7 September 2021

Giant Buddha statue to grace That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone


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- PM calls for support for new academic year
Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh has called on everyone involved to work together to ensure the success of the academic year 2021-2022, which began on Monday.
The premier called for cooperation in his message to mark the start of the new academic year amid the escalating Covid-19 outbreak, which has meant that classes in many areas are unable to open as the new academic year begins.
The government has postponed the start of classes at schools in all areas where locally-transmitted Covid cases have been reported.
Vientiane authorities recently ordered the closure of all schools, with entrance exams to tertiary education institutions suspended after numerous cases of Covid were reported in the capital.
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- Teachers advised to refine instruction techniques
As the new school year begins, teachers are advised to prepare and develop new teaching methods to help students adapt to the circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Minister of Education and Sports, Associate Prof. Dr Phouth Simmalavong, gave the advice to education administrators, teachers and children in a message to mark the start of the new academic year on Monday.
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- Giant Buddha statue to grace That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone
A 100-metre-high Buddha statue will be installed in the That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone by a Chinese developer, as part of plans for a new cultural attraction, according to the zone developer.
A report on the project was presented when the National Steering Committee met last week to discuss the statue and its location in the zone in Vientiane. 
The meeting on the Buddha Image Construction Project was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, who is the President of the National Steering Committee overseeing the project. ....More >>>


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The government and the World Bank have announced the launch of a US$47-million project designed to improve pre-school and primary education performance and enhance educational systems in Laos.
The Global Partnership for Education III: Learning and Equity Acceleration Project will benefit children aged three to five in over 1,300 villages across the country, according to a post on the World Bank’s website last week.
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Govt, academia move closer to improving nutrition in Laos
The government is strengthening collaboration with researchers and academia in a bid to improve the nutrition of mothers and children across the country.
The latest findings on nutrition by researchers and academics were shared last week at the National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) Annual Dissemination Meeting.
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- Improvements in midwifery needed
Midwives in Laos lack sufficient knowledge to care for pregnant women and their newborn babies, with Laos having the highest maternal and child mortality rate in the Asean bloc.
Recent evidence shows that 83 percent of all maternal death, stillbirths, and newborn deaths have occurred because midwives lacked the skills to save lives.
It is widely recognised that skill development among midwives in local communities can help prevent maternal and newborn deaths. ....More >>>

- Traffic police aim to cut accident death toll by 50 percent
The Traffic Police Department is aiming to achieve the United Nations’ goal to reduce the number of fatalities from road accidents by 50 percent during the years 2020-2030.
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- Health authorities step up Covid checks on migrant workers
Health officials will beef up screening and quarantine procedures for Lao nationals returning from Thailand, in a bid to stem the tide of Covid-19 infections Delta plus variant
As the Covid outbreak Delta plus variant spread in Thailand, Laos is at greater risk of more cases of the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus, especially if people enter Laos
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