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July 25, 2014

Lottery enterprise denies numbers drawn already decided ## Top Lao students to compete in Asean Quiz

1. Prof. Dr Eksavang Vongvichit ( right ) and Ms Ariane Waldvogel shake hands after signing the agreement.

1. World Food Programme supports mother and child health
The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided renewed support worth almost US$28 million (over 225 billion kip) to the Ministry of Health, focusing on the mother and child health and nutrition programme. More >>>

2. NA postpones approval of customs law amendment
The National Assembly (NA) has postponed its approval of the amended draft to the Law on Customs, with NA members commenting on the complication in the amended content of the law. More >>>

3. Ministry to launch quality standards for primary education programme
The Ministry of Education and Sports will implement quality standards for both public and private primary education institutions around the country following the announced 2012 policy, a senior education official reaffirmed. More >>>

4. Top Lao students to compete in Asean Quiz
Three young ladies have the opportunity to compete against nine Southeast Asian countries in the 6th Asean Quiz in Vietnam next month, after their recent success at the National Asean Quiz held in Vientiane yesterday.
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Illegal logging in Phouphanang stems from lack of forest patrols
Insufficient numbers of forest inspection officials to police and scrutinise the timber trade have resulted in illegal logging in Phouphanang Conservation Forest area in Naxaithong district of Vientiane, according to a senior government official. More >>>

Lottery enterprise denies numbers drawn already decided
Lao Development Lottery State Enterprise has rejected public allegations that the state enterprise is manipulating the way lottery numbers are drawn to avoid paying out money to lottery ticket purchasers. 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 >>>

July 17, 2014
- Asean countries share lessons on employment services
Delegates from Asean member states are meeting at a workshop in Vientiane to share information, experience and lessons learnt from their respective countries about developing and strengthening employment services
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- Luang Prabang eateries aim for “The Mark”
The Luang Prabang Safe and Green Tourism Scheme will launch ‘The Mark' – a clean and safe dining initiative – at a ceremony being held at the Luang Prabang View Hotel next week in the province. More >>>
- NRA updates UXO survivor records
The National Regulatory Authority (NRA) has significantly updated its records on unexploded ordnance and UXO survivors, which will allow international donors to offer better targeted assistance. More >>>
- GSAP identifies challenges on gender equality
The differentials between women in remote areas and those living in urban centres pose challenges for achieving gender equality improvements, especially in relation to accessing health services as well as the higher risk of maternal mortality. 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


Lao fish farmers concerned about foreign competition
Lao fish farm breeders are concerned about the stiff competition they will face from foreign fish farm operators after the government moved recently to legalise some unauthorised foreign fish farms. 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

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday. More >>>


Govt's swift response to public concerns should become a regular practice Members of the public have welcomed the government's quick reaction in responding to issues raised by members of the public through the hotline during the National Assembly's ongoing ordinary session that closes today. More >>>


Badminton Federation scouts top players at the President's Cup
The Lao Badminton Federation is set to select the best junior and beginner players to compete at the 15th National Assembly President's Cup in August. 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

Villagers in Phongsaly work hard to improve living standards
The poverty rate in Laos has declined in recent years but the number of poor villages in Phongsaly province has remained at over 50 percent of the total so the villagers are having to work even harder to improve their living s tandards. . . . . . . . . . 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 >>>


The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard
As students finish the academic year and mull over the results of their exams many are no doubt thinking that they should have studied harder. Recent research by Pam Mueller, from Princeton University, however shows it may also have a lot to do with the way they study, especially the way they take notes in class. . . ....


Health tourism promotion in the works

A health tourism pro motion campaign is in the works to provide convenience to tourists wishing to rejuvenate their health whilst visiting Laos. . . More >>>


Weaving creates better incomes in Pakngum
It may not be spectacular to the villagers living there every day but for a visitor walking through Xienglaetha village in Pakngum district of Vientiane it is an outstanding sight to see the many ki (looms) stationed under the villagers' houses providing a second source of income. .. . . .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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