July 6, 2018

Illegal vehicle import crackdown ordered as tax avoidance raises ire

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- Self-sustaining, pushing nation’s performance, PM calls business
The private sector is a key bulwark for the government’s efforts and achievements in performing its task as a facilitator for business and socio-economic development, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told members of the business community at the 11th Lao Business Forum yesterday. The Prime Minister called for members of the business sector to self-provider for investment opportunity ... More >>>

- Savannakhet upgrading three iconic tourist sites
Following Savannakhet’s declaration of Kaysone Phomvihane district as a city in May, the province is upgrading popular tourism sites in three districts in a bid to attract more visitors. The three sites earmarked for improvement are Dong Natad National Protected Area in Kaysone Phomvihane city, the Monkey Forest (Dongling) of Champhon district and the historic Stone House (Heuan Hin) in Xayphouthong district... More >>>

- UXO clearance an opportunity to unlock land, prosperity
Cooperatio with local authorities and development partners aims to remove the threat posed by unexploded ordnance (UXO) including to increase access and benefits to people in Laos. At present, too many Lao people still live under threat from Indochina-War remnants in the form of UXO as they struggle to expand agriculture productively, such as in the northern province of Huaphan.... More >>>

- Illegal vehicle import crackdown ordered as tax avoidance raises ire
The Ministry of Finance has warned that it will impose stronger legal actions against any owners of imported vehicles evading taxes and tariff payments to the government.
The two-page notice highlighted the need to resolve illegal automobiles in the country seriously and was signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy on June 27....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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- Language, water, sanitation sees DIC grant 6.4 billion kip
Deseret International Charities (DIC) to Laos has agreed to boost English language training, clean water and sanitation development in Vientiane and province value more than 6.4 billion kip (US$ 765,000). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for English language training, clean water and sanitation project III was signed yesterday in Vientiane between Director General of Department of External Relations under Ministry of Education and Sports, ...More >>>

- Savannakhet informed paper factory to clean up its act
Savannakhet provincial authorities have informed a Xepon district paper factory to urgently take action after villagers around the plant have complained about foul smells since June 5. Last month, residents in the district’s surrounding Kaenghuapa, Kaengthamae, Kaengchee, Naluang, Oudomsouk, Vongvilay and Phoxay villages called on authorities to do something about the bad odours coming from the foreign-owned facility.
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- Vientiane urban transport appoints consultant for Bus Rapid Transit
Authorities in the capital signed a contract on Wednesday to appoint an implementation consultant for the Vientiane Sustainable Urban Transport Project. The consultant will support the implementation and management of the detailed project design for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) throughout its five years. The contract was inked between Director General of Transport Department, .. More >>>

- Nam Ou power to see blackout-free Luang Prabang by 2020
Power cuts have long been a frustrating fact of life in the provinces of developing nations like Laos when too many consumers demand a lot of energy during hot weather.
Luang Prabang province will no longer need to concern itself with such limitations upon the completion of Nam Ou 1 hydropower project in 2020. The Nam Ou River originates from the junction of Jiangcheng County, Yunnan province in China, and flows through Phongsaly and Luang Prabang provinces of Laos....More >>>


Guppy fish an effective dengue mosquito control method
Guppy fish can be one of the five most effective forms of dengue control, as these tiny fish can be placed in water vessels in and around homes, where they will eat the larvae of dengue-transmitting mosquitoes... . .. More >>>


The Mekong: the heart of a rewarding lifestyle
The Mekong River is the source of many good things that help people through their daily lives. It lowers their cost of living by providing them with fertile soil in which to grow vegetables and enables them to make money by selling their crops and the fish they catch.... More >>>


Vientiane students win silver medal in international science contest
Eight students from Eastern Star Schools in Vientiane are delighted to have won silver medals after competing in the recent annual GENIUS Olympiad event in the USA.. .. . . . More >>>


Senior writer proud of winning Mekong Literature Award
Mr Hongheun Khounphithack, a senior poet with more than 40 years of experience in cultural research and writing stories, poems and news articles, is one of the two Lao winners of the Mekong River Literature Awards 2018.
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Gardener her love for traditional trees speciesMs Manivanh Chanthalangsy is a diligent gardener whose love and quest to preserve traditional plant and tree species encouraged her to start a conservation campaign from her Chantha garden.   .. 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.


New development plan to help SMEs integrate with regional and world markets
The Department of SME Promotion has come up the SME Development Plan 2016-20 to create conditions that will allow the small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) of Laos to integrate into regional and international economies, especially the Asean Economic Community.... . 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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Journalists’ tour open eyes to China’s innovative Anhui province
Some 40 journalists from Asean mainstream media along with China Radio International, China Daily, Asia-Pacific Daily, and Visual China undertook a seven-day tour of Anhui province, China last month.. . .. More >>>


Traditional instrument propelled by heritage listing 
The khaen, a traditional Lao musical instrument, has become more popular after it was certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as part of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”... More >>>


Alexandra branches out as TVLao executive
TV Lao pop star Alexandra Bounxouei was announced as the new Director of TVLao on Tuesday at the same press conference in Vientiane to publicise the Miss Universe Laos 2018 competition....More >>>


ERIA economic research body celebrates 10th anniversary, sets three key objectives 
The Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute of Asean and East Asia (ERIA) on May 25....More >>>

World news

Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) -- With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their football coach with minimum risk, officials said Thursday....More >>>


More Russian tourists visit Laos
" About 12,000 Russians visited Laos in 2017 and, although this number is not high, the figure is an indicator of the stability of Russian interest in Laos as a tourist destination and visitor numbers are in fact rising from year to year. ..More >>>


How important is cultivating culture in children from a young age?
The second edition of the Sangsinxay Festival to promote cultural and literature preservation among youngsters was organised in Vientiane on Saturday. The event was jointly organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Sports, ..More >>>


Lao boxers hone skills at Thailand Open
Three of the nation’s top fighters have been in the ring to test their skills at the Thailand Open Boxing Tournament from June 28-July 6....More >>>

Dining Out

Small Japanese restaurant, big on quality
My questions were answered on a recent weekday afternoon when my family and I made a second visit to a small Japanese restaurant in central Vientiane, which is always packed with contented diners at lunch and dinner time.. . . 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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