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July 31, 2014

Fire crews need better cooperation with electricity sector ## Vientiane province to transform land into capital

What's on
1. Prime Minister Thongsing addresses the meeting.
2. Mr Thongloun Sisoulith ( second left ) holds hands with his counterparts from Mekong nations and the Republic of Korea at the 4th Mekong-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Seoul.

1. Cabinet approves decrees, discuss issues to drive growth
The government cabinet has approved six prime ministerial decrees and discussed important issues in order to boost growth and enhance social order and security. More >>>

2. Laos, Korea pledge to further enhance bilateral ties
Laos and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have expressed satisfaction with their ongoing cooperation for development and agreed to further boost their bilateral ties. More >>>

3. Free cancer treatment for poor children
The Children's Hospital yesterday opened a new treatment room offering free treatment for poor childhood cancer patients. More >>>

4. Vientiane province to transform land into capital
Authorities in Vientiane province are preparing to transfer around 200 hectares of the total 750 hectares of land in the centre of the new capital town currently under construction to private developers. More >>>

 Fire crews need better cooperation with electricity sector
More cooperation is required from the utilities authorities in Vientiane in the advent of a fire outbreak, according to the Vientiane Fire Fighting Department yesterday. More >>>

6. State employee yearly salary increase suspended
State employees' salaries will not increase in the next fiscal year as originally planned, a senior government official has confirmed. More >>>


July 31, 2014
- Somsagna working to cure yaba addicts
People who have an addiction to amphetamines or yaba can be full-time patients of the Somsagna Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Vientiane. More >>>
- River basin management in Laos under examination
Over 200 representatives from line ministries, provincial stakeholders, private sector enterprises, NGOs and development agencies met in Vientiane to discuss Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM). More >>>
- Health institutions to increase student intake
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), health science colleges and public health schools around the country will be accepting 1,479 students into their programmes this year in line with the quota set by the Ministry of Health. More >>>
- Kia Motors donates one billion kip for school library
Kia Motors handed over a new library to Veunkham Secondary School in Xaythany district, Vientiane last week after it was recently built courtesy of the Happy Move Global Youth Volunteer project. More >>>

July 30, 2014
- NA confirms its role in dealing with public complaints
The National Assembly (NA) has steadily seen to public complaints on behalf of the state legislature, as well as the administrative and judicial bodies. More >>>
Laos escapes Typhoon Rammasun destruction
There have been no reports of major flooding or mudslides occurring nationwide as a result of the recent Typhoon Rammasun which came close to Laos two weeks ago. More >>>
Thai pollsters visit Laos
A team of six pollsters from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Thailand have visited Laos as part of its cooperation programme among Asean member countries ahead of the integration into the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. - More >>>
Bank account to reforest Sangthong and Hinheup district
The project entitled ‘Sustainable Management of Watersheds in the Lower Mekong Basin' plans to reafforest 700 hectares by 2017, with the objective of increasing greenery and forestry in the country. More >>>

July 29, 2014
- Lack of jobs sees a return to opium farming
Former opium users in remote areas have returned to growing the crop after a shortage of jobs. More >>>
Champassak man shot dead in Vientiane
Vientiane Police Office reported yesterday that a man from Champassak province was shot dead in Suanmone village, Sisattanak district Vientiane. More >>>
Laos, Vietnam strengthen justice cooperation
The Lao and Vietnamese justice ministries have enhanced cooperation in the justice sector. More >>>
Communicable disease control hotline launched
The Vientiane Communicable Disease Control Department of the Ministry of Health yesterday officially launched a new 166 toll free hotline to assist with information on communicable disease prevention and control. More >>>

July 28, 2014
- THPC improves villagers' livelihoods
The Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) has presented new homes and community facilities to four affected villages, after more than US$14 million (over 112 billion kip) was spent on infrastructure development in the area. . More >>>
- Govt provides allowance for disadvantaged students
The government is set to provide a monthly allowance of approximately 400,000 kip to disadvantaged students studying at vocational training schools around the country. . More >>>
- Thieves target vehicles for break-ins
Thieves breaking vehicle windows to steal property inside is becoming a major problem with police currently investigating numerous incidents, according to a district official last week. . More >>>
- Rural communities better access to healthcare
Thousands of women and children in Bokeo province have been able to access improved health services. . More >>>

July 25, 2014
- Bikes impounded during road checks waiting to be claimed
The Vientiane Traffic Police have issued an announcement calling for motorcycle owners whose bikes have been lost, stolen or confiscated by the police to claim them back within three months from now. More >>>
- Laos presents friendship medal to NHK Japan TV
The Lao government presented the Friendship Order to television network NHK of Japan in Vientiane on Monday at Lao National Television. More >>>
- Crucial evidence emerges in Sikhottabong bomb incident
Groundbreaking information has emerged on the explosion which injured 10 people attending a wedding reception in Vientiane, after investigative police discovered crucial evidence. More >>>
- Lao, French medical students share experience and culture
Medical students from the University of Health Sciences in Laos and counterparts from French Universities met this week in Vientiane, aiming to share medical skills and their own country's culture. 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 >>>

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Fair treatment among patients confirmed

- Last NA session lays out plans for coming year
- 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
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


Lao-Thai trade fair launches in Vientiane
Some 330 booths from Laos and Thailand featuring a wide range of products such as automobile parts, construction materials, tools, electronic appliances and other products have been showcased at the annual Lao-Thai Trade Exhibition in Vientiane. More >>>


Bobby bursts onto music scene
New artist Bobby Atsavin has burst onto the Lao music scene with his R&B pop single Khor Okard Eek Khang proving a hit with music fans across the country. More >>>


New planting technique adapts to climate change

Thousands of tonnes of rice each year are damaged in Laos by drought and flooding as a result of climate change. More >>>

World news

Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and raising fears that more than 150 people could be trapped, officials said. More >>>


How do we support the playing of Lao music?
Many Lao restaurants and entertainment venues prefer to play foreign songs, especially Thai songs because Lao people understand Thai language well. However, the government discourages foreign music at restaurants and many Lao people are expressing an increasing appreciation of home grown music.More >>>


Chansamone to draw a crowd at President's Cup
The best female petanque player of Laos, Ms Chansamone Vongsavath, will be amongst those competing at the 4 th Lao Petanque Federation's President's Cup in Vientiane from August 1-3. 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

Farming helps remote family escape from poverty
People in remote areas nationwide have been farming for many centuries, growing rice and many kinds of vegetables for their personal consumption. . . . . . . . . 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 >>>


Pharmacy owner helps fight against malaria Ms Khonesavanh Phouvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village, Pathoumphone district, Champassak province which has become the place to go for diagnosis and ... More >>>


Hepatitis: Think again
Little is known about Hepatitis or viral Hepatitis and the problems it causes. This is why the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners would like to urge all policy makers, health workers and. . . More >>>


Country children's fighting fish hobby

While many kids in the city are busy stressing over mathematics or English holiday classes, kids living in rural areas are heading out to the ponds near their rice fields to capture and raise fighting fish. . .. . . .More >>>


“Managing the Mekong –no longer a wild, natural river”
Due to human development over the last millennia, most of the world's great rivers are no longer naturally free flowing. Impacted by growing populations....
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