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August 20, 2014

Land concession, chemical use threatening rural livelihoods



1. WWF-Laos Country Director Mr Somphone Bouasavanh and the Deputy Director General of NAFRI Assoc Prof. Dr Linkham Douangsavanh during the signing ceremony.  

1. NAFRI and WWF-Laos extend sustainable rattan project
The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Laos) is set to continue their rattan forest management in Laos in order to protect the environment and improve the livelihoods of rural inhabitants. More >>>

2. Cross border timber smuggling reported in Xieng Khuang
Vietnamese nationals have been felling trees illegally in Lao territory, with clandestine logging reportedly taking place in Xieng Khuang province which shares a border with Vietnam's Nghe An province. More >>>

3. Govt suspends import of 52 million litres of tax free petrol
The government has suspended the import of 52 million litres of petrol, which was reported for use in carrying out state investment projects that entitled developers to receive the tariff-free and tax-free policy, in a move to boost revenue collection. More >>>

4. Land concession, chemical use threatening rural livelihoods
Rural people are facing challenges resulting from the granting of land concessions, which have limited the forest areas available to them, while the unregulated use of herbicides is also threatening their health. More >>>

Vientiane plans to solve the flooding problem, official says
The Vientiane Urban Development and Adm inistration Authority is currently working hard to clear drainage channels and storm water drains around the city in order to prevent further flash flooding during the wet season. More >>>

6. Flood victims need further assistance
Victims of flash flooding in Phonxay district, Luang Prabang province need additional relief in the aftermath of the disaster. More >>>


August 20, 2014
- Laos set to benefit from AIPA meeting
There are four things that Laos will gain from organising the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Vientiane, according to a senior official from the National Assembly. More >>>
Official arrests major suspect on thievery charges
Police officers believe a suspect arrested recently may be responsible for breaking into homes and offices to steal safes and security boxes. More >>>
More Vientiane residents taking shortcut through marsh
The new highway through That Luang marsh in Vientiane will be built at about 25 metres wide, the contractors have confirmed. More >>>
- Storm destroys school in Champassak province
Around 150 schoolchildren in Huadonkoy village, Khong district, Champassak province, are set to miss the start of their school academic year on September 1 after their school was destroyed by a tropical storm. More >>>

August 19, 2014
- New national library building encounters delays
The construction of buildings to house the new National Library of Laos has been delayed to July 2015 due to a land dispute. More >>>
Nam Ngiep 1 finance in place
Finance for the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project has been finalised by the Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company (NNP1), its shareholders and lenders. More >>>
That Luang Marsh SEZ condos open for sale in October
Twelve condominium blocks with 18 floors being built at That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) are set to go on sale in October this year. More >>>
SDC supports cultural activities in Laos
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will provide funding worth US$15,000 for cultural activities in Laos, issuing grants of up to US$3,000 to 10 different organisations during this phase of the project. More >>>

August 18, 2014
- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
Senior officials of the Lao government, representatives, experts and stakeholders gathered on Friday for a meeting on ‘UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures' to discuss how to provide information and raise awareness and understanding of the work of UN Special Rapporteurs. . . More >>>
- Teenager electrocuted at local school
A teenager was killed by an electrical leakage during a sports and recreation session at a secondary school in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane on August 14. . More >>>
- Savannakhet officials step up rural fight against drugs
Savannakhet Police Headquarters are concerned about the drug problem spreading to rural areas and have stepped up efforts to reduce the threat of the social problem in the province. . . More >>>
- Laos officials study Mekong agreement and basin management
Government officials from line ministries have learnt more about the works of the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy under the 1995 Mekong Agreement in order to ensure uniform understanding on the policy. . More >>>

August 15, 2014
- Lao students get new technology for robot contest
Student teams from the National University of Laos, provincial universities and colleges will upgrade with new technology for their robots in preparation for the 12th Robot Contest in Vientiane in March next year. . More >>>
- Laos secures plans on natural disaster management
Laos has recorded a loss of 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from the impact of natural disasters since 2009, with the impact also seen to be directly affecting social and economic development. .
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- Officials investigating source of 30 million baht
Lao officials are cooperating with Thai officials to investigate where a large amount of Thai cash is from after the neighbouring officials arrested a Lao woman last week in Mukdahan province, Thailand. . More >>>
- Lao discusses improving agriculture data sources
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry this week discussed improving existing agricultural data sources in Laos to determine possible sources of statistical inconsistency and to encourage relevant stakeholders to come up with harmonised decision making. . More >>>
- Family, diplomats request new investigation into Lao woman's death
The Lao Embassy in Thailand and the family of Ms Paeng, a Lao woman who died in suspicious circumstances in Bangkok have asked Thai officials to reinvestigate the cause of her death after she supposedly fell from the eighth storey of a building recently. . More >>>

August 14, 2014
- KOICA supports healthcare in northern provinces
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) presented two ambulances, one vehicle and 15 motorbikes to Luang Prabang province and one ambulance, one vehicle and 20 motorbikes to Oudomxay province amounting to more than 2 billion kip (US$250,000) on Tuesday. More >>>
- Reckless driving responsible for road fatalities
Almost 90 people die in road accidents each month in Laos and the figure is rising at an alarming rate so amidst increasing public concern the government needs to enhance its efforts to deal with the issue. More >>>
- Lao representative takes post at IAEA
Lao Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mr Phoukhao Phommavongsa presented his credentials to the agency's Director General Yukiya Amano on Tuesday. More >>>
- MICT website to disseminate Lao information
The official website of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism was officially launched on August 12, aiming to provide a variety of up-to-date information on Laos to both local and overseas users. More >>>

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Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing

- Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon
PM pushes for more rice seed studies plap plap
Age-old Japanese cuisine comes to Laos
Calls for help going unanswered, foundation laments
Govt aims to deal with land disputes
Fair treatment among patients confirmed
- Last NA session lays out plans for coming year

- Young people flock to the temples for Buddhist lent
- NA members raise concerns about development authorisations
- NA session opens with the economy a hot issue
- Australia pledges AU$86 million education aid for Laos
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Govt to increase rice production for export

The government plans to increase rice production for export after several years of surplus.
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Tee gives helping hand to late Lao worker's family We ll-known Lao performer Tee Oudalay is encouraging friends and generous people to join him in donating money to help the family of a Lao worker who died tragically while .... More >>>


Taste of a rural man's tea
When it comes with going green for health, a nice aroma and great taste, the organic green tea of Sengthong Manisak has proven to be a hit with lovers of the drink.
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World news

Over 110 killed by floods in India NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- At least 110 people have been killed in flood-related incidents in the Indian states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar over the past few days, while tens of thousands more ... More >>>


What is your opinion about Sor Sa Vang? Vientiane has named six slogans or Hok Sor that authorities would like to achieve over the 2010 to 2015 period. One of them is Sor Sa Vang, or Vientiane Bright, which supports the capital's initiative of electrification and lighting for the city. Vientiane Times asked some residents what they thought about ... More >>>


Skilled badminton players to challenge for NA President's Cup

Skilled badminton players around the country are getting ready to compete in the 15th National Assembly President's Cup in Vientiane from August 23-25, after passing the qualifying round organised by the Lao Badminton Federation two weeks ago. More >>>


Tad Sae waterfall brings in the tourists
The number of tourists visiting Laos at the moment is well down from earlier in the year because it is the rainy season which is the low tourism season in the country as well as the region. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Remote family succeeds in escaping poverty
Growing rice for sale and personal consumption was alone not enough to improve the living standards of Mr Kaoting Saechao's family so they decided to rear many kinds of animals as well. . . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Buddhist lent: there is more merit in abstinence
From now until October 8, Khamsouk has promised himself that he will refrain from drinking any kinds of alcohol for the three months of Buddhist lent or Boun Khao Phansa , so from now on he will drink tea at social outings if his friends don't mind. . . . More >>>


Pharmacy owner helps fight against malaria Ms Khonesavanh Phouvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village, Pathoumphone district, Champassak province which has become the place to go for diagnosis and ... More >>>


Doctors warn against conjunctivitis in wet season
Doctors at the Ophthalmology Centre in Vientiane are advising people to keep themselves and their homes clean in order to keep conjunctivitis at bay. . . More >>>


Countryside days catching crabs yield cries of joy and painJep khee, jep khee ” is not a pleasant term to hear in Laos, translating roughly to “shit! that hurts!” in English but it is an accurate reflection of the pain young people feel when they are ... .More >>>


Millions and life
Uncle Khamdi's family consisted of his beloved wife named Aunty Mi, and his admirable son - Kham Si; they lived in Ban Keng Noy.
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AIPA Special

AIPA during its 29 years as AIPO

There are four more weeks before the National Assembly will host the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which will be held in Vientiane from September 14-20.
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