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May 6, 2016

Literacy projects reach Champassak schoolchildren ## Bokeo's new hospital takes shape

President Bounnhang Vorachit this morning welcomed Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, his wife and a high-level delegation at the Presidential Office.
U Htin Kyaw's visit is in response to an invitation from President Bounnhang and is his first visit to Laos since he was sworn into office as the President of Myanmar in March. He is also the first head of state of a foreign country that President Bounnhang has received during his term of office.

1. Hydropower, mining is key for Lao economic growth, UN surveys
Domestic and regional demands and increasing wages are central to region's inclusive growth and sustainable development, according to a survey of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). More >>>

Large tree species still flourishing: ministry
Laos' forests are still home to large tree species although these are in decline because of the encroachment of infrastructure required for the country's economic development. More >>>

10 industrial plants in city discharging unclean water
The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment has confirmed that 10 industrial plants in Vientiane are discharging unclean and untreated water, some of which contains potentially harmful chemicals. More >>>

Laos to boost coffee value with GI certification
Laos is preparing to certify its homegrown coffee as a Geographical Indicator (GI) and as a member of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO). More >>>

Agriculture officials urged to help farmers boost yields
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has instructed its provincial departments to send technical officials to teach local farmers about efficient methods of cultivation, in a bid to increase crop yields.More >>>

6. Japan pledges further development support
Japan has pledged to support Laos in its development efforts, aiming to narrow the gap between Laos as a least developed country and other countries in Southeast Asia and the Mekong Basin. More >>>

Party congress VDO series

Japan pledges further development support

- President gives instructions to new government
Laos marks World Intellectual Property Day
Laos prepares for timber trade agreement with EU
Parliament approves development plans
Lao salt producers mull quality improvements for export
Lao Brewery to sponsor Premier League 2016
New leaders take up their posts
Joyful festivities mark Pi Mai Lao ,
the year of the monkey
President tours Saysettha Development Zone
Laos seeks consultation on national development policies
Officials seek to expand community-based drug rehab
Asean ministers, bank governors strengthen financial regional integration
New designs help silk textile conservation

China to spur investment in Laos
China has agreed to back capable and credible enterprises in setting up economic and trade cooperation zones in Laos, according to a joint statement released on Wednesday. More >>>


Body Slam set to rock Vientiane
Lao singers such as the Black Eyes, Sack Cells and DJ Faahsai will join forces with famous Thai rock band Body Slam at the live concert B14 Body Slam World Tour at Lao ITECC in Vientiane next week. More >>>


China, Asean eye closer partnership to bolster production, infrastructure
China-Asean partnership in production and infrastructure development was the focus of a recent nine-day visit by . . More >>>

World news

170 billion yen infrastructure damage seen in Kumamoto
KUMAMOTO, Japan (The Yomiuri Shimbun, ANN) -- The cost of damage to Kumamoto Prefecture's public infrastructure in the recent Kumamoto earthquake and series of related quakes is estimated .... More >>>


What should be done to stop houses burning down through electrical faults?
Many houses in Vientiane have burned down and the authorities said that most of them were caused by electrical short circuits. Vientiane Times reporters asked some members of the public what they would like to do to make sure they don't have electrical problems or the fires that can result. More >>>


Petanque players line up for minister's cup
More than 300 men's and women's petanque players in the open division and over 50 years division are ready to compete in the 2nd Minister of Education and Sports' Cup at Dongdok campus from May 6-8. More >>>


See you again, wonderful Indonesia! As a huge and expansive archipelago, there must be so many wonderful places to see in Indonesia; in my short time there I saw but a few and was left wondering just how many other special places there are. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Attapeu's farmers reap rewards of perseverance
Some people in remote areas of Attapeu province still lack knowledge and vocational skills so crop growing and animal husbandry is an important way to help them improve their living standards and rise above poverty. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Turning nature's leftovers into works of art
Hundreds of beautiful handcrafted items are produced by Kabong Lao Puppet Artistic Group using leftover natural materials. . . . . . .More >>>


Pepsi Singing Contest: winner proud of the title
Mr Kiengkai Bandasack is the winner of the Pepsi Singing Contest 2016; he is very happy to be the winner and proud of the title because it is not easy to win such prizes. . More >>>


World Malaria Day 2016–“End Malaria for Good”
On World Malaria Day 2016, WHO calls on the global health community to address the significant gaps in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria; and to “End Malaria for Good”.. More >>>


Workers are the heart of construction
Inside the cool air-conditioned offices of the Bouachanh Construction Company, its director Mr Bouachanh Inthalangsy is carefully assessing the value of a new house construction project in line with his customer's needs. . . . More >>>


Are clean streets nothing but a dream?
Vientiane authorities announced back in 2010 that all roads in the capital would be clean by the year 2015 as part of the city's clean and green strategy, so more than five . . More >>>


May 6 , 2016
- Asean officials discuss sustainable methods of agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will continue to develop its agriculture development strategy and vision to ensure national food security through clean, safe and sustainable agriculture. More >>>
- Bokeo's new hospital takes shape
A new 60-bed hospital beng built in Huayxai-neua village, Huayxai district, Bokeo province is now 30 percent complete, and is expected to be finished in November. More >>>
- Literacy projects reach Champassak schoolchildren
Room to Read Laos' literacy projects have supported teaching techniques for teachers and also provided necessary education materials for children at 27 primary schools in Pakxe and Phonthong districts, Champassak province. More >>>

May 5 , 2016
- Health experts discuss use of laparoscopic surgery
Experts from Laos and Japan are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the treatment of abdominal conditions and gallstones through the use of laparoscopic surgery. . More >>>
- Laos, Korea strengthen non-communicable disease prevention
The University of Health Sciences in Laos and Ewha Women's University in the Republic of Korea have jointly developed skills for Lao hospital staff in regards to non-communicable disease prevention and management. . More >>>
- Work begins on 165km Khammuan-Savannakhet road upgrade
The government will spend over 1 trillion kip to rebuild the 165-km dirt road that links the two provinces of Khammuan and Savannakhet.
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- Laos hosts law students' gathering
Laos recently hosted the second meeting of the Asian Law Students Association Laos (ALSA Laos), which was convened in Vientiane.
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May 4 , 2016
- Provincial primary pupils make the grade in national exams
For the first time in many years, children from provincial primary schools excelled in the National Best Student Exams held last week in Vientiane.More >>>
- Asian experts debate treatment of female medical conditions
Medical professionals from Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia are meeting in Vientiane to discuss obstetrics, gynecology, and female diseases. More >>>
- US, WFP support school meals programme
Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ministry of Education and Sports have concluded a visit to schools supported by the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Programme, through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). More >>>
- Vientiane marks Labour Day
The people of Vientiane took part in a variety of activities to observe International Labour Day last week, with events taking place from April 25-30. More >>>

May 3 , 2016
- Media urged to help prevent early pregnancy, empower girls
The media has been asked to publish more information about ways to prevent early marriage and pregnancy. More >>>
- Donnoun-Thangone road upgrade almost complete
The upgrade of a 12km stretch of Road No. 10 from Donnoun junction to Thangone village in Xaythany district, Vientiane, is 95 percent complete and contractors have said the work will be finished by the end of June. More >>>
- Forum advises families on care of mentally disabled
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has called on families to provide more help for children and relatives who suffer from intellectual disabilities, when addressing the Family Health Forum in Vientiane on Friday. More >>>
- Lecturers complete postgraduate medical training in Korea
Eleven lecturers from the University of Health Sciences (UHS) have successfully completed an 18-month postgraduate training course at the Seoul National University College of Medicine in the Republic of Korea. More >>>

April 29, 2016
- Healthcare boost for women and children in Khammuan
A healthcare project for women and childen will be expanded to include three villages in Xaybouathong district, Khammuan province. More >>>
- Nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs in April
Many provinces nationwide have launched a crackdown on illegal drugs, which commenced in April, with a number of drug traffickers having been arrested by the police. More >>>
- Borikhamxay's Don Lin island earmarked for development
The Khamphaisana Construction Company recently received approval to conduct a feasibility study on the development of Don Lin island in Pakxan district, Borikhamxay province, as a tourist attraction. More >>>
- Health officials on the alert for Zika virus
The Ministry of Health's Communicable Disease Control Department is continuing to run tests on blood taken from dengue patients to monitor for the Zika virus. More >>>

April 28 , 2016
- Parasitic wasps key to control of rice pests
The use of trichogramma wasps for the biological control of key pests in rice is expected to be rolled out in other areas of Laos following successful trials in Vientiane and Xayaboury province. . More >>>
- Two houses destroyed by fire
Flames engulfed two houses in Nongduang-Neua village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane, on Wednesday morning, leaving two people with injuries. . More >>>
- Vientiane trials mechanical planting aids
Vi entiane authorities are planning to use new mechanised methods for rice planting in order to boost crop yields. . More >>>
- Insurance company gives school a makeover
The Dhipaya Insurance Company team recently added a creative flourish to the latest aid efforts at the primary school in Nathong village, Hinheup district, Vientiane province. . More >>>

April 27, 2016
- Germany extends support for vocational education
The government of Germany will continue to support the vocational training sector in Laos through the KfW Development Bank in the form of financial cooperation. More >>>
- NA members mull introduction of stronger powers
The ability to pass a vote of no confidence against anyone in national or state governing bodies would be a major enhancement of the National Assembly's powers. More >>>
- Autism association seeks additional funding
The Association for Autism is seeking to raise additional funds to assist with vocational training for autistic children in Laos. More >>>
- Int'l school students become teachers of English
The Australian International School (AIS) in Vientiane is spearheading the English Literacy Outreach Programme for primary schools to help young Lao children learn English. More >>>

April 26 , 2016
- Intellectual Property Fair opens
Laos is holding the Intellectual Property (IP) Fair 2016 at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from April 26 to May 1, aiming to increase people's awareness and understanding of intellectual property. . More >>>
- Indonesia supports Asean journalists' visit
The Indonesian government is supporting journalists from Asean countries to visit Indonesia to promote tourism and culture. . More >>>
- Xayaboury students win contest; next stop China
A team from Xayaboury Secondary School will represent Laos at the Global Natural History Day (GNHD) in Shanghai, China, after winning the GNHD 2016 Laos Final. . More >>>
Big Brother Mouse wins reading promotion award
Big Brother Mouse, a not-for-profit Lao-owned project in Luang Prabang province, has been selected as one of two winners of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2016. . More >>>

April 23, 2016
- Laos mulls use of satellite technology to monitor agriculture
Laos plans to employ the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) which can be used to pinpoint geographic locations in the various development sectors in the country, including agriculture. More >>>
- Ministry orders urgent action to prevent locust outbreak
The Ministry of Agriculture a nd Forestry has instructed its line agencies in the northern provinces to take steps to prevent further outbreaks of yellow-spined bamboo locusts as the insects could seriously damage crops if nothing is done. More >>>
- Labour Day plans announced
Many Lao workers are not sufficiently protected and are employed in unsafe workplaces with unregulated sanitation and hazardous conditions. More >>>
- Schools provide input for new storybooks
Manuscripts of various children's books are ready to be printed after the last testing by children and teachers at primary schools in Savannakhet province. More >>>

April 22, 2016
- Tobacco industry clouding health policy implementation
Laos still can't implement health policies to further reduce smoking in the country because of the influence of the tobacco industry, according to an official. More >>>
- Champasak to improve hotel standards
Champassak authorities are planning to improve hotel standards in a bid to attract more domestic and foreign guests and ensure its hotels meet international and regional standard requirements. More >>>
- Work on new Huaphan airport suspended
Construction of the Nongkhang airport in Xamneua district, Huaphan province, has been temporarily suspended but work is expected to resume in the near future. More >>>
- Xaysomboun ramps up tourist attractions
Hom district authorities in Xaysomboun province are planning to develop PhaChaeLae waterfall and other sites as popular tourist destinations, which will help to boost the local economy. More >>>

April 21 , 2016
- Laos, Russia plan nuclear cooperation
The Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Laos' Ministry of Energy and Mines have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. . More >>>
- Phongsaly capital development continues despite budget issues
Authorities in Phongsaly province have confirmed they are continuing with construction of the new provincial capital despite the government's budgetary constraints. . More >>>
- Immigration, customs staff beef up English skills
A group of 18 immigration and customs officers are the latest beneficiaries of Australia's long-standing border management programmes in Laos. . More >>>

April 20 , 2016
- Officials get to grips with riverside garbage in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial authorities sent officials to Borikhan district recently to tackle the problem of garbage strewn along the Nam Xan riverbank during the Lao New Year festivities last week. More >>>
- Govt awards Korean ambassador for enhancing ties
The government has awarded a friendship medal to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos Mr Kim Soo-Gwon for his efforts to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Laos. More >>>
- LuangNamtha calls in soldiers to put out forest fire
A further 100 soldiers may be deployed in Sing district, LuangNamtha province, to help extinguish a wildfire burning in the Namha National Conservation Forest. More >>>
- MMG LXML Sepon improves health services in Savannakhet
Some 37,000 people in Vilabouly district, Savannakhet province, now have access to better health services throughout the ongoing support from MMG LXML Sepon (LXML). More >>>


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