10 Students Missing After Nam Ngum Ferry Capsizes

10 Students Missing After Nam Ngum Ferry Capsizes

Eight girls and two boys were missing yesterday after a small ferry consisting of two wooden longboats capsized while crossing the Nam Ngum river in Pakngum district, Vientiane.
The missing children were primary school pupils from Nabong village who cannot swim well and were crossing the river to take their final year exams at a school in Thakokhai village.
A local resident who asked not to be named told Vientiane Times the ferry was carrying about 40 people, including the skipper, villagers, …… Continue reading

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Budget Insufficient To Clean Main Drainage Channels

Budget Insufficient To Clean Main Drainage Channels

The main drainage channels in Vientiane need to be cleaned yearly to allow water to flow free and to protect against floods, but some channels were receiving inadequate funding for the work.
The capital has 21 major drainage channels and storm water drains that has to be cleaned and repaired every year.
“The budget should be used to clean and repair all storm water drains and channels several times, but in reality we have to prioritise the ….. Continue reading

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Road Upgrades Slated Ahead Of Asean Summit

Road Upgrades Slated Ahead Of Asean Summit

Vientiane authorities will upgrade roads in the city centre as part of preparations for Laos’ hosting of the Asean Summit next year.
The upgrade will be funded through a loan from China amounting to 60 million yuan (about 78.73 billion kip). Under the project, a 2km section of road between the Dongdok and Tanmixay traffic lights will be resurfaced with concrete and widened to 22 metres, with the work contracted to a Chinese company.
The project is currently at the design and ….. Continue reading

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Facebook Messenger Expands Free Video Calling Worldwide

Facebook Messenger Expands Free Video Calling Worldwide

Last month, Facebook launched a free video calling feature in its Messenger app so you can set up face-to-face conversations with your family and friends with just one tap. Facebook Messenger’s video calling feature started in 18 countries, including Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the U.K., the U.S. and Uruguay.
Facebook Messenger’s free video calling feature has now rolled out worldwide, according to …… Continue reading

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ICAO Gives Laos A High Score

ICAO gives Laos a high score

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) team awarded Laos a high score of 73% following a procedures audit last month.
Vientiane Times reported the ICVM team conducted the audit on the country’s civil aviation department, 21 to 27 April, resulting in the DCA revealing details last week to its staff.
DCA general director, Yakua Lorpangkao, was quoted as saying that it was an “historic milestone” to achieve such a high score from the ……. Continue reading

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New Drug Treatment Centre In Laos

Thailand funds drug treatment centre in Laos

The Thai government yesterday provided grant assistance worth some 50 million baht (almost 12 billion kip) to fund the construction of a drug treatment and rehabilitation centre at Phonhong district hospital in Vientiane province.
The Thai funding will also be used to improve the outpatient building at the hospital and buy medical equipment to treat road accident victims.
The project to build a drug treatment and rehabilitation centre is part of the Lao government’s plan for the development of the health sector, as it needs to provide health services for the victims of …. Continue reading

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Bike Racers Being Reined In, Police Say

Bike racers being reined in, police say

Police officers have responded to public complaints that they are not out on the streets at night to stop youths from racing motorbikes and disturbing the peace in central Vientiane.
Chief of the Commando Security Team at the Vientiane Police Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Khamphiew Vatthanaphone, said yesterday they wanted the public to know that they’re working on the problem every day, especially at weekends.
“Today we arrested some members of one group but by tomorrow there will be another group making trouble on ….. Continue reading

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