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1. Quang Nam province forest management staff assess deforestation in Nam Giang district, Vietnam. --Photo VNS

1. Laos-Vietnam authorities on the hunt for illegal loggers
Authorities in Laos and Vietnam are trying to track down loggers who cut down 70 long leng trees in forests along the countries' shared border, in order to bring the culprits to justice. More >>>

Deputy PM advises Xieng Khuang on administrative changes
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone has advised Xieng Khuang province to carry out administrative changes in line with new mandates issued by the government. More >>>

Room to Read seeks writers for children's books
Room to Read Laos is calling for illustrators and novelists to contribute to children's books for publication and distribution to schools in target areas of the country. . More >>>

Fire engulfs home in Hadxaifong
The Vientiane Prevention and Protection Police Department has reported that 37 fires occurred in the capital from January to June, killing one person and causing over 5 billion kip in damage. . More >>>

5. Support group backs job training for disabled people
The Lao Disabled People's Association (LDPA) is continually working to provide incomes and job opportunities for disabled people, with one area of focus being the garment sector. . More >>>


July 29, 2016
- Laos, Thailand extend cooperation in satellite technology
Laos and Thailand will continue their cooperation in using satellite systems for remote sensing, agricultural mapping and other applications in various development sectors across the country. More >>>
- Still room for improvement in statistics, review finds
The compiling of statistics needs improving to ensure that accurate information is supplied to policy makers, those making plans and other participants in the socio-economic development process, a review meeting heard. More >>>
- Nongtha Development Complex hoping to add flair to Vientiane
The Nongtha Development Complex funded by the Lao-Viet Bank (LVB) was officially opened on Wednesday as a new place of employment, meetings and accommodation for the bank's staff. More >>>
- Community development team applauds project success
Community development experts met in Vientiane on Tuesday to review a project aimed at boosting citizen-led development and inclusive local governance. More >>>

July 28 , 2016
- Forecasters issue storm warning
People in northern and central parts of Laos are advised to be on the alert for the possibility of severe thunderstorms and strong winds from July 27-29 when it is expected that tropical storm Mirinae will pass over or close to Laos. . More >>>
- Asean, EU agree to jointly tackle challenges and promote peace
Foreign ministers from Asean and the European Union have agreed to further strengthen their efforts to tackle various challenges to promote peace, security and cooperation in the region and the world. . More >>>
- Laos to attend tourism dialogue meeting in Myanmar
The four countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) will focus their discussions on tourism under the theme ‘Four countries, one tourist destination' at the tourism dialogue meeting that begins in Myanmar tomorrow. . More >>>
- Police altercation with motorcyclist sparks public concern
Almost 150,000 people viewed a video posted on Facebook yesterday of a policeman striking an errant motorcyclist, within two hours of it being uploaded. . More >>>
Former president funds primary schools in Xieng Khuang
Former President of the Lao PDR Mr Khamtay Siphandone lent his support recently to the building of two new primary schools in Poung village, Khoun district, Xieng Khuang province. . More >>>

July 27, 2016
- Commission says violence against women still a major concern
Violence against women and especially domestic violence remains an issue in Laos, a recent study undertaken by the National Commission for the Advancement of Women (NCAW) has revealed. More >>>
- Foreign media spotlight multiple topics at AMM
A number of issues have been highlighted by foreign media covering the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its related meetings which ended in Vientiane yesterday. More >>>
- Major road upgrades close to completion
Upgrade of the 2.5km road running from Dongdok to the Tanmixay traffic lights in Vientiane is over 90 percent complete according to the project coordinator. More >>>
- Women lack understanding of gender equality: project report
The Vientiane Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother and Child Affairs needs to create greater understanding of gender equality among women in target districts of a project that aims to promote and create capacity development towards equality between women and men. More >>>

July 26 , 2016
- Flash flooding hits farmers in Xayaboury
Almost 200 families in Botaen district, Xayaboury province, have lost some or all of their crops to flash flooding after heavy rains last weekend but luckily no deaths or injuries were reported. . More >>>
- Pregnant women in need of better healthcare
Pregnant women are in need of more information concerning healthcare which should be provided by specialists including midwives, to reduce Laos' high rate of child mortality. . More >>>
- Television show provides fun, education for children
Children between 3-6 years old can now learn fundamental developmental skills such as physical, mental, social and mood development, through the Early Childhood Development (ECD) TV programme called “My Village”. . More >>>
- Vientiane Science Café sparks public debate
The University of Health Sciences and Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU) last week organised the first Vientiane Science Café aimed at making science more accessible to the public. . More >>>

July 25, 2016
- Three killed in Vientiane road accidents last week
Three people died in road accidents in the capital last week, according to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department. More >>>
- Comply with the rules or face closure, nightclubs warned
Vientiane authorities are planning strict management of entertainment venues and beer shops in the capital to curb the harmful effects on society. More >>>
- City lacks budget to build concrete roads
There are no plans to upgrade more roads in the capital from asphalt to concrete because of a lack of funds, according to an official. More >>>
- Small trucks carrying sand and soil permitted in city centre
Vientiane authorities have agreed that small trucks carrying sand and soil for construction projects can operate throughout the rainy season, while larger trucks will be banned from using roads in the city centre. More >>>

July 22, 2016
- Downpours in China won't affect Laos, weathermen say
The heavy rain that is currently causing widespread flooding in parts of China will not be coming to Laos any time soon, according to forecasters.More >>>
- Setthathirath Hospital to continue free-treatment policy
Vientiane's Setthathirath Hospital plans to continue its free-treatment policy for low income patients, despite struggling to finance the scheme. More >>>
- Assembly members beef up on economic issues
Members of the National Assembly and the People's Provincial Assemblies have learnt more about economic issues so they can better support and monitor work being undertaken by the government. More >>>
- Laos-Japan association extends support for rural students
The Kumamoto-Laos Friendship Association on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to assisting the education of Lao children. More >>>

July 21 , 2016
- Top students depart for US to attend MOSWC
Three talented young students from Laos will depart for the United States of America next month to represent Laos in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship (MOSWC), which will be held in Orlando, Florida from August 7-10, 2016. . . More >>>
- State Auditing Organisation instructs southern provinces' operations
President of the State Auditing Organisation, DrViengthongSiphandone and senior officials visited two southern provinces last week to encourage and guide their operations in the year ahead. . . More >>>
- That Luang market traders shown the door
Some 500 stallholders at the makeshift That Luang market in Xaysettha district need to look for a new location to sell their wares before August 23 as the site has been earmarked for development. . . More >>>
Champassak battles drug abuse, trafficking
Champassak provincial authorities are pursuing a drug awareness campaign in at-risk schools and villages to help prevent the trafficking of illegal drugs. . . More >>>

July 20 , 2016
- Luang Namtha people to access health insurance
Luang Namtha province will soon begin to launch a health insurance fund in order to enable government officials and company workers in the province to access health insurance services. More >>>
- Workers unaware of rights: labour chief
Lao workers and the heads of labour associations must be better informed about their rights when it comes to negotiating working conditions. More >>>
- Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
Yesterday was Buddhist Lent festival day and Lao people welcomed and celebrated this important event nationwide by giving alms and presenting offerings at their local temples. More >>>
- Savannakhet counts the cost in wake of storm
Four houses, 48 trees and more than 70 electricity poles along Road No. B9 in Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province, were damaged during a storm that lashed the area on Monday evening. More >>>

July 19 , 2016
- KOICA extends support for rural development
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to support Laos in various sectors, especially the development of rural communities across the country. . More >>>
- Malaysia, Laos mark 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations
A group of 40 students and 10 lecturers from the Malaysia's Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) have undertaken a 6-day capacity-building project in Vientiane. . More >>>
- Donors support third phase of Poverty Reduction Fund programme
Donors to the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) including the Word Bank and the Australian government are planning a third phase of projects after recently inspecting development initiatives in Luang Prabang province.
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July 18, 2016
- Lao Front informs Buddhist body of Party Congress highlights
The Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) has explained the outcomes of the 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the 10th Congress of the LFNC to monks and novices. More >>>
- Opening of Vientiane radio, TV station on hold
The Vientiane Department of Information, Culture and Tourism is reviewing plans to open a new television station in the capital because a shortage of qualified personnel and funding has put the project on hold. More >>>
- New cement plant passe s emissions test
The massive new Vangvieng Cement Plant No. 3 in Vientiane province has passed a test to detect particle emission and ensure the plant does not pollute the surrounding countryside. More >>>
- Nationwide road accidents claim over 90 lives in June
Over 90 people were killed in road accidents around the country in June according to the latest report from the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security. More >>>


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- US Secretary of State lays groundwork for future cooperation
49th AMM, related meetings close after fruitful discussions
Canada opens diplomatic office in Vientiane
Asean, dialogue partners vow to boost cooperation
Lao PM calls for Asean nations to remain united
Asean members, development partners assess progress
Asean representatives discuss meeting preparations
Asean meeting promotes region to the world
Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
PM pushes for greater connectivity between Asia, Europe
Communities give back to nature by replenishing fish stocks
PM asks media, ministry
to work harder

Malaysia seeks to grow palm oil market in Laos
The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) is looking to expand its business in Laos where economic growth is around 7 percent per year, according to a senior official at a seminar this week. . More >>>


Designer set to shine with latest collection at Lao Fashion Week
Popular fashion designer and owner of the Phaeng Mai Gallery in Vientiane, Ms Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy, is taking her newest collection to the runway at this year's Lao Fashion Week in September. . More >>>


Soumontha Restaurant's laab has diners coming back for more
People who love eating traditional dishes like laab should not miss a visit to the Soumontha Restaurant in Vientiane. . More >>>

World news

Indian authorities re-impose curfew in Kashmir's main city
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Authorities on Friday re-imposed a curfew in the main city of Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir.... More >>>


Buddhist training encourages peaceful hearts and minds
During the period of Khao Phansa, or Buddist Lent, monks across Laos are involving themselves in Dharma educationa.... More >>>


Laos' Olympic cycling hopes rest with Ariya
Laos' top male cyclist Ariya Phounsavath will be the nation's sole representative in the sport at the 31st Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Au gust 5-21. . More >>>


Visit Sui Lake for snail soup and cool breezes
If you happen to be in Savannakhet province, don't forget to stop off at Sui Lake in Champhon district and sample the locally made snail soup.. . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Local fruit transformed into international product
Ms Oudavanh Svengsuksa is always in search of good value local fruits so she can turn them into a business opportunity for her local community. . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Monks intensify devotions during Buddhist Lent
Monks and novices have to stay in their temples to strictly practice all their routines and principles throughout the three months of Buddhist Lent, which begins today. . . More >>>


Lao schoolboy excels in Microsoft Word
Everyone enjoys learning new things, but not everyone can push themselves to outshine their peers and stand head and shoulders above the crowd. . .More >>>


Sustained war on mosquitoes keeps dengue under control
While the Champassak provincial Health Department is working hard to combat an outbreak of dengue fever, health workers in Vientiane are continuing to encourage the public to maintain a clean environment in and around their homes. . .. More >>>


Designer contest winner sets sights on global fashion industry
The winner of this year's Young Lao Designer competition, Viseth Sitthilath, expects to be an important fashion designer one day, using his own brand to promote the Lao fashion industry on a world stage. . . . More >>>


Centuries-old Lee fish traps now a thing of the past
Centuries-old Lee traps, or basket-type fish traps fashioned out of wood and bamboo, which have been used by southern fisherman for hundreds of years, are in the process of being removed. . . More >>>

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