What are your impressions working as a volunteer in flood-hit Sanamxay district?
The collapse of the Xe Pian- Xe Namnoy hydropower project saddle dam in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province on July 23 triggered devastating floods that caused severe damage and impacted thousands of people.

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- What can we do to end conflicts in society?
Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone... More >>>
- How can Lao entrepreneurs benefit from CAEXPO 2018?
The 15th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO 2018) held during September 12-15 at Nanning in China provided business opportunities to numerous companies. This year’s event had more than 5,000 booths set up by more than 2,500 enterprises, including 82 booths from 52 Lao companies. .. More >>>
- As a homeless flood victim, are you happy with the help you’ve received?
The collapse of a dam in Attapeu province on July 23 led to devastating floods that caused severe damage in 13 villages and impacted thousands of people. The government, organisations and individuals inside and outside the country donated money and relief materials for those who have been left homeless. .. More >>>
- What can be done to ensure school food is clean, nutritious and affordable?
Children across the country have begun their new academic year. Some schools don’t allow students to go home for lunch or buy outside food meaning they have to bring their own or purchase it at school... More >>>
- What can we do to reduce pollution and damage to the ozone layer?
September 16 is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. As in other countries, authorities in Laos are organising activities to mark the day. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on ways to preserve the ozone layer and protect our environment... More >>>
- Issues underpinning major global problems
Governments around the world have initiated a number of development programmes and in recent years more and more effort has gone into ensuring that the global economy is directed along a sustainable path. But despite strong political commitment from world leaders, many countries have been unable to make significant progress in their initiatives, for example, in slowing and mitigating the effects of climate change.  As a result, many countries around the world are suffering from natural disasters, including floods. . More >>>
- How can we clean up our surroundings to ensure a world without garbage?
To mark World Clean-up Day on September 15, Vientiane Times asked some people for their thoughts about the status of garbage management in Laos, and what should be done to clean up their homes, the country and the world, and to protect the environment... More >>>
- Laos shares cultural experiences at China-Asean forum
Laos is raising its profile by highlighting its cultural assets on regional and international stages, with Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Savankhone Razmountry yesterday sharing experiences and lessons learnt at a regional forum held in China... More >>>
- How can we inspire young people to take an interest in agriculture?
Industry is growing in Laos, along with the associated world of information technology, which is seizing young people’s imagination and bringing them into the modern world. This line of work is a far more attractive proposition than farming, which is hard work and does not always guarantee returns. This trend means people are shunning the land for office work, and agriculture is going into decline. Vientiane Times asked some local folk for their thoughts on how we could encourage more young people to take up agriculture... More >>>
- What should be done to prevent the illegal hunting and sale of wild animals?
Although the hunting and sale of endangered wild animals is illegal, reports of illicit activities occur almost every day. Vientiane Times asked members of the public what they think about the current status of wildlife preservation in Laos and what should be done to protect animals and their habitat... More >>>
- What can we do to support intellectual property rights?
The end product of human innovation is recognised through intellectual property rights, which are accorded to the individuals and groups who use their creative qualities to create a product that is unique and should not be reproduced or copied,.. More >>>
- Should we ban smartphones in schools?
Vientiane Secondary School has made some new rules this year to ensure students pay more attention in class. One of their moves has been to ban the use of smartphones,
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- What role has your organisation played in the flood relief effort in Attapeu?
Over the past month since the collapse of a dam in Attapeu province, people who lost their homes in the resulting flood have been living in temporary shelters... More >>>
- UK renews support for UXO clearance in Laos
During my very recent first visit to Laos, I was briefed by the Mine Action Group (MAG) and The Halo Trust (HALO) about the state of UXO clearance in Laos, and I spent an insightful visit to the UXO Lao Visitor Centre in Luang Prabang to learn about UXO clearance operations. .. More >>>
- What should be done to ensure worldwide access to education?
Education is essential because it is the foundation of progress, civilisation and development. Recognising this, organisations worldwide are working to ensure.. More >>>
- What do you think of the media coverage of the Sanamxay flood?
After a flood devastated Sanmaxay district in Attapeu province in late July, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism set up a media centre in the area and arranged for teams from state-run media outlets,.. More >>>
- How are you coping with the floods?
The Nam Ngum river has burst its banks and many houses in Saendin village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane, which is home to about 1,355 people, have been flooded and 1,300 hectares of farmland are submerged... More >>>
- Smartphones banned in some schools
The 2018-2019 academic year began on Monday and it’s interesting to note that some schools in Vientiane have announced they will not allow students to bring smartphones to class. Smartphones have many functions including the downloading and installation of games and online chat applications. Schools are looking to enforce this measure because they are concerned smartphones will disturb learning and teaching in class.. More >>>
- What do you see as being the meaning of charity?
Charitable organisations are present in almost every country, working to help people who are poor, ill or disadvantaged in some way. These groups reach out to wider society and provide invaluable services. To mark International Day .. More >>>
- What is the right approach to aid poor nations?
Poverty reduction is recognised as one of the world’s top priorities. In 2000, all members of the United Nations (UN) reached a universal consensus on the global poverty reduction targets. The UN-led initiatives focused on eight development goals, which were to be achieved by 2015.  The adoption of these goals not only encourages poor nations to align their national development plans with global transformation initiatives but also provides a framework for developed nations and donors to intervene in order to free their neighbours from poverty.  . More >>>
- What can we do to ease traffic woes during the school year?
The first few days of September mark the start of a new school year. This brings with it a flood of extra vehicles, especially in Vientiane. Vientiane Times asked some people for their thoughts on ways to reduce congestion on the roads and how to encourage safe driving... More >>>
- How can we ensure crop prices don’t skyrocket after floods have inundated so much farmland?
This year’s floods have wiped out large swathes of farmland and many people are concerned that food prices will rise as a result of short supply. Vientiane Times asked people around the country for their views on this worrying prospect... More >>>
- Why is reading so important?
Students and members of the public enjoyed reading and collecting some of the 3,500 English books offered at a Book Festival held at the National Library this week, hosted by the Singapore Ambassador to Laos... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on the painting auction to raise money for the Attapeu flood victims?
More than 70 Lao and Thai artists organised an auction of their paintings in support of flood victims in Attapeu province at two art galleries in Vientiane. The charity auction featured a number of donated artworks and US$2,500 has. .. More >>>
- What can we do to protect ourselves against water-borne diseases?
The heavy rains over many days have resulted in floods in many provinces. The water level in some places has returned to normal but some houses.. More >>>
- Worries about food supplies after the floods
Natural disasters pose a threat to people in many parts of Laos and authorities are scrambling to carry our relief and repair operations in provinces that have been affected by floods...... More >>>



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