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Sep. 29 - Oct 5, 2014

Eucalyptus planting starts before approval granted (VT)

Boualapha Agriculture and Forestry Company has already planted some areas of eucalyptus in Hinheup district, Vientiane province prior to being given official approval.  A provincial official of the National Resources and Environment Department Mr Ounheuan Keophomma told Vientiane Times on Wed. that the company was planning to plant over 4,000 hectares
Experts say assessment of Laosí dam unconvincing (VietnamNet)
Speaking at the conference on Laosí Don Sahong hydropower project held in Can Tho City on September 25, Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert, said when a certain project is suspected to cause harms to humans or the environment, the investor has to prove the contrary. ďIn this case, Laos has to prove Don Sahong hydropower dam will not impact
Seven Christians Arrested in Laos for Meeting for Worship (CM or BNL)
Local officials in Laos arrested seven Christians for meeting for worship on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to a rights group.  The chief of Boukham village, in Atsaphangthong District, Savannakhet Province, along with village security officials and police arrested the Christians as they ate lunch after meeting for worship in the home of pastor Sompong Supatto
Japan Inc. Goes Deeper Into Southeast Asia like Laos (Wall Street Journal)
Japanese companies are turning to Southeast Asia's frontier markets in search of cheaper labor, stepping into territory that until now has been firmly in China's sphere of influence. Take Savannakhet, a town on the banks of the Mekong river where eight Japanese companies have recently started operations. They include camera-lens producer Nikon Corp
Chinese tourist numbers continue to soar (VT)
 The data shows the number of Chinese visitors was put at 111,898 in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 50 percent compared to the same period last year. In 2013, over 245,000 Chinese tourists visited Laos, which was an increase of 23 percent over 2012, thanks to improved facilities and better connectivity between Laos and China. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos to re-open its embassy in London (VT)
... HotelQuickly enters Myanmar and Laos (e27)
... Lao Govt announces poverty reduction week (VT)
... Bokeo slated for international airport (TTR Weekly)
... Govt in charge of surveying for alabaster in Attapeu (VT)
... Hintonburg's hidden Southeast Asian lunch counter (OC)
... Govt draws up labour training, social welfare roadmap (VT)
... Laos and Cambodia: Quick trip for travelers in a hurry (LA Times)
... UI teaching assistant researching rare Lao language (Daily Iowan)
... Soutsakhone Soukphaly: Building Her Dreams, Insuring Yours (SST)
... Laos receives more aid than planned (VT)
... Work of love aids Lao people (Liverpool Champion)
... Global unrest affects LDC development efforts (VT)
... SN Power takes shares in Laos project (Water PM)
... Military hospitality to add new image for Vientiane (VT)
... Korean govt supports green development in Laos (VT)
... War and Peace: Jewelry for the Next Generation (EonI)
... Deputy PM calls for teleconference improvements (VT)
... PanAust worker injured amid security scare (SBS or DT)
... Lao delegation on ICT study tour in Thailand (Pattaya Mail)
... British, Lao officials meet ahead of Lao embassy reopening (Global Post)
... Mega First Berhad : Laos dam threatens fishermens' livelihoods (4-Traders)
... Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray
... World's stability, prosperity inseparable from China's development: Lao official
... Vietnam, Laos talk human rights (VNN)
... Luang Prabang on the Mark (TTR Weekly)
... Laos popular among Chinese travellers (Nation)
... Panyathip family funds Sangha college upgrade (VT)
... Govt purchases electricity for centralised management (VT)
... MOFA urges Taiwanese to beware of personal safety in Laos (TN)
... Canada Rare hired by Laos refinery for BD services (Stock Watch)
... Efficiency must be a priority in the transport sector, minister says (VT)
... Copper and gold mining Ďmajor source of revenueí despite price falls (VT)
... Adverse conditions stop poorer countries reaching devpt goals, Laos tells UN
... Lao-Thai: Bugs in the system (Economist)
... Laos tourism targets affluent Thai visitors (Nation)
... Vietnam, Laos Boost Cross-Border Trade (Bernama)
... Vientiane authorities design city plan for 450-Year Road (VT)
... Korean customs sector to assist Lao revenue collection (VT)
... Lao-American: Services this weekend for slain hunter (13 WHAM)
... Lao farm products to enjoy Chinese market access, minister says (VT)
... A Hmong-American leader describes the changing role of women (PPG)
... Ubon sees Ďarn maí as permanent check point to Laos & Cambodia (NNT)
... Laos: Ministry launches competition to promote highest achievements (VT)
... Laotian family returns to region years after a local church sponsored ... (TN)
... Hmong families, once fleeing violence in Laos, now living the American Dream

Sep. 22-28, 2014

Illegal gold mining in Xieng Khuang ends (VT)
Unlicensed gold mining in Xieng Khuang province has come to a halt after the authorities set up measures to control this illegal activity. The controllers have done a good job in stopping the illicit gold digging in the area, Deputy Governor Mr Khamphien Sinounthong told local media in Vientiane during a meeting between the government cabinet, Vientiane mayor
Police: Laotian killed while hunting mistaken for a squirrel (D&C or RH)
A 71-year-old man was killed Tuesday night by a friend's son while squirrel hunting in Rush died doing what he loved. Vienchaleun Kettavong of Rush was hunting in a heavily wooded area in Rush about 5:30 p.m., when a friend's son shot his rifle at what he believed to be a squirrel and instead struck Kettavong, said Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
New Laos web decree bans criticism of government policy (Reuters or BP)

Communist Laos has issued a decree outlawing online criticism of policies of the ruling party or government, state media reported, the latest Southeast Asian country to enact strict internet controls. According to legislation approved by Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong last week, web users will face criminal action for spreading "false" information
Lao villagerís favourite pastime: detonate unexploded US bombs (NE or backup)
While most residents at Vilabouly village in the Laos province of Savannakhet near Vietnam are engaged in farming and fishing, Wanís favourite pastime is defusing bombs left by the Americans during the Indochina war. Recently Wan defused a 1,000km US bomb after European experts decided that defusing the UXO would prove to be too dangerous
Internet abusers in Laos to face punitive measures (VT or GP)
Internet users found guilty of breaching new prohibitions imposed by the government will face disciplinary measures, according to a new decree. The government issued the decree recently on regulating information via the web. The decree with 28 articles spells out prohibitions for inappropriate use of the internet. Measures to penalise those infringing
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, Sri Lanka aim to boost ties (VT)
... Lao Govt adopts resolutions to drive growth (VT)
... Lao National Energy Policy is clear - AMEM official (VT)
... UK Strengthens Capacity On Human Rights In Laos (BD)
... Russia to sign extradition treaties with Laos, Sri Lanka (VT)
... US donates US$1m for alternative development in Laos (VT)
... Laos promises probe into match-fixing allegations if needed (TO)
... Information, communications technology summit held in Laos (PD)
... China willing to work with Laos to start railway deal at earnest date: envoy
... AMEM ready to spark energy integration (VT)
... Express bus lane project set for realisation (VT)
... Obituary: Thongkhoun Vilayhong (Times Record)
... Student bus passes to boost public transport use (VT)
... Lao-Singapore transmission line can save billions (VT)
... Russia to Sign Extradition Treaties With Laos, Sri Lanka (RIA)
... Vientiane Water Supply moves forward on energy reduction (VT)
... Thailand Joins Hands With Laos To Boost Food Safety (Bernama)
... 10 projects to be cancelled (VT)
... Laos pushes for energy integration (Nation)
... Finance ministry reports salaries to be paid on time (VT)
... Govt, international agencies discuss human trafficking plan (VT)
... Plans to cruise entire Mekong river 'within two years' (Telegraph)

... 32nd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting opens in Laos (CCTV)

... Officials unimpressed by Laos no-show, consider penalties (Reuters)

... Lao PM stresses energy security and sustainable future in Asean (VT)
... Lao President Sayasone Receives Mercedes Lopez Acea (Cuban News)

... Cabinet, governors discuss Asean integration, economic development (VT)
... After 22 years the Edensor Park Laos Community Centre is finally finished (DT)

... Fly through Laos on new zip-line (BP)
... Laos pushes for energy integration (VT)
... Laos face sanction over takraw fiasco (Today Online)
... WNS Brothers Unite Students for Kids in Laos (WST)
... Laos implements decree on internet use (Global Post)
... Minister pledges action to regulate foreign-run clinics (VT)
... State employee promotions at the hands of assessment (VT)
... Closing loopholes enables Saravan to collect large revenue (VT)
... Road, bridge damage assessed over 80 bil kip ~ US$ 10 mil (VT)
... Laos loses certain medal after missing sepak takraw match (Yahoo)
... Pandaw First River Expedition Operator to Offer Laos Itinerary (LTM)
... Vietnamese Exports To Laos Hit US$287 Million In Jan-Aug (Bernama)
... Somsavath meet Viet counterpart (VN)

... Lao-Thai: Man busted for child sex ring (BP)

... Laos-Russia to deepen ties, cooperation (VT)

... Vientiane authorities keep an eye on nightclubs (VT)

... Roads to Xieng Khuang reopen after landslides (VT)

... Authority considers monuments for capital town (VT)

... Japanese foundation boosts education for poor in Laos (Nation)

... Muzangs draw with Laos in AFF Futsal Championship (Rappler)

... Travel letters: Enhancing a visit to Luang Prabang, Laos (LA Times)

... Brunei Sepak Takraw Team Lost To Laos In Men Double Category (BD)

... Laotion immigrant 'Air' Philavanh fulfills dream of becoming a 'cowboy' (DMR)

... Fresh Traditions fashion show mixes Hmong tradition with modern styles (ST)

Sep. 15-21, 2014

Road linking Xieng Khuang cut by landslides (VT)
Access to Xieng Khuang province is being severely hampered with a seven kilometre section of National Road No. 7 being covered with landslides.  The blockage is also causing traffic to queue up on the roadside of Road No.13 North at the Phoukhoun junction area in the northern part of the country. A queue of vehicles almost one kilometre long were stopped
Typhoon causes Luang Prabang flooding (VT)

A torrential downpour caused by the effects of Typhoon Kalmaegi hitting Luang Prabang province yesterday morning has resulted in flooding at several locations around the World Heritage listed town.  The heavy rainfall began around 5am and by 8am, houses and streets were submerged. Some houses and temples saw the water reach around roof level
AIPA opening emphasises Aseanís regional significance (VT)
The importance of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and its role as a forum for the region was underlined by the assemblyís President at its opening in Vientiane yesterday.  President of the Lao National Assembly and President of Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Ms Pany Yathotou particularly stressed the role Asean has
A&O, CC feature in $916 mln Laos hydropower project (Legal BO)
Allen & Overy has advised Nam Ngiep 1 Power Company, a consortium formed by Japanís Kansai power, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Lao Holding State Enterprise, on a $916 million hydropower project on Laosí Nam Ngiep river. Clifford Chance advised the lenders on the deal, which included the Japan Bank
Lingering in Laos: Mind and spirit in harmony (LA Times)
I broke my own cardinal rule of travel, which is this: If you're going to visit a country, start in its capital to embrace the cultural customs and nuances of a new destination. For Laos, that would be Vientiane, which sits on a plain that's northeast of the mighty Mekong River. I considered my options to get there from northwest Cambodia, where I had been doing
Other stories about Laos around the world
... 35th AIPA outcomes outlined (VT)

... Laos, Australia to combat human trafficking (VT)

... Lao-Thai: Border trade soars at Ubon crossing (BP)

... Japanese foundation boosts education in Savannakhet (VT)

... President highly values bilateral ties between Laos and Cuba (VT)

... Thai [or Lao] Esane: This Week's Dining Review (Nashville Scene)

... Thailand to buy more electricity from Myanmar, Laos (Pattaya Mail)

... Laos-US: POW/MIA Recognition Event, Sept. 19 (Suburban Times)

... Revised water resources law presented to different stakeholders (VT)

... Communities Band Together to Oppose Mekong Dams in Laos (VOA)

... When I Grow Up: A Day With Our Next-Generation Monks in Laos (NG)

... Laos, China value cooperation (VT)
... LPAI outbreak in Laos poultry flock (GMN)
... Laos urged to halt Mekong dam work (BP)
... Lao President receives AIPA delegates (VT)
... Accurate disaster assessment crucial for aid (VT)
... Emergency Operations Centre officially opens (VT)
... Soccer: Malaysia beat lowly Laos 4-0 (Rakyat Post)
... Laos, Vietnam boost defence cooperation (VietnamNet)
... Laos follows China's example to curb NGOs (AsiaNews)
... AIPA seeks common ground to enhance community building role (VT)
... Mitsubishi Motors Donates Two i-MiEVs to Government of Laos (Sys-Con)
... Laos NGO restrictions threaten development, say non-profit groups (SCMP)
... Travel tips to Laos (Punch)

... Viet investors eye Laos market (VN)

... Vietnam, Laos step up economic links (VN)

... Social science institute gets new president (VT)

... Food and nutrition plan reviewed in Saravan (VT)

... Mature nursing student heads to Laos (Nursing CAH)

... Itís do or die for Malaysia football team vs Laos (Star)

... Low Path Avian Flu Virus Detected in Laos (Poultry Site)

... Vietnam cops seize 40kg of smuggled Laos weed (TNN)

... Creative Productivity Index: Laos top ranked Asean nation (VT)

... Laos cigarettes market totalled over 3Bn pieces in 2013 (Live-PR)

... Human resources improvement in health sector key to achieving MDGs (VT)

... Media help accelerate Asean integration (VT)
... Lao-Hmong Unsung: Aong Moua (MN Lawyer)
... Viet films to screen at Laos film fest (VietnamNet)
... Lao Vice President heads to China-Asean expo (VT)
... Better health for poor people in Vientiane province (VT)
... AIPA forum to boost parliamentary cooperation in Asean (VT)
... Laos, Cuba Reaffirm Constant Mutual Support (Latina Prensa)
... Spa, wellness enterprises match up with firms in Laos (Nation)
... Vientiane to impose strict regulations on drainage channels (VT)
... Laos seeks electricity integration at Asean ministerial meeting (VT)
... Lao, Thai associations continue support for friendship cooperation (VT)
... A Year of Remembrance: Lao Heritage Foundation 10 Year Anniverary (WA)
... US to support Laos with MDGs (VT)
... Laos, Cuba cement cooperation (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia enhance legislative cooperation (VT)
... Consultant employed for Savan-Laobao rail project (VT)
... Kuwaiti MPs delegation concludes visit to Laos (Mena FN)
... Laos seeks electricity integration at Asean ministerial meeting
... Lao-American Obituary: Sourichanh Kingvilay (Woonsocket Call)
... Laos, Malaysian foundation enhance cooperation on volunteer students

Sep. 8-14, 2014

Love in Luang Prabang (Nation)
The world premiere of "Vientiane in Love", an omnibus romance by four Lao directors, will open the fifth edition of the Luang Prabang Film Festival, set for December 6 to 10. Screening in the festival's 800-seat outdoor main venue, "Vientiane in Love" is by Lao New Wave Cinema and four directors - Vannaphone Sitthirath, Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, 
Laos: The legacy (Aljazeera)
Phou Vong cautiously picks her way through the undergrowth, scanning the ground with a metal detector. The 46-year-old mother remembers the first time she found a "bombie". "I was excited as well as frightened. I hesitated a bit but I thought I should be glad to see it, because in a sense I was helping my people," says Phou Vong, a de-miner working
School fee limits set for academic year in Laos (VT)
For state schools, the fee is different depending on each school, with the range being 50,000-70,000 kip per year for kindergarten, 20,000-30,000 kip for primary school and 100,000-120,000 kip for secondary school. However, in private schools, the tuition fees for kindergarten must be 150,000 kip per month, 110,000 kip for primary,
Southern Laos: Where the Mekong Blossoms (Epoch Times)
While many travellers head straight for the sybaritic charms of feted Luang Prabang, fewer sample the emerald rice plains of the south, with its stunning jungle karst formations, remnant Ho Chi Minh trail and some of the prettiest riverine villages in the country, the pinnacle of which is a group of tropical islands known as Si Phan Don (the Four Thousand Islands)
Lao PM orders a halt to alabaster projects in Attapeu (VT)
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has issued an order to halt the feasibility studies for alabaster on Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, an official in charge of the project confirmed on Friday. The PM's order comes after the provincial authorities signed MOU with 48 companies to conduct project surveys on the stone resource
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, WFP cement cooperation (VT)
... New road to link Thailand with Vangvieng (VT)
... Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Laos (LA Times)
... Three new foreign ambassadors take office (VT)
... EU hands over Asean state of education report (VT)
... Disaster planning needs to protect communities (VT)
... Student fight on social media still under investigation (VT)
... Chinese police chief meets Lao military official (People Daily)
... Asean education ministers meeting kicks off in Vientiane (VT)
... The 20-minute survey that every Lao Minnesotan family should be a part of
... Laos govt seeks Malaysiaís assistance to train its English language teachers
... Authorities keep eye on Chinese dam run off (VT)
... Muhyiddin Arrives In Vientiane For 8th ASED (Bernama)
... Lao children are better educated than Thai kids (Nation)
... Vientiane bans heavy vehicles ahead of AIPA forum (VT)
... New weir to improve Champassak farmers living conditions (VT)
... DPM And Wife Arrive In Laos For ASEAN Ministersí Meeting (MD)
... Regional senior officials hold talks on education cooperation (VT)
... Education, youth development tops DPMís Laos agenda (NST/Yahoo)
... Xieng Khuang construction of Nam Ngam River Park goes ahead (VT)
... Truong Son War Veterans Hold Exchange With Ovs In Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Laos tourism takes off (China Daily)
... AIPA preparations in final stages (VT)
... Road No 9 offers smooth ride after repairs (VT)
... Laos announces readiness for AIPA (Global Post)
... Student brawls in Laos concern education sector (VT)
... Senior Asean officials shape future education plan (VT)
... Give more opportunities to the disabled, public urged (VT)
... Laos Power Plant: Banpu wins appeal over Siva payout (BP)

... 1st Laos-China's Guangxi Trade Fair Attracts Local People (BD)

... Road No 1A near Laos-China border progressing ahead of plan (VT)
... Hydroelectric projects will galvanize development in Laos (China Daily)

... Xayaboury road collapses after heavy rain (VT)
... Indonesia and Laos look at air route (TTR Weekly)
... Lao stock market closes 0.14 pct down (Global Post)
... Phongsaly folk request provision of basic facilities (VT)
... Cambodia's parliament chief to visit Laos (Global Post)
... Lao Govt allocates budget for mother and child sector (VT)
... Road No. 9 in Savannakhet offers smooth ride after repairs (VT)
... Bush meat consumption in Laos poses human health risk, experts warn (VT)
... Laos strives to end illiteracy by 2015 (VT)
... Laos to monitor disaster risks (TTR Weekly)
... Laos, US forge ties in health cooperation (VT)
... More than 60 viruses found in Lao wildlife (VT)
... Korea provides grant aid for police hospital (VT)
... Laotian prince finds peace at Penguin (Examiner)
... Lao-Thai: 300kg marijuana found in Nakhon Phanom (BP)
... Laos, Indonesia Seek Opportunities In Tourist Sector (Brunei Direct)
... Six reasons why Lao-Hmong Americans should vote this year (Daily Planet)

Sep. 1-7, 2014

More companies join rush for alabaster in Attapeu (VT)
Attapeu Provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment estimates that there is about 250,000 tonnes of alabaster which can be easily quarried on Phoukanghong Mountain, about 60km from the provincial capital. Officials from the department estimate that there is alabaster readily available on the surface of the land on an area of 1020 hectares
No More Dams on the Mekong (NY Times)
The Mekong River runs more than 4,000 kilometers, from China into Myanmar and then through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, where it empties into the sea. Traditionally a major transport route and food source, it is also increasingly becoming a supply of energy ó at its own peril and at the cost of instability among states in the region. 
Traffic chaos in Vientiane after morning deluge (VT)
Torrential rain in Vientiane yesterday morning caused traffic chaos on the second day of the new school year as flooded streets and sidewalks caused further delays on the already congested streets.  The storm was fairly localised but the rain was so heavy that many of the cityís roads and houses were soon flooded, making the many potholes
Lao villager's favorite pastime: detonate unexploded U.S. bombs (SD)
While most residents at Vilabouly village in Savannakhet province in Laos are engaged in farming and fishing, Wan's favorite pastime is defusing bombs left by the Americans during the Indochina war. Recently Wan defused a 1,000 kilogram U.S. bomb after European experts decided that defusing the unexploded ordnance (UXO) would prove to be too dangerous.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao Movie: Does the boy bring bad luck? (SJ)

... Pick the right field for job security: minister (VT)

... Mayor calls for tough action to prevent flooding (VT)

... Laos signs up to access US$16m education grant (VT)

... Laos, Thailand in talks to regulate Lao migrant workers (VT)

... Laos, Indonesia Seek Opportunities In Tourist Sector (Brunei Direct)

... VN, Laos make plans to increase discussions of religious topics (VNS)

... Lao Govt speeds up asset declaration (VT)

... Attapeu province rife with illegal logging (VT)

... Laos still ranks high in terms of child mortality (VT)

... Vientianeís street floods worst on record: VUDAA (VT)

... Surprise discovery of 500 year old Buddha images (VT)

... Vangvieng gets boost with new adventure activities (VT)

... UK to expand Lao scholarship opportunities (Global Post)

... Rice yield in Laos may fall short of target (VT)
... Public urged to witness Laos' lottery draw (VT)
... Korean govt pledges support for UXO clearance (VT)
... Tourism department suggests better service standards (VT)
... Laotian duo dish up foodie secrets in Fairifeld (Daily Telegraph)
... Education authorities have no role in assisting honour graduates (VT)
... 1st Laos-China's Guangxi Trade Fair To Be Held This Week-End (BD)
... Gate installation begins at Laos' 1,285-MW Xayaburi hydropower plant (HW)
... Lao PDR to add airport gateway (TTR Weekly)
... A Pensacolian's escape from Laos (News Journal)
... Officials discuss education sector development plan (VT)
... Ministry imposes stricter checks on imported black oil (VT)
... Ministry battles to ensure children finish primary school (VT)
... Laos ready to host Asean education ministersí meeting (VT)
... Regional meeting to improve metrology and geophysics (VT)
... New planting technique in Laos adapts to climate change (Nation)
... Grontmij to share water and infrastructure expertise in Laos (Grontmij)
... Laos Ready To Host 8th Asean Education Ministers' Meeting (Bernama)
... Lao & Thai: Teacher supply & quality is still strained & thin in rural areas (AsiaOne)

Aug. 25-31, 2014

Suda - Laotian Artisans to Create Jewelry from Detonated Bombs (HL)
No one understands this sentiment better than jewelry designer Elizabeth Suda. Since 2010, the 31-year-old New Yorker has been working with artisans in Laos to craft fine jewelry from the scraps of detonated American-made bombs leftover from the Vietnam War. ďLaos is considered the most heavily bombed country, per head, in history. 
Vietnam rubber giant grabbed lands from villagers in Laos & Cambodia (VT)
The state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) will directly resolve all issues raised by villagers affected by its plantations in Laos and Cambodia... According to company data, its land concessions in Cambodia cover nearly 150,000 hectares Ė an area almost as large as London or Manila. In Laos the company oversees almost 19,000 hectares.
Lao Activist Defies Authorities And Builds Home on Disputed Land (RFA)
Undeterred by a three-month detention and defying warnings from the authorities, a Lao activist is refusing to vacate land she had occupied for years and which has been identified for a government road expansion project. Sivanxay Phommarath said she has begun construction of her house on the contentious plot of land in Khammouane provinceís Nhommalath
Laos 'halts work' Don Sahong dam (Asia Times)

Laos has suspended construction of its controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam on the Mekong River following environmental and other concerns expressed by neighboring nations, according to the country's new envoy to Cambodia, but the dam's Malaysian developer says the project is forging ahead. Lao ambassador Prasith Sayasith announced
Electricity unit price Ďnot expensive' in Laos: Deputy Minister (VT)
The unit price of electricity in Laos is not expensive, it is even cheaper than those of other countries in the region, a deputy minister has said... Laos' average unit price is currently charged at 600 kip per kilowatt hour (kwh), equivalent to slightly more than seven cents, lower than about 16 cents (1,280 kip) charged in neighbouring Cambodia, & lower the than 10 cents
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos to promote energy potential (VT)
... Laotian bourse eyes flood of listing (BP)
... Healthcare law aims to improve health services (VT)
... Sounding off on ADBís contentious Laos dam project (DE)
... University graduates face uphill battle in Laos' job market (VT)
... Amanta to sell Luang Namtha rights, interests to Mekong (SW)
... Textbooks for students nationwide before academic year starts (VT)
... Lao Official: villagers given compensation in line with regulations (VT)
... Rare Siamese Crocodiles Released as Ambassadors for Laotian Wetland (NG)
... New field of cooperation with Laos (TVR)
... Phu Bia Mining Appoints Linfox (Business Wire)
... Building of road link in southern Laos delayed (VT)
... Teacher quota does not meet school demands (VT)
... Lao fuel consumption predicted to surge (Global Post)
... Laos, Argentina strengthen cooperation (Asia One or VT)
... Ebola virus prevention among topics of Lao Govt meeting (VT)
... THAI Airways to resume Luang Prabang service (TTR Weekly)
... Cambodia, US Share Concerns Over Lao Dam (Cambodia Daily)
... Lao Govt steps up to expand Social Security Systems coverage (VT)
... Hydroelectric plant in Laos puts local farmers under tenterhooks (VN)
... School fees will not rise unless approved (VT)
... Call to cap CPís export of swine to Laos (PPP)
... Xayaburi, Laos - Dam Ďredesigní a mystery (PPP)
... Minister calls for education improvement in Laos (VT)
... Vientiane bans heavy trucks from using some roads (VT)
... Laos Gets World Bank Grant To Protect Forests (RTT News)
... ASEAN nations work to strengthen environmental protection (VT)
... Road repairs, highway police required to stem road decay in Laos (VT)
... International hotels to revive Luang Prabang's cultural capital (TTG Asia)
... Laos-China rail link prospects increase (Nation)

... Dishonest enterprises to face legal penalties (VT)

... Lao UXO sector faces challenges to reach MDG 9 (VT)

... Courtesy by motorists will reduce traffic congestion (VT)

... Laos, China Enhance Cooperation On Justice (Brunei Direct)

... Chao Anouvong Park, town shrine to be built in Xaysomboun (VT)
... Savannakhet pilot scheme earns 61 billion kip from wood exports (VT)
... Laos: Christians Accused of Murder Found Not Guilty, But still in jail (WN)
... ASEAN, a united community (VT)
... Laos - New justice minister appointed (VT)
... Cycle from Hanoi to Luang Prabang (Easier)
... Laos seeks funds for national museum (Nation)
... Lao Prime Minister Visits Khammouane (Brunei Direct)
... Gearing up for the AEC - Laos & the rest of ASEAN (Nation)
... Laos, China cement cooperation by people's prosecutors (VT)
... WHO raises Ebola awareness among health workers in Laos (VT)
... Laos receives a grant to strengthen forest protection, management (VT)
... Vietnam gets approval to fly over Cambodia, Lao airspace (VietnamNet or VN)

August 18-24, 2014

Laos to tighten up on illegal foreign workers (VT)
Laos will begin to enforce the regulations on undocumented foreign workers living in the country, starting in August next year. Mostly they are from the neighbouring countries of Vietnam and China and are working on construction sites and as traders and vendors. Illegal workers can be seen in many parts of the country as the current rules that need to
Xylem Pumps for Laos Hydropower Dam to Help Aid 4 Million (Bloomberg)
Xylem Inc. (XYL), the water company whose equipment cleared New York tunnels after Hurricane Sandy, won a customized pumps contract for a Mekong River hydropower dam under construction that will help provide electricity to 4 million people in Laos and Thailand. Flygt pumps for the $3.5 billion Xayaburi run-of-river hydro project will allow fish migration
ADB again under fire over safeguards in Laos dam (Devex)
The Asian Development Bank is again under fire over alleged safeguards violations, this time about a hydropower project in Laos that two NGOs claim will displace indigenous people, affect livelihoods and destroy the areaís immediate environment. ADB decided last week to give the green light to a $50 million loan for the dam in Nam Ngiep River in central Laos
Local residents call for road repairs in Vientiane (VT)

Many people in Vientiane are complaining about the roads being covered in mud and dust during the rainy season, or otherwise inundated with water after heavy rains.  Vientiane Times recently observed that many roads in Vientiane are broken and some are under construction, causing complaints among vehicle users in the capital.
After Joining The WTO, Whatís Next For Laos? (EP)
Earlier this year Laos celebrated the first anniversary of its World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership. Laosí accession to the WTO has been less talked about than that of its neighbours China and Vietnam, who joined the organisation in 2001 and 2007, respectively. This is partly due to Laos being a small, landlocked economy whose accession would not be
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Historic days in Laos must not be forgotten (VT)

... Lao Govt values ADB, World Bank financing (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam to tighten friendship and relations (VT)

... Hosts S.Korea to face Saudis, Malaysia, Laos in soccer (ES)

... Laos needs to prepare report on environmental sustainability (VT)

... Laos needs to prepare report on environmental sustainability (VT)

... HAGL brings largest number of Vietnam laborers to Laos (VN or VN)

... Nam Ngiep 1 secures financing for 290MW hydropower project in Laos

... Laos - Land mine ban advocate speaking in SW Portland Thursday night

... Foundation laid in Laos for school in memory of Hunterdon benefactor (NJ)

... Thousands of Lao-Hmong Still Risk Torture For Helping U.S. in Vietnam War

... Takeover talks ongoing: PanAust (BS)

... 8 things you can only experience in Laos (MN)

... Lao environment and social project to kick off (VT)

... Lao balcony fall girl 'was murdered' (Bangkok Post)

... Southern Laos: Where the Mekong blossoms (LTB)

... Anti-drug fund to combat drug abuse, smuggling (VT)

... Lao Govt collects unpaid land lease and concession fees (VT)

... Laos - Kamu Lodge Spruces Up Eco-facilities for Guests (LTN)

... Road access key to eliminating the number of poor villages (VT)

... Moonbear called Champa has keyhole brain surgery in Laos (ST)

... Laos Seeks Vietnam's Help In Army Personnel Training (Bernama)

... Lao Ford City Introduces World-Class Service In Laos (Brunei Direct)

... Lao Official, Developer Contradict on Don Sahong Dam Construction (RFA)

... Lao official, developer differ over damís status (PPP)

... World Bank supports hydropower sector in Laos (ELN)

... Vietnam and Laos: Indochina in your hand (Travel Weekly)

... Lao PM Inspects Vientiane Satellite Ground Station Project

... Flood victims in Luang Prabang need further assistance (VT)

... Cabaret show to raise money for Laos school (Korea Herald)

... NAFRI and WWF-Laos extend sustainable rattan project (VT)

... Cross border timber smuggling reported in Xieng Khuang (VT)

... Vientiane plans to solve the flooding problem, official says (VT)

... Lao Govt suspends import of 52 million litres of tax free petrol (VT)

... Laos and Australia partner to train government leaders (4-Traders)

... China to Press Ahead With Financing of Lao Railway Project (RFA)

... Land concession, chemical use threatening rural livelihoods in Laos (VT)

... Lao DPM Calls For More Efforts To Combat Illicit Poppy Cultivation (Bernama)

... Vietnam, Laos Ministries Discuss Management Of Guest Workers (Bernama)

... World Humanitarian Day observed (VT)
... Chinese media looks to invest in Laos (VT)
... Illicit poppy fields in Laos need eradicating (VT)
... Vientiane Industrial And Trade Park Officially Opened (BD)
... Illegal mining in Xieng Khuang: Rivers Ďnot contaminated' (VT)
... High-Level Gasoline-Ethanol Blends (E85) Introduced To Laos (BD)
... Lao-Hmong Woman jailed, $2M worth of opium seized in Barrow Co.
... Memories of the Mekong (Nation)
... Laos works on Asean Summit preparations (VT)
... Lao coffee should integrate with world trade (VT)
... Driving to Sangthong now quicker and easier (VT)
... Udomxai-The Heart of Northern Laos (Daily KOS)
... Savannakhet province turns to concrete roads (VT)
... Media Fund to promote journalistic profession in Laos (VT)
... Soccer - HBT 2014: Laos 1 - 1 Timor Leste (Brunei Direct)
... Minister pledges villagers' consultation in community road construction (VT)
... From China to Southeast Asia: Major shift in low-cost manufacturing (Gulf-Times)

August 11-17, 2014

Chinese firm to build cement factory in Khammuan (VT)
Lanexang Cement Company will construct a cement plant in Khammuan province which will have the capacity to produce around one million tonnes of cement each year. The signing of the contract on the cement production project's implementation took place in Vientiane on Wednesday between the company and the Lao government.
Yingli Solar Donation Powers Laos School (Energy Matter or Yahoo)
Yingli Solar's Singapore subsidiary has donated an off-grid solar power system to a school in Laos that previously had no access to electricity. The 3kW off grid system provides power for lighting, fans, projectors, audio-visual systems and other related equipment for the school in Ban Lad Khammune, which serves more than 100 primary and secondary students
Transportation, a key for connectivity (VT)
The Lao government has prioritised transportation development as a key factor for building connectivity within the country, between the country and the region. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith spoke about the government policy when delivering a speech at the high-level ministerial segment of the annual policy session
Schools dismiss irregularities in enrolment rules (VT)
School administrators have dismissed speculation that money from parents is accepted by famous schools in order for their children to gain enrolment. Head of the Secondary Education Division under the Vientiane Education and Sport Department Mr Phouthone Sengdavong confirmed that enrolment in three popular secondary schools in the capital is selected
ISUZU Introduces MU-X in Laos (Brunei Direct)
ISUZU Motors International Operation Thailand launched a elegant design of ISUZU mu-X for different lifestyles in Vientiane Capital on Thursday. ISUZU mu-X is fitted with the latest in sophisticated technology. Built around a high-tensile steel passenger safety cell with side-intrusion bars, the ISUZU mu-X carries comprehensive crash avoidance electronics
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Govt to include GNI in economic reports (VT)
... Q&A with Kim Mordaunt: ĎThe Rocketí (VOA)
... Soccer - HBT 2014: Thailand 3 Ė 1 Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Media organisations warned about false advertisement (VT)

... Vietnam Airlines partners Abacus in Laos (Travel Daily Media)

... Small firms, hydropower and mining receive World Bank financing (VT)

... Environment officials learn about watershed resources management (VT)

... Cambodia and Laos construction market growth dropped from 16.3% to 6.4% in 2013

... Lao Govt approves rapid bus lane project (VT)
... Renovation of Hor Phra Keo Museum to start soon (VT)
... Four reported drowned in swollen rivers this month (VT)
... Decree not necessary for Media Law's implementation (VT)
... Authorities consider earlier school time to mitigate congestion (VT)
... Joe Bennett: Ah love with Laotian (Stuff)
... Soccer: Laos 2 - 3 Myanmar (Brunei Direct)
... Flood reports late in flowing to the ministry (VT)
... Lao PM pushes for more rice seed studies (VT)
... Minister asks media sectors to improve quality (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos armies plan co-operation (VietnamNet)
... Broadcasters mull over improvements in programming (VT)
... 11 North Koreans Apprehended Near Laos-China Border (Daily NK)
... A Healerís Meridian: Where Eastern and Western Healing Intersect - Laos (NG)
... Laotian ambassador urges Thailand to speed up the process of nationality proof
... Govt develops model irrigation project (VT)
... Monday Murder Mystery: Let's Go To Laos (Daily KOS)
... Clear mechanisms for devolution required, officials say (VT)
... NA meeting discusses upcoming 35th AIPA conference (VT)
... Lao Deputy PM meets US Secretary of State in Myanmar (VT)
... Xebangfay tells residents to prepare for instant evacuation (VT)
... Experts consider urban area classification in Laos (VT)
... Soccer: Pinoys draw with Laos in Bolkiah Cup (ABS-CBN)
... Investors head to Savan Seno Special Economic Zone (VT)
... Wang Yi Met with Lao FM Thongloun Sisoulith (FM of China)
... Laos reviews innovative data collection methods project (VT)
... EU to focus on effective and sustainable projects in Laos (VT)
... Holiday weekend boosts Thai-Lao tourism (eTurboNews or NNT)
... Survey, land use plan needed to avoid land disputes in Laos (VT)
... Lao-American Obituaries: Saysamone Phanrana (News-Gazette)
... Boxing: #4 Norasing wins, Laotian Nampetch makes history (Fight News)

August 4-10, 2014

A Vertical Runway In Laos (Air Cargo News)
A runway, by definition, should be more or less horizontal. More or less, because some runways in remote areas such as the Andes had to be constructed over slopes, which makes approaching them a skills test for any modern-day pilot. An almost forgotten remnant of the Vietnam War is the ďVertical RunwayĒ in Vientiane, Laos. The Laotian ďPatuxay,Ē
Christians in Laos found not guilty of murder, yet to be released (CT)
Five Lao Christians have been found "not guilty" for the murder of a Christian convert who passed away suddenly weeks after being prayed for. Pastor Kaithong, three church leaders and another member from the Savannakhet province, were arrested on June 23 for the alleged murder of Mrs Chan, who had come to them for prayer in April after suffering
Lao garment industry booms (Global Post)
An expansion of industrial capacity in Laos' garment industry has caused a five percent increase in export value over the first six months of 2014... According to Lao Garment Industry Association President Onesy Boutsivongsakd, the export value of Lao garments in the first six months of this year reached US$ 95 million, a five percent increase
Govt says casino not part of Savan city project (VT)
The government has confirmed that there has been no agreement reached for a casino to operate under the Savan City project, in the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) in Savannakhet province. The Secretariat Office of the Lao National Committee for Special Economic Zones (S-NCSEZ) issued an official letter recently, denying a June 27 report
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Sam Sang pilot program reviewed (VT)
... Laos, UK promote stronger relations (VT)
... Lao Govt aims to deal with land disputes (VT)
... Seventh EAPVP meeting kicks off in Vientiane (VT)
... Champassak floods again after Mekong River rises (VT)
... Laos' Asean membership: peace, stability and cooperation (VT)
... Maplewood man, 84, admits he shot, killed son, 36, after argument (TC)
... Laos take steps to fight Ebola (VT)
... Healthcare mission to Laos (Nation)
... Murder-suicide in Luang Namtha (VT)
... US$5.6 million illegal logs uncovered (VT)
... Monument honors Lao American veterans (Courier-News)
... Officials warn of flooding in central and southern Laos (VT)
... 57 people sentenced for illegal state land deals in Phonhong (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos army mass organisations foster ties (Pakistan Defence)
... Compensation date unclear for villagers affected by National Stadium (VT)
... Laos and China Explore Closer Ties during Beijing Meetings (China Topix)
... University entrance exams kick off in Laos (VT)
... Laos and North Korea reinforce collaboration (VT)
... Donors desert UXO clearance project in Laos (VT)
... Lao fonts for smartphones to be unveiled soon (VT)
... Ministry mulls Laos' anthem makeover (VT or Global Times)
... Lao heritage & the emerging generation of culture-builders (DP)
... Khammuan residents accuse project of unfair compensation (VT)
... Lao-Thai Restaurant Challenges Champion Spellers, Jaded Palates
... Reception To Mark Chinese Army Day Held In Vientiane (Brunei Direct)
... Cruising Southeast Asia's Waterways: The Launch of Aqua Mekong (HP)
... Champassak rice fields in deep water (VT)
... Japan supports oral health service programme (VT)
... Lao stock market closes 1.39 pct down (Global Post)
... Laos, China sign MoU to boost poverty eradication (VT)
... Village authorities illegally turn state land into capital (VT)
... Oudomxay-Pakmong road delays no longer than usual (VT)
... Southeast Asia's finest 'new' heritage hotels (i.e. Amantaka in Luang Prabang)

July 28-Aug 3, 2014

Tourist arrivals may reach 4 million, Laotian minister says (Nation)
The number of tourists visiting Laos could reach 4 million this year if new arrivals keep flocking to the country despite the current political instability in the region and in the world. Professor Bosengkham Vongdara, the minister of information, culture and tourism, expressed his confidence in the projection on Thursday when delivering a lecture for ministry officials
State employee yearly salary increase suspended (VT)
State employees' salaries will not increase in the next fiscal year as originally planned, a senior government official has confirmed. The salary increase will not go ahead due to the current budget tensions, with the government exercising cautious spending and cuttin g unnecessary expenditure. Spokesman and Head of the Office in the Ministry of Finance
Admission quota set for university entrance exams in Laos (VT)
The National University of Laos (NUOL) will hold entrance exams next week for about 15,000 school leavers and expects to take on around 6,000 students this academic year in line with the quota set by the Ministry of Education and Sports. Applications for entrance to the university will close this week and the two-day exams are set to wind up next week
Chinese firm escapes after illegally mining for gold (VT or Nation)
A Chinese firm has absconded back to China after it was discovered that it had extracted gold illegally along the Mekong River in northern Bokeo province, according to a government minister. The firm had received permission from the Lao government to excavate sand and gravel but was found to be using the equipment to dredge for gold illegally,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... UXO Lao lacks funding (Brunei Direct)
... Laos launches human development report (VT)
... Laos okays six decrees proposed by PM (Nation)
... Compensation timeline set for NA building project (VT)
... Smart Lao students win bronze medal in Georgia (VT)
... Ministry prepares contractors for rainy season road repairs (VT)
... Laos Attends Fourth Mekong -Rok Ministers'meeting (Brunei Direct)
... Laotian Chef Helps Diners Feel the Burn of Her Native Cuisine (WAMU)
... Laos, A Risky Cleaning Job In The World's Most Bombed Country (WC)
... Scholarships honor family's journey, help Lao-Hmong students (MPR News)
... As Hmong culture fades, a summer camp fights back (Wausau Daily Herald)
... Free cancer treatment for poor children (VT)
... Vientiane province to transform land into capital (VT)
... Laos, Korea pledge to further enhance bilateral ties (VT)
... Fire crews need better cooperation with electricity sector (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia sign anti-crime joint statement (TN)
... Cabinet approves decrees, discuss issues to drive growth (VT)
... DFSK targets Laos, Vietnam for exports of Chinese trucks (BP)
... Drug-resistant malaria widespread in Southeast Asia: study (ECNS)
... Laos, China pledge to boost bilateral ties (VT)
... Bridge to Laos will boost regional trade (Nation)
... Xi Jinping Holds Talks with Lao President (FA PRC)
... Insufficient conditions for steel processing plant here (VT)
... Dangerous herbicide use found in Bokeo banana farms (VT)
... Viet Nam, Laos agree to step up legal, judicial co-operation (VN)
... Policies for revolutionary fighters set for completion by 2015 (VT)
... Lao authorities and JICA implement rural development project (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam Enhance Agro-Forestry Cooperation (Brunei Direct)
... LFNC outlines public complaints (VT)
... Filipino teachers are in Laos, too (Inquirer)
... China, Laos sign seven deals (China Daily)
... Luxembourg aids local development in Khammuan (VT)
... Civil servant recruitment unbiased, ministry confirms (VT)
... Laos Launches Plan to Stem Illegal Logging After Revenue Drop (RFA)
... Laos, Vietnam to focus on legal documents for border management (VT)
... Parliament of Laos Concerned about Corruption, Money Laundering (PL)

July 21-27, 2014

Illegal logging in Phouphanang stems from lack of forest patrols (VT)
Insufficient numbers of forest inspection officials to police and scrutinise the timber trade have resulted in illegal logging in Phouphanang Conservation Forest area in Naxaithong district of Vientiane, according to a senior government official. Deputy Director General of the Forest Inspection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Paphakon
Google Street View introduces Laos to the world (VT)
Popular search engine, Google, in cooperation with the Lao government has begun broadcasting images of Laos through the Street View technology.  The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has cooperated with Google Asia Pacific Pte., Ltd of Google Inc. to officially announce Street View for Laos yesterday. This programme captures photos of
China's EximBank Suspends Loans For Roads, Bridges in Laos (RFA)
Export-Import Bank of China (EximBank), the official export credit agency of the Chinese government, has suspended loans for infrastructure and construction projects in Laos, saying it would prefer to only finance mining and hydro-power ventures, according to Lao sources. The move is seen by some as an indication of Beijing's concern over its neighboring
Laos: More than 1.2 trillion kip (~ US$150 million) lost to corruption (VT)
State property valued at more than 1.2 trillion kip was misappropriated through corrupt activities in the period from 2012 to the present, while the abuse of power and delaying document approval were the most widespread negative phenomena.  Head of the Government Inspection Authority Dr Bounthong Chitmany revealed the statistics on Friday while reporting
Laos Focuses On Countering Against Corruption (Brunei Direct)
This was a response of President of the State Inspect Authority, Dr Bounthong Chitmany to the National Assembly (NA) members' queries at the ongoing NA session last Friday. He pointed out the corruption poses a threat and challenge problem to the stability of Party and Government and affects to the socio-economic development of each country.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Top Lao students to compete in Asean Quiz (VT)
... Interview: Laos Prime Minister in Exile (Diplomat)
... Laos honors Chinese police for cooperation (ECNS)
... Potain towers on multimillion dollar dam in Laos (KHL)
... Lottery enterprise denies numbers drawn already decided (VT)
... World Food Programme supports mother and child health (VT)
... CNA Group signs MoU to deliver fuel management system in Laos (ES)
... Ministry to launch quality standards for primary education programme (VT)
... Japan Provides Grant For Uxo Clearance In Saravan & Champasack (BD)
... Villagers occupy forest area illegally (VT)
... The argument for eating dog in Vietnam (CNN)
... Pilot scheme to eradicate illegal logging in Laos (VT)
... Chiang Kham casts its spell - Thai Leu (Bangkok Post)
... Auto industry globalization: Tier I production reaches Laos (PT)
... UXO clearance project completed in southern Lao provinces (VT)
... Climate change adaptation requires better cropping systems (VT)
... St. Paul City Council honors Hmong scholar Shong Ger Thao (Twin Cities)
... Parliament debates independent audit law (VT)
... Rice farmers fear flooding along Xebangfay (VT)
... Wood trade, a major business for corruption (VT)
... Hmong-American photographer is a pioneer (Star Tribune)
... Lao Govt takes action to preserve prime agricultural land (VT)
... Laos extends condolences over Malaysian airline tragedy (VT)
... Australian government funds foot and mouth disease control (VT)
... Khob Jai features American, Chinese, Thai and Laotian dishes (NA)
... T-28s used in Laos return to Sheboygan this weekend (Sheboygan Press)
... Five Amazing Places to Spend Christmas in South East Asia - one is in Laos
... Berwyn East has everything from a high school to a Lao Buddhist temple (CD)
... Lao NA debates anti-money laundering law (VT)
... Forest cover goal possible if managed properly (VT)
... Thailand supports clean water systems in Laos (VT)
... New minister and head appointed to government office (VT)
... Water purification project set for completion in mid 2015 (VT)
... On the right track from Thailand to Laos (AAP/Yahoo)
... Korean-language tourism classes held in Thailand, Laos (KH)
... Neighbours fear dams in Laos will spell disaster for fishery (BIV)
... Potain tower cranes assist with $3.8bn dam building in Laos (CWO)
... Viet cop killed during violent clash with drug traffickers at Laos border (TNN)

July 14-20, 2014

Saravan in southern Laos: highest rate of dengue (VT)

Saravan province has been recorded as hav ing the highest rate of dengue patients this year; however, it is still lower in comparison with the same period last year. About 962 people have caught dengue fever nationwide, with no fatalities. A total of 261 cases were recorded in Saravan province, 188 cases in Attapeu province and 123 cases in Xekong province.
National stadium decaying due to lack of maintenance (VT)
The National Stadium in Dongxanghin village, Xaythany district, Vientiane is becoming dilapidated and is badly in need of maintenance by the sectors concerned.  The stadium, located at Km16, known as the venue for the South East Asian Games in Laos, is decaying everyday due to a lack of use and maintenance after the nation hosted the 25th games back in 2009.
Lao NA asks auditors to place focus on state departments (VT)
The National Assembly (NA) has asked state auditors to place greater focus on auditing state departments in a move to ensure the effective use and management of the state budget. Representing the NA's standing committee, Chairwoman of the parliament's Committee on Economic, Planning and Finance Dr Souvanpheng Bouphanouvong pressed
Lao women leading effort to clear millions of UXO left over from war (ABC)

Women are on the frontline of the effort to find and destroy millions of unexploded cluster bombs which are still claiming lives decades after being dropped on Laos. The US dropped up to 260 million cluster bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War - the equivalent of one bombing mission every eight minutes, for nine years. It left Laos as the most heavily bombed
Dam Projects [in Laos] Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong Riverís Future (NG)
On a remote stretch of the Mekong River in northern Laos, the silence is broken by the dull boom of dynamite. This is the site of the Xayaburi Dam, the first dam being built on the main stem of the river south of the Chinese border. Concrete terraces now climb the steep riverbanks, and engineers estimate the project is one-third complete. If work remains on schedule
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Call to help girls in Laos get an education (Morley)
... ADB poverty reduction, growth support affirmed (VT)
... First civil servant exam takes place in Laos today (VT)
... Condos, malls helping to transform Udon Thani (Nation)
... Lao-Thai: Man held for rape, murder of mother, her daughter (BP)
... Switzerland supports access to socio-economic data in Laos (VT)
... Effective Implementation Enhances Poverty Reduction in Laos, ADB (BD)
... Luang Prabang Safe and Green Tourism Scheme to Launch ďThe MarkĒ (ATT)
... POSCO E&C Begins Construction of Nam Lik1 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Laos
... Lao Govt responds to public hotline (VT)

... Wattay International Airport to expand (VT)
... ďThe RocketĒ to show at Star Hall (Muab SN)
... Man sentenced to death for murder of wife (VT)
... Laos Opens Fifth Consulate-General In China (Bernama)

... Minister responds to information, culture and tourism matters (VT)

... Heavy rains forecast in the wake of Tropical Storm Rammasun (VT)

... IFC, Australian government support downstream risk reduction (VT)
... Laos halts export of coal to protect local cement industry (Global Cement)

... Laos Improves Law On Development Of Organic Agriculture (Brunei Direct)

... Officials dig up the history Phou Bia (VT)

... Laos all set to host the 35th AIPA meeting (VT)

... Fish population in Nam Ngum under threat (VT)

... Poverty rate in four provinces remains high (VT)

... Laos moves to readjust import taxes (Shanghai Daily)

... These Laos-Based Designs Are the Opposite of Fast Fashion (HP)

... NA: Govt needs to work harder on forest management, conservation (VT)

... Laos Warns Facebook Users Who Disrupt ĎSocial Order, Undermine Security'

... PanAust Says Global Copper Producers May Rival Guangdong Bid (Bloomberg)

... Laos unlikely to achieve nutrition MDGs (VT)
... Community radio station to open in Xayaboury (VT)
... Ministry focuses on educational improvements (VT)
... NA debates amendments to Law on Handling Petitions (VT)
... Mekong dams causing problems for Viet farmers in delta (Nation)
... Suspended bachelor's, higher level courses possibly resumed (VT)
... Women caught with fake notes withdrawn from Laos' airport (Stuff)
... Laos, Burma and Cambodia Back Thai Labor Policies (Karen News)
... Authorities put brakes on airport project amid subsidence concerns (VT)
... Vietnam border guards shoot out tires to stop Lao drug traffickers (TNN)
... The Groundbreaking Ceremony of CAMCE Laos Luang Prabang Anantara ..
... Laos Still Needs Electricity Import (Brunei Direct)
... Laos to host 35th AIPA in Vientiane (Brunei Direct)
... Growth of Udon Thani brings thrills, new style (Nation)
... Lao NA supports govt promise to not create more debt (VT)
... Spilling the beans on Champassak Lao Coffee Festival (VT)
... EU, World Vision back UXO land clearance and victims (VT)
... The Local Flavor: Lahp is a salad that becomes the meal (LO)
... Investors cast doubt on southern Laos' Road 18A upgrade (VT)
... Brenda Song Goes Shopping with Mom and Younger Brother (WPN)
... Ministry wants committee dedicated to inspecting state projects (VT)
... Luekhamhan joins VTDigger business team as associate publisher (VT Digger)

July 7-13, 2014

Laos, China upgrade Boten-Bohan into economic cooperation zone (VT)
Laos and China have agreed to upgrade the Boten-Bohan cross-border area into an economic cooperation zone aiming to attract many more investors and boost development cooperation between the two countries. Boten is located in Luang Namtha province in northern Laos and Bohan is in Yunnan province of China, and the upgrading of the cross-border area
NA members raise concerns about development authorisations (VT)
Coordination mechanisms and procedures for project authorisation are a concern among National Assembly (NA) members who have cautioned that many authorised development projects have caused social, environmental and other negative impacts. NA members questioned the Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Somdy Duangdy on the matter
UN agency dismayed as Thailand deports Laotian refugee (United Nations)
The United Nations refugee agency today spoke out against the deportation of a Laotian man from Thailand back to his homeland, where he could face harsh treatment amounting to persecution. According to information confirmed this week by the Thai authorities, the deportation of the former Lao Hmong leader took place on 13 June, the spokesperson for the UN
Laos, Thailand vow to combat cross-border human trafficking (Nation)
Laos and Thailand have vowed to work together to tackle the ongoing cross-border human trafficking as officials of both sides held talks last week in Laos. Neighbouring Thailand has been a popular destination for Lao job seekers with more than 100,000 Lao nationals working there both legally and illegally, according to information from the Lao Ministry of Labour
Australia pledges AU$86 million education aid for Laos (VT)
The government of Australia has announced it will provide AU$86 million (more than 648.5 billion kip) in aid to finance basic education programmes in Laos over the next four years, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.  The announcement was made during the official visit to Laos by Australian foreign minister Ms Julie Bishop, the ministry said in a press release.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... ROOM TO READ helps Lao children (VT)
... Laos outlines investment priorities (Global Post)
... Lao-Hmong in US: Xue Lor, hero to many (Willamette Live)
... Unapproved project debts shall not burden budget, NA told (VT)
... Lao Govt vows to achieve poverty target, despite growth cut (VT)
... World Bank Manager Of Laos Bids Farewell To DPM (Brunei Direct)
... Measures against company with outstanding debts remains unclear (VT)
... Lao Press in Foreign Languages and Paxason newspapers relocate (VT)
... Bangkok Golden Owner to Open Laotian Restaurant in Columbia Heights (WCP)
... Cruising the Mekong (Travel Weekly)
... Food Cart Review: Luang Prabang (WW)
... Laos appoints new deputy PMs (Global Post)
... City enforces stricter regulations on heavy trucks (VT)
... Rocket festival stirs flight safety fears (Bangkok Post)
... Malaysian firm expands into Laos (Global Legal Post)
... Govt sets four priority areas for investment next year (VT)
... Samsung funds school construction in Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Education, child mortality goals unlikely to be reached (VT)
... Budget tensions should ease next year, parliament told (VT)
... Dedication set for Lao Veterans Memorial in Elgin (Daily Herald)
... Timor-Leste to establish its embassy in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM sends message of sympathy to Vietnam (VT)
... Govt aware of rising deforestation in Laos, PM says (VT)
... Lao NA members call for stricter project authorization (VT)
... Parliament approves new Lao DPMs, cabinet members (VT)
... US urges SE Asia action against human trafficking (AP/Yahoo)
... Laos, WHO take steps to combat artemisinin-resistant malaria (VN)
... Arrest of one-kilo smuggler sparks investigation along Laos border (TNN)
... Laos On Canvas Drawing Contest Awards Presented To Young Drawers (BD)
... Japanese volunteers greatly benefit the country (VT)
... Spirited away [in Laos] (China Daily)
... Chinese firm to grow organic rice in Laos (Nation)
... Road linking southern Laos, Vietnam inaugurated (VT)
... Lao NA session opens with the economy a hot issue (VT)
... Lao NA concern over govt's economic plan implementation (VT)
... Massive Mekong dams taking a toll on local communities (Nation)
... Authorities prohibit development along Xaysettha district road (VT)
... Envoys [from Laos, Khmer and Myanmar] back labour reforms (BP)
... When the idea of a bomb-free Laos became possible (Daily Planet)
... Govt seeks parliament approval to cut spending, revenue targets (VT)
... Laos Preparing Charges Against Deported Hmong Resistance Leader (RFA)
... Road project delayed in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Chinese firm to grow organic rice in Laos (VT)
... Australia helps schooling in Laos, Myanmar (Yahoo)
... Xieng Khuang residents need infrastructure facilities (VT)
... Australia launches major new education programme in Laos (VT)
... Laos, Thailand vow to combat cross-border human trafficking (VT)

June 30-July 6, 2014

Several escape fire that damages Lao Buddhist Temple in Milwaukee (JSO)
"I was very happy to see the temple when I came," he said as he stood outside the large brick building, though the mood Friday morning was more somber as he surveyed the damage to the temple caused late Thursday night by a fire on the second floor. The building and property inside sustained more than $70,000 in damage, fire officials said, and the cause of the fire
Outbreak of children taking drugs, yaba (VT)
Parents in Borikhamxay province are concerned after the recent outbreak of children taking yaba amphetamine as they sometimes see drug dealers selling the pills near schools and villages. Deputy Director of the Provincial Drug Control Department Mr Langsy Phandanouvong told Vientiane Times , ďProvincial authorities found almost 5,100 people
Thailand deports ex-resistance leader to Laos (AP/Yahoo or BP)
Thailand deported a former ethnic Hmong resistance leader whose group fought for the U.S. in Laos in the 1960s, Thai officials and rights groups said Wednesday, raising concerns that he will face persecution in his homeland. Moua Toua Ter and fellow Hmong led a desperate existence on the run in the jungles of Laos for more than two decades. He had been sheltering
Foreign-owned clinics in Laos to legalise their operations (VT)
Some three foreign-owned medical clinics in Vientiane whose operations are currently contravening the regulations ar e in the process of legalising their business operations, government officials have said. Private medical clinics are reserved for Lao nationals to operate, while foreigners are encouraged to invest in and operate larger-scale modern healthcare centers
UXO Assistance by US to Laos (VOA)
Unexploded ordnance or UXO Ė bombs, shells, grenades, and landmines Ė the remains of decades of armed conflict, continue to pose a threat to the people of Laos. The United States is strengthening its commitment by increasing its assistance from $9 million in 2012 and 2013 to $12 million this year. Daniel A. Clune, U.S. Ambassador to Laos, and Phoukhieo
Laos - Asset declaration for state employees begins (VT)
Work to declare state employees' assets has begun with some state bodies having already disseminated instructions on how to declare the assets. The declaration will be made in line with the Prime Ministerial Decree on Asset Declaration Ė the first ever document of its kind that came into effect on January 1. Deputy Director General of the Inspection Against Corruption
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Egat plans to venture into SE Asia (Bangkok Post)

... Australia helps schooling in Laos, Myanmar (Yahoo)

... Laos: Cutting dropout rates a priority in education (VT)

... Students in Myanmar, Laos to get Australian aid (CNA)

... Tough Choices Ahead for Laos Tourism (Travel Pulse)

... Little Mekong Night Market debuts in St. Paul (Twin Cities)

... Bait-and-switch in Laos' dam Ďconsultationí (Bangkok Post)

... Damming The Mekong River: Economic Boon Or Environmental Mistake?

... 150 soccer teams from around the world compete at Hmong Freedom Celebration

... Bishop focusing on 'aid for trade' in Laos (Mail)

... Major drug shipment stopped in Oudomxay (VT)

... Medical sector upgrades to prepare for AEC (VT)

... Laos- Russia Cooperation Expanded (Brunei Direct)

... Unregulated parking lots causing public complaints (VT)

... New programmes to boost production of Lao farmers (VT)

... Laos recommended to consult MRC again on new hydropower project (VIR)

... Media urged to reinforce dengue campaign (VT)

... Explosion at wedding injures ten, motive unclear (VT)

... No war era chemicals found after tests in Saravan (VT)

... Nam Ngum bridge to reduce north-south travel time (VT)

... Pay taxes or have licences revoked, companies warned (VT)

... Low interest loan to fund southern agricultural developments (VT)

... Laos: Deceased woman's friend pressured to recant to faith (CT)

... St. Paul: Annual Hmong festival expands entertainment options (TC)

... If Thereís Going to Be a Thai Civil War, Isaan Will Be Its Front Line (Time)

... Laos, China Party leaders meet (VT)

... New ambassador to Austria appointed (VT)

... Japan supports training for disabled people (VT)

... Steering committee reviews water sector projects (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam Seek To Boost Agriculture Ties (Bernama)

... Over 80 Lao booths to run at China-ASEAN Expo 2014 (Global Post)

... Environmental concerns flood Laos dam project on biodiverse Mekong River

... Australian Foreign Minister to visit Laos (VT)

... Lao national caught with medicinal drugs (VN)

... 2 Lao drug traffickers busted in Vietnam (TNN)

... Lao minimum wage under debate (Global Post)

... Laos, Thailand network their tourism industries (VT)

... India hands over completed irrigation schemes (VT)

... Lao stock market closes 1.39 pct down (Global Post)

... New project launched to strengthen National Assembly (VT)

... Australian FM to visit Myanmar, Laos this week (Shanghai Daily)

... Laos hydropower plant threatens Vietnamís Mekong (VietnamNet)

... Investors pledge to resume work on Road 18A in southern Laos (VT)

... New water supply project to begin in Vientiane's Sangthong district (VT)

... Dhipaya manages a foothold in Laos (Nation)
... Top hotel chains flock to Laos (eTurbo News)
... Bishop heads to Burma and Laos (WA/Yahoo)
... Lao-Thai: Paklai-Phu Doo road link opens (VT)
... Laos Agrees to Studies for Second Mekong Dam (VOA)
... Laos faces labour market challenges ahead of AEC (VT)
... Tourism potential draws top hotel chains to Laos (Nation)
... Savan city project to create international gateway to Asean (VT)
... Investors sought for USD10bn free-zone complex in Laos (Zawya)
... Laos: Christians charged with murder after praying for sick woman (CT)

More stories from previous months

Currency Rate

US$1 ≈  8,035 kip more info

US$1 ≈ 31.71 baht more info
Lao Population (overseas)
Laotians in US - 232,130
France - 140,000
Canada - 12,000

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

Sources: US Census 2010 and Wikipedia

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