May 15, 2018

Laos, Flanders to partner in waterway transport capacity building

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- PM assesses development in Borikkhamxay
People living in remote areas of Borikhamxay province have asked for better roads but the government has not been able to meet their needs because of chronic budget constraints. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith addressed the matter on Friday when meeting Borikhamxay’s leaders, core officials, and local residents during a visit to the province to assess its development... More >>>

- Outstanding Lao ladies shine at regional women’s entrepreneur awards
Nine Lao businesswomen received the Outstanding Asean Women Entrepreneurs Award 2018 granted by the Asean Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) at the Department of Social Development and Welfare Building in Bangkok, Thailand last week. Almost 100 nominated businesswomen from Asean countries joined the special awards ceremony to honour women’s empowerment in business and strengthen networks... More >>>

- Borikhamxay makes strides in dealing with illegally imported vehicles
Over 600 vehicles that were illegally imported into Borikhamxay province have now been legalised, despite some challenges in the process, according to a committee in charge of the matter. A senior official on the committee, Mr Khamvaen Panyanouvong, told Vientiane Times on Friday that only 100 vehicles now need to be registered legally... More >>>

- Laos, Flanders to partner in waterway transport capacity building
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Laos and the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works of Flanders, Kingdom of Belgium, are continuing cooperation for capacity building for the Lao ministry, especially in waterway transport and ports. A signing ceremony for a Letter of Intent to Continue Cooperation 2018-2020 between the two sides took place in Vientiane on Monday...More >>>

- MRC supports Lao green growth initiative
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has expressed strong support for Laos over its green growth strategy, adding that the inter-governmental organisation is ready to share its resources to ensure this initiative is sustainable. “Green growth is obviously a pathway to sustainable development and I’m pleased to see the Lao PDR embark on a greener economy and development as it’s important to avoid the ‘grow now and clean up later’ way of doing things,” MRC CEO Mr Pham Tuan Phan said last week...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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- Asean cyclists power up Lao tourism industry
Over 100 cyclists from Laos and other Asean countries gathered in Vientiane on Sunday morning for the 1st Asean Peace World Cycling Tour in Laos, which also aimed to promote tourism in the host country. The route began at the That Luang esplanade in Vientiane. The purpose of the event was to bolster cycling as a form of friendship among Asean nations; introduce Asean as a sports cycling destination; ...More >>>

- Regional food standards under the microscope
Countries from across the region are meeting for the Asean Task Force on Codex in Vientiane from May 14-16 to improve food production standards in response to the Codex system and drive export quality in international markets. The Codex Alimentarius Commission (known as Codex) is an international standards code ...More >>>

- Health workers mark Int’l Nurses Day with talk on emergency rescue services
The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Health Sciences on Friday held a seminar on nursing and emergency rescue services, with participation from the Lao Red Cross, Vientiane Rescue and other groups. The seminar was chaired by the faculty’s Dean, Dr Chanheme Songnavong. Speaking at the opening ceremony, .. More >>>

- Lao Front vows to strengthen defences against subtle forms of attack
Members of the Lao Front for National Development’s Committee must strengthen public resilience to peaceful forms of attack by the country’s enemies. The Front’s vice presidents Mr Khambay Damlath and Ms Khamchanh Phomsengsavanh stressed this need last week at the close of a three-day training session for new members of the Committee.
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Breastfeeding benefits both mothers and babies
Sitting on a bamboo bed underneath her house, Ms Hom Sivilay, 26, happily explains the benefits of breastfeeding and how it has helped her two children grow up to be strong and healthy.    . .. 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 >>>


Korean scholarship awardee shares her path to success
Things don’t happen by chance or luck. Success is achieved through diligence and constant effort. Ms Metkham Akhalath, 24, is an example of how success can be achieved through diligence. She won a master’s degree scholarship in Political Science and Diplomacy in South Korea from 2016-2019... .. . . . . 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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Davita Boutique Hotel, the hot new place in Luang Prabang
If you’re visiting Luang Prabang and looking for a three-star hotel with reasonable rates and great service, the Davita Boutique Hotel may be just the right choice for you. ... More >>>


SCG, the innovative technology leader in construction materials
Thailand’s SCG has focused on being a cement expert and innovation leader upgrading products and services under the concept of ‘Passion for Better Living’ to meet demands in the digital .. More >>>


Workshop boosts Lao, Thai ties in contemporary arts
A workshop to promote exchanges in contemporary art forms between Lao and Thai artists took place over the weekend at the National Institute of Fine Arts (NIFA) in Vientiane...More >>>


Eat fish, sweat less, and reduce body odour
Many people find that eating fish rather than meat when it’s extremely hot makes them feel more comfortable and allows them to sleep better at night, because it is lighter and lower in fat...More >>>

World news

Vietnamese voters satisfied with anti-corruption outcomes
Hanoi (Vietnam News) -- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trọng on Sunday met with voters in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh, Tay Ho and Hoan Kiem districts to inform them about the planned .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 can we do to prevent malaria and Zika virus outbreaks?
Health authorities are continuing to collaborate with international organisations and the local population to monitor the global and national situation regarding the possibility of a malaria or Zika virus outbreak, although neither of these illnesses have been officially reported in Laos. Vientiane Times asked some ..More >>>


Tennis federation targeting junior development for int’l stage
The Lao Tennis Federation is aiming to develop its junior players from 2018-2020 to enable the nation to vie competitively at international events in Thailand.
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Dining Out

Cooking sticky rice to perfection
Sticky rice is a very simple name for the staple grain of Laos and the nation’s most popular food item. It has been an essential part of Lao life from generation to generation and no meal is eaten without it.. . . 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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