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March 06, 2015
Firearms re-registration ordered to keep the peace


1. Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong speaks at an investment seminar at a Tokyo hotel yesterday. --Photos Kyodo

1. PM urges more investment from Japanese firms
TOKYO, Japan (Kyodo) -- Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong yesterday asked Japanese firms to invest more in his country and help enhance growth, boasting its appeal as a base for manufacturers.
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2. Business confidence expected to grow
A newly released report published jointly by Lao and European business chambers has identified growing confidence in firms operating across the country. . . More >>>

Will the census takers come or not, residents ask
Many people in Vientiane are complaining that they have not seen the census takers as yet and are wondering if or when they will come to count them for the fourth Lao Population and Housing Census. . More >>>

PM switches contractors for Banhom road
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong approved the transfer of a contract to reconstruct Banhom road in Hadxaifong district to a new company after the former contractor had abandoned the project for over two years.
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5. Firearms re-registration ordered to keep the peace
Senior police have confirmed that they have put into practice new regulations requiring people to re-register firearms, aiming to ensure that only legal weapons are in circulation and that only authorised people have them in their possession. . More >>>


March 06, 2015
- FLEGT to improve wood processing health and safety
The work performance and protection of workers will soon be upgraded in the wood processing sector with a one-year project known as “Improving Occupational Safety and Health at Wood Processing Sector and Timber Legality Definition”. . More >>>
Authorities in Khammuan crack down on drugs
The authorities in Khammuan province are concentrating their efforts on the ongoing battle to prevent the trafficking, sale and consumption of illegal drugs. . More >>>
Weather bureau warns of wild weather in storm season
Officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have reminded local people through the media to be aware of localised storms which typically strike over the period from February to April.
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Official: No record of duplicate vehicle number plates
Officials say they have found no evidence to suggest that more than one vehicle has the same number plates, despite a recent picture on social media showing two vehicles bearing number plates with the same sequence of letters and numbers. . More >>>
Donation of hospital supplies boosts prospects for Phongsaly folk
The Lao Rehabilitation Foundation (LRF) recently provided medical equipment for five district hospitals and a dispensary in Phongsaly province, to improve the facilities on offer for local residents. . More >>>

March 05, 2015
- Socio-cultural community work reviewed
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism convened a meeting with officials from various other ministries in Vientiane yesterday to share ideas on the draft review of the Asean Socio-Cultural Community.
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Lack of resources pushing English teaching off track
The Ministry of Education and Sports' English course for primary school (Grade 3) pupils is off track due to a lack of textbooks and teacher handbooks. . More >>>
Lao, Japan focus on managing the JOCV
The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) programme's implementation in Laos will be under strong management in the future.
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Charity gives boost to disabled people
Deseret International Charities (DIC) has agreed to provide wheelchairs for people with disabilities, along with English classes, at the Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane. More >>>

March 04, 2015
- Police bust drug traffickers in Bokeo
The authorities in Bokeo province are currently working with neighbouring countries and other provinces in Laos to further drug eradication efforts, especially in the Golden Triangle region on the upper Mekong as it flows out of China. More >>>
Disease monitors sharpen surveillance and response skills
The monitoring of diseases throughout Laos should be more efficient after epidemiologists recently completed a one-year Field Epidemiology Training (FET) programme. More >>>
Agriculture and forestry officials learn database skills
Agriculture and forestry officials in the southern provinces have taken part in database management skills training. More >>>

March 03, 2015
- Thai authorities seize drugs worth 47b kip smuggled from Laos
Thai authorities have impounded marijuana and methamphetamines worth more than 47.2 billion kip (5.8 million Thai baht) after they were reportedly smuggled into the country from Laos. More >>>
- New wavelength concession holder to raise standards
A local businessman has promised to provide a better radio service in the future after being awarded a radio wavelength concession by the Lao National Radio yesterday in Vientiane. More >>>
- Government declare seven villages of sanitation in Savannakhet
SNV joined government partners Namsaat Central, the Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion and the provincial and district Rural Development and Poverty Reduction Office (P/DRDO) last week to celebrate improvements to sanitation in Savannakhet. More >>>
- Fun Day promotes camaraderie among school pupils
Panyathip International School in Vientiane recently hosted its seventh annual ‘Family Fun Day' to strengthen friendships among students. More >>>

March 2, 2015
- Authorities promote responsible use of social media
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications organised a presentation last Friday to promote the proper use of social media to local officials and businesses. . . More >>>
Community-based initiative boosts tourist arrivals
A community-based tourism initiative being carried out in three provinces has boosted tourist arrivals and created jobs for local residents. . . . More >>>
Youth encouraged to learn job skills
Young people are being encouraged to attend vocational schools in an attempt to reduce the number without the required skills to meet market demand. . . . More >>>
Students take part in trial online English course
A new online English learning system will be tested on 300 students from six educational institutions in Vientiane with the aim of improving their language skills. . More >>>

February 27, 2015
- Japan funds upgrade of road, bridges in Savannakhet
The Japanese government on Wednesday gave a grant of US$82,271 (over 600 million kip) to the Lao government to repair a road and replace wooden bridges in Outhoumphone district, Savannakhet province.
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Joint forum for socio- economic development
Lao and Korean experts met in Vientiane on Wednesday to share socio-economic development experiences under the title of ‘Cooperation Measures for Development in Vocational Education and Training'. . . More >>>
Foundation rescue team seeks additional funds
The Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR is seeking to raise additional funds and recruit more volunteers to help inured members of the public as the number of road accidents continue to rise.
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Road tragedy claims family of four
A family of four from Namtuan village in Xayaboury district, Xayaboury province, was tragically killed when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a large truck, around 14 km from the province's central district. More >>>

February 26, 2015
- Lao-Japan launch new laboratory for parasites
The Lao-Japan Parasitology Laboratory was officially launched yesterday at Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) in Vientiane, providing new facilities for advanced research into parasitic diseases in the country.
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Census: more females than males
The fourth Lao Population and Housing Census on March 1 is expected to show that there are more women than men in Lao society. . More >>>
Five dead after minibus crashes in Phongsaly
Five people were killed instantly on Tuesday when a minibus left the road and plunged down a hill in Yot-ou district, Phongsaly province, about 600km north of Vientiane. . More >>>

PM calls for accurate answers in census survey

- Elephant festival highlights Xayaboury's hidden lifestyle
- PM pushes for project quality, local benefit
- Direct flights could take Lao-Russia relationship to new heights
- Donations boost solidarity for native sons
- Authorities finalise preparations for census survey on March
- NA closes after approving laws, policies
- PM calls for continuing infrastructure development assistance
- NA debates amendments to the constitution
- NA session opens amidst economic pressure
- PM visits projects in Huaphanh
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


iCare increases benefits for women workers
ICare has set itself a target to get 20,000 women factory workers to join its scheme ‘iCare benefits' to make their lives better while they learn some financial . ... More >>>


Singing contest paves way to stardom
The Pepsi Singing Contest has proved to be very successful in its three years of existence so the organisers have every expectation that this year will... More >>>


19-year-old poised to become Laos' first female pilot
Many women are taking on non-traditional roles as new career opportunities open up for them, showing they are equal to men in terms of ability. . . .. . . . . . More >>>

World news

Singapore sentences 2 Germans to caning for vandalism
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore on Thursday sentenced two German men to three strokes of a rattan cane and nine months in prison after they were found guilty of vandalising a public train carriage.More >>>


What do you think about the role of Lao women in society?
International Women's Day is marked on March 8 of every year and in Laos it's a day that the government and people celebrate as an important day, especially for the women. ... More >>>


Lao Karatedo prepares to host championships
Lao Karatedo is now preparing its martial artists for upcoming fights, with the aim of wrestin g medals from several competitions this year, to be held both.More >>>


Pakbeng: more than just a port, and hidden charms aplenty
The transit area of Pakbeng district in Oudomxay province is an unexpected surprise for tourists travelling by boat on the Mekong River in the northern part of Laos. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Weaving helps rural families rise above poverty
With the government having set 2020 as the target date for poverty eradication, everyone is seeking to improve their living standards. But in Huaphan province the number of families living in poverty remains high, meaning. . . . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

More than just elephants at Xayaboury festival
Observing the parade of more than 60 elephants and their various skills throughout their shows is a worthy reason to travel. ...More >>


Development students inspired by their community role
Sitting and listening intently to authorities who work on development and visiting a rural community has inspired university students to dream of better days when they too can become. ...More >>>


Ministry eyes smoke-free Vientiane Chao Anouvong Park and the Patouxay monument are to be used in the Ministry of Health's pilot project to turn Vientiane into a smoke-free capital. .More >>>


Tropical storm results in crowded classrooms
The generosity of the general public will be further sought to help with reconstruction work at Bo-O Lower Secondary School, I realised, when I paid a visit to the. More >>>


Green inspires urban teens to protect the environment
How can we preserve the stunning nature of Laos? Why shouldn't we litter? What will happen if all the forest is lumbered and sold abroad? Why should we stop eating wildlife? . . . .More >>>

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