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October 23, 2014
Laos greatly challenged by UXO clearance ## Laos enters negotiation on EU FLEGT



1. A crowd of villagers dig up alabaster on a hillside in Attapeu province. -- Photo Chan  

1. Attapeu folk continue to unearth alabaster despite ban
The high sale price of alabaster has brought local people flocking to Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, where they have been digging up blocks of the mineral to sell, despite a government ban on its removal. More >>>

2. Education, agriculture, governance benefit from EU funding boost
The EU has announced funding totalling 60 million euros for 2014-15 in support of the country's 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan. More >>>

Laos enters negotiation on EU FLEGT
Assurance of the legality of Lao timber is a step closer after negotiations with the European Union (EU) regarding forestry law enforcement, governance and trade commenced. More >>>

Laos greatly challenged by UXO clearance
Laos is struggling to clear contaminated areas, educate people about the risks of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and provide vocations for survivors of UXO accidents. More >>>


October 23, 2014
- Minister calls on Red Cross to be more efficient
Carrying out work in line with specific guidelines and with a set role in mind, along with strict evaluation of performance, would result in competent leaders and effective outcomes. More >>>
- Ministry vocational scholarships up by 15 percent
The Ministry of Education and Sports' Technical and Vocational Education Department is set to distribute scholarships to around 1,900 students from poor districts across the country to study vocational education this coming academic year. More >>>
- Officials visit Korea to bolster knowledge of electricity industry
Some 21 government officials departed Vientiane on October 18 for the Republic of Korea, where they will undergo a capacity building training programme to enable them to better manage Laos' electricity industry. More >>>
- Illness implicated in Khan river death
A 22-year-old man found dead in the Khan river in Luang Prabang province this week had been considered mentally unstable, a local doctor confirmed.More >>>
- Rehab centre seeks remedy for funding
Somsanga Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane is seeking almost six billion kip to construct an additional apartment house and facilities for drug users coming for treatment. More >>>

October 22, 2014
- New contraceptive implant available for nation’s women
A new contraceptive implant, considered to be among the most effective birth control methods, is set for use by women in Laos. The Ministry of Health yesterday hosted a seminar on the device, which was attended by Deputy Minister of Health Dr Inlavan Keobounphanh and other invited guests. More >>>
- Overloaded timber truck causes Champassak bridge collapse
The Khamseng Commerce Company, owners of an overloaded truck carrying timber, have agreed to fund repairs to the Huayphabang Bridge which collapsed in Champassak province last week. More >>>
- NUOL to cooperate in rural water treatment solutions
The National University of Laos (NUOL), its Faculty of Engineering, and the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) have agreed to cooperate in the field of decentralised water treatment solutions. More >>>
- Oudomxay to shine as 5.7 billion kip goes to games’ preparations
Sangkhomsay BubphanouvongOudomxay province: Oudomxay has invested about 5.7 billion kip to improve the electrical system and on renovations in readiness for the national games in December. More >>>

October 21, 2014
- Civil servant management challenges ministry
Civil servant management remains a major issue for the Ministry of Home Affairs, especially the recruitment process which must ensure fairness and transparency to select quality candidates. More >>>
- Plan Int’l set to improve primary education in Bokeo 
Plan International will continue to implement a new approach to improve teacher methodology in Bokeo province under Phase 2 of a project running from 2015 to 2019. More >>>
- IEG to test students’ English language standards
The Ministry of Education and Sports and IIG Education Laos Co., Ltd are working in cooperation to test the English language standards of Lao students as part of preparations for the introduction of the Asean Economic Comm. More >>>
- Korea helps Lao officials to develop rural education
Twenty-two officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports left Vientiane last weekend to attend a programme on capacity building in remote education training, which is taking place from October 19 to November 1 in the Republic of Korea. More >>>

October 20, 2014
- Govt mulls reducing social security cost for individuals
Authorities are considering reducing the amount paid by individuals who want to join the social security system (SSS) in an attempt to enable members of the public to benefit from and join the system, a senior government official has said. . More >>>
- Plenty of governance reform challenges despite progress
The government faces more work and challenges dealing with governance reform despite having made significant progress so far.
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- Rising costs, market access issues depriving farmers
The rising cost of agricultural inputs, natural disasters due to climate change and the lack of access to markets have posed great challenges for family and smallholder farmers in Laos as they strive to make a living, officials and experts have agreed. . More >>>
- Vientiane authority to manage waste water
Public concern rose recently over the rapid population growth in cities and towns of Laos creating sanitation worries, while a systematic waste water management is needed. . More >>>
- Officials work to give Vientiane breath of fresh air
Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department officials last week held a meeting to gather constructive feedback for the Vientiane Clean Air Plan (CAP), under the Clean Air for Smaller Cities in the Asean Region project. . More >>>

October 17, 2014
- Health researchers descend on capital to share knowledge
Strengthening and enhancing research capacity in Laos in support of achieving the Millennium Development Goals related to the health sector is a major goal of the 8th National Health Research Forum from October 16-17. More >>>
- Laos, Russia seek to boost tourism cooperation
The number of Russians visiting Laos will grow larger than it has ever been before as the country has an abundance of tourism sites. More >>>
- E-learning tools to improve communication for the deaf
The Association for the Deaf is currently supporting the hearing impaired by helping them to learn Lao sign language with e-learning tools, thereby improving their communication abilities. More >>>

October 16, 2014
- Regional, French officials discuss water resource management in Mekong basin
Regional officials exchanged knowledge and experience with French experts in Vientiane for integrated water resource management in the Mekong river basin. More >>>
- Red Cross aims to achieve breakthrough in capacity
The Lao Red Cross needs to take stronger measures to breakthrough and build capacity among its staff for it to be ready to respond effectively when providing humanitarian aid in both emergency and normal situations. More >>>
- Global Handwashing Day: A reminder that a simple practice saves lives
As the world celebrated Global Handwashing Day, the government, UNICEF and partners marked the occasion at a local primary school under the theme: Choose Handwashing, Choose Health.More >>>
- Get your camera out for humanity's sake
Budding photographers and professionals alike have been called on to display their skills and vie for inclusion in an inspirational calendar that will be seen nationwide. More >>>
- Local officials brush-up on waste management techniques
Local officials have been sharing experiences with experts from the European Union on chemical and biological waste management in Vientiane from October 14-16. More >>>

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Traditional boat racing crown goes to Luang Prabang

- Lao PM stresses energy security and sustainable future in Asean
Laos pushes for energy integration
Laos-Russia to deepen ties, cooperation
Vientiane AIPA adopts resolutions to boost community building
President receives AIPA delegates
AIPA opening emphasises Asean's regional significance
Asean education ministers meeting kicks off in Vientiane
Traffic chaos in Vientiane after morning deluge
Ministry battles to ensure children finish primary school
Laos, Argentina strengthen cooperation
New propaganda head assumes post
- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Vientiane water rates rise
Vientiane's water supplier, Nam Papa Nakhone Luang, is increasing water rates to generate more money for expansion of the network and the provision of better services. More >>>


Fest flexes at cultural nexus
Dance lovers and learners alike will have a chance to witness some serious moves being made as an international cast of performers spin, shake and groove into town. ... .
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Horsing around goes from leaps to bounds
With a cool breeze blowing, a sunny morning on the outskirts of town sounds like as good a time as any to be on horseback.
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World news

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia's president
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called by his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer. More >>>


Q & A: What does the UN do in the Lao PDR?
October 24 is UN Day and to mark the occasion Vientiane Times arranged an interview with the United Nation Resident Coordinator in the Lao PDR, Ms Kaarina Immonen. More >>>


Oudomxay women's volleyball team starts training late
Oudomxay: The women's volleyball team from Oudomxay province may have only just started training this week but they are still hopeful they can overcome the odds to win a medal at the upcoming 10th National Games on home soil. More >>>


Life goes on after the party in Vangvieng
Three years ago, Vangvieng boatman Mr Kham was busy ferrying tourists up and down the Nam Song river to various parties or other attractions as thousands of young revellers flocked to the latest party town. More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Poverty eradication week focuses on economic inequality Fourteen-year-old Anousone remembers scouring the jungle for food. He’d skip school and head into the wilderness, digging up bamboo shoots and picking leaves from ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Ork Phansa ; Tark Baat in the suburbs Getting ready for the end of Buddhist Lent is a notably lively moment in Lao culture; this year, the day of Ork Phansa fell on the Wednesday the eighth of October as dictated by the full moon in accordance with the lunar calendar. More >>>


Big investments in education for kids a growing trend When a six-year-old girl who studies at one of the international schools in Vientiane returned home in the evening, she gave her mother a big smile by reading out loud a brand name written in English on a household appliance. More >>>


Lao, Japanese surgeons share expertise in rhinitis struggle
Rhinitis training for doctors at Ear, Nose and Throat ward of Mahosot Hospital is underway with assistance from the Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. . More >>>


Lunar eclipse brings pleasant end of Lent  
A beautiful blood red moon illuminated the night sky as the sun set on the last day of Buddhist Lent on Wednesday evening.


Floodwaters wash over a sleeping Vientiane
Deep into the first night of this month, Vientiane residents lay soundly asleep in their beds blissfully ignorant of the floods washing away the streets and sweeping away their belongings. s.More >>>

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