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June 29, 2016

Emergency service reports three suicides in capital ## Phongsaly community has improved hygiene, sanitation

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1. A woman and children in Xepon district gather for rice harvesting. (File photo Phoonsab)

1. New report reveals poorest areas of Laos
Xepon district in Savannakhet province and Toumlan district in Saravan province are the poorest districts in Laos with people living in extreme poverty, while pockets of poverty also exist in urban centres, according to a new report. More >>>

2. Ministry lowers quota for students of health science
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), health science colleges and public health schools around the country will be accepting 1,178 students into their programmes this year in line with the quota approved by the Ministry of Health. More >>>

Champassak doubles border checkpoint revenue collection
Champassak province has doubled monthly tariff collections to 73 billion kip after tightening procedures at the Laos Wantao-Thailand Songmek border checkpoint, the provincial governor said last week. More >>>

Meeting reviews development progress of poorest Asia-Pacific nations
Representatives from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Asia and the Pacific, United Nations organisations, civil society and the private sector met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss continued implementation of the Mid-term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action, especially the challenges and opportunities for Asia-Pacific LDCs. More >>>

5. Laos prepares to meet UN education goals
Officials from the Lao government, Unesco and Unicef yesterday held the first national meeting to prepare for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4-Education 2030. More >>>

6. Construction materials price stable, fuel price rises
The price of construction materials around the country remains stable, while the price of fuel continues to rise. More >>>


June 29, 2016
- Lao, Korean experts discuss enhanced online security
Lao and Korean IT experts met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss the protection of internet users in Laos by creating an environment for secure electronic transactions through the use of a digital signature system. More >>>
- Emergency service reports three suicides in capital
About 30 people in Vientiane have taken their lives each year over the past half decade, according to an assistant with the emergency service Vientiane Rescue 1623. More >>>
- Student dropout rates plummet
The high drop-out rate among schoolchildren has been resolved since the Ministry of Education and Sports introduced a ‘no failing students' policy five years ago. More >>>
- Phongsaly community has improved hygiene, sanitation
Over 300 residents of Hadset village in Bountay district, Phongsaly province, now enjoy better hygiene and sanitation after the installation of a gravity-fed water system funded by the United States' Lao Rehabilitation Foundation. More >>>

June 28 , 2016
- Wastewater treatment project gets green light
Integrating Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Solutions (DEWATS) can help to improve the living conditions of vulnerable groups while protecting the environment and public health in Laos, and are essential to a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Vientiane on Friday. . More >>>
- Law amendment to reflect government restructure
Article 13 of the Law on Government will be amended following the transfer of certain areas of work from the Prime Minister's Office to ministries and other government bodies. . More >>>
- New road could double arrivals to Luang Prabang from Thailand
The number of visitors travelling from Thailand to the world heritage town of Luang Prabang could more than double once a new road linking it to the neighbouring country is complete. . More >>>
- Lao Bar Association runs course on lawyer ethics
The Lao Bar Association (LBA) in cooperation with the French government last week ran a training of trainers course on lawyer ethics.
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June 27, 2016
- Laos, Vietnam review border management
Laos and Vietnam have agreed to enhance border management between the two countries following the existing legal documents while accelerating the implementation of internal regulations. More >>>
- Laos, Japan hold joint seminar on water and wastewater management
Lao private companies should set a good example for industrial wastewater regulation and wastewater management that will become increasingly important in the country, officials said at a water management seminary recently held in Vientiane.More >>>
- Integrated Pest Management methodology needed in Laos
Laos needs to use Integrated Pest Management methodology (IPM) for plant protection in agriculture areas to reduce or minimise the risks to human health and the environment, officials say. More >>>
- Ecology Institute, KFBG provide new nursery for orchid conservation
The Biotechnology and Ecology Institute and Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden (KFBG) from Hong Kong continue to look to provide different orchids to be conserved at the new Orchid Conservation Nursery that both have worked together to open recently. More >>>

June 24, 2016
- Government officials need to set blood donor example
Government officials should set a good example to society and donate blood with the National Blood Transfusion Centre and partners holding activities in offices, educational institutions and other places. More >>>
- Specialised personnel needed for Lao women's advancement
Head of the Secretariat to the National Commission for Advancement of Women, Ms Chansoda Phonthip believes Laos should have personnel specialised in the field of gender equality to drive the successful advancement of women in the country. More >>>
- Vientiane lacks funds to clean street drainage systems
Not all drainage ditches and drain pipes along roadsides in Vientiane are being cleaned to allow the free flow of water and protect the city against floods because of a shortage of funds. More >>>
- Sengsavanh College gets help from visiting Thai teachers
The teachers of Sengsavanh College have recently upgraded their skills after meeting to discuss educational development with visiting Thai teachers in Vientiane on Thursday. More >>>

June 23 , 2016
- Laos must continue creation of Fish Conservation Zones
The Lao government must continue to create ‘Fish Conservation Zones' which are areas that aim to build the capacity of local communities in overseeing the sustainable management of their aquatic resources, officials say. . . More >>>
- Drug dealers caught daily but don't disappear
Although it is common to see drug dealers and users being sentenced to prison time in the People's Courts nationwide, it seems that for every dealer arrested another one pops up to take their place. . . More >>>
- National Assembly considers law amendment
The enforcement of Article 13 in the Law on Government concerning the rights and obligations of the Ministers to the Prime Minister's Office may be suspended pending ammendment. . . More >>>
- Japanese volunteers pay courtesy visit to Lao Prime Minister
A group of 46 Japanese volunteers paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Vientiane yesterday before continuing on a mission to support Laos in both socio-economic and human resource development. . . More >>>

June 22, 2016
- Hydropower project plants trees for new resettlement area
Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) staff, local government officials, and community members planted trees to symbolise the start of new lives for people in the Houay Soup Resettlement Area (HSRA) in Borikhan district, Borikhamxay province recently. More >>>
- Why do provinces need bigger hospitals?
With many existing hospitals in the provinces suffering from staff shortages some people are questioning why authorities need to build bigger facilities. More >>>
- Many rural communities oblivious of fisheries law
Rural people's difficulty in accessing information on the Law on Fisheries is one the reasons for continuing illegal fishing in Laos, according to an official. More >>>
- Young Lao filmmakers showcase talent at Korean sponsored festival
Six documentaries and three short films created by students of the Mass Communication Department at the National University of Laos were screened last Friday during its 2016 Students Film Festival at the National Culture Hall in Vientiane. More >>>

June 21 , 2016
- Khamphay Sana Group plants trees for forest protection
The Khamphay Sana Group plans to plant four million trees at the Asean Community's Deanhong Phousoung Botanical Garden within the Tadxone Waterfall Natural Tourist Site in Naxaithong district, Vientiane.
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- Swiss non-profit working with Laos to improve UXO clearance
The Government of Laos has recently supported a Swiss non-profit organisation to bring a technical innovation into Laos to test improvements in ongoing UXO clearance. . More >>>
- Korean-Lao friendship set to build new primary school
Korea-Laos Friendship Association is assisting education development in Laos and plans to build a new primary school in a remote area of Sangthong district, Vientiane. . More >>>

June 20 , 2016
- Inaugural book fest garners students' interest
Students and teachers from the National University of Laos (NUOL) interested in marketing, finance and other subjects enjoyed perusing the many textbooks and guides on show at the inaugural NUOL Book Fest on Friday. More >>>
- Hot winds from Laos ignite fire in Vietnam
Forest fires burning in Vietnam's Nghe An province destroyed about 20 hectares of forest last Sunday, caused by hot winds crossing the border from Borikhamxay province of Laos but there was no burning at the Lao site, provincial authorities said on Friday. More >>>
- Thirty-one killed over two weeks in nationwide accidents
In just two weeks over the last month 215 road accidents occurred across the country causing 31 fatalities, according to statistics from the Traffic Police Department of Ministry of Public Security. More >>>
- New primary teachers qualified in English
More than 500 newly graduated pedagogy students from the Dongkhamxang Teacher Training College are qualified to teach English at the primary school level, helping to upgrade education and foreign language skills. More >>>

June 17, 2016
- Agriculture program links developing districts in nation's south
A two-day biannual meeting of the Southern Laos Food and Nutrition Security and Market Linkages programme (FNML) funded by IFAD was held recently at Sekong province to promote agriculture development last month. More >>>
- Prosthetics, orthotics donated to XiengKhuang patients
More than 100 people with mobility disabilities from XiengKhuang rural areas have received free orthotic and prosthetic devices and physiotherapy from 29th May to 6th June. More >>>
- Govt supports river commission - Asean cooperation
Cooperation between the Mekong River Commission MRC's Secretariat and Asean Secretariat would contribute significantly to strengthening the Asean Community and serve the interest of all the region's peoples. More >>>
- Authorities: Illegal gold miners gone from Vientiane province
Illegal gold mining is no longer occurring in Vientiane province's Kasy district, according to local authorities. More >>>

June 16 , 2016
- Local organic agriculture needs to boost development
Organic agriculture in Laos needs to expand production, undertake more promotion and develop towards international standards, according to a leading official. . . More >>>
Vietnam's foreign policy prioritises cooperation according to visiting academic
Vietnam's foreign policy prioritises it's relationship with Laos and greater Asean while maintaining cooperation with most countries around the world according to the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam's Institute for South China Seas Studies Head, Dr Tran Truong Thuy in a lecture held in Vientiane on Tuesday. . . More >>>
Diabetes still increasing in Laos
Diabetes is still increasing in Laos, especially amongst people who lack knowledge on its prevention, a workshop on the topic was informed.
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Singapore assists with student eye examinations
Students in the capital are getting free eye examinations thanks to Vientiane Education and Sports Department with support from the Lions Club of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic and supporters. . . More >>>

June 15, 2016
- Officials brush-up on oral health model
Medical teams from the Cha Ganjyu School and Community Based Oral Health Promotion Project and project target primary school teachers met in Vientiane to discuss how best to manage the oral health promotion model. More >>>
- ANZ Bank goes solar to save costs
ANZ Bank in Vientiane has launched a solar energy system and now looks to 90 kilowatt peak (kWp) rooftop solar photovoltaic to garner long term energy cost savings. More >>>
- Medics debate mother and child health promotion
Health workers and nutritionists met recently to evaluate the implementation of the Strategy and Planning Framework for the Integrated Package of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Service (SPFIPMNEHS), which was carried out from 2009-2015. More >>>

June 14, 2016
- Milk project to give legs to nutrition efforts
Vientiane Education and Sports Department, with support from New Chip Xeng Group and Dutch Mill Co., Ltd, will implement the ‘Milk to Schools' and ‘31 Legs' running competition project at schools in the capital Vientiane. . More >>>
- Prosecutors receive specialised English for Law training
The Office of the Supreme People's Prosecutor (OSPP) launched a specialised English for law training programme on Monday in Vientiane which will run over the next five years. . More >>>
- Vientiane-Hanoi highway via Borikhamxay still an option
A 145 km section through Viengthong district linking the Laos-Vietnam traditional border to Pakxan in Borikhamxay province is still a distinct possibility to form part of a future Vientiane-Hanoi highway. . More >>>
- Lao, Korean experts discuss land management technologies
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with Korea Land and Geospatial Information Corporation and Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), organised the first land information system technical school seminar recently. . More >>>

June 13, 2016
- Production of improved cookstoves reaches 100,000 milestone
The 2.3-million-euro Improved Cookstoves Programme has celebrated the production and sale of its 100,000th improved cookstove in Laos since the project began in 2013. More >>>
- Drug trafficking dominates Champassak criminal cases: Judge
The largest number of criminal cases being prosecuted at the Champassak provincial court related to drug trafficking, a judge revealed on Friday. More >>>
- Major Meuangxay-Pakmong road link completed
Reconstruction of Road No. 13 North between Oudomxay provincial capital to Pakmong in Luang Prabang province's Nambak district has been completed and is already easing travel through the mountainous provinces. More >>>
- National Library visitor numbers decline
Visitor numbers to the National Library of Laos have declined because a majority of people were getting information from other sources such as social media, officials believed. More >>>


- Meeting reviews development progress of poorest Asia-Pacific nations
First Asean ecotourism forum
opens in Champassak
Local organic agriculture needs to boost development
Asean professional women's forum
tackles tourism issues
Eco friendly accommodation with a view in world heritage town
Education must help people work: Vice President
Most workers' rights
still not protected
Laos, Vietnam highly value time-honoured ties, vow to deepen cooperation
President advises Lao Front to serve as national spiritual centre
Draft regulatory framework for healthcare professionals needed in Laos

Golden Mountain Garden Group to export rice to China
Known as the Golden Mountain Garden Group in Xieng Khuang province, Laos, the company is now looking to expand its agricultural production, especially of organic rice, after reaching a new agreement with a Chinese buyer. More >>>


Philippine dancers light up Vientiane stage
The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines in cooperation with the Embassy of the Philippines in Vientiane on Monday staged an exciting performance by the AlunAlun Dance Circle at Laos' National Culture Hall. More >>>


Laos promotes Asia-Europe cultural cooperation
The 7th ASEM, Cultural Ministerial Meeting served as a chance to brainstorm ideas based on the benefits gained from expert guidance as we forge future policies . . More >>>

World news

Straddling bus set for shortened 300-metre test run
CHINA (China Daily, ANN) -- The test run of a “straddling bus” that allows cars to drive underneath is likely to be held in Beidaihe District of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province in August, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday. More >>>


Are you worried about buying contaminated food at markets?
More than 70 workers in Thataeng district, Xekong province, fell ill last week after eating boxed food that was allegedly contaminated with formalin, which was thought to be present in the chicken that the workers ate. Vientiane Times sought public opinion on concerns over contaminated food and what the authorities could do to prevent it. More >>>


Lao judo fighters competing at multiple international events
This year the Lao Judo Federation is supporting junior and open level competitors across different categories in numerous international judo competitions. . More >>>


Young man finds success as a tour guide
Meeting people and sharing new challenges with residents of many different countries has given a young Lao man a passion for travel.
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Poverty Eradication

Remote villagers benefit from fish breeding
There are many ways for remote people to make a living and commercially breeding fish is how Mr Khamsone Inthavong's family has earned money so now they have better living standards. . . . . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Vat Pa Pha Bard enshrines the peace of Buddhism
As Vat Pa Pha Bard is surrounded by forest, it's a perfect site to sit and meditate or wander around the holy place to learn about Lao Buddhist temple arts. More >>>


Young cabinetmaker wins national skills medal
Many people in Laos are now recognising vocational education as way to get ahead in life even if you're from a humble background. . More >>>


Family ownership key in fighting dengue
With Dengue recently claiming the lives of six victims in Champassak province, local authorities are concerned the start of the rainy season is providing perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. More >>>


Doi Ka Noi restaurant goes international
If you're looking for a local restaurant serving real authentic food, Doi Ka Noi, probably gives you the right answer for the unique taste of Lao cuisine. . . . 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 >>>

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