June 12, 2018

New scheme brings business on board in battle against malnutrition

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- State-funded projects overvalued by one trillion kip
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the National Assembly (NA) on Friday that state investment projects carried out in recent years had been overvalued by as much as a trillion kip. The finding was the result of a government inspection, he told members of parliament at the ongoing 5th ordinary session of the NA’s 8th Legislature... More >>>

- Govt urged to regulate use of pesticides, herbicides
The National Assembly has called on the government to take steps to control the chemicals used on farms and suppress the illegal import of herbicides and pesticides.
Chairman of the Economics, Technology and Environment Committee, Mr Bounpone Sisoulath, delivered the message on behalf of the Assembly at its ongoing debate session, highlighting the current usage of potentially harmful chemicals... More >>>

- Parliament debates draft master plan on land use
Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday called for the government to better manage and properly allocate land for use for various purposes, as law makers debate the draft National Master Plan on Land Allocation. Representing NA members in commenting on the draft, Chairman of the Assembly’s Economic, Technology and Environment Committee, Mr Bounpone Sisoulath, said a number of land-related issues had emerged in recent years... More >>>

- New scheme brings business on board in battle against malnutrition
Laos launched a new nutrition network last Thursday, aiming to ensure food security and reduce levels of malnutrition. The initiative is known as the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network. The Sun Business Network (SBN) is part of the global Scaling Up Nutrition Network. In Laos the SBN is supported by the National Nutrition Committee Secretariat, .. More >>>

Forestry company marks Arbor Day with new plantation
The Burapha Agro-Forestry Company last week planted eucalyptus, acacia, sindora and dalbergia trees as a pilot mixture tree garden to mark National Arbor Day. The 18-hectare pilot plantation is being established in Saen-oudom village, Xaythany district, Vientiane, with the aim of preserving the environment and creating jobs for local people. .. 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 >>>

More news stories

- Foreign tourist leaps to death from Vientiane building
Vientiane police are investigating an apparent suicide after a foreign tourist died instantly on Sunday when he plunged 14 metres from a building onto the street below. The incident occurred at about 11:45am in Anou village, Chanthabouly district, Vientiane, according to official reports...More >>>

- Keo-oudom road upgrade resumes
Upgrade of the 6-km road between Phonmy and Thalath villages in Keo-oudom district, Vientiane province, has resumed after local authorities contracted out the job to a new company. It is three years since the road upgrade was abandoned. A private company took on the job in 2013 with completion scheduled for 2015, but the work stalled. ..More >>>

- Healthcare provider tackling early pregnancy prevention
Utilising the National Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (NAYFS) Guideline, the government and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are continuing to strengthen the skills of service providers for early pregnancy prevention. As part of the effort, a five-day training course (June 4-8) was conducted for healthcare providers from five districts in Bokeo and Luang Prabang provinces... More >>>

- Rural women learn new job skills at Lao Women’s Union
Women from rural areas are currently taking a free vocational training course that teaches them skills in cooking, tailoring and beauty, so they are better qualified to get a job or run a small business. They are taking the three-month course at the Lao Women’s Union training centre in Vientiane, taught by Lao instructors... More >>>


Better hand hygiene enhances safety at healthcare facilities  
Promoting good hand hygiene is one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance the safety and quality of health care facilities. Good hand hygiene – including among patients and health workers – helps stop the . .. More >>>


Age-old traditions sustain Bokeo fishermen
On a broad swathe of the Mekong River in Phonsavang village, there is an island where local fishermen have built a small hut so they can shelter from the rain and take a nap when they feel tired... More >>>


Lao woman pioneers social development through Global Shapers Vientiane Hub
Ms Kannika Inthaxoum, 26, from Haisok village in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane, has been selected as a member of the Global Shapers Vientiane Hub (GSV), which creates activities that encourage young people to stay away from drugs. . . . More >>>


Singapore chefs highlight island nation’s culinary prowess
Award-winning Singapore chefs Vincent Bio, Fabian Teo and Ronnie Seng Who Lee dazzled Lao guests with their culinary skills at an exclusive dinner party held at the Suntara Restaurant in Vientiane by the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore... ...
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Lao businessman committed to making country greener
Come summer, when the temperature in Laos can shoot up to 40 degrees Celsius, one can see people making a beeline for trees so that they can rest under them or park their cars in the shade... More >>>


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.


Ice-cream refreshes life of young entrepreneur

Making ice-cream has helped Mr Anan Thongsavath to earn at least 1.6 million kip a day, resulting in his family becoming a model household in Phonphanao village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane... . 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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Dan Khou Ha Rock Park - a wonderful weekend getaway
The Dan Khou Ha rock park, which is also known as Dan Soung, is currently being promoted by a private company as a tourist site that will help conserve nature. This area with numerous rock formations is located at the top of Phouphanang hill... More >>>


Nam Ou river basin hydropower company takes full responsibility for positive performance
In the past few days, continuous high temperatures in Laos have resulted in high demand for electricity so the .. More >>>


British Embassy invites filmmakers to apply talents to combat illegal wildlife trade
A competition involving the submission of short films that take a stand against the illegal wildlife trade was launched at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Vientiane on Thursday evening.
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Student volunteers dream of decent education at rural schools
Children are the foundation of the future and will build on the knowledge and examples that we pass on to them, so the success of our society in the future depends on how much we can give children today...More >>>

World news

Ethiopia PM vows not to harm Egypt’s share of Nile water
CAIRO (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali vowed on Sunday that Ethiopia will not harm Egypt’s share of the Nile River water through the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)....More >>>


Do officials need to increase checks of imported farm products at border crossings?
Businesses and those in involved in agriculture have urged the authorities to make closer checks of imported farm products, as they are considered an obstacle to attracting investment in and growth of the sector.
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How important is it to donate blood?
World Blood Donor Day is observed on June 14 and serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. As in other countries, Lao authorities are organising .More >>>


Lao Telecom, TVLao to broadcast World Cup
Football fans in Laos will be able to follow every match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia live on their smartphones and TVLao, with the tournament taking place from June 14 to July 15. ..More >>>

Dining Out

Top of the range restaurant offers one-stop taste of Indochina in Vientiane
Located in the heart of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Laos has diverse tourist attractions such as the world heritage town of Luang Prabang and the beautiful city of Vientiane, while the landlocked country also offers a variety of international cuisines.. . . 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. ... . More >>>

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