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April 25, 2014

Study exposes real industry salaries ## ‘Three-build' directive to continue developing the country

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1. Bankers counting money at a commercial banks in Vientiane as the government expects to borrow more to address budget deficit this fiscal year.

1. Govt borrows US$191 million to address budget deficit
The Lao government has borrowed 1.531 trillion kip (US$191.3 million) to secure funds for its expenditure plans over the first six months of this fiscal year, according to a report from the Ministry of Finance. More >>>

2. Laos has received US$415m in ODA
Development partners have provided Official Development Assistance (ODA) valued at over US$415 million to Laos in the first half of this fiscal year despite regional and global economies continuing to face difficulties. More >>>

3. ‘Three-build' directive to continue developing the country
Leaders of three-build initiatives from the ministries, provinces and districts met in Vientiane yesterday at the start of a two day seminar to consult on the continuing Sam Sang works. More >>>

4. Study exposes real industry salaries
The European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Lao PDR unveiled the results of a study into the actual salaries paid in various industries all around Laos yesterday at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. More >>>

Laos, Mongolia strengthen ties
Laos and Mongolia have agreed to strengthen their cooperative relations based on past agreements that the two countries reached on economics, agriculture, science and technical cooperation. More >>>


April 25, 2014
- WHO calls for investment to defeat malaria
Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is endemic throughout most of Laos and transmission is associated with the hilly forested areas in the southern parts of the country. Five of the southern provinces, Savannakhet, Saravan, Xekong, Attapeu and Champassak accounted for about 95 percent of all reported malaria cases in 2012. More >>>
- Borikhamxay seeking to become a transit service provider
Borikhamxay province hopes that transit service provision will be a main source of revenue with the continuing development of the road network and the planned construction of the Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge. More >>>
- Recent heat wave to lessen today
The weather bureau is predicting high temperatures experienced recently will reduce today although the public is warned to be prepared for the return of sauna-like conditions from time to time during the next month.More >>>
- Belarus commits to strengthening trade links with Laos
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has told visiting President of the Lao National Assembly Ms Pany Yathortou he would like to expand Belarus-Laos cooperation on trade and the economy, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency reported. More >>>
- Medics seek increase in community sanitation access
Health officials are seeking ways to create more opportunities for rural people to access clean water and latrines. More >>>

April 24, 2014
- Hot weather brings spike in food poisoning, diarrhoea
Authorities have advised the public to only eat fresh, clean and cooked food to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal illness after the incidence of food poisoning, diarrhoea, typhoid and dysentery rose by two thirds this summer. More >>>
- Govt takes steps to control food pricing
The government is focused on controlling the price of more than 30 different types of food products in order to keep prices in markets and restaurants stable. More >>>
- Oudomxay Police seize illegal rosewood
Oudomxay police recently seized more than eight tonnes of rosewood being transported by truck to Luang Namtha province. More >>>
- Vendors offer merit makers the chance to give
Making merit is considered an essential part of life as a Buddhist devotee and every day people can be seen visiting local temples to pay their respects to the Buddha, the monks and their departed and living relatives.More >>>

April 23, 2014
- Vietnamese companies eye rubber-processing in Oudomxay
A Vietnamese company has shown interest in building a rubber processing factory in Oudomxay province despite high competition from Chinese investors. More >>>
Fire danger increases as the mercury rises
People are urged to be aware of fire accidents due to the expected hot weather over the coming days, as fires may occur easily as temperatures continue to go up. More >>>
Saravan highway link to cut travel times to Attapeu
Travelling to Attapeu province from the central and northern regions will soon be around 100 km shorter after the sealing of Road No. 15A, linking Saravan provincial capital to Road No.13 South in Napong village, Khongxedon district. More >>>
S. Korea helps develop Lao medical therapy
Teaching at the University of Health Sciences and medical services in Lao hospitals should be advanced in the years to come after more teachers and doctors completed medical training at Seoul National University Hospital in the Republic of Korea. More >>>

April 22, 2014
- Local economic development to boost Greater Mekong Sub-region
The Mekong Institute (MI) is focusing on capacity building and local economic development in order to boost economic cooperation along the East-West Economic Corridor. More >>>
Lao representative takes up post at UN
Former Department of Asean Director General Dr Khien Phansourivong last week presented credentials to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to officially take up his post as new Lao Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UN. More >>>
Young girls protected from cervical cancer
Female students living in Vientiane, who are 10 years of age or in their fifth-year of primary school, are invited to receive their third HPV vaccination, with a ten day campaign underway from April 20-30. More >>>
ADB, IFAD allow smallholders to embrace machinery
Most farmers in Laos prepare their land either by manual labour using hand tools or ploughing with buffaloes while a smaller number use power tillers for land preparation. More >>>

April 21, 2014
- New ‘Laos on Canvas' drawing competition launched
Primary and Secondary school students from all over Laos are invited to enter their paintings for Laos on Canvas – Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Arts drawing competition, which launches this week. More >>>
- Road deaths prompt renewed safety campaign
Officials from various involved sectors are currently undertaking a road safety campaign focusing on teenagers and the youth, aiming to reduce the disturbing incidence of road accidents in Vientiane. More >>>
- Murder-suicide marrs New Year celebrations
Vientiane Police Office reported on Friday that there was a murder-suicide in Vientiane during the celebration of Lao New Year 2014, after a man shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. More >>>
- Huaphan to check overloaded trucks
Huaphan officials have proposed to the provincial governor that they set up a mobile unit to check on the weight of vehicles that they suspect are overloaded. More >>>
- Car wash services doing a brisk trade after Pi Mai
After all the splashing, spraying and sloshing of the Lao New Year celebrations, many people need to wash their cars and make sure they are shiny and clean again after driving around town to join the holiday festivities. More >>>

April 18, 2014
- Farmers relieved at rice price rise
The price of rice is rising in various provinces as the number of producers has reduced. . More >>>
Recessions at home dampened tourists' spending in Laos last year: officials
The fact that many overseas visitors to Laos last year were experiencing recessions in their home countries may have contributed to them limiting their expenditure during their travels in the country. . More >>>
Anti-corruption authority moves to new office space
The construction of a new building to accommodate the office of the Government Inspection Authority was completed and handed over to the authority for use last week. . More >>>
Rabies risk rises in the hot season
The Vientiane Health Department is warning people to be on guard against rabies during the hot season as dogs and other animals are easily irritable and more likely to bite. . More >>>
Overweight truck causes bridge collapse in Luang Namtha
An overweight truck has caused a 33.5 metre bridge to collapse in Luang Namtha province. . More >>>

April 17, 2014
- HIV infections, drug injecting: Health sector needs funds
Drug injecting and HIV infection are still problems in some provinces in Laos and need the availability of funds to be overcome through treatment, training and raising public awareness on the dangers and negative impact of illegal drug usage. . More >>>
Lao, Thai companies eye standard certification service opportunities
GGM Company Ltd, a Thai-based company has partnered with Lao Global Mark Company Ltd to provide services in certifying international standards on management and services in Laos after learning of the local potential. . More >>>
Nam Ngum 5 provides assistance to affected villagers
Nam Ngum 5 Power Company Ltd has provided US$43,000 worth of assistance both in kind and in cash to people who were affected by the construction of the hydropower project. . More >>>
Brainstorming to aid women's rights
Officials from various ministries and related sectors gathered to brainstorm their ideas to improve the National Commission for the Advancement of Women under the CEDAW treaty at a consultation workshop held on Tuesday in Vientiane. . More >>>

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ACLEDA Bank to disburse German microfinance funds
ACLEDA Bank Lao Ltd expects to receive funds worth about 33.25 billion kip (3 million euros) from the Lao government to disburse as loans for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). More >>>


Focus on the development of the Lao film industry
The Department of Cinema is working to develop Lao films to a higher stander in order to boost their popularity and try and compete with those from neighbouring countries. More >>>


UXO hinders national development in Xieng Khuang

It is now common knowledge that during the Indochina war, more than half a million bombing missions were carried out over Laos resulting in over two million tonnes of explosive ordnance being dropped.
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World news

Bomb kills 4 in Pakistan; airstrikes hit militants
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A bombing in southern Pakistan killed a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns and three other people on Thursday...More >>>


How do you cope with the hot weather in summer?
Hon lai! It's Lao for very hot. There's no denying that the weather at this time of year in Laos is formidably hot. So what to do about it? Not everyone is lucky enough to have air conditioning at work or home and we still need to go outside. More >>>


Lao junior tennis players to take on Thai opponents
The Lao Tennis Federation will train its most talented young tennis players in Laos and support them to attend many junior tournaments set to take place in neighbouring Thailand from May until December. More >>>


Champassak moves to attract more tourists Rich in tourism resources Champassak province is trying hard to attract more people to visit its popular sites after the province was listed as having the second largest number of tourism sites in ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Residents' contribution essential in Savannakhet
Poverty alleviation in Xepon district, Savannakhet province is moving forward as villagers actively contribute to improving their living conditions. . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Celebration of Lao New Year: a time of happiness and getting wet
Walking or riding on the major streets of Vientiane, such as Samsenthai and Setthathirath Roads, during the three day celebration of Lao New Yea. . . More >>>


Previously treated as waste, coffee cherries may be new superfood

The Bolevan Plateau in southern Laos is rapidly growing into one of Asia's major coffee-producing areas. . . . . . . .. . . More >>>


Vaccinate all pets against rabies this summer
Pet owners are advised to vaccinate pets against rabies this summer as many animals become irritable and are more likely to bite during the hot season. . . . .. . . ... More >>>


Lao youth help promote fair trade
Having one mobile phone might be enough for a student. But, how could he or she stop wanting to buy another one after seeing advertisements on TV spruiking the features of the latest model? It is a gnawing reality across the globe. More >>>


Volunteer journalists gain greater understanding of environmental issues Vietnamese and Lao volunteer journalists have a greater understanding on issues related to the environment, especially in hydropower and mining, after a fieldtrip to the northern ... More >>>

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