May 10, 2018

Commission outlines new initiative to reduce violence against women

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- Germany provides over 67 billion kip for vocational education development
The German government has agreed to provide a grant of over 67 billion kip (EUR 6.8 million) for the Vocational Education Financing Facility (VEFF) project in Laos.
The project aims to expand the involvement of the private sector in the field of vocational education and targets to meet the need for a qualified workforce..... More >>>

- PM Thongloun urges media to improve quality
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged media personnel to deliver news more accurately and promptly, saying this would improve the quality and effectiveness of their work. .... More >>>

- Party central committee demands efficient rule of law
The Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP)’s Central Committee agreed this week to pursue the efficient rule of law on the path to building a people’s democratic state.
The agreement was reached at the two-day 6th Plenary Session of the 10th Party Congress, which ended on Tuesday... More >>>

- Health authorities on the alert for possible Zika virus outbreak
Health authorities will continue to collaborate with international organisations and the local population to monitor the global and national situation regarding the possibility of a Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak.
At present, even though it has not been officially reported in Laos, health authorities are gearing up to combat any potential outbreak of the virus.
Efforts include strengthening the vector programme through community ownership as the transmission of Zika is similar to that of dengue fever, an official said. .. More >>>

Groundwork for Champassak embankment making good progress
A huge effort is being made to build the foundations of an embankment along the Mekong River in central Pakxe district, Champassak province.
The embankment is part of the US$65.6-million Mekong River Integrated Management Project (MRIMP), which got underway in December last year. Project Director Mr Khamphan Simmala told Vientiane Times yesterday that construction of the whole project is now more than 10 percent complete. ...More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia
Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13...More >>>

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- Commission outlines new initiative to reduce violence against women
The Vientiane Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother and Child Affairs has launched new guidelines to help officials in their work to reduce gender-based violence in Laos. The commission, under the Vientiane Women’s Union, said the new guidelines aim to improve the knowledge and understanding of police and women’s union officials about the new requirements for registering reports of domestic violence. This is designed to ensure that incidents that don’t necessarily lead to charges being pressed are kept on file...More >>>

- Govt officials mull fight against corruption
Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment and inspection agencies met on Tuesday to discuss efforts to prevent corruption and learn more about the Anti-Corruption Law. The key of objective of the two-day meeting was to strengthen the fight against corruption.. ..More >>>

- Six suspected unexploded bombs found in Xaysomboun
A group of friends picnicking by a river in Longxan district, Xaysomboun province, recently were surprised to find what looked like six large unexploded bombs.
Mr Bountien Xayaket, from Thaphabath district in Borikhamxay province, told Vientiane Times yesterday that he and four friends had travelled to the river near the Nam Leuk Hydroelectric Power Plant where they found the devices. They suspected that they might be some form of UXO because they also found some small cluster bombs nearby.. More >>>

- School science festival sparks students’ creative spirit
Eastern Star Schools in Vientiane organised the fourth edition of its annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival at the Vientiane Center on Saturday. The event was held to promote the work of the school, particularly innovations and creations by its students over the academic year. It was also organised to raise awareness about the importance of science and technology among the public. . ..More >>>


Volunteer gives her time for benefit of community health 
Even though it’s not easy for expectant mother Ms Ngam Tamong, 27, to get health messages to her community as quickly as possible after receiving information from the local dispensary, she always passes them on within one day.    . .. More >>>


Forest provides village girls with second home and jobs
Girls who live in rural or remote areas commonly drop out of school because their parents believe it’s better that they stay at home to help with the housework and take care of their children after they get married. .. More >>>


Top scholarship student reflects on his successMr Anousone Sormixay, better known as Kito, from Donetiew village in Xaythany district, Vientiane, and now aged 21 was awarded a scholarship to study in Vietnam after becoming one of 13 students selected through the Outstanding Student examination at Phonesavanh Secondary School... .. . . . . More >>>


Singer Phetdavone’s star shines bright in Laos
After winning a recent television singing contest in Thailand, Ms Phetdavone Khammanivong has changed dramatically and has received many offers in Laos to showcase her skills and talents... 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.


Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . More >>>


Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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A visit to the idyllic surroundings of Nadeer Farm
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong... More >>>


Asean members make strides towards greater productivity
The 60th session of the Asian Productivity Organisation's (APO) Governing Body in Laos opened on Tuesday with its directors and advisors discussing progress and achievements in productivity.    .. . More >>>


Tokyo film festival to honour iconic Japanese actor, animator 
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced it will highlight the work of legendary actor Koji Yakusho and emerging animation director Masaaki Yuasa at the 31st TIFF from October 25 - November 3.. ..More >>>


Laos hopes to receive more tourists from Hunan
Laos and China are gearing up to promote and enhance cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, politics, education, culture and services with the opening of the Consulate General.. ..More >>>

World news

Trump announces US exit from Iran nuclear deal, triggering outcry
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will withdraw his country from the Iran nuclear deal, a decision that immediately drew global frustration and outcry.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 are the benefits of job fairs?
The Job Fair 2018 took place at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from April 4-8, hosted by the Vientiane Department of Labour and Social Welfare. The event featured hundreds of booths set up by government and private organisations to advertise work opportunities....More >>>


Lao boxers have Russian trainer in their corner for Thai bouts
Lao male and female boxers across different weight divisions are preparing for the King’s Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, next month under professional boxing trainer Mr Dmitrii Mozorov from Russia.... More >>>

Dining Out

See-Me Restaurant offers special dishes for Visit Laos Year
The vibrant atmosphere of the Dongdok Night Bazaar attracts many people, who usually make a beeline for restaurants and eateries offering a variety of tasty dishes and drinks.. . . 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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