January 8, 2018

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- Govt approves more funds for road building in Xaysomboun
The government has approved a budget of 60 billion kip for 2018 to pay for ongoing road projects in Xaysomboun province and ensure they are completed as planned.
Under the arrangement, installments will be paid to the contractors this year to enable them to fast-track construction of the three roads costing 924 billion kip, which will link Xaysomboun to other provinces.. .... More >>>

- Oudomxay prepares Chom Ong cave for visitors
Oudomxay provincial authorities are improving the over-40km road running from the provincial capital to Chom Ong cave in Xay district as well as the facilities around the site. Chitchareune Construction Co., Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in November last year to undertake the project, with work to take 27 months from November 2017 to February 2020. The project is being funded by the Asian Development Bank at a cost of more than 108 billion kip (US$13 million), provincial authorities said. .. .. More >>>

- Lancang-Mekong countries set to enhance cooperation
Leaders of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries will hold talks this week in Cambodia aiming to enhance cooperation among the six nations. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will lead a Lao delegation to the 2nd LMC Leaders’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.. .. More >>>

- Health ministry targets MDG, SDG success
The Ministry of Health will focus on four aspects of health and 10 health indicators for 2018, aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2020 and Sustainable Development Goals in 2025. The four health fields consist of hygiene and health promotion, communicable diseases, treatment, and health insurance. ... More >>>

- Modelling agency partners with volunteer group to raise funds for rural school
Jai Houam Jai, the First Modelinglao Agency and the Hongsa district Education and Sport Office are appealing for donations from the public to support the construction of new buildings for Pak Houay Yang Secondary School in Xayaboury province.
A representative of Jai Houam Jai and First Modelinglao Agency, Mr Saksun Saisananh, who attended a recent survey by a team from the Hongsa district Education and Sports Office, said the proposed construction site was examined from November 5-7.... More >>>

- Huge timber haul up for tender in Xieng Khuang
A huge quantity of wood, including 61 cubic metres of maidou (Pterocarpus macrocarpus), a valuable hardwood, and more than 1,500 cubic metres of mailongleng (Canninghamia sinensis) will be put up for tender today in Xieng Khuang province. 
According to an official from the province’s Department of Industry and Commerce, the bidding process will open at 2 pm. .... More >>>

More news stories

- Illiteracy still a challenge to development
The number of illiterate people in Laos remains a challenge for the government as it continues to promote non-formal education among children aged 6-14 and adults aged 15-40.
Major issues include students receiving education irregularly and insufficient educational materials, while many children and adults are not attending the non-formal education school programme organised by the Non-Formal Education Department, according to a report delivered by the department at the 2017 Nationwide Meeting of Education and Sports Administrations..... More >>>

- Respiratory complaints top Children’s Hospital ailment list
Respiratory conditions are among the top health issues affecting young patients at the Children’s Hospital, according to its deputy director.
In 2017, the hospital treated and issued advice to about 100,000 children with the common cold, throat infections, pneumonia and other seasonal bugs being the most frequent complaints...... More >>>

- Hospitality teachers get training boost in Singapore
Some 20 technical college teachers recently upgraded their skills in hospitality and hotel services in Singapore in a bid to improve standards in the tourism sector during Visit Laos Year 2018.
The project aims to strengthen the competency of teachers in housekeeping, front office and restaurant operations, which they will share with their peers at Lao colleges. The project was supported by the Singapore government under a project run by Temasek Foundation International (TFI) and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Education Services, according to the Singapore Embassy to Laos..... More >>>


Playing outdoor games could improve children’s eyesight
This is the era of technology and parents often buy smartphones for their children. But playing games on smartphones in places without adequate light could make the children vulnerable to short-sightedness.. . . 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 >>>


Parents key to boosting children’s literacy
Ms Mone Xaylamphanh, a 27-year-old mother, believes the Literacy Boost activities run by Save the Children can help parents and caregivers to see the value of education and understand how they can play a part in their children’s education.. . . . More >>>


Lowly soldier becomes prominent businessman 
Working hard to overcome difficulties was the well of strength that enabled a Second Lieutenant to become a businessman and eventually a millionaire in Khammuan province...... More >>>

Arts & Culture

City pillar celebration serves to preserve Xekong’s traditions
The people of Xekong province joyfully took part in the Sao Lakmeuang festival over the weekend to celebrate their city pillar, an important event for them as it served to showcase their special traditions and lifestyle.. . 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 >>>



Mandalao: offering the best in elephant welfare
The conservation of wildlife in Laos is hard work and all of the animals that inhabit forests are at risk as the wildlife trade is thriving, both here and overseas...... More >>>


Lao exporters now self-certifying product origin to EU
Lao exporters can now self-certify their products’ country of origin to the EU, Norway and Switzerland under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) which provides developing countries with preferential access to the EU market through reduced tariffs.....More >>>


Lao Star Channel set to shine brighter in 2018
The Lao Star Channel will improve and diversify the content of its programmes in 2018 to attract more viewers, the channel’s General Manager, Mr Lianthong Maphanthavong, said on Friday. .. 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

Jordan urges unified Arab efforts to deal with Trump’s Jerusalem move
AMMAN (Xinhua) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan on Saturday called for intensified Arab efforts to support the Palestinians following a decision by US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the state-run Petra news agency reported....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 are Xekong province’s development plans?
Xekong is a small southern province that is very beautiful and has great potential for development because of its abundant natural resources and tourist attractions. .. ... More >>>


LFF selects U-16 footballers for exchange programme
The Lao Football Federation (LFF) is assembling an U-16 squad to compete in the Japan-Asean U-16 Football Exchange Programme in Miyazaki province, Japan, from March 6-15...More >>>

Dining Out

Guang Dong restaurant serves up true taste of dim sum
With the buzz of noisy Chinese conversation surrounding me, I could hear a soft question coming from a family sitting in front of me at a Chinese restaurant in central Vientiane.. ... . More >>>

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