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December 19, 2014
Govt mulls land conservation, lowering interest rates


1. Mr Glenn Bond ( right ) and Mr Khamchanh Sithilath shake hands after the signing ceremony.
2. Ms Khambay Kattiya.

1. EU, Care climate project targets north
The European Union has provided more than 1.6 million euros (over 16 billion kip) to CARE International to support community based climate resilience in northern Laos namely the ‘Phongsaly Climate Change Adaptation Project'. . More >>>

2. More Lao migrant labourers registered, many illegal's remain
Increasing numbers of migrant workers are now seeking employment in neighbouring Thailand due to the higher wages available, some legally but many more illegally. . More >>>

3. GMS leaders to meet in Bangkok
Leaders of six countries – Laos, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will meet in Bangkok at the 5th Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit from December 19-20. . . More >>>

4. LPD works with concerned authorities on worker protection
Workers should have more access to legal protection before Laos joins the Asean economic community at the end of 2015, which will see an expected inflow of investment. . . More >>>

President calls for more development in Phongsaly
President Choummaly Sayasone has asked authorities in northern Phongsaly province to step up efforts to alleviate poverty by improving local livelihoods.. . More >>>

Govt mulls land conservation, lowering interest rates
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has proposed that the government should conserve 700,000 hectares of lands for livestock husbandry and seek ways to lower interest rates for entrepreneurs who undertake livestock farming in Laos. More >>>


December 19, 2014
- Media urged to promote positive uses of technology
Members of the media have been urged to boost public understanding in using multimedia for the benefit of themselves, society and the nation, while also combating poor conduct on social media. . . More >>>
- Vientiane police plan New Year's security detail
Vientiane Traffic Police Department has rostered almost 600 police to security detail over the period from Christmas Day up until New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. . . More >>>
- Post Typhoon project boosts rural livelihoods
At least 3,000 farmers have been able to increase their rice productivity by more than 20 percent since the Lao Uplands Food Security Improvement Project (LUFSIP) came into effect to assist communities several years ago. . More >>>
- Woodworking project to carve out income for youth
An inauguration ceremony for a livelihood training project being undertaken by a Japanese NGO was held recently at the Non Formal Education Development Centre (NFEDC) of the Ministry of Education and Sports in the capital. . More >>>

December 18, 2014
- Pathways for sustainable development being aired
As the Lao PDR seeks to emerge from the status of Least Developed Country by 2020, research can play a critical role when it comes to producing knowledge that can be beneficial to society. This is particularly true with regard to understanding the impacts and potential trade-offs of different development scenarios as the country develops at a rapid pace. . More >>>
- ICTC, reliable assistance from Japan
The International Convention and Training Centre (ICTC) is among the most reliable of assistance provided by Japan to serve as a venue for important local, national, and international events. . More >>>
- Nam Theun II irrigation project nearly complete
The third water gate irrigation project construction downstream from the Nam Theun II hydropower plant is 90 percent complete after work began in November last year. . More >>>
- Wastewater and pollution problems increasing in Vientiane
The water quality in the drainage canals and marshes has been getting worse due to the increasing discharge of domestic wastewater from urban areas. . More >>>
- Tourism stakeholders convene for AEC countdown
A spectrum of 80-plus Lao tourism stakeholders from around the country met in Luang Prabang province recently to take a collective step forward in preparing for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
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December 17, 2014
- Warning system set up to stave off rough weather
A National Early Warning System on Meteorological and Hydrological Disasters will be set up to provide accurate and timely advice in the face of the increasing number and extent of extreme weather events. More >>>
- Media takes lecture on linguistic correctness
Members of the media have been instructed to maintain the linguistic correctness of their writing and reporting and ensure the accurate use of terms in order to avoid confusing their readership. More >>>
- Media enrolled for Ebola preparedness
Media representatives in Laos met in Vientiane yesterday to learn more about preparations in the fight against Ebola which has already claimed more 6,000 lives in West African countries. More >>>
- Vientiane province seen as attractive for potential Indonesian investments
Pineapple and sugarcane growing, tourism, and cement production are among potential investments attracting the interest of Indonesian business to Vientiane province. More >>>
- Korea promotes strengthened partnerships with its NGOs
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) organised a workshop on strengthening partnerships with Korean development Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Vientiane from December 11-12. More >>>

December 16, 2014
- Forest protection vital for carbon control
As the climate changes, many countries around the world have had to take on greater responsibility for forest protection and management. More >>>
- New training centre to produce skilled labour
Bouthviset College and LTB Capital Company have agreed to enhance cooperation in building the Lao-Japan Skilled Labour Development and Training Centre. More >>>
- Korean assistance sharpens focus on medical imaging
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has introduced a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) at the Children’s Hospital to provide better medical treatment through accurate interpretation of medical images. More >>>
- SCG provides scholarships to 150 children
Siam Cement Group (SCG) Sharing the Dream Programme has provided 150 scholarships, of a total of 200 scholarships for 2014-2015 worth 350 million kip, to outstanding students from 47 schools in Vientiane. More >>>

December 15, 2014
- Lao, Thai medical research promotes effective treatment
Teachers and students from the University of Health Sciences of Laos and Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University of Thailand have shared their experience in health sciences research, aimed at joining hands in the fight against disease. . . More >>>
MICT reviews violence against women
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) in cooperation with the Gender Development Association (GDA), reviewed its national strategy plans on Friday as it seeks to eliminate violence against women and children. . . More >>>
Respect for the law key to combating corruption
All Party committees and leading officials should adopt education measures to raise public awareness on respect for the law as well as lead non-corrupt lifestyles as a primary measure in the prevention of systemic corruption. . . More >>>
Australia farewells Lao scholars
Australia's Ambassador to the Lao PDR Mr John Williams on Thursday hosted a reception to farewell 46 young Lao students who have received Australia Awards scholarships to study in Australia. . . . More >>>

December 12, 2014
- Lao, Viet officials tighten technology cooperation
Delegations from Vietnam and Laos met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss cooperation in the field of science and technology between the tw o countries. . More >>>
- Over 2,000 people reported as victims of human trafficking
Anti-human trafficking cooperation between Laos and Thailand has revealed that 2,017 Lao people have been identified as human trafficking victims from 2011 to 2014. . More >>>
- EU recognises the challenges on child rights
Despite positive changes in key indicators such as infant mortality and rising school enrolments, people should not forget that many of the country's children are still not able to fully exercise their rights. . More >>>
- Infrastructure, civil engineering scholars to benefit from corporate funding
Scholarships worth 5 million Thai baht (1.2 billion kip) will be provided to researchers and educators at the Faculty of Engineering of National University of Laos (NUOL) thanks to the generosity of three companies.
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December 11, 2014
- Foreign Affairs Ministry marks Human Rights Day
A forum organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark Human Rights Day took place at the National University of Laos' (NUOL) law campus yesterday. . More >>>
- Military to provide regional assistance, disaster relief
Senior military personnel from 18 countries are meeting in Vientiane to confirm plans for sending troops overseas to work on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. . More >>>
- Seven day census survey deemed sufficient
Authorities have allayed concerns that seven days is sufficient time to conduct the physical survey for the upcoming census next year.
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- Officials talk to increase safety health in rural
Government officials and representatives from international organisations talked in Vientiane yesterday on various problems relating to water and sanitation in rural areas of Laos. . More >>>

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NA session opens amidst economic pressure

- PM visits projects in Huaphanh
- Investment in sanitation yields economic returns, study finds  
- Laos reviews 39 years of remarkable progress
Festival gives boost to Lao coffee industry
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
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


Export values in Huaphan decrease, while imports rise
The value of products exported from Huaphan province to Vietnam last fiscal year decreased in comparison to the plan, while import values rose in relation to the targets set. . ... More >>>


Cultural performances enhance friendly relations
Cultural performances from Yunnan province of China at the National Conference Hall on Wednesday night were a resounding. ... More >> >


Being active is the key to success for this man
Being active and economical was the key to success in the life of a man in Xeanxum village in Phonhong district of Vientiane province who has never stopped working hard since he was in secondary school until now, at the age of 51. . . More >>>

World news

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan police officer was killed and another three wounded on Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were following detonated... More >>>


Why do you think some people like to work in other countries?
International Migrants Day is observed each year on December 18, because it was the day in 1990 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.. More >>>


Army gunning for gold in National Games volleyball events
Oudomxay province: The Army's men's and women's volleyball teams are confident they can retain their top ranking in Oudomxay after being crowned as. . ...More >>>


Be it on the ground or in the air, safe and comfortable the Bangkok way Bangkok Airways is famous worldwide as one of Thailand’s best airlines with a clean safety record and excellent standards of service, which I can vouch for after flying ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Education important for human resource development
Realising that education was fundamental to the development of human resources Ms Song Ja from Napoung village, Hongsa district in Xayaboury province enthusiastically went back to study because . . . . . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Prince's fund comes to rescue as termites attack National Museum structure, artefacts
The Lao National Museum has undertaken some important building restoration works over the last six months despite being destined to move to a new location sometime next year. . .. More >>>


Ensuring safe food for Oudomxay National Games
With 7,000 athletes and 12,000 spectators expected to descend upon Oudomxay province for the 10th National Games from December 13-21, the challenge is on to ensure safe and clean food in sufficient supply to cater to the influx. . More >>>


Plight of breast cancer sufferer inspires temple clinic 
Compassion for a laywoman he noticed selling a live chicken to pay her medical fees for breast cancer therapy proved inspirational for senior monk Pha Achaan Noy. More >>>


Paklai: a junction to heritage cities in Laos and Thailand
The distinctive sounds of “tock tock” tractors plying the roads and fields can be heard along the new border checkpoint between Laos and Thailand everyday, even though it has yet to officially open. .... More >>>


The wind is over

In the past, Phouphadang was covered by a dense and green forest, abundant with different species of wildlife. High in the sky, the birds flew and underneath them echoed the voice of monkeys and languars as they called to their partners. . .More >>>

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