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October 02, 2014

Govt in charge of surveying for alabaster in Attapeu ## Laos to re-open its embassy in London



1. Eucalyptus plantation in Vientiane province.

1. Eucalyptus planting starts before approval granted
Boualapha Agriculture and Forestry Company has already planted some areas of eucalyptus in Hinheup district, Vientiane province prior to being given official approval. More >>>

2. Govt announces poverty reduction week
The International Day and National Week for Poverty Eradication from October 17-24 will be used as means to encourage Lao people to join the fight against poverty, the government has announced. More >>>

Govt draws up labour training, social welfare roadmap
The government is taking steps to draw up a labour training and social welfare roadmap amid growing demand for a highly skilled labour force and the increasing need to provide better social welfare to members of the public. More >>>

Laos to re-open its embassy in London
Laos will re-open its embassy in London in the next couple of months after it closed 30 years ago. More >>>

Govt in charge of surveying for alabaster in Attapeu
The government has moved to conduct the feasibility study for alabaster on Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province to identify the exact amount of easily accessible stone before any further decisions are made. More >>>


October 02, 2014
- Japanese youth goodwill mission promotes mutual friendship
A Japanese delegation of 16 members consisting of one senior leader and 15 young people visited Laos to participate in a youth-exchange programme from September 7 to 22. More >>>
- Officials to get tough on fighting problem
Vientiane Police Headquarters has ordered all police officers and involved government officials to solve the problem of fighting among young people as it has become a major problem in Vientiane. More >>>
- Non-violence day, for girls too?
Men's use of violence against women is something many girls grow up with. It may be the result of lessons learned as children at home, and in the wider community. More >>>
- Union member helps electric shock victim
Mr Soutchay Sorphabmixay, 21, who suffered a severe electric shock will soon leave hospital after receiving more than two weeks of medical care.More >>>

October 01, 2014
- Australian government supports farmers in Phonhong
The farmers in Ekxang village, Phonhong district, Vientiane province will concentrate on their dry season agricultural production after benefiting from an Australian supported irrigation project. More >>>
- Vietnamese dine out on black chickens from Xieng Khuang
One of the more popular dishes that Vietnamese people enjoy in Laos whenever they can is black chicken, a different breed of bird with a natural black skin and darker meat and bones, but there is simply not enough to meet demand. More >>>
- ACU project meeting reinforcing higher education in Asean
Asean Cyber University (ACU) Steering Committee members joined for the 6th ACU project meeting yesterday in Vientiane to review progress and the future work plan of the project for 2015. More >>>
- Party Central Committee’s Propaganda and Training Board to relocate
The Party Central Committee’s Propaganda and Training Board is set to relocate to a new building in the area of the Party Central Committee Office which is located at Km 6 on Khaysone Avenue. More >>>

September 30, 2014
- Vendors lose everything in Lak Xao market fire  
Vendors at a market in Lak Xao have lost everything in a devastating fire which gutted about 311 stores last week in the the central area of the KM20 town in Borikhamxay province close to the border with Vietnam. More >>>
- Media learn Google search techniques
Local press from various media in Vientiane gained experience on how to best utilise the Google search engine yesterday to find information and images for their news reporting. More >>>
- Husband, wife defraud southern farmers out of 200 million kip
The Champassak Interrogative and Investigative Section of the General Police Department recently arrested a husband and wife for defrauding unsuspecting farmers out of large sums of money in southern Laos. More >>>
- Thai diplomats visit Don Sahong project 
Two representatives from the Thai consulate visited the field office of the Don Sahong Project near Khonphapheng waterfall last Friday. The visit was part of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Procedure for Prior Consultation into the Don Sahong Project, which commenced in July 2014 and is expected to last for six months. More >>>

September 28, 2014
- Samsung continues support young Lao IT developers
The Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Laos (NUOL) and Thai Samsung Electronics opened the Tech Institute's Season II last week, aiming to continue supporting young IT developers after gaining success during the first phase. More >>>
- International community to help UXO clearance in Laos
Currently, the international community is contributing approximately US$25 million annually to the unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance effort in Laos. More >>>
- Chinese investors eye fruit plantations in Saravan
Chinese investors are eying the potential of multi-million dollar investments in banana and other tropical fruit plantation projects in Saravan province, according to the provincial deputy governor. More >>>
- Traditional Phakeo border checkpoint to become international crossing
A traditional border crossing between Laos and Thailand at Phakeo Border Checkpoint in Xayaboury province's Paklai district will be upgraded to become an international border crossing and facilitate trade, investment and tourism. More >>>

September 26, 2014
- Vientiane committee prepares for annual boat racing festival
The Vientiane organising committee in charge of this year's boat racing festival expects to have an increase in the number of boats taking part in the festival which is being held on October 8-9. . More >>>
- Laos, Japan work towards professional nursing development
Health officials in Vientiane yesterday learnt about and discussed the newly developed national competencies for licensed nurses in Laos.
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- Man dies after wild pig attack in Vientiane province
An old man was attacked and killed by a wild boar in Vientiane province last weekend, dying in hospital after suffering wounds including a broken arm and severe lacerations, local doctors reported. More >>>
- Northern medics upgrade primary eye care
Northern provincial eye specialists and nurses have been upgrading their understanding of primary eye care, aimed at improving eye health for local residents. . More >>>

September 25, 2014
- Xieng Khuang targets more poverty reduction
Authorities in Xieng Khuang province anticipate that many families in local villages will be lifted out of poverty following scrutiny of the latest statistics next year. More >>>
- Xayaboury reopens road after heavy rain causes landslip
A local road linking Hongsa district with the main town in Xayaboury district, Xayaboury province was reopened on Wednesday afternoon after heavy rain in the night had washed a section away. More >>>
- Officials promise to arrest more suspects
Officials have reported that they still have several suspects, who they are investigating and hoping to arrest regarding crimes in the capital. More >>>
- Students to join youth volunteer programme in Japan
Twenty students and their supervisor departed from Wattay International Airport in Vientiane on Tuesday to participate in a youth-exchange programme in Japan under JENESYS2.0. More >>>

September 24, 2014
- Lao, Thai tourism targets affluent visitors and better connections
Lao and Thai tourism officials have targeted high yielding Thai tourists, aiming to attract them to extend their stays in Laos, according to the Lao Tourism Association last week. More >>>
- Xieng Khuang to stop growers returning to opium
Authorities in the northern province of Xieng Khuang are taking action to prevent illicit opium growers from planting their crops. Deputy Governor of Xieng Khuang province Mr Khamphien Sinounthong spoke to local media yesterday in Vientiane during his attendance at the ongoing meeting between the government cabinet, Vientiane mayor and provincial governors. The meeting runs this week from Monday to Wednesday. More >>>
- Govt takes major stake in Bokeo airport project 
The Lao government will now put up 70 percent of the total investment towards the planned construction of an international airport in northwestern Bokeo province, the provincial governor has announced. More >>>
- Phongsaly seeks Chinese funds to complete capital relocation
Authorities in Phongsaly have outlined the financial support that is required for the province to implement its capital town infrastructure development programme. More >>>

September 23, 2014
- Lao, Thai media personnel exchange ideas during study tour
Lao media personnel went on a study tour to Bangkok, Thailand from September 14-19 under the Asian Media Programme to exchange ideas and discuss preparations for the coming Asean Economic Community (AEC). More >>>
- Lao Red Cross launches project to reduce disaster risk La
o people in Mahaxay and Xebangfai districts in Khammuan province will soon benefit from a new project launched by Lao Red Cross yesterday in Vientiane, which will help community based disaster risk reduction. More >>>
- Govt focused on controlling animal diseases
The Department of Livestock and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said yesterday that they were concentrating on controlling the spread of animal diseases at the end of the wet season to assist farmers in producing quality food. More >>>
- France contributes to improved dental treatment
 Aide Odontologique Internationale (AOI) of France has provided five dental treatment benches to the University of Health Sciences, aimed at improving dental and oral treatment. More >>>

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Handicrafts cover 70 percent of Luang Prabang exports
Almost 70 percent of the total value of exports from Luang Prabang province in the last nine months has come from handicrafts, according to a senior staff member of the provincial Department of Industry and Commerce. More >>>


Khou Khongkoi moviegoers to sing for prizes
Lao film Khou Khongkoi has launched an innovative competition to persuade members of the public to sing for prizes for the new movie which premieres later this month. More >>>


Scandinavian Bakery marks 20 years at Nam Phou
Namphou fountain and its surrounding area has changed rapidly in recent times as more and more new buildings emerge to dominate the central square but one thing that remains unchanged is the old bakery shop, one of the first for the city. More >>>

World news

Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- A dozen more bodies were found Wednesday near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption. More >>>


What is your opinion of the Healthy Foods Festival?
Currently, the Healthy Foods Festival is underway in Vientiane. Situated at That Luang Esplanade it offers a delicious array of healthy vegetarian foods for people to choose from. Vientiane Times reporters visited yesterday to ask some members of the public what their thoughts were about healthy foods and maintaining a good diet. More >>>


Vientiane teams seek budget support for Oudomxay games

Vientiane Education and Sports Department is currently waiting for a supporting budget from the capital authorities to fund the preparations of its 25 sporting teams ahead of the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province in December.

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A bitter and sweet experience travelling by local bus Curve after curve, bend after bend, brake, brake and brake again, this is the reality for much of the journey on the main route from Xieng Khuang province to Vientiane via National ...More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Weaving helps this family escape from poverty
Working in slash and burn cultivation was insufficient for Mr Maisouk Bounkhoun's family and could not provide enough for them to escape from poverty and enjoy the better standard of living. . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Khao Salark, the casting of rice parcels The Boun Hor Khao Salark festival is one of many during the Buddhist lent. The festival is held on the 10th Hidsipsong, which is a series of 12 traditional Lao festivals categorised wisely by our ancient scholars to . . . . More >>>


Look at the job market before tertiary entrance
His right hand holds a banquet of flowers, while in his left hand he holds a diploma certificate; Somphone smiles with friends on this special day of his graduation but underneath he is still worried about his job prospects in the years ahead. ... More >>>


Make sure your pets have rabies immunity

Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every year. . More >>>


Vat Simeuang: the liveliest temple in Vientiane
A woman of medium build kneels before an image of the Buddha and lifts up a fair sized stone weighing several kilos, until it is level with her head. 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 >>>

AIPA Special

AIPA consolidates efforts for realising community building Parliaments in Southeast Asia have consolidated their efforts in strengthening cooperation for realising Asean Community building at the 35th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). More >>>

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