February 23, 2018

Cattle calamity as lightning strike claims livestock in Xayaboury

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- Vientiane’s Don Chan area to blossom as new tourist site
Authorities plan to develop Vientiane’s southern Don Chan area as a new tourist site complete with flower gardens and a number of retail outlets featuring organic produce grown by local farmers.
The project seeks to make the zone, located behind Don Chan Palace Hotel in Sisattanak district and near Chao Anouvong Park, more attractive to visitors while generating an income for local farmers. ... More >>>

Hotline helps government administration
Hotline calls have helped the government gain a better understanding of public concerns allowing it to address their problems in accordance with the facts.
These findings were disseminated at a meeting of the government committee responsible for hotline calls held yesterday in Vientiane to discuss ways improve operations. ... More >>>

Fourteen fatalities recorded last year as dengue fever bites
Fourteen people died in a nationwide outbreak of dengue fever in early 2017 with the capital having the most cases last year.
So far this year, there have not been any reported any deaths recorded, according to the Communicable Disease Control Department.
The update was reported at the meeting to summarise the work of the Ministry of Health over the past year and discuss the plans for 2018 in Vientiane on Thursday. ...More >>>

- Govt submitting 15 drafted laws for parliamentary debate
The government will submit 15 drafted laws to the National Assembly (NA) by this month for debate, the government spokesman Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher said on Wednesday. He made the announcement after the cabinet’s approval at its two-day ordinary monthly meeting for February that ended on the day under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. ...More >>>

- Lao learn the way to sustainable food security
Laos and Brazil have held discussions on the sustainability of school meal programmes, including the experiences of Laos in this field, and explored opportunities for South-South cooperation in achieving food and nutrition security.
Brazilian representatives highlighted their country’s experiences, especially how social safety net programmes such as school meals have reduced food insecurity in the country and how school meals are an investment for a productive workforce in future and thus, in a country’s economic growth....More >>>

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- Lao Ambassador to India attends celebrations of Ahom festival in AssamThe Lao Ambassador to India, Mr Southam Sakonhninhom, and staff from the Lao Embassy recently attended a ceremony of the Ahom community called International Mae-Dam-Mae-Phi at Guwahati, the capital of Assam state.
This ceremony of ancestor worship was celebrated on different dates according to the convenience of the people of Assam till 1984, and subsequently January 31 was declared a state holiday for Mae-Dam-Mae-Phi... More >>>

- Lao Women’s Union promotes women’s role in UXO sector
The Lao Women’s Union (LWU) and the national regulatory authority discussed and shared ideas about gender mainstreaming and women’s leadership in the UXO (unexploded ordnance) sector in Vientiane yesterday.
The participants exchanged knowledge and experiences during the two-day meeting, which also provided them an opportunity to reflect on ways to ensure equality between men and women in the UXO sector of Laos. ...More >>>

- Cattle calamity as lightning strike claims livestock in Xayaboury
Heavy rains, lightning and strong winds occurred in regions of the country over February 21-22 with Xayaboury one of the provinces reporting losses from the accidental death of livestock.
A lightning strike led to the death of some 27 cattle during a thunderstorm yesterday morning at Nahin village, Kaenthao district, Xayaboury province with losses of more than 160 million kip recorded, Kaenthao District Governor Mr Samlane Souvannasod told Vientiane Times...More >>>

- New tourism, hospitality skills initiative launched
Representatives of nine provinces across southern and central Laos met recently to launch an initiative to boost skills among existing employees and support people from disadvantaged backgrounds by giving them employment in the tourism and hospitality sector.. ..More >>>


Poor nutrition in early childhood can make you deaf
Nutrition is one of many health issues that the Ministry of Health is promoting. This is because if your children do not eat nutritious food daily, they may suffer from loss of weight and have higher risk of having learning disabilities. .... More >>>


Nature smiles on contented villagers
It’s around noon and the sun is beating down, but we are sitting in a rice field sitting in a small bamboo hut with a roof made of cogon grass and no walls so we don’t feel hot because of the breeze that blows through.... More >>>


Lao model to study for MBA degree in Thailand
Mr Thotsaphone Sitphaxay (Oung), a model from First Modeling Lao, will soon be off to Thailand to study for a Master of Business Administration degree. . ... . . . . More >>>


Lao teacher wins coveted Princess Maha Chakri Award
Her achievements in relation to hygiene, green spaces, and high learning and teaching standards in Laos led to the Principal of Thongkang Primary School, Ms Khounvilay Khenkitisack, being presented with a Princess Maha Chakri Award in Bangkok, Thailand.... More >>>


Wetlands and the paradox of urban development
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2. This year, the theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”... . More >>>


69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Boost your savings by making cooking stoves
If you are unemployed and looking for a decent job, making environmentally-friendly cooking stoves might be a starting point, as everyone can benefit from having a clean oven in their home.. ... . More >>>





Vientiane-Xayaboury travels smoothThe road stretching between Vientiane and Xayaboury province has become more convenient than ever. It now hosts a daily stream of both buses and mini-buses (Lot Songthaew) carrying local passengers and tourists.   .. More >>>


Commerce chamber to address businesses' quest for information
Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified access to information as a core strategic issue that needs to be addressed as part of efforts to enhance the competitiveness of its members, according to a chamber representative....More >>>


Vientiane Performing Arts Festival a success 
The third Vientiane Performing Arts Festival held last weekend was a success, attracting a big audience from all walks of life....More >>>


China-Laos railway to launch the country into a new era developmentAs the construction of the China-Laos Railway project continues, residents are preparing themselves for the big changes this new connectivity will bring to. ..More >>>

World news

Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country....More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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Famous faces promote travel, tourism destinations for Visit Laos Year 2018 
Seeking to promote Visit Laos Year 2018 and attract greater numbers of local and foreign visitors, Vientiane Times sought views from celebrities in Laos on what the country has to offer its guests. ... More >>>


Over 3,000 runners expected for Vientiane International Half MarathonMore than 3,000 amateur and professional runners from home and abroad are expected to line up for the start of the 3rd Vientiane International Half Marathon on Sunday, March 4.More >>>

Dining Out

Grandma Choy’s Banh Kuan keeps customers coming back
It may not be easy to find Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in Vientiane for a meal during the Lunar New Year but Grandma Choy Sivilay hasn’t closed her eatery during the celebrations for many years. ... . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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