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July 07, 2015

Medics endorse law on alcoholic drinks control


Dry rice fields are without rain in the central part of the country. (File photo)

1. Thirsty rice growers nationwide still await rain
Rice growers across the country are struggling to pump water from ponds and channels or buying in water by truck to feed rice seedlings while they wait for rain. More >>>

2. Concerns about foreign reserves as imports rise
Foreign currency reserves in Laos remain sufficient to import goods for six months despite the higher value of imports, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. More >>>

3. NA wants govt to close revenue collection loophole
National Assembly (NA) members have asked the government to close the loophole allowing the leakage of state revenue caused by confusion between central and local authorities in business unit governance and trade management. More >>>

4. Health institutions to lower student intake
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), health science colleges and public health schools around the country aim to accept only 993 students into their programmes this academic year (2015-2016), in line with the quota set by the Ministry of Health. More >>>

Medics endorse law on alcoholic drinks control
The Ministry of Health is gearing up to disseminate the law on the control of alcoholic drinks and an amended law on treatment, aiming at reducing the injury and death rate from drinking and the provision of treatment for people suffering from accidents or illnesses resulting from drinking. More >>>

6. Education ministry planning illiteracy-free declaration ceremony
The Ministry of Education and Sports last week discussed plans to hold a declaration ceremony to mark the vast majority of the nation now being illiteracy-free and having access to primary education. More >>>


July 07, 2015
- Korean firm supports scholarships for NUOL's students
The National University of Laos (NUOL) awarded scholarships to outstanding students of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture, who attended the Voluntary Outdoor Learning Activities programme on rural community development, financed by a Korean company. More >>>
- Four die in shooting after love affair
The fatal combination of a jealous husband and drug abuse are believed to be behind a murder-suicide in Savannakhet province on Sunday that shocked the local community. More >>>
- WWF launches gender project in Savannakhet
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently unveiled a project to enhance women's participation in natural resource management in Savannakhet province. More >>>
- Road accidents summarised for first six months of 2015
There were 530 fatalities in the continuing spate of accidents nationwide over the six months from January 1 to June 7, 2015, according to the latest report from the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>

July 06, 2015
- Late rains won't hurt rice crop much, ministry believes
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry confirmed that despite the late arrival of rain in this wet seaso n there would not be a major impact on rice farming. More >>>
- New agriculture and forestry ministry Party leaders elected
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry last week elected new party leaders of the ministry to oversee implementation of the sector's development. More >>>
- Minister calls for residents to clean dirt from the roads
Many people in Vientiane are still neglecting their social responsibility to maintain cleanliness on the kerbs and roadsides outside their homes and businesses, according to a government minister. More >>>
- Rescue team reports increasing road accidents in capital
Road accidents continue to kill and maim people across the country and Vientiane rescue teams are on standby 2 4 hours to help crash victims. More >>>

July 03, 2015
- Nepal is safe and ready for tourists to discover
A delegation from the Nepal Embassy to Thailand paid a visit to the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism last week to inform about the current situation in the wake of the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal. . More >>>
- Khuadin market begins to modernise
About 20 percent of the Khuadin market area, which is owned by a private company, Lieng Heng Trade and Market Development, will undergo a major facelift to turn it into a more modern style of shopping facility. . More >>>
- NA approves Xekong - Kaleum road upgrade
T he road linking Kaleum district to the Xekong provincial capital in the southern part of the country will receive significant improvement over the next three years. . More >>>
- Local rescue teams awarded 8 international medals
Eight members of Lao rescue teams received one gold, one silver and six bronze medals from the International Disaster Medical Rally recently in Chiang Rai province, Thailand. . More >>>

July 02, 2015
- JICA sees new Japanese volunteer group arrive in Laos
The latest group of Japanese volunteers arrived in Vientiane yesterday, with the 14 new arrivals on a mission to support the people of Laos in regards to socio-economic and human resource development.
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- Robbery not motive in roadside shooting: Official
Robbery has been ruled out as the cause of two people being shot dead at Nakhae village, Xaythany district, Vientiane on Tuesday as their valuables were still in the car, an official said. More >>>
- Khammuan focused on illegal drugs crack down
Khammuan provincial authorities are continuing to work with neighbouring countries and other provinces in Laos to further drug eradication efforts, especially countries in the Mekong sub-region.
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- Vientiane province teachers upgrade English skills
The English Language Institute of China (ELIC) in cooperation with the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will implement the first ever English Language Teacher Training Programme (ELTTP) for in-service secondary English teachers. More >>>

July 01, 2015
- One Health improves with international regulation
The One Health meeting this year in Champassak province, which ran from June 29-30, sought coordination and collaboration between multi-disciplinary sectors and improvement to the International Health Regulation Core Capacity. More >>>
- Lao and Japan discuss labour protection
Some 60 officials from various labour o rganisations in Laos and Japan joined a discussion about labour protection in both the formal and informal work sectors in Laos yesterday. More >>>
- Lao joins Asia-Pacific address on climate change
Laos recently shared its experience of climate change with participants from other regions, reporting that over the past years the country has experienced heavy storms, flooding and drought as a result of climate change. More >>>
- Odour from waste in parts of Saravan overwhelming
The bad smell emanating from the waste by-products of alcohol production in Kongxedon district of Saravan province is adding considerably to the general pollution in the area. More >>>
Laos, US confer on Asean chairmanship preparations US Ambassador to Asean Nina Hachigian has arrived in Vientiane for two days of meetings to explore Laos' plans and priorities for Asean, while reinforcing US support for Laos' 2016 Asean chairmanship preparations. More >>>
- Public complaints about dangerous truck drivers on the rise
The concrete road linking Nahay village in Hadxaifong district to Khamsavat village in Xaysettha district is now hindered by trucks carrying sand and soil, particularly in the rush hour. More >>>

NA opens to consider cabinet members, economic issues

- Attapeu International Airport opens
- Thailand funds drug treatment centre in Laos
- Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge opens
- Renovated museum receives crowning glory
- Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties
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- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity


Business plan course to boost SME entrepreneurs The Lao government is set to improve the business environment by encouraging the greater participation of the SME sector as an essential factor to driving the nation's ... More >>>


Poetry contest recognises two historic days Mr Chanthone Thiengthepvongsa and Mr Saykham Champa-outhoum jointly won first place in a poetry contest to mark the 60th anniversary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party day ... More >>>


Mission, view of incoming British ambassador to Laos
The year 2015 is considered to be a critical year for Laos as it prepares to become part of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) which will come into force at the end of this year. Being part of the AEC will increase not only Laos' engagement with the... More >>>

World news

1,200kg bomb-making materials seized, four held BANGLADESH (The Daily Star, ANN) -- Detectives on Monday claimed to have seized huge stash of explosive materials from Dhaka and Chittagong and arrested four persons in this ... More >>>


How is it important to reduce illiteracy in Laos? Recently, a survey by authorities found that a staggering 26 percent of female factory workers and domestic servants working in the three districts of Sisattanak, Chanthabouly and ... More >>>


Federation seeks to improve petanque players' professionalism The Lao Petanque Federation (LPF) is planning to try and improve the performance of its top petanque players and increase their professionalism after they failed in their medal bid at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore last month. ... More >>>


Busy Phnom Penh very welcoming for those on a budget
Chilling out in a foreign country doesn't always require a big budget for a short visit, especially in Cambodia where food, accommodation and .... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Commercial crops help remote family improve living standards
Many people want a better life and often this means adding new strings to your bow if you want to achieve more. This was the case with Mrs Bounthong Chommany who decided . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Kongbouat Festival
Respectful senior monks and newly ordained monks step over silk sashes placed by merit makers for the monks to step on after they walk from a Naga boa. ...More >>>


Let's explore bookshops across the border
In a busy shopping mall in the heart of Thailand, youngsters calmly browse through cartoon books page by page before pulling out money from their pockets to buy, while some adults are busy searching for.. ...More >>>


Reproductive health policy needs more effective promotion
The Ministry of Health is encouraging people from all walks of life to implement its policies for women by ensuring they have access to all necessary health services and that their rights are upheld and protected. . More >>>


Fish pond answers water shortage at planting time
The sound of a tractor comes from the west of my house at around 5am as Mr Toun starts plowing his rice fields to prepare for growing wet season rice. ... More >>>


Piranhas for sale at local shops
Vegetables, sweet yams, Mekong fish and organic produce are all commonly seen at small shops lining the walkway along the riverfront in Vientiane. But one thing you don't expect to see is razor-toothed carnivorous piranha fish of South American rivers and lakes. . . . ... More >>>

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