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February 13, 2016

Australian scholarships launch draws crowd of young hopefuls


1. Mr Michel Goffin ( right ) addresses the meeting.
Young agarwood trees in Laos. (File photo)

1. EU funds improvements to basic education in Laos
The European Union (EU) through its Governance, Equity, Quality, Access–Basic Education (BEQuA-BasED) Programme is providing Laos with 15 million euros to improve equitable access to and completion of quality basic education and to enhance education sector governance, planning and management. . . More >>>

2. Agarwood growers may have found buyers
Agarwood growers in Borikhamxay province are hopeful they may finally have found buyers for their perfume-filled wood after interested parties visited their plantations recently. . More >>>

New UNFPA representative takes up post in Laos
Incoming United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office Representative, Frederika Meijer, on Wednesday presented her Letter of Credence to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, who accepted her tenure on behalf of the Lao government. More >>>

4. Australian scholarships launch draws crowd of young hopefuls
The launch of the 2016 Australia Awards for Laos this week drew more than 300 interested people, all hopeful of gaining a scholarship to study in Australia. More >>>


February 12, 2016
Google encourages Lao android app developers
About 50 people are gaining new experience as they seek to become Android developers for Laos through ‘Google Developers Study Jams - Android for Beginners 2016 Vientiane, Laos,' which launched in the nation's capital recently. More >>>
- Pneumonia on the rise in Huaphan
Doctors are treating more cases of viral pneumonia in Huaphan province in the wake of the severe cold snap that hit the country last month. More >>>
- Luang Prabang extends electric vehicle pilot project
A project to trial the use of electric vehicles for public transport in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang has been extended until July. More >>>
- Free legal aid continues at Lao Bar Association
The Lao Bar Association has announced it will continue the provision of free legal aid to the general public this year after the sponsor, Asia Foundation, announced it would continue funding the project. More >>>
- Journalists gain insight into governance systems
Lao media personnel have been instructed to learn more about the nation's administrative systems so they can better convey this to the public in an understandable and accurate fashion. More >>>

February 11, 2016
Teachers beef up on science subjects
Some 100 secondary school teachers in nine northern provinces will be better equipped to teach physics and chemistry after learning new teaching methods at a training course launched this week in Luang Prabang province. More >>>
- Preschoolers get educational boost in Xieng Khuang
The United States' NGO Give Children A Choice (GCAC) has pledged to further provide Laos with funding to improve the educational environment for children in Xieng Khuang province. More >>>
- Health sector set to introduce professional licencing
The Ministry of Health will employ a new strategy of healthcare to ensure professional licensing among human resources in the health sector aimed at assuring quality of treatment, supported by a JICA initiative. More >>>
- Move out from That Luang market, vendors told
All stallholders at the makeshift That Luang market in Xaysettha district, Vientiane, must move to other markets in the capital as the site has been earmarked for development. More >>>

February 10 , 2016
Education programme to assist schoolchildren in need
A new education programme is set to improve the quality and accessibility of basic education for hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in Laos. . More >>>
Vietnam providing scholarships for Lao civil servants
The Vietnamese government has agreed to provide master's degree and PhD programme scholarships for Lao civil servants to pursue their studies in Vietnam in 2016-2017. . More >>>
Renewable energy workshop talks up research and investment
Renewable energy experts from Lao and Korean have met in Vientiane to discuss, research, public-private partnerships and investment projects using the technology in Laos. . More >>>
Japanese Ambassador decorates Lao official
The Japanese Embassy has issued a special decoration to a Lao official in recognition of his significant contribution to the enhancement and promotion of economic relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Laos. . More >>>

February 9 , 2016
- New project to develop agriculture in Laos
Representatives of various stakeholder organisations are currently taking part in a two day workshop in Vientiane to discuss the ‘Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems' (CDAIS) project, which seeks to promote commercial projection in agriculture. . More >>>
Interplast to continue surgery and training support
The Interplast team from Australia and New Zealand with support of the Spellbrook Foundation and Rotary Club will continue to carry out plastic and reconstructive surgery and training in burns management and treatment. . More >>>
Speed, drink driving cause of most accidents
The number of road accidents is continuing to increase with many people being needlessly killed nationwide because of drink driving and high speed. . More >>>
Non-communicable diseases still increasing in Laos
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are still increasing in Laos, especially amongst people who lacked knowledge about a healthy diet and had disposable income necessary to consume large amounts of meat and sugary foods. . More >>>

February 8 , 2016
- Child Fund positively impacting children's future
The ‘Safeguarding children through Participation in School Life' (SCPS) project has been launched in Vientiane primary schools in the target districts of Sikhottabong, Xaysettha and Chanthabouly. More >>>
- Laos to enhance regulations for WTO framework
Laos now appreciated the rapid economic development and businesses growth over recent years since the country became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), according to an official.More >>>
- Almost 30 killed in Vientiane road accidents in January
Almost 30 people were killed in Vientiane road accidents in January and many more people sustained injuries while damages were reported at over 1,600 million kip. More >>>
- Government helping people suffering from cold snap
The government is assisting people affected by the cold snap that hit the country's northern provinces in recent weeks. More >>>

February 5 , 2016
- Lao teachers learn new skills at TESOL conference
After finishing the 13th annual Lao Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (Lao TESOL) Conference from February 4-5, Lao English teachers are now seeking to teach new methods and skills to upgrade their students' knowledge. More >>>
- Some public parks being neglected by visitors
Some public parks in Vientiane are failing to attract visitors because there is a lack of convenient car parking and also a dearth of interesting activities for visitors. More >>>
- Officials review community radio programme
Information senior officials, and provincial Information, Culture and Tourism department and development partner representatives gathered yesterday to go over the key results, challenges and lessons learned from last year's Implementation of Community Participation and Communication Support Programme (CPCSP). More >>>
- Intellectual property officials prepare forAsean IPA conference
Department of Intellectual Property officials are preparing to attend the Asean Intellectual Property Association (Asean IPA) conference from March 4-6 in Malaysia to exchange knowledge in the field with regional contemporaries. More >>>

February 4 , 2016
- Luxembourg continues supporting infectious disease research
The Government of Luxembourg had decided to continue supporting the project ‘Research and Infectious Disease Surveillance in Laos,' aiming to provide better health outcomes in the country. More >>>
- Vientiane receives water quality improvement support
Vientiane Natural Resources and Environment Department has recently received equipment and technical support worth more than 60 million yen (over 4 billion kip) from the Japanese government for urban water quality improvement. More >>>
- Hom Road project facing ongoing financial problems
The Ban Hom Road construction project in Vientiane has ground to a halt again with the construction company now in serious financial difficulty. More >>>
- Drug users increase at Somsanga Rehab Centre
The number of drug users in treatment at the Somsanga Drug Treatment and Vocational Training Centre in Vientiane is continuing to increase with young people the worst affected. More >>>

Party congress VDO series

Party sets course for election of worthy assemblies

- Government officials, business sector enhance AEC essentials
Work on Nam Ngum bridge begins
Lunar New Year
Asean discusses human rights
EU supports LEARN project in Laos
Phabath Phonsan: Temple with sacred stupa marks Buddha's history
Lao food promoted in all its colour
John Kerry's visit deepens Laos-US ties
Vientiane vows to realise resolution
of 10th Party Congress
Borikhamxay declares Vat Phabath-Phonsan a cultural heritage site
New Party Central Committee elected
Rice farmers seeking more export markets

LHSE reviews business progress
The Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE) received about 122.5 billion kip from its business operations last year while expenditure amounted to almost 111.5 billion kip or 88 percent of the plan for the year. . . . More >>>


Lao model steps into the limelight
Nidakone Chandalasane, otherwise known as ‘Anny' is seeking to encourage people and her fans to support her work as a fashion model promoting Lao fashion development. . . More >>>


Senglao Café recalls cinematic origins
For those who may be at a loss as to where to eat next, the Senglao Café is a tempting option, especially as it is centrally located off Sisangvong Road with the entrance on Hom 4 Street. . . More >>>

World news

Modi, Abu Dhabi crown prince hold restricted meeting
INDIA (The Statesman, ANN) -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a restricted meeting at his 7 Race Course Road residence with visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General. . More >>>


How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
Valentine's Day has long been observed in many Western countries and now Laos has also adopted the day with young people paying special attention to their boyfriend or girlfriend.. . . More >>>


Sport federations to push skills development for SEA Games
Lao sports fed erations are training up their athletes for the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia in 2017 after being unsuccessful at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore last June. . . . More >>>


A visit to Vat Phou recalls the Great Wall
From watching stunning views of the Great Wall of China through television programmes, movies and the internet, I felt that I had actually touched the wall myself and also believe that Vat Phou. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Lao Women's Union playing important role in easing poverty
Amid nationwide efforts to improve living standards, the Lao Women's Union is playing its part in spreading the message that women can be instrumental in raising their families out of poverty. . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Red marks Chinese, Vietnamese New Year
The end of January or the beginning of February will see many Chinese and Vietnamese houses, shops and restaurants decorated in red as the owners prepare to celebrate the New Year. . . . . .More >>>


Dedicated student wins YES Award
If you set a goal and pursue it seriously, one day you will reach your goal and it will be a great source of pride. . . . . . More >>>


Graphic warnings used to deter smokers
While Laos is waiting for the Prime Minister to sign off on the printing of a photo to be added to cigarette packets as a health warning, many countries are vying with. . . More >>>


Tough times for hard-up students in Vientiane
Leaving home to study in Vientiane is the dream of many young people after they finish secondary school, but they all become homesick if they do end up in the capital because. . More >>>


Locals more aware of natural disasters through CBDRR project
Many years ago grandfather Khamphai considered floods as a natural and inevitable par t of life next to the river so he accepted them, but now he is more aware of the potential loss from flooding. . . . More >>>

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