- Ministry prepares for surge in crop exports to China
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is hoping to make use of the Laos-China Railway, set to open in December, to bolster the export of agricultural produce, and aims to improve crop production and quality and engage in market negotiations.
Officials at the Agriculture Department said the ministry is advising agriculture authorities to improve the quality and yields of nine crops so they can be sold to China after the government signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese companies in May this year..
- Digital education platform to boost children’s learning
Education authorities have launched the country’s first national digital teaching and learning platform ‘Khang Panya Lao’ to support children’s learning during the Covid pandemic.
Khang Panya Lao has been developed with the support of UNICEF and in collaboration with the European Union and the Global Partnership for Education....More >>>
- Preparations in process for vaccination of schoolchildren
The Ministry of Health and the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control have asked education and sports officials around the country to work with local authorities to assess the number of schoolchildren aged 12 to 17 eligible for Covid vaccinations.
Vaccinations for children in this age bracket were first offered by hospitals last month. ....More >>>
- PM orders clear definition of land prices
Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh has instructed authorities in charge to accelerate the evaluation and definition of land prices in various areas in an attempt to maximise the revenue earned from land use.
The premier recently issued Executive Order No. 18 requiring state departments to strengthen management and prevent the loss of revenue owed to the state.
He told the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to speed up work in allocating areas and evaluating the price of land in cities, the suburbs and rural areas.
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- Covid cases jump to almost 26,000
The number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Laos has risen to 25,987, representing 0.35 percent of the country’s population, a senior health official has said.
About two-thirds of cases were reported in the past two months despite extra measures by the government to keep the virus in check.
Infections rose from the 8,717 reported in August to 8,830 in September, although the number of deaths declined from seven in August to four in September.
The total number of deaths now stands at 22, Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control of the Ministry of Health, Dr Lattanaxay Phetsouvanh, told the daily news briefing on Tuesday..
- Traffic police clamp down on curfew violators
Traffic police in Vientiane are stopping and fining people who break the curfew by travelling on the city’s streets between 9pm and 5am.
Deputy Director of the Vientiane Traffic Police Department, Lieutenant Colonel Thongsavanh Namvong, said the department, in cooperation with traffic police in the city’s nine districts, is setting up checkpoints on roads in accordance with a Prime Minister’s Order and a notice issued by the Mayor on September 30.....More >>> - Luang Prabang steps up Covid control measures
Luang Prabang provincial authorities plan to continue lockdowns in three districts in a bid to curb the rising number of Covid cases, while in Bokeo province authorities will fine people who break the rules put in place to slow the virus outbreak.
Luang Prabang authorities are planned to extend lockdowns in Ngoy, Nambak and Xiengngeun districts for another 15 days.
They have also ordered lockdowns in Phasouk, Phanom, Paksy and Khokman villages in the provincial capital, where travel is banned except in the case of an emergency and shops and restaurants have been closed. Officials are patrolling the streets to make sure the rules are enforced....More >>>
- Vangvieng partygoers fined for breaking lockdown rules
Polices in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, have arrested and fined 34 people after they gathered in groups in violation of the rules on Covid control, according to Lao National Radio.
District Governor Mr Bounchanh Malavong said police were carrying out patrols around hotels and karaoke bars at 2am on Sunday when they found 14 people together at a resort, another 14 at a hotel, and six more at a karaoke bar.
Most of those involved came from Vientiane. District police fined each of them 500,000 kip and sent them back to Vientiane where they are now spending 14 days in quarantine.
The owners of the businesses where the rule-breakers gathered were each fined 3 million kip and the hotel, resort and karaoke bar were shuttered. ......More >>>