January 3, 2018

Hundreds to be compensated for losses when Vientiane expressway built

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- China injects 29b kip for Mekong-Lancang projects
The Chinese government has granted more than 29 billion kip (US$3.4 million) to finance 13 projects under the special Mekong-Lancang Cooperation fund.
An agreement was signed yesterday in Vientiane between Chinese Ambassador to Laos, Mr Wang Wentian, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Khampao Ernthavanh.... More >>>

- Xekong launches Visit Laos Year at colourful event
Xekong province on Sunday officially launched Visit Laos Year 2018 during a colourful ceremony that attracted a large number of people.
The ceremony, organised in front of the city pillar at Sao Lakmeuang park in Lamam district, coincided with the annual Sao Lakmeuang festival. Cultural performances representing different organisations and the ethnic groups of Xekong were part of the event.... More >>>

- Govt mulls fairer compensation policy for people affected by development projects
Property owners will receive fairer and more prompt compensation when they lose their land or buildings to make way for a development scheme, once a newly-drafted law is passed and promulgated, a policy developer has said.... More >>>

- Savannakhet turns spotlight on infrastructure development 
Improving the urban environment, notably roads and cleanliness, are the main focus of local authorities in seeking to make Savannakhet province more attractive and turn it into an economic hub within the region.
The changes are in the pipeline ahead of the planned upgrade of Kaysone Phomvihane provincial capital into a city, as well as to ready the town for Visit Laos Year 2018.
Authorities met with the local community and business operators last week to discuss the establishment of a fund to finance the upgrade of infrastructure and create a more hygienic environment in Kaysone Phomvihane district.... More >>>

- Ministry planning to curb teacher transfers 
The Ministry of Education and Sports plans to create a regulatory framework for government teachers, aiming to regulate teacher transfers to private schools while protecting the rights of students at government schools.
It is expected that the draft regulation will be presented to education authorities and the National Assembly next year.
The regulation states that teachers who want to work at private schools must seek permission from the authorities before they can proceed. .. More >>>

More news stories

- Twenty-seven die in nationwide accidents over New Year
A total of 27 people died and 280 were injured in 179 road accidents across the country during the New Year celebrations, which was more than last year, and Vientiane again topped the list of accident figures.
The statistics were recorded during the five days from December 28 to January 1, and compiled by the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security .. More >>>

- Tour operators eye rise in bookings
Tour companies expect to see a surge in bookings in the first three months of this year as more people are drawn to the country for Visit Laos Year 2018.
A representative of tour operators, Mr Kham Norlasing, said yesterday that tour group bookings had risen 20-25 percent over the last three months of 2017. ... More >>>

- Sikhottabong stupa festival to welcome visitors this month
The Boun Pha That Sikhottabong stupa festival will take place from January 25-31 in Thakhaek district, Khammuan province, amid celebrations for Visit Laos Year 2018, an official said yesterday.
Khammuan provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department official, Mr Panya Chanthalath, told Vientiane Times the festival will comprise multiple activities while visitors can also worship at the stupa.... More >>>

- Maliny Group funds new patient block at Mittaphab Hospital
Maliny Group Co., Ltd. is providing over 68 billion kip (US$8.2 million) for the construction of a patient block at Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane.
The project will be carried out in the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. The company has a 39-year concession with the option to extend the agreement if desired... More >>>


Ministry pursues efforts to improve nation’s health
Health problems are affecting efforts by Laos to rise above its status as a Least Developed Country in the next two years. . . . More >>>


Regional highway brings prosperity to Laos’ northwest
Almost 10 years after completion, the Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Route (R3) has changed people’s living standards for the better along the road thanks to increased trade, transport and tourism... More >>>


Schoolgirl shares her secrets of success
"Knowledge is like a candle, education is a bright future”. This slogan has inspired many people, especially students, who hope to have a better future through education.. . . . More >>>


Returnee determined to keep Savannakhet rubbish free
An American of Lao orgin who moved to the US with his family at the age of seven has since returned and carved out a successful business in the collection and disposal of garbage in Savannakhet province..... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Busan’s Asean Culture House promotes regional understanding in Korea
The Asean Culture House (ACH) not only enhances the Korean public’s understanding of the culture and society of Sout-East Asian countries but also helps visitors to learn more about their own rich culture. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Champassak family scales up income through fish farming

As her income from teaching was never enough to improve her family’s living standards, Ms Sengsavanh Synousit took to raising fish along the Mekong River to earn more money. .. . . More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>


Xamneua, the hidden city
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong...... More >>>


Laos to focus on cement exports, environmental protection
The government is considering a cement industry investment policy that will focus on foreign markets and protecting the environment....More >>>


Kaona Entertainment has exciting slate of releases for 2018
Kaona Entertainment Company has several projects and activities lined up for 2018, including the release of new music videos by its Managing Director, Mr Thepmahavixay Xaythirath, and other artists. . More >>>


The Year 2017 in Review
The year 2017 saw Laos make remarkable progress in national protection and development despite the global economic uncertainties. ..More >>>

World news

California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers will grapple for the first time as a group with a growing sexual misconduct scandal when they return to Sacramento on Wednesday....More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What can be done to ensure that food prices are affordable?
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce reports that the price of goods remained stable in 2017 but people say things are expensive compared to their income and household budgets are increasingly stretched. Vientiane Times asked some local consumers for their thoughts on the matter.... More >>>


Lao skipper joins Samutprakan FC
National football captain and defender Thotnilath Sibouheuang has joined Samutprakan FC, to compete in Thai League 4 Zone Bangkok this year.....More >>>

Dining Out

Improve your luck with laap
No matter where you are in Laos the most popular dish on special occasions is without doubt laap, a spicy and palate-pleasing mix of chopped . ... . More >>>

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