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January 19, 2017

Veunkham becomes a local border between Laos and Cambodia

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1. Dr Bounthong Chitmany speaks at the meeting.
-- Photo Khamphanh Somxay Sengdara
2. Nong Or zone is set to become a tourism site in the future.
3. A representative of the French Red Cross project in Laos, Mr Thomas Viger ( left ) and Vice President of the Lao Red Cross, Mr Thongphachanh Sonnasinh sign a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday.

1. Deputy PM takes strong stance against corruption
Building public awareness of corruption, taking note of complaints about unethical conduct, and bringing offenders to justice are some of the ways the government intends to clamp down on corruption. . More >>>

2. Nong Or development project to commence construction
The Nong Or project to develop a tourism site in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane will commence construction in the near future after a project design model was selected recently. . More >>>

3. EU, French Red Cross provide 1.67b kip to reduce disaster risks
The European Union and French Red Cross donated some 191,900 euro or more than 1.67 billion kip to the Lao Red Cross yesterday to scale up Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and school safety in five villages of Yommalath district, Khammuan province.. More >>>

Leaders return their luxury cars
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Tuesday handed in his BMW 7 Series, following up on a promise made by the country's leaders that they will no longer drive expensive luxury vehicles in an attempt to exercise frugality. . More >>>

5. Veunkham becomes a local border between Laos and Cambodia
Veunkham-Dong Kralor border between Laos and Cambodia in Champassak province's Khong district has updated its services and will operate as a local border crossing. . More >>>

6. NUOL students win youth innovation awards
Six students from the National University of Laos have received awards for projects submitted to the Youth Innovation Competition on Lantsang-Mekong Region's Governance and Development (YICMG). . More >>>


January 19, 2017
- Oudomxay to upgrade tourist attractions
Oudomxay provincial authorities this year plan to open new tourist attractions and improve infrastructure and visitor facilities at some existing sites while also providing more income-generating opportunities for local people. . More >>>
- German-Lao group gives boost to Luang Namtha teacher training college
The German-Lao Association for Development (GLAD) on Monday agreed to provide more than 1.1 billion kip (124,533 euro) to the Teacher Training College in Luang Namtha province. . More >>>
- Ministry of Health evaluates communicable disease control project
The Ministry of Health has reviewed progress of the Second Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project (CDC2) in Laos. . More >>>
- Better opportunities for unschooled children in Laos
Laos needs to increase opportunities for unschooled children in rural and remote areas in order to improve the overall quality of education in the country. . More >>>

January 18, 2017
- Autism association reports on project successes
The Association for Autism (AFA) held a joint press conference yesterday in Vientiane with their partners to review a successful healthcare project for Lao children affected by autism. More >>>
- Laos, US strengthen partnership
Lao and US senior officials have discussed a comprehensive partnership and stronger economic ties between the two nations during a US senior official's visit to Laos from January 16-17. More >>>
- New national library to offer full services next month
The new National Library of Laos expects to be fully up and running next month with modern facilities and larger spaces, providing readers with a better library experience. More >>>
- Lao Economic Daily anticipates bright future
The Lao Economic Daily newspaper run by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is improving its columns to attract more readers and upgrade the overall quality of the publication. More >>>

January 17, 2017
- Laos, Singapore partner in physiotherapy education
More people with disabilities will be able to enjoy a positive quality of life now that Singapore and Laos have joined forces to improve the physiotherapy education programme in Laos. . More >>>
- 51 people die in two weeks of accidents
Vi entiane has again topped the list of road accidents around the country over a two week period, with 66 recorded accidents and nine fatalities.
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- Over 1.2 tonnes of cannabis seized in Borikhamxay
Borikhamxay provincial police recently arrested five men and confiscated cannabis bricks weighing more than 1,200kg as well as two motorboats in Huaysied village, Pakxan district. . More >>>
- Medical team gives patients new vision in life
About 30 people in Oudomxay province who had problems with their eyelids have undergone corrective surgery performed by Thai and Lao specialists, and are now enjoying better vision.. More >>>

January 16, 2017
- Lao National Television open news service on YouTube
Lao National Television recently signed an agreement with Music Rights Management of Thailand Co., Ltd., to begin a news service on YouTube. More >>>
- Project boosts livelihood development in Xekong
The Ministry of Education and Sports and World Concern Laos will launch the Integrated Development Project to contribute to the overall economic development of Laos, and especially communities in Xekong province. More >>>
- Job fair highlights opportunities with Japanese companies
Students at the National University of Laos were able to get information about employment with Japanese companies at the Job Fair and Japanese New Year Festival last week. More >>>
- Changing times convert farming reservoir to tourist attraction
Alt hough a large lake on the outskirts of Kaysone Phomvihane district in Savannakhet province is proving very popular, local authorities have plans to further improve and develop the si te. More >>>

January 13, 2017
- Lao Food Festival announces this year's event
The Lao Businesswomen's Association will host the 12th Lao Food Festival from January 25-27, 2017, with the main exhibition set to be held at Chao Anouvong Park in Chanthabouly district. . More >>>
- Trade unions spread influence to private sector
Laos launched a new project at the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) on Thursday aiming to build capacity for the protection of workers' rights in the private sector. . More >>>
- Two dead, 30 injured in Xieng Khuang bus crash
One Lao and one French passenger died and 30 people sustained injuries when a bus collided with the rear end of a 12-wheel truck and overturned in Yordhuay village, Nonghet district, Xieng Khuang province, on Wednesday morning. . More >>>
- JICA welcomes new Japanese volunteers to Laos
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched eight new Japanese volunteers to Laos, aiming to support the Lao people in their efforts towards socio-economic and human resource development across the country. . More >>>

January 12, 2017
- Foreign investors lured by Oudomxay tourism treasures
Several natural sites in Oudomxay province are attracting the interest of foreign investors keen to develop new attractions to draw more domestic and overseas visitors, according to a provincial official. More >>>
- Tourism officials beef up on sustainable standards
A project supported by the Lao-German Development Cooperation is hosting a three-day training course on Global Sustainable Tourism Council Standards as a follow-up to a workshop held in Vangvieng last March, under the RELATED initiative. More >>>
- Indonesia gives token of friendship to disabled Lao women
Staff from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Indonesia's Women's Association Dharma Wanita Persatuan (DWP) on Tuesday visited the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre to make donations and share in friendly activities. More >>>
- School's Culture Day celebrates diversity
Eastern Star Bilingual School recently hosted its third annual Culture Day to celebrate cultural diversity, showcasing a variety of dances, cuisines, and art forms from countries all around the world. More >>>

January 11, 2017
- Water provider seeks funding for development
The Vientiane Water Supply Enterprise will look for sources of funding for its development projects after the government recently ordered it not to increase consumer water rates this year. More >>>
- Hadxaifong mulls closure of rowdy entertainment venues
Hadxaifong district authorities are considering closing places of entertainment near educational institutions in a bid to reduce noise and curb drug abuse and drinking. More >>>
- One dead, 18 injured after minivan falls over precipice
A girl died and 18 people were injured when a minivan ran off the road and rolled down a precipice in Phonthong district, Luang Prabang province, on Saturday . More >>>


Ministry eyes higher mining production value in 2017
The Ministry of Energy and Mines says the mining sector is anticipating a production value of about 11,742.5 billion kip this year, a little more than in the previous year. . More >>>


Lao performing troupe promotes local dances to Asean
Local artists are encouraging members of the public to follow and support them after their dance performance Siengkhaen La o and drum performance Tee Kong Salongxay gained . . More >>>


68 years of progress by Lao People's Army
This year all Lao ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Lao People's Army, which ably continues to carry out its duty of national protection and development.
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World news

Govt mulls unified forecast of smog levels
CHINA (China Daily, ANN) -- Are you ever at a loss as to what to do when you frequently see smog level predictions contradict each other in different official forecasts? It will not be the case any more in the near future. .More >>>


Will the cut in the price of electricity help to boost agricultural production?
The government recently lowered the unit price of electricity used for agricultural purposes in the hope that it will increase production, by cutting the cost of irrigation and food processing. Vientiane Times asked around for public opinion on the matter. . More >>>


Muaylao fighters ready for SEA Games 2017
The Muaylao Association is currently readying five men's kick-boxers in different categories to represent Laos in muay competition at the 29th SEA Games to be hosted by Malaysia in August. . . More >>>


Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang
After seven years of preparations the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang opened to the public last month. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Orange juice sweetens life for Hadxaifong family
He was very proud to see that his orange juice attracted so many customers, who queued up to buy juice that was made in Laos instead of outside the country. . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Xayaboury memorial honours unknown soldiers
A new memorial honouring the men and women who devoted their energies and in some cases sacrificed their lives in the defence of their country has been built in Mai village, Thongmixay district, Xayaboury province. ...More >>>


Two-time Chinese scholarship awardee shares his experiences
"Ever since I heard about the Chinese Government Scholarship when I was in Mor 5 (Grade 11), my goal was to get one, said 26-year-old Chinese Government Scholarship holder, Mr Novalee Sayaxang. . . . . More >>>


Get back to good health after giving up smoking
Have you just quit smoking? What are you going to do from now? Caring for your body with a good diet and regular exercise is very necessary. . . .


Skilled artisan shines in silverware trade
Making a silver bowl is not easy because the whole process takes a month, so if you don't really like it or you're not a patient person this is not the job for you. 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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