April 21, 2018

Vientiane residents asked to store water during repairs

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- ADB to assist infrastructure development in Vangvieng
Asian Development Bank has agreed to assist infrastructure development in Vientiane province’s Vangvieng district, a top tourist destination in Laos. 
Deputy Head of Vangvieng district office for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Phouvieng Sykaysone told Vientiane Times on Friday that improvements to infrastructure and facilities are aimed at attracting more tourists to the district.
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- Laos committed to fighting hunger
Laos has reduced the prevalence of stunting in children aged under five from 44 percent in 2012 to 31 percent in 2017, but the country still has significant levels of hunger.
The Global Hunger Index recently showed that around one-fifth of the country’s population consumes less than the minimum dietary energy requirements... . More >>>

- Strategic plan to effectively reform State-owned enterprises
The Ministry of Finance in Laos is currently drafting a strategic plan for State-owned enterprises reforms after finding that many of them are not performing well. 
According to the State-Owned Enterprise Development and Insurance Department under the ministry, Laos has about 183 State-owned enterprises, but most of them are facing capital losses. This is the main reason for the government seeking and creating suitable mechanisms to address this problem.  . More >>>

- Laos-China strengthen cooperation on medicinal plants
Laos and China have agreed to further cooperation in the health sector to strengthen coordination and mutual support in implementing a traditional medicinal plants project.
A cooperation agreement was signed recently in Vientiane by Deputy Director of Institute of Traditional Medicine under the Ministry of Health, Dr Kosonh Sosoulithanh and Executive Vice President of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Mr Huang Luqi... More >>>

Vientiane residents asked to store water during repairs
Vientiane State Water Supply Enterprise has informed consumers in Xaythany, Chanthabouly and Xaysettha districts to store adequate water to cope with possible shortages while repairs are carried out today (April 21). 
The repairs will begin in Danxang village of Xaythany district at 9am and continue till 2pm. A total of 33 villages in the three districts will be affected... . More >>>

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- 29 killed in road accidents during Lao New Year
A total of 29 people were killed in road accidents during the three-day holiday for Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) this year, up from 22 last year. There were 207 road accidents nationwide during April 14-16, in which 385 people were injured and 348 vehicles damaged, according to statistics from the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security... More >>>

- San Jiang market snatch-and-grab duo arrested
Vientiane police confirmed they have arrested two men who allegedly snatched a 300 gram gold necklace at San Jiang market in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane earlier this month.
Head of Office of the Vientiane Public Security Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Chanhome Keosoulaxay told a press conference in the capital recently that they had already arrested the two suspects who would be prosecuted according to the law.
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- Oudomxay promotes amazing caves to entice adventure tourists
Oudomxay Tourism Department is continuing to promote the province’s impressive caves and rainforest activities in a bid to establish itself as an adventure tourism destination.
Oudomxay Tourism  Department recently highlighted a new cave, Tham Luang, on its Facebook page noting that it is 1,000 metres long, up to 90 metres wide and 40 metres high...More >>>

- Champassak develops waterfall to lure visitors
Tad Yeuang waterfall, one of Champassak province’s natural tourist sites, is currently drawing growing numbers of domestic and international visitors who come to relax and dine. The concession holder for Tad Yeuang waterfall, Ms Sonethida Ounaphom, said she had developed the site since 2011 focusing on infrastructure while protecting the environment. ..More >>>


Challenges for polio immunisation of children in Borikhan district
The polio vaccination campaign for Borikhan district in Borikhamxay province will this year focus on ethnic groups living in four target villages.
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Khaen plays integral role in Lao culture 
The sound of the khaen has been an inherent part of Laos for thousands of years. Today, wherever there are Lao people, there is always the sound of the khaen. .. More >>>


Local model balances fashion career with college finance, banking studies
Mr Savansek Aekbanlang, well-known locally for his work on the Lao Super Model stage, recently graduated with a certificate in Finance and Banking from Lattana Business Administration College... .. . . . . More >>>


Blind stool maker crafts his own determined path through life
While life has a way of throwing up all sorts of challenges for us in the pursuit of our dreams, perhaps the best test of character is how we deal with any misfortunes which befall us... More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . More >>>


Almsgiving - a tradition worth preserving
Almsgiving is a fine tradition that Lao people have practised every day around the country since ancient times, so much so that it has become a reflection of the country’s culture. ... .
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Xayaboury’s annual rocket festival celebrates Visit Laos Year
Lao and foreign tourists visiting Xayaboury province shouldn’t miss the annual rocket festival and the Visit Laos Year celebrations in Thongmixay district over this weekend.... More >>>


Laos urged to pay attention to risk management
The World Bank has urged Laos to speed up financial reforms, warning that failure to achieve this objective may put the country at risk of facing macro-economic instability.  . . More >>>


Former Miss Laos set to debut in Thai film, drama
Miss Laos 2011 Thidalat Vongsili is set to make her debut on Thai large and small screens to complement her charity work in support of equipping a hospital in rural Xaysomboun province...More >>>


Thai  Lao New Year celebrations: Close ties and shared culture
Songkran (Thai New Year) or Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) is one of the most special occasions of the year, widely celebrated across many countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand and the Laos..
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World news

Vietnam, Myanmar aim for US$1b in two-way trade
HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) -- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to further deepen bilateral trade and investment to achieve the target....
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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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Is it good to upgrade towns into cities?
The government recently approved a move to upgrade Luang Prabang into a city, as proposed by the Luang Prabang provincial Governor and Provincial People’s Council. The government also agreed that Kaysone Phomvihane district .. More >>>


Local pugilist pair targeting youth boxing quarterfinals in Thailand

Two young Lao boxers are hoping to make it to the quarterfinals (second round) of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships underway in Thailand from April 21-27.
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Dining Out

Seafood buffet a perennial hit in Vientiane
Seafood buffets are a huge hit with diners in Vientiane, especially families and groups of friends, even though they aren’t easy to find in the capital’s restaurants. . . 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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