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September 18, 2014

AIPA seeks common ground to enhance community building role ## Accurate disaster assessment crucial for aid

1.President Choummaly Sayasone ( front row centre ) joins a group photo with delegates of the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
2. Flash flooding in the town of Luang Prabang came with the arrival of Typhoon Kalmaegi.

1. President receives AIPA delegates
President Choummaly Sayasone received a courtesy visit from delegates of the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) yesterday, which is being hosted in Vientiane from September 14-20. More >>>

2. Typhoon causes Luang Prabang flooding
A torrential downpour caused by the effects of Typhoon Kalmaegi hitting Luang Prabang province yesterday morning has resulted in flooding at several locations around the World Heritage listed town. More >>>

3. Laos, China value cooperation
The frequent exchange of visits by Party and government leaders as well as the growing economic cooperation between Laos and China has led to valuable talks between the countries' high-ranking leaders this week.
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4. AIPA seeks common ground to enhance community building role
The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) member parliaments are seeking common ground in order to enhance its role in Asean community building. More >>>

Emergency Operations Centre officially opens
The Emergency Operations Centre at the Ministry of Health officially opened this week in Vientiane to deal with possible disease outbreaks in Laos. More >>>

Accurate disaster assessment crucial for aid
The Disaster Protection and Management Committee needs to report the assessed loss from flooding disasters accurately and transparently in the aftermath of such events. More >>>


September 18, 2014
- Devolution in public works encounters obstacle
The devolution process to decentralise the authority of the public works and transport sector is facing similar obstacles in many remote rural areas regarding responsibilities, technical expertise, and financial resources. More >>>
- Australia supports construction of LDWDC visitor showroom
The new visitor showroom at the Lao Disabled Women's Development Centre (LDWDC) in Vientiane was officially opened last week. More >>>
- Multi-stakeholders discuss revised water resources law
Government officials, development partners and other involved sectors gathered yesterday to seek final comments on the latest draft of the Water Resources Law from a diversity of stakeholders interested in working on water-related issues in Laos. More >>>
- What are your impressions of the 35th AIPA hosted by Laos?
Malaysian Senator, Dato Lim Nget Yoon: This is one of best countries to have organised the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) meeting. To me, I feel very good as I received a warm welcome.More >>>

September 17, 2014
- Books on Buddhism donated to fellowship
Vientiane resident Mr Sounthone Phommachack and his family have donated 20,000 books on Buddhism to the Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organisation. More >>>
- Meeting to develop regional tourism
The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism has attended a meeting in Vietnam whose primary purpose is to improve tourism in the region. More >>>
- WFP Executive Board visits school meals project in Laos
Delegates of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme (WFP) from Rome, Italy, have concluded their visit to Laos, which aimed to provide an understanding of WFP programmes in the country. More >>>

September 16, 2014
- All passenger vehicles should carry fire extinguishers, officials warn
Officials from the Vientiane Fire Fighting Department cautioned yesterday that all vehicles, in particular passenger vehicles, should install fire extinguishers to be prepared for possible emergencies. More >>>
- Cassava pests and diseases need urgent attention
Representatives from the agriculture and forestry sectors gathered with stakeholders recently to explore ways to effectively combat pests and diseases among cassava crops. More >>>
- University of Health Sciences strengthens student assessment
Representatives from different faculties of the University of Health Sciences in Laos this week gained additional knowledge on the assessment of student performance from discussions with visiting experts from the Philippines and the Republic of Korea yesterday.
The discussions took place at the start of a five-day training seminar which is being held from September 15-19 at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Vientiane. More >>>
- Women parliamentarians discuss issues ahead of AIPA
Strengthening efforts in the prevention of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and children in Southeast Asia was the focus of discussions among women parliamentarians from the region in Vientiane yesterday. More >>>

September 15, 2014
- Senior commanders promoted to high ranks
A number of senior commanders in the Lao People's Army have seen their rank and status upgraded after approval was given by the Party and the government. More >>>
- Motorbikes banned by schools in Khammuan
Some primary and secondary schools in Khammuan province are not allowing their students to ride motorcycles to school in an effort to reduce the number of road accidents. More >>>
- Lao citizens to study in Australia under Australian scholarships
Scholarships have been awarded to 50 Lao citizens to study in Australia with the Australian Embassy in Vientiane holding a congratulatory ceremony for the new recipients on Friday. More >>>
- Solar power yet to be solution to rural electrification
Children living in remote, rural villages of Laos may face health risks from using gasoline lamps when studying at night as they have yet to gain access to electricity. More >>>

September 12, 2014
- Pakxe to build new public park
Authorities have allocated land currently occupied by restaurants and nightclubs along the Mekong riverbank in Pakxe, Champassak province to be a public park and open space for people to exercise. . More >>>
- WHO, health ministry assess tobacco control in Laos
The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation(WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat organised a joint workshop aiming to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the WHO FCTC implementation in Laos. . More >>>

September 11, 2014
- Solar energy panels reach rural communities in Luang Prabang
Approximately 90 percent of over 20,000 people in 15 targeted villages of Phonxay district in Luang Prabang province now have better access to electricity after solar energy panels were installed in the nearby village of Houaypha in 2011. More >>>
- Officials pledge to stop motorcycle hoons in Vientiane
Officials promised the public yesterday that they would stop the bad behaviour of some teenagers in Vientiane, who are riding motorcycles in groups and causing trouble at night. More >>>
- Man gunned down in vehicle in Sikhottabong
Vientiane Police Office reported yesterday that a man was killed by gunfire at the roadside of the new road between Dongnaxok and Nongbeuk villages in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane. More >>>
- New survey mapping technology arrives
New surveying and positioning technology from China has now been introduced into the country to assist in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and mapping for application across a wide range of sectors. More >>>

September 10, 2014
- Vientiane province cancels limestone concessions
Vientiane province authorities announced the cancellation of some authorised land concessions for quarrying limestone. More >>>
- Fake govt plates used for illegal timber shipments
A number of criminals have taken to using government number plates to transport illegal contraband such as drugs, wood and other black market produce in a bid to evade authorities. More >>>
- EU funds gender equality project
Oxfam, in partnership with the Gender Development Association (GDA) and the Association for Development of Women and Legal Education (ADWLE) launched a European Union (EU) funded project to promote gender equality yesterday in Vientiane. More >>>
- Students to experience Japanese culture
A group of 23 students and two supervisors departed from Wattay International Airport bound for Japan on Monday to participate in a youth-exchange programme under JENESYS 2.0. More >>>
- MAG clears explosive remnants of war contaminated land
Mine Advisor Group (MAG) has released a total of some 43.74 million square metres of explosive remnants of war (ERW) contaminated land and destroyed nearly 181,000 of these dangerous items over the past decade. More >>>

September 09, 2014
- Let’s make sure no child is left without education by 2015 
Laos has seen an improvement in the enrolment of primary school age children since the country committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. More >>>
- Rabies still concerning authorities
Rabies remains a major health concern for Laos, according to the Communicable Diseases Control Department, and they are currently trying to summarise the number of cases occurring. More >>>
- Vientiane schools set to be drug-free by 2015
Abolishing drug use in all of Vientiane’s 150 private and state-run schools by 2015 is a strong possibility in light of current assessments of the situation, a government official has said. More >>>
- Free surgery transforming lives in Xieng Khuang
A medical team led by doctors from Interplast Australia and New Zealand, funded by Phu Bia Mining and supported by the Women’s International Group, has returned to Xieng Khuang province to provide free treatment to those with conditions such as burn scar contractures, cleft lip or cleft palate. More >>>

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AIPA opening emphasises Asean's regional significance

- Asean education ministers meeting kicks off in Vientiane
Traffic chaos in Vientiane after morning deluge
Ministry battles to ensure children finish primary school
Laos, Argentina strengthen cooperation
New propaganda head assumes post
- Laos needs to raise awareness on human rights
- Driving to Sangthong now quicker and easier

- Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing
Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon
PM pushes for more rice seed studies plap plap
Lao Stock Market Information is available here

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


China-Asean Expo trade growth expands cooperation
Nanning, China : The 11th China-Asean Expo has seen a large number of booths displaying foreign goods, with 42 percent of stalls being accounted for. Countries requesting to display their products have also increased as 6,009 booths applied for a spot this year. More >>>


ULUVUS release ‘the best song ever written'
Rock band ULUVUS will release the best song ever written, Ma Dort Ma Ten Ma Man this week and plan to have concerts in October. More >>>


Midwives, the saviours of rural mothers and babies

The death of Huk Sivilay's mother 22 years ago when she was giving birth without a trained midwife leaves her with painful memories and she is haunted by the fact that she could not do something to save her mother's life. . More >>>

World news

Typhoon damages crops and houses in Quang Ninh
QUANG NINH, Vietnam (Vietnam News, ANN) -- Typhoon Kalmaegi caused about VND20 billion (US$944,000) worth of damage as it battered the northern-easter n Quang Ninh province on Tuesday night. .More >>>


Damn those who blame Lao dams for Mekong's ills
From time to time, I see news reports that blame hydropower projects in Laos for environmental impacts as far away as Vietnam's Mekong Delta and the South China Sea. More >>>


Vietnam to host first Toyota Mekong Club Championship
Toyota Motor Asia Pacific recently presented the teams participating in the inaugural Toyota Mekong Club Championship football tournament in Vietnam. More >>>


Wildlife experience of a lifetime
Moments before visitors go down for a good night's sleep in the northern province after an adventurous day of wildlife sightings, the experienced tour-guide tells them, “No need to set your alarms, the birds will chirp and you wake up pleasantly.” More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Remote family succeeds in escaping poverty
Headline: Working at slash and burn cultivation, growing a variety of vegetables and rearing animals naturally proved insufficient to improve the living standards of Mr Jeungke. . . . . . . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Khao Salark, the casting of rice parcels The Boun Hor Khao Salark festival is one of many during the Buddhist lent. The festival is held on the 10th Hidsipsong, which is a series of 12 traditional Lao festivals categorised wisely by our ancient scholars to . . . . More >>>


Look at the job market before tertiary entrance
His right hand holds a banquet of flowers, while in his left hand he holds a diploma certificate; Somphone smiles with friends on this special day of his graduation but underneath he is still worried about his job prospects in the years ahead. ... More >>>


Ebola awareness
In addition to preparing clinical tests for Ebola diagnosis, the Communicable Disease Control Department of the Ministry of Health is working to.. . . More >>>


South Korea 70 years ago, much like present day rural Laos
Seventy years ago, the South Korean people's lives were much like the present day way of life in the ethnic Lao groups of southern Xekong province. .More >>>


Floodwaters wash over a sleeping Vientiane
Deep into the first night of this month, Vientiane residents lay soundly asleep in their beds blissfully ignorant of the floods washing away the streets and sweeping away their belongings. s.More >>>

AIPA Special

AIPA consolidates efforts for realising community building Parliaments in Southeast Asia have consolidated their efforts in strengthening cooperation for realising Asean Community building at the 35th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). More >>>

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