June 9, 2018

Poverty Reduction Fund extends support for rural development

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- Drug trade widespread despite crackdown, minister says
The trade in illegal drugs and the abuse of drugs is widespread and is poised to increase, despite efforts to suppress the scourge, a minister told the National Assembly (NA) yesterday.
Major General Somkeo Silavong was responding to questions raised by members of parliament at the ongoing 5th ordinary session of the NA’s 8th Legislature, which runs until June 28. ... More >>>

- Australian alumni drive improved human resource management
Australian alumni are working to support the professional development of over 150 human resource managers in Laos, with the second National Human Resource Forum held recently in Vientiane.
According to the Australian Embassy in Vientiane, designed and managed by Australian alumni from Enterprise Development Consultants and Karuna.... More >>>

- Prime Minister to attend int’l conference in Japan
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will lead a Lao delegation to attend the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, on June 11-12.
Organised by Nikkei Inc, the annual conference will take the theme “Keeping Asia Open – How to Achieve Prosperity and Stability”. .. More >>>

- Poverty Reduction Fund extends support for rural development
The Poverty Reduction Fund is carrying out over 300 sub-projects this year, spending 94 billion kip to improve rural infrastructure, strengthen communities, and boost household livelihoods.
The projects were highlighted in a report presented during a meeting of Poverty Reduction Fund officials and media agencies in Vientiane on Friday. Present at the meeting was the Fund’s Executive Director, Mr Chit Thavixay.. 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 >>>

More news stories

- WHO awards Laos for efforts to curb smoking
The Ministry of Health will continue to work with international partners to reduce tobacco smoking in Laos even though there has been some success in this field. Tobacco is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases. To address this, every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises individuals or organisations for ..More >>>

- Xekong adds caves to list of tourist attractions
Xekong provincial authorities have identified two caves in Lamam district called Tham Ongkeo and Tham Ongtor for development as visitor attractions. An official from the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Chanthaboun Tharongsengchanh, told Vientiane Times local authorities had ..More >>>

- Singaporean university hands over school facilities in Vientiane province
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore under its Overseas Exposure Programme (OEP) is continuing to help improve education facilities in Laos through community service. NTU on Wednesday presented an building annex to Nong Luang Primary School in Hinheub district, Vientiane province after 250 undergraduate students participated in the community service project since 2015... More >>>

- Ministry urges people of all ages to apply for birth certificates
The Ministry of Home Affairs is aiming for 70 percent of Lao adults and newborns to obtain birth certificates from local authorities by the year 2024. In support of this target, the National Committee for the Advancement of Women and Mother-Child in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs last week set up .. More >>>


Better hand hygiene enhances safety at healthcare facilities  
Promoting good hand hygiene is one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance the safety and quality of health care facilities. Good hand hygiene – including among patients and health workers – helps stop the . .. More >>>


Age-old traditions sustain Bokeo fishermen
On a broad swathe of the Mekong River in Phonsavang village, there is an island where local fishermen have built a small hut so they can shelter from the rain and take a nap when they feel tired... More >>>


Lao woman pioneers social development through Global Shapers Vientiane Hub
Ms Kannika Inthaxoum, 26, from Haisok village in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane, has been selected as a member of the Global Shapers Vientiane Hub (GSV), which creates activities that encourage young people to stay away from drugs. . . . More >>>


From employee to company shareholder
Sitting before a computer screen in her office, the Deputy Managing Director of Burapha Agro-Forestry Company, MsSouphayvanhThiengchanhxay, 50, explains the importance of tree plantations in creating jobs and protecting the environment.. ... More >>>


Lao businessman committed to making country greener
Come summer, when the temperature in Laos can shoot up to 40 degrees Celsius, one can see people making a beeline for trees so that they can rest under them or park their cars in the shade... More >>>


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.


Ice-cream refreshes life of young entrepreneur

Making ice-cream has helped Mr Anan Thongsavath to earn at least 1.6 million kip a day, resulting in his family becoming a model household in Phonphanao village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane... . 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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The Monsoon cruise: a must for visitors to 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 >>>


Xaysomboun to have large agro-tourism site
The government and the private sector will spend millions of kip to develop Xaysomboun’s Longxan district to be a large agricultural. .. More >>>


Former Miss Laos goes to new heights for TV tourism programme
Miss Laos 2011 Thidalat Vongsili, who recently completely the first episode of a programme called “Tamnam” to promote tourism which was broadcast on social media, is now working on the second episode....More >>>


Student volunteers dream of decent education at rural schools
Children are the foundation of the future and will build on the knowledge and examples that we pass on to them, so the success of our society in the future depends on how much we can give children today...More >>>

World news

London fights back against moped crimewave
(China Daily) -- London has experienced a huge rise in crimes committed by people riding mopeds in the last 12 months, police statistics have revealed....More >>>


Do officials need to increase checks of imported farm products at border crossings?
Businesses and those in involved in agriculture have urged the authorities to make closer checks of imported farm products, as they are considered an obstacle to attracting investment in and growth of the sector.
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Why does the illegal trade in timber persist?
This week a bus driven by a Vietnamese national was stopped at the Phoukeua international checkpoint between Laos and Vietnam where officials found 2 tonnes of illegally harvested timber concealed in the bus. . .More >>>


Lao Telecom, TVLao to broadcast World Cup
Football fans in Laos will be able to follow every match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia live on their smartphones and TVLao, with the tournament taking place from June 14 to July 15. ..More >>>

Dining Out

Top of the range restaurant offers one-stop taste of Indochina in Vientiane
Located in the heart of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Laos has diverse tourist attractions such as the world heritage town of Luang Prabang and the beautiful city of Vientiane, while the landlocked country also offers a variety of international cuisines.. . . 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. ... . More >>>

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