THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) -Essilor is a French-based international company that manufactures eyeglasses, and has entered into a partnership with Bhutan to improve the vision of its people.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said yesterday that problems surrounding banana plantations in Laos were due to the fact that investors carried out negotiations directly with local communities instead of going through full legal channels.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Lao and Thai ministries are pushing for the construction of two more bridges across the Mekong to ease the transport of goods and travel by members of the public.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Lao government has set a target of reducing the trade deficit with Vietnam to about US$227 million this year, with the country producing more products for export. 

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos’ banks are hopeful that the introduction of quick and quality services will also come with added security in the cross-border payment process, to better serve and protect clients.

XANAKHAM, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Xanakham district in Xayaboury province has been famous for its rich and fertile soil and its premium quality bananas, tamarind, pineapples and coconuts for many years.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) -  To attain the 18 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to “leave no one behind” with 11 years to go, above all, acceleration is needed for countries to meet the ambitious targets. 

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) -  The case of eight babies that died at the neonatal intensive care unit has come to an end with an independent team ruling out hospital-acquired infections (HAI) as the cause.

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - Bhutan’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 per cent according to the 2018 Labour Force Survey Report released by the National Statistic Bureau yesterday. This is an increase from 2.4 per cent in 2017. 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The Constitutional Court will today make a decision on whether or not it will accept the petition to disqualify Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit following a controversy over the timing of his handing over of media shares – which could result in the court barring the anti-junta politician from entering Parliament tomorrow.