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1. Prime Minister ThonglounSisoulith delivers the opening remarks.

1. Turning cultural differences into shared assets, Asean can prosper
Prime Minister ThonglounSisoulith has encouraged the 10 Asean member countries to turn diversity into the spirit of one Asean Community and cultural differences into shared assets for a caring and sharing community.
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2. VAT to be levied at border crossings, effective immediately
All people who enter Laos bringing with them goods items valued at over US$50 will have to pay 10 percent of the goods value to the government as Value-Added-Tax(VAT), with the decision already in force. . More >>>

3. Synthetic drug market in East and Southeast Asia continues to expand
The synthetic drug market in East and Southeast Asia is continuing to expand, accounting for a large and growing proportion of global methamphetamine production, trafficking and use. . More >>>

4. BMW Asia, Auto Lao support Asean Summits
The government has accepted an offer of support vehicles from BMW Asia and Auto Lao to service the 28th and 29th Asean Summits and associated meetings in Vientiane next week. . More >>>

Two Houses burn down in Donpamai village
Two houses burned down in Donpamai village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane, on Wednesday, with resulting damages estimated at some 900 million kip. . More >>>

6. Poor household prevalence drops as poverty reduction push persists
The extent of poor families in Laos has continued to decrease after the government and partners mobilised significant funding and efforts to infrastructure development for poverty reduction in priority districts.
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September 1, 2016
- New Australian funding for poverty alleviation
The Australian Embassy is calling for applications for its 2017 small grants programme to deliver community-level projects that contribute to poverty alleviation in Laos. . More >>>
- Savannakhet to issue land titles in computer system
Savannakhet province will strive to issue land titles for some 12,000 land plots within the year after the province was selected to implement a pilot project for a computerised land measurement and registration system.
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- Rescue teams train ahead of summits
Vientiane medical staff and rescue teams have been undertaking rescue drills to improve their emergency response, particularly with a view to any potential call outs during the upcoming Asean summits in Vientiane.
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- Korean volunteers ready to contribute to development call in Laos
Nine volunteers from the Republic of Korea are getting accustomed to the customs, culture, cuisine and vernacular of Laos ahead of formal duty commencement after the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) dispatched them to the country this month. . More >>>

August 31, 2016
- China, Vietnam and Laos boost cooperation to dismantle wildlife trafficking networks
Enforcement agencies from China, Laos and Vietnam have agreed on urgent measures to tackle wildlife trafficking networks operating across their countries. More >>>
- EDL powers up preparations for Asean Summits
Electricite du Laos (EDL) will utilise three hydropower dams to boost power supplies to the 28th and 29th Asean Summits in Vientiane next week. More >>>
- Monk dies from knife wound in Borikhamxay
An abbot monk of Pab temple in Khamkeuth district, Borikhamxay province was found critically injured inside his quarters on Monday morning with a knife wound to his throat. More >>>
- Health officials learn about financial planning and budgeting
Some 30 health officials from nine central and southern provinces have learned about the improvement of financial planning and budgeting within the health sector at a three-day meeting in Vientiane. More >>>

August 30 , 2016
- Champassak seeks to expand cashew production
A cashew processing plant which is expected to commence construction next month in Khong district, Champassak province may initially struggle to locally source the 50,000 tonnes of raw nut per year that it requires for its operations. . . More >>>
- Cloud seeding leading to forecast uncertainty: weather bureau
Cloud seeding is making weather forecasts around the country less accurate while better coordination is needed between water level forecasting and dam managers, according to a leading official.
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- Livestock, fisheries upgrade feed toxicology lab skills
Health of animals and the public will benefit from better protection after the Department of Livestock and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry raised the capacity of central and provincial officials in maintaining livestock feed safety standards. . . More >>>
End to violence against women effort enlists regional news media
Media experts from the Asia Pacific region have met in Thailand to discuss the state and prospects for media reportage on issues surrounding violence against women (VAW). . . More >>>

August 29, 2016
- LFTU confers on protecting workers' rights
Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) held a meeting at its office on Friday to discuss the organisation's role in protecting workers' rights while exchanging experiences and setting future directions. More >>>
- Lao kids get free heart operations via Korean foundation
Children with heart disease will benefit from free surgery and scholarships after the Republic of Korea's Milal Heart Foundation signed an agreement with Vientiane's central Mahosot Hospital. More >>>
- Using data to address violence against women
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia-Pacific Regional Office and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) are launching a programme that will help countries in the region to measure violence against women. More >>>

August 26, 2016
- Vientiane issues temporary work permits to over 1,000 foreign workers
More than 1,000 foreigners working in business and service sectors have been registered and issued temporary work permits as Vientiane authorities seek to bring such workers and their employers in compliance with the law. More >>>
- Vientiane police outline Asean Summits security
Some 350 traffic police officers will serve around the capital in an effort to reduce congestion and ease movements for foreign delegates and residents alike during the Asean Summits set for early September, Vientiane Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security have confirmed. More >>>
- Experts mull good gender-responsive budgeting practices
Experts from within the country have looked for superior practices in gender-responsive budgeting with the government committed through various policies and the Law on State Budget. More >>>
- Hit-and-run crimes on the rise
Over 20 hit-and-run cases in Vientiane so far this year and many people have been injured or killed as a result, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>

August 25 , 2016
- UXO education and awareness programme reviews results
The Department of Pre-school and Primary Education under the Ministry of Education and Sports in cooperation with World Education have marked 20 years of delivering the Mine Risk Education project in Laos and also reviewed its progress.. More >>>
- Capacity building remains key to water supply solutions
Both human resource development and capacity building remain key solutions to stable and sustainable water supply management in the country. . More >>>
- Free surgery for children with cleft lips, palates
Patients with cleft lips and palates around the country are now able to receive free surgery at Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane as provided by the Twin Pine Group from Thailand. . More >>>
- Lao students win ‘Most Innovative Team' awards
A team of students from the National University of Laos was awarded with the most innovative team in the Youth Innovation Competition as part of the Langcang-Mekong Region's Governance and Development (YICMG).
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August 24, 2016
- Government discusses draft national land policy
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has held discussions to research and improve the draft national land policy as well as the plan for agricultural land use in Laos. More >>>
- Pertussis cases reported in XiengKhuang and Borikhamxay
Some pertussis cases reported in Nonghet district of XiengKhuang province in July and in Viengthong district of Borikhamxay province over the last two weeks are now under control. More >>>
- Risk of dengue in Xayaboury on the rise
It's now a major concern that people in Xayaboury may be at more risk of dengue fever due to flooding in the province after continued flooding in many northern areas of the country. More >>>
- Lao confers friendship medal to Xinhua Vientiane news chief
The Lao government handed over a friendship medal to Xinhua News Agency's Vientiane Bureau Chief on Monday night who is completing his term of service of international news coverage in Laos. More >>>

August 23 , 2016
- Mechanised UXO clearance underway in XiengKhuang
Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) has commenced the Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance project in XiengKhuang province which aims to accelerate the disposal of cluster submunitions in the country.
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- Department warns of possible Mekong flooding
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Meteorology and Hydrology Department has warned people of the possibility of flooding after the rapid rise of water levels in the Mekong River. . . More >>>
- Fires engulf apartment building, factory in Vientiane over weekend
A major fire occurred in Vientiane last weekend resulting in damages of over 400 million kip according to the Vientiane Prevention and Protection Police Department. Fortunately no one was injured in the blaze.
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- Lao media personnel complete writing course in Vietnam
A total of 42 Lao media personnel completed a follow-up course regarding writing skills on economic, political, and social target programmes in Vietnam last week. . . More >>>

August 22, 2016
- Tobacco control workshop mulls sustainable funding
Representatives from the media, Hygiene and Health Promotion Department, Mass Media Department, World Health Organisation in Laos met last week to discuss ways to sustain the Tobacco Control Fund.
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- Polio prevention sees good results
Laos has achieved good results in its vaccinaiton campaign for polio prevention in all targeted provinces this year but there are still challenges and lessons which can be learned to improve coverage in the next round. More >>>
- Central regions tourism festival to be held in Vangvieng
A central regions tourism promotion festival will be held in Vientiane province from D ecember 10-16 with the aim of attracting larger numbers of local and foreign tourists. More >>>
- UHS-Laos stepping up non-communicable disease prevention efforts
The University of Health Sciences in Laos (UHS-Laos) is looking to strengthen its doctors and nurses working to reduce non-communicable disease prevention (NCDs) in target communities. More >>>

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- ASCC chair to push priorities for endorsement
- Cloud seeding leading to forecast uncertainty: weather bureau
- Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
- PM inspects summit venues
- Experts mull good gender-responsive budgeting practices
- One-day tour of cultural sites in Vientiane
-Party Secretary General stresses streamlined govt
- Lao team tops 7th Asean Quiz competition
- Tad Vangluang waterfall popular in Pakngum
- A 14-day novice life tackling teenage problems
- Officials and some of the 37 master's students from Meiji
- Savannakhet's Famous Xeno Grilled Chicken Now in Vientiane
- Civil code draft nears completion
- Conserving culture can be a business success

-Soumontha Restaurant's laab has diners coming back for more


Regional firm to invest in Champassak
Champassak authorities have granted permission for a regional company with its headquarters in Hong Kong to invest in an US$200-million agriculture and. . More >>>


Lao artists prepare grand show to welcome Asean Summits
Performers from various fields are putting the final touches to a special show to entertain delegates attending the Asean Summits in Vientiane next week. . More >>>


Delicious dining at Champassak floating restaurant
Mekong fish are a very famous in terms of Lao cuisine, eaten by local fishing families who live along the river which runs through the country, and of course, also served at restaurants and eateries. . . More >>>

World news

11 dead, 3 missing in northern Japan after typhoon
JAPAN (Kyodo News) -- Eleven people were confirmed dead and another three remained missing Wednesday after a powerful typhoon battered northern and northeastern Japan the previous day. . More >>>


What should be done for the foreign workers in Laos?
In Laos there are many foreigners now engaged in work, some with and others without the due permission. For example recently authorities found almost 4,500 illegal labourers engaged in the province of Champassak between the months of March and June. . More >>>


Lao U-19s get set for youth championships in Vietnam
The Lao national U-19s team is simply aiming to do its best at the upcoming Asian Football Federation U-19 Youth Championships 2016 to be hosted by Hanoi city, Vietnam from September 11-24. . More >>>


A guide to Vientiane's must-see waterfalls
Vientiane Times will produce several interesting articles beginning from August 24, in the lead up to the Asean Summit from September 6-8. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Farmer earns healthy income from sale of organic produce
Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

HorKhaopadapdin festival teaches gratitude
Today is the HorKhaopadapdin festival when it is believed that dead people's spirits are set free and fed, which is thought to be allowed only once a year.It is an. . More >>>


Tragic tale teaches lesson as students take out short film contest
A group of students with the team name of ‘Idol and I Do'have captured glory with a short film promoting rights to equality. . . More >>>


Getting mozzies at source key to effective dengue control
Vientiane Times will produce several interesting articles beginning from August 24, in the lead up to the Asean Summit from September 6-8.
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Night market's street food has something for everyone
While some people express concerns about roadside food stalls due to potential health concerns there's no doubting that what's on offer at Anou night food market . . . 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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