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Lao Taekwondo Athletes Win Two Golds at South Korean Championship

Six Lao Taekwondo athletes secured five medals, including two gold, one silver, and two bronze, at the Seongnam Open International Taekwondo Championship 2024 in South Korea on 21 July. Among the medalists, two athletes stood out by clinching gold. Lattanaphone Lattanapaseuth from PMS Taekwondo Club in Vientiane Capital won gold in “fighting category,” while Maya Sone from Luang Prabang triumphed in a Poomsae category, which involves a sequence of Taekwondo techniques and fight matches. Lattanaphone, elated by his victory, shared his experience with the Laotian Times, revealing that he trained five days a week for several weeks leading up the competition.  “It was quite a hard fight, but I’m happy I came...

Economy

National University of Laos to Admit 5,920 New Students

The National University of Laos (NUOL) has announced that it will accept 5,920 new students for the 2024-25 academic year, with over 4,000 applicants already registered for entrance exams. This...

USAID Pledges USD 15 Million to Aid Persons with Disabilities in Laos

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is set to provide Laos with up to USD 15 million to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in Laos. This...

Laos to Raise VAT to 10 Percent on Digital Platforms

Starting 1 August, digital platforms like Google, Facebook, and Amazon will enforce a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on customers in Laos, following the country's VAT increase from 7...

Over 10,000 Lao Students Study in Vietnam with Government Aid

Vietnam has become a hub for higher education for more than 10,000 students from Laos,  supported by government scholarships and other funding avenues. The Lao Embassy in Vietnam shared these...

In Vientiane, farmers are voicing concerns over rising costs of production, unauthorized imports, and market complexities that threaten their livelihoods. Vice Mayor Sirilaththongsin Thongpheng addressed these issues, highlighting the...

EU, ASEAN Team Up in Education to Address Global Challenges

In a landmark discussion hosted by the European Union (EU), ASEAN, and leading scholars from both regions convened to enhance cooperation in education and research, highlighting the transformative impact...

Travel

Laos, VietJet Sign Air Transport Agreement, Creating Over 2,000 Jobs

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and VietJet Airline have agreed to enhance air transportation between Laos and Vietnam, which is expected to create up to 2,500 new jobs in the aviation sector. The two sides signed an agreement on 11 July in Vientiane Capital, with VietJet set to collaborate with the Department of Civil Aviation of Laos on various aviation-related projects aimed at expanding air transport activities within Laos. The airline also plans to establish its Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facilities in Laos, training the new workforce to meet international aviation standards. This project aims to provide affordable flight options and high-quality air services for both Lao nationals...

Health & Environment

USAID Pledges USD 15 Million to Aid Persons with Disabilities in Laos

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is set to provide Laos with up to USD 15 million to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in Laos. This initiative is part of the second phase of the Okard Project, which spans from 2024 to 2027   and focuses on helping persons with disabilities gain equal access to health and social services.  The new phase will build on the successes of Phase I, which took place from 2017 to 2023.  On...

Sport

Lao Taekwondo Athletes Win Two Golds at South Korean Championship

Six Lao Taekwondo athletes secured five medals, including two gold, one silver, and two bronze, at the Seongnam Open International Taekwondo Championship 2024 in South Korea on 21 July. Among the medalists, two athletes...

Lao U-16 Team Excels at ASEAN Championship, Eyes Semi-Final Spot

The Lao U-16 national football team has demonstrated outstanding performance at the ASEAN U-16 Boys Championship tournament, paving the way for their qualification into the semi-finals. Currently tied with host country Indonesia at 6...

Politics

Bastille Day Reception in Laos Highlights Franco-Lao Diplomatic Ties

The French Embassy in Laos marked Bastille Day (14 July) with an Olympic-themed reception attended by Deputy Prime Minister...

Laos, VietJet Sign Air Transport Agreement, Creating Over 2,000 Jobs

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and VietJet Airline have agreed to enhance air transportation between Laos and...

Vietnam President To Lam Visits Laos, Strengthening 62-Year Cooperation with New Agreements, Initiatives

President of Vietnam, To Lam, visited Laos on 11-12 July, receiving a warm welcome from President of Laos, Thongloun...

Vientiane Works to Compensate Families Affected by 230kV Transmission Line

The Vientiane Department of Energy and Mines is working to compensate residents affected by the construction of a new...

Feature

Lao Student’s Viral Story Sparks Discussion on Sexual Harassment, Victim Support

Sexual harassment has been an increasingly pressing issue across the world, yet it often fades from public discourse. This is also the case in Laos, where social media users argue that the authorities' response has been inadequate, leaving victims without sufficient support despite ongoing public awareness efforts. According to several interviewees and social media users, cases of sexual harassment in Laos often go unnoticed or are not effectively tackled.  The most recent case involved a 15-year-old boy, who assaulted and murdered a 13-year-old girl on 25 June in Champasack Province. According to Champasack Public Security, the teenager initiated his plan around 8 am when he sexually harassed the victim before killing her, local media reported. Although the boy has been arrested, the authorities have not reported the punishment he will receive. This has led the public to question the effectiveness of the law, fearing that the boy may be released and the case may go silent—a practice that many online believe is widespread in Laos According to Section 248 of Laos’s Criminal Law, rape can result in 4-6 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to LAK 30 million (USD 1,360). If...

Bastille Day Reception in Laos Highlights Franco-Lao Diplomatic Ties

The French Embassy in Laos marked Bastille Day (14...

Laos, VietJet Sign Air Transport Agreement, Creating Over 2,000 Jobs

The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and VietJet...

Vientiane Works to Compensate Families Affected by 230kV Transmission Line

The Vientiane Department of Energy and Mines is working...

French Embassy Backs Eight Gender Equality Projects in Laos

The French Embassy is bolstering its commitment to gender...

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