January 10, 2018

Weathermen predict another cold snap

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- Vice President calls for reinforced governance, public administrationVice President Phankham Viphavanh has called for the reinforcement of state governance, public administration and social management by discouraging the selfish use of authority.  Mr Phankham made the call in his address at the annual national home affairs meeting, which began yesterday and was chaired by Minister of Home Affairs Khammanh Sounvileuth... More >>>

- Xayaboury rice festival attracts record crowd
Phieng district, Xayaboury province: Over 1,000 people from Laos and other countries gathered here yesterday for the start of the colourful Great Rice Stack Festival (Boun Kong Khao Yai).
This is the eighth edition of the festival, which celebrates the district’s longstanding rice-growing tradition. ... More >>>

- WFP commits to further support for school meals programme
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reiterated its commitment to support the Ministry of Education and Sports throughout the process of handing over the school meals programme to the government.
The WFP will also provide technical assistance once the handover is complete. The agency voiced its support during a workshop held this week in Vientiane where WFP staff and ministry officials met to discuss the forthcoming handover of the school meals programme... More >>>

- Airport bus service to start next week
A new shuttle bus service, operating between Wattay International Airport and the Talat Sao Mall central bus station using vehicles donated by Kyoto City Bus, will begin on January 18. Deputy Manager of the Vientiane City 2 Bus Service, Mr Sithiphon Chanthavong, said yesterday that shuttle buses will run daily from 9am until 10pm, following a trial run on Monday. Buses will leave every 40 minutes from the airport and central bus station with passengers charged 15,000 kip for a one way trip.. More >>>

- 18 entertainment venues to be moved further from university
As many as 18 entertainment venues will have to move from their location near the National University of Laos after they were deemed to be a distraction to students. The measure is part of the government’s so-called decision to relocate such places so they are at least 500 metres away from important offices and educational institutions. . More >>>
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- Luang Namtha improving under-five child health but challenges remain
Luang Namtha health authoritied have targeted the reduction of hunger and improved nutrition in 2018 through better access to health services for children under five.
But the province is battling a lack of budget to fund nutrition activities and build upon the successes of the past year, according to a health official.A nutritionist from the Luang Namtha health department, Dr Chintana Bounthaleuxay, updated Vientiane Times yesterday on ongoing initiatives aimed at ending hunger and improving nutrition. .. More >>>

- Weathermen predict another cold snap
The country is warned to prepare for a dip in temperatures as well as light rain and wind in some areas from January 9-14.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department warns that a cold front is spreading southwards from China and temperatures could drop by 3-5C in some places.
Cooler temperatures along with light rain and strong winds are expected in the northern provinces of Phongsaly, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang.The lowest temperatures will be experienced in mountainous areas, notably in Dakcheung district in Xekong province, Xaysomboun province, and the Bolaven Plateau.. More >>>

- Foot-and-mouth disease affects thousands of cattle in Huaphan
An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that began in November has affected at least 3,670 cows and buffalo in 35 villages of Viengxay district, Huaphan province.
So far, 112 animals have died, costing farmers almost 300 million kip.
An official at the agriculture and forestry office in Viengxay district, Mr Thiensone Xayasone, told Vientiane Times the disease had struck the district twice.The first outbreak occurred in 2011 when more than 2,000 cows and buffalo were affected and 80 died. .. 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 >>>


Kuangxi waterfall: a must see when in Luang Prabang
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 >>>


CIT Lao chairman receives French award National du Mérite
Chairman of Construction Investment and Technology (CIT) Lao, Mr Jos van Schaik, has received the French award National du Mérite in recognition of his outstanding performance in aviation..More >>>


Film, documentary contest to promote Visit Laos Year
Aspiring filmmakers will have a chance to show off their talent through a short film and documentary competition being launched by the Department of Cinema the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to promote Visit Laos Year 2018.. 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

Huge Philippine procession secured tightly amid terror fears
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security Tuesday after the Philippines came under a disastrous militant attack last year...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 issues would you like the government to address in 2018?
Vientiane Times hit the streets to learn about people’s concerns and how they think the government could improve their quality of life while also making changes to the way government officials operate.... More >>>


IDSEA Champassak FC, NUoL drop out of Lao League 2018
IDSEA Champassak FC and National University of Laos (NUoL) FC will not be competing in Lao Premier League 2018, which kicks off next month in Vientiane....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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