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(From left): Minister of Health Assoc. Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, Singaporean Ambassador to Laos Ms Leow Siu Lin, and the Party Central Committee’s External Relations Committee Head Mrs Sounthone Xayachak cut a cake at a reception held in Vientiane on Friday to mark the 54th National Day of the Republic of Singapore and 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Republic of Singapore.

Deputy Director of the Press Authority of Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr Dang Khac Loi (fifth right), and Vietnamese journalists present gifts to the Editor-in-Chief of Lao Press in Foreign Languages, Mr Thonglor Duangsavanh (fourth left), when the group visited the Vientiane Times on Monday during a working visit to Laos from October 13 to 20.

People gather around a lighted model boat at the Tanmixay village temple in Xaythany district, following a candlelit procession around the temple as part of rituals to mark the end of Buddhist Lent on Sunday.

After giving offerings to monks, young people pour water on the ground in homage to the spirits and in the hope that good fortune will come their way, following a centuries-old tradition.

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