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July 24, 2017

Lower logistics costs to boost business, competitiveness

 
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1. Champassak council debates provincial development issues
Land management, tourism site management, the shortfall of rice production and unauthorised businesses operated by foreigners were some of the hot topics during the People's Council debate in Champassak province last week. The provincial people's assembly took the whole week for its third ordinary session, which began last Monday. Following their debate on the report to implement the socio-economic development plan over the first half of this year, people's council members raised issues to be addressed in the province. . . . More >>>

2. 180 billion kip to expand health insurance fund
The government has provided around 180 billion kip to expand the health insurance fund for the 2017-2018 fiscal year aiming to increase opportunities for people to access affordable health services. The fund, known as ‘30,000 kip for all diseases treatment' funded under the National Health Insurance (NHI) of 16 provinces across the country aims to offer health checks and facilitate treatment for local people. . . . . More >>>

3. Minimum wage increase the key for survival of Lao workers
Pushing for an increase in the minimum wage is a top priority of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) this year in a move to improve living conditions for low-paid Lao workers. Stronger voices from workers about the rising cost of living in the country have pushed the unions to press on the organisation of a tripartite meeting to agree on a wage rate increase. . . . .More >>>

4. New Chinese Ambassador takes up post
President Bounnhang Vorachit on Friday received Mr Wang Wentian at the presentation of his credentials to take the post of Chinese Ambassador to Laos. Laos and China established diplomatic relations on April 25, 1961, with the two countries having their embassy in each other's capital. . . . . . More >>>

5. Lower logistics costs to boost business, competitiveness
Decreasing the logistics costs for exporting and importing goods is a priority for Laos when it comes to business competitiveness in the region and the rest of the world according to a prominent Lao private sector leader. CEO of Petroleum Trading Lao Public Company (PTL), one of the country's leading private petroleum retail and supply firms, Mr Chanthone Sitthixay said recently that around 35 percent of business costs are related to logistics. . . More >>>

Home news

- International partners back Health Ministry's surveillance, use of immunisation data
Laos has become the first country in the WHO Western Pacific Region and the second in the world to introduce the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Immunisation and Surveillance Data Specialists (ISDS) project. The National Immunisation Programme (NIP) of the Ministry of Health welcomes the support from US CDC and WHO, the Deputy Health Minister, Assoc. Prof Dr Phouthone Moungpak, said on Friday. . .More >>>

- Frangipani garden to register as a Vientiane tourism site
The Frangipani garden in Nakhae village, Xaythany district is preparing to officially register as a new tourism site in Vientiane. The garden has 5,000 beautiful rangipani trees, with more than 250 species from around the world for visitors to enjoy when visiting the garden. Lao frangipani collector Dr Outhaki Chounlamany-Khamphoui told Vientiane Times on Thursday that “We are now preparing to register the Frangipani garden to be a new tourism site in Vientiane”. . . .More >>>

- Laos, China strengthen vocational education development
The Lao and Chinese governments are strengthening cooperation, particularly in voc ational education, to boost human resource development as well as to develop the bilateral relationship, a recent meeting in the capital hear d. . . More >>>

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Teachers trained to upgrade their pedagogical skills
Some 64 teachers of French-Lao bilingual classes received training to strengthen and upgrade their pedagogical skills from July 18-22 with assistance from France. Sec ondary school teachers working in bilingual classes improved the pedagogical quality of their teaching via the training. More >>>

Travel

Tardxang waterfall attracts more visitors during Buddhist Lent
After Lao people across the country attended takbat (aims giving) ceremonies nationwide to welcome the beginning of Buddhist Lent (July 8), known locally as Khaophansa , they visited natural waterfalls to celebrate. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Mushrooms can help households to earn income
Working as trader selling variety goods at home was not the right way to earn a living for Mr Bounthom Phankhamsao's family, so they instead started growing mushrooms to sell, which has given them a better life. . .   . .. .. . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Holy Buddhist Lent marks a fine time to take a break from drinking alcohol
Many people around the country have made a plan to stop drinking alcohol during the Buddhist Lent period and they believe it will help them to be healthier, happier, and save money as well. ...More >>>

Environment

Khammuan's limestone geography a UNESCO World Heritage Site soon?
Khammuan is known for its distinctive limestone landscapes. Those extraordinary ecosystems are a natural treasure and home to rare and endangered plant and animal species.
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Business

BNK and NCX jointly offering better services for Lao people
Better known as an innovative leasing company in Laos, BNK Capital Lao has teamed up with New Chip Xeng Co., Ltd (NCX) to offer better services to customers in the local market after reaching their business cooperative agreement. .
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Entertainment

Miss Universe Laos calling for entrants
Miss Universe Laos is calling on young local ladies to enter the contest to seek the nation's best candidate to join the world stage of Miss Universe 2017. . . .More >>>

Feature

Popular, traditional Lao fare aplenty at capital's Nongnoi
Nongnoi restaurant is one of the local eateries that is popular among Vientiane residents and visitors to the capital for its grilled chicken and array of laab (meat and fish salads). . .More >>>

World news

Thai Supreme Court's verdict on ex-PM Yingluck scheduled for Aug. 25
BANGKOK (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Supreme Court has scheduled to deliver a verdict next month on former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra pertaining to alleged corruption over a previous government rice programme..... . . More >>>

Opinion

How can we assist flood victims and reduce impacts?
Over the past few days, rain has caused the levels of some rivers to rise and flood in some areas. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has warned the levels of main rivers would rise and called residents who live alongside to be on alert for potential flooding.
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Sport

Amateur golfers to compete for PM's Cup
More than 100 of the nation's most skilful golfers will compete at Lao Amateur Open 2017 for the Prime Minister's Cup organised by Lao Golf Federation in Vientiane from July 27-30. ... .More >>>

Health

Malnutrition rate reduces in a Saravan's village
Malnutrition, in all its forms, includes undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related noncommunicable diseases. . . More >>>

Lifestyle

Tam Marktong a salad instead of a coffee break to refresh energy
Some Lao people are likely to eat a lot at lunch because they skip breakfast due to the limited time in the morning or because they are engaged in very hard work and need more energy. . .More >>>

Education

Student filmmaker receives scholarship from Korea
Mr Thananhsen Khamvixay, an outstanding student from the Mass Communication Department of Faculty of Letters at the National University of Laos (NUoL) has received a scholarship from Korea Internationa. . . .... .More >>>



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