May 14, 2018

Russian geologists to unlock Nong Fa Lake’s mineral mysteries

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- Laos, China extend cooperation
Laos and China have agreed to enhance their economic, trade and technical cooperation, including cooperation in mega projects involving the two countries.
The agreement follows on from the ninth meeting of the Laos-China Joint Committee on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation held in Vientiane on Friday, co-chaired by Minister of Industry and Commerce Mrs Khemmani Pholsena and Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce Ms Gao Yan..... More >>>

- Xieng Khuang appeals for help after 32 houses gutted in fire
Authorities in Xieng Khuang and other provinces are providing assistance to homeless families in Sanfaen village, Kham district, after 32 houses burnt down in a fire last week. Officials are seeking funding to pay for much-needed construction equipment so people can build new homes. “We are appealing for money and looking for construction equipment and essentials such as food and clothing,” Deputy Governor of Kham district, Ms Bounmy Somphansouk, toldVientiane Times yesterday.. More >>>

- Minister names new measures to improve ease of doing  business
Procedures have been streamlined in a bid to speed up the approval of investment proposals by businesses and enable them to register more quickly.
The move is aimed at improving the ease-of-doing business (EDB) environment in Laos. The registration of a business is one of the 10 indicators used by the World Bank to assess the EDB in countries across the world. . More >>>

- Hadxaifong flood mitigation scheme ahead of schedule
The contractor undertaking a project to mitigate the effects of weather extremes in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane, expects the work to be completed ahead of schedule and meet the targets.
The project includes the expansion of irrigation for farmers’ crops, building an embankment along the Mekong River as far as the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge to prevent flooding, and improving early warning weather systems, the Pasaxon newspaper reported on Friday.....More >>>

- Russian geologists to unlock Nong Fa Lake’s mineral mysteries
A Russian team that recently gathered rock samples from Nong Fa Lake in Sanxay district, Attapeu province, is currently having them analysed by geologists in Russia, according to a provincial official.
Head of the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Ms Bounnan Bounnaseng, told Vientiane Times on Friday that the Russian team of divers discovered the interesting rock samples while exploring the depths of the lake...More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia
Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13...More >>>

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- Asean officials explore benefits of community-based tourism
Twenty representatives from the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism learned more about community participation in tourism during a three-day workshop in Cambodia last week.
The workshop, aimed at the training of trainers and disseminating the Asean Community-Based Tourism (CBT) Standard, took place in Siem Reap province from May 9-11. It also drew participants from Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China....More >>>

-Xayaboury takes measures to improve pharmacy operations
Xayaboury provincial Health Department will close pharmacies found to be violating the regulations of the Food and Drug Department of the Ministry of Health.
Last year, the department found that some pharmacies were breaking the regulations by allowing shop assistants who were not qualified pharmacists to sell medicines. They were asked to step in when the pharmacy owners left the shop for a break. ...More >>>

- Vientiane court imprisons love triangle killers
The Vientiane People’s Court recently handed down lengthy prison sentences to a young man and woman convicted in the killing of the young woman’s new partner.
The court sentenced Ms Omchai, 20, to 11 years in prison and fined her 3.5 million kip. Her former boyfriend, Mr Phetsakhone, 24, was given a 12 year sentence and fined 4.5 million kip, a court official told Vientiane Times last week. ... More >>>

- French NGO’s ongoing support gives heart to sick Lao children
French NGO Santé France Laos (SFL) or Health France Laos will continue to assist the health sector in Laos particularly children suffering from heart disease.
That was the message at a celebration ceremony attended recently by Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak.
The event was also attended by the Ambassador of France to Laos, Ms Claudine Ledoux, and several Lao children who had successfully received treatment.. ..More >>>


Breastfeeding benefits both mothers and babies
Sitting on a bamboo bed underneath her house, Ms Hom Sivilay, 26, happily explains the benefits of breastfeeding and how it has helped her two children grow up to be strong and healthy.    . .. More >>>


Forest provides village girls with second home and jobs
Girls who live in rural or remote areas commonly drop out of school because their parents believe it’s better that they stay at home to help with the housework and take care of their children after they get married. .. More >>>


Korean scholarship awardee shares her path to success
Things don’t happen by chance or luck. Success is achieved through diligence and constant effort. Ms Metkham Akhalath, 24, is an example of how success can be achieved through diligence. She won a master’s degree scholarship in Political Science and Diplomacy in South Korea from 2016-2019... .. . . . . More >>>


Singer Phetdavone’s star shines bright in Laos
After winning a recent television singing contest in Thailand, Ms Phetdavone Khammanivong has changed dramatically and has received many offers in Laos to showcase her skills and talents... More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . More >>>


Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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Davita Boutique Hotel, the hot new place in Luang Prabang
If you’re visiting Luang Prabang and looking for a three-star hotel with reasonable rates and great service, the Davita Boutique Hotel may be just the right choice for you. ... More >>>


Ginseng farmers seek international marketsGrowers of what is commonly called the “Dakcheung herb” in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, are on the lookout for export markets after local authorities confirmed the quality of the plant was good enough for export.. .. More >>>


Laos’ top tailors dress nation’s entrant in Miss Tourism Queen International  
Miss Tourism Queen Laos 2018 Varissara Thangsouvanh has called on her fans and people across the country to cheer for her success at the Miss Tourism Queen International 2018 pageant being held in Thailand. ...More >>>


Vietnamese tourists charmed by Huaphan
The city pillar (keo lak meuang) in Huaphan province in the most northern part of Laos is now a major tourist attraction for the Vietnamese.
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World news

Mahathir to pursue 1MBD investigation, bans Najib leaving Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur (Kyodo News) -- Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday he will act quickly to free up the Malaysian government investigation into alleged massive looting of a government...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 role does a family unit play in society?
International Day of Families is observed on May 15. Along with other countries, organisations in Laos hold activities to mark the day. Families are the basic unit of society and can create ...More >>>


Cyclists lend muscle to work of Red Cross
More than 300 cyclists from Vientiane gathered on Saturday morning for a 26-km ride to celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (May 8)..... More >>>

Dining Out

Cooking sticky rice to perfection
Sticky rice is a very simple name for the staple grain of Laos and the nation’s most popular food item. It has been an essential part of Lao life from generation to generation and no meal is eaten without it.. . . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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