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Social security and veterans

COVID-19 Has Resulted in Massive Southeast Asian Job Losses

Southeast Asian nations have suffered “unprecedented” employment losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said today, suggesting that the region faces a long road out of its current Delta-variant maelstrom. While the year 2020 marked the high-water mark of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Sebastian Strangio

New scheme targets social security for all

All Lao people, including general workers and farmers, who are not government officials or private sector members of the National Social Security Fund will be eligible for benefits under a new scheme. The Fund has announced the establishment of the Voluntary Social Security Project For All ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Elderly social pension for 2017/18 to be allocated in June

The government has allocated a budget of K420 million for social pensions for the elderly for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget. The cash will be handed out to senior citizens within the last two weeks of June, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief ...

Safety stepped up after sexual attack on Bueng Kan hospital worker

A sexual assault on a female official at a small state-run hospital has raised concerns about the safety of health workers. The female nurse was physically and sexually molested by a teenager who turned up at a tambon-level health promotion hospital in Bueng Kan province at ...

Govt ramps up long-term care for elderly

Of about 1.3 million housebound and bed-bound elderly people, just a little over 10 per cent have received long-term care services from the state. This year, the government has approved a budget of Bt900 million to deliver services to 150,000 elderly dependants. Although the long-term ...

Govt peace delegation asks ethnic groups to disarm

Myanmar government peace delegation led by Dr. Tin Myo Win has told three ethnic armed groups of the Arakan, Palaung and Kokang ethnicities not to attack the Myanmar Army and to disarm so that they will be invited to join the upcoming peace conference, sources say. The ...

Rangoon division parliament demands crackdown on drugs

On 14 June, more than a dozen National League for Democracy lawmakers in the Rangoon Division parliament demanded that authorities crack down on big-time drug dealers and smugglers in the city, who keep evading arrest, citing the worsening effect of drugs on Rangoon’s youth. “One of ...

Lao social security system coverage misses target

The social security system so far covers only 30.22 percent of the population, which is far behind the target of 50 percent set for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which ended last month. Director General of the Department of Social Security under the Ministry of Labour and ...

Lao Government renews award policy for veterans

The Lao government has renewed a policy that rewards veterans who excelled in the revolutionary fight for national liberation, with targeted groups to be awarded under the new system. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong last month inked the eight-page governmental decree to replace the previous one promulgated ...

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