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Aug 31, 2015-Sep 6, 2015

Trekking, tubing and temple visiting - A fortnight in Laos (Reveal)
Our next stop through South East Asia was Laos and we started the journey in the country's capital, Vientiane. Surprisingly, for a capital, there's not a great deal going on and it had quite a sleepy, slow-paced feel. There were still a few sights to see, one being the Wat Si Saket temple, which is famous thanks to its surrounding walls that contain thousands of Buddha images
School fee limits set for new academic year in Laos (VT)
 In the wake of complaints by students' parents about the annual increases in tuition fees, the Vientiane Education and Sports Department has set a cap on fee increases.  The department has set a limit for both state and private schools in Vientiane, from kindergarten to secondary level, this academic year (2015-16) which starts today. Students around the country return
The monk who lived in my phone: The traveller who lost his iPod in Laos (DM)
When Scott Herder lost his iPod in Laos, the last thing that he expected was to gain unprecedented, first-hand access into the life of a young monk. Scott and his travelling partner Megan could not have been more shocked when they logged onto Scott's iCloud account only to find that the iPod Touch was continuing to be used - by a man they have now dubbed 'the monk
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao working women (ANN)
... China pledges to advance ties with Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Lao-American Obituary: Da Phouthakhio (Times Record)
... Int'l forum mulls challenges to the advancement of women (VT)
... Education sectors in Laos must work together to achieve goals (VT)
... Govt approves development of Champassak Laos-Service SEZ (VT)
... Soccer: Korea Republic in search of goals against minnow Laos (SBS)
... Chinese top visits to Laos (TTR Weekly)
... China-Laos ties at historical high: Xi (XinhuaNet)
... India developing as emerging tourism market for Laos (VT)
... U-19 Soccer: Pinoy booters bow to Laotians, too (Phil Star)
... Laos mulls ferry service connecting capital to Thailand (China)
... KOICA President announces further development funding (VT)
... Ministry battles to ensure Laos' children finish primary school (VT)
... Champassak police confiscate over 10,000 amphetamine pills (VT)
... Food: Seeking Laotian flavors at Oakland’s Champa Garden (Berkeley Side)
... Factory inspectors undergo training to strengthen garment sector in Laos (VT)
... Rights Groups, Wife of Missing Lao Activist Renew Calls for Progress in Case (MS)
... First food safety lab set to open in Vientiane (VT)
... Modern ferry terminal planned for Vientiane (VT)
... Soccer: Laos beat Cambodia in warm-up game (PPP)
... Laos, Vietnam to upgrade La Lay border crossing (VT)
... Official vows to look into claims against banana farm (VT)
... Soccer: Korea convinced of victory against Laos in qualifier (KT)
... Govt working to repatriate Lao workers enslaved in Thailand (VT)
... Study reveals slow progress in reducing violence against women (VT)
... Vietnamese laborers flock to China, Laos to work illegally despite issues (CP)
... Ramon Magsaysay Awards: Laotian creates livelihood by reviving silk weaving (PS)

August 24-30, 2015

ThaiNamthip in joint venture for Laos' first Coca-Cola bottling plant (Nation)
Lao Coca-Cola Bottling Co, a joint venture between ThaiNamthip and Laotian company PT Sole Co, has announced the inauguration of the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in Laos. The plant, located in Saithani district of Vientiane province, will produce sparkling beverages for the Laotian market, including Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite, with the possibility of adding
Laos 'Ghost Project' Audits Point to Higher-Ups in Govt, Source Says (RFA)
Investigations into a scheme in Laos in which private companies cashed government bonds issued in promise of payment for work they never performed have revealed the involvement of senior government officials who will never be brought to trial, a state auditor says. The auditing of the so-called “ghost projects,” in which the Lao government commissioned
$107 million approved for second Laos border gate (VietnamNet)
Lying between the central province and Laos' Salavan Province, the new La Lay border gate is expected to foster the relationship between the Vietnamese and Laos provinces and to improve border security in the area. The border gate is also expected to facilitate transport along the East West Economic Corridor, which runs through parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos
Lao workers 'caged' in slave case (Bangkok Post)
A bank manager has been charged after 12 Lao workers — some as young as 14 — were found enslaved and kept in cages on a farm outside Bangkok. The workers, aged between 14 and 25 years old, were found sleeping in small spaces framed by metal bars that resembled “animal cages”, according to a team of police and soldiers who raided the pig farm
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Workshop to spur Laos-Korea tourism exchanges (VT)
... Chinese company to develop solar energy in Laos (ANN)
... Expert boosts Asean chairmanship skills for local officials (VT)
... Marijuana from Laos worth $7 million seized in Cambodia (FD)
... Govt stepping up management of nationals' overseas study (VT)
... Fred Hollows Foundation continues the fight against blindness (VT)
... Better management of labour needed for industrial development (VT)
... Children's Hospital offers free treatment for young cancer patients (VT)
... Lao-Hmong commentary on 'bad women' draws backlash (NPR News)
... Provincial Officials Shut Down Viet Nightclub in Northeastern Laos (RFA)
... Makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house (DB)
... Policy for disabled veterans detailed (VT)
... Laos considers Vientiane port (TTR Weekly)
... VN, Laos step up corruption fight (VietnamNews)
... Laos, UK and EU share perspectives on Asean (VT)
... Fresno man found guilty of killing his father (Fresno Bee)
... Three district authorities to start nightclub inspections (VT)
... Police Take $7M Worth Of Pot Smuggled In From Laos (IB Times)
... Officials and experts discuss urban waste water management (VT)
... Govt approves measures for socio-economic development plan (VT)
... Phongsaly officials worried that chemicals will affect crop exports (VT)
... Win some, Laos some (Community News)
... Lao Airlines adds Changsha, China (TTR Weekly)
... Lao PM Receives New Zealand Guest (Brunei Direct)
... New minister of agriculture and forestry appointed (VT)
... Revenue from SEZs in Laos reaches US$11 million (VT)
... Laos: Ministry, ADB award outstanding project teams (VT)
... Police interview Lao ‘slaves' over trafficking (Phuket News)
... Authorities order northern Laos' Huaphan nightclub closure (VT)
... VN, Laos to boost co-operation in transport sector (VietnamNews)
... Teaching Vietnamese in Laos, students foster national friendship (TN)
... Laos Sends Sympathy to Thailand over Bangkok Bomb Explosion (BD)
... Major Cineplex targets 30 cinemas in Laos within three years (Nation or ANN)
... Hornchurch students return from expedition around Laos and Cambodia (RR)
... Livestock exports from northern Laos' Xieng Khuang trending downwards (VT)

August 17-23, 2015

Laos granted $32.4m to improve power grid (Energy LN)
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has been granted funding worth $32.4 million (£20.7m) to boost its electricity network. The government of the Southeast Asian nation signed an agreement with the World Bank for the Power Grid Improvement Project. Electricité du Laos (EDL) will use the cash to improve the efficiency and reliability of the power distribution network
Four universities in Laos to accept over 8,100 students (VT)
More than 8,100 students will be accepted to study at four state universities in Laos this academic year under the quota set by the Ministry of Education and Sports. Some 52,491 students around the country passed their final school exams out of the 52,756 pupils who sat them, according to the ministry. The NUOL in Vientiane will enrol at least 5,000 new students
Bombing of ISIS rekindles memories of Laos (Lethbridge Herald)
American intelligence agencies have concluded that the multibillion-dollar, year-long bombing of ISIS by the U.S. and its subordinates, including Canada, has had little effect. There is a strategic stalemate during which ISIS is no weaker than before and, in fact, has expanded into Libya, Sinai and the tribal area known as Afghanistan. Over 10,000 people have been killed
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vangvieng visitors, income growing (VT)
... Advertising signs in Laos still not conforming (VT)
... Khuadin market traders look for alternative venues (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Phom Sithiphong, 61, St. Cloud (WJON)
... Lao, Viet, Thai provinces join forces against human trafficking (VT)
... Commy Party meetings highlight authority, sector achievements (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Canyon Oaks' new principal was a child refugee (Napa VR)
... Rock Cats to honor Lao-Hmong, boost fundraising for monument in Bristol (NBH)
... Lao man accused of smuggling (PPP)
... Asphalt imports on the up in Laos (VT)
... Over-age officials in Laos urged to retire (VT)
... Laos improves air traffic control (TTR Weekly)
... Authorities keen to sprout permanent organic market (VT)
... No crops escape the deluge in Central Laos' Borikhamxay (VT)
... Laos Sends Sympathy to China over Tianjin Explosions (BD or VT)
... Lack of Press Freedom Mars Lao Media Anniversary (Malaysia Sun)
... Vietnam shares budget problems with Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (VN)
... New Zealand FM to build ASEAN links in visits to Cambodia, Laos (GP)
... Oudomxay improves environmental measures for banana plantations (VT)
... Johanna Powell: Laos river death inquest to 'take three months' (BBC News)
... Laos and the World Bank signed agreements aiming to redeuce poverty (NH or FC)
... Laos Gets Plugged In (Diplomat)
... Floods damage Vientiane rice crop (VT)
... Mekong Hospital opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Experts call for further study of Lao language (VT)
... Vietnamese companies to mine rock salt in Khammuan (VT)
... Recent Arrests Highlight Laos Drug Problems (Malaysia Sun)
... Writers in Laos must rise rise to modern-day challenges (VT)
... Forces of Vietnam, Laos bust drug gang, seize 39,400 tablets (VIR or VT)
... Home away from home: Community shares gratitude, sends aid to orphans in Laos

August 10-16, 2015

Laotian Baptists give back to place they fled (Dallas News)
The West Dallas church sits next to a wide grassy field on a quiet street that has no curbs or sidewalks, only dirt and concrete. Its pews can hold no more than 200 people. And yet some church members travel as far as 120 miles each Sunday just to hear a service in their own language. The only Laotian Baptist church in Dallas has also found a larger mission
Port Hope charity brings clean water to 10,000 people in Laos (NN)
After six years working in the southeast Asian country of Laos, a local charity has provided 10,000 people with access to clean water. Adopt a Village in Laos, a charity based in Port Hope and founded by resident Steve Rutledge, works to bring water filtration systems and build schools in remote areas in Laos. As of June 30 this year, Mr. Rutledge said
Thailand, Laos target $8 bn in trade (Nation)
THAILAND AND LAOS ARE set to boost bilateral trade to US$8 billion (Bt250 billion) in the next three years, driven mainly by closer cooperation under Asean integration and the setting up of special economic zones. According to the Thai Commerce Ministry, Thai-Laotian bilateral trade rose by 14.32 per cent year on year to Bt151 billion last year
Rubber oversupply causes price slump, loss for Lao growers (VT)
As rubber plantations mature and the trees are ready to be tapped, Lao growers stand to face a substantial loss amid a slump in the rubber price on the world market. A respected Lao researcher says poor assessment of the market prior to planting the trees has landed rubber growers in the sticky situation they now find themselves.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Meeting highlights posts, telecommunication growth (VT)
... Researchers seeking to introduce faster growing rice varieties (VT)
... Borikhamxay governor calls for accurate flood damage reports (VT)
... Laos the largest destination for Vietnamese investment abroad (VT)
... Lao leader hails cooperation with Vietnam NA’s Offices (VietnamNet)
... Over 28 Million Kip Donated to Flood Victims in Borikhamxay (Brunei Direct)
... Mining: Asean countries enhance knowledge on sustainable development (VT)
... Radio marks 55th anniversary (VT)
... Mission accomplished in security sector (VT)
... Monks banned from neighbourhod begging (VT)
... Laos, India confirm mutual support and assistance (VT)
... Sisouvan Vongchomsy Appointed Saravan Governor (BD)
... Laos to host 5th Asean mining ministerial meeting next month (VT)
... Jars in a financial jam (TTR Weekly)
... Elderly man missing in Xaysomboun (VT)
... Laos - Flood victims in need of more support (VT)
... More companies locate factories in Lao SEZs (VT)
... White Koenigsegg Agera Delivered in Laos (GTS Spirit)
... SEZs seek to boost Thai-Lao partnership (Bangkok Post)
... deGeneration X: Smoking Opium in Laos (Paste Magazine)
... US, LMI reaffirm sustainable development commitment (VT)
... Tombs of Laos: Why travellers are drawn to grave sites (Stuff)
... India, Laos discuss enhancing bilateral engagement (PTI News)
... Vietnamese companies favor Laos, US for overseas expansion (TNN)
... Thai company to build 600 MW wind farm in Laos - report (Renewables)
... Over 300 Hydropower Investment Projects in Laos Allowed This Year (BD)
... Laos receives biggest share of Vietnam’s outbound investment in first half of 2015
... Centre prepares to mark World AIDS Day 2015 (VT)
... Coffee group calls for stronger Lao Govt promotion (VT)
... Lao FM hails nation's role in Asean's post-2015 Vision (VT)
... Laos: What to Do In a Country with a Strict Curfew (Preen)
... Laos, Vietnam discuss the work of their President's Offices (VT)
... Media in Laos stages expo to mark industry's 65th anniversary (VT)
... IEA signs deal for largest Asean wind farm in southern Laos (Nation)
... When to Avoid the Rainy Season at 6 Notoriously Soggy Destinations, one is Laos

August 3-9, 2015

Forecasters warn of further widespread flooding in Laos (VT)
Weather forecasters have warned many provinces to anticipate flooding tomorrow (Saturday), especially Borikhamxay province, as the Mekong is expected to rise above the designated warning level.  According to a warning posted yesterday on the Meteorology and Hydrology Department's website, the Mekong is rising rapidly following prolonged heavy rainfall.
Relief workers rushing aid to flood victims (VT)
Provincial authorities are hurrying to help flood victims and provide them with basic essentials, with everyone thankful that floodwaters did not rise further yesterday. Some places were deluged with rain on Sunday but observers say floodwaters have been gradually receding since then.  The worst hit provinces are Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Vientiane, Luang Prabang
Drought could drive inflation in Laos: Economist (ANN)
A senior Lao economist is concerned that the recent drought could drive inflation in Laos after hectares of crops including rice have been damaged by the less than ideal climatic conditions. The inflation rate in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014-15 remained low despite the rising value of the country’s imports and the money circulating in the economy.
All bets are off inside Laos' jungle sin city (AFP/Yahoo)

It's nine in the morning and the gaming tables are still going strong. As croupiers take bets from the overnight die-hards, several exhausted gamblers sleep nearby, one still clutching a wad of betting slips. Welcome to the Kings Romans, a sprawling casino complex topped by a giant golden crown that bursts into view from a sleepy river bank on the Laos' side of the Mekong
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Central Laos: Xebangfay River flooding spreads (VT)
... Region's young business leaders forge closer links (VT)
... Lao FM Thongloun attends Asean meetings in Malaysia (VT)
... Luang Prabang's Commy Party Committee meeting ends (VT)
... South Korea provides scholarships for shining Lao students (VT)
... Laos Frees Woman Detained For Publishing Concession Document Online (RFA)
... Magazine contents need appropriate balance (VT)
... Vientiane to mark Media and Publication Day (VT)
... Must-see Nan turns into a Lao gateway (TTR Weekly)
... Lao banks lower interest rate to boost production (VT)
... Lao Central Bank warns against counterfeit cash (VT)
... Food: Experience Laos Sindad at Villa Maly (Travel PR)
... Laos aims to capitalise on ASEAN tourism boom (Travel DM)
... Central Laos: Flooding puts a stop to tourism in Borikhamxay (VT)
... President Truong Tan Sang greets Lao Presidential Official (VietnamNet)
... Hoy Ka-Lao in Monterey Park takes tastebuds on culinary trip to Laos, Thailand (SVG)
... Mudslides block traffic in Phongsaly (VT)
... Luang Prabang sees dynamic growth (VT)
... Laos reports 69 road fatalities in July (China)
... Lao FM Thongloun attends Asean meetings (VT)
... Lanith leads Lao tourism in AEC countdown (eTN)
... DPM urges businesses in Laos to be more flexible (VT)
... Lao Govt provides relief aid for flood hit communities (VT)
... Lao, Thai cooperation on skill development continues (Nation)
... Laos ponders ASEAN Eco. Community challenges (TTR Weekly)
... Laos seeks VN's advice on goals for development (VietnamNews)
... Sacombank opens wholly-owned subsidiary in Laos (VietnamNet)
... Belarus ready to provide Laos with export loans through DBRB (Belta)
... Xaythany district of Vientiane gears up for electricity network upgrade (VT)
... Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Laos Offers Meditation Package (Billionaire)
... Bad Weather Thwarted Earlier Take Off Attempts by Crashed Lao Helicopter (RFA)
... Bumper fish hauls at spawning time (VT)

... Flash Flooding Hits Borikhamxay (Brunei Direct)

... Laos overlooked in ivory trade blitz (Bangkok Post)

... Five nations jointly market their tourism industry (VT)

... Ministry outlines models for Three Builds directive (VT)

... Over 30 Borikhamxay families affected by flooding (VT)

... Indian government supports irrigation development in Laos (VT)

... Laos, Destination in Illegal Ivory Trade, So Far Eludes Global Crackdown

... Minn. man struggles to 'put the pieces together' 1 year after wife killed in hit-and-run

July 27-Aug 2, 2015

Military Helicopter Carrying 19 Passengers, Four Crew ‘Missing’ in Laos (RFA)
A military transport helicopter carrying 19 passengers and four crew members to Houaphan province in northern Laos is missing more than 36 hours after it departed an airport in the capital Vientiane, an Air Force official said Tuesday. Air traffic control in Vientiane lost contact with the MI-17 helicopter—registration number RDPL-34062—at 1:10 p.m. local time on July 27
Over US$180 million invested at That Luang Marsh project (VT)
Over US$180 million has been spent so far on building infrastructure facilities and condos at That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vientiane, officials in charge of the project have said. Construction began in Dec. 2012, with the US$1.6 billion project being developed as a model for SEZ development in Laos aiming to attract more foreign investment
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Savannakhet confiscate illegal stone (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam seize 4 tonnes of drugs (VT)
... Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth (VT)
... Committee discusses aviation security issues (VT)
... Weather bureau warns of potential flooding in Laos (VT)
... Laos seeks regional financial innovation for poverty reduction (VT)
... Lao Furniture Producers Express Worries About Shortage of Raw Materials (BD)
... Vanmala Phongsavan celebrates anniversary of emigration from communist-ruled Laos
... Laidback in Laos (Khaleej Times)
... Timor, Laos further boost cooperation ties (VT)
... Companies support media and publication expo (VT)
... Lao Govt approves decrees, i.e. control of foreign media (VT)
... Primary school land handed over for university development (VT)
... Thai among 17 busted in Vietnam-Laos drug blitz (Bangkok Post)
... Over 100 Viet Youth Join Volunteer Activities in Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Laos stone not a rock-solid investment for Chinese speculators (WCT)
... Experts tell Laos, VN, Cambodia to study border issues (VietnamNews)
... China turns back Lao Airlines flight for failing to comply with ADIZ rules (ATW)
... China Companies Helping Laos Eradicate Poverty In Remote Village (Bernama)
... Civil Sector Workers in Laos Lose Out to Corruption And Rising Cost of Living (MS)

July 20-26, 2015

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

July 13-19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Laos' trade deficit expanding (VT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 6-12, 2015

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

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

June 29-July 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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