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6 January 2021

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- Upgrade of Road No. 13 North underway
Road No. 13 North is being upgraded in some places with concrete being laid to replace the existing asphalt surface, while the section between Vientiane and Vientiane province will be widened to a four-lane highway. Project head Mr Latsamy Aliyavongsing told Vientiane Times on Tuesday the upgrade is taking place over a distance of 58km between the Sikeuth junction in Vientiane and Phonhong district in Vientiane province......More >>>

Vaccinations are safe, more people to be inoculated next week
The next target group of frontline medical staff is scheduled to be vaccinated against Covid-19 next week after more than 100 people vaccinated earlier showed no side effects.
The vaccine, which was first administered in late November, produced good results, Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, told a press conference on Tuesday....More >>>

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Opening of new Huaphan airport delayed yet again
Completion of a new airport in Xamneua district, Huaphan province, has been delayed for a third time because of the effects of the pandemic and the contractor’s budget constraints. An official in charge of the project told Vientiane Times on Tuesday the project is again on hold and the contractor is waiting for advice from the government concerning the situation...More >>>

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- Expressway toll rates under review
The management committee of the Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway will review the toll charges on the newly-opened expressway, with the rate charged for pick-up trucks under special consideration following complaints by motorists. An anonymous official told Vientiane Times the expressway management committee, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the contractor are considering revising the toll fees and will inform the public of any changes in the middle of this month.. . ....More >>>

- Construction of fifth Lao-Thai bridge link begins
Work on a fifth bridge linking Laos and Thailand across the Mekong River has begun after a construction agreement was signed late last month. The bridge, which will take 36 months to build, will connect Borikhamxay province in Laos to Thailand’s northeastern province of Bueng Kan. Project Director Mr Laythong Phommavong told Vientiane Times on Tuesday that work is currently centred on the site where the bridge and immigration facilities will be built.
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- Borikhamxay to upgrade standard of healthcare
Borikhamxay province’s health authorities will provide more information to people, especially those living in remote areas, about the importance of healthcare. This is part of efforts to improve public health services in the provinces in order to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on health. “In 2020, we carried out many improvements in the health sector. We achieved nine out of 12 indicators outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the SDG on health,” said an official from Borikhamxay province’s Department of Health.....More >>>

- Weathermen warn of continuing cold snap
Meteorologists are forecasting a further dip in temperatures by 1-3C as well as fog and wind gusts on January 9-10. Authorities are warning the public to be prepared for more cold weather amid health concerns. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department says that a cold front is spreading across the country and that temperatures could drop by 1-3C with fog and rain in mountainous areas, northern regions, the Bolaven Plateau and Xaysomboun province....More >>>

- Education experts approve new primary school curriculum
Education experts have approved the new curriculum, textbooks and teacher guides for Grade 3 of primary schools, with the new materials expected to be published and delivered to schools for use in the 2021-22 school year. The new study materials cover Lao Language, English, science and the environment, physical education, arts and handicrafts, and were approved by the Research Institute for Educational Sciences, Ministry of Education and Sports.....More >>>

 
 

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