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August 1, 2014

Free open source software promoted in secondary schools ## Officials discuss new funding model of Global Fund

1. The road improvements in the new capital in Phongsaly province.

1. Work on new capital in Phongsaly experiences delays
The new capital development project in Bounneua district of Phongsaly province has been delayed for over two years after commencing in 2010, because of a funding shortfall by the government, according to a project official. . More >>>

2. Lack of transparency responsible for revenue shortfall
The Minister of Finance Dr Lien Thikeo has attributed the country's revenue shortfall to finance officials lacking in transparency and principles by helping companies to avoid paying their tax obligations to the government.
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3. More teenagers involved in drugs
 Young people are seeking adventure and fun through the smoking of amphetamines in many areas of Vientiane, owing to a lack of healthy outlets for their youthful exuberance. . More >>>

4. NA launches the 35th AIPA logo
The National Assembly this week announced the official logo for the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) that is organised for Vientiane from 14 - 20 September. . More >>>

Tourist arrivals to reach four million, minister says
The number of tourists visiting Laos will possibly reach four million this year if new arrivals keep flocking to the country sessopm despite the current political instability in the region and in the world. . More >>>

6.  Centres set up to help illegal workers in Thailand
 Illegal Lao workers in Thailand, who are supposed to return home, are able to seek help at temporary service centres located at border checkpoints until August 24. . More >>>

Poor roads top the 524 hotline complaints
The poor condition of a number of roads topped the list of public complaints raised via the hotline of the National Assembly (NA)'s ordinary session, which closed on Friday last week. More >>>


August 1, 2014
- Japan supports disabled people empowerment
The Japanese government has provided approximately US$206,714 to support the empowerment of disabled people in Laos. . More >>>
- Police arrest Champassak woman for murder
Police in Pakxe district, Champassak province recently arrested Ms Khonsavanh aka Lar, aged 24 years old, of Nahaek village, Pakxe district, Champassak province on charges of murdering a woman. . More >>>
- Free open source software promoted in secondary schools
Interest among teachers and students from various schools in Vientiane will be a major key to promoting the Lao language open source software that is now available. . More >>>
- Fall death of Lao woman in Bangkok raises suspicions
Parents and cousins of Ms Paeng, who died as the result of a fall from an eighth floor apartment in Bangkok on July 27, will leave Vientiane for the Thai capital this weekend continuing to ask for a thorough investigation. More >>>
- Officials discuss new funding model of Global Fund
The Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) has hosted a consultation meeting between key stakeholders and civil society organisations to discuss the new funding model of the Global Fund and develop concept notes for the three diseases - malaria, tuberculosis and HIV in Laos. . More >>>

July 31, 2014
- Somsagna working to cure yaba addicts
People who have an addiction to amphetamines or yaba can be full-time patients of the Somsagna Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Vientiane. More >>>
- River basin management in Laos under examination
Over 200 representatives from line ministries, provincial stakeholders, private sector enterprises, NGOs and development agencies met in Vientiane to discuss Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM). More >>>
- Health institutions to increase student intake
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), health science colleges and public health schools around the country will be accepting 1,479 students into their programmes this year in line with the quota set by the Ministry of Health. More >>>
- Kia Motors donates one billion kip for school library
Kia Motors handed over a new library to Veunkham Secondary School in Xaythany district, Vientiane last week after it was recently built courtesy of the Happy Move Global Youth Volunteer project. More >>>

July 30, 2014
- NA confirms its role in dealing with public complaints
The National Assembly (NA) has steadily seen to public complaints on behalf of the state legislature, as well as the administrative and judicial bodies. More >>>
Laos escapes Typhoon Rammasun destruction
There have been no reports of major flooding or mudslides occurring nationwide as a result of the recent Typhoon Rammasun which came close to Laos two weeks ago. More >>>
Thai pollsters visit Laos
A team of six pollsters from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Thailand have visited Laos as part of its cooperation programme among Asean member countries ahead of the integration into the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. - More >>>
Bank account to reforest Sangthong and Hinheup district
The project entitled ‘Sustainable Management of Watersheds in the Lower Mekong Basin' plans to reafforest 700 hectares by 2017, with the objective of increasing greenery and forestry in the country. More >>>

July 29, 2014
- Lack of jobs sees a return to opium farming
Former opium users in remote areas have returned to growing the crop after a shortage of jobs. More >>>
Champassak man shot dead in Vientiane
Vientiane Police Office reported yesterday that a man from Champassak province was shot dead in Suanmone village, Sisattanak district Vientiane. More >>>
Laos, Vietnam strengthen justice cooperation
The Lao and Vietnamese justice ministries have enhanced cooperation in the justice sector. More >>>
Communicable disease control hotline launched
The Vientiane Communicable Disease Control Department of the Ministry of Health yesterday officially launched a new 166 toll free hotline to assist with information on communicable disease prevention and control. 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 >>>

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Fair treatment among patients confirmed

- Last NA session lays out plans for coming year
- 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
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Lao business environment sees improvement: survey
Most Lao business people consider the business environment in the country has been improving over the past few years, according to an enterprise survey. . More >>>


Lao artists awarded for ASEM support
Well known Lao artists received medals and congratulatory certificates for their support of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) at a ceremony held in Vientiane yesterday. More >>>


New planting technique adapts to climate change

Thousands of tonnes of rice each year are damaged in Laos by drought and flooding as a result of climate change. More >>>

World news

Vietnam opens hotlines for its people in Libya
HANOI (Vietnam News, ANN) -- A majority of the 1,550 Vietnamese people in Libya are living and working in areas unaffected by violence. . More >>>


What are you plans after secondary school if you can't get into university or college?
Many thousands of students finish secondary school every year and while some of them will go to college and university many cannot because there are not enough places for them all in Laos. So Vientiane Time reporters asked some secondary students what they plan to do if they cannot go to college. .More >>>


Top female runner from Savannakhet goes for gold in Oudomxay  
Savannakhet province's top female runner, Noulakhone Khenphalangsy, hopes to win a gold medal at the 10th National Games to be held in Oudomxay province from December 13-21. . 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 >>>


Pharmacy owner helps fight against malaria Ms Khonesavanh Phouvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village, Pathoumphone district, Champassak province which has become the place to go for diagnosis and ... 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 >>>


Reflecting on childhood games and the changing nature of fun

Thinking back to twenty years ago, when I was a young child living in Nontae village, Xaythany district, Vientiane, I remember how much fun I used to have with my friends despite the fact we had very little. . . .. . . .More >>>


“Managing the Mekong –no longer a wild, natural river”
Due to human development over the last millennia, most of the world's great rivers are no longer naturally free flowing. Impacted by growing populations....
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