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Lockdown extended until May 20

The government has extended the lockdown for another 15 days until May 20 in an ongoing effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak as new cases continue to surge. The government has imposed a lockdown in the capital of Vientiane since April 22 after suspected super-spreaders ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Laos’ human development improves slightly, remains at 137 out of 189 countries, territories

The Human Development Report ranks countries based on the Human Development Index (HDI) which measures average achievement on three basic aspects of human development, life expectancy, education, and per capita income.Keep reading   ...


NA to consider 23 laws next year

The National Assembly (NA) plans to consider 10 new laws and amend 13 existing laws next year as parliament steps up efforts to ensure Laos is governed by the rule of law.According to the Assembly’s work plan for 2020, which lawmakers approved at the close ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Laos Criminalizes Animal Abuse in Updated Penal Code

Laos has added a new section to its penal code that criminalizes animal abuse.This section appears in the latest version of the country’s penal code, which was promulgated by the Lao Government on November 18, 2018.Article 353 of the updated penal code states that individuals who ...

The Laotian Times

Cabinet approves tax law changes in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Lao government will propose changes to the Law on Tax as it looks for new ways and mechanisms to collect revenue more effectively.The monthly cabinet, which was held last week under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, agreed in ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Provincial Lawmakers in Laos Call for More Scrutiny of Foreign Firms

Lawmakers in Laos are urging the government to be stricter on foreign business entities in the country in an effort to protect the environment and protect the livelihood of the people.Khamsaphone Xayavong, a member of parliament from Oumxay district, Oudomxay province in northern Laos, called ...

RFA’s Lao Service

NA Approves Law On Health Insurance

(KPL) People’s representatives yesterday, Dec 13 approved the Law on Health Insurance, the first of its kind.Brainstorming the law, the lawmakers expressed that they expected that the law would allow low income families to access universal health insurance with some saying that the law would be an ...

KPL editor

Everyone must be equal under the law: Civil Code drafters propose

Law drafters have proposed that all Lao people, in all regions of the country must be equal under the law, with gender equality included in this regard.The drafting subcommittee of the Civil Code made the proposal in response to suggestions of National Assembly (NA) members ...

Somxay Sengdara

Laos, Int’l Red Cross raise profile of International Humanitarian Law

Government officials and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss International Humanitarian Law.Participants were familiarised with the main humanitarian-related treaties, especially the Geneva conventions and their additional protocols, and with Lao adherence to those treaties.  More ...

Times Reporters

Drone owners advised of permit regulations

The Civil Aviation Department of the Public Works and Transport Ministry will soon issue a regulation on the operation of drones, with 33 devices already registered with the department.More ...

Times Reporters

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