Friday, May 29, 2015 01:10 AM -0400 ------ Update at least once a day...

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)

Feb. 23-Mar. 1, 2015

Luang Prabang listed among world's 11 most romantic wedding destinations (VT)
Luang Prabang has been highlighted as a world-class popular tourist destination once again after an Australian travel website listed the World Heritage site among 11 of the world's most romantic wedding destinations. Laos' well-known tourist destination was number five among the 11 destinations shown on the Qantas Travel Insider website.
Laos: Saviours of the Street (Yahoo)
When French paramedic Sebastian Perret witnessed a fatal accident in the Laos capital, Vientiane, in 2010, he was shocked that no ambulance came to help. Every day, four people die in road crashes across Laos, giving the country one of the region's worst road fatalities per capita in the region. Many more are injured but most cannot afford to pay a govt ambulance
Construction set to resume on Nongchan Shopping Mall (VT)
A local investor has announced that construction of the Nongchan Shopping Mall will resume in June after taking over the project from the original Lao and Vietnamese investors.  The development will consist of a six-storey shopping mall and a 20-storey building that will serve as apartme nts and offices for rent. The complex will be built on an 11,500-sq m site
Targeted young teens prohibited from entering Thailand (VT)

Young Lao teenagers with the potential to fall victim to transnational human trafficking are being prohibited from entering Thailand as authorities there seek to tighten immigration procedures.  The prohibition was reportedly imposed at the border checkpoint at the first Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Vientiane with Thailand's Nong Khai province
Laos dam ‘elephant in room’ (Phnom Penh Post)
Conservation groups have called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to address “the elephant in the room” and lobby Laos’ president to postpone his country’s controversial Don Sahong dam project when the leaders meet later this week. Arriving on Thursday, Laotian Head of State Choummaly Sayasone will spend two days in Phnom Penh on an official visit
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Great gamble on the Mekong (Aliran)

... Laos builds tourism town (TTR Weekly)

... Lao President in Cambodia on state visit (VT)

... Vientiane to clean up ahead of big events (VT)

... School dropouts in Laos a continuing concern (VT)

... Laos - A yam between five boulders (Nepali Times)

... Yves Rocher offers botanical beauty in Laos (Nation)

... Acer ramps up marketing activities in Indochina (Nation)

... On track to Laos in the lap of luxury (New Zealand Herald)

... Ministry announces forest fire prevention plan for dry season (VT)

... The Mighty Mekong is Almost a Stagnant Pond (Chiangrai Times)

... Germany intensifies support for vocational teacher education (VT)

... Animal-human health risk response strengthened in Laos, Cambodia (GP)

... New Traditional Lao-Thai Restaurant Opens in San Angelo (San Angelo Live)

... Restaurant review: Thai Lao Yeh (Taipei Times)

... Critics Fear Effects of Laotian Dam Project (VOA)

... Official: Vientiane airport expansion needed now (VT)

... Toy's sates appetite for authentic Thai, Laotian food (SP)

... Lao, Japanese investors to develop training complex (VT)

... Mekong nations mull strategy on energy, environment (VT)

... Lao private carrier rebrands as Leo Central Airlines (ATW)

... Laos seeks international compliance on social welfare (VT)

... Lao Govt urges doctors to provide accurate diagnoses (VT)

... Lao-Hmong & American tells refugee stories in their own voices (IE)

... Leading British newspaper highlights Vientiane's accommodation (VT)

... Photo of family meal in Laos’ wins WFP photo competition (Spy Ghana)

... Laos plans to strengthen sanitary measure to boost rice exports (Eryza)

... Laos-Myanmar Mekong bridge to be completed next month (Phuket News)

... Environmental groups urge Cambodia PM to press Laos to cancel dam project

... Ministry, ADB well satisfied with cooperation (VT)

... Malaysia and Laos to post defence attaches (Star)

... Lao teens banned from entering Thailand (AsiaOne)

... Migrant workers avoiding employment agencies (VT)

... Lao-Hmong: Saephan joins PUSD (Reedley Exponent)

... New Thongkhankham market on the drawing board (VT)

... Luxembourg introduces new technique for heart surgery (VT)

... Top 10 hotels and guesthouses in Vientiane, Laos (Guardian)

... 1-2 Lunch: With Lan Larb, New York's Thai-food queen expands her reach

... Lao Air adds China flight (TTR Weekly)
... Helping Lao people prosper (Bangkok Post)
... Laos & Vietnam plan first tunnel for AH connection (VT)
... Philippine ambassador awarded with friendship medal (VT)
... Kuwaiti embassy in Laos celebrates national events (KUNA)
... Chinese dams draining the life from Mekong River (Australian)
... Overdue salaries at cassava factory to be paid next month (VT)
... Mobile phone-assisted birth of Lao woman on tour bus (Thai Visa)
... Media strengthens Asean Community communication channels (VT)
... Lao-American: Four adopted Ethiopian siblings brings two Goshen families together
... Dengue levels high in Attapeu (VT)
... Mekong is almost a stagnant pond! (Earth Times)
... Four countries tackle Mekong triangle drug trade (VT)
... EU provides 5.55 million euros for upland development in Laos (VT)
... Lao Govt approves laws and policies to facilitate national growth (VT)
... Laos: Civil society leader Sombath Somphone missing for 800 days (FIDH)
... Laos-S. Korea: Centre to promote innovation technology in agriculture (VT)
... Sentencing of five Christians in Laos threatens 'very core' of Christianity (CT)

February 16-22, 2015

Sentencing of five Lao Christians draws criticism from rights groups (UCA)
The sentencing of five Christians by a Laos provincial court earlier this month for violating the country’s laws governing medical practice by praying for the health of a dying woman has drawn sharp criticism from international rights groups. A criminal tribunal of the People’s Court of Savannakhet province delivered its verdict on February 12 in a case
Severe storm hits homes, firms, schools in Hadxaifong (VT)
Heavy rain and strong winds lashed Vientiane's Hadxaifong district yesterday morning, damaging hundreds of homes, restaurants and buildings alike. The storm began early morning at around 5am and lasted for about 30 minutes leaving minor injuries and hundreds of houses and buildings without roofs or power.  Over 563 households in total 13 villages were affected
Lao Govt plans to say goodbye to Wattay airport (VT)

The Lao government expects that it will soon grant a licence to a local and a Chinese joint venture to carry out a feasibility study on the construction of a new international airport in Vientiane. “A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the project study is now under negotiation and it is expected to be signed within this month,” Director General
Five Lao Pastors charged with “abuse of medical profession” (Fides)
Five Christian pastors, leaders of five different communities, have been charged by the Law Court of Savannakhet province with the murder of a Christian woman named Chansee, whom they visited to offer comfort and prayers as she was nearing her death. Fides learned that the People’s Court based its ruling on article 82 of Laos penal law
Lao-American: Clean-cut high school girl who turned into murderous... (Daily Mail)
The 23-year-old American woman who allegedly plotted to carry out a massacre at a Canadian mall on Valentine's Day posted harrowing messages online for years before the plan was foiled. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, from Geneva, Illinois, posted about her admiration of Hitler, the Columbine killers and other murderers on her Facebook page, Tumblr site
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Japan eyes international hospital in Laos (VT)

... Police pressure public to heed road safety message (VT)

... Schools storm damage bill to top 1.3 billion kip ~ $163K (VT)

... Forest encroachers in Vientiane told to return lands later (VT)

... Lao Govt meeting to discuss economic and financial matters (VT)

... Lao Govt to expand Wattay terminal for international integration (VT)

... Lao Youth Union warns social media users not to criticize Govt (MS)

... Laos and Thailand to fight jointly against the trafficking of women (TN)

... Lao-Hmong Heritage Month fundraising dance set for Saturday (WDH)

... Bangkok Bank offers first full custodian service for investors in Laos (Nation)

... Laos revives new airport plan (Bangkok Post)

... Lectures tell of Laos' diplomatic achievements (VT)

... Cross-border railway users increase 15.7 percent (VT)

... Laos Split Over Mekong River Dam Construction (VOA)

... Laos honors Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua (BM)

... Nineteen foreigners granted Lao nationality last year (VT)

... PanAust halts dividends after writedowns and loss (SMH)

... Japan, Mekong states forum on Thursday (Bangkok Post)

... Lao Govt steps up Hin Nam Nor protected area management (VT)

... Students wake up to heavy weather damage at Hadxaifong schools (VT)

... Laos’ Killer Drunk Driving Problem (Diplomat)
... Many hands make light work in dengue fight in Laos (VT)
... Northern Laos: New Huaphan airport behind schedule (VT)
... Professionalism, capacities key to media role in serving nation (VT)
... Laos Hosts Meeting To Prepare For ASEAN Chairmanship 2016 (BD)
... Tour operators: Better facilities, more attractions to prolong tourist stays (VT)
... Laos: Christians cleared of murder convicted for praying for sick person (ICN)
... Laos advances preparations for Asean community (VT)
... Laos eyes sanitary measures to boost rice exports (VT)
... Lao Airlines launches first direct flight to Changzhou (VT)
... Champassak cassava growers suggest more markets (VT)
... Tradition, innovation both needed for nation's dengue fight (VT)
... Asean-class tourism complex draws foreign investment interest (VT)
... Elephant Festival Highlights Xayaboury's Unique Lifestyle (Brunei Direct)
... Laos and Asian Development Bank launch new tourism infrastructure project
... The ecosystem approach to health is a promising strategy learned from Japan & Laos
... Ministry acts on job creation (VT)
... Laos: Luang Prabang and beyond (MSN)
... U.S. Relations With Laos (US Dept of State)
... Lao has a record 2014 of visitors (TTR Weekly)
... JAIF presents schools buildings and dormitories (VT)
... Lao PM visits development projects in Xayaboury (VT)
... Elephant festival highlights Xayaboury's hidden lifestyle (VT)
... Korea inks US$46 million loan for Lao irrigation scheme (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: Trouble swells on the Mekong (Bangkok Post)
... Food Support For 190,000 Students Arrives In Laos (Relief Web)
... From Laos with love - its bombs become NY jewelry (AFP/Yahoo)
... Irrigation project already boosting rice production in Vientiane province (VT)
... Crossing the Mekong River to open the Eastern Gate to Laos (Sangai Express)

February 9-15, 2015

Lao PM pushes for project quality, local benefit (VT)
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has called on the constructors of Nam Baeng power dam and Pakbaeng Mekong Bridge to adhere strictly to project plans and designs to ensure quality standards are reached. Mr Thongsing stressed this message when meeting with the developers, engineers, and technical experts of the two projects on Wednesday
Laos - Tourist arrivals in 2014 exceed 4.1 million (VT)
Foreign tourists arriving Laos in 2014 reached in excess of 4.15 million, it was announced recently, an increase of about 10 percent compared to 2013 when Laos welcomed around 3.75 million visitors to the country. According to official statistics, Laos received some 4,158,719 visitors in 2014 compared to a total of 3,779,490 arrivals the previous year.
Laos, China to promote tourism attractions in Laos (VT)
A delegation from the Chinese National Tourism Administration has committed to continue assisting Laos in ranking its tourism sites and acdeveloping the quality of services at major tourist attractions.  The Chinese delegation met with officials from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Monday in Vientiane to discuss tourism development in both countries
Thailand tightens border inspections of Lao teens (VT)
Thai immigration officials will be closely questioning Lao teenagers entering the country at the Vientiane-Nong Khai Friendship Bridge in a bid to combat human trafficking, Thai-based media have reported. The Thai authorities said the move was aimed at preventing young people from being lured into the Kingdom by human traffickers for the flesh trade
Vietnam, Laos open "one-stop-shop" customs model (Global Times or VT or VN)
Vietnam and Laos officially opened "one-stop-shop" customs model at the Lao Bao- Densavan international border gate between the two countries on Saturday, according to the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA). Speaking at the inauguration, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Lao counterpart Somsavad Lengsavath highly appreciated
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Chinese tourists to Laos rise sharply (Bangkok Post)
... Group Lease to lean on Cambodia, Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Confront problems face to face, Lao police chief says (VT)
... Laos continues to break tourism records (Travel Daily Media)
... Drop in European, Japanese tourists hits market's high end (VT)
... German aid supporting consultations on lifelong learning, sustainable development
... Building a new life in Laos (SOS CV)
... Singer finds new fame, friends in Laos (China)
... A brighter course for the Mekong (Bangkok Post)
... Udon-Vientiane: A weekend of love (Bangkok Post)
... Weaving together Laos' cultural mix (Bangkok Post)
... Matt Harvey - My gap year [in Laos] (Players Tribune)
... KOICA starting to pave national road development (VT)
... Boring below - tunnelling at hydro schemes [in Laos] (WPM)
... Thailand becomes top investor in Champassak province (VT)
... How serving rice to monks in Laos saved Matt Harvey (NY Post)
... Thai authorities seize amphetamines haul smuggled from Laos (VT)
... Lyn Horton calls installation of work, in U.S. embassy in Laos, 'humbling' (ML)
... Southern Laos: Vocational training courses launched in Xekong and Saravan (VT)
... Villa Maly Named in Laos' Best Hotels (PR)
... Second Batch Set For Laos (Liberian Soccer)
... Care needed in preparations for 2015 census (VT)
... New ambassador to the Philippines appointed (VT)
... Official: Further talks needed on non-retiring officials (VT)
... Lao-Indochina Company asks the government assistance (VT)
... Lao ambassador to Thailand expresses support for NLA's work (NNT)
... Vietnam, Laos agree to complete border marker planting this year (VNN)
... Laos officially announces March census (VT)
... Ministry, ADB to upgrade tourism infrastructure (VT)
... South Korea to support Laos on integrated rural development (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Paklai checkpoint to boost trade, investment and tourism (VT)
... Laos Faces Pressure to Stall Decision on Lower Mekong River Dam (VOA)
... Deputy PM advises on improvements for information, culture and tourism (VT)
... Japan, Cambodia, Laos set to ink bilateral aviation accords (Pakistan Defence)
... Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears? (Inhabitat)
... Laos, Qatar move forward with cooperation (VT)
... Laos mulls over Russian charters (TTR Weekly)
... Locals encroach on Bokeo forest conservation area (VT)
... Media to keep public informed about census in Laos (VT)  
... Govt launches model irrigation project in Khammuan (VT)
... Hmong vet speaks about Laotian chaos in war's aftermath (WDH)
... Laos, Luxembourg move ahead with health support programme (VT)
... Thai SCD seizes pirated goods from Laos worth 300 million baht (CT)
... Qatar- Laos Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Assistant Foreign Minister (MenaFN)
... U.S., Laos ... Announce Several New Initiatives at the XFLM Conference Meeting

February 2-8, 2015

Laos facing bumpy road to highway upgrades (Global Post or Nation)
Vast sums of money will be required to get Laos' major arterial roads to conform to regional standards, state-run media Vientiane Times reported. The ASEAN Highway (AH) Network has set minimum standards for Southeast Asia's major roads in order to facilitate cross-border transport and production networks, tourism, trade and investment. 
Viengxay caves, Laos: where thousands hid from American bombs (Telegraph)
In its attempt to stop the communists in Northern Vietnam and Laos gaining ground, the US dropped more bombs on Laos between 1964-73 than has happened anywhere else on earth. At the beginning of the onslaught just over 50 years ago, Kaysone Phomvihane, head of the Laos communist movement, led his politburo to shelter in what
Over 20 houses damaged by fire in Vientiane (VT or Global Post)
A raging inferno ripped through a crowded neighbourhood in Dongpalane Thong village, Sisattanak district Vientiane on Monday night, gutting more than 20 houses and leaving more than 15 families homeless.  The fire broke out at around 10:30pm on Monday evening and spread rapidly due to the crowded nature of the neighbourhood and also the evening breeze
More investors gravitate to SEZs in Laos (VT)
More than US$4.7 billion has been committed towards investment in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) in Laos as the country continues its integration with the rest of the region and the world.  Of the total figure, more than US$1 billion has been spent on development activities in these zones, carried out by 158 companies from around the world.
Laos: Thousands suffering from the deadly aftermath of US bomb... (Guardian)
“If I had arrived 15 minutes later at the hospital, I would have died. I underwent 12 blood transfusions in order to survive.” Sitting in the living room of her wooden stilt house, 39-year-old Buan Kham slowly lifted her skirt to expose what remains of her right leg, amputated at the knee. “If I hadn’t gone to the capital, Vientiane, I would have lost both,” she added,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Why we oppose the dam [in Laos] (PPP)

... Thai-Laotian deal to spur trade (Bangkok Post)

... Laos, North Korea strengthen cooperation (VT)

... Phetsarath font and keyboard officially launched (VT)

... Lao Govt mulls increasing working age for women (VT)

... Laos to start evaluation of poverty reduction efforts (VT)

... Work harder towards good governance, Lao officials told (VT)

... Lao students compete in Microsoft World Championship (Nation)

... Laotian Food Is The International Cuisine You've Been Missing (HP)

... Luang Prabang embarks on programme to enhance its charms (VT)

... Eyes on food prices as inflation rate heads higher in Laos (Global Post)

... Are You Gonna Eat That? Thip Khao’s Tree Ant Egg Laab Salad (WCP)

... More time needed for Don Sahong hydropower project consultation (Eco-Bus)

... Laos - Hasty hydropower critiqued (PPP)

... Laos-Myanmar bridge set to open (Bangkok Post)

... Bagan loses 'Best City' title to Luang Prabang (Nation)

... KOICA moves forward with $2 mil river basin project (VT)

... Laos reaffirms consistent policy on American remains (VT)

... Mystery of Lane Xang Avenue construction site still unresolved (VT)

... Direct flights could take Lao-Russia relationship to new heights (VT)

... Somsavat: Continuous improvement to human resources needed (VT)

... Laos Step Ups Crackdown on Illegal Drugs as Narcotics Cases Rise (MS)

... Video of Motorbike Tour of Asia [including Laos] is Simply Breathtaking (TP)

... Jamie Dagg's Laos-Set Thriller RIVER Enters Production With Rossif Sutherland

... Laos seeks rail project detail (Bangkok Post)

... Luang Prabang voted ‘Best City' by travel magazine (VT)

... Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge set to open in May (VT)

... Better job skills vital for development: Lao Deputy PM (VT)

... Upstream dams blamed for shrinking Mekong Delta (TNN)

... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam discuss AEC preparedness (VT)

... Winter in Laos - chilled vibes with a bit of adventure (SCMP)

... Works being prioritised on new Lao Ministry of Info building (VT)

... From a swift boat to a sustainable Mekong (New Straits Times)

... Luang Prabang: Paradise lost — materialised and monetised (Bangkok Post)

... Two Laotians apprehended for illegally transporting firecrackers via Vietnam's border

... Dengue control starts now: Lao PM (VT)

... Police vow clampdown on drugs in Laos (VT)

... Lao-Thai: 1.36-tonne cannabis bust (Bangkok Post)

... Viengxay to improve tourism facilities (TTR Weekly)

... Visitors celebrate as Vat Phou festival gets under way (VT)

... Bridge opens across Nam Ngum in Vientiane province (VT)

... Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Luang Prabang, Laos (Guardian)

... Forum in Laos discusses sustainability in the Lower Mekong (VT)

... Laos: Protecting 10,000 People from Cluster Bombs (Relief Web)

... State asset exchange project inked, despite govt's suspension (VT)

... Trade union offices relocate (VT)
... Thoulakhom road upgrade motoring along (VT)
... Lao, Japan to promote awareness of historic town (VT)
... Police: P Vihear woman brought meth from Laos (PPP)
... Lao media agencies learn about Phetsarath Lao font (VT)
... Northern Laos: Huaphan to grow more khao kai noi rice (VT)
... Myanmar, Laos to speed up building friendship bridge (China)
... Officials pledge action on wood enterprise's unpaid taxes (VT)
... Counselor Tom Shannon & Ambassador David Thorne Travel to Laos & Vietnam
... Thai railway system [connected through Laos to China] shows its age (Aljazeera)

Jan. 26- Feb. 1, 2015

7 Laotians nabbed at Udon brothel bar (Bangkok Post)
Seven Lao sex workers were arrested during a raid by anti-human trafficking police on a karaoke bar near a police station and a district office in Udon Thani in the early hours of Thursday.  The owner and a caretaker at the karaoke bar were arrested as a result of the raid in Wang Sam Mo district of this northeastern province.  The raid was conducted shortly after midnight
PanAust Buckles Down as Suitors Step Back (Wall Street Journal or Sydney MH)
PanAust Ltd. is no longer in takeover talks with its biggest shareholder, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, or any other potential suitors, and is instead buckling down to bolster output and cash-flow in the face of falling metal prices, the miner’s managing director said in an interview. “It is back to situation normal and GRAM is another shareholder,”
Human rights groups demand UN action on abuses in Laos (Asian Correspondent)
The Laos government is moving backward on human rights, says Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. HRW issued a submission to the United Nations ahead of Laos’ Periodic Review last week, urging it to emphasize the need for reform related to enforced disappearances, freedom of speech, association, and assembly
Laos is ignoring significant concerns of its neighbours on Mekong dams (Nation)
The charade over whether to proceed with Don Sahong Dam, the second Mekong mainstream hydropower project near the Laotian-Cambodian border, will soon reach a defining moment. On Wednesday, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are expected to bring to a close the Mekong River Commission's six-month prior consultation process for the project.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Entry fees rise at annual Vat Phou festival (VT)
... New project aims to ensure food security in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Government woos workers (Business in Vancouver)
... Riverside Boutique Resort Voted Best Hotel in Laos (BbW)
... 670kg of gunpowder seized at Laos border (Vietnam News)
... International donors continue road maintenance in Laos (VT)
... Asean ministers discuss post-2015 vision for community building (VT)
... New decree seeks better management of performing arts in Laos (VT)
... US Based Non-Profit To Open A Children's Hospital In Lao (Jakarta Post)
... Vietnam Warns Possible Measles Outbreak in Areas Bordering Laos, China
... Vietnam, riparian neighbors exert pressure on Laos over 2nd Mekong dam (TNN)
... Xayaburi redux at Lao meet (PPP)
... Luang Prabang adds a park (TTR Weekly)
... Malaysian Developer Defends Laos Dam Project (VOA)
... Australia lends support to education project in Laos (VT)
... Lao President urges Xayaboury to boost productivity (VT)
... Laos - We’ve complied with the Mekong Agreement (PPP)
... Winter in Laos - chilled vibes with a bit of adventure (SCMP)
... Thailand opens six seized containers shipped from Laos (VT)
... Festival promotes tourism links in central provinces of Laos (VT)
... Germany grants 16 million euros for Laos' rural infrastructure (VT)
... Region must act now to save the Mekong from dams (Bangkok Post)
... Mekong River Commission to Consider Lao Don Sahong Dam at Ministerial Level
... Laos, Japan discuss ASEAN transport route (VT)
... Improve statistics for society needs: Lao Minister (VT)  
... KOICA extends support for infrastructure development (VT)
... Laos, Thailand move forward with border demarcation (Nation)
... Bringing Lao cuisine to the table: Kohk and Sahk (Daily Planet)
... Four nations eye economic benefits from Mekong navigation (VT)
... Better road, bridge links ease travel to from Laos to Vietnam (VT)
... Australia enhances southern social protection and sustainable livelihoods (VT)
... Dam diplomacy on the Mekong (PPP)
... Lao Govt may revoke 34 business licences (VT)
... EU Chargé d'Affaires Visits Attapeu (Brunei Direct)
... Prajin seeks Lao deal on dual tracks (Bankgok Post)
... 10 Point Appeal During Laos, Hmong Review (Scoop)
... EDL upgrades electricity meters for more accuracy (VT)
... Laos, Thailand move forward with border demarcation (VT)
... Lao, Thai medics discuss treatment of blood disorders (VT)
... A Lao journey: From a war-torn homeland to the U.S. (MPR)
... Donnoun-Tha Ngon road upgrade 35 percent complete (VT)
... Thai FM Visits Laos to Strengthen Cooperation (Brunei Direct)
... Australian Aid, UXO Lao team up to study impact of clearance (VT)
... Lao-American: All Thai food at new campus restaurant (News Gazette)
... Lao Conference of Churches moving headquarters to St. Petersburg (TampaBay)

January 19-25, 2015

Vietnam eyes import of 50,000 tons of sugar from Laos (Global Post)
Vietnamese media have been heated up by a proposal to import some 50,000 tons of sugar from Laos, as Vietnam's sugar sector is facing difficulties. On Jan. 10, Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) requested the government to nod the importing of 50,000 tons of sugar from Laos at preferential tax of zero percent. On Wednesday, MoF sent a document to
Thailand to open seized timber containers shipped from Laos (VT)
Thai authorities will open 30 shipping containers seized at Laem Chabang port in Thailand that are believed to contain illegally harvested khayoung (rosewood) logs smuggled into Laos and then falsely labelled and shipped to Thailand. Lao officials will be invited to be present at the opening of the containers, Thailand's Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday.
Wife of Missing Civil Society Leader Slams Laos on Lack of Progress (RFA)
The Lao government’s response at a United Nations human rights review to concerns over its efforts to find a missing prominent civil society leader demonstrates the need for authorities to accept international assistance and establish an independent commission to investigate his case, his wife said Tuesday. Ng Shui-Meng, the wife of Sombath Somphone
Laos' new minimum wage may take effect next month: Report (Nation)
The promised increase of the national minimum wage, designed mainly to draw workers back from Thailand, may be officially introduced next month, according to Vientiane Times... The minimum wage is set to be increased from the current 626,000 (Bt2,505) to 900,000 (Bt3,601.53). At present, Bt1 is equivalent to 249.89 kip.  Some officials said that raising
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Stay longer in Laos (TTR Weekly)

... Borikhamxay road set for upgrade (VT)

... Road users in Vientiane feel left in the dust (VT)

... Lao-Hmong NGO Coalition Appeals to UN (Scoop)

... 88 Oriental Foods - Best Larb in Town? (Daily Planet)

... Restoration of Hor Phra Keo Museum commences (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam agree to boost ties in trade, investment (VT)

... Laos, South Korea enhance parliamentary cooperation (VT)

... More CCTV cameras and police stations to curb road toll (VT)

... The Chinese Lao American with a Southern Laos Soul (Daily Planet)

... Lao-Hmong exhibit preview to stop at Merced College (Merced Sun Star)

... A.KOR team up with Blue Cross to send gifts & a loving message to children in Laos

... Ancient boat discovered in Vangvieng (VT)

... GIZ assists sustainable agriculture in Laos (VT)

... EU-funded projects deliver nutritional boost (VT)

... A Strange Lao-Hmong in U.S. (Lansing City Pulse)

... Ministry reels in illegal fishing methods in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American Obituary: Bounhom Lavilay (IberiaNet)

... National census will not count poor families in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American: Nary Manivong Runway Show (Capital Style)

... Laos hydropower program seeks power sector reform options (HydroWorld)

... Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee convenes meeting (VietnamNet)

... The First Hmong American Judge Didn't Always Acknowledge His Roots (OPB)

... Sept. start on Thai-Laos-China rail freight link, but gauge may be a problem (LS)

... Vientiane vehicle registration slows (VT)
... Visitor numbers fall at newly opened cave (VT)
... Lao leadership we can look up to (Daily Planet)
... Lao Army meets to mark 66th anniversary (VT)
... Four nations join forces to tackle drug trafficking (VT)
... Vietnamese, Lao armies sign 2015 MoU (VietnamNews)
... New Lao ambassador to Myanmar receives credentials (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos Interested in Adopting Indian Big Cats (NIE)
... Talking timelines: To Laos, dam is foregone conclusion (PPP)
... Salary delays are due to start of new financial year: official (VT)
... Feature: Lamvong captures Laos' easy-going character (China)
... Laos, Switzerland Agree On Mutual Visa Exemption (Brunei Direct)
... Lao weavers showcase craft in rare lecture, exhibit at National Museum (Inquirer)
... Smart Travel Tips Offered in New Book ‘Southeast Asia on a Rope: Thailand & Laos’
... Lao Official Defends Don Sahong Dam (VOA)
... Laos: The challenges of family planning (France 24)
... Laos' first MRI centre opens at Mittaphap Hospital (VT)
... VietinBank gets nod to form bank in Laos (VietnamNet)
... Ministry disciplines educational institutions in Laos (VT)
... Laos, Japan Sign Air Service Agreement (Brunei Direct)
... Low wage earners awaiting pay rise in Laos (Global Post)
... Man has hands severed in Sikhottabong machete attack (VT)
... Chinese-invested banana farm accused of leaking chemical (VT)
... Thailand joins Laos and Korea in development of astronomy (NNT)
... ADB supports drive to commercialise livestock industry in Laos (VT)
... Lao National Assembly values development partners' assistance (VT)
... Laos Should Address Human Rights Issues, Says Group (Phuket Wan)
... Wausau Dr. Kevin Thao aims to study Lao-Hmong disease rates (WDH)

January 12-18, 2015

Viet Bank Official (Almost) Makes Off With Lao Buddha Statue (Malaysia Sun)
A Vietnamese bank executive managed to get his hands on a Buddhist statue believed to be about 500 years old from a Lao Buddhist temple in the capital Vientiane--but only for five hours. It all started last year when Ha Bac Tran, chairman and general director of the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) headquartered in Hanoi
Laos pardons 900 prisoners (Bangkok Post)
Laos has pardoned 900 prisoners nationwide to commemorate the anniversary of the communist regime. The Lao News Agency said Tuesday that the pardons to were granted Dec 2 to well-behaved prisoners on the National Day. Col Saveng Phommaly, director-General of the Department of Imprisonment and Rehabilitation, held a ceremony Jan 8 in Vientiane
One thousand people killed in road accidents in 2014 (VT)
The Traffic Police Department reported yesterday that road accidents nationwide in 2014 killed 1,054 people and injured 9,264 others, as well as causing damage totalling over 72 billion kip.  Records compiled by the department, which comes under the Ministry of Public Security, show that from January 1 to December 31 there were 5,702 road accidents nationwide.
US provides US$6.5m to assist people with disabilities (VT)
The US Embassy to Laos announced last Friday two new initiatives totalling US$6.5 million (more than 52.4 billion kip) to assist the estimated 70,000 people in Laos who report that they live with a disability. First, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a three year, US$5 million (about 40 billion kip) grant from the Senator Patrick Leahy War Victims Fund
Fish farmers suffer from market glut in Vientiane (VT)
Many fish farmers in and around Vientiane have stopped their fish breeding operations after having suffered low prices for many months. Many members of the Lao fish breeding group of about 30 families have not been able to continue operating their business as they have been unable to make a profit, the group's head Mr Kenchan Thailavan told Vientiane Times recently.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Cold weather in Laos a threat to livestock (VT)
... Anniversary highlights Laos-Philippines relations (VT)
... Tourist arrivals increase in Laos but stays are brief (VT)
... Lao Govt beefs up oversight of state-funded projects (VT)
... Hub set up to battle Mekong drugs menace (Bangkok Post)
... 72 Lao girls rescued from flesh trade in Thailand (One India)
... President Choummaly pushes for more commercial production (VT)
... Laos Targets Green Energy In New Asian Economic Bloc (Asian Scientists)
... Lao-Hmong in US: Thai tastes come to Grand Haven (Grand Haven Tribune)
... Laos Accused of Paying Lip Service to UN Human Rights Conventions (BNN)
... Thailand & Laos make good progress in joint technological developments (NNT)
... A safe place to gather in Laos (MNN)
... Culture, traditions seen as vital for Laos (VT)
... Tighten up health education, administrators told (VT)
... Laos to export electricity to Singapore (Bangkok Post)
... UK grants over US$1.5 million for UXO clearance (VT)
... Cooperation strengthens between Mekong cities (NNT)
... Lao-Hmong Restaurant: New in town (Lansing City Pulse)
... Lao-American Obituary: Khay Sengaroune (Courier News)
... Impoverished villagers suffer from cold; more aid needed (VT)
... Visa exemption eases travel to Switzerland for Lao officials (VT)
... Laos, Switzerland Agree On Mutual Visa Exemption (Brunei Direct)
... Discovering the Endangered Cypress Trees of Laos (National Geographic)
... Laos eyes sale of electricity to Singapore (VT)
... Roads in Laos fall short of ASEAN standards (VT)
... Don't build near planned railway: project officials (VT)
... Thailand seeks talks with Laos on bridge financing (VT)
... Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos (Guardian)
... Champassak moves towards ‘land as equity' project model (VT)
... PanAust cuts 5 pct of workforce in Laos as copper price sinks (Reuters)
... Laos Hosts Special SOME To Enhance Energy Cooperation (Brunei Direct)
... Mr. and Mrs. Phanthavong: Life in the Lao community of North Minneapolis (DP)
... Laos, Japan to ink aviation accord (VT)
... MDG education challenges highlighted (VT)
... Coming to End [for .la domain name]? (LA BJ)
... Lao workers may get extension for nationality check (Nation)
... Asean holds talks on future energy cooperation roadmap (VT)
... Ministry should weigh in on overloaded trucks issue in Laos (VT)
... OFW dies mysteriously in Laos, kin in Cebu call for justice (GMA News)
... Co-Management in Hin Nam No National Protected Area (Brunei Direct)
... Mekong countries agree to boost economic and tourism cooperation (VT)
... Transport Ministry summarizes 5th- 6th Thai-Lao friendship Bridge construction
... Lao Airlines plans route expansion (ATW Online)
... Legalisation of Lao workers in Thailand begins (VT)
... Presidential pardon benefits over 900 prisoners (VT)
... Laos advised to try selling silk skirts in Myanmar (Nation)
... Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs reviews its achievements (VT)
... Work begins on US$5b int'l financial project in central Laos (VT)
... Minneapolis exhibit showcases Laotian-American art (Twin Cities)
... Road building in Laos must meet priorities, deputy PM stresses (VT)
... Russian caught with 2.3kg of marijuana at Vietnam-Laos border (TTN)
... Take a look inside Wat Lao Samakhitham in Barker (Press Connects)
... Japan, Cambodia, Laos set to ink bilateral aviation accords (Press TV)
... Christians Tortured, Killed in Communist-Controlled Laos (Free Beacon)
... Palestinian refugees detained in Laos freed, sent to Malaysia (Ma'an News)

January 1-11, 2015

Silent Night in Laos (Wall Street Journal)
Christmas festivities, religious and secular, are enjoyed across East Asia. But not in Laos. This year the communist government used the holiday season to pursue a violent crackdown on Christians of the Hmong ethnic minority. In November Radio Free Asia reported village leaders kicking out families who refused to renounce Christianity. 
Laos to build Don Sahong dam - thanks to Chinese help (AsiaNews)
Laos has officially announced that it will build the Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River, rekindling fears about its impact on local ecosystems. Chinese companies will be in charge of the technical side of the project, which includes the construction of some 19 large dams, six of which have already been built. Experts & environmentalists have described the various barriers
Vietnam War's deadly legacy continues to haunt Laos (CNA)
Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The United States dropped around two million tonnes of bombs on the country from 600,000 bombing missions during the Vietnam War more than four decades ago. But many of these bombs failed to detonate. And these unexploded ordnance continue to kill and maim as many as 100 people per year in Laos
Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to Laos (VOA)
In an important symbol of our nation’s commitment and enduring relationship with the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, on December 5 the United States dedicated a new $145 million American Embassy in Vientiane. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Lao government, media, and members of the diplomatic community.
Stage 2 of Xayaboury dam set to begin (VT)
A major milestone in construction of the US$3.5 billion Xayaboury Hydropower Project will be reached later this month when work shifts from the Xayaboury province side to the Luang Prabang province side of the Mekong River. Preparations are under way to make the shift. Major work on the navigation lock, spillway and intermediate block has been ongoing on
Other stories about Laos around the world
... The art of being Lao (Twin Cities)

... The exploding accident rate in Vientiane (VT)

... Truck weigh stations may be reactivated (VT)

... Lao PM advises Attapeu on development (VT)

... Comply with the law, NA President tells prosecutors (VT)

... Laos Plans Big Elephant Caravan For Late 2015 (Bernama)

... Ministry sets quality standards for primary schools nationwide (VT)

... Swiss continue to support agricultural land management and rights (VT)

... Laos Accused of Paying Lip Service to UN Human Rights Conventions (MS)

... Laos to chair Asean next year (Nation)
... Who will benefit from Don Sahong? (VietnamNet)

... New Lao ambassador to Germany appointed (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam launch one- stop border checkpoint (VT)

... Lao PM advises southern provinces on development (VT)

... Laos - Bring crime ringleaders to justice, prosecutors told (VT)

... President Choummaly pleased with infrastructure development (VT)

... Discover Thailand’s Gorgeous Isaan Region, Gateway to Laos (Travel Pulse)

... Business Support Crucial For Laos To Join The AEC And Lock In Growth (EP)

... Prosecutors to strengthen role in Laos (VT)

... Lao Airlines to start Attapeu flights in April (VT)

... That Luang Marsh road won't be concrete (VT)

... New Mega Market near Lao-Thai border (Insider Retail)

... Lao Government vows to increase pre-school enrollment (VT)

... Mekong region needs more cooperative tourism marketing (VT)

... Intermedia and the Lao American Renaissance (TC Daily Planet)

... ‘One-stop-shop' trial run begins at VN-Laos border (VietnamNews)

... Laos Implicated in High-Value Illegal Wildlife Seizures (Malaysia Sun)

... Co-Management in Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Laos (BD)

... Laos targets green energy in new Asian economic bloc (Science Devpt)

... Laos’ Phongsavanh Group seeks business opportunities in Vietnam (VN)

... Laos remains silent on civil society leader missing for two years (Global Post)

... Wildlife Seizures in 2014 Highlight Lao PDR’s Role in Trafficking (Annamiticus)

... Drugs of Golden Triangle (New Delhi Times)
... Lao-Thai Border: Shallow Mekong stalls cargo (BP)
... Pakngum farmers turn their backs on cassava (VT)
... Cambodia’s stance on Laos dam not a shock (PPP)
... Public security forces in Laos told to work harder (VT)
... Wood Furniture Fair in Laos to promote tree planting (VT)
... Laos, Korea drive transport and infrastructure issues (VT)
... You’re invited to "Be Lao" with us in 2015 (TC Daily Planet)
... Alien worker verification in Thailand progressing slowly (VT)
... Endangered mussel still harvested for food in Laos (MongaBay)
... Expert advice required on constitutional amendments in Laos (VT)
... How Laos’s major dam on the Mekong is taking shape (Science Devpt.)
... Caffe Bene to open outlets in Thailand and Laos this year (Korea Herald)
... Laos: condoms, teenage pregnancies and sex talk on youth agenda (Guardian)
... US, Brunei, & Laos Announce English Language Program For ASEAN Chairmanship
... Vietnam to increase aid to Laos (VT)
... Still No Christmas in Laos (Cross Map)
... Thai Cuisine, by Way of Laos (New York Times)
... Laos: Road deaths mar New Year celebrations (VT)
... Vietnam police arrest heroin trafficker from Laos (VT)
... Branch of Bank of Ayudhya in Vientiane, Laos (Nation)
... Laos Commits to Realizing the AEC (Economy Watch)
... Changing river: Resources of Mekong to be studied (PPP)
... Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge Connected (Brunei Direct)
... Deputy minister monitors progress of nutrition project in Laos (VT)
... Elephants to make 630km trek from Xayaboury to Luang Prabang (VT)
... Environmental Group Urges Laos to Support Complaint Mechanism (MS)

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France - 140,000
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