April 10, 2018

Downgrade of leaders’ vehicles to be mostly complete this year

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- Chinese firm to study development potential of Bolaven Plateau
The government has authorised a Chinese firm to carry out a feasibility study of the coffee-rich Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos, with a view to turning it into the country’s top agri-business and agri-tourism destination. Deputy Governor of Champassak province Mr Buasone Vongsongkhone said a Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently by the Chinese company and Lao authorities.... More >>>

Headpiece of country’s largest Buddha statue cast
A ceremony to cast the head covering of a huge Phachao-ongluang Buddha statue took place at the Dhama assembly hall at Vat That Luang Neua in Vientiane on Sunday, attracting a large number of participants including officials and the general public. The event saw the casting of the top part of the head covering (keth in Lao) of the Phachao-ongluang Buddha statue.. . More >>>

Downgrade of leaders’ vehicles to be mostly complete this year
The process of withdrawing vehicles they are not entitled to from leading officials at the central level, and replacing them with cheaper brands, is set to be largely complete this year.
The downgrade in the type of vehicles allocated to senior government members is a landmark move as part of the government’s austerity policy. . . More >>>

- Borikhamxay fund lends helping hand to those in need
The Neung Duang Chai Fund has pledged to continue its work of assisting disadvantaged people and institutions in Borikhamxay, the organisation reported at a review meeting held in the province on Friday. Officials from Borikhamxay province and the Neung Duang Chai Fund came together to evaluate the past year’s work and discuss plans for the year ahead. .
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- Laos pursues nutrition challenges
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is continuing talks with development partners to resolve the country’s nutrition challenges, with the number of malnourished children under the age of five still high at 36 percent. Speaking at a meeting last week on community nutritional practices from 2017-2018, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Bounkhouang Khambounheuang, said the rate of malnutrition among children in rural areas surveyed by the authorities was still at a crisis level.More >>>

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- Winners of skills contest eye regional round in Thailand
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has selected seven young people to attend the 12th Asean Skills Competition in Thailand in August after running a competition to find the most highly qualified contestants. The results of the third Lao National Skills Competition were announced on Friday at a ceremony attended by Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng... More >>>

- IP fair to highlight women’s achievements
Products made by Lao women around the country will be on display at the Intellectual Property (IP) Fair taking place at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from April 21 to May 1.
The fair will highlight achievements by Laos’ top businesswomen and local products such as handicrafts, along with consumer goods for women with organisers expecting more than 10,000 people to attend. .More >>>

- Motorbike convoy delivers Pi Mai road safety message
Over 400 motorbikes and 800 schoolchildren took part in a Road Safety Week Project on Saturday to remind road users of the importance of safe and considerate driving in a bid to reduce the rising toll of accidents during Pi Mai Lao. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public ...More >>>

- Indonesian Embassy opens Bahasa course in Vientiane
The Indonesian Embassy is again offering a free course in Bahasa Indonesia for Lao nationals, aiming to enhance bilateral relations between Indonesia and Laos. Ambassador Designate of Indonesia to the Lao PDR, Mr Pratito Soeharyo, on Friday greeted more than 110 people including course participants, government officials and members of the Indonesian community in Vientiane at the opening ceremony of the language course at the Mercure hotel...More >>>


Improved school curriculums teach children about nutrition
Under- and malnutrition are recognised in Laos as significant public health and development challenges, with annual economic costs to the country estimated at 2.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product.. . .... More >>>


Dormitory living broadens student’s view of life
We all know that no place feels as safe and free as our home, but sometimes in life we need to leave our family and live somewhere else, which can provide us with more and different experiences.
If this place happens to be a university dormitory, you might end up getting more than you expect.
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Learned Luang Prabang lad leads the way to national exam
While everyone has high hopes or dreams of being number one in their field it is not always the case for many of us. But one teenager is studying hard trying to be the best student in the nation. .. .. . . . . More >>>


Blind stool maker crafts his own determined path through life
While life has a way of throwing up all sorts of challenges for us in the pursuit of our dreams, perhaps the best test of character is how we deal with any misfortunes which befall us... More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Dried meat snacks a tasty treat

Today, many people are looking for the highest standard when it comes to food products, which is why businesses are striving to produce top quality products to boost their sales. . . More >>>


Almsgiving - a tradition worth preserving
Almsgiving is a fine tradition that Lao people have practised every day around the country since ancient times, so much so that it has become a reflection of the country’s culture. ... .
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Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam agree to expand cooperation
The leaders of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam signed a joint declaration at the 10th Development Triangle Area Summit in Hanoi last month committing the three countries to fully expand cooperation beyond their border provinces. .. .. More >>>


Latest Innovation Technology at Huawei Mobile Laos Congress 2018
The Huawei Mobile Laos Congress 2018 took place from April 5-7, 2018, at the Don Chan Palace hotel in Vientiane and was organised by Huawei Technologies (Lao) Co., Ltd..... More >>>


Red thread runs through British artists’ exhibit in Vientiane
An exhibition titled “The Red Thread” showcasing 50 paintings and drawings by two British artists, Jamie Lowe and Victoria Carmen Jones, is now taking place at i:cat ..More >>>


Vat Phou conservation experts meet to review progress
At this time of the year when the weather is fine, plenty of people arrive at Vat Phou Champassak to explore this extensive temple complex and wander among the ruins. . ..More >>>

World news

Hungarian PM Orban wins election
BUDAPEST (Xinhua) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition won the general elections in Hungary on Sunday, with 49.42 percent of the vote, at 81 percent of the votes counted by the National Election office...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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What’s the best way to clean up Vientiane?
While authorities have made ongoing efforts to keep Vientiane clean, it is the duty of everyone to do their bit. Unfortunately, as evident by the many sites around the capital strewn with refuse and dust, .... More >>>


Lao Brewery pours 1.5 billion kip into National Games
The Lao Brewery Company Ltd. has announced support of 1.5 billion kip for the 11th National Games to be hosted by Xieng Khuang province in November. ...More >>>

Dining Out

Seafood buffet a perennial hit in Vientiane
Seafood buffets are a huge hit with diners in Vientiane, especially families and groups of friends, even though they aren’t easy to find in the capital’s restaurants. . . 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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