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September 1, 2014

Rare Siamese crocodiles released as ambassadors for Lao wetland ## University entrance results to be released soon



1. Banana plantations in Bokeo province will be part of the case studies undertaken by NERI.

1. Contract farming brings both negative and positive impacts to Laos
The National Economic Research Institute (NERI) has unveiled the results of four case studies related to the impact of contract farming on poverty and the environment in Laos. More >>>

2. Draft law to regulate alcoholic beverages
The government has approved the principles of the newly drafted law aiming to regulate alcoholic beverages in order to reduce the impacts of alcohol consumption and other unnecessary expenses. More >>>

3. Food mixed with formalin: improper inspection a likely cause
Imported foods that have been reportedly found mixed with formalin in local markets from time to time, most notably seafood, are likely a result of improper inspection, officials in charge have said. More >>>

4. Laos to push for drug-free Asean
Laos is pushing ahead with ambitious plans for a drug-free Asean, to be proposed at the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) meeting in Vientiane next month. More >>>

Rare Siamese crocodiles released as ambassadors for Lao wetland
Seventeen critically endangered juvenile Siamese crocodiles were released this week into a protected wetland in Laos, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced. More >>>

University entrance results to be released soon
Students who sat entrance exams for the National University of Laos (NUOL) last month will receive their results this month, a university teacher has confirmed. More >>>


September 1 , 2014
- New cook stoves tested in Vientiane
An improved cook stove programme supported by SNV, the Netherlands development organisation, provides consumers with more durable and efficient stoves that are not only better for users' health, but also save households time and money. More >>>
- Resource Exchange International supports pediatric medicine
The Resource Exchange International (REI) has agreed to enhance the skills of Lao doctors through a medicine and English language training and development project. More >>>
- Police warn public to be aware of electrical dangers
Vientiane Police Office has warned members of the public to be more aware of electrocution after four people have been killed by faulty appliances and circuitry over the past two months. More >>>
- Burglary on the rise again
Vientiane police have warned business owners that another gang has been breaking into offices and factories to locate safe boxes and steal the money and valuables stored inside. More >>>

August 29, 2014
- NA members confer on 35th AIPA preparations
National Assembly (NA) members and the organising committee of the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) discussed content preparations for the event in readiness for the regional assembly set for September 14-20. More >>>
- Sangthong folk savour benefits of development
Shops selling food have sprung up like mushrooms in Vientiane's Sangthong district now that more roads have been built in the area in recent years. More >>>
- Vientiane province undecided on solar streetlights
Vientiane province administration may consider installing solar powered street lighting along roads in its new capital if the system works well and helps the authorities to save money. More >>>
- Borikhamxay police catch major drug trafficker
Borikhamxay Provincial Drug Control Police seized almost 600 kilograms of dry cannabis being transported by a Fortuner SUV in the province last week. More >>>

August 28, 2014
- Traffic conditions to be broadcast live on radio
Traffic conditions during the morning and evening rush hours will now be reported via public security radio on FM 101.5Mhz starting next Monday in an effort to reduce traffic jams in Vientiane. More >>>
- Damages to rice fields still unclear after flooding
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry still doesn't know how many hectares of rice need to be rehabilitated after the recent flash flooding incidents. More >>>
- Criminal cases for January to June reported
Throughout the country police were able to solve more than 2,000 criminal cases and seize large quantities of drugs in the first six months of this year. More >>>

August 27, 2014
- Experts tackle child labour issues
Guaranteeing school enrolment, law enforcement and building of public awareness on child labour are keys to preventing it from occurring in society. More >>>
- Lack of street lighting sparking concerns about social ills 
The streetlights along many Vientiane roads and streets are broken, causing the city to be plunged into darkness and sparking concerns about rising social ills in the capital. More >>>
- Vientiane drug committees push forward free drug announcements
The Vientiane Committees for Drug Control together with local officials are working urgently to address drug problems in several villages of the capital, aiming towards announcing it as a drug free city next year. More >>>
- Lao Red Cross needs more blood donors
Lao Red Cross is requesting more blood donors to boost its supplies in the country to meet the growing demand of society.
According to an official from the Lao Red Cross Blood Transfusion Centre, Dr Khamchan Khammanivong, they were unable to supply enough blood to meet the growing demand of people in need in Laos. More >>>

August 26, 2014
- Lao NA's role to be enhanced at AIPA
The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) will contribute to further enhancing the profile of Laos in the international arena, notably the role and reputation of the National Assembly (NA). More >>>
Nayobai Bank's loan rate is low, deputy bank governor says
The interest rates levied on loans granted by the Nayobai Bank are low in comparison with rates offered by other commercial banks, a deputy governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR has confirmed. More >>>
Nam Nern Night Safari expands tours, attract visitors
Nam Nern Night Safari, located in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Projected Area in Huaphan province, is offering new services for tourists after the success of their night time wildlife safari. More >>>
Locals ask for more cooperation fighting fires
Local people are asking for more cooperation between fireman and electricity officials to expedite fire fighting response times. More >>>

August 25, 2014
- HIV cases steadily increase in Laos: Health expert
The number of new HIV cases has steadily increased at an estimated three new infections a day, or around 1,000 cases each year showing there is little reason for complacency, even though current HIV prevalence is relatively low. . More >>>
- New irrigation law to boost development
The development of the irrigation sector aiming to expand the sustainability of agriculture and improve rural livelihoods is still lacking in effectiveness as the allocation of responsibilities on each level remains unclear. . More >>>
- Savannakhet set to develop Mekong riverside
Authorities in Savannakhet province expect to start the construction of an embankment project in Kaysone Phomvihane district at the end of this year. . More >>>
- Australia-Asean crew prepares for boat racing festival
As a local initiative in Laos to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of Asean-Australia relations, the Australian Embassy in Vientiane is assembling a multi-country crew to compete in the annual boat racing festival on October 9. . More >>>

August 22, 2014
- Children share their story as part of development progress
World Vision Laos allocated places for community children to voice and share their hopes with its senior management team at a forum on Wednesday. More >>>
- Laos undertakes surveillance for Ebola
T he Ministry of Health held a press conference this week to prepare precautionary measures against Ebola, with the outbreak in the West African countries having killed more than 1,000 people since August 16. More >>>
- Non-secured farmers can access bank loans, official says
People who do not have any security of tenure over their land can also access loans from the Agriculture Promotion Bank if they are members of certain farmer groups. More >>>
- Champassak flood victims need more support
Thousands of households in Soukhouma and Pakxe district of Champassak province are still in dire need of assistance after being hit by flash flooding earlier this month. More >>>
- Lao students receive scholarships to study in Korea
The government of the Republic of Korea has awarded the 2014 Global Korea Scholarships (GKS) to eight brilliant Lao students to study for master's and doctoral degrees at universities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). More >>>

August 21, 2014
- Laos donates to aid China earthquake victims
Laos has donated more than one billion kip through the Chinese Embassy in Vientiane for the victims of the earthquake, which shook Yunnan province in China recently. More >>>
- Lao strengthens action plan for people with disabilities
Health officials in Laos have joined a two-day forum this week regarding the formation of a disability inclusive health and rehabilitation action plan for 2015-20, in order to support people living with disabilities. More >>>
- That Luang Marsh road to convert land into capital
The construction of an 11km highway in Vientiane from Donnokhoum village in Sisattanak district which links to the 450 Year Road will still proceed under the policy of turning land into capital. More >>>
- Luang Namtha youth learn about reproductive health
Rural girls in Laos often struggle to access information and the rate of adolescent pregnancy is continuing to rise in rural areas; these concerns were the focus of a reproductive health workshop in Luang Namtha province recently. More >>>

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Laos, Argentina strengthen cooperation

- New propaganda head assumes post
- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
- Driving to Sangthong now quicker and easier

- Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing
Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon
PM pushes for more rice seed studies plap plap
Age-old Japanese cuisine comes to Laos
Calls for help going unanswered, foundation laments
Govt aims to deal with land disputes
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Lao, EU commerce chambers broaden cooperation
Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Laos (ECCIL) have broadened their cooperation in terms of the business environment and activities in Laos. More >>>


New trend films inspire Lao film industry
3-D and 4-D movies are set to be shown at the Asean Mall theatre after being taken over by new management. .More >>>


Makphet restaurant spices up training for disadvantaged youth
Award winning restaurant Makphet is combining the ingredients of great food and trying to address social issues at the same time. Due to growing popularity it recently reopened at a new larger site in Ban Inpeng, Vientiane . More >>>

World news

Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... More >>>


How do you feel about spending the day at a waterfall?
About one and a half hours from Vientiane city is a beautiful place called Tat Hin Pafa (softshell turtle stone waterfall). On the outskirts of Xaythany district bordering with Vientiane province it is nestled into the hillside on the edge of the Phou Khao Khouy mountain range. More >>>


Young Phinith to compete at Asian Games
Atalented young male ta ble tennis player, Phinith Kongpheth, is set to compete in the 17th Asian Games to be hosted by the Republic of Korea on September 27 to October 4. . More >>>


Climbing mountain temples for peace of mind
An old Lao proverb says the road to hell is easy but the path to the heavens is hard, and this thought entered my head whilst hiking up to the ancient ruins at Vat Phou Champassak where I took time out to meditate. ...More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Bokeo family finds pig farming brings home the bacon
Amix of crop growing and animal husbandry has been key to helping Mr Kanechanh Vannavet's family to escape from poverty as they struggle to eke out a living in a far flung corner of northern Bokeo province. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Horkhoa Padapdin festival honours ancestors
A woman known to everyone as Aunt Chansy, sits on a comfortable sofa in the living room as she recounts a drama she once saw to her two sons and one daughter so that they can understand the importance of. . . . . More >>>


Pharmacy owner helps fight against malaria Ms Khonesavanh Phouvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village, Pathoumphone district, Champassak province which has become the place to go for diagnosis and ... More >>>


Safest age for pregnancy
Women stand the best chance of giving birth to a healthy baby and suffering fewer complications if they are aged between 18 and 35 when becoming pregnant. . . More >>>


Disabled dog versus stealthy cobra snake
Villagers have found one of their cattle dead, with suspicions of a cobra attack being the cause as snakes had been frequently spotted in the village. ... .More >>>


Children breathe our garbage
Imagine if the trillions of plastic shopping bags produced around the world were to magically disappear after a single use. Could you imagine how much cleaner and more beautiful our world would be? . . More >>>

AIPA Special

AIPA during its 29 years as AIPO

There are four more weeks before the National Assembly will host the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which will be held in Vientiane from September 14-20.
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