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December 7, 2016

This month, volunteer teachers will begin examinations ## Luang Prabang Handicrafts Festival attracts more visitors

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1. Ms Alison Rusinow ( centre ), Mr Thuang Namvongsa ( left ) and Mr Visanh Vongnakhone gather with representatives from agriculture and forestry sectors at the signing ceremony.
2. Local farmers clean an irrigation channel to ensure that water flows downstream to all the farms which the system feeds. Farmers rely largely on irrigation channels to supply water to their dry season crops. (File Photo)

1. European Union, CARE support nutrition project in Northern provinces
The European Union and CARE Denmark are providing over 17. 4 billion kip (2 million euro) to support food and nutrition security projects in Luang Namtha and Phongsaly provinces. More >>>

Dry season rice plan under consideration
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is considering whether the figure for this year's dry season rice plan should be revised downwards or remain stable after the last four harvests failed to reach the target. More >>>

China funds Mekong road construction
The Chinese government has funded construction of a 22.5 km road along the Mekong River linking Tonpheung district in Bokeo province with Sing district in Luang Namtha province to facilitate transport and boost northern development. More >>>

4. SCG providing scholarships for Vientiane and Khammuan students
Siam Cement Group (SCG) is to provide 250 scholarships today to students from Vientiane and Khammuan province worth 450 million kip.More >>>

5. New law to determine Red Cross future
Determining the right position, obligations and role of the Lao Red Cross will ensure the humanitarian organisation is able to serve the needs of the Lao people and bring them the greatest benefits. More >>>

6. Sekong bridge completion delayed to 2018
Construction of the Sekong Bridge on National Road No.16B in Sekong province has experienced delays and completion is now slated for 2018 instead of next year as previously projected. More >>>


December 7 , 2016
- Xayaboury prepares for annual elephant festival
Almost 70 elephants will feature in Xayaboury's annual elephant festival from February 13-19, aiming to promote the province's colourful culture and local livelihoods. More >>>
This month, volunteer teachers will begin examinations
Volunteer teachers in Vientiane, along with newly graduated education students, will participate in an examination on December 10 of this year in the hope to become full time civil servants of government. More >>>
Laos reaffirms commitment to pursue Paris climate change agreement
The Lao government is determined to join hands with the international community in implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a Lao senior diplomat told the international community recently. More >>>
- Luang Prabang Handicrafts Festival attracts more visitors
Luang Prabang Handicrafts Festival has attracted more than 3,000 local and foreign visitors since the event began on December 4. More >>>

December 6 , 2016
- Officials warn consumers about gift basket risks
The health authority has established a system for the inspection of expired goods mixed in markets in an effort to curb the growth in these products according to the regulations. . . More >>>
- Ministry seeks to strengthen home affairs
Administrative mechanisms which are not really serving to facilitate development, a lack of respect for the law by state administrative bodies and agencies, and non-compliance with organisational structures are the main challenges facing the home affairs sector. . . More >>>
- Three die on Vientiane roads over long weekend
Three people were killed and others sustained injuries in road accidents in the capital over the three-day period from December 2-4. . . More >>>
- Let's break down stereotypes in Laos: Australian volunteer
Gender stereotypes have resulted in serious impediments to the social, political and economic empowerment of women in Laos, an Australian volunteer has said. . . More >>>

December 5 , 2016
- Employees enjoy better working conditions, rights
More than 400 state enterprises and private factories in Vientiane have signed on to collective bargaining agreements to protect the rights and benefits of both employees and employers.. . More >>>
- Suspected drug dealers nabbed in provinces
Police in the provinces of Bokeo and Luang Namtha have made significant arrests involving large quantities of illegal drugs, local media reported.. . More >>>
- Entrance fees taking toll on Champassak tour operators
The imposition of entrance fees to tourist sites in Champassak province is causing a downturn in visitor numbers, according to local tour operators. . . More >>>
- Infant immunisation against polio falling short of target in Meun district
Only 70 percent of children under the age of five in 22 target villages in Meun district, Vientiane province, have been immunised against polio and given protection against seasonal diseases. . . More >>>

December 1 , 2016
- Nation urged to step up ICT rollout
Laos needs to increase development of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to ensure more people have access and can bridge the digital divide. . More >>>
- Children in Meuangfeuang vaccinated against polio
Fully 93 percent of children under the age of five in 44 target villages in Meuangfeuang district, Vientiane province, have been immunised against polio and given protection against seasonal diseases. . More >>>
- Laos hosts regional APRC cooperation meeting
Laos and other Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) members reaffirmed their continuing cooperation in security, economics-trade, peace and sustainable development at the APRC 4th annual meeting in Vientiane on Wednesday. . More >>>
- Fine arts association seeks new talent
The Lao Fine Arts Association has revealed its plans for 2016-2020, which include opening branches in Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Champassak provinces. . More >>>

November 30 , 2016
- Villagers move to new homes to make way for dam
Twenty four households from Hatxaykham village in Bolikhan district, Borikhamxay province, have moved to new homes in Houay Soup, an area that has been developed by the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) to accommodate the displaced villagers. More >>>
- Southern provinces seek ways to improve tourism services
Four provinces in the south of Laos are looking at improving tourism resource centres and signage, aiming to give visitors a better experience while touring the area. More >>>
- Low HIV rates depend on access to treatment
HIV prevalence in the general population in Laos continues to be low, thanks to the country's decisive and strategic HIV response. More >>>
- Lao scholars complete Master's degrees in Japan
A total of 20 Lao fellows have successfully completed their two-year Master's degree courses at various Japanese universities under the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship funded by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS). More >>>

November 29 , 2016
- Walkers highlight need to end violence against women
Hundreds of walkers gathered in Vientiane on Saturday to take part in a mini-marathon to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which falls on November 25. . More >>>
- Trafficking of Lao migrants most common in Thailand
Laos is known as a source and to a lesser extent a transit country for human trafficking, with the main destination country for Lao migrants being Thailand. . More >>>
- One dead, more than 10 injured in Tanmixay crashes
One person was killed and several people sustained injures in a double collision that took place in Tanmixay village, Xaythany district, in the early hours of Monday morning. . More >>>
- Handicap Int'l marks 20th anniversary of action in Laos
Handicap International Laos (HI) held a celebration at Chao Anouvong Park last Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of their activities in Laos (1996-2016). . More >>>

November 28, 2016
- Lao, Chinese officials exchange views on socio-economic development
Confirmation of Laos' commitment to participate in China's ‘One Belt, One Road' initiative will add fresh impetus to and broaden the prospects for the two countries' future cooperation. More >>>
- Vientiane province immunises under-fives against polio
The Vientiane provincial Health Department has confirmed that all children under the age of five will receive polio vaccinations with the goal of eliminating the disease once again from the country through a mass immunisation campaign. More >>>
- Sweden grants more than 43 billion kip to MRC
The Swedish government has granted more than 43 billion kip (SEK 49 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to implement its strategic work in four key result areas. More >>>
- Japan introduces new water purification system
An ecological purification system, known as the slow sand filter system, has been found to be suitable for small towns in Laos because the essential equipment can be prepared on site. More >>>


Phousy Group continuing LSX registration roadshow
Phousy Construction and Development Public Company (PCD) will continue its public share offering roadshow in Hong Kong a nd Singapore next week in an effort to raise funds for the operational needs of the company. More >>>


Onmany TK launches her debut single
Anew singer for TK Sound Lao Company, Ms Onmany TK recently launched her first single and hopes to attract the attention of music lovers with her first release. More >>>


Helping trade and livelihoods in Laos
The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a land of enchantment and wonder. A landlocked nation sitting astride the mighty Mekong River and separated from Vietnam by the rugged Annamite. . . . More >>>

World news

Park refuses to step down immediately South Korea (The Korea Herald) -- President Park Geun-hye hinted in a meeting with Saenuri leaders Tuesday on her departure from office, that she would face impeachment. More >>>


How can we as a society help the disabled? The International Day of Disabled Persons is observed on December 3. It's an important day in Laos because there are many disabled people in the cities and rural areas. More >>>


Lao judo fighters amongst medals at Malaysia Championship
Lao judo fighter Lamphan Manivanh in the men's -73kg and female fighter Khonema Inthisone in the women's -78kg both won two bronze medals at the Gikoro Kano Memories Malaysia Championship from December 3-4. More >>>


Anhui province: the next destination for your travel list
When thinking of visiting China, we usually immediately think about the Great Wall and a few other famous places, but the huge country of China has plenty of other wonderful cultural sites, historical attractions and landscapes to offer the traveller. . .. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Mushroom grower earns sustainable income
Mr Suansanam Lathsabanthao is a model family in Xaythany district, earning a sustainable income from growing mushrooms. . . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Beautiful Hmong culture celebrated in Xieng Khuang
The traditional Hmong New Year Festival which is held annually in northern Xieng Khuang province saw the area welcome more than double the number of visitors . . .More >>>


Japanese volunteer judo coach helping local fighters
Lao national judo fighters across all levels are developing and growing in confidence for international competition thanks to the efforts of Japanese volunteer Mr Kan Murayama. . . . More >>>


Partnership, protection, response and empowerment: ending gender violence
Governments, civil society and the United Nations family in Asia and the Pacific are strengthening efforts to respond to the persistent scourge of gender-based violence against women and girls in the region, with the roll-out of an essential services package that incorporates prevention and response underpinned by strategic partnerships, impactful laws and policies, and justice and healing for survivors. . More >>>


Young finance graduate carves out a living in home decor business
Seeing people making furniture is not unfamiliar to Ms Saykeo who has been around woodworkers since she was just a little girl as furniture making is her family's business. More >>>


Temples lead the way in creating green spaces
Planting trees in urban areas is very important because it creates green spaces and helps to preserve the natural environment amid large areas of concrete buildings. . . . More >>>

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