July 16, 2018

Nam Theun 2 resettlement implementation period wraps up

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- Service, costs, safety critical to attracting visitors: DPM Deputy
The nation’s tourism sector and authorities at all levels must continue to solve issues to help Laos attract visitors from domestic and international sources and reach the set targets, the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister told a meeting for tourism review consultation and planning in the capital on Friday.
The meeting aimed to review the results of the Visit Laos Year 2018 implementation in the first six months and plan the path ahead. ... More >>>

- National road No 13 North improvements to see January start
Over 50 kilometres of upgrades to National Road No. 13 North have completed model design construction and now prepare to price bid construction from the companies.
The issue was discussed at the progress report meeting in the capital on Thursday attended by Minister of Public Works and Transport, Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong and officials.... More >>>

-Laos regrets US visa sanctions
The Government of Laos has expressed regret and disappointment over visa sanctions imposed by the US government against officials in Laos.
The US has claimed that Laos had inadequately cooperated in receiving certain Lao nationals that the US seeks to deport.
The Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement last week describing the US action as ‘unacceptable’.... More >>>

- University of Cambodia opens Laos Room
A new Laos room at the University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh was officially opened last week with the aim to promote understanding of the customs and lifestyles of Lao people and boost friendly relations between the two countries. 
The opening ceremony was also attended by Lao Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr Prasith Xayasith and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Cambodia, Dr Y Ratana, along with students and staff of the university with almost 100 in attendance.
The primary target of the new room  is to help academics and scholars research and build knowledge and learning on Laos, in particular culture, tradition, education, the lifestyles of people, tourism and the country’s development. ....More >>>

Pediatric capacity gets a lift via Korea
Progress in strengthening pediatric capacity to improve health outcomes for newborns, infants and their mothers was noted as health authorities confirmed that I HOPE Project has been successful in its aims at a meeting last week.
Participants reported on progress of their activities and shared successes achieved as a result of the project.
Such results come as part of cooperation between Laos and Korea under integrating Maternal, Neonatal and Child health care with the healthcare project on Pediatric Education (I HOPE Project) on the health sector supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency.......More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia
Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13....More >>>

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- Huaphan’s first revolutionaries’ commemorative park nears completion
The creation of a park to commemorate the first 25 revolutionary soldiers in Huaphanh province is nearing completion with chief works accomplished.
The government allocated around 114 billion kip for the project in honour of the 25 first revolutionaries, who were the members of Rasavong Battalion founded by the late President Kaysone Phomvihane....More >>>

-  Nam Theun 2 resettlement implementation period wraps up
The construction of Nam Theun 2 dam necessitated the resettlement of 6,289 people from 17 communities on the Nakai plateau, and the “Resettlement Implementation Period” for the project is set to be officially closed.
A comprehensive set of compensation and development programmes were implemented by the Lao government and the Nam Theun 2 Power Company (NTPC) to restore the livelihoods of the villages during a period of upheaval...More >>>

- International software, engineering bachelor sought at Sengsavan
Sengsavan College is readying to offer software and engineering related subjects at the bachelor level from October after the Ministry of Education and Sports agreed to permit the college to do so from June in this year.
Sengsavan College is seeking to cooperate with Financial Programme Technology (Vietnam) to acquire capable teachers to teach software and engineering subjects in English for courses at bachelor level over four years. ... More >>>

- Tourism employment insights as survey results circulated
Insights from the Results of the Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Employment and Skills Survey in Vientiane were shared at an event on Thursday to increase the availability of labour market data for the tourism sector in Laos.
The survey under The Skills for Tourism project (LAO/029) was undertaken across the country.....More >>>


Dengue mosquitoes more dangerous than you expect
We are right in the middle of the dengue fever season, and the risk is high until the end of October when rainfall decreases. During this time, people are advised to remain alert of symptoms of dengue infection... . .. More >>>


The Mekong: the heart of a rewarding lifestyle
The Mekong River is the source of many good things that help people through their daily lives. It lowers their cost of living by providing them with fertile soil in which to grow vegetables and enables them to make money by selling their crops and the fish they catch.... More >>>


Lao students receives gold medals from competition in Thailand
Lao students received gold medals from The 3rd ASEAN Animals Science Students Professional Skill Competition) and The 1st Agricultural Innovation Fair and Share at the Rajamagala University of Technology Isan, RMUTI from June 27-29... . . . More >>>


Young designer to study fashion in Singapore
The first runner-up of the Lao young designer competition 2017, 19-year-old Ms Manivone Vansavath, will study fashion design at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore from this month to improve her skills in fashion..
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Gardener her love for traditional trees speciesMs Manivanh Chanthalangsy is a diligent gardener whose love and quest to preserve traditional plant and tree species encouraged her to start a conservation campaign from her Chantha garden.   .. More >>>


President Souphanouvong, the symbol of solidarity for national liberation

This story is written to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the birth of President Souphanouvong (July 13, 1909 - July 13, 2018). ..More >>>


Vientiane Vehicle Control Unit modernises facility
The Vientiane Vehicle Control Unit of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is continuously improving itself to offer faster and more modern services for public satisfaction.... . More >>>


Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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Lincang, a beautiful prefecture within of China’s Yunnan province
Lincang is a beautiful city that shouldn't be missed by visitors to Yunnan, China's southwestern-most province.
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Cashing in on regional value chains as Laos links up
Laos may be gradually emerging as a key link in a regional value chain as more foreign firms consider the country for potential as a production base as part of their wider regional strategies, according to a report from the World Bank.... More >>>


New book of poems echoes effects of UXO in Laos
A new book of poems "Our Land, Our People" by Canadian writer Paul Malimba, which echoes the problems of UXO or unexploded ordnance in Laos, was launched at an event in Vientiane on Thursday evening. ...More >>>


Phousi attracts many visitors but more needs to be done to tackle garbage
While climbing the steep stairway with more than 300 steps that leads to the top of Phousi mountain in Luang Prabang province, one feels a little sad to see the numerous plastic water bottles discarded by visitors..More >>>

World news

Snapping up culture as lenses focus on central Thailand
Some 30 photographers from countries including Laos last week took part in a photography project to learn more, exchange understanding and promote the intangible cultural heritage of Thailand’s central provinces.....More >>>


Village life goes electric via government, partner efforts
Cooperation with international organisations and boosting infrastructure in poor villages are among the measures adopted by the Lao government to move the nation out of the list of least developed countries (LDCs). . ..More >>>


How do journalists from six Mekong-Lancang countries feel about the sights of Laos?
About 20 journalists from the six Mekong-Lancang countries travelled to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and the provinces of Luang Prabang and Champassak while they were visiting the country for the Mekong-
Lancang coperation Media Summit, which was co-hosted by Laos and China....More >>>


Lao Rugby, Australia celebrate Champa Ban’s success
The Lao Rugby Federation (LRF) and the Australian Embassy to Laos on Friday celebrated the completion of a 4th season of Champa Ban propelled by Child Fund Pass It Back programme. ....More >>>

Dining Out

Balcony views see Bokeo visitors at Terrasse
When we’re travelling, it’s always great if we know exactly where to go, what to do and where to eat to the next meal – because that’s what usually makes our trips wonderful. . . . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... . More >>>


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