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August 28, 2014

Building of southern road link delayed ## Teacher quota does not meet school demands

 

 

1. A large area of land in Laos has been given over to rubber plantations under concessions awarded to large companies.
2. Ms Bounpheng Mounphosay.
 

1. Vietnam rubber giant to address issues raised by displaced communities
The state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) will directly resolve all issues raised by villagers affected by its plantations in Laos and Cambodia, Thanh Nien News reported. More >>>

2. Ebola virus prevention among topics of Govt meeting
The government's monthly meeting has discussed a number of fundamental issues ranging from the prevention of Ebola virus to socio-economic development and legislation. More >>>

3. Govt steps up to expand SSS coverage
The government has established the National Social Security Fund in a move to expand the Social Security System (SSS) to cover a wider range of people in society. More >>>

4. Teacher quota does not meet school demands
Even though the government has offered a quota of 1,800 teachers, including administrators this year, it still falls short of the estimated 3,000 teachers required for schools around the country. More >>>

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Laos, Argentina strengthen cooperation
Laos and Argentina have affirmed their desire to strengthen cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks for the mutual benefit of both nations. More >>>

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Building of southern road link delayed
Construction of Road No.16A, connecting Pakxong district in Champassak province to Attapeu province and Vietnam, has progressed more slowly than planned, officials in charge have confirmed. More >>>

News

August 28, 2014
- Traffic conditions to be broadcast live on radio
Traffic conditions during the morning and evening rush hours will now be reported via public security radio on FM 101.5Mhz starting next Monday in an effort to reduce traffic jams in Vientiane. More >>>
- Damages to rice fields still unclear after flooding
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry still doesn't know how many hectares of rice need to be rehabilitated after the recent flash flooding incidents. More >>>
- Criminal cases for January to June reported
Throughout the country police were able to solve more than 2,000 criminal cases and seize large quantities of drugs in the first six months of this year. More >>>

August 27, 2014
- Experts tackle child labour issues
Guaranteeing school enrolment, law enforcement and building of public awareness on child labour are keys to preventing it from occurring in society. More >>>
- Lack of street lighting sparking concerns about social ills 
The streetlights along many Vientiane roads and streets are broken, causing the city to be plunged into darkness and sparking concerns about rising social ills in the capital. More >>>
- Vientiane drug committees push forward free drug announcements
The Vientiane Committees for Drug Control together with local officials are working urgently to address drug problems in several villages of the capital, aiming towards announcing it as a drug free city next year. More >>>
- Lao Red Cross needs more blood donors
Lao Red Cross is requesting more blood donors to boost its supplies in the country to meet the growing demand of society.
According to an official from the Lao Red Cross Blood Transfusion Centre, Dr Khamchan Khammanivong, they were unable to supply enough blood to meet the growing demand of people in need in Laos. More >>>

August 26, 2014
- Lao NA's role to be enhanced at AIPA
The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) will contribute to further enhancing the profile of Laos in the international arena, notably the role and reputation of the National Assembly (NA). More >>>
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Nayobai Bank's loan rate is low, deputy bank governor says
The interest rates levied on loans granted by the Nayobai Bank are low in comparison with rates offered by other commercial banks, a deputy governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR has confirmed. More >>>
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Nam Nern Night Safari expands tours, attract visitors
Nam Nern Night Safari, located in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Projected Area in Huaphan province, is offering new services for tourists after the success of their night time wildlife safari. More >>>
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Locals ask for more cooperation fighting fires
Local people are asking for more cooperation between fireman and electricity officials to expedite fire fighting response times. More >>>

August 25, 2014
- HIV cases steadily increase in Laos: Health expert
The number of new HIV cases has steadily increased at an estimated three new infections a day, or around 1,000 cases each year showing there is little reason for complacency, even though current HIV prevalence is relatively low. . More >>>
- New irrigation law to boost development
The development of the irrigation sector aiming to expand the sustainability of agriculture and improve rural livelihoods is still lacking in effectiveness as the allocation of responsibilities on each level remains unclear. . More >>>
- Savannakhet set to develop Mekong riverside
Authorities in Savannakhet province expect to start the construction of an embankment project in Kaysone Phomvihane district at the end of this year. . More >>>
- Australia-Asean crew prepares for boat racing festival
As a local initiative in Laos to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of Asean-Australia relations, the Australian Embassy in Vientiane is assembling a multi-country crew to compete in the annual boat racing festival on October 9. . More >>>

August 22, 2014
- Children share their story as part of development progress
World Vision Laos allocated places for community children to voice and share their hopes with its senior management team at a forum on Wednesday. More >>>
- Laos undertakes surveillance for Ebola
T he Ministry of Health held a press conference this week to prepare precautionary measures against Ebola, with the outbreak in the West African countries having killed more than 1,000 people since August 16. More >>>
- Non-secured farmers can access bank loans, official says
People who do not have any security of tenure over their land can also access loans from the Agriculture Promotion Bank if they are members of certain farmer groups. More >>>
- Champassak flood victims need more support
Thousands of households in Soukhouma and Pakxe district of Champassak province are still in dire need of assistance after being hit by flash flooding earlier this month. More >>>
- Lao students receive scholarships to study in Korea
The government of the Republic of Korea has awarded the 2014 Global Korea Scholarships (GKS) to eight brilliant Lao students to study for master's and doctoral degrees at universities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). More >>>

August 21, 2014
- Laos donates to aid China earthquake victims
Laos has donated more than one billion kip through the Chinese Embassy in Vientiane for the victims of the earthquake, which shook Yunnan province in China recently. More >>>
- Lao strengthens action plan for people with disabilities
Health officials in Laos have joined a two-day forum this week regarding the formation of a disability inclusive health and rehabilitation action plan for 2015-20, in order to support people living with disabilities. More >>>
- That Luang Marsh road to convert land into capital
The construction of an 11km highway in Vientiane from Donnokhoum village in Sisattanak district which links to the 450 Year Road will still proceed under the policy of turning land into capital. More >>>
- Luang Namtha youth learn about reproductive health
Rural girls in Laos often struggle to access information and the rate of adolescent pregnancy is continuing to rise in rural areas; these concerns were the focus of a reproductive health workshop in Luang Namtha province recently. More >>>

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- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
- Driving to Sangthong now quicker and easier

- Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing
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Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon
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PM pushes for more rice seed studies plap plap
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Age-old Japanese cuisine comes to Laos
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Calls for help going unanswered, foundation laments
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Govt aims to deal with land disputes
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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

Business

Work on Nam Neun 1, 3 hydro schemes to begin early 2016
Construction of the Nam Neun 1 and 3 hydropower projects is scheduled to start in early 2016 and is slated for completion by early 2020, at an estimated cost of over US$400 million, according to the project developer. More >>>

Entertainment

Rare glimpse into 35th AIPA entertainment performances
A select Lao audience and the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) committee have been given a glimpse at what's to come at the opening ceremony of the 35th AIPA to be hosted by Vientiane on September 14-20. More >>>

Feature

Drug addicts fight for a new chance at life
The crackling voices on the low volume television are the only link the group of youngsters at Somsanga Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Vientiane have with the outside world. More >>>

World news

Vietnam tackles latest avian flu outbreak
HANOI (Vietnam News, ANN) -- The H5N6 strain of avian flu, which recently reappeared in Vietnam, could easily spread to more birds and even humans, vice head of the Veterinary Department under the health ministry Dam Xuan Thanh warned at a meeting on Monday. More >>>

Opinion

Are school fees too expensive?
The start of the new school term is an exciting time for students but many parents have concerns as school fees seem to keep increasing every year, especially at the private schools. To gauge the public's opinion Vientiane Times asked people for their thoughts on the cost of education. More >>>

Sport

Minister of Education and Sports volleyball cup gets underway
Runners-up in last year's Minister of Education and Sports' Cup for volleyball, Police, beat Champa IT team 3-2 in the first of the men's group matches for this year's cup competition at Beuangkha-nhong Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. More >>>

Travel

Bolaven jungle:  Adventure, conservation and health W hen trekking through the jungles of the Bolaven Plateau, tourists not only get the chance to spot local wildlife, relax and unwind in the natural environment but also an ...More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Remote family succeeds in wiping out poverty
Bending over all day, every day planting, tending to and then harvesting his crop of rice was not enough to change the living standards of Mr Houmphan Phanyathong and his family so they decided they. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Horkhoa Padapdin festival honours ancestors
A woman known to everyone as Aunt Chansy, sits on a comfortable sofa in the living room as she recounts a drama she once saw to her two sons and one daughter so that they can understand the importance of. . . . . More >>>

Education

Pharmacy owner helps fight against malaria Ms Khonesavanh Phouvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village, Pathoumphone district, Champassak province which has become the place to go for diagnosis and ... More >>>

Health
 

Farmers advised to vaccinate cattle in flooded areas

The National Animal Health Centre is advising cattle owners in flooded areas of Champassak, Savannakhet, Saravan and Attapeu provinces to get their animals vaccinated against haemorrhagic fever. . More >>>

Lifestyle

Countryside days catching crabs yield cries of joy and painJep khee, jep khee ” is not a pleasant term to hear in Laos, translating roughly to “shit! that hurts!” in English but it is an accurate reflection of the pain young people feel when they are ... .More >>>

Environment
 

Millions and life
Uncle Khamdi's family consisted of his beloved wife named Aunty Mi, and his admirable son - Kham Si; they lived in Ban Keng Noy.
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AIPA Special

AIPA during its 29 years as AIPO

There are four more weeks before the National Assembly will host the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which will be held in Vientiane from September 14-20.
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