November 15, 2017

Govt pursues job provision in rural areas

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1. Laos, China break ground for modernised Mahosot Hospital 
President Bounnhang Vorachit and his visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping yesterday broke ground for the start of construction of modern facilities to replace Vientiane’s Mahosot Hospital. The new hospital will be built, equipped and financed through a grant from China worth more than 751.6 billion kip (more than 600 million yuan). Construction is slated for completion in 2020. . . . More >>>

2.ADB grant to scale up sanitary management
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$10 million grant as additional financing to the Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project in Laos.  The additional financing follows a US$14 million loan and grant approved in 2012 for the same project to improve capacity for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) management systems in Laos through enhancing surveillance and monitoring of plant health, animal health, and food safety. More >>>

3. Laos to expand coffee plantations, eyes 1 million tonnes by 2025 
The Lao government plans to expand the area under coffee cultivation as part of efforts to increase crop quantity and quality and sustain the earnings of growers until 2025, a senior government official has said. “The government is looking at the possibility of producing one million tonnes of coffee beans by 2025," Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Phouangparisack Pravongviengkham, said during a recent celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bolaven Plateau Coffee. More >>>

4. Dishonesty too frequent in court verdicts, NA members say
The abuse of power by some judges and dishonesty on the part of judges and defence lawyers so they can benefit from litigants was hotly debated by National Assembly (NA) members on Friday when they discussed a draft of the Law on Judges.
Article No.33, which refers to the limitations of judges, attracted the greatest attention from Assembly members. The seventh point of the article states that judges are prohibited from being legal advisors for litigants and from having any contact with them for the purposes of personal gain.
Assembly member for Champassak province, Mr Meksavanh Phomphithak, suggested the drafting subcommittee should make additional stipulations that would forbid judges and defence lawyers from conspiring in ways that would benefit them personally.. . . More >>>

5. Xieng Khuang to celebrate popular rice variety with festival
Authorities in Xieng Khuang, one of Laos’ mountainous northern provinces, are preparing to celebrate the country’s most famous rice species, khao kai noi, and other local foods at a festival to be held this weekend.
This region boasts the largest fertile rice growing area in the country and is the main supplier of rice for both domestic and overseas consumption. Kai noi is a native rice species and is very popular because of its softness, good smell and flavour.
Paek district Governor Mr Sivilay Sengchaleun told Vientiane Times yesterday that this is the first year the district is hosting this event. In previous years, provincial authorities were responsible for organising the festival.
The fourth annual festival will be held at Phoukham Garden Agriculture Wet Market in Paek district, the provincial capital, from November 18 to 20. . . . More >>>

6. Ministry puts school textbooks online
Teachers and students can now access books, curriculum-specified textbooks and teachers’ guidebooks used in preschool, primary and secondary schools through the and websites set up by the Ministry of Education and Sports.
An official in charge of the ministry’s Research Institute for Education Science, Mr Chanthala Philomlasard, told Vientiane Times these websites are accessible by schoolchildren and teachers throughout the country. They can download texts for free if they have an internet connection and can print them out for distribution within their school.
The books cannot be edited in any way and the authorities have issued instructions banning the sale of copies in markets.. . . More >>>

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- Govt pursues job provision in rural areas
Laos has recommitted to harnessing its human resource potential by increasing opportunities for decent employment in rural areas, a meeting in the capital heard yesterday.
This was the message delivered by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Bounkhong Lasoukan, during the Project Advisory Committee Meeting on the National Rural Employment Strategy in Laos, which aims to provide more opportunities for decent and productive employment in rural areas.During the meeting, participants reported on the progress of their activities and shared future plans, which include protecting the benefits and rights of workers in rural areas.For several years, local people have lacked job opportunities because they had no skills, but the project aims to operationalise a rural employment promotion approach and develop national and local labour capacity, Mr Bounkhong said.
“Rural employment promotion continues to be one of the priorities of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020. It aims to formulate a national rural employment strategy that creates jobs and income in rural areas and where (formal) employment promotion is a key indicator in ensuring inclusive economic growth,” he said.
The current phase of the national rural employment project runs from 2016-2020.
It was implemented as a pilot project in Xekong province from 2014 until May 2016. . . More >>>

National Assembly supports draft law on meteorology
National Assembly (NA) members have supported a draft Law on Meteorology and Hydrology in the hope that it will improve management of the sector in compliance with international standards.
Minister of Natural Resource and Environment, Mr Sommad Pholsena, representing the drafting subcommittee, introduced the draft to the National Assembly on Monday. Current circumstances and today’s development requirements, combined with increasingly fluctuating weather patterns, have made this law necessary. It will also serve to fulfill the regulations on the management of meteorology and hydrology that have been used in Laos since 2000.The draft law contains 11 parts, including six chapters divided into 71 articles.
Seeking opinions from Assembly members, NA Vice President Dr Bounpone Bouttanavong, who presided over the debate, asked them to pay special attention to stipulations concerning government policy, devolution, and the establishment of meteorology and hydrology stations, by parties other than government agencies.
Other points to be deliberated were access to and use of meteorology and hydrology data, and the rights and obligations of supervising organisations.      . . . More >>>

 - Training course equips medics with latest paediatric skills
The government and the I-HOPE project under the Korea International Cooperation Agency continue to strengthen the skills of Lao paediatricians, in a bid to improve the health of newborns and infants in the years to come.
Speaking on Monday at the opening ceremony of a two-week training course on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness, President of the Paediatrics Association of Laos, Associate Prof. Dr Khampe Phongsavath, said it was essential that paediatricians were equipped with the necessary skills to save lives in an emergency.The government has spent a lot of money in its attempts to improve the health of mothers and children, hoping to meet targets in reducing mortality rates by 2020. . . More >>>


How to protect yourself against pneumonia
Pneumonia is the world’s leading killer of children under the age of five and among the most common cold weather diseases that children are likely to develop. . . More >>>


Khaolam: making the most of newly harvested rice
The end of the year also sees the end of the rice harvest in Laos. The gentle fragrance of the new rice as it’s steaming wafts out from kitchens around the country and is a reminder of days past when khaolam was cooked by housewives at this time of the year.. More >>>


Thai boy triumphs after struggling to get an education in Singapore
Children often have problems at school when they move with their parents to another country where a different language is spoken.
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Fashion designer draws inspiration from his failure
Khamphao Sungdai spent a month at a temple in Vientiane to restore balance in his life after the failure of his 10-year-old garment business. ... . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Chao Anouvong statue commemoration marks king’s contribution to Laos
This weekend marks the 7th anniversary of the installation of the Chao Anouvong statue in Vientiane with activities organised today and tomorrow to commemorate this important event.
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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 >>>











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World news

AirAsia celebrates Asean’s golden jubilee by giving back to region
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China and Laos: Working together for a community with a shared future and strategic significance
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Do you think private schools should have fewer holidays?
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Athletes limbering up for national track and field meet
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Dining Out

Som pa – a fishy souvenir from Vientiane province
Pickled fish wrapped in banana leaves, or som pa, is a well-known traditional Lao food, which can be found across the country.. .. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Traditional straw mats boost income for villagers in Khammuan
Buckling under the weight of two heavy loads of straw balanced on her shoulders, Ms Muan Vannalath hurries to put her load down as she arrives home.
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