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1 June 2021

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- PM: Create conditions, opportunities for children’s development
Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh has called for all sectors of society to join hands to create conditions and opportunities conducive for the development of children, striving to achieve a bright future for them.
Delivering a message on Monday to mark World Children’s Day on June 1, the premier underlined the need to create such conditions so that Lao children could fulfil their development and growth potential
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- Hopes rise for end to lockdown as Covid cases dwindle
Lao people are hoping that the government will be able to control the spread of Covid-19 after only one new case of the virus was reported on Monday.
Vientiane, where the country’s first community outbreak was reported, has recorded zero cases for the first time since the virus outbreak erupted in mid-April.
The single new case that was reported on Monday occurred in Champassak province and brings the total number of Covid cases in Laos since March last year to 1,912, of whom three people have died.
The government has battled against the invisible virus for more than a month, imposing a lockdown for the third time in a bid to keep the virus in check.
Hopes are now rising following a gradual decline in the number of new cases in recent weeks.
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- Smoking-related deaths remain a cause for concern
Laos has the second worst record of all Asean countries with regard to smoking-related deaths, even though health officials have worked to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco.
Deaths, where tobacco is considered to be the main contributor, are estimated at 4,807 per year on average or 13 people per day, while every year tobacco kills at least 8 million people around the world.
Millions more live with lung cancer, tuberculosis, asthma, or chronic lung diseases caused by tobacco. Healthy lungs are essential for living a healthy, productive, and active life.  ...More >>>

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- Laos, UN promote rights of persons with disabilities
Laos is working with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to create better opportunities for persons of all types of disability and to guarantee their rights.
A recent Workshop on Data Collection and Writing took place with a focus on equipping Organisations of Persons with Disabilities with the skills and tools needed to collect and analyse their disability data under the theme “Nothing about us without us”.. ...More >>>

- Government names 165 protected wildlife species, 66 species for management
The government has issued a decision to designate 165 wildlife and aquatic species for protection and 66 more species for management.
The decision No 08 was issued by the Prime Minister on February 25, 2021 to adopt two lists for the protection and management of the wildlife and aquatic species. The move is part of measures to counter the illegal hunting and trafficking of wildlife and aquatic animals.. ...More >>>

- Civil society groups support govt response to Covid
Ten Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Friday signed partnership agreements to help the government’s efforts to contain the Covid-19 outbreak in 10 provinces.
The CSO-funded projects will reach over 140,000 people in 109 villages of 19 districts, providing 88 handwashing stations and other Covid prevention support to 63 schools, 17 health centres and 15 markets.
The 12-month partnership agreements were signed with Plan International in Laos as part of the ‘Civil Society Action to Prevent and Mitigate Covid-19’ (CiSAC) project, which will strengthen Laos’ long-term response to the global pandemic. . .....More >>>

- Savannakhet police seize almost 200,000 amphetamine pills
Police have confiscated almost 200,000 amphetamine pills found in Km 35 village, Champhon district, Savannakhet province, and detained two people on charges of involvement in the illegal trade of drugs.
A police officer in charge of drug control and supervision in Savannakhet province said that on May 25 police arrested two suspected drug dealers, named as Mr Souksakhone or To, 35, and a relative Ms Sifong, 39, from Phosikeo village in Xayphouthong district. Police found 198,000 amphetamine pills in their possession.. .....More >>>

- Japan vows continuing support for Laos
Japan is strongly committed to supporting the Lao government’s Covid-19 response, especially during the current outbreak, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan to Laos, Keiichi Iwamoto, has said. The government of Japan has already extended valuable assistance to help Laos respond to the pandemic.......More >>>

 

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Children from around world partner in Football for Friendship

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