February 24, 2018

Costs counted, repairs commence amid windy weather

Top stories
- Phongsaly capital infrastructure mega-project set for March start
A mega infrastructure project to develop the new Phongsaly provincial capital is expected to commence construction next month financed by a loan of US$200 million from China.
The funds will be used for the construction of roads, public parks, electricity, water supply and the buildings to house various provincial departments. ... More >>>

Asean anniversary achievements, prospects presented in provinces
Achievements of Laos in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) fora were reviewed as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met government officials from central and southern provinces in Savannakhet province.... More >>>

Corruption ranking down to second from bottom in Asean
A global corruption perceptions index released on Wednesday has ranked Laos 135th out of 180 countries and territories, placing Laos the second from the bottom among 10 Asean member states.
Laos’ ranking slid 12 places from last year, according to the 2017 Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International, which ranks countries based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. . ...More >>>

- Mainstream media revenues declining rapidly amid social, digital transformation 
Some mainstream news media outlets in Laos are suffering a staggering decline in revenue amid the onset of the digital age as social media becomes an increasingly popular communication platform, an official report showed.
Both electronic and print media are facing a considerable decrease in an advertising revenues with newspapers having to cut pages as more businesses exercise options to publish their promotions on social media at lower costs.. ...More >>>

- Costs counted, repairs commence amid windy weather
All regions of the country should be braced for heavy rains and strong winds with all persons advised to remain on alert for further forecasts issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
Torrential rains, lightning and strong winds will be seen in some regions the country, due to a high-pressure system pushed by cool temperature from China according to the alert issued for February 19-25.....More >>>

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- Lao Ambassador to India attends celebrations of Ahom festival in AssamThe Lao Ambassador to India, Mr Southam Sakonhninhom, and staff from the Lao Embassy recently attended a ceremony of the Ahom community called International Mae-Dam-Mae-Phi at Guwahati, the capital of Assam state.
This ceremony of ancestor worship was celebrated on different dates according to the convenience of the people of Assam till 1984, and subsequently January 31 was declared a state holiday for Mae-Dam-Mae-Phi... More >>>

- Lao Women’s Union promotes women’s role in UXO sector
The Lao Women’s Union (LWU) and the national regulatory authority discussed and shared ideas about gender mainstreaming and women’s leadership in the UXO (unexploded ordnance) sector in Vientiane yesterday.
The participants exchanged knowledge and experiences during the two-day meeting, which also provided them an opportunity to reflect on ways to ensure equality between men and women in the UXO sector of Laos. ...More >>>

- Cattle calamity as lightning strike claims livestock in Xayaboury
Heavy rains, lightning and strong winds occurred in regions of the country over February 21-22 with Xayaboury one of the provinces reporting losses from the accidental death of livestock.
A lightning strike led to the death of some 27 cattle during a thunderstorm yesterday morning at Nahin village, Kaenthao district, Xayaboury province with losses of more than 160 million kip recorded, Kaenthao District Governor Mr Samlane Souvannasod told Vientiane Times...More >>>

- New tourism, hospitality skills initiative launched
Representatives of nine provinces across southern and central Laos met recently to launch an initiative to boost skills among existing employees and support people from disadvantaged backgrounds by giving them employment in the tourism and hospitality sector.. ..More >>>


Tips for kidney disease prevention among children

Kidney disease can affect children in various ways and can range from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life-threatening conditions. . .... More >>>


Nature smiles on contented villagers
It’s around noon and the sun is beating down, but we are sitting in a rice field sitting in a small bamboo hut with a roof made of cogon grass and no walls so we don’t feel hot because of the breeze that blows through.... More >>>


How determination took a girl to Korea
Monalisa Bannavong, 18, a determined young girl in Vientiane and a new graduate from Kiettisack International School (KIS) in 2017 saw her dreams come true when she was awarded a scholarship to study in the Republic of Korea. .. . . . . More >>>


Renowned artist inspired by Lao lifestyleWhen it comes to artistic talent in depicting landscapes, the lifestyle of ethnic groups, festivals, and Lao culture, Mr May Chandavong is considered to be among the top 10 artists turning out paintings for an appreciative audience..... More >>>


Wetlands and the paradox of urban development
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2. This year, the theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”... . More >>>


69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Innovative garden centre owner sees ideas take root

He is carrying a black plastic bag containing a young rose bush to place at the front of his nursery to attract passers-by. ... . More >>>





Temple is the beating heart of community life
A hilltop is always the best place to watch a sunset or sunrise and if you happen to be in Huayxai district, Bokeo province, the Chomkhao Manirat Temple is the ideal site from which to watch the sun as it sinks over the Mekong River.   .. More >>>


Asean awards help create awareness on sustainable tourism 
Asean awards given to Luang Prabang province will contribute to raising awareness among the local people and tourism business operators about clean and sustainable tourism. ....More >>>


Jackky misses out on final round berth on The Voice Thailand  Vocalist from Yes Band, Mr Saypaseuth Phommavongxay (Jackky) missed his chance to enter the final round....More >>>


China-Laos railway to launch the country into a new era developmentAs the construction of the China-Laos Railway project continues, residents are preparing themselves for the big changes this new connectivity will bring to. ..More >>>

World news

Best and worst Asian countries for road quality
NEW DELHI (Asia News Network ) -- Road infrastructure is the marker of a country’s development and is significant for safety and satisfaction of the citizens. According to the opinion survey by World Economic Forum....More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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How should we solve the problem of dusty roads?
Most roads in Laos are very dusty and this causes problems for users and those who live along them. While the authorities have regulations and rules on cleanliness, many people break them.... More >>>


Judo practitioners put to the test Aspiring local male and female judo competitors, known as judoka, are currently preparing at the Lao-Japan Budo Centre from February 22-26 for an examination to upgrade their belt levels..More >>>

Dining Out

Real Japanese taste hidden in five-star hotel
Japanese dishes such as sashimi and sushi with accompaniments like wasabi and soy sauce are available at many restaurants in Vientiane but Japanese nationals living in the city say they aren’t the. ... . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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