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October 25, 2016

Ending malnutrition key to sustainable development

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1. Ms Pany Yathotou delivers the opening remarks at the session. -- Photo Khamphanh
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Thongloun Sisoulith.



1. NA session opens to debate national issues
The National Assembly (NA)'s Eighth Legislature opened its second ordinary session yesterday to debate issues of national importance.
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Govt asks parliament to lower growth targets
The government yesterday asked the National Assembly (NA) to lower economic growth targets over the next four years after encountering difficulties that resulted in failure to meet the target set for last fiscal year.
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Construction, consultancy firms sign on for Laos-China railway
Five Chinese construction companies and six consultancy firms have been selected for engagement in the Laos-China Railway Project, with construction expected to start in December. . . More >>>

4. Ending malnutrition key to sustainable development
Achieving food security and improved nutrition is key to sustainable and fair development in Laos. . More >>>

Laos, Vietnam strengthen cooperation in social science
Four government agencies in Laos and Vietnam have agreed to share their work with the aim of bolstering social science research in their two countries. . . More >>>


October 25 , 2016
- Three fires engulf properties in Vientiane
Three fires occurred in the capital from October 17-23, causing over 890 million kip in damage, according to the Vientiane Prevention and Protection Police Department. . More >>>
- Govt, civil society consult on environmental impact assessments
Representatives from government and civil society met yesterday to provide feedback on draft regional guidelines for effective public participation in environmental impact assessment processes, to ensure these processes involve communities. . More >>>
- Four die after bus falls over precipice in Luang Prabang
Two Lao and two Chinese passengers died when a Chinese bus ran off the road and fell down a precipice in Nameuang village, Nan district, Luang Prabang province on Sunday night. . More >>>
- Lao Front strengthens working methods
The Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) needs continuous improvement despite good achievements in past months, including improvements to various regulations to bring them up to date with changing circumstances. . More >>>
Indochina Bank assists disabled students in Vientiane province
Indochina Bank has initiated a community assistance project for disabled and underprivileged students in Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province.
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October 24, 2016
- Footbridges replaced in Luang Prabang to allow river crossings
Local authorities and residents have built temporary wooden footbridges after the previous structures collapsed at the end of last month in Viengkham district, Luang Prabang province. More >>>
- Police arrest hit-and-run driver
The Vientiane Traffic Police Department recently arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving a motorbike in Khounta village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane. More >>>
- Traffic police record higher accident rate in October
According to the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security, 331 road accidents occurred across the country from October 3-16 resulting in 38 fatalities. More >>>
- Project seeks to improve hygiene, nutrition in 40 villages
Children living in villages where community members defecate in the open or use unhygienic sanitation facilities are on average 1.1 cm shorter than those living in villages where everybody uses improved sanitation. More >>>

October 21, 2016
- Asean to strengthen partnerships for enhanced connectivity
Asean representatives gathered for the 7th Asean Connectivity Symposium in Vientiane yesterday to engage stakeholders in realising the Master Plan on Asean Connectivity 2025. More >>>
- Infectious diseases the main health issue among under-fives
Infectious diseases are the main cause of illness and death among children under the age of five treated at the Children's Hospital in Vientiane. More >>>
- Vientiane to inspect drinking water plants
Vientiane authorities have recently announced inspections on drinking water plants in and around the capital to check on hygiene and net volume to ensure safety and fairness for consumers. More >>>
- Ministry, Betagro join forces to promote livestock breeding
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with Betagro (Lao) Sole Co., Ltd. is giving advice to farmers across Laos on livestock breeding. More >>>

October 20 , 2016
- Electric buses all set for city pilot scheme
Electrically powered buses will take to the streets of downtown Vientiane later this month to encourage more people to use public transport and reduce traffic congestion in the city centre. . . More >>>
- Deputy PM calls for stronger environmental protection
The Environment Protection Fund (EPF) has to be reformed as a stronger permanent government organisation so it can continuously and effectively implement its function. . . More >>>
- Ten crimes reported during boat racing festival
A total of 10 crimes were reported to the Vientiane Public Security Headquarters during this year's boat racing festival with pickpocketing being the most common misdemeanour. . . More >>>
- First GI Week to launch in Vientiane
The FAO to Laos and the Ministry of Science and Technology held a joint press conference on Tuesday to announce the launching of the first Geographical Indications (GI) Week in Laos. . . More >>>

October 19, 2016
- Asean, EU vow to strive for shared strategic goals
Asean and European Union (EU) nations have agreed to promote an Asean-EU global partnership for shared strategic goals and the wellbeing of the people of the two regions. More >>>
- Fire demolishes house in Xaysettha
A house in Somsanga village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane was engulfed in flames on Monday night sparked by the owner lighting candles to mark the end of Buddhist Lent. More >>>
- Adolescent girls still lack access to education and healthcare
The majority of adolescent girls still cannot access the level of education and health services needed to ensure their welfare, especially in rural areas. More >>>
- Road accidents on the rise
The number of road accidents increased while the number of deaths fell during this year's boat racing festival, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department. More >>>

October 18, 2016
- Laos sets sights on eradication of poverty, scarcity
The government is set to eradicate poverty and scarcity by raising awareness among local people of the need to actively fight against these issues. . More >>>
- Minister raises environmental health concerns in Manila
The Lao health sector needs to continue to address basic water, sanitation and waste management issues in healthcare facilities, schools and rural and remote communities.. More >>>
- Men arrested with 500kg of illegal drugs
Bokeo provincial police recently teamed up with border soldiers to arrest two men after confiscating more than 500kg of chemicals used to make drugs, three guns, bullets, some money and other items in Tang-aor village, Tonpheung district. . More >>>
- Luxembourg extends support for MRC's strategic work
The government of Luxembourg has granted 1 million euro to the Mekong River Commission to support its strategic work over the next five years.
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BFL bank, Phu Bia Mining and GIZ bring financial literacy to remote villages
Phu Bia Mining has provided 440 million kip to 11 villages to set up vi llage banks. . .More >>>


TK releases folk songs for public's enjoyment
To regularly introduce its new songs and singers to members of the public, TK Sound Lao Entertainment recently released three traditional folk songs and hopes to. . .More >>>


China's imitation sinh threaten Lao weavers
Hundreds of years of traditional weaving in Laos is being threatened by imported imitation silk skirts ( sinh ) produced in China. . More >>>

World news

One dead, 3 hurt in Utsunomiya fires

UTSUNOMIYA (Jiji Press) -- A person was burned to death at a park in Utsunomiya on Sunday, and three others nearby suffered injuries, local police said. . .More >>>


What can be done to motivate girls to get an education?
Of the 700,230 adolescent girls aged 10-19 in Laos, at least 42,000 never attend school and one in four drop out of school. There are various issues that girls face concerning. . . More >>>


Lao women's sepak takraw wins bronze at world championships
The Lao women's sepak takraw team has collected a bronze medal in the women's division 1 teams' event at the 31st Sepak Takraw World Championships in. . . More >>>


Pakxong tourism venture opens up new insight into Laos
As part of Asean's 2025 Vision, the region is aiming to become a quality tourism destination offering a unique, diverse Asean experience and committed to responsible. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Enterprising farming family sows seeds of prosperity
Growing rice was not enough to sustain Mrs Boupha Minaxay and her family so they decided to grow more crops and raise animals as well, which set them on the road out of poverty. . . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

That Luang renovation restores iconic national treasure
The fourth restoration of Vientiane's Pha That Luang, which began early last month, aims to preserve this national and cultural icon. More >>>


Teenage judo star dreams of 2020 Olympic Games
Laos' top female judo fighter in the 63kg open level, Ms Somsoudalath Venevankham, aged 18, has her eyes set on competing at the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. . . More >>>


Ministry recommends preventive measures against Zika
Recent increases in the number of Zika cases in the region and at least two confirmed Zika-linked microcephaly cases in Thailand have raised concerns in Laos and the Ministry of Health is strongly recommending certain preventive measures. Fortunately, hundreds of people have been tested and no cases have been detected in Laos. . . . ... . . More >>>


Mung Kha La to promote Lao dishes to local eaters
Delicious, clean and polite is how you would describe the dining experience served by Mung Kha La, a popular catering service based out of Houay Hon g village. . . 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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