Watch Out For Pink Eye In The Wet Season

Conjunctivitis-Watch Out For Pink Eyes In The Wet Season

At this time of year you may notice friends and family members with at least one pink eye. This isn’t a colourful contact lens, it’s Conjunctivitis, an eye infection that commonly occurs during the rainy season when bacteria thrives.

While both bacteria and viruses cause conjunctivitis, the Ophthalmology Centre in Vientiane has found that bacteria are almost always the cause of the cases it encounters. Continue reading

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Zika Virus Alert In Udon Thani’s Sangkhom District

Zika Virus Alert In Udon Thani’s Sangkhom District

Udon Thani’s Sangkhom district has been declared off-limits especially to pregnant women after a resident of the district was quarantined in Taiwan after he was tested to be infected with Zika virus.
Health volunteers in all villages in Tambon Sang Nang Khao of Nong Khai’s Pone Pisai district were instructed to mount a campaign to … Continue reading

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Consumers Angry Over EDL’s Response To High Bills

Consumers Angry Oover EDL's Response To High Bills

Despite reassurances by Electricite du Laos (EDL) that meters are operating normally and no price change has taken place, consumers are unhappy with the high bills they must pay and want further clarification.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the Director of EDL’s Vientiane Power Distribution Department said high electricity consumption does not drive up the tariff rate and household meters installed by EDL are still …. Continue reading

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Luang Prabang Sees Unexpected Dip In Tourism Growth

Luang Prabang Sees Unexpected Dip In Tourism Growth

Although more tourists visited Luang Prabang province this year than ever before, the rate of growth has not been as high as anticipated, a senior tourism official has noted.
Much more needs to be done in terms of marketing and creating confidence among international tourists, to encourage them to visit the World Heritage town.
“The number of tourist arrivals in the province reached ….. Continue reading

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Lao Economy To Grow 7 Percent This Year: World Bank

Lao Economy To Grow 7 Percent This Year - World Bank

The Lao economy is projected to expand by 7 percent in 2016, with power generation expected to increase by more than 30 percent over 2015, according to the World Bank’s latest update of the Lao Economic Monitor 2016.
Laos has one of the fastest growing economies in the East Asia and Pacific region. It expanded by …. Continue reading

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Tax Alert: Revised Tax Law Pending

Tax Alert: Revised Lao Tax Law Pending

The Lao Government ‘slipped through’ a revised tax law recently (Amended Tax Law No. 70/NA, dated 15 December 2015), with the law set to take effect next week on 24 May 2016. But fear not: much of the revised law is similar to the law it replaces, the Tax Law (2011), with a few new inclusions, revisions and corrections.
That said, one glaring adjustment is the insertion of a new article on profit tax withholding for foreign entities deriving income from …. Continue reading

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