Monday, July 27, 2015 11:50 PM -0400 ------ Update at least once a day...

July 27-Aug 2, 2015

Over US$180 million invested at That Luang Marsh project (VT)
Over US$180 million has been spent so far on building infrastructure facilities and condos at That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vientiane, officials in charge of the project have said. Construction began in Dec. 2012, with the US$1.6 billion project being developed as a model for SEZ development in Laos aiming to attract more foreign investment
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laidback in Laos (Khaleej Times)
... Timor, Laos further boost cooperation ties (VT)
... Companies support media and publication expo (VT)
... Lao Govt approves decrees, i.e. control of foreign media (VT)
... Primary school land handed over for university development (VT)
... Thai among 17 busted in Vietnam-Laos drug blitz (Bangkok Post)
... Over 100 Viet Youth Join Volunteer Activities in Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Laos stone not a rock-solid investment for Chinese speculators (WCT)
... Experts tell Laos, VN, Cambodia to study border issues (VietnamNews)
... China turns back Lao Airlines flight for failing to comply with ADIZ rules (ATW)
... China Companies Helping Laos Eradicate Poverty In Remote Village (Bernama)
... Civil Sector Workers in Laos Lose Out to Corruption And Rising Cost of Living (MS)

July 20-26, 2015

Thais worried about plans to divert water from Mekong [like Laos' dam] (AsiaOne)
A network of Thais living along the Mekong River yesterday voiced their concern about a plan to divert water from the river to special economic zones. "Careful studies must be conducted before such a plan is implemented," said network representative Jintana Kaysornsombat, who described the plan as being a possible threat. The government recently announced
Xebangfay River overflows again (VT)
Residents near the Xebangfay River between the two provinces of Khammuan and Savannakhet are still being spared from the flooding which has started since the river began overflowing on Tuesday morning. A Xebangfay district official Mr Sisomphone Innoula told Vientiane Times on Tuesday that the four branches of the river called Wai, Paka, Phor
Laos to investigate report of trafficking of African footballers (AFP/Yahoo)
The Laos football federation pledged Tuesday to investigate a local club over allegations teenage African players were trafficked to the communist country and forced to sign contracts without adequate pay. The probe follows a BBC report quoting teenage players alleging they were forced to live in miserable conditions at an academy run by Champasak United
Underage African footballers 'trafficked' to Laos (BBC)
African footballers as young as 14 are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts, the BBC has learnt. Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, after it imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy in February, a BBC investigation found. Fifa regulations prohibit the movement of players to a foreign club
Lao farmers devastated by severe drought (Eco-Business)
A lack of rainfall and scorching heat is destroying the livelihoods of Lao farmers, who say their crops are dying amid an ongoing drought in the Southeast Asian region linked to the El Niño phenomenon. The drought since May has left those in Laos who rely on agriculture to earn a living high and dry, with one rice farmer in the capital Vientiane telling RFA’s Lao Service that
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao, Thai river tourism concept sets sail (VT)
... Kubota continues vocational development in Laos (VT)
... Lao Agri. Ministry focusing on wet season rice production (VT)
... Ground Broken For 5-Star Vientiane Grand Hotel (Brunei Direct)
... Laos: Decrease in teachers' supporting allowance explained (VT)
... Southern Laos: Two killed, dozens hurt in Saravan bus crash (VT)
... UNPO’s XII General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Hmong (UNPO)
... Laos remains opportunity for miner PanAust: managing director (China)
... Civil Sector Workers in Laos Lose Out to Corruption And Rising Cost of Living (RFA)
... Champassak set to elect new Party leadership (VT)
... Laos, Myanmar hail six-decades of bilateral ties (VT)
... CP Laos to intensify pig production this year (Nation)
... Vietnam to assist Laos with Asean Summits next year (VT)
... Compensation pledged at Savan-Seno economic zone (VT)
... Dr. Jill Biden Travels to Luang Prabang, Laos (White House)
... Vietnam sponsors educational, cultural centres in Laos (VT)
... Enormous deforestation found in Khammuan (VT)
... Lao-Hmong historian to speak at library (Wisc RT)
... Thaicom set to seal mobile lead in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... 2nd Lady Jill Biden continues female education 
    promotion tour in Vietnam, set to head to Laos next (WDEL)
... Roundtable process pushes national growth: Deputy PM (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam boost agriculture development cooperation (VT)
... Soccer: Laos stung by charges of trafficking African teens (Standard)
... S. Korea signs framework agreement for development support in Laos (VT)
... Lao NA: Session approves govt plans, gives instruction for better results (VT)
... Lao NA debates law on its own formation (VT)
... Lao NA sounds out election law amendment (VT)
... Feasibility study planned for Laos-Vietnam railway (BP)
... Thai-Lao-Vietnamese bus service planned (Today Online)
... Nong Khai holds a workshop for drivers planning to work in Laos (PM)
... Ministry admits exam papers were leaked, investigation underway (VT)
... More women's involvement needed for development: Lao President (VT)
... This Mega-Size River Cave In Laos Is Stunning To Explore Via Kayak (HP)
... Laos and China to Build Bridge to Thailand as Part of Railway Project (MS)
... Lao officials keen to send illegal foreign workers packing, but no action (VT)
... Banker swaps £75,000-a-year job for a bamboo hut on remote island in Laos (DM)

July 13-19, 2015

Thai-Lao duty-free mall proposed (Bangkok Post or Nation)
A group of Thai and Lao business people have announced a plan to spend 10 billion baht to develop a large shopping and hotel complex in Vientiane in order to cash in on opportunities arising from the coming Asean Economic Community. The massive complex on 200 rai has the support of the Lao Govt, which wants to draw more foreign investment to the landlocked country
Laos: Saving the Bears From the Gall Bladder Poachers (Slate)
Swinging in hammocks, playing with tires and generally frolicking in a wonderland made just for the them, the bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre have plenty to be happy about—especially given they were all rescued from poachers looking to harvest their parts. Operated by Free the Bears, a fund set up to save imperiled ursines across the globe
Why is the United States Still Terrorizing Laos? (Global Research)
Last month, the United States announced a new aid package of $15 million for the unexploded ordnance (UXO) sector in Laos. The aid package—the highest annual amount the US has ever given for UXO cleanup in Laos—brings to total about $85 million the US has given to Laos for UXO cleanup since 1993. This is a shocking and embarrassingly low figure.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao NA highlights operational challenges (VT)

... Lao men must stop violence against women (VT)

... Cyber Crime Law Approved in Laos (Brunei Direct)

... Vietnam, Laos to bolster special ties (VietnamNews)

... Feasibility study for Vietnam-Laos railway (VietnamNet)

... Lao Parliament passes Business Competition Law (VT)

... South Korea to Face Laos on Path to World Cup (Chosun)

... Migrant workers complain about Champassak tax slug (VT)

... Lao Govt discusses macroeconomic development plans (VT)

... Laos reassures stakeholders on Xayaboury transparency (VT)

... Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos to join Phu Du forum in Uttaradit (NNT)

... Lao Governor Reassigned Amid Concession Criticism (Malaysia Sun)

... Laos tallies cost of low commodity prices as trade deficit doubles (Global Post)

... Laos' trade deficit expanding (VT)

... KBank, Aeon connect in Laos (Nation)

... First HIV/AIDS treatment centre opens in Laos (VT)

... Mass organisations commend Lao NA activities (VT)

... Laos To Go On With Railroad Link To China (Bernama)

... Waste banana bunch covers entering Nam Ou River (VT)

... High-ranking Lao delegation praises Da Nang’s support (VT)

... Tip-off leads to 78 kg heroin haul in Laos: reports (Global Post)

... China to continue to help Laos fight UXO: ambassador (ECNS)

... New system in Laos will accelerate registration and licence issuing (VT)

... Laos lawmakers look to courts, prosecutorates for improvements (China)

... From languid Laos to hustling Hanoi (KLTW)
... Laotian arrested with dog carcasses (Thai Visa)
... Australia supports mining sector reform in Laos (VT)
... Police detail investigative work at Lao NA session (VT)
... Laos continues raising funds for Nepal quake victims (VT)
... Grasshopper crop invasion in Luang Prabang lessens (VT)
... Lao officials discuss national food and nutrition security (VT)
... Lao PDR: New farming methods suited to climate change (PW)
... Hmong language and culture is focus of summer program for kids (CT)
... Most common court cases in Laos include drug trafficking, robbery (VT)
... MP Anoulack Chanthivong teaches how to cook laotian lemongrass pork belly

July 6-12, 2015

Thais 'dress improperly' in Laos (Bangkok Post)
Misbehaviour and "inappropropriate dress standards" by Thai officials during a visit to Laos have prompted a stern order from Education Minister Narong Pipatanasai. Adm Narong has ordered all ministry staff and students to dress and behave properly when making official visits to the country. The Thai embassy in Vientiane was informed that several Thai delegates dressed
Poor accounting in Laos hollows out timber revenues (VT)
The Ministry of Finance has identified numerous loopholes in the accounting of timber sold by local authorities that meant the Govt has been missing out on much needed revenue. The Govt has set the target to collect revenue of 100 billion kip from the sale of its timbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year but in the past six months of this fiscal year only 13 billion kip was collected.
Lao Whistleblower Detained For Publishing Concession Document Online (BNN)
Authorities in Laos have detained a woman who posted information on social media about a controversial land concession granted by the local government in Luang Prabang province to Chinese investors, prompting a storm of criticism over the agreement from the country's netizens. Chanthaphone, a provincial Natural Resources & Environment Department staffer
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao NA approves cabinet reshuffle (VT)
... Tourism marches forward in Laos (iOL)
... NUOL ready to accept more students (VT)
... Viet President welcomes Lao guest (VietnamNet)
... Laos, Vietnam agree to strengthen cooperation (VT)
... China, Laos pledge closer military ties (Global Times)
... Ministry sets preparedness to combat MERS virus (VT)
... Health sector in Laos clarifies administration issues (VT)
... Yingli Solar and Partners Power School and Clinic in Rural Laos (Yahoo)
... Fresno woman overcomes cultural segregation to become ‘Hmong enough’ (FB)

... UXO Lao teams look set to return to work (VT)
... Viet PM welcomes Lao Vice President (VietnamNews)
... Pakbaeng-Ngeun bridge set to open this November (VT)
... All aboard: Kunming-Vientiane railway inches forward (GoKunming)
... Lao NA concludes debate on socio-economic development plan (VT)
... Measures against financial wrongdoers another Lao NA concern (VT)
... Opinion: Wrong to say Laos, Cambodia galloping ahead of Vietnam (TNN)
... Laos, Vietnam reinforce time-honoured friendship, all-round cooperation (VN)
... Greenspace: Lao-Hmong growers help Rochester’s farmers market thrive (PB)
... 'Six and a Half Deadly Sins': an evocative return to the Laos of Siri Paiboun (CSM)
... Pirate Bay Co-Founder Says Site Was Worth Going To Jail For, Now home in Laos
... Sinohydro Group - Laos Nam Khan 2 HPP gate lowering and impounding ceremony
... Laos trek: Hiking in remote mountain villages is still possible despite the tourism boom
... Teachers in Laos to get English training (Nation)
... Thirsty rice growers nationwide still await rain (VT)
... Australia signs air service deal with Laos (9 News)  
... Medics endorse law on alcoholic drinks control (VT)
... Health institutions in Laos to lower student intake (VT)
... Rice prices poised to climb as drought deepens (AsiaOne)
... Laos: Concerns about foreign reserves as imports rise (VT)
... Lao NA wants govt to close revenue collection loophole (VT)
... Illegal ivory hub Thailand detains Laos-bound tusks (Standard)
... Laos suffers trade deficit over the past six months (Brunei Direct)
... Winding Down the Mekong - from Laos to South China Sea (WSJ)
... PM Urges Japanese Investors to Invest More in Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Education ministry planning illiteracy-free declaration ceremony (VT)
... 15 Years Ago: Kay Danes was held in a Lao jail for almost a year (ABC)
... Lao Education Officials Investigate Examination Cheating Incident (BNN)
... Lovely Laos: Asia’s unspoilt sanctuary is the perfect couple’s retreat (City A.M.)
... Japan Pledges US$11 Ml to Laos for Unexploded Bomb Removal, Development
... St. Paul: One of the largest Hmong festivals in world continues today (TwinCities)

June 29-July 5, 2015

How tourism in Laos, Cambodia is galloping ahead of Vietnam (TNN)
A decade ago few people thought that tourism development in Laos and Cambodia would outpace Vietnam’s. Many tourism officials in the two countries used to be trained in Vietnam. Laos has no coastline and focuses mostly on culture and ecological tourism with two UNESCO heritage sites, Wat Phou Temple and Luang Prabang town. Cambodia has a coastline
Work picking up at Don Sahong dam site in southern Laos (PPP)
Despite protests from its neighbours and the international community, construction is ramping up at the proposed Don Sahong dam site in southern Laos, according to Cambodians living near the border. “I saw at least 10 excavators, bulldozers and trucks there, and there are about 20 workers, most of whom are Chinese and some are Vietnamese,” Samrith Vanna
Off the beaten track in Laos (Phuket News)
If you’re interested in seeing this, then ensure you’re up by 6am. Saffron clad monks of all ages, parade barefoot through the streets while tourists and locals place tiny balls of sticky rice and other items in their bowls. I know it happens all over in Laos and Thailand but not with so many monks. Maintain the silence and keep photographing from a distance. I recommend
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Twelve foreigners granted Lao citizenship (VT)

... Lao Officials explain slow hotline response times (VT)

... Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits Laos (VT)

... Vientiane students win the AMEC 2015 in Singapore (VT)

... Abe plans Mekong development to counter China (Today Online)

... Lao Leaders Congratulate the Republic of Slovenia National Day (BD)

... Laos extends condolences over death of former Russian premier (VT)

... Minnesota activists sound alarm on unexploded U.S. bombs in Laos (MPR News)

... 'ASEAN Reforestation 2015' held in Mukdahan to enhance Thai-Lao relations (PM)

... Schools in Laos resume final year exams (VT)

... Lao Govt warns of false claims by businesses (VT)

... Lao, French Red Cross strengthen cooperation (VT)

... Officials bolster social security coverage in Laos (VT)
... Laos, China enhance cooperation in foreign affairs (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos ink border trade agreement (VietnamNet)

... Laos: Government mocks UN human rights review (FIDH)

... Laos' flooding damages bridges, cuts off district (Global Post)

... Lao PM extends sympathy over mosque attack in Kuwait (VT)

... Lao PM to attend Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting in Tokyo (VT)

... Family Members of Lao Elite Smuggling Rosewood to China (RFA)

... Laos receives $30m from World Bank for efficient power grid (ELN)

... Laos sends condolences over deadly attacks in France, Tunisia (VT)

... Most rice farms await rain, others flood in Laos: reports (Global Post)

... One Of A Kind View! Hanging Spherical Lodges In Laos (Stupid Dope)

... MRC says governments must decide fate of Lao Don Sahong dam (EB)

... France Provides 4.4 Bln Kip to Support Capacity Building (Brunei Direct)

... Norhern Laos - Huaphan floods wash out bridges, paralyse transport (VT)

... Lao Provincial Official to Grant Concession for Public Property to Chinese Investor

... Lao rice produce may decline due to dry weather in upland & flooding in the northeast

... Lao Food: Food so tantalising (Fiji Times)
... Airline staff in Laos put on MERS alert (VT)
... Victims of human trafficking return to Laos (VT)
... Ministry postpones last day of school exams (VT)
... Agenda disclosed for Laos' parliamentary debate (VT)
... Solutions sought to drinking water company financing (VT)
... World Bank to support Laos' Poverty Reduction Fund (VT)
... Sky City to Become New Landmark in Vientiane (Brunei Direct)
... Tackling drug issue a priority for Laos, partners: PM (Global Post)
... Could damming the Mekong destroy south-east Asia's greatest river & food bowl?

June 22-28, 2015

Saving Laos From Global Warming (Newsweek)
Every May, when commercial airline pilot Benja Henderson flies in and out of Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, he has to navigate a perennial hazard: rockets flying over the great Mekong River. These projectiles are not the products of battle, despite the area’s history of sky-borne destruction—a covert war waged by the CIA brought over 2 million tons of ordnance
Groups Call for Halt on Construction of Major Dam in Laos (VOA)
The environmental group International Rivers has called on Laos to suspend construction of a major dam on the Mekong River and to continue talks with its concerned neighbors downstream. The Don Sahong Dam, which would spread across the river just above the Cambodian border, is a major concern for many, who say its impacts have not been well studied
Other stories about Laos around the world
... PM confirms Lao Govt's anti-drug stance (VT)
... Unitel launches 4G service in Laos (Vietnam IR)
... Southern Laos: Attapeu airport remains flightless (VT)
... Penn GSE Student Spends Summer in Laos (Penn News)
... Mekong body risks losing funds: donors (Phnom Penh Post)
... State survey: Lao-Hmong smoking down sharply (Wausau DH)
... Statistics used in Laos need to meet international standards (VT)
... 5 exotic places [including Laos] you can visit for $10 a day or less (EN)
... Women, children to benefit from health and nutrition project in Laos (VT)
... Southern Laos: Pakxe authorities to organise disorderly bus queues (VT)
... Laos' Education Ministry to announce resumption of degree courses (VT)
... 7 Best Places to Visit in Laos That Are Safe And Beautiful (Insider Monkey)
... Southeast Asia to look to Vientiane for vigor in 2016 as Laos prepares for chair (GP)
... Laos prepares for Asean chairmanship (VT)
... REDD+ in Laos: Think big or fail (Forest News)
... Laos business delegation come to Thurrock (YT)
... Laos plans fourth baht bond issue (Bangkok Post)
... Road No 18A in southern Laos still unfinished (VT)
... ACMECS countries agree to boost cooperation (VT)
... Greetings from Luang Prabang in Laos (Phuket News)
... Xayaboury-Luang Prabang bridge set for resurfacing (VT)
... Vietnam Helps Laos Develop Information Technology (BD)
... Hanging spherical lodge is a treetop retreat in Laos (Inhabitat)
... Laos To Operate More Hydropower Plants In 2015 (Bernama)
... France Provides 4.4 Bln Kip to Support Capacity Building (BD)
... Best countries for solo travellers - Laos at No. 13 (Country Life)
... Voth Nixon Group Finances Green Energy Strategy in Laos (PR)
... Laos to improve electricity network with World Bank support (VT)
... Laos to Improve Electricity Network with World Bank Support (FC)
... Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam agree to boost cooperation (BP)
... New World Bank Financing Supports Laos' Poverty Reduction Fund (WB)
... China's "Belt and Road" initiative inspires development in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Lao American Alumni Overseas Student Club Holds Alumni Networking Event
... World Bank provides $30m financing for power grid improvement project in Laos

June 15-21, 2015

Laos: The cork in the bottle (Myanmar Times)
It seems that time is now. For, in an almost unnoticed way, Laos has begun to blossom, and thanks to the benevolence of its northern giant, it is poised to reap a cornucopia of huge Chinese infrastructure investments. All of them will greatly benefit the nation’s 6.7 million people – fewer than many cities in the region – but that is not the main reason why Beijing is being
Mosquito bite kills English teacher, 39, in Laos (Lancashire Telegraph)
AN EAST Lancashire man who was working in Laos has died after contracting a tropical disease believed to have been caused by mosquito bites. HGV driver David Murray, also known as 'Muzz' to his friends, was three months into a year-long stay at a project aimed at teaching young orphans English when bites on his legs became infected. The 39-year-old was taken to hospital
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vientiane officials eye new market site (VT)
... Planning For Laos As 2016 Asean Chair (EP)
... Lao officials learn about humanitarian law (VT)
... New Anouvong-Longchaeng road well under way (VT)
... Lao Minister collects award for MDG hunger target (VT)
... Lao NA members comment on draft anti-cyber crime law (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Mam Phommachanh (Times Record)
... Lanxang Kingdom, Lao pop-up, leaving Turtle Tower (SF Gate)
... Laos looks for Cuban cooperation in Biotechnology (Cuba News)
... Bridge Capital’s principal/CEO faces criminal investigation in Laos (MV)
... Laos Works to Strengthen SMEs Prior to AEC Integration (Brunei Direct)
... Officials to check employers' compliance with wage increase in Laos (VT)
... Regional Concerns Over Dam Project in Laos Remain Unaddressed (RFA)
... Investment by private sector slows in Laos (VT)
... Make use of ‘think tanks', Lao Govt advised (VT)
... Lao Prime Minister attends expo, fair in China (VT)
... Laos receives rating ahead of Thai baht issue (Global Capital)
... Laos' Teacher training college adds English to curriculum (VT)
... Order calls for protection of aquatic species, wildlife in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong memorial donor will match up to $100K (Wausau DH)
... Land title issuance in Laos accelerated but target won't be met (VT)
... Laos, Kuwait Sign Agreement on Visa Exemption for Diplomats, State Officials

June 8-14, 2015

Laos: Going with the flow (New Zealand Herald)
The last eastern vestiges of the Himalaya endow northern Laos with a rugged hilly landscape. Coursing through it in a wide, forested valley is the wild Mekong River. Different craft ply these waters from long thin passenger craft to ferry boats connecting local villages. The largest is the Mekong Sun, a luxurious river cruise boat.  I'm a guest on this boat along with
Can Laos Lead ASEAN in 2016? (Diplomat)
Last month I conducted a workshop in Vientiane with the Lao government on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). This was sponsored by the Asia Foundation and Ausaid in support of Laos’ upcoming term as ASEAN Chair in 2016. Laos last served as ASEAN Chair in 2004, during which the Vientiane Action Plan for the ASEAN Communities was issued,
Graft Crackdown in Laos Must Aim Higher: State Official (RFA)
A recent push by impoverished Laos to crack down on government corruption is limited in scope and has failed to target high-level bureaucrats, according to a state official, who urged authorities to better implement the country’s anti-graft legislation. According to a report last week by the state-run Vientiane Times, authorities in northern Laos’ Houaphan province recently
Police seize almost 3 million amphetamine tablets after car chase (VT)
Narcotics suppression officials from Vientiane arrested a man on Sunday after finding almost 3 million amphetamine tablets stashed in the SUV he was driving.  As part of drug trafficking investigations in central Vientiane on June 7 officials followed a Toyota Prado that was driving at high speed through Phontong village in Chanthabouly district.
In Laos, women's rugby flourishes on unsuitable ground (Reuters)
Diving into tackles on the lush green grass at the Southeast Asian Games is a rare treat for the Laos rugby sevens teams who are more used to sidestepping motorbikes during training on a gravelly car park in Vientiane. In the impoverished country, where many live without electricity and unexploded ordnance litter rural areas, rugby is a sport that is only just starting to take root.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... New foreign ambassadors to Laos take office (VT)
... Lecture in Vientiane updates on global situation (VT)
... Quality over quantity in organic production in Laos (VT)
... Lao, Vietnamese provinces prepare to regulate migrants (VT)
... WC Soccer: Myanmar escapes Laos with tie (Myanmar Times)
... U-23 Soccer: Malaysia beat Laos 3-1 in final Group B match (Star)
... Villagers benefit from S. Korea's Saemaul Undong Centre projects (VT)
... World Bank provides grant for wildlife protection in northern Laos' Huaphan (VT)
... Laos’ Economic Agenda (MP)
... EU launches climate change week in Vientiane (VT)
... Southern Laos: New Attapeu airport awaits flights (VT)
... Ambassador highlights growth in Laos-UK exchanges (VT)
... Visa waiver to ease official travel between Laos, Kuwait (VT)
... Social security membership accepted by all hospitals in Laos (VT)
... Laos Seeks Second Loan From China to Build Northern Road (MS)
... Lao-Hmong memorial organizers ready for fundraising push (WDH)
... Lao-Hmong documentary to screen at Tower Theatre (Fresno Bee)
... Lao-Americans: Bethel gets Thai and Vietnamese restaurant (KTOO)
... Laos and China to Set Up Joint Company for High-Speed Railway (AN)
... Century Plyboards of India bets on Laos as major source of processed timber (HBL)
... Bigger bikes seized after taxes unpaid (VT)
... Missing bank employee surrenders to police (VT)
... Lao Govt halts exam to recruit state employees (VT)
... Lao people not among MERS outbreak in Korea (VT)
... Vientiane pilots one-way system on Fa Ngum Road (VT)
... Lao NA members discuss several upcoming matters (VT)
... Border province to review Lao immigrants (Vietnam News)
... U-23 Soccer: Laos gets second win, but means nothing (7M Sport)
... Leaving Laos: "If We Stayed, I Knew We Wouldn't Survive" (KVPR)
... Lao Food: There's No Place in Seattle Like Song Phang Kong (Stranger)
... Lao-Americans: New Thai restaurant opens Wednesday (Journal Times)
... Science Envoy Travels to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand (US Dept. of State)
... Hydropower impact mitigation options investigated for the Mekong River (WPM)
... Medics in Laos on the alert for MERS virus (VT)
... Laos, China agree to further cement cooperation (VT)
... France extends support for rural aid projects in Laos (VT)
... Luang Prabang lacking tour guides for spiralling Chinese market (VT)
... Mouse & Elephant: Innovative Ways of Delivering Books in Laos (GVO)
... WB Provides Laos over US$31 M For Environment, Education (Brunei Direct)
... Eight volunteering holidays, from teaching English to monks in Laos to tall-ship adventures
... Thrillers go to Prague and Laos (Dayton DN)
... Fake land titles used to secure loans in Laos (VT)
... Fleeing Laos, family lost their fortune (Straits Times)
... Rice farmers in Laos voice concerns over late rains (VT)
... Vientiane province cracks down on fraud, corruption (VT)
... ASEM states hold water management talks in Vietnam (VT)
... Lao-Hmong, Lee Xiong: Escaping war, overcoming loss (WDN)
... Japan backs human resource, aquaculture development in Laos (VT)
... China's strong investments in Laos bringing a transformation (Nation)

June 1-7, 2015

Laos and China to Set Up Joint Company for High-Speed Railway (MS)
Laos is setting up a joint company with China to oversee the construction and financing of a multibillion-dollar, high-speed railway project that will link the two neighboring countries and extend to Thailand, according to a transport ministry official. "The process is ongoing, and we need the contract to be signed as soon as possible," said the official, who declined
Ancient Urns or Drinking Vessels: Behind the Mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos (SM)
Stonehenge inspires awe, but there’s an even more mysterious ancient scene in Laos. The Plain of Jars consists of thousands of prehistoric stone vessels scattered over hundreds of square kilometers near Phonsavan, in the northeastern part of the country—a hilly area, despite the “plain” in the name. The huge jars form a surreal sight—some are up to ten feet tall
Work on Nongchan Mall postponed until year end (VT)

Construction of the planned Nongchan Shopping Mall in central Vientiane, which was expected to begin this month, will be postponed until the end of this year, the developer has announced. Krittaphong Group Co., Ltd. said officials in chargea of the project only recently finished negotiations with shop owners at the existing Nongchan market where the shopping mall
Former Edmontonian’s death in Laos prompts unanswered questions (ETVN or CBC)
The mysterious death of an Edmonton-born man in Asia has his family searching for answers. Sarena Armsworthy told CTV News that her younger brother, Nara Pech, 28, intended to fly home to Toronto from Laos after a vacation, but instead died of multiple stab wounds in an airport cafeteria in Laos. Armsworthy said she and all of her family members believe that
Other stories about Laos around the world
... More plans for the Mekong (TTR Weekly)

... Laos makes progress on child protection (VT)

... Laos celebrates IDAHOT for the first time (GSN)

... Laos’ development benefits Thai-Lao border trade (NNT)

... Lao PM calls for better protection of the environment (VT)

... Laos: 3,000 police officers and detainees get TB tested (VT)

... The Lao-Hmong Flower Farmers of Seattle (National Journal)

... New environment and education projects launched in Laos (VT)

... Rural community development to aid poverty reduction in Laos (VT)

... Voth Nixon Group finances green energy strategy in Laos (Live-PR)

... Villa Maly Touches Off the Luang Prabang Half Marathon 2015 (PR)

... Popular Armchair Travel Will Take Attendees To Laos June 9 (CE&J)

... Vietnam Helps Build Vietnamese-Teaching Centre In Laos (Bernama)

... Thailand seeks longer stays for neighbouring workers [i.e. from Laos] (VT)

... Manitoba migrant rebuilds, expands schools in home country of Laos (G&M)

... Nong Khai border post steps up measures against MERS-CoV spread (NNT)

... SEA Games: Vietnam beat Laos 1-0 to remain top of Group B in football (ST)

... Laos vigilant over MERS virus (VT)

... Laos halves hunger, UN report says (VT)

... Laos sugar imports taxed at 2.5% (VietnamNews)

... Laos launches tourism map in Korean (TTR Weekly)

... New bridge planned to ease Nam Ngum river crossings (VT)

... President Obama highlights Lao woman at White House event (VT)

... Laos promotes universal equal rights among multiethnic groups (VT)

... New Haven Mom's 'Clean Birth' Initiative in Laos is Growing (CT Now)

... Laos, Hmong, Vietnam Veterans, CPPA, Hold National Ceremonies (Yahoo)

... Film: Cultural allure of Laos (Advocate)
... Laos, China to boost trade cooperation (ANN)
... Lao authorities revoke 23 mining licences (VT)
... 'Running Home' to help those [Laotians] who can't (PM)
... River rescue teams end search for missing children (VT)
... KOICA motivates village leaders in rural development (VT)
... Lao-Canadian: Lakeshore man on U.S. Most Wanted List (CTV)
... New decree promotes museum establishment, conservation (VT)
... Laos farmers helped to work through dry and wet seasons (UN Multimedia)
... Announcement: Lao Medical ‘Study Tour’ builds bridges (International Examiner)
... Laos marks National Arbor Day (VT)
... Lao Govt steps up tobacco control (VT)
... Laos, Thailand strengthen cooperation (VT)
... Thailand’s Group Lease powers into Laos (AFI)
... Laos lady reports stolen phone (Pattaya People)
... Lao Govt leaders meet Cuban Party delegation (VT)
... Pichet lauds mobile science fair to Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Lao Authorities to Plant Saplings in Reforestation Effort (BNN)
... Poverty reduction moves forward through community in Laos (VT)
... Thailand - Laos strike science and technology cooperation deal (PM)
... Southern Laos: Attapeu restoration project promotes cultural history (VT)
... Nong Khai and Vientiane holds Vesak celebration ceremony (Pattaya Mail)
... Edmonton woman wants answers after bloody scene in Laos airport (CBC)
... Paul Sisolak: 5 exotic places [like Laos] you can visit for $10 a day or less (Telegraph)
... Attapeu International Airport opens (VT)
... Lao PM calls for better care of children (VT)
... Lao Professionals to Study in U.S. (Brunei Direct)
... Laos pledges to end violence against children (VT)
... Laos Edge Brunei 2-1 in Second Football Match (CNA)
... New airport a symbol of thriving VN-Laos relations (VN)
... Son's quest for dad lost in Laos reaches a second end (NEN)
... Divers recover a seventh child's body after boat capsizes (VT)
... Northern Laos: Huaphan brings 90 corrupt officials to justice (VT)
... Students to represent Laos at Chinese language competition (VT)

May 25-31, 2015

Lao Woman Detained After Posting Police Extortion Photos to Facebook (RFA)
Authorities in Laos have detained a woman for a week after she posted photos on Facebook allegedly showing police officers extorting money from her brother over a traffic violation, a source close to her said Thursday. Phout Mitane, a 26-year-old resident of Nabouam village in Xayaburi province’s Phieng district, was taken into custody without an arrest warrant
Combatting Wildlife Trafficking in Laos (VOA)
The governments of the United States and Lao PDR presented a Multilateral Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in Vientiane from May 6-8. The Workshop included investigators and prosecutors from Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Ambassador Daniel A. Clune of the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane and Director General Khamphout Phandanouvong
10 children feared drowned in Laos ferry accident (Yahoo or VT)
Ten elementary school children were reported missing and were feared drowned in Laos after the boat they were travelling in capsized in a major Mekong tributary on Tuesday morning, according to police. It is believed the 10 were among 35 fifth-grade students, four teachers and a single crew member on board when their ferry capsized while attempting to cross
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, China vow to deepen cooperation (VT)
... Laos launches National Zero Hunger Challenge (VT)
... Thailand kick off defence against Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Rescue teams recover bodies of six missing children (VT)
... Laos - Culture, tourism meeting debates ministry plans (VT)
... World Bank provides US$1.8 m towards wildlife protection (VT)
... Bodies of six school children located in Laos' ferry disaster (XinhuaNet)
... Laos: Constitutional amendment and public participation discussed (VT)
... SEA Games football: Laos no match for Thailand as Singapore dare to dream
... Suspect linked to Lao meth cartel (PPP)
... Heirs of the ‘Secret War’ in Laos (NY Times)
... Divers find one body after ferry capsizes (VT)

... Laos donates to temple drum hall in Thailand (VT)

... ‘Dementor’ wasp among new Mekong finds (Nation)

... Lao Govt seeks funding to accelerate reforestation (VT)

... 28 new species discovered in Laos, WWF reveals (VT)

... May 28, Forty Years Ago: Solution in Laos (Indian Express)

... No damage reported from temblor in Laos (Shianghai Daily)

... Lao Party Central Committee outlines goals for the future (VT)

... Chue Vang: Life after the Pathet Lao led Hmong families to Missoula (RR)

... Chowdhury spreading aroma in Laos to strengthen India’s ‘look east’ policy (TC)

... Japan provides US$8 million in grants (VT)
... Vocational training centre opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Over 500 businesses on notice for failure to pay taxes (VT)
... Xieng Khuang striving for US$2,000 GDP per capita by 2020 (VT)
... Health officials, development partners hear project outcomes (VT)
... Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public to launch its credit card in Laos

May 18-24, 2015

Son finds airman's remains in Laos, missing since 1969 (KFVS)
The son of a U.S. airman killed in action 46 years ago, could finally lay his father to rest Thursday. Paul Clever on a journey. With a Patriot Guard escort, he's riding his motorcycle from his Mississippi home to St. Louis. It's all for his dad, Air Force Technical Sergeant Louis J. Clever. "He had been in 13 years, he was more of a career oriented person," Clever said.
Lao Officials Use State Funds to Build Roads to Their Homes (Malaysia Sun)
High-ranking officials in Laos have been tapping state coffers to build roads to their private residences, prompting outrage among citizens who say such funds are needed to repair main thoroughfares used by the public, sources inside the country said. In April, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport approved 400 million kip (U.S. $50,000) to build
Searching for 'The Last Unicorn' in the wildness of Laos (Redding)
Spoiler alert: There are no unicorns in Laos. But don't blame nature writer William deBuys for trying to find one. The premise of "The Last Unicorn" is simple: DeBuys tagged along with biologist William Robichaud for a trek through the forests and waterways of central Laos searching for evidence of an extremely rare animal called a saola. 
Laos plans 4th baht bond issue worth Bt12 billion (Nation)

Thailand's Finance Ministry has approved the Lao government's plan to raise issue baht-denominated bonds worth Bt12 billion, to finance the neighbouring country's economic development. The permission was granted on April 30. According to Adisorn V. Singhsacha, managing director of Twin Pine Consulting Co Ltd - a financial consultant
Arlington ceremony honors Lao-Hmong veterans for ‘secret war’ sacrifice (S&S)
The old Green Beret stood as erect as age would allow and remembered his lethal times in Laos. Arrayed before 85-year-old John H. “Scotty” Crerar were Hmong veterans, come together from Fresno, Calif., Anchorage, Alaska, and Minneapolis, all the domestic places where a lost war had cast them. Crerar was their blood brother, one who helped train them
Other stories about Laos around the world
... An exploration of Lao tea traditions (Global Times)

... Thép Thavonsouk: Between Serenity and Light (HP)

... Lao Govt steps up protection of conservation forest (VT)

... Laos takes steps to mitigate effects of natural disasters (VT)

... Loan paves way for improved Laos' road link to Vietnam (VT)

... Community medical rehabilitation project launched in Laos (VT)

... Three Arrested, Drugs Seized In Cambodia-Laos Operation (CD)

... Lao-Hmong rarely attend college, but California is trying to change (PBS)

... Officials discuss urban water, environment improvement in Vientiane (VT)

... Sombath Somphone Receives the 2015 Gwangju Special Award for Human Rights

... Lao Govt plans more tree (VT)

... Lao girl caught with 11,040 speed pills (Bangkok Post)

... Experts assess project to narrow the development gap (VT)

... Four southern provinces hold talks on drug suppression (VT)

... Fire protection everyone's responsibility: Vientiane Mayor (VT)

... China's financial assistance hits 3,077 billion kip (~$ 381 mil) (VT)

... Local Hmong leaders reconcile sour relationship with U.S. Attorney’s Office (FB)

... Vientiane road faces another delay (VT)

... Tainted squid destroyed in Laos (Global Post)

... Meeting commemorates birthday of Ho Chi Minh (VT)

... Minister calls for efficient design of irrigation systems (VT)

... FM Thongloun receives Vietnamese delegates, talks on ties (VT)

... Growth cuts absolute poverty but inequality increases in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American Obituary: Nanlaeng Boonkaung Chanthavong (SLP Tribune)

... Korean actress Son Eun Seo Visits Laos (Yahoo)
... Thailand funds drug treatment centre in Laos (VT)
... Lao Govt aims for 7.5 percent growth next year (VT)
... Borikhamxay television broadcasts to go digital (VT)
... Illegal rubbish dumping in Vientiane under scrutiny (VT)
... Can we make hydropower work for all in Laos? (Nation)
... New Vientiane administrative centre hits roadblock (VT)
... Vietnam to provide grants worth 836b dong ~ $40 million (VT)
... Laotian minister: I feel lucky my son studies at Turkish school (Cihan)
... Polish Tourists Drop Into Laos (BD)
... Stolen Buddha statues returned to Laos (Nation)
... 4,000 more nurses needed in Laos: ministry (VT)
... New training centre to improve workers' skills (VT)
... Germany lends weight to resource management (VT)
... Laos, China intensify efforts to address border issues (VT)
... Irrigation scheme gives boost to Savannakhet rice farmers (VT)
... Group Lease PCL (SET:GL) Expanding Leasing Business into Laos (Yahoo)
... Japan-Funded Female Dormitory Construction Project Inaugurated in Saravan
... Shared benefit guarantee needed for China-Laos-Thailand rail link, ex-minister says

May 11-17, 2015

Inside Laos: A former US beauty queen's quest for change (BBC)
More than three decades ago, Amy Chanthaphavong's parents fled their home country of Laos. Her father had been a fighter pilot in the Laos air force, supporting the Americans in their war on neighbouring Vietnam. As communists tightened their grip on Laos, he decided it was time to leave. Fearing punishment from the country's Marxist-ruled administration,
Are the Mekong River dams [in Laos] double-edged swords? (MNN)

The hydroelectric dams that give Bangkok's malls their juice are good for pollution, global warming and other "big picture" environmental issues. In underdeveloped countries like Laos, where the dams used by Thailand are located, the construction and operation is a boon for the local economy. But these dams bring up a major contradiction: they are at once good for
Laos’ Mineral Exports Quadruple (Brunei Direct)
The annual export of minerals has increased from US$2 billion during 2006-2010 to US$8 billion over the past five years 2011-2015, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The revenues from mineral exports have boosted national economic growth, infrastructure development, and reduced poverty. The Ministry of Energy and Mines has estimated that 
US, UK govts back UXO clearance (VT)
The governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom on Friday agreed to fund surveys and UXO clearance operations in Xieng Khuang province at a cost of more than US$3.8 million (over 30 billion kip).  The funding will support two projects run by the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The first project will be funded by a grant of more than US$2.1 million
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Stolen Buddha images returned to Laos (VT)
... GRAM gets majority stake in Laos' PanAust (ABR)
... Laos prepares to sell carbon credits for forests (VT)
... Four Mekong nations to extend fight against drugs (VT)
... ICAO gives Laos a high score in aviation (TTR Weekly)
... Laos secures soft loan to fund hospital, bridge projects (VT)
... Japan strengthens health services in southern provinces (VT)
... Can We Make Hydropower Work for All in Laos? (World Bank)
... Outbreak of Hoof-and-Mouth Disease Kills Livestock in Laos (RFA)
... Performing arts decree provides better understanding of rights (VT)
... Lao-Hmong vets honored: 'Your commitment cannot be measured' (STJ)
... Minn. Soldier Honored in Purple Heart Ceremony on 'Hmong American Day'
... German boost to PTTC in Laos (VT)

... New workshops built with Lao, German support (VT)

... Laos appoints new ambassador to South Korea (VT)

... Pay tax or close down, Laos' businesses told (XinhuaNet)

... US to provide 48 billion kip (~$6 million) to improve child nutrition (VT)

... New law aims to end violence against women and children in Laos (VT)

... Laos’ Economic Agenda (Diplomat)
... Laos appoints new ambassador to US (VT)
... Regional medics review vaccination programmes (VT)
... Joint Venture in Laos with Sahamit Phattana (TrustNet)
... One last fight for secret Lao-Hmong soldiers (Star Tribune)
... Johanna Powell's Laos boat death inquest adjourned (BBC)
... Development partners confer on rural development in Laos (VT)
... New law promulgated to regulate alcoholic beverages in Laos (VT)
... Saigon restaurant buys pair of giant barbs from Laos (VietnamNet)
... ‘Ice’ Seized, 3 Arrested in Laos Border Operation (Cambodia Daily)
... Almost 100 not-pay-tax companies have operations suspended (VT)
... Aurasian Minerals shares fly as unveils new Laos venture (Mena FN)
... Abraham Vang, Lao-Hmong soldier, leader and advocate, dies (WDH)
... Legal sector takes stock of human resource development project in Laos (VT)
... Minn. Lao and Hmong-Americans Head to D.C. on 'Laos Freedom Ride' (KSTP)
... Atelier COLE’s Bamboo Trees combats illegal Moon Bear trade in Laos (Inhabitat)
... Just Back: Songkran in Laos (Telegraph)
... US, Brunei equip Lao officials with English skills (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Lanoy Phakonekham (WDC)
... Myanmar, Laos Open First Friendship Bridge (Bernama)
... Holy See recognizes two Laos martyrdoms (UCA News)
... May 12, Forty Years Ago: Laos turns left (Indian Express)
... Brief - DKSH supports Pfizer's expansion to Laos (Reuters)
... Provinces, central bank elect Lao Commy Party leaders (VT)
... District competition aims to foster cleanliness in Vientiane (VT)
... Swiss project gives boost to mother and child health in Laos (VT)
... Find Tranquility in Laos with Kamu Lodge’s Serenity Package (PR)
... High-Ranking Provincial Official Involved in Land Grab in Northern Laos (MS)
... Lao-American: 7 years of heritage exploration shared at ACRS film screening (IE)

May 4-10, 2015

Laos - Less touristy than Thailand, more relaxing than Vietnam (High50)
It’s a country often described as “sleepy” but don’t let that description fool you. Laos may be delightfully chilled and, compared to its neighbours reasonably untouched by mass tourism, but it has a character and charm that sees it punch above its weight in a quest to claim the affections of travellers to South East Asia. It’s a short journey from Chiang Rai in Thailand
More Laos teens in Luang Namtha getting pregnant (New Europe)
The northern Lao province of Luang Namtha has the country’s highest teen pregnancy rate, according to the findings of a new survey. The Lao Social Indicator Survey (LSIS) was carried out in the Luang Namtha province by the country’s Statistics Bureau in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the UN’s Population Fund (UNFPD)
Hongsa power unit in Laos passes 90% of efficiency tests, Ratch says (Nation)
Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding reports that Hongsa Unit 1, a 626-megawatt thermal power plant operated by Hongsa Power Company in Laos, has completed more than 90 per cent of the performance-efficiency tests specified by the power purchase agreement (PPA). Its commercial operation will commence on June 2 as scheduled.
1st half: Laos shows $1.79b exports, $2.43b imports (Customs Today)
Laos recorded an export of $1.79 billion and an import of $2.43 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2014-2015, leaving a deficit of 640 million dollars, local media reported on Monday. Minerals, electric power, garments, agricultural and timber products were the top earners of exports bound for neighbors Thailand, Vietnam and China, followed by Germany, Japan
Plastic wastes a challenge to increasingly prosperous Laos (Daily Times)
Like many other cities of the world, the Laotian capital, with its improving economy and standard of living, is not spared from the scourge of urban living: the proliferation of plastics and products bottled or wrapped in plastics. The biggest problem is that wrappers or bottles made of plastic materials are carelessly thrown just about anywhere. Most of them end up clogging canals
Other stories about Laos around the world
... 2,000 jobs available at Job Fair 2015 (VT)

... Laos: Free expression under stricter control (iFex)

... Rural workers in Laos more likely to quit jobs (ANN)

... EU highlights friendship with Laos on Europe Day (VT)

... Higher bid for Laos miner PanAust wins support (SMH)

... Lao-American: Portraying family through film (Asian Weekly)

... Retired Lao officials speak out on constitution amendment (VT)

... Multiple Dam’s Threatening Life on the Lower Mekong River (CRT)

... New Lao ambassador to North Korea accredited by Lao President (VT)

... World Vision continues to support Phalanxai district in Savannakhet (VT)

... Laos: Rescued Bear Walks Upright Like A Human, Strolling Around Its Enclosure

... PanAust bows to A$1.2 bln bid from China's Guangdong Rising Assets (Reuters)

... Laos’ new airport delays (TTR Weekly)
... Dams on Mekong River (Pakistan Today)
... New ambassador to Belgium appointed (VT)
... Laos-Myanmar bridge to open this week (VT)
... Laos, Singapore reaffirm parliamentary ties (VT)
... Road accidents kill 133 in Laos in April (Global Post)
... Attapeu authorities seize 66,000 amphetamine pills (VT)
... World Bank gives boost to forest management in Laos (VT)
... Vatican recognizes martyrdoms of missionary, lay catechist in communist Laos
... Laos donates to Nepal quake victims (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia tighten ties, cooperation (VT)
... Lao Food: Paradise Deferred (East Bay Express)
... New system generates three-fold income collection (VT)
... Germany gives boost to blood services in northern Laos (VT)
... Inside the Awe-Inspiring Xe Bang Fai River Cave (ABC News)
... Budget constraints hinder building of new Phongsaly capital (VT)
... Family planning reaches into mountains of Laos (UN Multimedia)
... Vietnam police gun down drug smuggler near Laos border (TNN)
... World Bank pledges US$16.8 million for early childhood learning (VT)
... Lao private colleges to resume awarding bachelor degrees (Global Post)
... Travel: A Gay Laotian Man Talks About Life in Luang Prabang, Laos (Towle Road)
... Laos prepares for Asean chairmanship (VT)
... Laos, North Korea exchange information (VT)
... Aviation management scores high in audit (VT)
... Laos sees 640 mln trade deficit in six months (Cihan)
... Ministry of Education set to restart degree programmes (VT)
... Lao delegation attends reunification anniversary in Vietnam (VT)
... World Bank adds US$15 million for environmental protection (VT)
... Lao Authorities Investigate Local Groups Involved in Illegal Ivory Trade (BNN)
... Laos gov't ensures increases of minimum wage flowing to workers (XinhuaNet)
... Early Reading for Children in Laos Receives Boost from World Bank (Financial)
... Belarus eager for more trade with Laos (VT)
... Lao officials take to the streets on Labour Day (VT)
... Laos to visit Myanmar in the gentle way (MM Times)
... Laos to Improve Rice Production for Export (Brunei Direct)
... Sangthong residents of Vientiane get clean water on tap (VT)
... Hor Phra Keo: Renovated museum receives crowning glory (VT)
... Clovis Man Hit By Man Armed With Knife & Held Against Will In Laos (KMPH)
... Lao-Thai: Hundreds mourn loss of Buddhist leader in Fresno County (ABC30)
... Northern Laos: Luang Namtha ends Congress, elects 29-member Party leadership

April 27-May 3, 2015

Search for Lao banker intensifies (Bangkok Post)
Authorities yesterday intensified their search for a Lao banker who was allegedly abducted in Mukdahan province on Sunday. About 60 police officers in Mukdahan yesterday searched for Atiwa Kettawong, 44, banker for Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao (BCEL) or Laos international commercial bank, after his relatives lodged a complaint with police on Tuesday
Lao authority combats fraud and corruption (VT)
In 2013-2014, the authority followed and inspected 524 targets according to their role and found missing funds worth more than 893 billion kip, some US$7.7 million, 14 million Thai baht and more than 539.51 Chinese yuan. The authority was able to restore some of the money, vehicles and equipment. Mr Khampheaw said in recent years the authority solved corruption cases
Decades after war in Laos, Hmong refugees build new lives in US (KPCC)
The effect of the Vietnam war was felt far beyond its borders. The conflict spilled into neighboring countries and forced many to make a home elsewhere. Around 100,000 Hmong came to the US from across Southeast Asia. They were part of a wave of refugees who fled when communists gained control in Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam 40 years ago.
Thieves, loan related disputes the most common cases in Laos (VT)

Theft was the most common among the criminal cases in the past year, while the disputes related to loan contracts were the most frequent civil cases that were made into law suits. President of the People's Supreme Court Mr Khamphanh Sitthidampha revealed the situation to media ... Mr Khamphanh said 1021 criminal cases were heard or in hearing
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao women facing less discrimination (VT)
... Russia, Laos consider direct flights (RBTH)
... Belarus eager to trade more with Laos (Belarusian News)
... Meeting marks Labour Day, highlights role of workers (VT)
... Lao gov't confers medal of development to China (East Day)
... South Korea provides $3 millon funding for UXO clearance (VT)
... FAO advises on adaptation of agriculture to climate change (VT)
... Lao Army marks 40th anniversary of liberation of South Vietnam (VT)
... Choua Thao: Female Lao-Hmong Veteran Reflects on Secret War (NAM)
... 'Few Know the Blood We Shed,' Say Seattle's Lao-Hmong Farmers (KUOW)
... Lao-Hmong life in Madison (MG)
... Laos to host back to back summits in 2016 (VT)
... More unionism needed to protect Lao workers (VT)
... Blooming champa awaiting to amaze visitors this weekend (VT)
... Northern Laos: Luang Namtha set to elect Party leadership (VT)
... China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand: 4 nations unite in drugs war (PN)
... Sinag Pilipinas rolls past Laos, 124-37, for 2nd win in SEABA tilt (GMA)
... Meeting salutes youth achievements (VT)
... First Lao woman receives commercial pilot's diploma (VT)
... President Choummaly opens new Kaleum district capital (VT)
... Senior parliamentarian calls for transparent investment concessions (VT)
... President Urges Commercial Production in Southern Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Lao-American: Acts of kindness help selfless teen attend senior prom (DMR)
... Laos' prosperity to rely on skills, productivity, literacy: World Bank (Global Post)
... Laos Economic Monitor: April 2015 - Towards Building Inclusive and Stable Growth
... Laos, Cambodia cooperate on drug control (VT)

... Humanitarian law promoted through officials (VT)

... Lao-Americans: Ringing in the new year (Daily Globe)

... Asean leaders reaffirm community building by 2015 (VT)

... Hmong traveling exhibit celebrates 40 years after Laos (SacBee)

... Thai customs seize 511 pieces of elephant ivory destined for Laos (Guardian)

... Non-profit Lao Family celebrates 35 years helping immigrants achieve self-sufficiency

April 20-26, 2015

Laos Looks to Balance China’s Growing Economic Influence (VOA)
China’s growing influence in Laos, marked by expanded investment and trade, has led some international agencies to warn Laos about an unhealthy financial dependence on China. Analysts say Laos is looking to balance China’s influence by drawing support from longstanding backer Vietnam as well as the West. In 2014 China became Laos’ leading investor
Lao Civil Society Pressured to Drop Rights Issues From ASEAN Forum (MS)
Civil society organizations in Laos are under pressure to omit key concerns from a list of regional human rights issues to be raised on the sidelines of an ASEAN summit in Malaysia this week and "fear for their safety" if they attempt to do so, a CSO official said Wednesday. The groups dare not raise the concerns during the April 21-24 ASEAN Peoples' Forum (APF)
Laos-focused PanAust open to higher takeover offer (Sky News)
Gold and copper miner PanAust is open to an increased takeover offer after rejecting a $1.1 billion Chinese approach. Managing director Fred Hess said the offer from Chinese state-owned company Guangdong Rising Asset Management (GRAM) did not recognise the long term value of the company's recently acquired Frieda River project in Papua New Guinea
After escape, Laotian refugee helps launch 1st-ever Portland celebration (OL)
Alone, he swam a river to escape. Olom Philavanh was one of the thousands of students imprisoned in Laotian reeducation camps for disagreeing with the country's oppressive Communist regime. But after 4½ years, his request to see his family was granted. He remembers what they said when he'd finally arrived home: Olom, it's time. So he swam across
Charity for Laos victim Johanna Powell's searchers (BBC)
The family of a woman who died after a boat accident will set up a charity to help villagers in Laos who searched for her when she was missing. Johanna Powell's relatives want to thank local people in the area around Pak Beng for their efforts after a tourist boat she was on capsized. The body of Ms Powell, 37, was found further down the Mekong River two days after
Other stories about Laos around the world
... ADB loans head for Laos (TTR Weekly)
... Modified motorcycles found in Vientiane schools (VT)
... Lao Govt attempts to address business constraints (VT)
... Champassak special economic zone ‘high possibility' (VT)
... Bokeo bridge policy aims to boost incomes for local people (VT)
... Vietnam police arrest 3 Lao suspects in major heroin bust (TNN)
... Luang Prabang authorities inspect riverboat captains' competence (VT)
... Lao Govt pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting
... Keeping up my Lao-Mien Heritage (KQED)
... Xayaboury approves banana investment (VT)
... Ukrainian man faces Laos' jail for assault (VT)
... Myanmar's Road to Russia begins in Laos (MT)
... Ministry mobilises more investment to boost exports (VT)
... Localised storm hits Xieng Khuang and Champassak (VT)
... New Huaphan airport completion delayed until next year (VT)
... Stop the presses – yes, things actually happen in Laos! (MT)
... Cardiovascular disease is top claimer of Lao people's lives (VT)
... Boosting growth, revenue collection dominate govt meeting (VT)
... Laos sees rise in road accidents, spending in Pi Mai holiday (Global Post)
... What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Japan’?: views from Laos (JT)
... Former Aussie U17 captain Kaz Patafta ready to answer Laos' World Cup call
... Thai Smile to apply for own international traffic rights [like in Laos] (CH-Aviation)
... Poor nutrition can result in stunting (VT)
... Economic growth to continue easing (VT)
... Laos to engage on constitutional change (Global Post)
... Overloaded trucks from Laos fined 161m in Vietnam (VT)
... Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos Celebrate New Year (RFA)
... Civil aviation authorities confident about ICAO mission (VT)
... Vientiane intensifies efforts to free all schools from drugs (VT)
... Road project connecting Huaphan to Vietnam on schedule (VT)
... Laos - Matthayom 4, 7 Students Take Best Student Exam (BD)
... Lao-Thai Americans: Buddhism budding along lakeshore (HTR News)
... Laos, China vow to consolidate, deepen bilateral cooperation (Global Post)
... Lao trafficking victims await proof of nationality (VT)
... Traveling back centuries through Laos II (Examiner)
... Hotel operators: competition keeping lid on prices (VT)
... Be on the alert for summer storms, public warned (VT)
... Public opinions sought on constitutional amendments (VT)
... Villagers to benefit from new school, healthcare centre (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Thongkham Vignarath (Courier News)
... US Secretary of State passes on Lao New Year best wishes (VT)
... Liberian footballers finally return home from Laos (Liberian Soccer)
... Sino-Laos Joint Venture Delivers Assets to Remote Lao Communities (BD)
... Laos New Year (MHP)
... Just Back: Laos and Burma (Chronicle)
... Pi Mai Lao celebrated across the country (VT)
... Donnoun-Thangone road upgrade half complete (VT)
... Fundraiser in Broadway for Laos Educational Trust (CWJ)
... Work resumes on Lane Xang Avenue construction site (VT)
... Xayaboury Party approves future development direction (VT)
... Laos welcomes vaccination programs with open arms... (News)
... ADB funded project to attract more tourists to Bokeo province (VT)
... Eight trucks caught in Vietnam with suspected smuggled timber (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: Nakhon Phanom introduces Mekon River cruise (ThaiVisa)

April 13-19, 2015

Harnessing the Mekong or Killing It? (National Geographic)
In late 2012, after years of denials, Laotian officials admitted that construction of the Thai-financed Xayaburi dam, on a remote stretch of the Mekong in northern Laos, was under way. The Xayaburi dam will be more than a hundred feet high and a half mile long when it’s completed, perhaps as soon as this year. When I visited the site in 2013, the riverbanks upstream were
PanAust, a Laos-focussed miner, rejects Chinese takeover bid (Adelaide Now)
GOLD and copper miner PanAust has rejected a state owned Chinese company's $1.1 billion takeover bid, describing the offer as inadequate. BUT the suitor, Guangdong Rising Asset Management (GRAM), is happy to take acceptances from PanAust shareholders, saying its offer was unconditional and therefore does not need the board's recommendation. 
Johanna Powell: Body found in Laos river search (BBC or Times)
A body has been found in the search for a missing woman who vanished after a boat capsized on a river trip in Laos, south-east Asia. Johanna Powell, from Cardiff, was reported missing on Saturday. The 37-year-old, a BBC Wales picture editor, was on a tourist boat on the Mekong River near Pak Beng. Her brother-in-law Dean Price said the family was told she was asleep
An opening in Laos the US cannot miss (Bangkok Post)
A remarkable yet little-noticed development in the US rebalance to the Asia Pacific has been Washington’s overtures to Laos, a country long isolated and often overlooked by US officials. Shifts in geopolitical and regional economic trends in recent years have led the Lao government, which traditionally turned to Beijing or Hanoi for support, to explore opportunities
Other stories about Laos around the world
... All Asia Asset Capital Mulls Revving Up In Laos (ISE)
... China Targets Laos Mines Despite PanAust Takeover Rejection (WSJ)
... Lao-American: Kennewick Officer Steve Thatsana Sworn In (KAPP TV)
... Viet Communist Party Delegation Visits Laos to Convey New Year Wishes (BD)
... Expanding rubber plantations 'catastrophic' for endangered species in Southeast Asia
... Sabaidee Pi Mai, Happy Lao New Year (Daily Planet)
... China, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar seized 25,884,580 pills 
    of meth, 8153kg caffeine, 1,556 kg heroin (Customs Today)
... Laos: Fashion Offers Chance to Buy Back the Bombs (NBC)
... Open verdict recorded in Laos hotel death inquest (Slough Express)
... Turia Pitt's story of survival after being horrifically burned ... (Daily Mail)
... U.S. bombs in Laos show need for stepped-up peace efforts (Seattle Times)
... Expressing our shared journey: The Lao Diaspora, 1975-2015 (TC Daily Planet)
... New Asian markets like Laos driven by youth (WARC)
... Celebrating Lao new year with green papaya salad (CSM)
... Getting wet, happy among traditions at Laos' New Year (XinhuaNet)
... Lao-Hmong students at NSU learning, but also teaching others (TDP)
... Ephrata High School Key Club works to help people in Laos with water (iFiberOne)
... Laos, Vietnam reaffirm special ties (VT)
... Express bus services planned for Vientiane (VT)
... Locals celebrate Lao new year (Pharos Tribune)
... Long Pi Mai holiday to push up public spending (VT)
... High winds wreak havoc last Friday in Vientiane (VT)
... Border yama bust sees two Laotians arrested (PPP)
... President extends best wishes for Lao New Year (VT)
... Kheavaly Company promotes poultry breeding for supply (VT)
... Johanna Powell missing after boat incident in Laos (BBC or Mirror)
... 8 Laos trucks caught with suspected smuggled timber in Vietnam (TNN)
... Thieves Attempt to Steal Head of Buddha Statue From Temple in Laos (MS)
... Lao-American: Among the colors, haunting memories of 'Secret War' (Philly)

April 6-12, 2015

Laos clamps down on new year revelry (Bangkok Post)
Authorities in Vientiane are clamping down on Lao New Year revellers, shutting down entertainment venues at 11pm and forbidding water play on the banks of the Mekong River. The Vientiane Capital Police Headquarters told owners restaurants and entertainment venues this week to close at 11pm from April 14-16, when Laos celebrates its version of Songkran.
Chinese investors launch petroleum refinery project (VT)
The project will cover an area of over 280,000 square metres with total investment to be in the vicinity of US$179.2 million. According to information provided by LCPC, the refinery will use inferior mixed light oil as a raw material and adopt advanced technologies to produce gasoline, diesel, LPG, purified petroleum benzene, sulphur and other petroleum based products.
Mekong River dolphin death reduces Lao population to five (Panda)

The discovery of a deceased female Irrawaddy river dolphin on Cheutal Touch Island, Cambodia – close to the border with Laos – is yet another reminder of the plight of this critically endangered cetacean in the Mekong River, WWF said on Tuesday. With just five animals remaining in Laos, WWF urged Laos and Cambodia to work together on common solutions
Cost of Lao Road Project Led by PM’s Son Vastly Overstated: Expert (RFA)
A road upgrade scheme in Vientiane led by the son of Lao PM Thongsing Thammavong is expected to cost four times more than similar projects, according to an expert, highlighting a lack of transparency in development in the capital. The road linking Laos National University’s Dongdok campus to Route 13 North will cost an estimated U.S. $80 million to upgrade
Open for business, if anyone wants to come to Laos (Bangkok Post)
Crossing the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge from Mukdahan one is immediately struck by a gleaming new four-storey office set up as a one-stop shop to attract and support foreign investors. Inside the air-conditioned and marble-floored offices of Laos’ Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SaSEZ) building, employees sit behind school-style wooden desks eager to attend
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vietnam may build 50 houses in Laos (VT)

... Lao drug smuggler arrested in Vietnam (VT)

... Lao Govt promotes JE vaccination drive (VT)

... First celebration of Buddhist Day in Laos (VT)

... Hanoi to Luang Prabang by bike (TTR Weekly)

... Best street food to try in Luang Prabang (Gayapolis)

... Mekong River Cruises adds new Laos journeys (Travel DM)

... Isuzu sees big sales opportunities in Laos and Cambodia (Nation)

... Nomadic Boys - Harvesting Rice Luang Prabang, Laos (Gayapolis)

... Lanxang Kingdom: A Lao Pop-Up at Turtle Tower in the TL (SF Weekly)

... 'Few Know the Blood We Shed,' Say Seattle's Lao-Hmong Farmers (KUOW)

... 700 billion kip (~$87.5 million) needed to award revolutionary contributors (VT)

... Potash factory workers paid after delay (VT)

... MIAs in Laos are not forgotten (North Jersey)

... Skateboard stage adds to Lao New Year fun (VT)

... A Chinese Company Runs a Town in Laos (BNN)

... Public voices concerns over bus safety in Laos (VT)

... New Lao Commy Party leaders of ministry elected (VT)

... Laos and China’s Grand strategy of an ASEAN “Silk Road” (GR)

... Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversity (EA)

... SCG hosts groundbreaking ceremony for Laos cement plant project (CN)

... Discover the Road Less Travelled in Vietnam and Laos with SpiceRoads (PR)

... How Bangkok’s glitzy malls are eating up Laos’s most valuable resources (AC)

... Food: A Lao-Thai Delight (SCJ)
... Laos: PanAust Ups The Ante (FN Arena)
... A Lao-American temple thrives (Daily Globe)
... Laos, Vietnam pledge to legalise workers (VT)
... Australia supports women workers in Vientiane (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: The Mekong River is Not for Sale (IR)
... MMG LXML Sepon uses new UXO detection device (VT)
... Laos: Ministry mulls tourism competitiveness in ASEAN (VT)
... Golden Triangle: Drug busts on rise in Mekong region (ECNS)
... Lao, Thai, Vietnamese provinces to broaden cooperation (VT)
... Laos-Myanmar bridge expected to open in May (Global Times)
... Giant sand sculptures to appear on Mekong beach in Vientiane (VT)
... Hiding America's War Crimes in Laos, While Reporting on the Grim Results
... Long queues in Vientiane to pay road tax (VT)

... Laos-Myanmar bridge to open next month (VT)

... Traveling back centuries through Laos (Examiner)

... Lao migrants can buy health insurance in Thailand (VT)

... Vietnamese bank extends US$176m for infrastructure (VT)

... Ministry highlights rise in energy, mining output in Laos (VT)

... Century Ply sets up timber processing unit in Laos (Hindu BL)

... Govt Office Head advises Vientiane province on development (VT)

... SHB finalises procedures to open Laos subsidiary (VietnamNews)

... Domestic sugar refineries oppose sugar imports from Laos (VietnamNet)

... For Laotians: new year (IberiaNet)
... EU shines spotlight on autism in Laos (VT)
... Govt offers longest Lao New Year holiday (VT)
... River dolphin found dead by Laos border (PPP)
... Laotian New Year Celebration Underway (KATC)
... Ministry reviews progress of agriculture in Laos (VT)
... Hazardous waste management in Laos under scrutiny (VT)
... Discover Laos's Gay Luang Prabang With a Local (Gayapolis)
... Researcher advises on ethnic groups' development in Laos (VT)
... Laos: China’s “Pivot State” in Mainland ASEAN (Global Research)
... Green growth stressed over natural resource reliance in Laos (VT)
... Vietnam's Investment In Laos Surges Before AEC (Seeking Alpha)
... In Laos, a Strategic Opening the United States Cannot Miss (CSIS)
... In Laos, rural enterprise, not lighting, sparks prosperity (Straits Times)
... Simpson professor conducts peace-building training in Laos (Redding)
... Lao-Thai: Mekong river boat operators warn of increased boat fares (TV)
... Migrants from four countries (like Laos) eligible for health benefits (Nation)
... Buddhist Community Celebrates Life of Lao Monk Who Died in Temple Fire
... Laos introduces vaccine to protect children from Japanese encephalitis (AC)
... Chinese Government Donates Ambulances, Medical Equipment to Laos (BD)
... Prof. Kou Yang: The deadly, horrible mess we made still plagues Indochina (MB)
... From the Lao-Hmong, other immigrant groups get important lessons and help (ST)
... A rare breed: Search for elusive grazer takes author deep into eastern Laos (WPP)
... One Woman’s Mission to Free Laos From Millions of Unexploded Bombs (NY Times)

March 30-April 5, 2015

Laos: Kayakers capture incredible rock formations & emerald green waters (DM)
Laos is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful scenery and ornate temples, however not many people venture below the surface and discover that what is underground is perhaps even more spectacular. The wondrous Tham Khoun Ex caves are so exquisite they don't look real at first, which is perhaps why locals believe that spirits inhabit the underground wonderland
NGO implores govt to oppose Lao dam (Bangkok Post)
Members of the Pak Moon dam's Assembly of the Poor called on the Department of Water Resources yesterday to oppose Laos' proposed Don Sahong dam construction. Assembly representatives met with Boonjong Jarusdumrongnit, the deputy director-general of the department, to plead for environmental protection and local community rights. 
Searching for 'The Last Unicorn' in the wildness of Laos (AP/Yahoo)
"The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures" (Little, Brown and Co.), by William deBuys Spoiler alert: There are no unicorns in Laos. But don't blame nature writer William deBuys for trying to find one. The premise of "The Last Unicorn" is simple: DeBuys tagged along with biologist William Robichaud for a trek through the forests & waterways of central Laos
AIDS deaths down but HIV infections rise in Laos (XinhuaNet)
Speaking at the launch, Unit head Keophouvanh Douangphachanh said the annual death toll attributed to AIDS had shown annual decreases from 130 deaths in 2010 through to 104 in 2013 ... Disturbingly however, the number of new cases in the country continues to rise with 423 cases identified in the first six months of 2014, many already in developed stages.
Businesses in Laos looking to hire large foreign workforce (VT)
Businesses and project operators have asked for permission to hire a large number of foreign workers to fill job vacancies, a senior government official has said. From September 2014 to March 2015, the Govt has approved requests by various projects and businesses to hire 40,690 foreign workers of various nationalities, according to the Ministry of Labour & Social Welfare
Other stories about Laos around the world
... China's 120mph railway arriving in Laos (Telegraph)
... Cooperatives boss linked to big investment in Laos (Nation)
... Vietnam, Laos, Thailand boost local collaboration (VietnamNet)
... Cash-strapped Laos tightens belt on New Year activities (Bangkok Post)
... High speed rail could bankrupt Laos, but it’ll keep China happy (Conversation)
... China donates ambulances, medical supplies to Laos for helping UXO injuries (XN)
... Change on the Mighty Mekong (Diplomat)
... I Survived The Laos Slow Boat (Clapway)
... Laos opens up-market mall (TTR Weekly)
... State budget not for Lao New Year celebrations (VT)
... Vaccination drive targets Japanese encephalitis (VT)
... Markets in Laos attract regional interest (VietnamNet)
... PanAust of Laos mulls reduced takeover offer (News)
... Lao Govt plates must be removed from private vehicles (VT)
... Playing soccer in Laos - Is this an Academy? (Liberian Soccer)
... Domestic Demand For Illegal Wildlife Meat Grows in Laos (MS)
... Lao-American Obituary: Souphanh Inthalonsinh (Times Record)
... Hospitals in Laos focus on antibiotics and bacterial resistance (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Bob (Thao Bounmy Vera) Vera (Channel3000)
... Plan launches water and sanitation project in Saravan, southern Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong man 'bride-napping' customs when he 'abducted 15-year-old girl...'
... Vientiane outlines Pi Mai Lao activities (VT)
... Fire department runs safety campaign (VT)
... Statistics improvement a priority for AEC (VT)
... Lao Govt discloses belt-tightening measures (VT)
... Laotian Recipies from The Nomadic Boys (Gayapolis)
... Manual gives new guidelines on participatory planning (VT)
... Vietnam's BIDV to lend $177 mln to Laos projects (Reuters)
... Lao-Hmong Heritage Month reflects shift in culture (Wausau Daily Herald)
... China beat Laos to book AFC U-23 Championship 2016 finals ticket (BSN)
... Laos, Myanmar deepen cooperation (VT)
... Security ministry of Laos rolls out new ID card (VT)
... Lao PM attends state funeral service for Lee Kuan Yew (VT)
... Ministry strengthens partnerships in disaster management (VT)
... Disposal team uses electric saws to defuse bombs in Laos (VT)
... Public art [by Lao-American] chosen for Des Moines airport (BR)
... Laos & Singapore open AFC U-23 Championship 2016 qualifying with scoreless draw
... They call it Lao, not Laos (Chicago Now)
... Bedell risk arrest in Laos (Liberian Soccer or LS)
... Laos Backs Programs in Opium Eradication (VOA)
... Scholarship winners prepare to head to Japan (VT)
... OXFAM, Lao Women's Union promote gender equality (VT)
... 2 Fugitives Taken back from Laos in Sky Net Campaign (CRI)
... Building Trust to Host Live Build Workshop in Laos (Arch Daily)
... Mixed success with new roads in Vientiane provincial capital (VT)
... Vientiane spreads road safety message ahead of Pi Mai Lao (VT)
... Vietnam's Sacombank to expand Laos branch operations (Reuters)
... Guandong Makes New Approach to PanAust as Prices Falter (Bloomberg)
... Boonton woman looking for MIAs, unexploded bombs in Laos (Daily Record)
... Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages (AN, BNN)

March 23-29, 2015

Internet Access in Indonesia Closer to Laos Than Thailand (WSJ)
Cluster 1 covers countries where more than 60% of the population has access to the Internet – Singapore (73%), Malaysia (67%) & Brunei (65%). In Cluster 2, Internet penetration is between 25% & 50% – Vietnam (44%), the Philippines (37%) & Thailand (29%); Cluster 3 accounts for penetration rates below 25% – Indonesia (16%), Laos (13%), Cambodia (6%) & Myanmar (1%).
MIA in Laos - Missing flier to finally be at rest (Shreveport Times)
A pilot whose loss over the skies of Laos more than 45 years ago faded in the fog of the Indochina War will finally be laid to rest next month, and a friend from Bossier City will be there to pay last respects. Retired Brig. Gen. Peyton Cole, a former 2nd Bomb Wing commander and Vietnam War pilot, plans to attend funeral services at the Air Force Academy in Colorado April 14
Vietnam, Laos strive for 2-billion-USD trade turnover in 2015 (VietnamNet)
State President Truong Tan Sang met with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on March 24, during which they agreed to work hard to raise bilateral trade turnover to 2 billion USD in 2015, up 40 percent from the previous year. The Lao government leader spoke highly of President Sang’s visit, saying that it will contribute importantly to consolidating and
NGOs Calls Attention to Negative Impacts of Dam Projects in Laos (RFA)
The development of two dams on the Lower Mekong River in Laos may have potentially devastating impact on the food security and livelihoods of 60 million people in the area, an international environmental group said. The WWF says the much-criticized Xayaburi & the Don Sahong hydroelectric dam projects along the Mekong River in Laos will threatened
Chemically-contaminated seafood found in Vientiane (VT)
Some 400 kilogrammes of squid was found to be contaminated with formalin, a substance that is harmful to human health, following a recent inspection at a merchant's house in Songpeuay village in Naxaithong district, Vientiane. A team comprising veterinarians from the Vientiane Animal Husbandry and Fishery Division in collaboration with district officials
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Myanmar Vice President to visit Laos (VT)
... Dam model [i.e. in Laos] reveals impact on rivers (ERW)
... Labour experts assess value of decent work program (VT)
... Art class highlights disabled students' creative abilities (VT)
... Thip Khao review: It’s fiery, it’s Laotian, and it’s welcome (WP)
... Ministry encourages female staff to assume leadership roles (VT)
... Agricultural enterprises advised to form stronger links with govt (VT)
... Sunlabob of Laos secures US$2.1 million for international off-grid projects (PV-T)
... Regional vegetable R&D for food security (VT)
... Lao Govt approves laws to speed development (VT)
... Provincial achievements under Party leadership (VT)
... Japan provides scholarships for Laos' university students (VT)
... China U-23 team warms up in Laos for AFC qualifiers (XinhuaNet)
... Smugglers busted on Laos border (PPP)
... Laos asks World Bank for further US$11m (VT)
... Lao govt mourns passing of Singaporean hero (VT)
... Minister pledges to support Lao, Chinese media ties (VT)
... First Lao adolescent and youth situation report unveiled (VT)
... Laos: Growth to moderate at around 7 percent: ADB report (VT)
... War in Laos & Vietnam: A war by any other name is still a war (ST)
... Documenting Endangered Species in the Remote Mountains of Laos (NG)
... Mr Lee Kuan Yew's demise a 'loss of an outstanding leader': Laos PM (CNA)
... Laos, Cambodia team up against money laundering, terrorism financing (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties (VT)
... Contest highlights students' Japanese skills (VT)
... Laos, Morocco commit to strengthening relations (VT)
... Lao-Hmong Obituary: Xai Toua Yang (Cassville Democrat)
... Lao PM visits Huaphan to mark Party's 60th anniversary (VT)
... Beach Soccer: Laos defeat Qatar in seesaw clash (Peninsula)
... Lao government sends condolence message to Singapore (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos pledge to foster ties of special solidarity (VietnamNews)
... Shipping runs aground as Mekong hits new lows in northern Laos (VT)
... Lao-American: “Savage Beauty” exhibit by Noi Thannao to be at ISU April 1-10
... Tourism committee nods to Mekong River route linking Northeast Thailand to Laos
... Damming the Mekong ... Food Security for Millions under Threat (Chiang Rai Times)
... Lanxang Kingdom, San Francisco's 1st Lao-focused pop-up, headed to Turtle Tower
... Laos - Let the river run (Standard)
... Vientiane's French school set to expand (VT)
... What is the Plain of Jars? (Chronicle Bulletin)
... Laos highlights water as key for development (VT)
... Viet President Sang begins Laos visit (VietnamNet)
... Lao Commy Party points the way for continuous growth (VT)
... Experts mull UN plan of action on population, development (VT)
... Lao Commy Party's foreign policy boosts international friendships (VT)
... Laos' ruling party calls for further economic and social development (GP)
... Laos Tries But Fails to Make ASEAN NGOs Ignore Plight of Missing Activist (MS)

March 16-22, 2015

High-end Laos resort serves up illegal wildlife for Chinese tourists (Guardian)
Shocking undercover investigation finds restaurants offering live bear cubs ‘to eat on request’ washed down with tiger bone wine in the ‘lawless playground’ of Laos’ Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone.  Lying on the banks of the Mekong River, the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone is a large resort city catering especially to Chinese tourists
Tiger meat, bear paws openly available in Laos: NGO (AFP/Yahoo)
A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group said Thursday. Customers "can openly buy endangered species products" in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone on the border between Laos, Myanmar & Thailand
Lao officials stress human trafficking awareness (VT)
Officials from Vientiane Police Office have issued a warning to families to pay more attention to the issue of human trafficking because those involved in the trafficking of persons operate by various ways and means. The chief of the anti-human trafficking section ... told the media yesterday that these days so many people fall victim to human trafficking
Laos ... Can Drones Locate Unexploded Ones? (Spectrum or Engadget)
His company hopes to use its drones to identify locations that are likely to be riddled with unexploded bombs from past wars. Baker wants to start with Laos, which bears the terrible distinction of being the most heavily bombed nation ever: During the height of the Vietnam War, the country was pounded with about 2 million tons of ordnance. 
Govt may delay start of mega projects in Laos (VT)
The government may not be able to begin construction of all 59 mega projects stipulated in the socio-economic development plan for 2011-2015 due to the country's financial difficulties. However, most of these mega projects, particularly those related to infrastructure, such as roads, airports, bridges and other public facilities are already under construction.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vietnamese President to visit Laos (VT)
... Traffic police issue road safety warning (VT)
... BCEL-KT helps pharmaceutical business (VT)
... Japan supports ‘heavy-duty' UXO clearance (VT)
... Ministry takes steps to regulate Vietnamese workers (VT)
... UXO clearance body anticipates funding cut (VT)
... Remnants of the Laos connection (Bangkok Post)
... Hot weather reduces water supply in Vientiane (VT)
... 157 human trafficking victims rescued in 2014 (VT)
... SEZs seen as key to expanding Laos' economy (VT)
... Lao NA President visits Nam Ngiep1 hydro project (VT)
... Wildlife trade thriving despite repeated crackdowns in Laos (VT)
... Activist group calls for sanctions against Laos due to 'blatant illegal wildlife trade
... Lao PM spells out guidance to advance Internet (VT)
... 7th century sculpture unearthed in Champassak (VT)
... Car free street in Vientiane may return next year (VT)
... Visa waiver to ease official travel between Laos and Japan (VT)
... Australia-Laos rights dialogue: More than just rhetoric needed (HRW)
... Laotian in US: Precious Lives: 'Here everybody's got a gun' (JS Online)
... For investors, Southeast Asia touts alternatives to China's workshop (CSM)
... Lao satellite set to go into orbit this year (VT)
... Laos to update 40-year-old national maps (Nation)
... Damaged Road No. 9 upgraded with new surface (VT)
... UN calls on media to promote development in Laos (VT)
... Laotian Artist Helps Redefine ‘Contemporary’ (NY Times)

... Buddhist Priest Dies In Overnight Fort Smith Fire (SW Times)
... Northern Laos - Man gets 10 years for sexual assault of child (VT)
... Laos, Japan to cooperate on anti-flood measures for Mekong (VT)
... Video conference facilities unused in Laos, despite huge investment (VT)
... PanAust Limited Receives “Overweight” Rating from JPMorgan Chase (WKRB)
... Korea assists with large-scale mapping of Laos (VT)
... New line will link central Yunnan with Laos border (ECNS)
... ADB funds scholarships for vocational training in Laos (VT)
... Australia mulls further support for UXO clearance in Laos (VT)
... Switzerland, Germany pledge US$12m for land governance (VT)
... Fun funk factor with Hawker Fare’s Thai and Lao fare (SF Examiner)
... Former Thongkhankham Market vendors struggle in new location (VT)
... Groundbreaking of Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado celebrated throughout...
... Laos & China close to high-speed rail deal this year and rail link to Singapore (NBF)

March 9-15, 2015

$7 billion high-speed rail preparations need to gather steam (VT)
Authorities in the northern provinces of Laos have been told to prepare for the US$7 billion (more than 57 trillion kip) high-speed railway project, linking Vientiane to the Lao-China border in Luang Namtha province. Speaking at a meeting held in Luang Prabang province early this week, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs Mr Somsavat Lengsavad
Inadequate Workforce Skills Hampering Lao PDR Growth (EP)
The growing Lao economy needs to diversify beyond its natural resource base to create more jobs and improve the business environment for foreign and domestic investors, according to two new World Bank Group reports. Greater private sector investment in businesses can increase opportunities in the agricultural, services and manufacturing sectors
Laos Faces Pressure to Stall Decision on Lower Mekong River Dam (VOA)
Laos is facing increasing pressure to delay construction of a 260 megawatt dam on the Lower Mekong River because of concerns about its environmental and social impacts. A gathering last week in Laos highlights the continuing controversy surrounding the project. The member states of the Friends of the Lower Mekong came together with the countries of the region
Other stories about Laos around the world
... ADB pledges support for Lao growth (VT)
... Laos, Myanmar hold talks on drug fight (VT)
... Laos at the center of Mekong action (Nikkei)
... ADB backs new transport system for Vientiane (VT)
... Laos prepares to graduate from Least Dev. Country status (VT)
... 2015 census created a great atmosphere, deputy PM says (VT)
... Realtor Sam Douangdara new at World Impact Real Estate (Destin)
... Kridhan Infra arm secures maiden order of Rs 100 crore in Laos (EB)
... Lao, Chinese Police Team Up in Search For Trafficked Lao Girl (RFA)
... ADB advises Laos to diversify economy to promote growth (Global Post)
... Australia-Laos rights dialogue: More than just rhetoric needed (Interpreter)
... Laos & China prepare to sign construction contract for high-speed railway project
... ‘Boses’ in Laos (Inquirer)
... Battling drug trafficking on Mekong River (Yahoo)
... Fighting Cocks foil Laos ‘Phants (Myanmar Times)
... Savannakhet-Lao Bao rail project moves ahead (VT)
... Untouched Xaysomboun ready to open to tourism (VT)
... Many miners in Laos found to be in violation of agreements (VT)
... Lao's National Assembly Speaker arrives in Kuwait (Kuwait NA)
... Radio staff prepare for switch to digital transmission in Laos (VT)
... New training centre to produce skilled labour trainers in Laos (VT)
... Lack of qualified teachers hindering Laos' education progress (Nation)
... Thai, Vietnamese authorities seize drugs reportedly smuggled from Laos (VT)
... Federal court beat: Number of Lao-Hmong attorneys growing in Minnesota (ST)
... Mitsubishi - The thermistor sensor manufacturing subsidiary in Laos was inaugurated
... Welcome to the Golden Triangle, the centre of the world's drug trafficking (Independent)
... Remains of airman Edwin E. Morgan recovered in Laos almost 50 years after fatal crash
... Census takers in Laos still counting (VT)
... WHO extends support for health sector (VT)
... Viet students drop out, take jobs in Laos (VN)
... Flood protection in Champassak set for 2016 (VT)
... Elephant Trainer, Laos, by Will (Woodstock Times)
... Lecture highlights Lao Commy Party leadership (VT)
... Bicycle firm takes to the road in Laos market (Nation)
... Laos, Australia enhance cooperation on human rights (VT)
... Cooperatives boss linked to big investment in Laos (Nation)
... Japan and Laos Forge New Strategic Partnership (Diplomat)
... Development expands in Boten Specific Economic Zone (VT)
... Laos getting talent, laws ready for ASEAN integration (AsiaOne)
... UNDP Laos: Managing disaster risk in Xiengkhouang (Prevention Web)
... The lone buffalo cleared unexploded bombs & boosted needy kids in Laos (KN)
... Volumes up, returns down as Laos' mining figures confirm impact of commodity prices

March 2-8, 2015

Lao PM urges more investment from Japanese firms (VT)
 Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong yesterday asked Japanese firms to invest more in his country and help enhance growth, boasting its appeal as a base for manufacturers. “I ask you all and your friends to choose Laos when considering (setting up) a production base” in Southeast Asia, Mr Thongsing said in a speech at a seminar in Tokyo during his four-day trip
Lao prime minister begins Japan trip, to meet Abe, emperor (VT or Japan Times)
Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong arrived in Tokyo yesterday for a four-day official visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan and expand political and economic ties between the two countries.  Prime Minister Thongsing plans to hold an audience with Emperor Akihito and a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday.
Mega First progresses with Laos dam (Rakyat Post or HydroWorld)
Almost 10 years after it first signed up with the Laotian government to build a hydroelectric dam across the Mekong River, Mega First Corporation Bhd has made some progress with the project. In a Bursa filing today, Mega First said it had signed a shareholders agreement today with representatives of the Laotian government to form a 80:20 joint venture.
Australia: Press Laos to Respect Rights (HRW)
Australia should use its upcoming human rights dialogue with Laos to raise human rights concerns and set concrete benchmarks for reform, Human Rights Watch said today. The dialogue, scheduled to be held in Canberra on March 5, 2015, is a crucial opportunity to push the government of Laos to take real action on rights ahead of Laos chairing the ASEAN in 2016.
UXO Lao clearance workers laid off (VT)
Many employees of the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) have lost their jobs because of a lack of funding for UXO clearance operations.  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumsay Kommasith told the media at a meeting of the UXO trust fund steering committee on Friday that 500 of the over 1,200 employees are being laid off. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Business confidence expected to grow in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM switches contractors for Banhom road (VT)
... Will the census takers come or not, residents ask (VT)
... Evolution of language sparks concerns in Laos (Nation)
... Viet leaders reiterate commitment to Laos (VietnamNews)
... Firearms re-registration ordered to keep the peace in Laos (VT)
... China’s Dams Choking the Life from Mekong (Chiang Rai Times)
... Vietnam pledges support to Laos as 2016 ASEAN Chair (VietnamNet)
... DanChurchAid set to reduce UXO risk (VT)
... Home of the Iron Man of Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Laos, Vietnam eliminate tariffs on 95 percent of goods (VT)
... Lao Women's Newspaper celebrates 35th anniversary (VT)
... Appetites: Lao-Hmong cuisine, 'the ultimate fusion food' (MPR)
... Student Bus Pass to save money, help in avoiding accidents (VT)
... Japan extends support for livelihood improvement project in Laos (VT)
... Nongtha Paradise opens for investors (VT)
... Progress of water supply project assessed (VT)
... Japan to mint Laos commemorative coin (Bangkok Post)
... Lao PM calls for accurate answers in census survey (VT)
... Lao-Viet Border - Saola: Hunted, Trapped and Starved (HP)
... Japan to make Laos silver coin to mark 60th anniversary (JT)
... Luang Prabang announces plans for heritage anniversary (VT)
... Unions warn that minimum wage rise must be applied in Laos (VT)
... Shareholders' Deal For Laos Hydropower Project Signed (Bernama)
... Vietnam, Laos okay zero tariffs on most traded goods (VietnamNews)
... Lao Education Minister urges education officials to raise standards (VT)
... Bangkok hopes to broaden ties with Laos by 150% in three years (Nation)
... Lao Authorities Require Gun Re-registrations to Reduce Illegal Firearms (RFA)
... The original visionaries of Lao Minnesota: Phouninh & Khoutong Vixayvong (DP)
... Laos adds shopping mall (TTR Weekly)
... Kolao of Laos plans listing (Bangkok Post)
... Lao PM concerned about validity of census (VT)
... Lao package tours fail to attract local customers (VT)
... Laos' first woman trainee pilot reaches for the sky (VT)
... Sixty Years of Laos-Japan Diplomatic Ties (Brunei Direct)
... EU to support health surveillance and laboratories in Laos (VT)
... Young elephants donated by Laos on display in Kyoto zoo (VT)
... Science Envoy Travels to Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand (Scoop)
... Kuwait agrees to 192 billion kip loan to finance irrigation project (VT)
... Becoming a Lao Restauranteur: Eric Virakhone Panya (Daily Planet)
... Vietnam exempts import tax for rice, tobacco from Laos in 2015 (GP)
... 'We are Lao-Hmong Minnesota': A 40-year journey, remembered (MPR)
... Laos classic to be screened alongside Hollywood heavyweights at film festival
... Lao Govt mulls living allowance for elderly (VT)

... Disaster risk financing in Laos under scrutiny (VT)

... Japanese ambassador affirms close ties with Laos (VT)

... President hails Laos-Cambodia relations, cooperation (VT)

... EU chamber steps up trade and investment promotion (VT)

... Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto (Japan TImes)
... India promotes private investment in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar & Vietnam (ET)
... 10 things about Lao-Hmong culture, food & language you probably didn't know (MPR)

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