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July 24, 2014

Villagers occupy forest area illegally ## Climate change adaptation requires better cropping systems

1. This photo from Google Street View shows 360 degree image in front of the Patouxay monument in Vientiane.

1. Google Street View introduces Laos to the world
Popular search engine, Google, in cooperation with the Lao government has begun broadcasting images of Laos through the Street View technology. More >>>

2. Pilot scheme to eradicate illegal logging
The exportation of logs is undergoing a pilot scheme in an attempt to address the issue of illegal logging in Laos. More >>>

3. UXO clearance project completed in southern provinces
The completion of an unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance project in Saravan and Champassak provinces worth more than US$2.7million (over 21.7 billion kip) was marked at a ceremony on Monday, according to the Japanese Embassy to Laos. More >>>

4. Climate change adaptation requires better cropping systems
Climate change is having impacts throughout South and Southeast Asia with shifts in rainfall patterns, increasing temperatures and projections of an increase in extreme weather events and more frequent droughts and floods. More >>>

Villagers occupy forest area illegally
More than 20 hectares of forest area along a newly-constructed road that links Vangvieng to Meuangfeuang districts in Vientiane province have been occupied by villagers – an action that contravenes regulations, a senior government official has said. More >>>


July 24, 2014
- Woman jailed for smuggling drugs into prison
A women admitted in a Vientiane courtroom on Tuesday that she attempted to smuggle drugs into a prison by concealing them in food wrapped in banana leaves. More >>>
- Many districts still lack science teachers
Encouraging quality teachers to work in rural areas remains a challenge in many districts around the country, despite the fact teacher training colleges are turning out many graduates every year.More >>>
- NA members want tax law to promote domestic production
Goods items imposed to pay value-added tax were a focus of consideration among National Assembly (NA) members who would like to see more effective promotion of domestic production businesses. More >>>
- Nation's roads may escape landslide damage this year
The main roads nationwide this year may be free of landslide damage as there has been little torrential rain last month. More >>>

July 23, 2014
- Roundabout for dangerous 450 Year Road intersection
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport plans to install a roundabout on the 450 Year Road to reduce the number of accidents at the intersection. More >>>
Fatal head-on deadly reminder to slowdown
Traffic officials have urged motorists to slow down after a horrible road accident in Savannakhet last weekend which killed two people instantly and left three others seriously injured. More >>>
Laos, Thai universities cooperate in education sector
The National University of Laos (NUOL) and Mahasarakham University of Thailand co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further joint education research and development of their master's curriculum. More >>>
ACIAR supports pest controls for eucalyptus plantations
The Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research's (ACIAR) Forestry Progamme is supporting research studies aiming to develop biological pest control measures for eucalyptus plantations in the Mekong region. More >>>

July 22, 2014
- Laos' Travel Trade welcomes Lanith interns
More than 50 tourism and hospitality students, who are enrolled in the two-year Lanith Diploma programme, have successfully completed their pre-departure orientation courses. More >>>
Home, office owners must make their premises safe
The Vientiane Police Office has reminded the public to take more care about the risk of thieves breaking into houses and offices to steal valuables during the rainy season. More >>>
Cassava stays in farmers fields as Lao Indochina cannot pay
Farmers are leaving several thousands of hectares of cassava in their fields after the tapioca factory owned by Lao-Indochina Group Company has failed to pay them for about two years now. More >>>
First Japanese speech contest held at Savannakhet University
Savannakhet University in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy to Laos and Japan Foundation organised the 1st Japanese language speech contest last Saturday. More >>>

July 21, 2014
- Memorial marks the anniversary of President Souphanouvong
Some 105 primary students and 105 secondary students and some special guests came to celebrate President Souphanouvong's 105th birthday anniversary in Vientiane at the memorial established in his honour. More >>>
- Illegal foreign merchant issue needs resolving
The Lao government has not come up with concrete measures to address foreigners operating shops illegally in the country despite the demands of local people to tackle the issue. More >>>
- Savannakhet predicts tourism decrease
Savannakhet province's tourism may decrease this year due to political issues in a neighbouring country. More >>>
- Luang Prabang hopes to gain 1.41 trillion kip
Luang Prabang province expects to gain a revenue increase of more than 1.41 trillion kip (around US$176.41 million kip) from tourism operations in the next five years due to growth in the sector. More >>>

July 18, 2014
- Vientiane police return stolen Hyundai pickup trucks
The Vientiane Police Headquarters recently returned nine Hyundai flatbed trucks to their rightful owners after they were stolen in a spate of vehicle thefts at the end of last year. More >>>
- Ethnic youth need access to information on AIDS and STI
Ethnic youth in Laos are a high risk group when it comes to contracting AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) due to having limited access to relevant campaigns and information. More >>>
- Doctor warn against medicals clinics' false claims
Do not fall for false advertising claims by foreign clinics, a senior official from the Ministry of Health's Health Care Department warns. More >>>
- Singapore Embassy backs disadvantaged women's skill development
The Lao Women's Union (LWU) and the Embassy of Singapore to Laos jointly launched a vocational training course for disadvantaged women. More >>>

July 17, 2014
- Asean countries share lessons on employment services
Delegates from Asean member states are meeting at a workshop in Vientiane to share information, experience and lessons learnt from their respective countries about developing and strengthening employment services
. More >>>
- Luang Prabang eateries aim for “The Mark”
The Luang Prabang Safe and Green Tourism Scheme will launch ‘The Mark' – a clean and safe dining initiative – at a ceremony being held at the Luang Prabang View Hotel next week in the province. More >>>
- NRA updates UXO survivor records
The National Regulatory Authority (NRA) has significantly updated its records on unexploded ordnance and UXO survivors, which will allow international donors to offer better targeted assistance. More >>>
- GSAP identifies challenges on gender equality
The differentials between women in remote areas and those living in urban centres pose challenges for achieving gender equality improvements, especially in relation to accessing health services as well as the higher risk of maternal mortality. More >>>

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Young people flock to the temples for Buddhist lent

- NA members raise concerns about development authorisations
- NA session opens with the economy a hot issue
- Australia pledges AU$86 million education aid for Laos
- Another MK82 found in Sangthong district
- Laos-Vietnam opens 8th international checkpoint
- PM backs Sengdeuane to be leading food farm
- Govt encourages constructive use of social media
- Experts make recommendations on city planning
- Laos marks Arbour Day with leaders, citizens planting trees
- Acting Vientiane Mayor, Propaganda Board Head announced to replace crash victims
- PM spells out urgent tasks for cabinet, officials
- Lao craftsmanship on exhibition at ITECC furniture fair
- Plane crash victims mourned at Vientiane cremations
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

- Global markets end lower in a wobbly week
- EDL-Gen Friday surge buoys market liquidity
- Dodgy week ahead for gold
- EDL-Gen stock rallies in first day's opening trade
- Tuesday trades a slender improvement


GDP growth cut will not cost jobs, economists say
The unemployment rate in Laos is not expected to see a significant rise despite the fact the government has revised the GDP growth target downwards for next fiscal year, according to a senior economist. .More >>>


Young Attapeu model wowing them on the catwalk
A young freelance model from a southern province is keen to develop his career in other areas of Lao showbiz after moving to Vientiane to work among the best of the local fashion industry. More >>>


NA women play a pivotal role in national development Lao women will continue to support the national development task to help the government to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and remove Laos from the... More >>>

World news

Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 33 HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A typhoon that barrelled into northern Vietnam killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media said, while in China the death toll from the strongest ... More >>>


What do you think about the NA answering hotline caller issues?
Laos' National Assembly (NA) is in meeting until tomorrow discussing and debating issues and legislation put forward by the government. More >>>


Vientiane footballers hope to retain crown in Oudomxay
Vientiane city's men's football team is hopeful of retaining its crown as champions at the 10 th National Games to be hosted by Oudomxay province at the end of this year. More >>>


Buckle up and drive through mesmerising Laos
Travelling on the road from Vientiane through Xayaboury province to Luang Prabang province is a sight to see at the beginning of the rainy season, with many farming activities and greenery lining the way. . ..More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Villagers in Phongsaly work hard to improve living standards
The poverty rate in Laos has declined in recent years but the number of poor villages in Phongsaly province has remained at over 50 percent of the total so the villagers are having to work even harder to improve their living s tandards. . . . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Buddhist lent: there is more merit in abstinence
From now until October 8, Khamsouk has promised himself that he will refrain from drinking any kinds of alcohol for the three months of Buddhist lent or Boun Khao Phansa , so from now on he will drink tea at social outings if his friends don't mind. . . . More >>>


The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard
As students finish the academic year and mull over the results of their exams many are no doubt thinking that they should have studied harder. Recent research by Pam Mueller, from Princeton University, however shows it may also have a lot to do with the way they study, especially the way they take notes in class. . . ....


Health tourism promotion in the works

A health tourism pro motion campaign is in the works to provide convenience to tourists wishing to rejuvenate their health whilst visiting Laos. . . More >>>


Weaving creates better incomes in Pakngum
It may not be spectacular to the villagers living there every day but for a visitor walking through Xienglaetha village in Pakngum district of Vientiane it is an outstanding sight to see the many ki (looms) stationed under the villagers' houses providing a second source of income. .. . . .More >>>


Modern Lao homes do not consider the environment
Great big two or three storey concrete houses adorned with fancy designs such as eagles and lions dominate the streets of Vientiane as these houses are becoming common in the emerging middle class society. More >>>

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