vientiane, providing new facilities for advanced research into parasitic diseases in the country.
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Census: more females than males
The fourth Lao Population and Housing Census on March 1 is expected to show that there are more women than men in Lao society. . More >>>
Five dead after minibus crashes in Phongsaly
Five people were killed instantly on Tuesday when a minibus left the road and plunged down a hill in Yot-ou district, Phongsaly province, about 600km north of Vientiane. . More >>>

Elephant festival highlights Xayaboury's hidden lifestyle

- PM pushes for project quality, local benefit
- Direct flights could take Lao-Russia relationship to new heights
- Donations boost solidarity for native sons
- Authorities finalise preparations for census survey on March
- NA closes after approving laws, policies
- PM calls for continuing infrastructure development assistance
- NA debates amendments to the constitution
- NA session opens amidst economic pressure
- PM visits projects in Huaphanh
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- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Business opportunity draws Japanese investors to Laos
Laos continues to attract foreign investors after the government has been working on improving all facilities including. ... More >>>


Japanese band builds bonds of friendship through music
Well travelled J-Pop band Gypsy Queen have completed another successful tour of Laos after performing last week as part of the Cool and Kawaii... More >>>


History of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
March 22 is a significant day in the history of Laos when all citizens celebrate the fruits of the country's triumphant struggle to liberate the country under. . .. . . . . . More >>>

World news

Turkish jetliner skids off runway, passengers safe
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A Turkish Airlines jet landing in dense fog in the Nepalese capital Wednesday skidded off a slippery runway but there were no serious injuries.More >>>


How will the new statistics revealed by the census be useful?
The fourth Lao Population and Housing Census is currently underway with almost 26,000 staff going from house to house to collect information..
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Host Singapore rejects muay for SEA Games

The martial art of muay will not be part of the 28th SEA Games in June as the host country Singapore does not wish to include it.

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Pakbeng: more than just a port, and hidden charms aplenty
The transit area of Pakbeng district in Oudomxay province is an unexpected surprise for tourists travelling by boat on the Mekong River in the northern part of Laos. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Weaving helps rural families rise above poverty
With the government having set 2020 as the target date for poverty eradication, everyone is seeking to improve their living standards. But in Huaphan province the number of families living in poverty remains high, meaning. . . . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

More than just elephants at Xayaboury festival
Observing the parade of more than 60 elephants and their various skills throughout their shows is a worthy reason to travel. ...More >>


Asia Pacific University creates future beyond borders Since Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) opened a decade and a half ago as Japan's first genuinely international university, the university has made efforts to ...More >>>


Ministry eyes smoke-free Vientiane Chao Anouvong Park and the Patouxay monument are to be used in the Ministry of Health's pilot project to turn Vientiane into a smoke-free capital. .More >>>


Tropical storm results in crowded classrooms
The generosity of the general public will be further sought to help with reconstruction work at Bo-O Lower Secondary School, I realised, when I paid a visit to the. More >>>


Green inspires urban teens to protect the environment
How can we preserve the stunning nature of Laos? Why shouldn't we litter? What will happen if all the forest is lumbered and sold abroad? Why should we stop eating wildlife? . . . .More >>>

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