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October 9, 2015

Laos, Costa Rica establish diplomatic relations


1.Construction of Xayaboury run-of-river hydropower plant is about 50 percent completed.

1. Honorary consul impressed by Xayaboury dam
Laos's Honorary Consul to Switzerland Dr Guido Kappeli said he was impressed by his visit to the Xayaboury run-of-river hydropower plant this week, where he was briefed on the advanced technology being used in the construction of the dam. . . More >>>

2. Laos-Russia relationship stayed strong over the past 55 years
The relations between Laos and Russia have been regularly maintained over the past more than half a century especially through the exchange of visits between senior leaders and delegations at various levels in the two countries.
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3. Drug law enforcement urged in Savannakhet
Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly have advised Savannakhet provincial officials to ensure stricter enforcement of the law, especially in relation to drug users and traffickers. . . More >>>

EU campaigns to end capital punishment
The European Union is campaigning in countries around the world to end capital punishment which is still imposed in one third of the global community of nations. . More >>>

5. Laos, Costa Rica establish diplomatic relations
The governments of Laos and Costa Rica signed a joint communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations on September 28, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reported. . More >>>


October 9, 2015
- Government discusses water resource management
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been paying attention to the better management of water resources after water quality and ecosystems have been degraded in some areas in recent years.More >>>
- Vientiane to have improved water supply
The government is preparing to upgrade the Vientiane Water Supply Expansion project to ensure that 95 percent of the city's population has access to clean water by 2020. More >>>
- 2,000 older people receive free healthcare services
Setthathirath Hospital and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare provided free health care services to 2,000 older people in the city on Thursday October 1 in recognition of the international Older People's Day which falls on that date. More >>>
- Flight school makes test run to Xayaboury
The Civil Aviation Flight Training Centre (CAFTC) conducted its first flight from Vientiane's Wattay International Airport to Xayaboury province to check out the route and airport for trainee pilots. More >>>

October 8, 2015
- 49 Lao nationals receive Australian scholarships
A total of 49 high-achieving Lao nationals received Australia Awards Scholarships at a ceremony held in Vientiane on Tuesday prior to beginning studies in Australia next year. More >>>
- Majority of people with mental health issues go without treatment
The majority of Lao people with mental health issues do have not access to treatment and health services because Laos still lacks human resource capacity in the field of mental health. More >>>
- Lao Federation of Trade Unions prepares seventh congress
The Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) has revealed plans for its upcoming seventh congress on October 14-15 in Vientiane. More >>>
- Rural Oudomxay villagers get free health checks
Over 4,500 people in remote areas of Namor district in Oudomxay province recently received free dental, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye examinations, along with general health checks. More >>>

October 7, 2015
- Asean ministers to meet on science and technology
Laos will host two important Asean science and technology meetings by the regional grouping of nations from November 2-6 in Vientiane.
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- Newspapers needs to get ‘smart' to attract younger readers
While smartphone users increasingly access social media the Lao Journalists' Association is promoting reading newspapers as a way for young media users to be better informed and boost readership.
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- Students nationwide mark National Teachers' Day
Students and teachers at schools and other educational institutions gathered yesterday to celebrate National Teachers' Day, held annually on October 7. . . More >>>
Government, private sector discuss intellectual property law
The Department of Intellectual Property is seeking to build understanding about copyright and rights involved with copyright for entrepreneurs as well as copyright principles for managers and the protection of intellectual property . . . More >>>

October 6, 2015
- Police suspect burst tyre caused fatal road accident
Officers from the Savannakhet Traffic Police Department said yesterday they suspect a burst tyre was the cause of a road accident that killed five people on October 3. . . More >>>
- Local workers benefit from southern economic zone
Over 4,500 local people have been employed by Lao and foreign companies at the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone since it was established in 2003. . . More >>>
- New hospital boosts healthcare in Xieng Khuang, Huaphan
More than 30,000 people in Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces will benefit from improved healthcare after the Bounthine Yeominrak Hospital (Mother-Children Medical Care) opened last week. . . More >>>

October 5, 2015
- More Japanese volunteers arrive in Laos
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently welcomed six more volunteers to Laos. More >>>
- Lao, Japanese high school students promote cultural exchange
The Aeon 1 percent Club is running a mutual exchange programme between Japan and Laos called the Teenage Ambassadors, taking place in Laos from September 28 to October 5. More >>>
- Vientiane hotel gives boost to village school
A Vientiane hotel has donated over 120 million kip to a primary school in Sikhottabong district. More >>>
- Luang Prabang hotels, restaurants receive food quality award
Luang Prabang's dining scene continues to heat up, with 13 hotels and restaurants achieving “The Mark” certification for clean and safe food production in 2015. More >>>

October 2, 2015
- Lao government awards friendship medal to Thai ambassador
The Lao government has awarded a friendship medal to Thai Ambassador to Laos Mr Pisanu Chanvitan, congratulating him for his achievements as Thailand's chief diplomat in Laos. More >>>
- Laos, EU join forces against human trafficking
The European Union views human trafficking as a serious violation of fundamental human rights, while Laos is taking steps to combat this unacceptable form of organised crime. More >>>
- Lao immigration officials to gain knowledge in Korea
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has invited 15 Lao government officials from the Immigration Department at the Ministry of Public Security to a fellowship programme on immigration service management capacity building at the Republic of Korea's Institute of Justice this month. More >>>


49 Lao nationals receive Australian scholarships

- Shortage of local raw materials causes production cutbacks
- Students nationwide mark National Teachers' Day

- Laos seeks foreign experience on animal genetic resources
- Laos, EU join forces against human trafficking
- Officials hurry to solve road collapse in Vientiane
- Lao U-19's ready for Vietnam at Youth Championships
- Laos focusing on playing smarter to avoid leaking goals
- Education sectors must work together to achieve goals
- Laos celebrates major milestone in education
- Expert boosts Asean chairmanship skills for local officials
- Meeting pays tribute to people's overthrow of enemy powers
- Flooding puts a stop to tourism in Borikhamxay
- Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth

Business to promote local products abroad
Alocal company told Vientiane Times yesterday that this year they planned to export coffee to Singapore and France aiming to promote the local product to the world. . . . . More >>>


Performers congratulated for contribution to media celebrations
A ceremony to hand over congratulatory certificates to the entertainment companies, artists, singers and. . .More >>>


Paul Wager: the Asian portfolio
Paul Wager, who lives in Luang Prabang, and I were on assignment in Indonesia. I suggested a shot of the boats which carry the traditional whalers out to sea. ... More >>>

World news

Fujian governor investigated
CHINA (China Daily, ANN) -- Su Shulin, governor of east China's Fujian Province, has been put under investigation for suspected serious disciplinary offenses, the top anti-graft authority said Wednesday. .. . .
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What do you do to take care of your eyes?
These days many people spend a lot of time looking at computers and mobile phone screens which can affect our eyesight if we overdo it.. . . More >>>


Xieng Khuang plans to spend big on football stadium

Xieng Khuang province plans to spend some 230 billion kip towards the construction of its main football stadium, which will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 11th National Games to be hosted by Xieng Khuang in 2017. . . More >>>


Vangnong waterfall, a truly relaxing place
Anyone who feels they have nothing to do on the weekend needs to discover the charm, fresh air and crystal clear waters of the Vangnong waterfall and they will be bored no more. ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Cooperation the key to development
As Laos moves closer to poverty eradication and development, cooperation with other countries and all sectors concerned is essential in the effort to alleviate poverty. . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Hor Khaosalark : Counting down to end of Buddhist Lent and monks' lucky draws
Following two weeks of relaxing and feeling full of merit by conducting alms giving and presenting packets of food to the dead. . ...More >>>


Steady progress made in education reform
At the end of this year, the Lao People's Democratic Republic will mark its 40th anniversary with a series of achievements in various fields set to be highlighted to reflect the progress made in national development. ..More >>>


School-based deworming activities in Phongsaly
Neglected tropical diseases are extensively transmitted among 30 percent of the Lao population who are at risk of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections). . ... More >>>


Lao star falls in love with traditional costumes
Young Lao people are currently more interested in wearing costumes that signify the Lao style in an effort to promote traditional Lao costumes. . . . More >>>


Flood submerges livelihoods across Laos
Consistent heavy rain kept hitting the roofs of people's houses beside the Mung River in Borikhamxay province. Normally, villagers are in bed after midnight, but instead the loudspeaker in the temple. . .. More >>>

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