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April 21, 2014

President expresses sadness over Korean passenger ship tragedy ## Vietnam pledges to assist Lao Government Office

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1. Mr Kwon Young Eui ( centre ), Ms Douangta Matmanisone ( right ) and Mr Phomma Veoravanh display the contract agreement after it was signed in Vientiane.
2. The newly-built and launched substation set to benefit the villages of Kasy district as well as other nearby districts in Vientiane and Luang Prabang provinces.

1. Korea funds water supply in Oudomxay
More than 5,000 people in Xay district, Oudomxay province will soon have a clean water supply for their daily use, providing potable drinking water as well as making cooking, washing and other tasks much easier. More >>>

2. EDL's new regulations to speed up slow payers
Electricite du Laos (EDL) is tightening regulations to enforce stricter collection of debts after many electricity consumers have failed to pay their bills, leaving large sums unpaid over the past few years. More >>>

3. President expresses sadness over Korean passenger ship tragedy
Lao President Choummaly Sayasone has sent a message of condolence to his counterpart from the Republic of Korea Ms Park Geun Hye, expressing his great sorrow for those lost after the sinking of the passenger ferry Sewol on April 16. More >>>

4. President calls on Attapeu to further Sam Sang initiatives
President Choummaly Sayasone has called on Attapeu provincial authorities to make more efforts in piloting the Sam Sang (Three Builds) directive so that more progress is achieved and it serves as an example for other communities. More >>>

Vietnam pledges to assist Lao Government Office
Vietnam has committed to funding the modernisation of facilities and improvement of technical skills at the Lao Government Office. More >>>

Businesses urged to revise plans as govt slashes spending
A number of businesses ranging from construction firms to office equipment sellers need to revise their business plans following the government announcing its belt tightening policy, according to economists.More >>>


April 21, 2014
- New ‘Laos on Canvas' drawing competition launched
Primary and Secondary school students from all over Laos are invited to enter their paintings for Laos on Canvas – Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Arts drawing competition, which launches this week.More >>>
- Road deaths prompt renewed safety campaign
Officials from various involved sectors are currently undertaking a road safety campaign focusing on teenagers and the youth, aiming to reduce the disturbing incidence of road accidents in Vientiane. More >>>
- Murder-suicide marrs New Year celebrations
Vientiane Police Office reported on Friday that there was a murder-suicide in Vientiane during the celebration of Lao New Year 2014, after a man shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. More >>>
- Huaphan to check overloaded trucks
Huaphan officials have proposed to the provincial governor that they set up a mobile unit to check on the weight of vehicles that they suspect are overloaded. More >>>
- Car wash services doing a brisk trade after Pi Mai
After all the splashing, spraying and sloshing of the Lao New Year celebrations, many people need to wash their cars and make sure they are shiny and clean again after driving around town to join the holiday festivities. More >>>

April 18, 2014
- Farmers relieved at rice price rise
The price of rice is rising in various provinces as the number of producers has reduced. . More >>>
Recessions at home dampened tourists' spending in Laos last year: officials
The fact that many overseas visitors to Laos last year were experiencing recessions in their home countries may have contributed to them limiting their expenditure during their travels in the country. . More >>>
Anti-corruption authority moves to new office space
The construction of a new building to accommodate the office of the Government Inspection Authority was completed and handed over to the authority for use last week. . More >>>
Rabies risk rises in the hot season
The Vientiane Health Department is warning people to be on guard against rabies during the hot season as dogs and other animals are easily irritable and more likely to bite. . More >>>
Overweight truck causes bridge collapse in Luang Namtha
An overweight truck has caused a 33.5 metre bridge to collapse in Luang Namtha province. . More >>>

April 17, 2014
- HIV infections, drug injecting: Health sector needs funds
Drug injecting and HIV infection are still problems in some provinces in Laos and need the availability of funds to be overcome through treatment, training and raising public awareness on the dangers and negative impact of illegal drug usage. . More >>>
Lao, Thai companies eye standard certification service opportunities
GGM Company Ltd, a Thai-based company has partnered with Lao Global Mark Company Ltd to provide services in certifying international standards on management and services in Laos after learning of the local potential. . More >>>
Nam Ngum 5 provides assistance to affected villagers
Nam Ngum 5 Power Company Ltd has provided US$43,000 worth of assistance both in kind and in cash to people who were affected by the construction of the hydropower project. . More >>>
Brainstorming to aid women's rights
Officials from various ministries and related sectors gathered to brainstorm their ideas to improve the National Commission for the Advancement of Women under the CEDAW treaty at a consultation workshop held on Tuesday in Vientiane. . More >>>

April 10, 2014
- New Year troublemakers warned of tough police response
Vientiane police commander Brigadier General Dr Bounxou Nammachack has warned potential troublemakers who intend to engage in antisocial activities during Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) that they will face tough measures against them. . More >>>
Schools support tobacco control
Students from eight secondary schools in Vientiane are promoting tobacco control in classrooms with the aim of establishing more smoke-free zones. . More >>>
Hospitals prepare for the holidays
Vientiane hospitals will appoint extra medical staff to be on 24 hour stand-by over the Lao New Year to deal with a possible surge in emergency admissions. . More >>>
Vendors eye Lao New Year sales
Many vendors in Vientiane expect good sales of clothing during the traditional high demand lead up to next week's Lao New Year Celebrations. . More >>>

April 09, 2014
- UNWTO, TripAdvisor tackle Lao tourism marketing
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) demystified the Japanese market, and Trip Advisor offered deeper insight into the world's largest travel website during the 12th Lanith Symposium, “Marketing & Promoting Lao Tourism.” More >>>
American alumni students gather in Vientiane
The alumni of American exchange students and businessmen gathered at the Lao Plaza hotel on Saturday to meet with colleagues and associates and enhance professional development. More >>>
Road safety first during Lao New Year
Champassak provincial Police Headquarters have warned locals to pay close attention to road safety over the Lao New Year to minimise accidents. More >>>
Star pupils rewarded by Eastern Star Bilingual School
Winners of the sixth Inter-school Science and Maths Puzzle Olympiad (ISMO) of Eastern Star Bilingual School were presented with their certificates and prizes last week at the school. More >>>

April 08, 2014
- Lao Ban Advocates take action for mine awareness
A group of cluster munitions survivors marked the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on Friday with the Lend Your Leg campaign. More >>>
World Health Day highlights dangers of mosquitoes, flies
The World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrated World Health Day yesterday by getting an early start on its work in Laos combating common vectors, or carriers of disease, like mosquitoes, sandflies, bugs, ticks and snails. More >>>
Beware of bag-snatchers during Pi Mai
Officials from the Vientiane Police Office are reminding locals to stay aware during this week as thieves may be on the prowl in the upcoming Lao New Year. More >>>
Ministry to initiate village health worker programme
The Ministry of Health has discussed training village health workers to make sure that all Lao ethnicities have access to good quality medical services. More >>>

April 07, 2014
- Plan International improves sanitation, hygiene in Bokeo schools
Plan International has committed to donating around US$1 million (8 billion kip) to help primary schools and communities in three of the poorest districts of Bokeo province with improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene, referred to as WASH. . More >>>
- Vientiane Road No. 10 upgrade to ease congestion
The upgrading of the Road No. 10 from the Donnoun junction to Tha Ngone village in Xaythany district, Vientiane is now around 15 percent complete after the project began last year, Head of the project Mr Tingkham Sisavath told Vientiane Times on Wednesday. . More >>>
- Japanese cherry blossoms bloom in Huaphan province
Japanese cherry blossom trees have been planted in Huaphan province ahead of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Laos and Japan in 2015. . More >>>
- Collaboration to combat animal-to-human diseases
The continual reports of human avian influenza (H7N9) cases in China have raised concerns for the Lao government. . More >>>
- Officials focus on campaign to prevent market fires
Vientiane Police Headquarters last week told its officials to continue campaigning on fire prevention in Vientiane in light of recent tragedies. . More >>>

April 04, 2014
- Medics seek ways to boost primary healthcare
The Ministry of Health plans to develop primary healthcare services to be under the control of each community. More >>>
- Tragic house fires kill one, displace many in Xayaboury
House fires killed one person in Xienghone district, Xayaboury province and left many homeless both there and in Honga district, according to a recent report from the provincial Labour and Social Welfare Department. More >>>
- Luang Prabang ready to welcome Pi Mai visitors
Accommodation houses and food service providers in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang are ready to welcome thousands of domestic and foreign tourists during Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) this month, a local hotel authority has assured. More >>>

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Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity
- Dodgy week ahead for gold
- EDL-Gen stock rallies in first day's opening trade
- Tuesday trades a slender improvement


Laos speeds up ATM service integration
The banking sector in Laos is speeding up the process of launching ATM pool system integration after seeing many Asean and other countries' banks having already implemented similar services. More >>>


Lack of funds for traditional arts

Hip Hop, rap dances and modern music are expanding rapidly in Champassak province in the south of Laos while the promotion of local traditional arts is declining.

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World Vision helping children healing from the war Nine-year-old Yaok and his brother Vangsith huddled around the fire. It was winter, where temperatures dropped to single digits, and the boys and their friends clamoured around the flames for a little warmth.
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World news

Captain of sunken Sth Korean ferry, two crew arrested
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. More >>>


What do you think of the government instructions denying the use of state vehicles during Lao New Year?
The Government said officials were banned from using state vehicles for personal use during the Pi Mai festival but some people claimed numerous vehicles were indeed used. More >>>


TVLao to broadcast World Cup 2014
Television Lao Limited (TVLao) will be ready to broadcast the football matches of the FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by Brazil from June 12 to July 13 this year. More >>>


Champassak moves to attract more tourists Rich in tourism resources Champassak province is trying hard to attract more people to visit its popular sites after the province was listed as having the second largest number of tourism sites in ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Residents' contribution essential in Savannakhet
Poverty alleviation in Xepon district, Savannakhet province is moving forward as villagers actively contribute to improving their living conditions. . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Celebration of Lao New Year: a time of happiness and getting wet
Walking or riding on the major streets of Vientiane, such as Samsenthai and Setthathirath Roads, during the three day celebration of Lao New Yea. . . More >>>


Previously treated as waste, coffee cherries may be new superfood

The Bolevan Plateau in southern Laos is rapidly growing into one of Asia's major coffee-producing areas. . . . . . . .. . . More >>>


Vaccinate all pets against rabies this summer
Pet owners are advised to vaccinate pets against rabies this summer as many animals become irritable and are more likely to bite during the hot season. . . . .. . . ... More >>>


Rescued macaques find home at Lao zoo
Walking in the Lao Zoo at Keun village on the outskirts of Vientiane on a weekday was not a tour in a park, but like a jungle adventure. While the 20-year old zoo might be a little short on amenities for visitors wanting to relax.. More >>>


Volunteer journalists gain greater understanding of environmental issues Vietnamese and Lao volunteer journalists have a greater understanding on issues related to the environment, especially in hydropower and mining, after a fieldtrip to the northern ... More >>>

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