January 20, 2018

Laos, UNICEF to continue close collaboration

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- Germany, Switzerland support governance reform programme
The government, represented by the Ministry of Home Affairs, together with Germany and Switzerland, on Thursday signed an agreement on the implementation of a programme to promote citizen engagement for good governance, accountability, and the rule of law (CEGGA) in Laos.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Dr Khammoun Viphongxay, European Union Ambassador..... More >>>

- Xekong bridge to officially open next month
Xekong provincial authorities expect to officially open a new bridge spanning the Xekong River, following its completion to link Lamam and Dakcheung districts.
“Construction of this bridge is reportedly 100 percent complete. Construction began in 2014 at a projected cost of US$15 million, with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)and was finished at the end of last year,” Director of the Xekong provincial Department of Public Works and Transport, Mr Soutsana Sihavong, said on Thursday.  .. More >>>

- Attapeu market fire caused by electrical short circuit: officials
An electrical short circuit is believed to have caused the fire that swept through the Km3 market in Samakhixay district, Attapeu province, destroying a building and the 30-40 shops it housed.
The blaze broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning.... More >>>

- Vangvieng to have emergency rescue station 
The Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR will soon open an emergency rescue station in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, to provide free first aid to road accident victims, with a focus on assisting tourists during Visit Laos Year 2018.
A senior officer with Vientiane Rescue 1623, which is run by the Foundation, Mr Thaksine Khounasen, told Vientiane Times “We hope to open the new rescue station soon. It is currently under construction. Our main goal is to provide a service for the many tourists who come here. ”. ... More >>>

- Laos, UNICEF to continue close collaboration
The government has welcomed the arrival of the newly appointed UNICEF Representative, in anticipation of closer cooperation in the implementation of the national socio-economic development plan.
The planned budget for UNICEFs country programme is about US$63 million, to support health and nutrition, WASH, education, child protection and social inclusion programmes, according to a press release from the UNICEF Laos office.. . . More >>>

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- Ministry, UNDP launch programme to strengthen rule of law
The Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly launched the Strategic Support to Strengthen the Rule of Law programme.
The project is part of efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and help Laos graduate from Least Developed Country status in 2020... More >>>

- Attapeu road upgrade suffers delays
Auttapeu provincial authorities are waiting for a green light from the government to resume the upgrade of a 106km section of Road No.18A, running from Km 48 in Samakhixay district to Pathoumphon district.
When the National Assembly convened last October, Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Souphanh Keomixay reported that the government had submitted the issue to the government of Vietnam, which agreed to provide grant assistance of US$100 million so the road upgrade could be completed.
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- MRC launches projects to better manage Mekong basin resources
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has reaffirmed its commitment to two joint projects between Cambodia and Laos, and Cambodia and Thailand to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues.
The projects were outlined during a kick-off meeting held in Vientiane on Wednesday.
Running for an initial one-year period from April 2018 to March 2019, the two projects are among the five which were developed using the current Basin Development Strategy and which were identified and agreed to in National Indicative Plans. .. More >>>


Aerobic exercise delivers health benefits
Ms Toy swears by the health benefits of aerobic exercise, which she does regularly in addition to taking regular medicine to control her diabetes.. . . More >>>


Masks evoke emotions through innovative drama
Magic of the Mask, a performing arts piece comprising theatre, dance and live music, delighted packed houses that turned up to watch the innovative performance in Vientiane earlier this month.. More >>>


Suburban school recognised for good environmental practices
Students are sitting on the grass and chatting under the shade of big trees. Some of them are reading books to prepare for their next class. . . . . More >>>


Lowly soldier becomes prominent businessman 
Working hard to overcome difficulties was the well of strength that enabled a Second Lieutenant to become a businessman and eventually a millionaire in Khammuan province...... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Sericulture farm preserves Lao weaving culture
Women from rural communities in Xieng Khuang province have improved their skills and helped preserve the traditional silk weaving culture while working at a mulberry farm run by the Lao Sericulture Company (LSC)... . More >>>


69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Vientiane tour bus operator plans to broaden horizons
A trolley bus tour operator in Laos is considering expanding the service to promote tourism in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay provinces, after seeing the success of the venture in Vientiane.. . More >>>


Khmu festival celebrates ethnic culture
Local culture, fun and even a touch of mystery can be experienced during the colourful Boun Krer or Khmu New Year festival, which is normally held in January or February in most northern parts of Laos. .. More >>>


Bamboo enterprise eyes stable exports in 2018
A bamboo processing unit in Laos is expecting exports to Vietnam to remain stable this year as importers have already placed orders for their main products such as chopsticks, incense sticks and barbeque skewers.....More >>>


Restaurant adds Lao songs to the menu
Many restaurants play foreign songs for their customers but during Visit Laos 2018 some of these restaurants are switching to traditional music to showcase Lao musical talent and culture. ... More >>>


The Year 2017 in Review
The year 2017 saw Laos make remarkable progress in national protection and development despite the global economic uncertainties. ..More >>>

World news

Storm Friederike batters Germany with hurricane-strength windsBERLIN (Xinhua) -- Storm Friederike brought powerful winds, heavy rain, and snowfall to parts of Germany on Thursday, causing at least one fatality and severe disruption to railway lines.. ..More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What are your views of the role played by the army?
Lao People’s Army Day is celebrated today on January 20. This year will be the 69th anniversary of the army, which was formed on January 20, 1949. ... More >>>


Xieng Khuang assembling large team for National Games
Xieng Khuang province is pulling together a large team of about 700 athletes and coaches to compete in 28 sports at the 11th National Games on home turf in November....More >>>

Dining Out

Noodle restaurant serves local dishes with healthy twist
If you’re looking for organic noodles or a restaurant in Vientiane that serves up healthy food, the Fer Vieng may be just the perfect choice... ... . More >>>

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