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Drug Traffickers Arrested in the Provinces

Phongsaly provincial police recently arrested a drug trafficker after finding more than 108,000 amphetamine pills, two kilogrammes of opium, an ingot of heroin, a small bag of crystal methamphetamine and other items in his possession.

According to the Khuamsangob newspaper, police received a tipoff from people regarding the transport of illegal drugs from Nhot-ou district to Bounneua district, Phongsaly province.

The police had joined with local authorities to set up a roadblock in Nhot-ou district and inspected a target pick-up truck and found the illegal drug stash inside the vehicle.

The drug trafficker was named as Mr Khae-chiem, 52, of Audomsin village, Sing district, Luang Namtha province.

Mr Khae-chiem admitted to police he bought the illegal drugs from Mr Asan, 33, of Nhot-ou district and bought the two kilogrammes of opium from Mr Singkham, 23, of Phousang village, in the same district.

Police are continuing their investigation into the case in the hope of identifying other people involved in the drug ring.

Elsewhere police in the provinces of Bokeo and Luang Namtha have made significant arrests involving large quantities of illegal drugs.

The Bokeo Drug Prevention and Control Department recently arrested a couple and confiscated 12kg of crystal methamphetamine and about 42,000 amphetamine pills in Namkerng village, Tonpheung district.

Police used a vehicle inspection checkpoint in Namkerng village to stop and examine a bus and found the crystal methamphetamine and amphetamine pills in the couple’s bags.

The pair were named as Mr Maysengyod, 51, and Ms Fong, 48, of Huaypherng village, Tonpheung district.

They told police that a drug dealer, who they couldn’t name, hired them to take the drugs from Bokeo province to Vientiane for which they would be paid about 102,000 Thai baht.

Meanwhile, in Luang Namtha province police arrested two men after finding 18,000 amphetamine pills concealed in a motorbike.

The men were named as Mr Korpa, 32, and Mr Kermue, 27, both of Poungxay village, Long district.

Under the amended Article 146 of the Criminal Law, for cases involving refined drugs as opposed to precursor chemicals, the penalties are the following.

For the possession, trading, sale or trafficking of between 0.3 and 100 grammes of synthetic drugs such as amphetamines, ecstasy, ice or crystal methamphetamine or other mind altering substances, the punishment shall be a prison sentences of between 10-20 years in jail plus financial penalties.

Under the law, anyone convicted of possessing over 500g of heroin can be handed the death penalty.

 

Source: Vientiane Times

Central Provinces Put Tourist Drawcards on Show

Tourist attractions in central Laos are on show at a festival from December 12 to 16 as part of a joint promotion between Vientiane, Xaysomboun, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, and Savannakhet provinces, along with the capital.

Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort in Vientiane province is the stage for the cultural shows and product displays related to tourism services and development.

Other activities scheduled during the festival include parades, cultural performances, Lao food events, a beauty contest, boat racing, golf, petanque and sightseeing boat rides. Tourism officials and experts are also meeting to share experiences on tourism development and management.

At the event’s opening ceremony yesterday, Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Ounthouang Khaophanh noted the government had highlighted tourism as one of the key strategies in developing the country’s economy over the short and longer term because it was creating jobs and generating income for urban and rural communities.

“The Lao government has a policy to develop and improve nature-based tourism or “Green Tourism” in parallel with the development of natural, cultural, and historical attractions,” Mr Ounthouang told the ceremony, with diplomatic representatives from neighbouring countries in attendance.

More than 2,700,000 foreigners visited the country in 2011 and generated US$406 million for the nation while last year the number of foreign arrivals reached 4.6 million, generating US$725 million.

About 2.6 million foreigners visited the five provinces and the capital in the period from January to September this year with Vientiane recording the largest number of foreign arrivals as it’s the gateway and starting point for trips into the country.

Vientiane province has popular Vangvieng with its beautiful nature such as Xong River and various caves. The large Nam Ngum dam with its many islands is another beautiful tourist highlight in the province.

Phou Bia Mountain and Chao Anouvong Cave in Xaysomboun; Vat Phabath temple, Vat Phonsanh temple and Tad Yong rapids in Borikhamxay; Sikhottabong stupa and Tham Konglor Cave in Khammuan, while That Inhang stupa, Nong Lom and Dong Natad nature sites, and Dinosaur Museum in Savannakhet are some of the hundreds of tourist attractions throughout the provinces.

Vientiane province Vice Governor, Mr Bounsone Phetlavanh noted the importance of building joint tourism promotions among the provinces and capital, and developing visitor services.

He said it was vitally important the five provinces and the capital developed tourism sites while lifting the quality standards of tourism services.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dansavanh Namgum Resort President Mr U Wang Yong said he would use the festival to extol the virtues of the beautiful Nam Ngum River landscape and activities such as Nam Ngum Rural Golf Club, boat rides, water recreation park as well as the five-star hotel.

 

Source: Vientiane Times

Vehicle Fives Rage in Southern Provinces

Khammuan provincial police are trying to determine the cause of a fire involving two fuel tankers on Tuesday at a petrol station in Phonsoung village, Thakhaek district, Khammuan province.

Head Office of the Public Security Command in Khammuan, Lieutenant Colonel Sithandone Chounlamany, told Vientiane Times yesterday the fire occurred at 1:00 pm on Tuesday when the tankers parked at the petrol station suddenly went up in flames. Fortunately, the petrol station did not catch on fire and no one has been injured or killed.

Police fire-fighters were called to the scene and were able to put out the fire before it could spread further.

They deployed five trucks to control the blaze with fire-fighters requiring two hours to extinguish the flames completely. Police and other authorities are currently investigating the scene and are in the process of assessing the cost of damages.

On the same day, a bus burned down in Phonsavang-Tai village, Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province. One person sustained injuries.

Head of Savannakhet Volunteers Rescue, Mr Bouddy Boupphalasy, said a bus with 38 passengers was travelling from Pakxe district, Champassak province to Vientiane when it suddenly caught fire in Phonsavang-Tai village, Kaysone Phomvihane district.

Police fire-fighters and the Savannakhet Rescue Team were called to the scene. Officers were able to put out the fire in three hours time.

One bus attendant sustained a broken leg. The driver and passengers all escaped safely.

According to the initial report, the driver said the bus came into contact with electric cables along the road, which sparked the fire. However, police are currently investigating the scene and are in the process of assessing the total cost of damages.

According to the Fire Prevention and Protection Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security, 112 fires occurred around the country from January until June this year, causing over 100 billion kip in damages.

Some 132 houses, 30 hectares of grasslands, two markets and one mill, among others were destroyed by fires. Five cars were also among the many items damaged or destroyed.

Officials said 37 of the fires were caused by electrical shorts, another seven by arson, 15 through carelessness or forgetfulness and the rest of the cases are still pending investigation.

Most of the fires occurred in Vientiane, but there was also a large fire outbreak at Dao Heuang market in Pakxe district, Champassak province. The fire gutted the market at an estimated cost of 58 billion kip.

 

Source: Vientiane Times

Suspected Drug Dealers Nabbed in Provinces

Police in the provinces of Bokeo and Luang Namtha have made significant arrests involving large quantities of illegal drugs, local media reported.

The Bokeo Drug Prevention and Control Department recently arrested a couple and confiscated 12kg of crystal methamphetamine and about 42,000 amphetamine pills in Namkerng village, Tonpheung district.

According to the Khuamsangob newspaper, police received a tipoff from a local resident regarding the transport of illegal drugs from Bokeo province to Vientiane.

Police used a vehicle inspection checkpoint in Namkerng village to stop and examine a bus and found the crystal methamphetamine and amphetamine pills in the couple’s bags.

The pair were named as Mr Maysengyod, 51, and Ms Fong, 48, of Huaypherng village, Tonpheung district.

They told police that a drug dealer, who they couldn’t name, hired them to take the drugs from Bokeo province to Vientiane for which they would be paid about 102,000 Thai baht.

Police are continuing their investigation into the case in hopes of identifying other people involved in the drug ring.

Meanwhile, in Luang Namtha province police arrested two men after finding 18,000 amphetamine pills concealed in a motorbike.

The men were named as Mr Korpa, 32, and Mr Kermue, 27, both of Poungxay village, Long district.

Police set up a road block in Sing district and stopped the motorbike, finding the stash inside.

Mr Korpa confessed to buying the pills from a man in Myanmar, with the intention of selling them. He paid Mr Kermue 500,000 kip to take him and the pills by motorbike to a Mr Yaso in Homxay village, Sing district.

Under amended Article 146 of the Criminal Law, for cases involving refined drugs as opposed to precursor chemicals, the penalties are the following:

For the possession, trading, sale or trafficking of between 0.3 and 100 grammes of synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, ecstasy, ice or crystal methamphetamine or other mind altering substances, the punishment shall be a prison sentence of 5-10 years. For between 100-500g of any such substances the punishment under the law is 10-20 years in jail plus financial penalties.

Under the law, anyone convicted of possessing over 500g of heroin can be handed the death penalty.

 

Source: Vientiane Times

Central Provinces to Put Tourist Attractions on Show

The Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort in Vientiane province is staging a festival next month to promote tourism in the province, along with four other central provinces and Vientiane.

Tourism officials from Xaysomboun, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, and Savannakhet provinces will join with officials from the host province and Vientiane at the event to adopt a strategic plan on tourism development for these areas over the next four years.

Vientiane province Deputy Governor and President of the organising committee, Mr Bounsone Phetlavanh, gave a press conference last Friday on preparations for the festival.

Tourism products, services and destinations will be on display at the event alongside meetings and entertainment activities. The festival will run from December 10 to 16.

Officials will discuss the outcome of a tourism link between the provinces and share their experiences of tourism development. The talks are aimed at developing a tourism chain that facilitates the growth of other sectors such as tourism-related commercial production.

According to the deputy governor, who referred to 2015 statistics, the five provinces and Vientiane combined have more than 1,000 hotels and guesthouses and 602 officially designated tourist sites, and received more than 4 million visitors last year.

In Vientiane the most popular attractions are That Luang, Hor Phakeo, Vat Sisaket Museum and Patouxay, while Xaysomboun listed Phu Bia, Chao Anouvong Cave and the Nam Ngum 2 reservoir, and Borikhamxay province boasts the Phabath Phonsanh, Dansoung temple, Tad Xay and Tad Leuk.

Khammuan province is noted for the Tham Konglor cave and the river that flows through it, while Savannakhet province has the revered That Inghang and the Dong Natad Protected Area.

More than 400,000 people visited Vientiane province in the past nine months, generating 148 billion kip, with Vangvieng the most popular destination.

The festival will also feature a food fair, beauty contest, singing contest, boat races, traditional sports and an exhibition of agricultural produce and handicrafts.

 

Source: Vientiane Times

Sayaboury Province’s Boudsaba Crowned Miss Laos 2016

Vientiane, Oct 9 – The much talked about search for the winner of the Miss Laos Competition 2016 has at last come to a conclusion. Miss Boudsaba Sengphan, aged 18, of Sayaboury Province was crowned last night as the new champion of Lao beauty, grace and elegance. The young winner stands at an impressive 172cm tall with impressive body measurements (bust 33 – waist 25 – hips 35).

Known to the public as M19, Boudsaba Sengphan received strong online support from the public throughout the campaign period. She was selected as one of the top 5 finalists before being announced the winner.

As the new Miss Laos 2016, Sengphan has been endowed with the coveted Miss Laos diamond crown, a gold encrusted iPhone 7 Plus, 50,000,000 kip in cash, a car worth 190,000,000 kip, and other prizes.

The first runner up title went to M20, Miss Kitsamay Bounthivolavong, aged 20, from Savannakhet Province who received 25,000,000 kip in cash and other prizes.

The second runner up belonged to M18, Miss Phonevilay Luangrath, aged 18, from Vientiane Capital, who received 20,000,000 kip in cash and other prizes.

The third runner up went to M13, Miss Maikham Vilayvanh, aged 22, from Vientiane Capital, who received 15,000,000 kip in cash and other prizes.

The fourth runner up was M6, Miss Sathiew Sengsoulith, aged 21, from Xiengkuang Province, who received 13,000,000 kip in cash and other prizes.

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The event was held at the gorgeous Landmark Riverside Hotel.

Photo Credit: Official Miss Laos Facebook Page

Heavy Rain Lashes Southern Provinces

While some areas remain unaffected by strong winds and heavy rain as forecast from September 13-15, there has been significant rainfall in other parts of the south, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

New Kindergartens for Xekong, Xieng Khuang Provinces

Children in Tiew village, Lamam district, Xekong province, will have a brand new kindergarten to brighten their learning environment.