July 10, 2018

Ancient shafts shed light on Sepon’s mining history 

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- Turn on to LAOSAT, TV broadcasters told
Lao state and private television broadcasters are being requested to utilise the country’s own Laos-Pacific Pacific Satellite Co., Ltd. (LAOSAT).
Government policy requires that domestic agencies currently utilising equivalent satellite services from abroad make the switch to use Laos’ very own satellite, deputy manager of the satellite and application department of LAOSAT, Mr Keolavanh Outhavong, told Vientiane Times early this month.... More >>>

- Tourism development an uphill battle in Xaysomboun
Xaysomboun province is still facing many challenges to get tourist attractions up to speed and attract more visitors to the province. Tourist attraction development has faced challenges from insufficient infrastructure, especially poor roads linking towns to districts, districts to villages and villages to tourism sites, provincial information, culture and tourism department official Mr Somdavy Khammeungkhun told Vientiane Times on Thursday.... More >>>

- Billions allocated to small, medium enterprise promotion  
More than 2,715.8 billion kip will be sourced and allocated for the promotion of small and medium enterprises (SME) to facilitate better access to finance to grow their businesses. In this regard, the government will allocate 200 billion kip from the state budget. The remaining more than 2,515.8 billion kip (US$300 million) will be sourced from elsewhere following a resolution of the National Assembly (NA).
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- Ancient shafts shed light on Sepon’s mining history 
A team of Lao-Australian archaeologists have discovered evidence that shows the current site of Sepone mine in the central province of Savannakhet was already an mining site as early as a thousand years ago. Remarkable discoveries of artefacts and evidence of ancient mining at the current Sepon mine had been made, Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) announced yesterday....More >>>

Regional recognition hopes as app puts heart in IT 
Designed to facilitate charity donations via smartphone, the BCEL One Heart app has won recognition via The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) annual awards. BCEL One Heart took out the competition’s top award over eight teams. ...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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- Australian diplomat’s assistance, diplomatic contributions recognised
Australia has contributed billions of kip over the past three years to support the implementation of the 8th Five-Year National Socio-Economic Development Plan, according to a report presented at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Planning and Investment on Friday. The event was held to honour the contribution of outgoing Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy to Laos, Mr Andreas Zurbrugg....More >>>

- Three dead, seven injured in Hadxaifong road accident
Three people were killed instantly and seven more injured when a six-wheeled truck lost control and overturned at Simmanotai village in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane, last Friday.
The accident occurred at 5:30 pm when the driver and nine passengers were going from Nalom village to Nongtaeng-Tai village. The truck went off the road and rolled over, the Head of the Hadxaifong Traffic Police Office, Captain Sengphet Xanamixay, told Vientiane Times yesterday. ..More >>>

- Girl’s health training course raising teachers’ awareness via Korea
The government and Ewha Woman’s University of the Republic of Korea supports the development of experience and expertise for Girls Integrated Health Care Specialists for teachers in lower level secondary schools. The training was attended by President of the University of Health Sciences (UHS-Laos), Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Vangkonvilay and representative of the Ewha Woman’s University, Prof. Dr Younhee Kang.
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- Equal treatment for all, Lao hospitals vow
Setthathirath Hospital, Children Hospital and Mother and Newborn Hospital seek to improve the quality of services for all their patients to increase public confidence and satisfaction. These hospitals are moving to guarantee appropriate health service delivery and proper training for their human resources for health. To reach this goal, the central hospitals are focusing on improving management....More >>>


Making sure the vegetables you eat are clean
Health officials have advised the public to eat more vegetables to stay healthy. The question is, how can we be sure our vegetables are clean, especially during the wet season? ... . .. 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 >>>


Model sets sights on joining police force
A freelance model who came to Vientiane from  Bokeo province, Bounmy Chanthong, says he hopes to work for the police force when he graduates with a degree in Business Law from the National University of Laos... .. . . . More >>>


Young woman’s Phuan handicrafts reawaken ethnic roots
Phuan is one of the ethnic groups of Laos nourished by deep roots in Xieng Khuang province in the nation’s north.
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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.


Tree plantations bring much-needed facilities for rural communities
The living standards of villagers in some parts of Savannakhet, Khammuan and Saravan provinces have gradually improved since the Stora Enso Lao Company has established tree plantations in these areas... . 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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See you next time, Spring City Kunming
Having a chance to visit to Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province recently for the first time, this writer found “the city of eternal spring” both charming and impressive.. . .. More >>>


New Mercedes CLS model launched in Laos
The Auto Lao Company Limited in Vientiane is launching a new model of Mercedes Benz for its customers,  particularly those who love the CLS class.
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Japan calls for culture ambassador, filmmaker Mattie
Tokyo and Kyoto-bound Lao filmmaker Mattie Do will promote Lao film and culture via a cultural exchange project in Japan this month....More >>>


Phousi attracts many visitors but more needs to be done to tackle garbage
While climbing the steep stairway with more than 300 steps that leads to the top of Phousi mountain in Luang Prabang province, one feels a little sad to see the numerous plastic water bottles discarded by visitors..More >>>

World news

Over 72 percent of Syria’s Daraa returns under gov’t control
DAMASCUS (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army has expanded its control over 72 percent of the entire Daraa area in southern Syria, state news agency SANA said on Sunday....More >>>


Village life goes electric via government, partner efforts
Cooperation with international organisations and boosting infrastructure in poor villages are among the measures adopted by the Lao government to move the nation out of the list of least developed countries (LDCs). . ..More >>>


What are the benefits of being a volunteer in Vientiane Rescue?
The three-month school holiday can be used by students for many activities. Some find a job to earn money while some others join summer school courses. Lads may become a novice monk. ..More >>>


Toyota FC on cusp of league championship
Lao Toyota FC remains at the top of the Pepsi Lao Premier League this week with another championship title now firmly within grasping distance...More >>>

Dining Out

Hotpot eatery serves up stick-to-the-ribs fare
The Bounthavy Hotpot restaurant has become a mainstay for locals looking for a satisfying and communal-style meal in Naxaithong district, Vientiane.
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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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