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July 15, 2017

Tunnelling ahead as Laos-China railway proceeds on track

 
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1. Govt steps up efforts toward rule of law
The government is gearing up efforts towards creating a society governed by the rule of law with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith calling an extraordinary meeting this week to debate drafted laws. Chaired by the prime minister, the one and a half day cabinet meeting closed yesterday after debating seven drafted laws that comprised five newly-drafted laws and two amendment-drafted laws. . . . . More >>>

2. 34 houses destroyed by fire in Saravan
Thirty-four houses in Arsingtai village, Samuay district, Saravan province, were engulfed in flames on Wednesday morning, resulting in losses of over 800 million kip. Deputy Samuay District Governor Mr VilaysackPhomphakdy told Vientiane Times on Friday that the fire occurred at 3am on Wednesday. Fortunately no one was injured in the inferno. Samuay district authorities and officials investigating the fire thought it started from a cooking fire. . More >>>

3. Public needs to closely follow weather forecasts
Motorists travelling to the northern provinces, especially along the road from Kasy district in Vientiane province to Nan district in Luang Prabang province, have been advised to use other routes because of the muddy condition of the road. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Meteorology and Hydrology Department issued the warning yesterday. Currently, about 200 metres of the road from Kasy to Nan has been covered by mud because of a landslide caused by heavy rainfall this week. . .More >>>

4. Tunnelling ahead as Laos-China railway proceeds on track
Construction of the Laos-China railway project is progressing as scheduled despite some work requiring a pause due to the rainy season, officials in charge said. Work on boring tunnels is carrying on, project coordinator for Luang Namtha province Mr Chanthachone Keolakhone told Vientiane Times via telephone on Wednesday. Mr Chanthachone said Lao and Chinese officials had worked hard to bore tunnel entrances before the rainy season so that rainfall would not delay construction. Naturally, work inside the tunnels can be carried out without little regard to weather conditions outside. . . More >>>

Home news

- Military medical cooperation for disaster relief across region discussed in capital
Asean Chiefs of Military Medicine and Young Asean Military Medical Officers met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss ways to enhance military medical cooperation in the region, especially for disaster relief. . .More >>>

- Govt promotes disabled people's development, full social participation
The first draft of the Strategy and Action Plan on People with Disabilities for 2017-2025 was discussed yesterday with aims to develop lifestyle improvements for disabled people and to promote their participation in the nation's social-economic development. . . .More >>>

- Disability insight as organisations welcome Aussies onboard
Australian volunteers with disabilities help strengthen the work of disabled people's organisations to improve opportunities for people with disabilities in Laos to participate in community life. . .More >>>

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Nutrition enhancement for women, children in Xieng Khuang Some 1,900 households in Phoukoud district, Xieng Khuang province now have better health, especially those with pregnant and lactating women and children under two years, through improved nutrition. More >>>

Travel

Tardxang waterfall attracts more visitors during Buddhist Lent
After Lao people across the country attended takbat (aims giving) ceremonies nationwide to welcome the beginning of Buddhist Lent (July 8), known locally as Khaophansa , they visited natural waterfalls to celebrate. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Coffee helps remote family banish poverty
Growing rice was difficult and unsuitable to improve living standards for Mr Bounkuay Manyvong's family, so they instead decided to grow coffee to sell which was the right job for them to earn money. .   . .. .. . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Holy Buddhist Lent marks a fine time to take a break from drinking alcohol
Many people around the country have made a plan to stop drinking alcohol during the Buddhist Lent period and they believe it will help them to be healthier, happier, and save money as well. ...More >>>

Environment

Climate Change threatens livelihoods in Laos
Climate change has become a buzz word in Laos. But do people really understand what the term means? This is the third of five articles in Vientiane Times, which explains by means of 10 FACTS the causes and effects of climate change and how Laos is coping with its impacts. Each article incorporates two FACTS. This article focuses on FACT 5 and FACT 6. . More >>>

 

 

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Business

HCM conference aiming to boost Vietnamese investment in Central Laos
Lao central provinces hope to encourage more Vietnamese business operators to invest in the tourism sector of their provinces. Almost 100 delegates from the governments and private sectors of Savannakhet, Khammuan, and Borikh amxay provinces. .More >>>

Entertainment

Lao model shares her experiences in Lao Super Model 2017 contest
Ms Lattana Munvilay or Daeng Lattana, 23, who became one of the models selected as one of the 10 finalists Lao Super Model 2017 contest, hopes that the contest will develop her modelling skills so that she can become a professional model in the years to come. . .More >>>

Feature

Xieng Khuang's local food products receive award at Lao-Viet Fair 2017
Lae Louk Meuang Phuan shop , a family-run business of Paek district in Xieng Khuang province specialising in local food and souvenir products ,was recently selected for a top award from among more than 130 booths at the Lao-Viet Fair 2017. . . .More >>>

World news

Curfew-like restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar
Srinagar (The Statesman) -- Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir imposed restrictions in parts of the city on Friday to scuttle separatist-called protests. . More >>>

Opinion

Why do some international medical clinics remain open and what ought be done to enforce the law?
It's been a long time since we first heard about authorities ordering foreign-owned and run clinics to close to conserve more employment for Lao people, but some remain open. Some clinics were closed, but others were not because they had acquired appropriate licensing documents from relevant authorities..... More >>>

Sport

Lao U-15 Championship dream fading
Despite a valiant effort the Lao team succumbed to their Thai hosts 1-2 on Thursday evening at Asian Football Federation (AFF) U-15 Championship 2017 in Chonburi province, Thailand. . .More >>>

Health
 

Hepatitis A under control, prevention message persistent

Health officials from the capital and neighbouring Vientiane province will continue to raise awareness and provide preventive and transmission messages on Hepatitis A to the community despite the viral infection rate being brought under control. . . More >>>

Lifestyle

International movie producer enjoys collaboration with Lao filmmakers Mr Jeetendra Marcelline, an international filmmaker and artist living in Laos, believes the country's emerging film industry has much to share with the world and learn from participating in prestigious global festivals such as the one in Ca nnes.More >>>

Education

Bright spark to study electrical engineering in France
Mr Aliyadeth Thammavong, a hard working student from Vientiane Secondary School has received a two year scholarship to study in France in the field of electrical engineering. . . .... .More >>>



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