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July 26, 2016

Asean foreign ministers reaffirm push to realise 2025 vision

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1. Leaders from Mekong nations and India link hands at the Seventh Mekong-Ganga Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane on Sunday.

1. Laos benefits from regional cooperation
Laos is benefiting from regional projects supported by the Republic of Korea (ROK) and India through Mekong-ROK and Mekong-Ganga cooperation. . . More >>>

6,000 family books, ID cards issued to foreigners
Security authorities have issued family books to 2,802 foreign families and 3,198 ID cards to foreigners over the past three years, which entitle them to live in Laos permanently. . . More >>>

Asean foreign ministers reaffirm push to realise 2025 vision
Foreign ministers of 10 Asean member countries have reaffirmed their desire to work together to realise the Asean 2025 vision following the formal establishment of the Asean Community on December 31, 2015.
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Asean, dialogue partners vow to boost cooperation
Asean member countries will continue to work with China after seeing the progressive growth of Asean-China relations in past years, particularly in terms of trade and investment. . . More >>>

5. KOPIA Laos centre opens
The Korea Programme on International Agriculture's (KOPIA) Laos Centre officially opened yesterday in Vientiane after a cooperation agreement was reached by the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the Rural Development Administration (RDA). . . More >>>


July 26 , 2016
- Flash flooding hits farmers in Xayaboury
Almost 200 families in Botaen district, Xayaboury province, have lost some or all of their crops to flash flooding after heavy rains last weekend but luckily no deaths or injuries were reported. . More >>>
- Pregnant women in need of better healthcare
Pregnant women are in need of more information concerning healthcare which should be provided by specialists including midwives, to reduce Laos' high rate of child mortality. . More >>>
- Television show provides fun, education for children
Children between 3-6 years old can now learn fundamental developmental skills such as physical, mental, social and mood development, through the Early Childhood Development (ECD) TV programme called “My Village”. . More >>>
- Vientiane Science Café sparks public debate
The University of Health Sciences and Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU) last week organised the first Vientiane Science Café aimed at making science more accessible to the public. . More >>>

July 25, 2016
- Three killed in Vientiane road accidents last week
Three people died in road accidents in the capital last week, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department. More >>>
- Comply with the rules or face closure, nightclubs warned
Vientiane authorities are planning strict management of entertainment venues and beer shops in the capital to curb the harmful effects on society. More >>>
- City lacks budget to build concrete roads
There are no plans to upgrade more roads in the capital from asphalt to concrete because of a lack of funds, according to an official. More >>>
- Small trucks carrying sand and soil permitted in city centre
Vientiane authorities have agreed that small trucks carrying sand and soil for construction projects can operate throughout the rainy season, while larger trucks will be banned from using roads in the city centre. More >>>

July 22, 2016
- Downpours in China won't affect Laos, weathermen say
The heavy rain that is currently causing widespread flooding in parts of China will not be coming to Laos any time soon, according to forecasters.More >>>
- Setthathirath Hospital to continue free-treatment policy
Vientiane's Setthathirath Hospital plans to continue its free-treatment policy for low income patients, despite struggling to finance the scheme. More >>>
- Assembly members beef up on economic issues
Members of the National Assembly and the People's Provincial Assemblies have learnt more about economic issues so they can better support and monitor work being undertaken by the government. More >>>
- Laos-Japan association extends support for rural students
The Kumamoto-Laos Friendship Association on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to assisting the education of Lao children. More >>>

July 21 , 2016
- Top students depart for US to attend MOSWC
Three talented young students from Laos will depart for the United States of America next month to represent Laos in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC), which will be held in Orlando, Florida from August 7-10, 2016. . . More >>>
- State Auditing Organisation instructs southern provinces' operations
President of the State Auditing Organisation, DrViengthongSiphandone and senior officials visited two southern provinces last week to encourage and guide their operations in the year ahead. . . More >>>
- That Luang market traders shown the door
Some 500 stallholders at the makeshift That Luang market in Xaysettha district need to look for a new location to sell their wares before August 23 as the site has been earmarked for development. . . More >>>
Champassak battles drug abuse, trafficking
Champassak provincial authorities are pursuing a drug awareness campaign in at-risk schools and villages to help prevent the trafficking of illegal drugs. . . More >>>

July 20 , 2016
- Luang Namtha people to access health insurance
Luang Namtha province will soon begin to launch a health insurance fund in order to enable government officials and company workers in the province to access health insurance services. More >>>
- Workers unaware of rights: labour chief
Lao workers and the heads of labour associations must be better informed about their rights when it comes to negotiating working conditions. More >>>
- Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
Yesterday was Buddhist Lent festival day and Lao people welcomed and celebrated this important event nationwide by giving alms and presenting offerings at their local temples. More >>>
- Savannakhet counts the cost in wake of storm
Four houses, 48 trees and more than 70 electricity poles along Road No. B9 in Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province, were damaged during a storm that lashed the area on Monday evening. More >>>

July 19 , 2016
- KOICA extends support for rural development
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to support Laos in various sectors, especially the development of rural communities across the country. . More >>>
- Malaysia, Laos mark 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations
A group of 40 students and 10 lecturers from the Malaysia's Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) have undertaken a 6-day capacity-building project in Vientiane. . More >>>
- Donors support third phase of Poverty Reduction Fund programme
Donors to the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) including the Word Bank and the Australian government are planning a third phase of projects after recently inspecting development initiatives in Luang Prabang province.
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July 18, 2016
- Lao Front informs Buddhist body of Party Congress highlights
The Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) has explained the outcomes of the 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the 10th Congress of the LFNC to monks and novices. More >>>
- Opening of Vientiane radio, TV station on hold
The Vientiane Department of Information, Culture and Tourism is reviewing plans to open a new television station in the capital because a shortage of qualified personnel and funding has put the project on hold. More >>>
- New cement plant passe s emissions test
The massive new Vangvieng Cement Plant No. 3 in Vientiane province has passed a test to detect particle emission and ensure the plant does not pollute the surrounding countryside. More >>>
- Nationwide road accidents claim over 90 lives in June
Over 90 people were killed in road accidents around the country in June according to the latest report from the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>

July 15, 2016
- Government drafts decree on data and information centre
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications on Wednesday discussed a draft decree on a data and information centre to improve the provision of such services in Laos. More >>>
- Provinces suggest need to regulate Chinese satellite dish shops
Several provinces asked the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism this week to create regulations to regulate Chinese-owned shops selling satellite dishes. More >>>
- Vocational training gives boost to job seekers
A large number of lower and upper secondary school students are now interested in taking vocational training programmes since the Ministry of Education and Sports launched a pilot scheme to boost enrolment. More >>>
- Private schools get approval to increase charges for extra classes
Privately owned primary schools can increase the fees for the extra classes they run during the school holidays, a governing body has confirmed. More >>>


- Lao PM calls for Asean nations to remain united
Asean members, development partners assess progress
Asean representatives discuss meeting preparations
Asean meeting promotes region to the world
Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
PM pushes for greater connectivity between Asia, Europe
Communities give back to nature by replenishing fish stocks
PM asks media, ministry
to work harder
Concerns rise over locust invasion
Investing in adolescent girls seen as key to sustainable development
Asean journalists vow
to build closer ties
Strong laws pave way for development: minister

Pick-ups increase share of Lao vehicle market
The market for pickup trucks in Laos is growing in line with people's lifestyles and their links to agriculture, according to an auto. . . More >>>


Beerlao Band Challenge semi reveals 12 finalists
Some 25 teams competing in the Band Challenge Projects provided by Lao Brewery Company did battle in the semifinal round held last Saturday at ITECC Mall. . . More >>>


Savannakhet's famous Xeno grilled chicken now in Vientiane
Vientiane residents don't need to travel to the Xeno area of Savannakhet province to buy the famous grilled chicken since a new restaurant opened in Vientiane last month. . . More >>>

World news

Four Chinese officials suspended after fatal floods
CHINA (China Daily, ANN) -- Four government officials in Hebei were suspended on Sunday for failing to respond quickly enough to the floods that have wreaked.. . More >>>


What's your take on the effectiveness of the rules governing alcohol consumption?
Statistics from 2014 show there are more than 1,200 restaurants, over 1,000 bars and 133 karaoke venues in Laos. The Vientiane authorities are planning strict management of entertainment venues and beer shops to curb the harmful effects of drinking such as road accidents and noise. . .More >>>


Lao runners to compete in regional marathons
The nation's best young female and male middle-distance runners will compete at international marathon events as they aim for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. . . More >>>


Upgraded facilities drawing more visitors to Vangvieng
A newly paved road connecting the town of Vangvieng to Poukham cave is one of the key factors attracting more tourists to the area. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Saravan family's chicken feasts put food on everyone's table
Selling grilled chicken is helping a Saravan family to make a good income, which appears to be increasing as the popularity of this succulent dish spreads. . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Monks intensify devotions during Buddhist Lent
Monks and novices have to stay in their temples to strictly practice all their routines and principles throughout the three months of Buddhist Lent, which begins today. . . More >>>


Winning NUOL student to compete in IT contest in America
Mr Panyapaseuth Xayavong, 19, a first year engineering student at the National University of Laos, has won first place at the Microsoft Office World Competition 2016. .More >>>


Sharing a glass may increase risk of hepatitis A
There has been an outbreak of hepatitis A in Xieng Khuang province, with large numbers of people falling ill. The risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with unclean water and poor sanitation and hygiene. . .. More >>>


Designer contest winner sets sights on global fashion industry
The winner of this year's Young Lao Designer competition, Viseth Sitthilath, expects to be an important fashion designer one day, using his own brand to promote the Lao fashion industry on a world stage. . . . More >>>


Centuries-old Lee fish traps now a thing of the past
Centuries-old Lee traps, or basket-type fish traps fashioned out of wood and bamboo, which have been used by southern fisherman for hundreds of years, are in the process of being removed. . . More >>>

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