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December 6, 2016

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1. The Lao Bao-Dansavan border crossing between Vietnam and Laos in Savannakhet province. (File photo)
2. Famous chef from France, Mr Alain Ducasse ( right ) and representatives of Malongo company in France and the Cafe Ma company in Switzerland taste organic coffee in Pakxong district.

1. Laos-Viet border crossings considering extended opening hours
The Ministry of Transport of Vietnam has proposed expanding opening hours at Vietnam-Laos border crossings to boost investment, trade and tourism between the two nations and region.. . More >>>

Foreign markets interested in Lao organic coffee
A famous chef from France has tasted the organic coffee in Pakxong district, Champassak province and agreed to place an order for the top quality beans for coffee shops in Europe including France. . . More >>>

Audit aims to recover loss of state properties
Action to recover the losses from state land concession fees and transference of properties to capital will take a long time as related regulations will be need to be devised as regulatory tools. . . More >>>

4. Laos-China railway to spur border zone development
The Laos-China railway will provide significant momentum for the development of the Boten-Mohan border economic cooperation zone, experts have noted. . . More >>>

5. Vientiane water treatment station 80 percent complete
A new water treatment station based on natural processes in Nahay village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane is now 80 percent complete, using innovative methods pioneered in France. . . More >>>

6. Reduction in underweight, stunted children falls short of targets
Reducing the numbers of underweight and stunted children has fallen short of the targets set, despite the efforts undertaken to pursue the targeted plan, a recent government report has showed. . . More >>>


December 6 , 2016
- Officials warn consumers about gift basket risks
The health authority has established a system for the inspection of expired goods mixed in markets in an effort to curb the growth in these products according to the regulations. . . More >>>
- Ministry seeks to strengthen home affairs
Administrative mechanisms which are not really serving to facilitate development, a lack of respect for the law by state administrative bodies and agencies, and non-compliance with organisational structures are the main challenges facing the home affairs sector. . . More >>>
- Three die on Vientiane roads over long weekend
Three people were killed and others sustained injuries in road accidents in the capital over the three-day period from December 2-4. . . More >>>
- Let's break down stereotypes in Laos: Australian volunteer
Gender stereotypes have resulted in serious impediments to the social, political and economic empowerment of women in Laos, an Australian volunteer has said. . . More >>>

December 5 , 2016
- Employees enjoy better working conditions, rights
More than 400 state enterprises and private factories in Vientiane have signed on to collective bargaining agreements to protect the rights and benefits of both employees and employers.. . More >>>
- Suspected drug dealers nabbed in provinces
Police in the provinces of Bokeo and Luang Namtha have made significant arrests involving large quantities of illegal drugs, local media reported.. . More >>>
- Entrance fees taking toll on Champassak tour operators
The imposition of entrance fees to tourist sites in Champassak province is causing a downturn in visitor numbers, according to local tour operators. . . More >>>
- Infant immunisation against polio falling short of target in Meun district
Only 70 percent of children under the age of five in 22 target villages in Meun district, Vientiane province, have been immunised against polio and given protection against seasonal diseases. . . More >>>

December 1 , 2016
- Nation urged to step up ICT rollout
Laos needs to increase development of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to ensure more people have access and can bridge the digital divide. . More >>>
- Children in Meuangfeuang vaccinated against polio
Fully 93 percent of children under the age of five in 44 target villages in Meuangfeuang district, Vientiane province, have been immunised against polio and given protection against seasonal diseases. . More >>>
- Laos hosts regional APRC cooperation meeting
Laos and other Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) members reaffirmed their continuing cooperation in security, economics-trade, peace and sustainable development at the APRC 4th annual meeting in Vientiane on Wednesday. . More >>>
- Fine arts association seeks new talent
The Lao Fine Arts Association has revealed its plans for 2016-2020, which include opening branches in Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Champassak provinces. . More >>>

November 30 , 2016
- Villagers move to new homes to make way for dam
Twenty four households from Hatxaykham village in Bolikhan district, Borikhamxay province, have moved to new homes in Houay Soup, an area that has been developed by the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (NNP1) to accommodate the displaced villagers. More >>>
- Southern provinces seek ways to improve tourism services
Four provinces in the south of Laos are looking at improving tourism resource centres and signage, aiming to give visitors a better experience while touring the area. More >>>
- Low HIV rates depend on access to treatment
HIV prevalence in the general population in Laos continues to be low, thanks to the country's decisive and strategic HIV response. More >>>
- Lao scholars complete Master's degrees in Japan
A total of 20 Lao fellows have successfully completed their two-year Master's degree courses at various Japanese universities under the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship funded by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS). More >>>

November 29 , 2016
- Walkers highlight need to end violence against women
Hundreds of walkers gathered in Vientiane on Saturday to take part in a mini-marathon to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which falls on November 25. . More >>>
- Trafficking of Lao migrants most common in Thailand
Laos is known as a source and to a lesser extent a transit country for human trafficking, with the main destination country for Lao migrants being Thailand. . More >>>
- One dead, more than 10 injured in Tanmixay crashes
One person was killed and several people sustained injures in a double collision that took place in Tanmixay village, Xaythany district, in the early hours of Monday morning. . More >>>
- Handicap Int'l marks 20th anniversary of action in Laos
Handicap International Laos (HI) held a celebration at Chao Anouvong Park last Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of their activities in Laos (1996-2016). . More >>>

November 28, 2016
- Lao, Chinese officials exchange views on socio-economic development
Confirmation of Laos' commitment to participate in China's ‘One Belt, One Road' initiative will add fresh impetus to and broaden the prospects for the two countries' future cooperation. More >>>
- Vientiane province immunises under-fives against polio
The Vientiane provincial Health Department has confirmed that all children under the age of five will receive polio vaccinations with the goal of eliminating the disease once again from the country through a mass immunisation campaign. More >>>
- Sweden grants more than 43 billion kip to MRC
The Swedish government has granted more than 43 billion kip (SEK 49 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to implement its strategic work in four key result areas. More >>>
- Japan introduces new water purification system
An ecological purification system, known as the slow sand filter system, has been found to be suitable for small towns in Laos because the essential equipment can be prepared on site. More >>>


VAIVAI Taxi services open in Laos
KIWI Company is introducing a new application to provide a taxi service through VAIVAI Taxi after the company successfully launched the service in Laos
. . . More >>>


Local performers help celebrate Luang Prabang Film Festival
Lao artists are helping to create a colourful and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate Luang Prabang Film Festival underway from December 2-7 in . . . More >>>


Helping trade and livelihoods in Laos
The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a land of enchantment and wonder. A landlocked nation sitting astride the mighty Mekong River and separated from Vietnam by the rugged Annamite. . . . More >>>

World news

11 die in Karachi's hotel fire, 75 injured
INDIA (The Statesman, ANN) -- INA pre-dawn fire at a hotel in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi on Monday killed at least 11 people and injured 75 others, police and a . . . More >>>


What can be done to encourage people to buy Lao-made products?
The 4th Made in Laos Expo took place from November 28 to December 4 at Lao-ITECC and featured a large number of stalls displaying products made in Laos. Vientiane Times visited the event and asked exhibitors for their thoughts on what could be done to better promote Lao. . . More >>>


Local team ready for vovinam championship
The Lao team is keen to test its skills at the 4th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championships 2017 to be hosted by Siem Reap city, Cambodia from January 11-14. . . More >>>


Anhui province: the next destination for your travel list
When thinking of visiting China, we usually immediately think about the Great Wall and a few other famous places, but the huge country of China has plenty of other wonderful cultural sites, historical attractions and landscapes to offer the traveller. . .. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Mushroom grower earns sustainable income
Mr Suansanam Lathsabanthao is a model family in Xaythany district, earning a sustainable income from growing mushrooms. . . . .. More >>>

Arts & Culture

Beautiful Hmong culture celebrated in Xieng Khuang
The traditional Hmong New Year Festival which is held annually in northern Xieng Khuang province saw the area welcome more than double the number of visitors . . .More >>>


Japanese volunteer judo coach helping local fighters
Lao national judo fighters across all levels are developing and growing in confidence for international competition thanks to the efforts of Japanese volunteer Mr Kan Murayama. . . . More >>>


Partnership, protection, response and empowerment: ending gender violence
Governments, civil society and the United Nations family in Asia and the Pacific are strengthening efforts to respond to the persistent scourge of gender-based violence against women and girls in the region, with the roll-out of an essential services package that incorporates prevention and response underpinned by strategic partnerships, impactful laws and policies, and justice and healing for survivors. . More >>>


Selling textiles ensures a sufficient family life
Selling various kinds of textiles for more than nine years has delivered a better life for the family of Ms Orlaphin Sayasone, who lives in Lakjeth village, Pakxe district, . . 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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