January 4, 2018

EU “closely following” protests in Iran: Mogherini

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- Govt issues decree on allowances for disadvantaged schoolchildren
The government has announced a decree to promote education equality between children in towns and rural communities by supporting outstanding primary and secondary students who lack opportunities to pursue their studies. Details of the decree on allowances for school-aged children, issued on December 15, were outlined at the recent 2017 Nationwide Meeting of Education and Sports Administrations... More >>>

- Oudmxay to spotlight temple, resort, ethnic festival for Visit Laos Year
The Singkham Buddha temple, Nam Kat Yorlapa Resort and an ethnic festival will be the highlights of Oudomxay province’s programme for Visit Laos Year 2018. Director of the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Phonsavanh Phanthavichit, told Vientiane Times yesterday, these places and events would get top billing during the year.
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- Remove barriers to business, tour operators urge government
Tour operators have called for the government to remove a number of barriers they are facing in order to boost the industry and increase tourist arrivals. One of their main complaints is that they have to apply for permission from the tourism sector and the police in charge of tourism affairs before bringing in their customers, even though the government has said it would do away with this complicated procedure... More >>>

- EU “closely following” protests in Iran: Mogherini
BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is “closely following” the situation in Iran, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement late Tuesday. The EU top diplomat said the EU “is closely following the ongoing demonstrations in Iran, the increase of violence and the unacceptable loss of human lives.”.. More >>>

- Vientiane kicks off Visit Laos Year with a bang
Vientiane officially initiated Visit Laos Year 2018 at Chao Anouvong Park on New Year’s Eve, drawing attention to Laos’ charms in a truly international spotlight.
The authorities capitalised on the occasion and location as the sun sank dramatically over the Mekong while a photo exhibition depicted the best of the capital’s tourist attractions and cultural icons, the Vientiane Mai newspaper reported on Tuesday... More >>>

- Overweight penalties decline at Luang Namtha truck checkpoint
Overweight penalties collected at the Nateuy checkpoint in Luang Namtha province have declined with overloaded trucks making up 9.34 percent of total freight passing through the gateway last year compared to 34.3 percent in 2016... More >>>

More news stories

- Meeting mulls decree on agriculture cooperatives
Members of cooperatives from local communities and the Agriculture Department recently met in Vientiane to discuss improvements to the Prime Ministerial Decree on Cooperatives. The decree aims to assist small commercial entrepreneurs collectively, allowing them to be competitive, cooperate with each other, boost commercial production, contribute to the alleviation of poverty, and improve living conditions... More >>>

- Govt planning to irrigate 160,000 hectares of crops
The government wants irrigation systems to deliver water to 160,000 hectares to ensure sufficient crops are grown this dry season. The target is for irrigated water to be supplied to 95,000 hectares of rice and to 65,000 hectares of other crops. Farmers around the country are currently preparing their land and sowing rice seeds. They have planted out 7,389 hectares or 8 percent of the planned area, the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reported... More >>>

- Cannabis, amphetamines top list of drugs seized in 2017
Cannabis and amphetamines were the most frequently confiscated items during a police crackdown on the drug trade in 2017, accounting for 80 percent of all drugs seized. According to statistics from the Drug Prevention and Control Department of the Ministry of Public Security, in 2017 amphetamines were by far the largest component of the drug haul by police... 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 >>>


Fisherman recounts tale of changing fortunes
In the early morning when the sun is still hiding behind the hills and clouds, the Mekong is shrouded in mist so it’s not easy to see things on the river. But a small boat can be seen moving slowly along the riverbank, although it’s not immediately clear what the boatman’s intentions are... 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 >>>


Trade surplus set to increase by over 10 percent in 2018
The government expects that the value of exports and imports this year will increase by 10.5 percent or a trade surplus of US$37 million compared to last year...More >>>


Lao singer strikes a chord in Thai TV contest
Lao singer Xaypaseuth (Jackky), the winner of the Beerlao Band Challenge 2016, surprised his Lao and Thai fans with his recent performance during season 6 of The Voice Thailand in Bangkok.
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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

EU’s Brexit negotiators can’t cherry-pick: UK minister
LONDON (Xinhua) -- Brexit minister David Davis said Tuesday negotiators in Brussels cannot cherry pick terms of a new trade deal with Britain...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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How are the people of Xekong planning to welcome visitors?
Xekong is a small province in southern Laos that is very beautiful and has great potential to attract tourists. 2018 is Visit Laos Year and the province expects to receive about 50,000 tourists and earn about US$8.5 million... More >>>


More teams keen to register for Lao Premier League
Eight football teams have expressed interest in competing in the Lao Premier League 2018 running from the middle of February to July after last year’s league featured six teams.
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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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