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August 29, 2014

Textbooks for students nationwide before academic year starts ## Healthcare law aims to improve health services



1. Recent National University of Laos graduates need to fight for jobs as the market narrows. -- Photo Bounthan

1. University graduates face uphill battle in job market
While the latest batch of National University of Laos graduates celebrate their achievement, they are faced with the sobering reality of low prospects in immediate employment. More >>>

2. Official: villagers given compensation in line with regulations
Villagers whose land was used to build a casino and airport in the northwestern province of Bokeo have been awarded full compensation in accordance with the government's policy, senior government officials have confirmed. More >>>

3. Laos to promote energy potential
Laos will use the 32nd Asean Ministe rs on Energy Meeting (AMEM) to promote the potential it has for energy development, especially hydropower plants, and hydropower co nnectivity within the region. More >>>

4. Healthcare law aims to improve health services
The government has approved the healthcare law amendment, which aims to improve healthcare services for the multi-ethnic Lao people and enable Laos to better integrate with the region and the world. More >>>

Textbooks for students nationwide before academic year starts
Primary and secondary school students around the country will have textbooks before the start of the new academic year on September 1 to make learning easier for them, as they can use the texts to improve and develop their basic skills and knowledge. More >>>


August 29, 2014
- NA members confer on 35th AIPA preparations
National Assembly (NA) members and the organising committee of the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) discussed content preparations for the event in readiness for the regional assembly set for September 14-20. More >>>
- Sangthong folk savour benefits of development
Shops selling food have sprung up like mushrooms in Vientiane's Sangthong district now that more roads have been built in the area in recent years. More >>>
- Vientiane province undecided on solar streetlights
Vientiane province administration may consider installing solar powered street lighting along roads in its new capital if the system works well and helps the authorities to save money. More >>>
- Borikhamxay police catch major drug trafficker
Borikhamxay Provincial Drug Control Police seized almost 600 kilograms of dry cannabis being transported by a Fortuner SUV in the province last week. More >>>

August 28, 2014
- Traffic conditions to be broadcast live on radio
Traffic conditions during the morning and evening rush hours will now be reported via public security radio on FM 101.5Mhz starting next Monday in an effort to reduce traffic jams in Vientiane. More >>>
- Damages to rice fields still unclear after flooding
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry still doesn't know how many hectares of rice need to be rehabilitated after the recent flash flooding incidents. More >>>
- Criminal cases for January to June reported
Throughout the country police were able to solve more than 2,000 criminal cases and seize large quantities of drugs in the first six months of this year. More >>>

August 27, 2014
- Experts tackle child labour issues
Guaranteeing school enrolment, law enforcement and building of public awareness on child labour are keys to preventing it from occurring in society. More >>>
- Lack of street lighting sparking concerns about social ills 
The streetlights along many Vientiane roads and streets are broken, causing the city to be plunged into darkness and sparking concerns about rising social ills in the capital. More >>>
- Vientiane drug committees push forward free drug announcements
The Vientiane Committees for Drug Control together with local officials are working urgently to address drug problems in several villages of the capital, aiming towards announcing it as a drug free city next year. More >>>
- Lao Red Cross needs more blood donors
Lao Red Cross is requesting more blood donors to boost its supplies in the country to meet the growing demand of society.
According to an official from the Lao Red Cross Blood Transfusion Centre, Dr Khamchan Khammanivong, they were unable to supply enough blood to meet the growing demand of people in need in Laos. More >>>

August 26, 2014
- Lao NA's role to be enhanced at AIPA
The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) will contribute to further enhancing the profile of Laos in the international arena, notably the role and reputation of the National Assembly (NA). More >>>
Nayobai Bank's loan rate is low, deputy bank governor says
The interest rates levied on loans granted by the Nayobai Bank are low in comparison with rates offered by other commercial banks, a deputy governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR has confirmed. More >>>
Nam Nern Night Safari expands tours, attract visitors
Nam Nern Night Safari, located in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Projected Area in Huaphan province, is offering new services for tourists after the success of their night time wildlife safari. More >>>
Locals ask for more cooperation fighting fires
Local people are asking for more cooperation between fireman and electricity officials to expedite fire fighting response times. More >>>

August 25, 2014
- HIV cases steadily increase in Laos: Health expert
The number of new HIV cases has steadily increased at an estimated three new infections a day, or around 1,000 cases each year showing there is little reason for complacency, even though current HIV prevalence is relatively low. . More >>>
- New irrigation law to boost development
The development of the irrigation sector aiming to expand the sustainability of agriculture and improve rural livelihoods is still lacking in effectiveness as the allocation of responsibilities on each level remains unclear. . More >>>
- Savannakhet set to develop Mekong riverside
Authorities in Savannakhet province expect to start the construction of an embankment project in Kaysone Phomvihane district at the end of this year. . More >>>
- Australia-Asean crew prepares for boat racing festival
As a local initiative in Laos to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of Asean-Australia relations, the Australian Embassy in Vientiane is assembling a multi-country crew to compete in the annual boat racing festival on October 9. . More >>>

August 22, 2014
- Children share their story as part of development progress
World Vision Laos allocated places for community children to voice and share their hopes with its senior management team at a forum on Wednesday. More >>>
- Laos undertakes surveillance for Ebola
T he Ministry of Health held a press conference this week to prepare precautionary measures against Ebola, with the outbreak in the West African countries having killed more than 1,000 people since August 16. More >>>
- Non-secured farmers can access bank loans, official says
People who do not have any security of tenure over their land can also access loans from the Agriculture Promotion Bank if they are members of certain farmer groups. More >>>
- Champassak flood victims need more support
Thousands of households in Soukhouma and Pakxe district of Champassak province are still in dire need of assistance after being hit by flash flooding earlier this month. More >>>
- Lao students receive scholarships to study in Korea
The government of the Republic of Korea has awarded the 2014 Global Korea Scholarships (GKS) to eight brilliant Lao students to study for master's and doctoral degrees at universities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). More >>>

August 21, 2014
- Laos donates to aid China earthquake victims
Laos has donated more than one billion kip through the Chinese Embassy in Vientiane for the victims of the earthquake, which shook Yunnan province in China recently. More >>>
- Lao strengthens action plan for people with disabilities
Health officials in Laos have joined a two-day forum this week regarding the formation of a disability inclusive health and rehabilitation action plan for 2015-20, in order to support people living with disabilities. More >>>
- That Luang Marsh road to convert land into capital
The construction of an 11km highway in Vientiane from Donnokhoum village in Sisattanak district which links to the 450 Year Road will still proceed under the policy of turning land into capital. More >>>
- Luang Namtha youth learn about reproductive health
Rural girls in Laos often struggle to access information and the rate of adolescent pregnancy is continuing to rise in rural areas; these concerns were the focus of a reproductive health workshop in Luang Namtha province recently. More >>>

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New propaganda head assumes post

- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
- Driving to Sangthong now quicker and easier

- Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing
Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon
PM pushes for more rice seed studies plap plap
Age-old Japanese cuisine comes to Laos
Calls for help going unanswered, foundation laments
Govt aims to deal with land disputes
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Lao economy stable: analyst
Laos is able to maintain macro economic stability despite rising concerns over public debt management, according to a senior economist. More >>>


Lao performers play role promoting Asean culture
The Department of Performing Arts has confirmed that the Lao Performance Troupe will play a growing and important role in strengthening and promoting cultural exchange with other Asean member nations especially at re gional events.More >>>


Drug addicts fight for a new chance at life
The crackling voices on the low volume television are the only link the group of youngsters at Somsanga Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Vientiane have with the outside world. More >>>

World news

32 seriously injured as ferry catches fire in waters off Jakarta, Indonesia
JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- As many as 32 people suffering from serious wounds have been rushed to hospitals after a ferry's engine caught fire on Wednesday in waters off Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, an official said here. More >>>


What do you plan to do after graduating?
Graduation from university or college is a great milestone in the lives of students. For many of them it also marks the start of their earnest job hunting. However, many worry about their career prospects in a crowded employment market. Vientiane Times asked several newly graduated students for their plans. More >>>


Lao national team to face team play fair Brazil
The Lao national football team is gearing up to challenge Team Play Fair Brazil in a friendly match at Chao Anouvong Stadium in Vientiane at 5pm on September 13. More >>>


Bolaven jungle:  Adventure, conservation and health W hen trekking through the jungles of the Bolaven Plateau, tourists not only get the chance to spot local wildlife, relax and unwind in the natural environment but also an ...More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Remote family succeeds in wiping out poverty
Bending over all day, every day planting, tending to and then harvesting his crop of rice was not enough to change the living standards of Mr Houmphan Phanyathong and his family so they decided they. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Horkhoa Padapdin festival honours ancestors
A woman known to everyone as Aunt Chansy, sits on a comfortable sofa in the living room as she recounts a drama she once saw to her two sons and one daughter so that they can understand the importance of. . . . . 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 >>>


Farmers advised to vaccinate cattle in flooded areas

The National Animal Health Centre is advising cattle owners in flooded areas of Champassak, Savannakhet, Saravan and Attapeu provinces to get their animals vaccinated against haemorrhagic fever. . More >>>


Countryside days catching crabs yield cries of joy and painJep khee, jep khee ” is not a pleasant term to hear in Laos, translating roughly to “shit! that hurts!” in English but it is an accurate reflection of the pain young people feel when they are ... .More >>>


Children breathe our garbage
Imagine if the trillions of plastic shopping bags produced around the world were to magically disappear after a single use. Could you imagine how much cleaner and more beautiful our world would be? . . More >>>

AIPA Special

AIPA during its 29 years as AIPO

There are four more weeks before the National Assembly will host the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which will be held in Vientiane from September 14-20.
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