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January 26, 2015
Australian Aid, UXO Lao team up to study impact of clearance ## Work begins on stage 2 of Xayaboury dam ## Young man found hanged in Vientiane

 

1. Mr Thongloun Sisoulith ( right ) and General Tanasak Patimapragorn shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on border security.

1. Laos, Thailand move forward with border demarcation
Laos and Thailand have made progress in the demarcation of their shared border, with the Joint Border Committee agreeing on several issues relating to the placement of border posts. . . More > >>

2. EDL upgrades electricity meters for more accuracy
Electricite Du Laos (EDL) is piloting a scheme in which digital meters are installed in households and businesses so that a more accurate calculation of electricity consumption is obtained. . . . More >>>

3. Govt may revoke 34 business licences
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) may cancel 34 business licences this month after the companies failed to declare tax payments to the ministry after they were warned in June last year. . . . More >>>

4. Donnoun-Tha Ngon road upgrade 35 percent complete
Upgrade of the road from Donnoun junction to Tha Ngon village in Xaythany district, Vientiane, is now 35 percent complete and is expected to finish in 2016, one the project's senior officials has confirmed. . More >>>

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Lao, Thai medics discuss treatment of blood disorders
Lao and Thai doctors have discussed plans and strategies to improve the treatment of blood related diseases and blood clotting related disorders.
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6. Australian Aid, UXO Lao team up to study impact of clearance
Australian Aid and the La o National Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Programme, or UXO Lao, are seeking to gain better understanding of the impacts UXO clearance work is having on the livelihoods of people in rural areas of Laos. . More >>>

News

January 26, 2015
- Funding released for governance reform
The GPAR Capacity Development and Modernisation Fund (GPAR-CADEM Fund) has released grant monies to 13 government offices worth a total of 1.4 billion kip. . . More >>>
- New US$5 million Southern Bus Station just the ticket
A new Southern Bus Station in Vientiane costing about US$5 million (more than 40 billion kip) is currently under construction and is slated for completion later this year. . More >>>
- Canadian man dies at Wattay International Airport
Vientiane Police Office reported last week that a Canadian man was found dead on the second floor of Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, on Thursday morning. . . More >>>
- Sikhottabong authorities concerned over crime spree
Authorities are alarmed at the significant jump in the number of crimes in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane, with almost 420 criminal cases recorded by police last year. More >>>

January 23, 2015
- Nayoby Bank responds to accusations of poor loan management
The failure of Nayoby Bank (NBB) to recoup loans and interest has been called into question by members of the public, while bank officials claim they have adhered to the bank's objectives. . . More >>>
- Media strengthen tobacco control campaign
Lao media representatives have discussed ways to continue strengthening the tobacco control campaign with the death toll from smoking climbing each year. . More >>>
- Vientiane water enterprise breaks ground on new facility
Vientiane Water Supply Enterprise, known locally as Nam Papa Nakhone Luang, has marked the start of construction for its latest facility with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday in Thadeua village, Hadxaifong district, Vientiane. . More >>>
- German-Lao help builds primary school in Xaysomboun
The German-Lao Association for Development (GLAD) has provided more than 200 million kip to construct a primary school in Namying village, Longxan District, Xaysomboun Province. . More >>>

January 22, 2015
- Tapioca factory calls for spaced deliveries of cassava
The KPN Tapioca Factory in Champassak province has decided on a solution to address the problem of excessive amounts of cassava being delivered to the warehouse. . More >>>
- Official responds to pesticide management concerns
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has worked hard to regulate the legal distribution and use of pesticides, but illegal channels for chemical imports still remain, according an official from the ministry. . More >>>
- Ministry issues guide for smokers, non-smokers
The Hygiene and Health Promotion Department of the Ministry of Health has published the first edition of a booklet titled ‘50 Questions and Answers', to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking. More >>>
- Donors provide clothing, books for disadvantaged people
Generous donors from the private sector in Vientiane have given a quantity of items of clothing and educational books for disadvantaged people in a remote area of Xayaboury province. . More >>>

January 21, 2015
- Vangvieng tourism bounces back
The popular tourist destination of Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, is eyeing revenue growth of 5-6 percent this year thanks to returning backpackers and an increasing number of high-end tourists. More >>>
- National Culture Hall to re-open next month
Renovation of the National Culture Hall is nearly complete after work began last year, thanks to the generous support of the Chinese government, which funded the restoration at a cost of over 52 billion k ip. More >>>
- Lao, Thai officials move forward in technology cooperation
Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Dr Boviengkham Vongdara and senior officials last week visited their counterparts at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Thailand on a fact finding mission. More >>>
- Lao, Vietnamese universities boost medical ties
A delegation from Hanoi Medical University recently paid a visit to the University of Health Sciences in Vientiane to discuss cooperation in various fields. More >>>

January 20, 2015
- Lao geographers record first aerial forestry images
The Photogrammetry Division of the National Geographic Department, a government body under the Ministry of Home Affairs, has completed the first aerial photography flights ever made independently by a Lao organisation and its personnel. More >>>
- Laos shares experiences on food and agriculture
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is an important venue for the Lao government to learn and to share its experiences. This year's theme on the ‘bio-economy' is especially relevant for the Lao government. More >>>
- Authorities cast net to develop fisheries strategy
Fisheries development and management in Laos is set to improve when the sector's draft strategy is completed. More >>>
- Medics mull non-communicable disease control
The Ministry of Health began the year advocating for much needed multi-sectoral collaboration to fight the onslaught of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Laos. More >>>

January 19, 2015
- Road accidents even worse than stated figures: official
An official from Vientiane Traffic Police department has admitted that road accident statistics recorded by the department are still lower than the real number of road accidents that actually occur in the capital. . More >>>
- Minimum wage rise still awaiting paperwork
The promised increase of the national minimum wage is yet to be introduced because the ministry is waiting for the official documents from the Government's Office. . . More >>>
- Thaphabath plans to develop Tad Xay waterfall
Thaphabath tourism authorities are planning to develop Tad Xay, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area, in order to provide more convenience for tourists and attract more visitors. . . More >>>
- Guidebook educates those wishing to study at university
US alumni have teamed up to produce a comprehensive guidebook of tertiary study options available in the country so Lao students can make a more informed choice regarding their education. . . More >>>

January 16, 2015
- Senior officers make hospital visits to mark Army Day
Senior army officers on Thursday visited soldiers undergoing hospital treatment and disabled fighters in centres in Vientiane, to mark the 66th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People's Army. . More >>>
- NUOL students learn about education in China
Students from the National University of Laos (NUOL) now have a greater understanding of their prospects of studying in China after attending a university expo showcasing educational opportunities in Guangxi province of China. . . More >>>
- Lao, Viet police discuss drug suppression efforts
Police from the Xayaboury provincial Public Security Department met recently with their co unterparts from Vietnam to discuss public security issues, in particular in relation to drug trafficking and other such crimes.
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- Lao human trafficking victims rescued in Thailand
Seventy-two Lao girls, who were forced into providing sexual services in four karaoke bars in Suphan Buri province of Thailand have been rescued, Thai local media reported yesterday. . More >>>
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Android app launched for disaster management
Lao officials in the southern provinces have undergone training in the use of software for disaster management, which was developed by a team of German researchers seeking to assist responses to flooding in poor communities. . More >>>

NA closes after approving laws, policies

- PM calls for continuing infrastructure development assistance
- NA debates amendments to the constitution
- 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
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Festival gives boost to Lao coffee industry
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Traditional boat racing crown goes to Luang Prabang
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Lao PM stresses energy security and sustainable future in Asean
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Laos pushes for energy integration
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Laos-Russia to deepen ties, cooperation
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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

Business

Khon Phapheng waterfall to get makeover
Ying Chokchai Group Co., Ltd. will spend about US$5 million to improve infrastructure at the Khon Phapheng Waterfall Park in Khong district, Champassak province. ... More >>>

Entertainment

Tar set for ‘cultural ambassador' role in Japan
Well known pop singer Tar, member of the band A'Pact, has been selected by the Japanese government through the Asia Foundation to help promote cultural exchange between Asian countries.
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Feature

Voices of Viengxay: the people who told their stories “I was stationed in Xieng Xeu where 25 women and 30 men provided village security. After the establishment of the security force, we had to be on duty and guard all day and all night. …. More >>>

World news

Explosion shakes Afghan capital, official says 2 wounded
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A truck packed with explosives blew up on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday, police said, in the first such violent incident in Kabul for almost three weeks. ... More >>>

Opinion

How can we stop the use of illegal fishing equipment?
“Where have all the fish gone?” This is a question we often hear being asked these days, as the number of fish in ponds and rivers rapidly declines.. .. More >>>

Sport

Lao women prepare for Olympi c Football qualifiers
The Lao women's football team is in training at the Lao National Sports Training Centre, getting ready to compete in the FIFA Women's Olympic Football. . ... More >>>

Travel

Vangvieng takes on a Korean flavour
At 11 pm, a DJ at the Sakura Bar plays the 2012 hit single PSY's Gangnam style to take young Korean visitors back to that heady time while they're on holiday in the tourist hotspot of Vangvieng. . ... More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Poverty Reduction Fund improves conditions in Huaphan
People in many districts nationwide are still living in basic conditions so assistance from the government and other parties is needed to improve their circumstances and enable them to rise above poverty. . . . ... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Boun Kong Khao, the festival of collective rice crops Boun kong khao or Boun Khounlarn is the second festival of the hidsipsong - the series of 12 traditional Lao festivals which occur in each month of the year. It is a ...More >>

Education

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 >>>

Health

Mittaphab's MRI to boost diagnostic standards
Mittaphab Hospital on Monday opened Laos' first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for service, making it the most modern diagnostic tool in the country. . . More >>>

Lifestyle

Cold experience in a Lao hill village
Wearing many layers of clothing and several blankets on top, we are still frozen to the bone. The wind constantly streams through the slits of the wooden walls.. . ...More >>>

Environment
 

Cows and fish

Tou was a short man, and his back was bent from his lifelong work in the rice fields. However he was still strong. . . .More >>>


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