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April 14-20, 2014

Kidnapping In Laos Affects Civil Society (Eugene Weekly)
Sombath Somphone is “one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures,” according to a December 2013 press statement from Secretary of State John Kerry on the one year anniversary of Sombath’s disappearance. Sombath was kidnapped from a police checkpoint in Laos and has not been heard from since.
With parades and water, Laos welcomes Year of the Horse (VT)
Leaders, government officials and Lao people around the country celebrated the Lao New Year festival from April 14-16, taking part in a range of activities to preserve the fine traditions and culture of the country. The highlight in Vientiane was the Nang Sang Khan (Miss Lao New Year) procession, which started early in the afternoon on April 14 and was attended
Mekong River at risk as Laos forges ahead with dam-building spree (TNN)
Construction of a giant controversial dam in Laos has been well underway since it began in late 2012. Laos is also set to push ahead with a second hydropower dam on the Mekong River this year in the face of growing concerns among its neighbors. Opponents of these projects said their commencement would also kick off the construction of the 9 other dams
More Laotians shopping in Thailand for Songkran festival (NNT)
The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge border crossing point at Nong Khai province is busy these days. Many Laotians have been coming in Thailand to shop for the Songkran celebrations in Laos, as Songkran is considered to be the new year in Laos as well. On the afternoon of April 12 many Laotians came across the Thai border to shop both via personal vehicles
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos New Year event (IberiaNet)
... Smoking rate still high in Laos (VT)
... Illegal logging still a major issue in Laos (VT)
... New plan to speedup UXO clearance rate (VT)
... Khammuan uncovers 1.2 billion kip mismanagement (VT)
... 37 people killed in road accidents during Lao New Year (VT)
... President visits development projects in Xekong province (VT)
... Washington Needs a New Approach to the Lower Mekong... (CSIS)
... President of Cuban Friendship Institute Winds up Visit to Laos (CN)
... 9 questions with Sandy'Ci Moua, actor, activist and a whole lot more (TC)
... Laos telecoms market: Reform delays hinder development of industry (TWN)
... Vietnamese senior leaders visit Laos (VT)
... Authorities address drug problems in southern Laos (VT)
... Exhibit of Laos photos, paintings opens in Yunnan (China Daily)
... Laos, China to strengthen economic links and build railway (VT)
... Vietnam group invests in agricultural projects in Laos (VietnamNet)
... Lao Govt claims resettlements are people's choice, not forced (VT)
... Red Cross Urges Cautious Driving During Pi Mai Lao (Brunei Direct)
... "Where is Sombath Somphone?" asks his wife prior to Oregon visit (OL)
... Laos trip an exceptional experience for Cessnock KFC franchisee (Advertizer)
... First Hmong-American Judge to be Sworn In (YCV)
... LAOS: VN rubber group opens office in Laos (Gupta)
... Assignment: Education - Hmong Education Project (News 8000)
... Princess Sirindhorn joins in Songkran celebrations at Lao Embassy (NNT)
... The Rocket Blu-ray Detailed (Blu-ray)
... Pi Mai Celebration In Vientiane Kicks Off (BD)
... Laos in the House: New year dinner at Vientiane (Philly)
... Laotian in US: Drunk man arrested driving go-kart (ADH)
... Laos' Minister of Health joins Southeast Asia Healthcare Summit to 
    discuss developments in private and public healthcare provision (PRW)
... Laos, Japan Discuss To Mark The Founding Of Diplomatic Relations (BD)
... Happy New Year's Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Thailand
... Letter from Laos: river reverie (Guardian)
... Khao Kataven eyes overseas markets (VT)
... Bokeo opens first health insurance fund (VT)
... Lao New Year celebration held in Fresno County (ABC)
... Viet Party leader visits Laos for New Year (Vietnam News)
... 10 things you need to know for Lao New Year (Daily Planet)
... Vangvieng braces for 1,000 visitors over Lao New Year (VT)
... New air traffic control systems set to be installed in Vientiane airport (VT)
... Mekong hydropower dams: Laos considering, Vietnam needs “quick reactions”

April 7-13, 2014

Lao President extends New Year wishes (VT)
President Choummaly Sayasone has extended Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) best wishes to Lao multiethnic people across the country and those living in foreign countries on the occasion of the New Year 2557 – the year of the horse.  The president delivered his New Year best wishes at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane ahead of the New Year Holiday slated
Laotians: Flight of a Phoenix (Pincher Creek Echo)
In her home country of Laos she is sometimes called a ghost or spirit, but in Pincher Creek she may as well be our own flesh and blood. “It was heartwarming how engaged people were,” said Gord Petersen remembering how a community came together to raise funds for a badly burned Boun Lod. “She was one person with a face, a name, a story and a history.
High speed rail could bankrupt Laos, but keep China happy (Epoch Times)
Despite impressive economic growth rates over the last decade, a third of Laos’s population still lives below the extreme poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Most of the extreme poor Laos are ethnic minorities living in rural and upland districts, who depend on local ecological resources for cash income and food. Expanding transport infrastructure can no doubt
Lao Govt pulls plug on Pi Mai parties to save money (VT)
The government has instructed state organisations not to spend any of the state budget on Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) parties over the three-day festival from April 14-16. Officials are also banned from using state vehicles for personal use over the course of the festival, according to the two-page announcement issued by the Government Office.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... LBJ’s dark Laotian legacy (Aljazeera)

... Laos plans new consulate in Siem Reap (PPP)

... Laos, China dust off train project (Bangkok Post)

... Ministry calls for traditional celebration of Pi Mai (VT)

... Japan CV provides vaccinations for Lao children (VT)

... Xieng Khuang to build three leader memorial parks (VT)

... Laos promotes economic integration at Boao Forum For Asia (VT)

... Welcoming Year of the Horse with Horse-Faced Keo (Daily Planet)

... Laotian in US: Man wanted by Pennsylvania authorities caught in Madera

... Govt green lights laws on economic management, product standards (VT)

... Key Opportunities in Hidden Frontier Markets Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar

... Lao Prime Minister warns of bird flu risk (VT)

... Lao Govt appoints new home affairs minister (VT)

... Laos, China vow to push railway project forward (VT)

... Lao Govt tackles illegal gold mining in provinces (VT)

... Best Students To Sit Post Pi Mai Exam (Brunei Direct)

... Laos needs to hasten reforms to attract investors (Business Times)

... Stakeholders step up campaign to end violence against children (VT)

... Japan’s Mitsubishi to build manufacturing plant in Laos (Business Line)

... Li looks to speed train deal with Laos (CEN)

... Laos looks to Japan for tourism boost (TDM)

... Asean culture ministers meet in Myanmar (VT)

... Laos city begins New Year early (Bangkok Post)

... Mekong River Faces Development Challenges (VOA)

... UXO sector seeks to provide direct aid to survivors (VT)

... Job Fair 2014 to showcase potential career options (VT)

... Swiss support upgrades agriculture and forestry school (VT)

... Public energy company urges more efficient use of power (VT)

... UNWTO, TripAdvisor Tackle Lao Tourism Marketing (Mena FN)

... China, Laos ready to launch negotiations on railway deal (ECNS)

... Airwaves to be cleared as Vientiane monitoring centre opens (VT)

... The Rocket review – 'Likable film whose gentleness contrasts with subject'

... Lao Red Cross Pi Mai Accident And Rescue Centre To Open April 13 (BD)

... Experts renew quake fears over Xayaburi dam on Mekong River in Laos (SCMP)

... Laos improves north eastern corridor roads (VT)
... World Record Pasalob Dance Held In Laos (BD)
... Luang Prabang to be centre of New Year festival (VT)
... Car Hire Now Available in Laos and Cambodia (RCH)
... A step towards an environmentally stable Vientiane (VT)
... Southern bus station schedules extra Pi Mai services (VT)
... Laos pulls plug on Lao New Year parties to save money (Nation)
... Laotian: Immigrant Also Applying To A Few Reach Countries (Onion)
... Cambodia voices opposition to Laos dam construction (World Bulletin)
... Southern Laos: Mass displacement & underdevelopment on Sekong River (IR)
... Mekong nations commit to sustainability (VT)
... WWF warns Laos on Mekong dolphins (TDM)
... At Mekong meet, all eyes on Laos dams (PPP)
... WFP supports school meal programme in Laos (VT)
... Huge Laos infrastructure spend paying dividends (Nation)
... Latest developments in resolution of Hongsa Lignite case (VT)
... Laos, Thailand celebrate 20 years of first friendship bridge (VT)
... At Summit, Cambodia Urges Laos to Delay Dam Construction (CD)
... Progress on the Hmong and Laotian veterans memorial (Daily Planet)
... Laos recommended to consult MRC again on new hydropower project (VIR)
... Urban farmers dig in for spring planting at Providence community gardens (PJ)

March 31-April 6, 2014

Lao PM urges city market to maintain prices, brace for fire (VT)
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has advised traders at Khuadin Market in central Vientiane not to take an advantage of Lao New Year demand and increase prices as it will directly affect the livelihoods of local residents.  Mr Thongsing also called for authorities and traders to take steps to prevent a market fire after the Thongkhankham market tragedy
US Ambassador visits Xayaboury dam (VT)
Construction of the Xayaboury Hydropower plant is now 23% complete after beginning at the end of 2012. Work is progressing well and the plant is on track to be operational in 2019 as planned, Mr Rewat Suwanakitti told Vientiane Times after new US Ambassador to Laos Mr Daniel A. Clune and his wife visited the project on Monday. The hydropower dam will span
Laos set for 7.3 percent economic growth: ADB (VT)
Economic growth in the Lao economy was recorded at a solid 7.6 percent last year but the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecast that this is likely to fall slightly to 7.3 percent this year, their senior economists said. A report was released by the ADB office yesterday at the Asian Development Outlook 2014 conference to publicise its economic predictions
Environment Groups Plan to Oppose Laos Mega Dams (VOA)
This week officials from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand will meet to discuss the impact of planned hydropower dams on the lower Mekong region. But several environmental groups have already concluded the main Xayaburi dam in Laos will devastate communities that depend on the Mekong river for food, and they want to stop the project.
Lao-Thai bridge builds ASEAN ties for China (Bangkok Post)
The bridges that span the Mekong River are not simply bridges. They are a political indicator that illustrate the changes that have swept the region. Thailand and Laos are preparing for a commemoration of their first bridge linking Nong Khai and Vientiane, which will be 20 years old on April 8. The first friendship bridge crossing the mighty river, opened on April 8, 1994
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Transport sector booms in Laos (VT)
... Over 600 police dispatched for Lao New Year (VT)
... Laos plans to launch Producer Price Index in 2015 (VT)
... 7 things that surprise a visitor to Laos (Rocket News24)
... Donors praise livelihood and nutrition project in Laos (VT)
... Activists dismayed at Mekong summit outcome (Bangkok Post)
... Laos recommended to consult MRC again on new hydropower project (TN)
... Lao road maintenance progresses (VT)
... Lao PM to pay official visit to China (VT)
... B.Grimm plots course for ASEAN (Bangkok Post)
... UNDP seeks more funds to clear UXO in Laos (VT)
... Three Builds policy sees progress in education (VT)
... 'The Rocket' to screen at Flint Institute of Arts (MLive)
... Laos landmines: a deadly trap 40 years on (WA Today)
... Will talent mobility within ASEAN bring benefits? (TTG Asia)
... Lao New Year Baci To Be Held At Vat Ongteu (Brunei Direct)
... Laos marks International Day of Mine Awareness (XinhuaNet)
... Mekong leaders must face up to Laos' rogue dam-building (Nation)
... Cambodia and Laos power market: Latest market analysis presented (LPR)
... Vientiane details New Year activities (VT)
... Laos Keen to Export Rice to Brunei (Oryza)
... Intervention urged for dam in Laos (Phnom Penh Post)
... More Lao migrant workers remain at home after return (VT)
... Regional leaders to hold talks at MRC Summit in Vietnam (VT)
... Laos prepares response to thwart future bird flu outbreaks (VT)
... Leland Sorensen returns after successful trip to Laos (Press-Times)
... Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge celebrations begin tomorrow (Bangkok Post)
... Lao Coconut Chicken (YMC)
... Vientiane – Nong Khai bridge turns 20 (VT)
... Malaria control by 2015 may not be achieved in Laos (VT)
... Lao President pushes Thoulakhom district rice growers (VT)
... Lao education quality lags despite investment: World Bank (VT)
... First H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak for Five Years in Laos (Poultry Site)
... Chinese developer commences building 10 condos in Vientiane (VT)
... 500-Million-Kip Garden Of Lao Presidential Office Handed Over (BD)
... MIA in Laos: Michigan Woman Finally has Closure about Brother (Patch)
... Former CIA spy confirms secret US war in Northern Laos (Ground Report)
... Hundreds protest Laos dam (PPP)
... First Lao satellite to launch in 2015 (VT)
... Job fair in Laos to offer 2,000 careers (VT)
... Laos, China to conserve border forests (VT)
... Vietinbank expands to Laos (Vietnam News)
... Third minister appointed in Lao Govt restructure (VT)
... Kampong Cham turns away Don Sahong protest (PPP)
... Somsavat visits development zones to push progress (VT)
... Guangxi Donates Street Sweepers To Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Lao Thai Nam Corp. Voluntarily Recalls Number One 
    Sompa Salted Fish, Because of Possible Health Risk (FDA)
... Joke about Laos: Train story gets a few laughs (TTR Weekly)
... Opposition Grows to Laos’ Mega Dams Ahead of Summit (CD)
... Authorities Halt March Against Lao Dam, Citing Khmer New Year (CD)
... Lao mobile market finds new impetus in aftermath of the Beeline dispute (BB)
... Lao Govt approves PPP road projects (VT)
... Lao temple finds new home in Waipahu, Hawaii (SA)
... H5N1 virus in Xayaboury hasn't spread to humans (VT)
... Kudos to nations like Laos for keeping kids in schools (Star)
... Laos, South Korea push for more economic cooperation (VT)
... Creating Vientiane bus lanes will encourage more passengers (VT)
... Savannakhet residents found illegally using Thai mobile signals (VT)
... State Capitol monument to Hmong-Lao veterans is moving forward (ST)
... Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra included at Poetry Foundation (DP)

March 24-30, 2014

Massive market blaze rips the heart out of Thongkhankham (VT or BP)
A terrible blaze ripped through Thongkhankham market in Vientiane on Wednesday night, gutting the entirety of the complex and burning out over 300 stalls as hundreds of residents and stallholders watched on in horror. Devastated vendors despaired as their livelihoods were going up in front of them while residents of the Thongkhankham area were terrified
Sex Trafficking Victims Go Unnoticed in Laos (Diplomat)
Like many girls in Laos, where almost one-third of the population lives below the poverty line, Vahn was desperate to earn money for her family. This made her a prime target for sex traffickers. As an uneducated 15-year old, Vahn said she was convinced by her stepsister to work at a farm in central Thailand. But she ended up at a Thai brothel, where she was forced to have sex with a client who paid to take
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos (Mother Jones)
Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.  The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered
Farmers in Laos fear rubber price may not bounce back (VT)
Rubber growers around the country are concerned the price of rubber will continue to fall in the absence of any market price guarantee. The numbers of rubber trees ready to tap in various provinces this year is increasing but the rubber price on the world market is lower. The problem is affecting some groups of rubber growers in northern Laos, especially in
Chinese investors consider doing business at That Luang SEZ (VT)
Leading ethnic Chinese businesspeople running companies in Thailand are investigating the US$1.6-billion That Luang Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vientiane for possible future investment.  The delegation comprised about 15 businesspeople who own factories in Thailand notably related to salt, rice, steel manufacturing & other construction-related
Thai-Lao power plant gets $700m loan (Nation)

Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Co recently clinched a US$700-million syndicated loan to develop a 410-megawatt hydropower plant on the Boloven plateau in Champasak in the south of Laos. The project is expected to generate 1,860GWh per year. PNPC is controlled by four leading multinational power companies - SK Engineering & Construction Co with 26%
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Revered monk's life remembered (VT)
... Laos, China's Quangxi strengthen cooperation (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Khamfong Inthavongsa (AC)
... Take lead in saving Mekong, govt told (Bangkok Post)
... Germany commits 3m euros to spread loan access (VT)
... Two Lao drug traffickers arrested in Quang Tri (VietnamNet)
... Vientiane-Hanoi road connection to commence late 2014 (VT)
... Lao President sends condolences over Malaysian jet crash (VT)
... Four Lao Students Awarded German Scholarships (Brunei Direct)
... Spreading the word from rice fields to playing fields in Laos (SCMP)
... Vietnam, Laos police nab Laotians for smuggling 6,000 drug pills (TN)
... Overcoming Paralyzing Stage Fright To Become An Extraordinary Leader
... Italy invites Laos to food expo (VT)
... Getting Around in Asia, i.e. Laos (Go Asia)
... Xieng Khuang raising living standards (VT)
... Lao youth to help promote fair trade (Minda News)
... Chelsea Foundation Coaches make history in Laos (BSN)
... Lao leaders send condolences over Malaysian jet crash (VT)
... Lao Christians Leave Buddhist-Majority Village Amid Tensions (RFA)
... 2013 Laos Floods: Responding to a disaster through a unique co-op (RW)
... Govt to take action on Vientiane's almost 5,000 illegal foreign workers (VT)
... Give A Shirt campaign collecting clothes for youth in Laos (Devon Dispatch)
... Laos, Belarus cement ties, cooperation (VT)
... New water supply to benefit 50,000 in Khammuan (VT)
... First quarter revenue collection falls short of target (VT)
... Free official Lao fonts for smart phones and devices (VT)
... Lao-Hmong Obituary: Boua Long Cha (Cassville Democrat)
... Police seize illegal timber in Vientiane, suspects escape (VT)
... Laos calls for contributors as census funding doesn't add up (VT)
... Seattle’s Lao refugees reconnect with their homeland (Seattle GL)
... Bringing awareness of a secret war to the Lawrence community, 40 years later
... Centara moves into Laos with 5-star Grand hotel in downtown Vientiane (eTN)
... 11th Japanese Language Speech Contest Held At The Lao-Japan Budo Center
... Xayaburi dam 30% finished, says Laos (PPP)
... Lao Party, Japanese Communist Party value ties (VT)
... New Zealand pledges millions more assistance to Laos (VT)
... President gives guidance on Xaysomboun development (VT)
... Vietnam Helps Laos Upgrade Revolutionary Museum (Bernama)
... Laos: Governing council to develop aquaculture in Asia-Pacific (VT)
... Laos' inspection officials need to build on strengths, address weaknesses
... H5N1 virus in Xayaboury under control (VT)
... Air transport generates US$42m state revenue (VT)
... Efforts to eradicate opium need more assistance (VT)
... Bringing Laos to Hollywood: The Rocket (Mercator Net)
... Immediate UXO clearance urged at annual meeting (VT)
... In Brief: Lao company markets coffee in Vietnam (VietnamNet)
... Lao, Cuban women's bodies should work together: Vice president (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Maplewood father, 84, fatally shot son before standoff, police say
... Lao Govt promotes thrift in budget spending (VT)

... Laos, Belarus to track cooperation progress (VT)

... Luang Prabang, Laos: The City of Gold (Telegraph)

... New minister appointed in Laos' cabinet restructure (VT)

... Senior official answers questions over Don Sahong dam (VT)

... Northern Laos: High adolescent birth rate in Luang Namtha (VT)

... Christian converts in Laos told to leave faith or face expulsion (CT)

... Devpt partners continue helping Laos despite economic crisis (VT)

... New highway links should boost trade with Mekong regions (Nation)

... Japan's Aeon is looking to expand in five ASEAN countries (AsiaOne)

March 17-23, 2014

‘Wrong side of the war’ (Lansing City Pulse)
In 2005, French journalist Cyril Payen’s provocative documentary “Guerre Secrète Au Laos” (“The Secret War of Laos”) debuted on French television. The film focused on the plight of the Hmong people who have lived in hiding in the jungles of Laos for over 60 years. The Hmong, an Asian ethnic group, continue to be oppressed by the native Laotians
Illegal logging problem persists in Laos (VT)
A high quantity of valuable illegally logged timber has been seized by officials in the southern provinces in the first quarter of this financial year. Illegal logging remains a major challenge for custom sofficials in the south of Laos. The timbers seized include pterocarpus macrocarpus, rosewood & other trees in the same family.  Some 214 cubic metres of timber were seized in Saravan province in the one-month period from December to January this year, according to
Laos: Baskets of salt for a living (Minda News)
Away from the sea, Laos produces salt by mining in Vientiane basin that shares potash deposits of Sakon Nakhon basin of Khorat Plateau in Thailand. Named after its abundance of salt deposits, Boukeua (keua means salt) village has the 35-year-old salt factory in the country, the Khoksaath Iodized Salt Factory, which is 21 kilometers from Vientiane
Laos: Christians in village ordered to abandon their faith (ICN)
Christians living in the Laotian village of Natahall in Phin district, in the province of Savannakhet are struggling hard to defend the constitutionally guaranteed right to profess the Christian faith, and the right of property with regards to their homes. Eight Christian families in the village, after a campaign of intimidation and violence that has been going on
Laos allocates SEZ for Japanese investment (VT)
The government has designated an area in the Savan-Xeno Special Economic Zone in the central province of Savannakhet for sole use by Japanese factories after learning that many firms are looking for new production bases. “We have designated Area B in the Special Economic Zone for Japanese investment only,” Mr Somchit Inthamith told local media
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Southeast Asia: Magic of waterfalls (Star)
... Lao American raingardens? (Daily Planet)
... Discovering Asia - the Mekong (eTurboNews)
... Giving and growing in the Lao community (Daily Planet)
... Vietnam Vet Leland Sorensen Returns from Laos (KPVI)
... The Golden Triangle and The Opium Museum (Huffington Post)
... Filipino film on Palawan tribe inspires Lao cinema (Minda News)
... Laos' Neighbor: Udon Thani wants on the map (BP)
... Lower Mekong countries, US boost cooperation (VT)
... Laos culture event at Willerup March 29 (Independent)
... Neighbours wary of Laos dam plan (Phnom Penh Post)
... Cambodia Calls for Laos to Reconsider Mekong Dam (VOA)
... Lao President grants credentials to its new ambassadors (VT)
... Lao PM emphasises the significance of World Water Day (VT)
... Disaster management and livelihoods set to be improved in Laos (VT)
... UK Scopes Opportunities To Support Laos' climate Change Mitigation Efforts
... Zambia learns Lao UXO legacy (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Ya Mo Fair (Bangkok Post)
... JICA supports parasitology project in Laos (VT)
... Maids to come from Laos, Cambodia (Arab News)
... Lecture highlights shared culture among SE Asians (VT)
... Multi-sectoral approach required for lifestyle diseases (VT)
... Khiri Travel Moves to Sustainable New Office in Vientiane (Thai PR)
... Lao Govt launches fact-finding study on violence against women, children
... Vietnam vet returns from Laos after searching for missing soldier's body (LN8)
... Ore production hopes rise in Laos (VT)

... Lecture highlights Laos' Commy Party role (VT)

... Lao Govt steps up to resolve investment disputes (VT)

... Laos, Turkey to boost human resources on diplomacy (VT)

... Khammuan to remember wartime massacre in Thakhek (VT)

... Missing Malaysian plane not detected by Lao civilian radar (VT)

... Police officer returns from Guard duty in Egypt (McDowell News)

... Lao-Owned: Thai And Sushi On Porters Neck Menu (Wilmington Biz)

... Travel and Adventure: Cruising on the Mekong Explorer (Wicked Local)

... MIA in Laos: Remains of Air Force Captain missing from Vietnam War identified

... Heartbroken girlfriend of man who drowned on their dream trip to Laos found dead

... Drivers flunk new computerised theory test (VT)

... Agriculture bank unable to reduce loan interest (VT)

... New deputy minister appointed in Lao Govt reshuffle (VT)

... France gives boost to food quality, infectious disease control (VT)

... Lao Govt submits plan for prevention of violence against women (VT)

... Ethnic Bio: Thong Louangxay (RR Star)
... Laos looks to Japan to resolve traffic chaos (VT)
... Lao Govt to assess land concession viability (VT)
... Japan steps in to help Laos cut carbon emission (Nation)
... Laos, Switzerland to step up development cooperation (VT)
... Lao Govt reshuffles ministry heads amidst budget woes (VT)
... Lao, Vietnamese officials plan smoother investment path (VT)
... Traditional costumes of ten Southeast Asian countries (VietnamNet)
... Japan Grants Over 4 Billion Kip For Health Development In Laos (BD)
... The Rocket review – 'Likable film whose gentleness contrasts with subject'

March 10-16, 2014

Laos: Dam critics unswayed (Phnom Phen Post)
Cambodian environmental groups yesterday stepped up their calls for the Don Sahong dam in Laos to be cancelled, after a visit to the site failed to convince them the hydropower project would not harm the Mekong River and the people who depend on it. “We ask our government to consider how our people will be impacted by this dam and to work with the other three
More work on HIV in Laos needed (IRIN)
Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing. “Even though HIV prevalence is low in [Laos, at 0.3 percent], we still need to keep efforts up to ensure all people in need of HIV services can access them and that no one is left behind. HIV is a reality in Laos and our progress on HIV will lead to progress on
Japan grants US$29.6m for three projects in Laos (VT)
The government of Japan has injected more than 237.4 billion kip (US$29.6 million) to fund three projects to accelerate growth and Laos' efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals.  A signing ceremony for the grant agreement took place yesterday at the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Chief Representative of the (JICA) Laos, Mr Koichi Takei,
Nationwide fibre optic network set for completion (VT)
A nationwide project to install an underground fibre optic network is set for completion late this month, and will significantly advance telecommunications infrastructure in Laos. Officials in charge are now finalising the Lao National Transmission Backbone Network project, it was reported yesterday by the Head of the project's Installation and Repair Division,
Work begins on highway from Luang Prabang to Oudomxay (VT)
Reconstruction of Road No. 13 North between Oudomxay provincial capital to Pakmong in Luang Prabang province's Nambak district is underway following a stone-laying ceremony yesterday in Oudomxay... The deal was inked on December 16, 2012. The US$82.5 million project will have a timeframe of three years with Burapha Development Consultant as the
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Presentation recalls ‘secret’ CIA war in Laos (Daily Campus)
... St. Paul: Lao Family Community leadership dispute reignites (Twin Cities)
... Champasack proposes establishment of urban tourist zone (Brunei Direct)
... Pinoy students from Laos bag 3rd place award at Singapore summit (GMA)
... The Rocket, Under The Skin, The Zero Theorem: this week's new films (Guardian)
... Laos Prepares For ASEAN Chair 2016 (Brunei Direct)
... Laos launches its first ever fashion week (Global Times)
... Lower Mekong Countries Urge Halt to Lao Dam Project (VOA)
... Laos Tour: Explore the stunning Kong Lor Caves of Laos (Travel DN)
... Lao-Thai Border: Mining giant fails to cow angry villagers (Bangkok Post)
... Laos culture event at Willerup (Independent)
... The Rocket: A boy and his Dreams (YES Weekly)
... Laos to Break Ground on Don Sahong Dam in Dec (RFA)
... President welcomes Lao NA vice chairman (Vietnam News)
... Lao energy market: Latest market analysis presented (PR-Inside)
... Lifetime Battle: Kids' Struggles Don't End When the War Is Over (NBC)
... Wattay airport to undergo major expansion (VT)
... JAIF funds student dormitories for rural women (VT)
... Lao fibre-optic network nearly done (Bangkok Post)
... Laos promises transparency over Don Sahong dam (VT)
... Myanmar, Laos to cooperate in banking sector (XinhuaNet)
... Laos, UNESCO bolster ties in world heritage conservation (VT)
... Khmer-Lao-Thai: Private sector urges drive in border trade (BP)
... Former UN Ambassador announced as new deputy minister (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: St. Paul man kicking his way to an NFL dream (KARE11)
... Lao Housewives Association celebrates International Women's Day (BD)
... The Food of Laos Plants Its Flag in San Francisco for the First Time (SFW)
... Vanished: Laotian devpt. worker still missing after more than a year (Guardian)
... Laos sparks interest at Berlin tourism fair (VT)
... Somsavat visits flood hit areas in Oudomxay (VT)
... Lao-Hmong Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Mail (WSAW)
... Laos commissions viability study on solar energy (Eco-Business)
... Lao Dam: Asean ministers have to heed the Mekong's plight (BP)
... Lao Govt installs extra pumps to guard against water shortage (VT)
... Historic park to be built in the south to honour King Xaysetthathirath (VT)
... Laos, Japan To Strengthen Cooperation On Trade And Industry (Brunei Direct)
... Laos welcomes comments on Don Sahong dam (VT)
... Overseas visitors to Laos making only short trips (VT)
... Tree planting planned for That Luang Marsh SEZ (VT)
... President calls on women to preserve Lao culture (VT)
... Foreign diplomats urge action on wildlife trafficking syndicate (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Bueng Kan residents and tourists affected by haze (eTN)
... Ground Broken For Sisomphone Lorvanxay Memorial (Brunei Direct)
... Believers in Laos Stand Firm in Faith Despite Opposition (Persecution)
... Lao-US: Remains of Tacoma airman killed in 1969 will finally return (NT)

March 3-9, 2014

Journey Through Laos: Ethnic Minorities are Suffering (Huffington Post)
Bon Hiang is a family man. He and his wife were happy for a while, when they had five healthy children. I meet him in rural Pin Dong village, southern Laos, where he is standing in the middle of a hot and noisy crowd weighing and measuring other people's children. This area is home to the Sou people, an ethnic minority in Laos. Today Bon Hiang is assessing children
Lao Govt struggles to make timely salary payments to its state employees (VT)
The government is still facing a number of challenges in making sure state workers get their monthly pay packets on time, even after cutting the living allowance. The government stopped paying state employees the monthly 760,000 kip (US$95) living allowance on October 1 last year in a bid to accrue 2,000 billion kip (US$250 million) this fiscal year as part of efforts to maintain macro-economic stability.
Lao economic growth slows, World Bank report shows (VT)
Economic growth in Laos will slow down this year as one of the largest mining operations in the country has halted gold production, according to a report from the World Bank.  The bank released its Lao PDR Economic Monitor at Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane yesterday, showing that economic growth in Laos is projected to moderate at 7.2 percent in 2014 after
Labour shortage in Laos impedes industry development (VT)
The shortage of labour in Laos is still a major issue for foreign investors, which means industry development is struggling but some companies have taken the decision to expand their business here. The Vientiane Industry and Trade Area (VITA) in Xaythany district is one of the major industrial parks in Vientiane requiring more workers for the factories in the area.
Logging, tax avoidance top 2013 corrupt activities in Laos (VT)
Logging and tax avoidance issues involved in by state officials topped corruption cases in 2013, officials in charge of anti-corruption announced. Director General of the Government Inspection and Anti-corruption Authority (GIACA)'s External Relations Department, Mr Xaykham Ounmixay, revealed the findings at a meeting last week.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Rocket fails to take flight (Stuff)
... Three new deputy finance ministers named (VT)
... Dry season rice harvest in Laos will not reach target (VT)
... Borikhamxay plans to roll out welcome mat for tourists (VT)
... Laos commissions viability study on solar energy (EV Wind)
... New funding to boost sustainable community forestry in Laos (VT)
... In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong (AsiaNews)
... In return to Laos, writer/director uses to local boy to star in drama (SF Gate)
... The Best Gift Shop Find in Laos (CNT)
... Borikhamxay marks 30 years with fanfare (VT)
... Lao-American: Feast and Fusion (Anchorage Press)
... Borikhamxay to build memorial park for revolutionary hero (VT)
... Lao ladies mark International Women's Day with aerobics (VT)
... Lao Govt to balance investment projects, financial capacity (VT)
... Xayaburi Hydro Project To Employ Another 1,000 Workers (BD)
... Lao Communist Party resolves measures to maintain growth (VT)
... Forum assesses progress of village forestry management in Laos (VT)
... Illegal logging persists in Laos (VT)
... Women's Day holiday announced (VT)
... Laos’s urban-rural WASH divide (IRIN)
... Go Communications sets up in Laos (MI)
... Laos, Japan bolster legal sector training (VT)
... Lao outbound travellers reach 2.8 million in 2013 (VT)
... Japan provides $30m for Lao development (China Daily)
... Ministry awards cash prizes to drawing contest winners (VT)
... Roaming and Reading: Cheryl Strayed on Laos (MPR News)
... Vietnam and Laos are neighbors, but strangers (Minda News)
... Rapid Economic Growth In Laos Leaving Rural Poor Behind (IB Times)
... Only 85 of These Rare Dolphins Exist—So Why Laos Could Kill Them All?
... Ministry reshuffles department heads (VT)
... Laos tourism reaches “moment of truth” (TDM)

... Laos pushes for world heritage proposals (XinhuaNet)
... Laos condemns terrorist attack in China (People Daily)
... New policy to improve school feeding program in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Managing Risks for Macroeconomic Stability (WebWire)
... Japan supports school, urban and meteorological projects (VT)
... Govt prohibits conversion of agricultural land in Khammuan (VT)
... Children in Laos vulnerable to unexploded bombs (Radio Australia)
... "Spirits Market in Laos: Databook to 2017", published (Click Press)
... Thai entrepreneurs from Loei to meet with Laos private sector (NNT)
... Lao Dam Plan Impact Assessment ‘Flawed and Incomplete’: Report (RFA)
... A secret in Laos (Oroville MR)
... Lao students flock to Vietnam (Vietnam Net)
... Laos lecture at Carmel College (Northern Echo)
... SME promotion must be a priority in Asean (VT)
... Laos: Honouring the elephants (Myanmar Times)
... Lao PM sends message of sympathy to China (VT)
... Lao Govt statement on terrorist attack in China (VT)
... APHEDA continues support for poor Lao women (VT)
... Govt to accelerate Laos's world heritage proposals (VT)
... Luang Prabang continues to improve tourist facilities (VT)
... Laos pushes Xaysomboun as next destination (TTG Asia)
... Impact study on dam problem-ridden: WWF (Phnom Penh Post)
... Christians In North Laos Face Their Choose "Go Back or Go Away"... (CP)
... Wildlife Group Rebuts Environmental Assessment for Mekong Dam Project
... New bridge between Thailand & Laos helping boost trade & economic expansion
... Travel businesses urged to learn Korean (VT)
... Vientiane province looks to build industrial zone (VT)
... Siam Kubota launches Cambodia, Laos units (Nation)
... NRA to set surveying and UXO clearance standard (VT)
... Medical mobile team provides treatment in Phongsaly (VT)
... Greater search activity pledged for missing American soldiers (VT)
... Acleda Bank Plans to Open 12 New Branches in Myanmar, 4 in Laos (MC)
... British trade envoy promotes UK, capacity building for Lao filmmakers (XN)

Feb. 24 - Mar. 2, 2014

EU aid to help eliminate UXO threats in Laos (VT)
The European Union (EU) is providing more than 2.3 million euros (US$3.2 millon) in aid to assist vulnerable people, ethnic qroups and those living in unexploded ordnance (UXO) plagued areas in Laos. This funding for three new projects, channelled through NGO partners – Handicap International, MAG and Danish Church Aid, compliments its support
International rescue in Laos (Sydney MH)
Working tourists are doing a world of good in Laos, Jimmy Thomson writes. The old moon bear is not into sharing. A cracked-open coconut has been tossed into his enclosure and he is alternating chews with muffled growls as the younger bears sidle up. If they get too close, this cute bundle of fur turns into a snarling flurry of fangs and claws. This is no teddy bear. But the youngsters are smart and fast.
3.9 m tourist arrivals forecast for Laos this year (VT)
About 3.9 million foreign tourists are now expected to arrive in Laos in 2014 according to new forecasts and modeling, an official working in the sector has announced. The new forecast comes after some 3.7 million visitors arrived in Laos last year, a figure that exceeded expectations as officials predicted 3.5 and 3.7 million visitors for 2014 and 2015
Sweet Surrender in Laos (CN Traveler)
Why Laos? I got that question a lot last year. It came after I rattled off the short list of countries my family and I had visited in the course of a seven-week trip: The others were Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan. Laos was the only destination that anyone questioned, the single stop on our itinerary that required an explanation—one I couldn’t offer except to say
Say goodbye to dolphins, and much else of Mekong's riches (Nation)
To the many fishing and farming families living on the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia, the sigh of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin is part of the soundtrack of their lives. But that could change - and very soon too. Almost 5,000km long and running through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam, the Mekong feeds some 60 million
Laos: Caving in to a bike race, but winning anyway (Minda News)
Perhaps his words were lost in translation before they got to me. Last Thursday, I had a very brief conversation with Khek, who tends a bike shop at Dongpayna in Vientiane. He only speaks Lao. As far as my Lao language competence could grasp, what I understood was that he invited me to join him and other cyclists to bike from the capital to Vangvieng on Sat.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos: Explosive secrets (ODT)

... Laos revisits travel targets (TTR Weekly)

... Mekong River down to a trickle? (TTR Weekly)

... Borikhamxay transformed into economic hub (VT)

... Sydney scientist leads Laos dam protests (News)

... 'The Rocket': From tragedy, a thing of beauty (Philly)

... Date to declare assets ‘unclear,' Lao official says (VT)

... Film set in Laos a triumph for Granville TAFE students (Sun)

... Struggling to assist Lao bomb victims (Asian Correspondent)

... Enrolment high but survival low in southern Laos' schools (VT)

... Lao Govt promotes awareness of UPR among stakeholders (VT)

... Make the drive to Chicagoland's only Lao restaurant (Chicago Reader)

... Cambodia, Laos finish 81% of joint border demarcation (Global Times)

... Former pilot for Air America talks about work in Laos during Vietnam War

... IFAD helps farmers in rural areas (VT)

... 80m kip for victims of 2004 boat race (VT)

... First ever Lao coffee festival to be held (VT)

... Laos aims higher on tourism (Bangkok Post)

... Little help for UXO victims in Laos (IRIN News)

... Anti corruption law to meet international standards (VT)

... UK trade envoy to promote trade in Indochina countries (VT)

... Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills (Nation)

... First thoughts: Year of the Horse for Lao Minnesotans (Daily Planet)

... Hmong vets suffer setback in quest for burial at U.S. cemeteries (LA Times)

... Disappeared Lao Civil Society Leader’s Mother ‘Still Waiting for Him to Return’

... Leland Sorensen Heads Off to Laos (KPVI)

... Fires rip through properties all over Laos (VT)

... Dolphins: Laos doesn’t give a dam (TTR Weekly)

... Japan boosts power supply in Laos' northern Phongsaly (VT)

... Lao PM visits development projects in northern provinces (VT)

... Laos: Irregularities exposed in road and bridge construction (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos National Assembly committees enhance links (VN)

... Laos to produce its largest digital topographic map (Global Times)

... Better coordination needed for UXO campaign in southern Laos (VT)

... The Rocket - A Laos-set coming-of-age fable driven by naturalistic ... (List)

... Fresno's Laotian Markets (Saveur)
... Surgeons successfully correct rare condition (VT)
... Khmer, Lao, Thai: Bus fares boost travel (TTR Weekly)
... Swiss support community capacity building in Phongsaly (VT)
... Laos, Korea join forces for digital mapping development (VT)
... Upgrade commences on roads linking Huaphan to Vietnam (VT)
... English teaching and literacy project to launch in Savannakhet (VT)
... 'The Rocket' rides an underdog arc through Laos (Creative Loafing)
... Roadmap discussed for information, culture & tourism development (VT)
... Central banks of Belarus, Laos sign memorandum of understanding (Belta)
... Laos tourism up 13% (TTR Weekly)
... Visit Xaysomboun year to launch in 2015 (VT)
... GO Communications expands into Laos (MSN)
... Journey through Laos: Information Required (Trust)
... Lao Govt takes steps to modernise statistics system (VT)
... Villagers in Vangvieng to get loudspeaker broadcasts (VT)
... Dam Building Slows in Southeast Asia (Wall Street Journal)
... Labour migration to Thailand challenging for Champassak (VT)
... Lao PM presses Phongsaly authorities to identify poverty factors (VT)
... Laos to draft national plan to end violence against women, children (SD)
... Profile of Laos on the rise (Korea Herald)
... Laos, Hungary to further education cooperation (VT)
... Lao-Viet house will train technical agriculture for youth (VT)
... Maneelap offers exotic, yet homey, taste of Laos (Examiner)
... JICA book helps University of Laos teaching methods (Nation)
... D Magazine Profiles KERA's Doualy Xaykaothao (KERA News)
... Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills (Nation)
... Laos, Japan strengthen carbon emissions reduction in Laos (VT)
... Xaysomboun to catch up with other provinces: Governor says (VT)
... Idaho War Hero Enlisted to Help Find Remains in Laos (Magic Valley)

February 17-23, 2014

Roads in Laos are insufficiently maintained (VT)

The roads in Laos are not being maintained to the standards they should be and many are falling apart as the government budget for road maintenance falls well short of what is required. In fact the budget shortfall is so great that the government can only source around 30 percent of what it is estimated it would cost to maintain them to an acceptable standard
Laos dam plan threatens existence of rare dolphin (AFP/Yahoo)
A dam which Laos plans to build across the Mekong River could wipe out critically endangered dolphins in downstream Cambodia, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned on Thursday. If built, the controversial Don Sahong dam in southern Laos would be just a kilometre upstream of the main stretch of water favoured by the rare freshwater Irrawaddy, WWF said in a statement. With an estimated 85 adults
Vixay Keosavang: The “Mr Big of Wildlife Crime in Laos” (Books Live)
Investigative journalist Julian Rademeyer has written a guest post for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) on the “’Mr Big’ of wildlife crime in Laos”, Vixay Keosavang, who runs the Xaysavang syndicate. Rademeyer exposed the syndicate, first writing about it in 2011 and investigating it further in Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.
Illegal timber trade the focus of Lao police (VT)
Some 257 cases involving the illegal trading of timber were discovered in 2013, topping the year's list of fraud or economic-related cases, according to economic police. The police officers in charge of economic affairs registered 559 cases in total over the past year, an increase of 311 or 61.22% compared to 2012, according to the Security Newspaper
Lao-Thai: Trails between two cities (Nation)
You can of course get from Mukdahan in Northeast Thailand to Savannakhet in Laos in a matter of minutes by bus or by car, but travelling there under your own pedal power is a far more interesting journey, allowing for detours along tracks to admire the scores of stupas and temples that dot this region. The Tourism Authority of Thailand's Nakhon Phanom office
Other stories about Laos around the world
... The Rocket: A Laotian story (NW Asian Weekly)
... Traveller's Guide: The Golden Triangle (Independent)
... Alcohol consumption leads to sexual assault in Laos (VT)
... 2 arrested for smuggling heroin from Laos to Vietnam (TN)
... Tax exemption for rice, tobacco import from Laos (Saigon)
... Luang Prabang ranks as a world leading tourist destination (VT)
... Hydropower has future potential in Laos' national development (VT)
... Mekong bridge construction at Pakbeng may experience delays (VT)
... Food, culture of Laos is focus at first ‘Ethnic Meals’ event (Sturgis Journal)
... Laos Steps Up Security in Hmong Villages Amid Prisoner Concerns (RFA)
... Laos non-life insurance market: Latest market research analysed (Live-PR)
... Laos, Singapore ink agreements on tax, education cooperation (XinhuaNet)
... Serene time-out in Laos (AsiaOne)
... Lao PM arrives in Singapore on official visit (VT)
... Villagers Call for Postponement of Lao Dam (VOA)
... Journey Through Laos: Information Required (Huffington Post)
... Lao-Thai Border: Police spot check rescues 5 tiger cubs (WLN)
... Medics seek ways to improve maternal, child health in Laos (VT)
... Fast Laos and the quiet movement of Lao diaspora (Daily Planet)
... Study: Under-nutrition rates remain high in Laos' upland areas (VT)
... Life on Mekong Faces Threats As Major Dams Begin to Rise (Yale)
... Facilities need upgrading to attract more affluent tourists to Laos (VT)
... Singapore businesses eye potential growth opportunities in Laos (CNA)
... Movie review: ‘The Rocket’ details life in today’s Laos (Salt Lake Tribune)
... Cambodia-Laos dam threatens existence of rare dolphin (Oman Observer)
... Censorship, abductions & abuses: Laos is SEA's "most repressive" regime
... CIFOR, National University of Laos sign pact to expand research cooperation
... Crime unit reviews operations in Laos (VT)

... Laos to ban unfinished timber export (XinhuaNet)

... Dam threatens survival of Mekong dolphins (Panda)

... Fortified Wine Market in Laos: Databook to 2017 (TMC)

... Lao PM to visit Singapore from Feb 20-21 (Global Times)

... The Rocket: Displaced Peasants in Laos (Seattle Weekly)

... Opponents seek halt to Mekong dams in Laos (Bangkok Post)

... Elephant Festival Inaugurates in Laos by President (Prensa Latina)

... Lao President gives guidance on development in Phieng district (VT)

... Lao vice president meets Chinese women's delegation (People Daily)

... Lao TC’s telephony base rises 11%, reports Thaicom (Telegeography)

... Business Assistance Facility Workshop Held In Vientiane (Brunei Direct)

... Cheating Death: Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos (Erau-News)

... Vientiane, Luang Prabang rank high among budget travellers in Asia (VT)

... Laos Human Rights Abuses 'Serious,' But Mostly Hidden From View (RFA)

... Lao-Viet traveling overland: musings from a 24-hour bus ride (Minda News)

... Most extraordinary places to stay in the world include 'gibbon experience' in Laos

... Xayaboury celebrates Elephant Festival (VT)

... Japan vows to aid Mekong region (Bangkok Post)
... Japan funds school construction projects in Laos (VT)

... Lao Post & Telecoms officials urged to work harder (VT)

... Lao-Vietnamese state auditors deepen cooperation (VT)

... 2 arrested for smuggling heroin from Laos to Vietnam (TN)
... The river less traveled-Laos: Down the Mekong (Vagabonding)
... Preparation needed for climate change: Lao official (XinhuaNet)

... University students gain outdoor experience in Borikhamxay (VT)

... Thai-Lao Lignite (Thailand) Co. Ltd. v. Government of Laos (NY LJ)

... Illegal Logging Tops Economic Crime In Laos Last Year (Bernama)

... Laos telecoms market: Reform delays hinder development of industry (LPR)

... 'The Rocket' review: Spunky Laotian kid with a flare for ballistics helps... (OL)

... Donors reiterate assistance restrictions (VT)
... Thai-Lao bridge service upgrade (Bangkok Post)
... Vietnam, Laos improve border control (VietnamNet)
... Hi-Q launches Asean expansion in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Natural disasters and climate change causing hardship (VT)
... Laos hydro project creates new frontier financing model (IFLR)
... Additional funds to reduce poverty in Laos' northern uplands (VT)
... Border Police Intercept Marijuana Gang From Laos (Pattaya DN)
... Education experts discuss sustainable communication network in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Myanmar: Govt has no plans for political U-turn, says commander-in-chief
... Vietnam, Laos To Speed Up "One-stop-shop" Model At Border Gate (Bernama)
... Rory Wood's Guide to Laos (Gap Year)
... Bush fires a serious concern in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Thai checkpoint upgrade to service needs (VT)
... Tourists change transit route to Laos (Bangkok Post)
... VN, Laos simplify border procedures (Vietnam News)
... Chinese company to plan Xaysomboun development (VT)
... Services to be improved at Lao-Thai friendship bridge (VT)
... Things to see and do in Laos, South East Asia (Herald Sun)
... Korean organisation improves basic education in Laos (VT)
... Death of a middleman: Laos lesson for Asean (Manila Times)
... Films a great way of learning about our neighbouring states (Nation)
... Khon Kaen Uni has Tai Noi (Thai Lao) signage at main gate (Nation)

February 10-16, 2014

Elephant Festival readies for over 100,000 visitors (VT)
Preparations for this year's Elephant Festival in Xayaboury province are currently well over 80 percent complete, with officials expecting to welcome an expected over 100,000 guests to visit the event next week . Deputy Head of Information, Culture and Tourism Department Mr Sangvien Saengchanaly told Vientiane Times yesterday that a trade fair has been already
Illegal opium crop in Laos declines (VT)
The area covered by illegal poppy fields concealed in dense forest in the north of Laos has been found to be less than last year.  The survey, made by helicopter and satellite, reported that the opium fields reduced from about 5,000 hectares in 2012 to 3,900 or 4,000 hectares in 2013. “It reduced because the opium controllers are working hard to oversee the illegal
Cruising Down the Mekong River in Laos (WSJ)
It's a 2,700-mile-long journey, of which Kathryn and I would see a small but interesting stretch. For two days we floated from the far northern corner of Thailand through the Laotian countryside to Luang Prabang, the former capital famous for its colonial architecture and nuanced French-Asian cuisine.  Most cruise passengers spend the night before departure in the Thai city of Chiang Rai, then hire a taxi for an early morning two-hour drive east to the international bridge
Japanese investment skyrockets in Laos (VT)
The value of Japanese investment in Laos in 2013 reached US$405.7 million, increasing by a factor of almost 15 compared to the year before, according to Japanese economic expert Prof. Dr Motoyoshi Suzuki. Japan is also a major donor to development in Laos ... “I think that within the next two years, Japan will climb in the rankings from 6th to 4th largest for foreign
Vientiane where a new road makes front page news (Telegraph)
The first thing my parents asked me when we spoke after my recent trip to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, was ‘how noticeable were the politics?’ My sister is a school teacher in Saigon so they have spent plenty of time in a Communist country but as far as I can tell the similarities between Laos and Vietnam begin and end with the form of government.
Young Laotians Learn Chinese to Improve Job Prospects (New York Times)
On alternate mornings, in a sparsely furnished classroom at a private school in the Laotian capital, Liphakone Ratthida and a dozen of his classmates converse in Chinese and study China’s history and culture. Though he goes by the Chinese name Li Panda, Mr. Ratthida is not of Chinese ancestry, nor has he been to China. His experience of China is limited to
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, Korea Share Lessons (Brunei Direct)

... Govt reaffirms financial commitment to fight poverty (VT)

... The Lethal Legacy of U.S. Foreign Intervention ~ Laos (Sunshine)

... First science-policy exchange aims to improve decision making (VT)

... New dormitories provide better environment for studying, socialising (VT)

... Azerbaijan, Laos stress importance of mutual investments & development of trade

... Lao service sector booms (Global Times)

... SDC launches Lao Culture Challenge Fund (VT)

... Khao Insixiengmay: Royal Lao veteran (Daily Planet)

... Six new foreign ambassadors take office in Laos (VT)

... Lecture introduces new book on the life of President Khamtay (VT)

... Long-haul tourists change their transit route to Luang Prabang (VT)

... Laos Refugee, Domestic Violence Survivor Becomes Honors Student (CBS)

... There's more to love than sex (VT)

... New Lao ambassador to EU takes up post (VT)

... Silence over missing activist in Laos (Asia Times)

... British NGO to support promotion of Lao civil society (VT)

... Ch Karnchang - Surviving thanks to Xayaburi dam (Nation)

... France Pledges Grant For Water Supply in Laos (Brunei Direct)

... UXO information not being given in several primary schools (VT)

... A French-Asian Fusion in Luang Prabang, Laos (Huffington Post)

... Philippines, Laos grouped together in AFC Challenge Cup (Yahoo)

... Lao Govt approves school meal programme, measures for growth (VT)

... Laos - Additional Financing for the Health Service Improvement Project (WB)

... US to increase UXO sector assistance (VT)

... Laotians would like to study arts in Belarus (Belta)

... Century 21 joins Laos bandwagon (Bangkok Post)

... Five countries meet to keep French-speaking alive (VT)

... The Mystical Riches of Luang Prabang (Intelligent Travel)

... Lao officials uncover 100b ( ~$12.5 mil) unpaid taxes (VT)

... Seven Asian destinations - In the mood for romance (Nation)

... Recreational parklands under development in Xieng Khuang (VT)

... Laos, Kuwait to strengthen cooperation in culture and tourism (VT)

... Lao public, private sectors prepare for APEC economic integration (GT)

... BBC visits Xayaboury construction site (BBC)

... Turkey's honourary consul to Laos appointed (VT)

... Laos energy development spawns tensions (DW)

... Indian cultural festival inaugurated in Laos (Yahoo)

... Laos govt branches 'need to improve for AEC' (Nation)

... Laos builds stairway to Plain of Jars quarry site (Nation)

... Lottery set to open for legal football gambling in Laos (VT)

... Investment in special economic zone reaches US$1 billion (VT)

... Northern Laos: Scaling up Xieng Khuang cattle bank interventions (VT)

... U.S. Assistance To Laos (VOA)
... Railroading debt into Laos (Japan Times)
... More work required before AEC integration (VT)
... Japan does more for Lao primary education (VT)
... Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos (BP)
... Minister highlights Laos-Belarus cooperation progress (VT)
... Minister stresses the need for educational improvement (VT)
... Laos, Belarus mull cooperation on science and technology (VT)
... Superjet Pushes for More Asia Pacific Sales like Laos (AIN Online)

February 3-9, 2014

High-end tourists only a fifth of total arrivals in Laos (VT)
The number of high-end tourists visiting Laos is still small despite the fact that the number of foreign arrivals in the country exceeded the expected targets. Vice President of the Lao Association of Travel Agents, Mr Saleum Khamphenvong told Vientiane Times on Thursday that although the number of foreign visitors to Laos reached more than 3.7 million people
Journey Through Laos: Where Are All the Doctors? (Huffington Post)
"There was an outbreak of typhoid and there were no health workers so no one identified it for three months and it spread to other villages. Eight people died." I'm in Laos, South East Asia, hearing about the impact of the lack of health workers in Laos from Health Poverty Action's Country Director Bangyuan Wang. It's grim listening. Experts across the world are warning
3.8 million tourists visited Laos in 2013 (VT)
Foreign tourist arrivals to Laos in 2013 reached 3,779,490 visitors for the year, exceeding the official target of more than 3.4 million, statistics showed. The 2013 arrivals also surpassed targets forecast for 2015 of around 3,750,000 visitors, according to statistics from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The 2013 figures represented a big increase compared to 2012 when Laos
Five well-known nightclubs including Marina ordered to shutdown (VT)
The four venues are Star Club in Nonsavang village of Chanthaboury district, Dao Kham club in Nakham village in Sikhottabong district, Romeo Club in Khoknin village and Phik Club in Beungkhayong village of Sisattanak district. Meanwhile Marina Club in Nongpanai village of Sikhottobong district was told to shut down for two months from February1 to April 1.
Top five experiences in Laos (Stuff)
From a quiet backwater to today's incarnation, Laos is one of the most beguiling destinations in all of Asia.  Those include Luang Prabang, Si Phan Don, Gibbon Experience, Vang Vieng  and River Trips ...  Languid and lovely Luang Prabang is one of the most alluring places in Southeast Asia.  Nowhere else can lay claim to the city's old-world romance of 33 gilded
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos slow to pass legal reforms (BP)
... WTO facilitates investment climate in Laos (VT)
... Vientiane steps up for better urban development (VT)
... Korea helps improve dental services at Mahosot (VT)
... Authentic Lao-Thai corner offers nostalgic charm (Yahoo)
... Laos, Cambodia vow to enhance cultural cooperation (VT)
... Lao-Hmong in Australia: Two identities, one story (Canberra Times)
... Laos Second Rice Crop behind Target (Oryza)
... Laos, Cambodia sign 7 cooperation documents (VT)
... Lao, Thai doctors advance internal medicine skills (VT)
... Laos, Belarus ink multi-area cooperation documents (VT)
... Spotlight to shine on illegal wildlife trade at global conference (VT)
... Communist Laos takes nearly four decades to pass 100 laws (Nation)
... The Changing Face of Lao-Hmong Youth in America (New America Media)
... Laos striving for rule of law state (VT)
... Thais still top tourists to Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Events to showcase Indian cultural variety (VT)
... Support for Champassak tourism improvement (VT)
... Paving a Path to Responsible Tourism in Laos (ATT)
... Vientiane moves to speed up Nongping development (VT)
... First JCB card in Laos introduced by Phongsavanh Bank (Yahoo)
... New bus route between Loei and Luang Prabang launched (TDN)
... Radio coverage doubled throughout Laos, but content a concern (VT)
... Laos will need to improve human resources (TDN)
... Laos' key gold mine sheds 420 employees (Nation)
... Laos, Vietnam to launch single stop inspection (VT)
... Road construction commences in Xaysomboun (VT)
... Study underway on tollway development on Road 13 (VT)
... Lao PM visits business projects in Vientiane province (VT)
... Difficulties for Lao students in Vietnam being addressed (VT)
... Laos Falls Short of Dry Season Rice Production Target (RFA)
... Laos, US enhance cooperation (VT)
... Xaysomboun announces constituency office (VT)
... A Lesson in soup-making from Laos (Portland Tribune)
... MMG LXML Sepon lays off 420 staff after gold closure (VT)
... Education minister calls for further education reform in Laos (VT)
... Building resilience to worsening seasonal floods in Laos (IF Red Cross)
... Laos offers training, access to funds for entrepreneurs to boost employment
... Morals Campaign Launched in Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Laos may not achieve educational goals: official (VT)
... Lao Govt aims to nurture more new entrepreneurs (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam cement cooperation in information (VT)
... Settlement and livelihoods crucial to fighting poverty in Laos, donors told (VT)
... Exhibition about Katu People adds to Luang Prabang cultural attractions (TDN)

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2014

KAY DANES: Human rights honour (Xperedon)
The activist is being honoured with the medal for her campaigning work for the victims of human rights abuses in Laos... According to the Australian Honours Secretariat: The Medal of the Order of Australia is the principal means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level... The award recognises Danes, the author of books including
China becomes largest investor in Laos (XinhuaNet)
China has become the largest investor in Laos with over 5 billion U.S. dollars invested in the country, said Chinese Ambassador to Laos Guan Huabing. Guan's comments came at the launch of a photo exhibition jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy in Laos, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Laos and the Laos-China Cooperation Commission. The series of 83 photographs showcased the past achievements of trade and economic cooperation
$2 billion trade between Laos and China last year (VT)
Trade between Laos and China reached US$2.03 billion last year, which was an increase of almost 30 percent compared to the year before, according to a senior official.  “Cooperation between Laos and China rapidly increased over the past year. Altogether, Chinese investment in Laos is worth over US$5 billion making it amongst the largest investors in
Hundreds of Local Workers Laid Off at Laos Gold Mine (RFA)
Hundreds of local workers have been laid off at an Australian-operated gold mine in southern Laos following an announcement last year by company executives that the firm would cease mining the precious commodity due to rising costs. About 400 of 4,000 workers at the MMG Lane Xang Minerals Limited Sepon mine in Savannakhet province were let go last week
Remnants of the Secret War in Laos (Diplomat)
One of the main reasons the U.S. lost the Second Indochina War (better known as the Vietnam War) was because of the North Vietnamese Army’s logistical supply lines, collectively known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, along which the North Vietnamese moved troops, weapons and supplies in ever-greater quantities during the war. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was
Copper tops mining investment in Laos (VT)
Copper has become the most commonly mined commodity in Laos since the government moved to promote foreign investment in the mineral extraction industry in the year 2000. According to a report from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the government has approved 470 mining products a with combined investment value of some US$5.9 billion.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... US builds school facilities in Saravan, Xekong (VT)

... Lions leap into Chinese, Vietnamese communities (VT)

... Laos , Myanmar To Cooperate In Security (Brunei Direct)

... Farmers discuss agricultural productivity improvement (VT)

... Cambodian PM to visit Laos on ties next week (Global Times)

... Development partners pledge support for rule of law in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American Obituary: Amphone (Pathammavong) Souphida, 66 (CP)

... PFA undertakes business mission to Laos to explore expansion possibilities

... Flooding dampens growth in Lao agriculture: PM (VT)

... Lao police pinpoint drugs as a major social problem (VT)

... Chinese, Vietnamese residents enjoy New Years Eve (VT)

... Myanmar, Laos to cooperate in security, peace (XinhuaNet)

... Lao Govt calls for donors to support fight against poverty (VT)

... Laos to mark boundaries of protected forests (Malaysian Insider)

... Laos Blind to Benefit from Kiwi Ophthalmologist’s Expertise (Scoop)

... Northern Laos: Huaphan tourism sector to benefit from road deviation (VT)

... UXO clearance to be more precise (VT)

... Laos to curb tariff-free items (Bangkok Post)

... Sugarcane growers fall in debt to factory (VT)

... Car exhaust, air pollution pose health risks (VT)

... Officials delay decision on nightclub shutdowns (VT)

... Laos prepares for Chinese Lunar New Year (XinhuaNet)

... Champassak dam: 188 households to be relocated (VT)

... Laos in the House: Catching up with Catzie (Daily Planet)

... Vietnam, Laos boost information cooperation (VietnamNews)

... Laotians: The American dream through Buddhist eyes (WCM)

... Australia OAM Honors Laos, Hmong Human Rights Advocate (Scoop)

... Dongmakkhai to become a new city area (VT)

... Local coordination key to better UXO clearance (VT)

... Yunnan brings Lunar New Year show to Laos (China Daily)

... Villa Maly Anticipates Lao New Year With 3-Night Package (VT)

... Champassak cracks down on illegal foreign workers, traders (VT)

... Labour market information can enhance employment prospects (VT)
... Lao-Thai Restaurant Challenges Champion Spellers, Jaded Palates (SFW)
... Lao-Australian: Social Media Is Driving Racism In Australia (Clutch Magazine)
... President presses Sangthong authorities to provide more planning support (VT)

... Copper the most commonly mined commodity in Laos as govt okays 470 projects

... Lao Govt to tighten tariff-free import of fuel (VT)
... Vientiane struggles to produce sufficient water (VT)
... Improving Nutrition and Health in Laos (World Bank)
... Laos considers lifting ban on new mining concessions (Nation)
... Vice President attends Vietnamese New Year celebration (VT)
... Buses booked out as Vietnamese flock home for New Year (VT)
... U.S. Highlights Assistance in Environmental Sector (Brunei Direct)
... NA President asks Chinese media to showcase development success (VT)
... Former U.S. Ambassador H. Eugene Douglas Honored by Lao and Hmongs
... Saving Elephants in Laos (Global Voice)
... Acleda to expand in Myanmar and Laos (PPP)
... Mekong road residents ask for compensation (VT)
... Ministry reshuffles department directors general (VT)
... Laos-China New Year party increases friendship (VT)
... TPC Power plans three plants in Laos, and here (Nation)
... National development governance reform critical: experts (VT)
... Open Doors: Pray Alongside the Women of Laos (Christian Post)
... 'The Rocket' from Laos is both downbeat and upbeat (Tallahassee)
... Joint meeting makes milestone of Laos-Cambodia cooperation (VT)

January 20-26, 2014

Channel 7 under fire over incorrect Thai-Lao translations (BP)
Bangkok Broadcasting and Television's (BBTV) Channel 7 has been ridiculed after mistranslating Lao words in one of its news programmes. Channel 7, partially owned by the Thai army, on Thursday afternoon showed Laos translations of several Thai words - but most of the translations were incorrect.  The programme mistranslated delivery room as
Coldest weather in years freezes Laos (VT)
The coldest weather in years froze provinces across Laos with northern regions suffering most from the extreme weather conditions. Two northern provinces of Huapahn and Xieng Khuang, along with newly established central province of Xaysomboun, saw minus temperatures yesterday – the first time this year and for many years. Xieng Khuang experienced the coldest with minus 2.2
Linking up to Laos (Bangkok Post)
Corn was once grown in the fields separating Ban Don Mahawan, a hamlet in Chiang Khong district, from the banks of the mighty Mekong. Nowadays this land sustains a very strange "crop" indeed - huge concrete pillars sprout from the soil, erected to support the new bridge linking Chiang Rai, our northernmost province, to Huay Xai across the river in Laos.
Chinese commences condo construction at That Luang marsh (VT)
The Chinese developer that invested in the That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vientiane is forging ahead with a new phase in the area's development, constructing 18 condos that will each be as many as 18 storeys high.  Vice president of the zone's management board, Mr Pheng Inthilath, told Vientiane Times yesterday the soil levelling had
Concerns over illegal logging in Laos remain (VT)
Illegal logging in Laos is deteriorating the country's forestry resources including watershed and protected areas, officials have warned. Some hardwood species are already hard to find in the forests of Savannakhet province, having been taken illegally to satisfy market demand. Provincial authorities recently inspected four pick-up trucks and a car in Outhoumphone
Laos named as one of the world's fastest growing economies (VT)
Laos has been named as one of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world, according to a well respected economic forecasting organisation. The Economist Intelligence Unit has released its projections for economic growth in 2014, forecasting that the Lao economy will see 8.5 percent growth this year, which should put it among the top 10 fastest
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Death toll rises on Vientiane roads (VT)
... Laos: A child of revolution recounts (Minda News)
... Thai Channel 7 apologises to Laos for insulting remarks (VT)
... Truck traffic prohibition in VT downtown proving ineffective (VT)
... New Huaphan districts set to boost development, accessibility (VT)
... ACIAR funded research project delivers for local stakeholders (VT)
... Laos Red Cross Seeks Warm Clothes Donation As Temperature Falls Below Zero
... Laos enjoys land-linked era (TTR Weekly)
... Lao PDR - Nutrition at a glance (World Bank)
... Lao leaders join army anniversary celebrations (VT)
... Oudomxay officials seize illegal rosewood shipment (VT)
... Cement production to rise when new plant comes online (VT)
... Chinese rail link with Singapore to transform rural Laos (TRL)
... Laos prepares to host Asean rural development meeting (VT)
... Words released: Lao writers debut in December (Daily Planet)
... Mekong states speak out on the Don Sahong dam in Laos (Interpreter)
... Lao rice farmers defy police orders to give up land to Chinese firm (RFA)
... Cambodia and Laos pharmaceuticals market: Latest market research analysed
... Elephants in Laos under threat (VT)
... UNESCO promotes cultural listing in Laos (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Amy Visouveth (Woonsocket Call)
... Lao-American Obituary: Nat Paul Seuam (Quad-City Times)
... Laos-based OFWs donate to Yolanda survivors (Phil Stars)
... Improved air links help Laos find better fortune in East Asia (TTG)
... International doctors to provide free surgery for burns victims (VT)
... Interplast Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery To Visit MAHOSOT (BD)
... New law expands social security cover to whole population in Laos (VT)
... The first Lao-Hmong American judge didn't always acknowledge his roots
... World Renew to spend US$1.3m improving education, incomes in Phongsaly
... Laos has potential to sell carbon credit (VT)
... Lao officials to crack down on illegal clinics (VT)
... Former opium farmers plant vines for China (VT)
... Vientiane officials campaign against human trafficking (VT)
... WFP And Laos Assist Food Insecure Communities In Saravane Province
... Cambodia and Laos power market: Latest market analysis presented (LPR)
... Lao-Thai Maneelap-Srimongkoun Challenges Champion Spellers, Jaded Palates
... Laos - Take a trip back in time (BP)
... Laos: Small country, big ambitions (France24)
... Laos: Auditors pledge to work harder in future (VT)
... Leaders, soldiers gather to celebrate Lao army (VT)
... Lao officials will struggle to issue land title targets (VT)
... On the trail in Laos: Phuket man Harry Usher's cycle trip (PN)
... Xayaboury dam construction surges ahead after flood delay (VT)
... Karen and Hmong students create expression of home (Twin Cities)
... Vietnam sentences 30 people to death for trafficking heroin from Laos (ABC)
... Lao leaders place wreaths at the National Cemetery (VT)
... Govt improves policy to promote private health service (VT)
... Military officials exchange goodwill, gifts as Lao Army turns 65 (VT)
... Over 60,000 Families Access Power in Khammuane (Brunei Direct)
... Missing certification prevents Lao farm produce exports: official (VT)
... KOICA's continued commitment to the National Children's Hospital (VT)
... From the Archives: Losing yourself (and everyone else) in Luang Prabang

January 13-19, 2014

One N. Korean girl seeks asylum in S. Korean Embassy in Laos (Yonhap)
A North Korean girl entered the South Korean Embassy in Laos on Thursday to seek asylum, an activist said, in the latest defection by North Koreans. The 17-year-old, identified only by her family name Ri, walked into the South Korean diplomatic mission in the Southeast Asian country at around 5 p.m. (3 p.m. local time), the activist said by phone from Laos. 
Vientiane to borrow S$9.4 b from Beijing to pay for its railway (TO)
Like most of his 6.5 million countrymen, Mr Galong Vue has never seen or set foot on a train. However, the 53-year-old farmer knows all about the high-speed railway from China that will run through his village in north-west Laos. “We first heard the rumour that the railway would come through here in 2010,” he said. “Then the Chinese came to survey the land last year.
China's 120mph railway arriving in Laos (Telegraph)

Like most of his 6.5 million fellow countrymen Galong Vue has never seen or set foot on a train. But the 53-year-old farmer knows all about the high-speed railway from China that will run through his village in northwest Laos. “We first heard the rumour that the railway would come through here in 2010,” he says “Then the Chinese came to survey the land last year.
‘The Rocket’ finds a way to soar (New York Post)
A Laotian boy born under a curse struggles to turn his luck around in the affecting drama “The Rocket.” The Australian-made film is set among poor villagers of Laos displaced by a dam-building project, who are forced to pack their belongings and go. Ten-year-old Ahlo (a cagey Sitthiphon Disamoe), whose grandmother tells him he’s been
Riverside stretch in Vientiane protected from floods (VT)
A joint venture between Laos and the Republic of Korea has seen construction completed on 12.2 kilometres of riverside protection along the Mekong River in inner-city Vientiane. The newly constructed flood protection runs from Dankham village in Sikhottabong district to the KM3 Road in Thatkhao village, Sisattanak district. The project, which falls under the Mekong
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Finding Food in Laos (Gap Year)
... No agreement on Laos dam (PPP)
... Laos warms to rugby (Radio Australia)
... Lodi run to aid Laotian villagers (RecordNet)
... Road No 9 upgrade 62 percent complete (VT)
... Lao artists to learn from foreign colleagues (VT)
... Lao People's Army marches to celebrate 65 years (VT)
... Thai political instability worries Lao exporters (East Day)
... Traditional Laotian Homes Get a Second Life (NY Times)
... Lao Govt reiterates stance on Don Sahong Dam project (VT)
... Retired officials targeted for recommencement of living allowance (VT)
... Mekong Countries Call for Ministerial Talks on Don Sahong Dam (RFA)
... Lao Army awards high-class medals (VT)
... 2.7 billion kip for water plant consultation (VT)
... Loei to Luang Prabang bus link (TTR Weekly)
... Savannakhet teachers improve classrooms (VT)
... Lao leaders visit retired soldiers in Vientiane (VT)
... Bombing Remains Kill Three in Laos (Prensa Latina)
... Investment mission sent to Laos, Brunei (Korea Times)
... Korean NGO to build new school in Xieng Khuang (VT)
... China to build high-speed rail to Singapore, via Laos (SL)
... German govt. to spend 20m euro saving tigers in Laos (VT)
... Grant Signed For Construction Of New Sekong Bridge In Southern Laos (VT)
... Laos hospitality: Apple Tree Asia names new Deputy General Manager (eTN)
... Lao Govt endorses national solutions (VT)
... Lecture highlights Lao Army achievements (VT)
... Laos Holds Mekong Livelihoods in Its Hands (IR)
... China helps to develop solar and wind energy in Laos (VT)
... In A Past-Plagued Laos, A Youth Chases A Future (WWNO)
... UXO claims another three dead children: Lao police confirm (VT)
... Vientiane transportation project anticipated by local residents (VT)
... Mekong River Commission to Meet on Controversial Lao Dam (RFA)
... Laos supports small, medium business ahead of AEC (Global Times)
... Laos, Vietnam to tackle undocumented marriages & migration along border
... Project to promote child reading in Laos (VT)
... Caravan gets warm welcome in Huaphan (VT)
... Japanese grant to ease Xekong transport (VT)
... Sino-Laos Bank to Become Operation on Jan 18 (Mena FN)
... South Korea gives US$200m loan to support Lao development (VT)
... Lao Govt supports small, medium businesses ahead of Asean integration
... Lao Govt. moves to manage expenditure (VT)
... Lao Govt encourages industrial park development (VT)
... Japanese loan to improve airport, reduce poverty in Laos (VT)
... Ancient Laos cave gives visitors raw look at wartime history (AsiaOne)
... Villagers in Vientiane celebrate manuscript preservation centre anniversary
... Flash new shopping centre in Vientiane to feature imported, brand-name goods (VT)

January 6-12, 2014

Illegal workers in Lao capital to be repatriated (China Daily)
Approximately 3,000 illegal workers in Lao capital Vientiane will soon be repatriated to their home countries, state-run daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday. Foreigners working in the country without a permit are allowed to submit relevant documents to obtain legal recognition if their employer certifies them and facilitates the procedure to obtain
Vientiane: Best Chinese food outside of China (CNN)
It’s boom time in Laos. The country's unprecedented economic growth has inspired the country’s powerful neighbors to rush in for a slice of the pie. The hungriest of them all is China. Chinese businessmen arrive in Vientiane and many settle in the Chinese enclave just outside the city, Sanjiang Cheng (Three Rivers City).  Here, they purchase Chinese goods
The "heart" of Laos (Castanet)
In February 2012 I was fortunate to take an extended trip to South East Asia. During my sojourn I travelled through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. One of my favourite places was the former capital of the country of Laos. Whether you arrive in Luang Prabang by riverboat along the Mekong River or fly into her small rural airport, you are immediately
The "heart" of Laos (Castanet)
In February 2012 I was fortunate to take an extended trip to South East Asia. During my sojourn I travelled through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. One of my favourite places was the former capital of the country of Laos. Whether you arrive in Luang Prabang by riverboat along the Mekong River or fly into her small rural airport, you are immediately struck by
Laos: Retailers of dirty fuel set to be closed soon (VT)
Fuel stations in Laos will soon be required to guarantee the quality of their fuel or face fines or closure, with a specially dedicated fuel testing centre set to be established in the country.  The move comes as the owners of luxury vehicles have sought assurances from fuel retailers as to the quality of their fuels, following concerns that some fuel sold in Laos does not meet
State auditor uncovers billions in revenue, unapproved spending (VT)
The State Auditing Organisation (SAO) has uncovered more than 449 billion kip as additional revenue after auditing 73 state organisations, banks and enterprises as well as state investment projects.  SAO President Dr Viengthong Siphandone revealed the findings of the audit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year's budget implementation plan at a press
Lao officials ignoring retirement age are worsening (VT)
Laos' state employee glut Stricter enforcement of the retirement regulation is needed to prevent the current problem of officials reaching retirement age but not retiring, a senior government official has said. The lax enforcement of the law is contributing to Laos' glut of state employees, with the proportion of public servants in the country higher than in its
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos Life Insurance: Market Update (SB Wire)
... Rail line to cut through central Laos (TTR Weekly)
... Man in custody over shocking Champassak murder (VT)
... S. Korea to Loan Laos $200 Mln for Development (KBS)
... POSCO E&C Donates Daily Necessities to Laos (Yahoo)
... Laos holds Mekong livelihoods in its hands (Bangkok Post)
... Laos: Central officials discuss promotion of local women (VT)
... Tham Piew cave gives visitors raw look at wartime history (VT)
... Improve business climate to sustain Lao economic growth: IMF (VT)
... Korea vows financial support for development along Mekong River (Arirang)
... KAPUSO ABROAD: Scenes from Dingdong and Marian's Trip to Laos (GMA)
... JICA reveals electric vehicle study in Laos (VT)
... Laos convoy sets off to promote tourism (Nation)
... Vietnam’s military artists perform in Laos (Saigon)
... Caravan promotes northern tourism environment (VT)
... Lao-American: Larb at first sight (San Diego Reader)
... In A Past-Plagued Laos, A Youth Chases A Future (NPR)
... Villagers in Vientiane dodge compensation deadline (VT)
... Laos: How Hanuman became Houliman (Business Standard)
... New C&M analysis: Laos Travel and Tourism Market (Live PR)
... Few spaces remain at industry and trade area in Vientiane (VT)
... Veteran general speaks on army's legacy in Luang Namtha (VT)
... Illegal foreign workers in Laos granted temporary documents (VT)
... Laos: A Lovely 'Rocket' Arrives Under the Radar (Wall Street Journal)
... Lao-Hmong: One more addition to our 'gorgeous mosaic' (Fresno Bee)
... Number of Thai teen mums second highest within Asean, Laos is 1st (Nation)
... New parliament house building postponed (VT)
... Mengkang Port on China-Laos border opens (People)
... Laos, Korea share expertise in clinical medicine (ANN)
... Authorities inspect timber factories, order stock clearance (VT)
... Hydropower operator backs social, environmental programmes (VT)
... Lao Govt moves to make civil servant recruitment more effective (VT)
... Pawnbroker detained in Laos over illegal fundraising in China (WCT)
... Convoy of officials heads north to promote tourism, mark Army Day (VT)
... Award Winning ‘The Rocket’ Is A Lovely, Resonant & Deeply Accomplished Drama
... Lao NA ratifies tax evasion agreement with Belarus (VT)
... Lao crime rate falls 20.71 percent, prosecutors report (VT)
... Laos: Universities, Samsung to teach mobile app skills (VT)
... Lao Govt to draw up cleaner guidelines on asset conversion (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam Work Closer To Repatriate Viet Soldiers' Remains (BD)
... Easier crossing into Laos thanks to a fourth bridge over the Mekong River
... Taiwan eyes investment in Laos (VT)
... Lao ‘drug trafficker’ charged (Phanom Penh Post)
... Work to start this month on Laos rail link (Rail Journal)
... Laos mulls private investment for roads (Bangkok Post)
... Lao-Thai: Woman held on trafficking rap (Bangkok Post)
... Lao Govt pushes for more effective revenue collection (VT)
... Deputy Minister of Laos reminds media of its cooperation role (VT)
... Cambodia & Laos Telecommunications Report Q1 2014 (SB Wire)
... Northern Laos: Immigration facilities relocated to bridge in Bokeo (VT)
... Gov. Jerry Brown appoints first Lao-Hmong judge in U.S. history (SacBee)
... Lao Food Festival to promote women's businesses & rare provincial treats
... Laos eyes private partnership to build highway (VT)
... Lao Govt promotes industrial park development (VT)
... Bokeo bridge opening sees freight traffic increase (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Friendship Bridge hits market trade (Bangkok Post)
... Work underway on new transmission station in northern Laos (VT)
... Ministry to decide which educators can continue offering degrees in Laos (VT)
... Chiang Mai eyes opening new tourism routes linking 4 countries (Pattaya Mail)

Dec 30, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014

Laidback in Laos (Khaleej Times)
Gorgeous French-colonial architecture intermixed with the heady smell of incense and the gentle chime of temple bells — the sleepy town of Luang Prabang in Laos is a traveller’s delight.  There aren’t many things that persuade me to vacate my bed at 5am, in fact — aside from a poorly-timed flight — I can think of none. So, it’s with some surprise that I find
Laos: Asset declaration set to begin next month (VT)
State leaders, employees and their immediate family members will be required to declare their assets beginning next month, a senior official reported yesterday. The Government's Inspection Authority has already completed drawing up the forms to be used for the declarations, in line with the new prime ministerial decree on asset declaration.
Feature: Tradition meets change as Laos welcomes 2014 (XinhuaNet)
The traditional Lao dancers left the stage to a round of applause as the clock ticked inexorably towards midnight. Moments later the whine of an electric guitar signaled the next act and the young crowd erupted into another dance. Outside the cultural hall here in Lao capital Vientiane thousands of revelers had gathered to see in the New Year. 
Over 1.4 mln tourists visit Lao capital in 2013 (ECNS or eTN)
Over 1.4 million tourists visited Lao capital Vientiane in 2013 said the Vientiane Department of Information, Culture and Tourism according to state- run daily Vientiane Times, Monday. For Lao PDR and its population of approximately 7 million people the influx of foreign tourists means big business. Earlier this year Laos was awarded the World's Best Tourist
Lao Govt to revise mining policy (VT)
The government will revise its mining policy with the aim to generate more revenue from mine concession projects, a senior government official has said. The move comes after the government has learnt that Laos has collected unreasonably little from many mining projects it has previously granted concessions to investors for. The Lao government suspended
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Film Review: The Rocket (Film Journal)
... Food ~ Lao-American: Khe-yo (New Yorker)
... Vietnam adds more air service to Laos (TTR Weekly)
... Workwear maker Mascot opens factory at Laos (F2F)
... Thai exhibition on Burmese, Lanna & Laos textiles (F2F)
... Machines to rise for Robot Contest 2014 in Vientiane (VT)
... Water and sanitation in Laos still require more investment (VT)
... Amended labour law grants new mothers longer leave in Laos (VT)
... French, EU to advance agriculture in northern districts of Laos (VT)
... Laos Breaks Ground On Railway Project Linking Thailand to Vietnam (RFA)
... Laos 'clarifies' Sombath case (Nation)
... Laos Boosts Aviation Development (Bernama)
... 18 people killed in New Year's road carnage (VT)
... LAOS: Mascot opens new workwear factory (Just Style)
... People shivering in the freezing northern temperatures (VT)
... Laos-China international checkpoint opens in Phongsaly (VT)
... Taiwan manufacturers to tap markets in Laos & Myanmar (China Post)
... New heritage law promotes personal museums, gets tough on offenders (VT)
... Khiri Travel Appointed Official Travel Partner of Luang Prabang Film Festival
... St. Paul's first Hmong firefighter was inspired by 9/11 responders (Twin Cities)
... Yunnan grants scholarships to Lao officials (VT)
... Banh Mi With a Laotian Twist (Wall Street Journal)
... Xaysomboun provincial administration announced (VT)
... “World Cinema” At Its Worst: The Rocket (L Magazine)
... Laotians enjoy the 2014 countdown across the country (VT)
... Medical clinics in Vientiane encouraged to follow the law (VT)
... Parliament asks Lao Govt to establish disaster-response fund (VT)
... Fourth Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge Completes “Missing Link”... (EP)

... Lao Ambassador clarifies alleged new info concerning Mr Sombath Somphone

... Kerry's return to Mekong addresses environmental degradation (Western News)

... Advent in St. Paul, by way of Laos (Daily Planet)
... Lao-Thai: B30m crystal meth bust in Nong Khai (BP)
... Lao-Thai: 7.5kg of 'ice' inside woman's shoes (Nation)
... Policy for hydropower development being revised in Laos (ANN)
... Meet Your Merchant: Panoy Bistro offers spicy, fresh Lao cuisine (Union)
... Xaysomboun officially becomes a province today (VT)
... Govt given suggestions for growth, budget stability (VT)
... Mitsubishi Appoints New Distributor in Laos (Auto-Fleet)
... Lao-Hmong: Brother and sister reunite 50 years later (USA Today)
... Policy for sustainable hydropower development being revised (VT)
... Parliament demands punishment for financial mismanagement (VT)
... Northern Laos: Phongsaly residents to have clean water on tap (VT)
... McLane High project on Southeast Asians displayed at Hmong festival (FB)
... Memories and making a difference: An interview with Saysana Pommalath (DP)
... Laos: Little and big fish (ANN)
... Travel: Laos (Herald Scotland)
... Japan, Laos further university links (VT)
... Laos is booming but cracks starting to show (ABS)
... Tourists rush to celebrate New Year in Vangvieng (VT)
... Northern Laos: Waterfall area to be developed in Oudomxay (VT)
... Water resource law not approved by Lao National Assembly (VT)
... Mekong Café Offers A Taste Of Vietnam, Laos And Thailand (EM)
... Laos named "World's Best Tourist Destination" in 2013 (XinhuaNet)
... Parliament calls for govt to respond to unanswered public hotline queries

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Note: Numbers reset to 
zero each month

Mar 2014
57,186 visitors
Feb 2014
54,547 visitors
Jan 2014
61,317 visitors
Dec 2013
62,964 visitors
Nov 2013
55,975 visitors
Oct 2013
68,914 visitors
Sep 2013
59,284 visitors
Aug 2013
58,447 visitors
Dec 2012
69,486 visitors
Dec 2011
56,377 visitors
Dec 2010
88,499 visitors
Dec 2009
82,455 visitors
Nov 2007
100,767 visitors

Dec 2006
102,657 visitors
Dec 2005
115,847 visitors
Dec 2004
105,497 visitors
Dec 2003
103,538 visitors
Dec 2002
98,716 visitors
Decr 2001
94,177 visitors
Dec 2000
85,132 visitors
Dec 1999
29,874 visitors
Dec 1998
7,791 visitors
Dec 1997
235 visitors


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