11 January 2021

Over 1,000 people killed in road accidents in 2020 ## Khong district residents advised to seek treatment for liver flukes


- Switzerland extends support to improve nutrition in Oudomxay, Huaphan
The government of Switzerland has committed US$6.8 million through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to roll out the second phase of a project to improve nutrition among upland farming families in Oudomxay and Huaphan provinces.
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Govt bodies urged to study ways to convert assets into capital
Government sectors have been instructed to study mechanisms and ways to implement the policy of converting assets into capital to ensure more benefit to the nation.
This policy was one of 10 important topics discussed at a government meeting of cabinet members, the Vientiane mayor and provincial governors, which ended on Friday.
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Preparations complete for Party Congress this week
Preparations are complete for the Eleventh Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party to be held this week, with the responsible sub-committee stressing the importance of following Covid-19 prevention measures.
The Eleventh Party Congress will take place in Vientiane from January 13-15.
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- Over 1,000 people killed in road accidents in 2020
A total of 1,031 fatalities were recorded in road accidents across the country last year, with most of the crashes attributed to drunk driving, speeding, and other violations of the traffic regulations. Deputy Director General of the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, Colonel Khamlek Xayasith, told Lao Security News there were 6,774 road accidents last year.....More >>>

- Khong district residents advised to seek treatment for liver flukes
Officials in Khong district, Champassak province, are trying to persuade local residents to take medicine to get rid of liver flukes, which many people have as a result of eating raw fish. This parasitic infection is particularly prevalent in Khong district, where people eat uncooked fish on a daily basis as they live on an island and most make a living from the Mekong River. Fish constitutes a major part of the islanders’ diet.....More >>>

-  City police process over 2,000 crimes in six months of 2020
Police handled more than 2,000 criminal cases in Vientiane during the first six months of the year involving assets valued at over 2,256 million kip.
The issue was reported at a recent meeting of Vientiane police, led by the Head of the Vientiane Public Security Headquarters, Colonel Soukphachanh Bouddakham.
Colonel Somphieng told the meeting that 2,735 crimes occurred in the capital, with drug dealing being the most common crime involving 1,096 cases. In addition, police dealt with 1,073 cases of property theft, 160 robberies, 105 cases of fraud, 10 murders, and other incidents.....More >>>

- Xieng Khuang eyes developments to facilitate tourism
Xieng Khuang province plans to develop its infrastructure to facilitate tourism in the area, especially as more visitors are expected following the inscription of the Plain of Jars on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) list of world heritage sites in 2019.
The province intends to build new roads and improve existing ones, as well as build access roads to tourist attractions so that visitors can reach places of interest more easily. ....More >>>

- Huaphan welcomes visitors to Wild Peach Flower Festival
Hupahan province is holding a wild peach blossom festival in order to attract more visitors as well as support the Lao Thiao Laos tourism campaign.
The festival has been inspired by growing public interest in wild peach flowers, with the trees blossoming in the winter months from late December through January.
An official from Huaphan province’s tourism sector said “The festival will take place on January 11-12 and will feature a Miss Wild Peach Flower contest and visits to trees in bloom in Xamneua and Viengxay districts.”....More >>>






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