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July 28, 2014

Govt provides allowance for disadvantaged students ## Rural communities better access to healthcare

1. Ms Pany Yathortou gives closing remarks to the seventh ordinary session of the NA on Friday.

1. Last NA session lays out plans for coming year
The National Assembly (NA) has agreed to the government plan of maintaining Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 7.5 percent or equivalent to 102.3 trillion kip. More >>>

2. Government takes action on illegal mining
The government is planning to take action in addressing the illegal mineral extractions reportedly found in Paek district of northern Xieng Khuang province. . More >>>

3. Govt pledges investigation for fair rubber price
The government has pledged to undertake an investigation to ensure a fair rubber price following claims from rubber growers that the price is lower than the market rate. . More >>>

4. NA members face challenges in role
Several challenges still remain in the National Assembly's (NA) role of overseeing the government and judicial bodies after some flaws were made known. . More >>>

 Ministry confirms compensation for villagers affected by Luang Prabang airport
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has confirmed that all villagers affected by the Luang Prabang airport expansion project will receive compensation. . . More >>>


July 28, 2014
- THPC improves villagers' livelihoods
The Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) has presented new homes and community facilities to four affected villages, after more than US$14 million (over 112 billion kip) was spent on infrastructure development in the area. . More >>>
- Govt provides allowance for disadvantaged students
The government is set to provide a monthly allowance of approximately 400,000 kip to disadvantaged students studying at vocational training schools around the country. . More >>>
- Thieves target vehicles for break-ins
Thieves breaking vehicle windows to steal property inside is becoming a major problem with police currently investigating numerous incidents, according to a district official last week. . More >>>
- Rural communities better access to healthcare
Thousands of women and children in Bokeo province have been able to access improved health services. . More >>>

July 25, 2014
- Bikes impounded during road checks waiting to be claimed
The Vientiane Traffic Police have issued an announcement calling for motorcycle owners whose bikes have been lost, stolen or confiscated by the police to claim them back within three months from now. More >>>
- Laos presents friendship medal to NHK Japan TV
The Lao government presented the Friendship Order to television network NHK of Japan in Vientiane on Monday at Lao National Television. More >>>
- Crucial evidence emerges in Sikhottabong bomb incident
Groundbreaking information has emerged on the explosion which injured 10 people attending a wedding reception in Vientiane, after investigative police discovered crucial evidence. More >>>
- Lao, French medical students share experience and culture
Medical students from the University of Health Sciences in Laos and counterparts from French Universities met this week in Vientiane, aiming to share medical skills and their own country's culture. More >>>

July 24, 2014
- Woman jailed for smuggling drugs into prison
A women admitted in a Vientiane courtroom on Tuesday that she attempted to smuggle drugs into a prison by concealing them in food wrapped in banana leaves. More >>>
- Many districts still lack science teachers
Encouraging quality teachers to work in rural areas remains a challenge in many districts around the country, despite the fact teacher training colleges are turning out many graduates every year.More >>>
- NA members want tax law to promote domestic production
Goods items imposed to pay value-added tax were a focus of consideration among National Assembly (NA) members who would like to see more effective promotion of domestic production businesses. More >>>
- Nation's roads may escape landslide damage this year
The main roads nationwide this year may be free of landslide damage as there has been little torrential rain last month. More >>>

July 23, 2014
- Roundabout for dangerous 450 Year Road intersection
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport plans to install a roundabout on the 450 Year Road to reduce the number of accidents at the intersection. More >>>
Fatal head-on deadly reminder to slowdown
Traffic officials have urged motorists to slow down after a horrible road accident in Savannakhet last weekend which killed two people instantly and left three others seriously injured. More >>>
Laos, Thai universities cooperate in education sector
The National University of Laos (NUOL) and Mahasarakham University of Thailand co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further joint education research and development of their master's curriculum. More >>>
ACIAR supports pest controls for eucalyptus plantations
The Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research's (ACIAR) Forestry Progamme is supporting research studies aiming to develop biological pest control measures for eucalyptus plantations in the Mekong region. More >>>

July 22, 2014
- Laos' Travel Trade welcomes Lanith interns
More than 50 tourism and hospitality students, who are enrolled in the two-year Lanith Diploma programme, have successfully completed their pre-departure orientation courses. More >>>
Home, office owners must make their premises safe
The Vientiane Police Office has reminded the public to take more care about the risk of thieves breaking into houses and offices to steal valuables during the rainy season. More >>>
Cassava stays in farmers fields as Lao Indochina cannot pay
Farmers are leaving several thousands of hectares of cassava in their fields after the tapioca factory owned by Lao-Indochina Group Company has failed to pay them for about two years now. More >>>
First Japanese speech contest held at Savannakhet University
Savannakhet University in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy to Laos and Japan Foundation organised the 1st Japanese language speech contest last Saturday. More >>>

July 21, 2014
- Memorial marks the anniversary of President Souphanouvong
Some 105 primary students and 105 secondary students and some special guests came to celebrate President Souphanouvong's 105th birthday anniversary in Vientiane at the memorial established in his honour. More >>>
- Illegal foreign merchant issue needs resolving
The Lao government has not come up with concrete measures to address foreigners operating shops illegally in the country despite the demands of local people to tackle the issue. More >>>
- Savannakhet predicts tourism decrease
Savannakhet province's tourism may decrease this year due to political issues in a neighbouring country. More >>>
- Luang Prabang hopes to gain 1.41 trillion kip
Luang Prabang province expects to gain a revenue increase of more than 1.41 trillion kip (around US$176.41 million kip) from tourism operations in the next five years due to growth in the sector. More >>>

July 18, 2014
- Vientiane police return stolen Hyundai pickup trucks
The Vientiane Police Headquarters recently returned nine Hyundai flatbed trucks to their rightful owners after they were stolen in a spate of vehicle thefts at the end of last year. More >>>
- Ethnic youth need access to information on AIDS and STI
Ethnic youth in Laos are a high risk group when it comes to contracting AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) due to having limited access to relevant campaigns and information. More >>>
- Doctor warn against medicals clinics' false claims
Do not fall for false advertising claims by foreign clinics, a senior official from the Ministry of Health's Health Care Department warns. More >>>
- Singapore Embassy backs disadvantaged women's skill development
The Lao Women's Union (LWU) and the Embassy of Singapore to Laos jointly launched a vocational training course for disadvantaged women. More >>>

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Young people flock to the temples for Buddhist lent

- NA members raise concerns about development authorisations
- NA session opens with the economy a hot issue
- Australia pledges AU$86 million education aid for Laos
- Another MK82 found in Sangthong district
- Laos-Vietnam opens 8th international checkpoint
- PM backs Sengdeuane to be leading food farm
- Govt encourages constructive use of social media
- Experts make recommendations on city planning
- Laos marks Arbour Day with leaders, citizens planting trees
- Acting Vientiane Mayor, Propaganda Board Head announced to replace crash victims
- PM spells out urgent tasks for cabinet, officials
- Lao craftsmanship on exhibition at ITECC furniture fair
- Plane crash victims mourned at Vientiane cremations
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity
- Dodgy week ahead for gold
- EDL-Gen stock rallies in first day's opening trade
- Tuesday trades a slender improvement


EDL's Vientiane branch to speed up operational improvements
Questions about the installation of different meters were raised by members of the public as they thought that if the meter was spinning faster it meant they were going to be charged more on their monthly bills. . More >>>


Aluna inspires youth to follow their dreams
Aluna Thavonesouk is providing the public with 3,000 reprints of her autobiographical pocket book after it was well-received previously. More >>>


Young man cobbles together a future from concrete blocks
"Working hard is never a problem, I just want to be sure that there is work available for me during the school holidays so that I can earn a little....More >>>

World news

Three killed in UP clashes, curfew in riot-hit areas
INDIA (The Statesman, ANN) -- Three persons were killed and 19 others, including policemen, injured today as violent clashes broke out between two communities over a land dispute in Saharanpur. . More >>>


What do you think about the government job selection examinations?
Recently the government conducted the first round of selection exams for jobs in the public sector. Candidates have to get at least 50 percent to progress to the second stage exam with specific departments. .More >>>


Lao petanque players ready for competition
Petanque men's and women's teams from many clubs in the capital and 10 provinces are readying themselves to compete at the 4th national tournament of the Lao Petanque Federation's President's Cup in Vientiane from August 1-3. . More >>>


Buckle up and drive through mesmerising Laos
Travelling on the road from Vientiane through Xayaboury province to Luang Prabang province is a sight to see at the beginning of the rainy season, with many farming activities and greenery lining the way. . ..More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Farming helps remote family escape from poverty
People in remote areas nationwide have been farming for many centuries, growing rice and many kinds of vegetables for their personal consumption. . . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Buddhist lent: there is more merit in abstinence
From now until October 8, Khamsouk has promised himself that he will refrain from drinking any kinds of alcohol for the three months of Buddhist lent or Boun Khao Phansa , so from now on he will drink tea at social outings if his friends don't mind. . . . More >>>


Quantum Bits
This week Prof. Peter Fisher, Adjunct Professor of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, describes how the little spaceship we live on and call Earth can dramatically and rapidly change when there is just a small change in our climate. It carries a lesson for us with increasing global warming. . . . More >>>


Hepatitis: Think again
Little is known about Hepatitis or viral Hepatitis and the problems it causes. This is why the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners would like to urge all policy makers, health workers and. . . More >>>


Country children's fighting fish hobby

While many kids in the city are busy stressing over mathematics or English holiday classes, kids living in rural areas are heading out to the ponds near their rice fields to capture and raise fighting fish. . .. . . .More >>>


Modern Lao homes do not consider the environment
Great big two or three storey concrete houses adorned with fancy designs such as eagles and lions dominate the streets of Vientiane as these houses are becoming common in the emerging middle class society. More >>>

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