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May 4, 2016

Work begins on 165km Khammuan-Savannakhet road upgrade ## Who will win; Captain America VS Iron Man? ## China, Asean eye closer partnership to bolster production, infrastructure

1. Land plots along both sides of the 450-year Road are available for sale.

1. Land plots along 450 Year Road up for sale
Land plots along both sides of the 450 Year Road are now available for purchase by the public, even though some of the previous owners have not yet claimed compensation. More >>>

Lao, Japanese foreign ministers to meet in Vientiane today
Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs SaleumxayKommasith will meet his Japanese counterpart in Vientiane today to promote relations and cooperation between the two countries. More >>>

New PM vows to tackle mismanagement
The government intends to keep in touch with reality in attempting to address various problems, but needs a lot of time to find solutions to all of the issues. More >>>

EU to host 5th European Food Festival in Vientiane
The fifth European Food Festival will take place in Vientiane on May 7 in the parking lot of the National Culture Hall on Samsaenthai Road, to celebrate the 66th anniversary of European Union Foundation Day or Europe Day. More >>>

Mining slump, improper planning blamed for budget tensions
The enormous drop in revenue generated from mining coupled with improper budget planning has been the main cause of the budget tensions Laos has faced over the past few years, Deputy Prime Minister SomdyDouangdy told parliament recently. More >>>

6. Drunken driving kills numerous road users
Over 300 people were killed in road accidents around the country in the first three months of this year, with most of the crashes attributed to drunk driving. More >>>

Party congress VDO series

President gives instructions to new government

- Laos marks World Intellectual Property Day
Laos prepares for timber trade agreement with EU
Parliament approves development plans
Lao salt producers mull quality improvements for export
Lao Brewery to sponsor Premier League 2016
New leaders take up their posts
Joyful festivities mark Pi Mai Lao ,
the year of the monkey
President tours Saysettha Development Zone
Laos seeks consultation on national development policies
Officials seek to expand community-based drug rehab
Asean ministers, bank governors strengthen financial regional integration
New designs help silk textile conservation

BFL launches Fashion Fixed Term Deposit scheme
Banque Franco-Lao Ltd. (BFL) has introduced the Fashion Fixed Term Deposit account in a bid to provide customers with a valuable new product. . More >>>


Love Arts Festival raises funds for disadvantaged children
The Love Arts Festival was held last week at the Vientiane Centre to provide entertainment and happiness to audience members and especially the young people who were present. More >>>


New dish a rising star, but no substitute for papaya salad Shoppers at the Vientiane Centre can be seen queuing up to buy tam thaad, a special salad that is now very popular in Vientiane, especially among younger people. . More >>>

World news

Japan, France to strengthen anti-terror cooperation
JAPAN (Kyodo News) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande confirmed Monday that their two countries will step up cooperation in combating terrorism. More >>>


How should the press use its freedom?
World Press Freedom Day is marked on May 3. The press has the right and freedom to carry out their work but they also have to abide by certain rules and principles. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on press freedom. More >>>


Nations ready for Asian U-19 Beach Volleyball Championship
Men's and women's beach volleyball teams from 11 countries are eager to compete in the 1st Asian U-19 Beach Volleyball Championship in Vientiane from May 20-22. More >>>


See you again, wonderful Indonesia! As a huge and expansive archipelago, there must be so many wonderful places to see in Indonesia; in my short time there I saw but a few and was left wondering just how many other special places there are. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Attapeu's farmers reap rewards of perseverance
Some people in remote areas of Attapeu province still lack knowledge and vocational skills so crop growing and animal husbandry is an important way to help them improve their living standards and rise above poverty. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Turning nature's leftovers into works of art
Hundreds of beautiful handcrafted items are produced by Kabong Lao Puppet Artistic Group using leftover natural materials. . . . . . .More >>>


Pepsi Singing Contest: winner proud of the title
Mr Kiengkai Bandasack is the winner of the Pepsi Singing Contest 2016; he is very happy to be the winner and proud of the title because it is not easy to win such prizes. . More >>>


World Malaria Day 2016–“End Malaria for Good”
On World Malaria Day 2016, WHO calls on the global health community to address the significant gaps in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria; and to “End Malaria for Good”.. More >>>


Workers are the heart of construction
Inside the cool air-conditioned offices of the Bouachanh Construction Company, its director Mr Bouachanh Inthalangsy is carefully assessing the value of a new house construction project in line with his customer's needs. . . . More >>>


Are clean streets nothing but a dream?
Vientiane authorities announced back in 2010 that all roads in the capital would be clean by the year 2015 as part of the city's clean and green strategy, so more than five . . More >>>


May 4 , 2016
- Provincial primary pupils make the grade in national exams
For the first time in many years, children from provincial primary schools excelled in the National Best Student Exams held last week in Vientiane.More >>>
- Asian experts debate treatment of female medical conditions
Medical professionals from Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia are meeting in Vientiane to discuss obstetrics, gynecology, and female diseases. More >>>
- US, WFP support school meals programme
Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ministry of Education and Sports have concluded a visit to schools supported by the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Programme, through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). More >>>
- Vientiane marks Labour Day
The people of Vientiane took part in a variety of activities to observe International Labour Day last week, with events taking place from April 25-30. More >>>

May 3 , 2016
- Media urged to help prevent early pregnancy, empower girls
The media has been asked to publish more information about ways to prevent early marriage and pregnancy. More >>>
- Donnoun-Thangone road upgrade almost complete
The upgrade of a 12km stretch of Road No. 10 from Donnoun junction to Thangone village in Xaythany district, Vientiane, is 95 percent complete and contractors have said the work will be finished by the end of June. More >>>
- Forum advises families on care of mentally disabled
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has called on families to provide more help for children and relatives who suffer from intellectual disabilities, when addressing the Family Health Forum in Vientiane on Friday. More >>>
- Lecturers complete postgraduate medical training in Korea
Eleven lecturers from the University of Health Sciences (UHS) have successfully completed an 18-month postgraduate training course at the Seoul National University College of Medicine in the Republic of Korea. More >>>

April 29, 2016
- Healthcare boost for women and children in Khammuan
A healthcare project for women and childen will be expanded to include three villages in Xaybouathong district, Khammuan province. More >>>
- Nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs in April
Many provinces nationwide have launched a crackdown on illegal drugs, which commenced in April, with a number of drug traffickers having been arrested by the police. More >>>
- Borikhamxay's Don Lin island earmarked for development
The Khamphaisana Construction Company recently received approval to conduct a feasibility study on the development of Don Lin island in Pakxan district, Borikhamxay province, as a tourist attraction. More >>>
- Health officials on the alert for Zika virus
The Ministry of Health's Communicable Disease Control Department is continuing to run tests on blood taken from dengue patients to monitor for the Zika virus. More >>>

April 28 , 2016
- Parasitic wasps key to control of rice pests
The use of trichogramma wasps for the biological control of key pests in rice is expected to be rolled out in other areas of Laos following successful trials in Vientiane and Xayaboury province. . More >>>
- Two houses destroyed by fire
Flames engulfed two houses in Nongduang-Neua village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane, on Wednesday morning, leaving two people with injuries. . More >>>
- Vientiane trials mechanical planting aids
Vi entiane authorities are planning to use new mechanised methods for rice planting in order to boost crop yields. . More >>>
- Insurance company gives school a makeover
The Dhipaya Insurance Company team recently added a creative flourish to the latest aid efforts at the primary school in Nathong village, Hinheup district, Vientiane province. . More >>>

April 27, 2016
- Germany extends support for vocational education
The government of Germany will continue to support the vocational training sector in Laos through the KfW Development Bank in the form of financial cooperation. More >>>
- NA members mull introduction of stronger powers
The ability to pass a vote of no confidence against anyone in national or state governing bodies would be a major enhancement of the National Assembly's powers. More >>>
- Autism association seeks additional funding
The Association for Autism is seeking to raise additional funds to assist with vocational training for autistic children in Laos. More >>>
- Int'l school students become teachers of English
The Australian International School (AIS) in Vientiane is spearheading the English Literacy Outreach Programme for primary schools to help young Lao children learn English. More >>>

April 26 , 2016
- Intellectual Property Fair opens
Laos is holding the Intellectual Property (IP) Fair 2016 at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from April 26 to May 1, aiming to increase people's awareness and understanding of intellectual property. . More >>>
- Indonesia supports Asean journalists' visit
The Indonesian government is supporting journalists from Asean countries to visit Indonesia to promote tourism and culture. . More >>>
- Xayaboury students win contest; next stop China
A team from Xayaboury Secondary School will represent Laos at the Global Natural History Day (GNHD) in Shanghai, China, after winning the GNHD 2016 Laos Final. . More >>>
Big Brother Mouse wins reading promotion award
Big Brother Mouse, a not-for-profit Lao-owned project in Luang Prabang province, has been selected as one of two winners of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)-Asahi Reading Promotion Award 2016. . More >>>

April 23, 2016
- Laos mulls use of satellite technology to monitor agriculture
Laos plans to employ the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) which can be used to pinpoint geographic locations in the various development sectors in the country, including agriculture. More >>>
- Ministry orders urgent action to prevent locust outbreak
The Ministry of Agriculture a nd Forestry has instructed its line agencies in the northern provinces to take steps to prevent further outbreaks of yellow-spined bamboo locusts as the insects could seriously damage crops if nothing is done. More >>>
- Labour Day plans announced
Many Lao workers are not sufficiently protected and are employed in unsafe workplaces with unregulated sanitation and hazardous conditions. More >>>
- Schools provide input for new storybooks
Manuscripts of various children's books are ready to be printed after the last testing by children and teachers at primary schools in Savannakhet province. More >>>

April 22, 2016
- Tobacco industry clouding health policy implementation
Laos still can't implement health policies to further reduce smoking in the country because of the influence of the tobacco industry, according to an official. More >>>
- Champasak to improve hotel standards
Champassak authorities are planning to improve hotel standards in a bid to attract more domestic and foreign guests and ensure its hotels meet international and regional standard requirements. More >>>
- Work on new Huaphan airport suspended
Construction of the Nongkhang airport in Xamneua district, Huaphan province, has been temporarily suspended but work is expected to resume in the near future. More >>>
- Xaysomboun ramps up tourist attractions
Hom district authorities in Xaysomboun province are planning to develop PhaChaeLae waterfall and other sites as popular tourist destinations, which will help to boost the local economy. More >>>

April 21 , 2016
- Laos, Russia plan nuclear cooperation
The Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Laos' Ministry of Energy and Mines have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. . More >>>
- Phongsaly capital development continues despite budget issues
Authorities in Phongsaly province have confirmed they are continuing with construction of the new provincial capital despite the government's budgetary constraints. . More >>>
- Immigration, customs staff beef up English skills
A group of 18 immigration and customs officers are the latest beneficiaries of Australia's long-standing border management programmes in Laos. . More >>>

April 20 , 2016
- Officials get to grips with riverside garbage in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial authorities sent officials to Borikhan district recently to tackle the problem of garbage strewn along the Nam Xan riverbank during the Lao New Year festivities last week. More >>>
- Govt awards Korean ambassador for enhancing ties
The government has awarded a friendship medal to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos Mr Kim Soo-Gwon for his efforts to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and Laos. More >>>
- LuangNamtha calls in soldiers to put out forest fire
A further 100 soldiers may be deployed in Sing district, LuangNamtha province, to help extinguish a wildfire burning in the Namha National Conservation Forest. More >>>
- MMG LXML Sepon improves health services in Savannakhet
Some 37,000 people in Vilabouly district, Savannakhet province, now have access to better health services throughout the ongoing support from MMG LXML Sepon (LXML). More >>>

April 19, 2016
- Rice farmers not supplying middlemen's needs
Middlemen who buy rice in Champassak province would like farmers to grow a lot more rice that smells and tastes good, but farmers are unwilling to meet their needs because the brokers aren't prepared to pay a higher price. .More >>>
- Twenty-three fatalities in Lao New Year road toll
In just four days of the Lao New Year holiday from April 13 to 16, a total of 23 people were killed and 207 road accidents were reported nationwide
. More >>>
- River embankment to prevent flooding in Vientiane
Work on a flood protection embankment sub-project in Vientiane will soon begin after the signing of a contract with the Soukpaseuth Survey-Design, Road-Bridge and Irrigation Construction Company. . More >>>

April 18 , 2016
- Road builders run out of cash
Slow progress in the construction of a 6.7km concrete road linking Nongphaya and Phakhao villages in Xaythany district, Vientiane, has been blamed on the cont ractors' funding difficulties. More >>>
- Govt, partners to empower women in the workplace
The Australian Embassy and Australian Chamber of Commerce (Austcham Lao) will continue to work with the Lao government and business partners to develop strategies to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. More >>>
- Illicit gold mining widespread
Gold diggers are operating illegally in the provinces, covering up their excavation activities by pretending to supply soil, sand and gravel to construction sites in order to deceive the authorities, Vientiane Times has learnt. More >>>
- Turbine upgrade delivers more power
Installation of a new turbine at the Theun-Hinboun Powerhouse in Khammuan province is allowing THPC to generate more electricity from the water it uses. More >>>

April 9 , 2016
- Chinese government supports hosting of Asean Summit
The Chinese government last Friday provided grant aid to the Lao government to a ssist the country hosting the Asean Summit later this year. More >>>
- Health sector discusses violence against women
Violence against Women (VAW) is culturally tolerated in Laos; over half of the women who have experienced violence by their husbands do not tell anyone due to the fear of shame and stigma. More >>>
- People want rice grown with livestock dung
Farmers can use compost, bio-fertiliser and chemical fertiliser to help improve the soil for planting rice. More >>>
- Vientiane rescue teams ready for Pi Mai accidents
Vientiane rescue teams are on standby to assist accident victims over the Pi Mai Lao celebrations from March 13-16. More >>>


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