Tuesday, November 24, 2015 08:17 PM -0500 ------ Update at least once a day...

November 23-29, 2015

Johanna Powell's Laos river boat death was accidental (BBC or Guardian)
Passengers on a river trip in Laos in south-east Asia have told an inquest how their boat sank in seconds, killing a woman from south Wales. Johanna Powell, from Cardiff, was with three friends on the Mekong River near Pak Beng in April. The 37-year-old, a BBC Wales picture editor, was probably asleep when the boat hit rough water, the Aberdare inquest
Voice from Lao-Hmong: We need not fear the Syrian refugees (JS)
My parents escaped from Laos after the "Secret War," which was orchestrated by the CIA during the Vietnam era. I was born in the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand, and that is where I lived until I came to the United States. The conditions in the camp were as you would expect: overcrowded, multiple families living under the same roof, no work
Miss Lao 2015 crowned at contest finale (VT)
Miss Soutilak Inthavong from Vientiane has been crowned as Miss Laos 2015 from 20 finalists at Donchan Palace Hotel on the weekend. Saturday night's pageant paraded in front of Minister of Education and Sports Mr Phankham Viphavanh, organising head and President of TVLao, Dr Hongkham Souvannavong, judges, sponsors and a large audience.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos in NYC: Fashion for Philanthropy (AA Press)
... Laos river death: Johanna Powell 'loved life' (BBC)
... New waste transfer station to open in Vientiane (VT)
... Police break up drug ring on Vietnam-Laos border (VIR)
... Rosewood Luang Prabang to Open in Laos in 2017 (LTM)
... Wax castle procession marks traditional That Luang Festival (VT)
... Development Partners Must Hold Lao Government Accountable (MS)
... Japan supports the replacement of bridges on National Road No.9 (VT)
... President Obama Highlights Accomplishments Of Lao Youth Leader (BD or VT)
... Laos: readers’ travel tips (Guardian)
... Laos accepts Asean chairmanship (VT)
... Vientiane hosts Asean journalists' workshop (VT)
... Lao Prime Minister meets US President at Asean Summit (VT)
... Low yields sour Savannakhet sugarcane farmers' prospects (VT)
... Deputy Prime Minister promotes rice production in Khammuan (VT)
... Sunlabob to implement rooftop solar at World Bank office in Laos (EB)
... Plain of Jars Seeking UNESCO World Heritage Site Status (Travel Pulse)
... BANNING: Hmong New Year celebration to commence (Press Enterprise)
... Laos launches its first satellite (VT)
... Rugby: Cambodia dismantle Laos team (PPP)
... Malaysia hands over Asean chair to Laos (Star)
... Medics need to address malnutrition in Laos (VT)
... Debt payments postponed for Laos' pig farmers (VT)
... Incoming 2016 ASEAN Chair Laos Unveils Logo, Theme (Bernama)
... Japan provides canned fish for school feeding programme in Laos (VT)
... Indochinese countries to hold talks on investment incentives in Vientiane (VT)

November 16-22, 2015

China launches first communication satellite for Laos (XinhuaNet or VT)
China has launched a communication satellite developed for Laos, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Lao counterpart, Choummaly Sayasone, have sent each other congratulatory messages marking the successful launch. "Lao Sat-1" is the first satellite that China has exported
How fast will 'Baht ... Zone' expand [in neighbors like Laos]? (Nikkei)
Peddlers of the Hmong, a mountainous ethnic group, gather in Luang Prabang, an ancient city in northern Laos, at dusk to sell handmade garments and ornaments at a night market. The official currency of Laos is the kip, but the Thai baht is more welcome in the market. I had baht brought from Thailand and negotiated the price
FIFA bans Nepal, Laos football chiefs for corruption (Mid-Day, FoxSports)
FIFA on Monday banned the Nepal football chief for 10 years and the president of the Laos federation for two years for corruption. All-Nepal Football Association president Ganesh Thapa was implicated in bribery at elections to choose Asian delegates on the world football governing body's executive committee, reports Xinhua.
China, Laos to build $6.3 bln railway project by 2020 (Reuters or VT)
China aims to complete laying a 418-kilometre (260-mile) railway from a border town to Laos by 2020, the official China Economic Herald reported, as the economic giant seeks a new route into the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. The two countries agreed on Friday to jointly build a 40-billion yuan ($6.28 billion) railway
Other stories about Laos around the world
... HIV risks higher with lack of treatment in Laos (VT)
... Lao food producers eye South Korean market (VT)
... Nam Theun 2 provides vocational scholarships (VT)
... China builds largest hydropower plant in Laos (Live Leak)
... Laos' biggest bronze Buddha moves to Borikhamxay (VT)
... Laos holiday guide: plan the perfect two-week trip (Guardian)
... A Life-Changing Laotian Homecoming for Chef Phet Schwader (CNT)
... Laos broadens tourism appeal (TTR Weekly)
... Lao Party Congress set to convene in January (VT)
... ADB grant to support efforts against malaria in Laos (VT)
... Plain of Jars World Heritage nomination edging closer (VT)
... Laos, China railway groundbreaking set for December 2 (VT)
... FIFA bans Lao Football Federation president for two years (VT)
... Cambodia & Laos: The challenge of altering attitudes towards startups
... Employment services expansion in Laos to offer job opportunities (VT)
... Soccer: Laos 0 South Korea 5: Ki & Son lead comfortable victory (Yahoo)
... NRA plans future UXO operations in Laos (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam prepare for 38th committee meeting (VT)
... Vientiane-Hanoi to conduct highway feasibility study (VT)
... Govt to encourage Lao farmers to feed railway project (VT)
... A 'step change' for development cooperation in Laos? (Devex)
... Mekong River Dolphin Faces Added Threat of Laos Dam (VOA)
... Volunteer teachers in Vientiane warn they'll leave their jobs (VT)
... Soccer - Stielike: We're not taking Laos lightly (Fox Sports Asia)
... Laos offers condolences for the victims of Paris terrorist attack (VT)
... Laos railway project (HT)
... Laos: backwater of beyond (Sunday Times)
... Laos FM: Dialogue to promote cooperation (CNTV)
... Fund office upgrades health insurance budget (VT)
... Plane skids off runway while landing at Wattay (VT)
... Respected elderly people in Laos to be recognised (VT)
... Laos v South Korea Soccer: Son expecting tough test (SW)
... Rivers Hold The Key To Tourism Growth In Laos (Travel Pulse)
... Elephant Caravan in Laos sparks conservation debate (Guardian)
... Mekong countries, China launch new cooperation framework (VT)
... Mekong Locals Seek A Voice On southern Laos' Don Sahong dam (KT)

November 9-15, 2015

Buy Laos' Leading Casino, Swing Odd Couple To Winning Combo (Forbes)
Laos remains one of Southeast Asia’s least developed and most exotic destinations. Perhaps it brings to mind water buffaloes pulling plows through rice fields, Buddhist monks in saffron robes walking past ancient temples and simple charming handicrafts. Laos also wants to be known for gaming, and it wants you, or some other aspiring
Monument in Wausau will honor Hmong-Lao Vietnam veterans (ST)
A new monument is being built in Wausau to honor Hmong-Lao Vietnam veterans. Dozens of people stood outside of the Marathon County Courthouse for the groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon. WAOW-TV reports the bronze and granite statue is expected to be finished by next May.  Hmong American Board President Kham Yang
How Northern Laos Is Being Swallowed By China (World Crunch)
With its casino surrounded by pseudo-Greek statues, its early century Shanghai-like neighborhood and its Beijing pagodas, the "Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone" is the most extravagant example of Chinese economic presence in northern Laos. This zone, which the Laotian government has allocated to a Chinese company for 99 years,
Laos: Ministry imposes ban on log exports (VT)
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has imposed an export ban on logs and unprocessed sawn wood following the prohibition instruction given by the government. The move aims to add value to wood resources by processing them domestically before they are exported. Recently, the ministry issued an order prohibiting the export of
Laotian charged over gory murder in Thailand (Nation)
POLICE have charged a Lao man for allegedly murdering and dismembering a Myanmar woman whose body parts were recovered at several Bangkok klong locations on Sunday. Hua Mark police have charged Jai Kenwankham, 39, with killing and dismembering Mali Thaiyai, 27. Jai was arrested at Jinda apartments at Soi
Frontier Markets: Laos Rising (Nasdaq)
The four companies listed are: Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao (BCEL), EDL Generation (EDL-Gen), Lao World (LWPC), and Petroleum Trading Lao (PTL). Needless to say the stocks don’t trade daily, however, establishing this exchange has been a huge step in the right direction for Laos. For years it appeared as if the country
Other stories about Laos around the world
... 36 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos (NY Times)

... Cedars rout Laos 7-0 in WC qualifier (Daily Star)

... Floating Vientiane pump stations to access river water (VT)

... New law to strengthen civil servant management in Laos (VT)

... Lao Govt, development partners discuss macroeconomics (VT)

... Thousands of performers to mark National Day celebrations (VT)

... Promotion of local wood industry to improve livelihoods in Laos (VT)

... Inclusive development project to be launched in Saravan, southern Laos

... Lao-American Obituary: Chansamone Phimviengkham (Tri-City Herald)

... Open letter to Participants of the 2015 Lao Donor Round Table Meeting

... China, Mekong countries launch Lancang-Mekong Cooperation framework

... Flying over Laos (SouthEast Sun)

... Laos to lead ASEAN in 2016 (TTR Weekly)

... Officials warn about overuse of antibiotics (VT)

... Bath time not a fun time in Laos (SouthEast Sun)

... Pelletisation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (VT)

... Groundbreaking on new Pakngum bridge next month (VT)

... Bokeo police confiscate over 100,000 amphetamine pills (VT)

... Bridge Capital did business in Laos, says its government (MV)

... Preparations for 12th High Level Roundtable Meeting discussed (VT)

... La Crosse Hmong veterans share stories of the Vietnam War (WXOW)

... Mekong River hydro dams [in Laos] to take heavy toll on Vietnam (TTN)

... Laos: send us your tips – and you could win a £200 hotel voucher (Guardian)

... Japan funds UXO training centre (VT)

... NUOL mulls master's in population studies (VT)

... Overpass mulled as solution to Vientiane's traffic snarls (VT)

... Nam Theun 2 dam generates funds for poverty reduction (VT)

... Hungary provides funding for agriculture, education in Laos (VT)

... Laos, UK: Forging Creative Partnerships Through Business (BD)

... Lao PM calls for urgent job skill training (VT)

... ASEAN nations adopt new technology plan (VT)

... Concrete roads in Laos pave way to the future (VT)

... Learn Traditional Laotian Wine Making at Kamu Lodge (PR)

... Northern Laos' Huaphan province concludes Party meeting (VT)

... Villa Maly welcomes Luang Prabang Film Festival 2015 (Travel PR)

... Lao Govt, stakeholders raise awareness of corporate social responsibility

... Lao-Hmong New Year brings music, fashion and dancing to Hillsboro (OL)

... A Humanitarian School in Communist Laos Is Teaching Kids to Give Back

... Experts See Worsening Situation as Laos and EU Hold Human Rights Talks

... Professional Farming Techniques Change Lives In Mountainous Communities

... Laos lacking young scientists (VT)
... Laos on international unregulated logging list (VT)
... Laos, EU discuss human rights-related issues (VT)
... TIMELINE: Who killed Nara Pech in Laos? (Global News)
... Social security system coverage in Laos misses target (VT)
... Lessons From a Successful Long-Term Expat in Laos (WSJ)
... Laos launches logo, theme for Asean Chairmanship 2016 (VT)
... New International Airport in Seno Area to Be Built (Brunei Direct)
... Leaked report reveals massive illegal logging in Laos (Mongabay)
... The Mekong region: The economy, ecosystem and potential (Yahoo)
... Lao students encouraged to apply for European scholarships (Nation)
... Laos Achieves Key Milestones for Legal Timber Trade (Brunei Direct)
... Science Ministry gifts three telescopes to Lao students (Bangkok Post)
... 10 of the most beautiful places (i.e. Luang Prabang) to visit in South East Asia
... Lao-Hmong service to U.S. honored at Museum of the Forgotten Warriors (AD)

November 2-8, 2015

1st Lao-Hmong family arrived in Minnesota 40 years ago on Nov. 5 (MP)
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first Hmong refugees to arrive in Minnesota. The Minnesota Historical Society says that Dang Her, his pregnant wife, Shoua Moua, and their son, Touvi, were the first Hmong settlers here from Southeast Asia. Their son Bill was born soon after. Dang Her is now retired; he and Shoua still live in the Twin
Obama plans to visit Laos, a first for a US president (AFP/Y!, AP/Yahoo, VT)
President Barack Obama plans to visit Laos next year to attend a regional economic summit, making him the first US president to visit that country, an advisor said Wednesday. Obama will make history when he attends an ASEAN conference in the poor but economically growing country, which was massively bombed by the U.S.
Laos ignores dam flak (Bangkok Post)
The Lao government is forging ahead with the construction of the massive Don Sahong dam, close to the tri-border area with Thailand and Cambodia, within the next few weeks. The dam is yet another large-scale project being undertaken by Vientiane to make Laos "the battery of Southeast Asia". Under the programme, Laos intends to become
Don Sahong dam critical for development of southern Laos (VT)
The government regards the Don Sahong hydropower project as the key driver for socio-economic development and poverty reduction in southern Laos. Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Mr Viraphonh Viravong told Vientiane Time s yesterday that the power generated by the US$500-million dam will be used to electrify areas
Laos exports 50,000 workers last fiscal year (VT)
Laos exported as many as 50,712 workers in the fiscal year that ended in September, including 27,176 females, official statistics show. Most of the workers obtained jobs in Thailand, while just over 50 people found employment in Japan, according to statistics from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. A ministry official explained
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos-China railway nears kick off (VT)
... Lao: Pork laap salad (laap muu) (SBS)
... Free HIV blood tests now available in Laos (VT)
... Memories of Laos at Naka Bistro in Langley (Canada)
... Over 30,000 Tourists Visit Xekong of southern Laos (BD)
... Ministry takes aim at underhand tour operators in Laos (VT)
... Clover's Lao-Hmong make great football players (Herald Online)
... Japan extends support for water supply management in Laos (VT)
... SpiceRoads Launches 8-Day Hidden Laos by Road Bike Adventure (ATT)
... Jo Bounmy Group Spends 40 Billion Kip for ICD International Transportation
... Sayabouly eyes more tourists (TTR Weekly)
... Proposed Xayaboury airport still up in the air (VT)
... Ministry sets target yields for agriculture in Laos (VT)
... Home Plates: Isaan/Lao-inspired Larb (San Jose MN)
... Asean nations call for scientific, technological innovation (VT)
... Lao Army prepares to host Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (VT)
... Is Laos Building a New Illegal Dam on the Mekong River? (Diplomat)
... Laos Strengthens Wood Processing Industry to Increase Added Value (VT)
... EU Must Secure Lao Pledge to Improve Rights Record During Dialogue (BNN)
... Northern Laos: Pursue targets, Oudomxay's new Party leadership advised (VT)
... Plans firm up for education development in Laos (VT)
... Lao-American: Pho Café represents owner's dream (DI)
... Ministry toughens regulations on construction projects (VT)
... Laos hires 13,874 foreign workers, but more still needed (VT)
... Professor, students aid schools in Laos with technology (WFO)
... Lao Govt strengthens agricultural promotion for integration (VT)
... Embassy of Japan prepares for Japan festival in Vientiane (VT)
... First air shipment of cattle touches down via Boeing in Laos (VT)
... Smugglers From Laos Caught With Large?Crystal Meth Haul (CD)
... Viet, Lao foreign ministers chair second consultation (VietnamNet)
... Laos reports nearly 600 diphtheria cases in 2015, Vietnam concerned ... (ONT)
... Lao Government Conducts Independent Reviews of Road Construction Projects
... Water supply management project in Laos reviewed (VT)
... Natural disasters slowing economic development in Laos (VT)
... New VAT invoices distributed to boost revenue collection (VT)
... China-Thai-Lao railways: Interest rate problem & more delays (BP)
... Double A Opens Mill for PEFC Community from Laos and Thailand (SI)
... Dubai charity gives boost to education in Oudomxay, northern Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong Community Advocates Take On the Divisive Issue of Child Brides
... Lao satellite to go into orbit this month (VT)
... Rhodes family donates $100,000 to build preschool  in 
    Laos to honour relatives who died in plane crash (ABC)
... Laos showcases tourism at Asia's biggest travel fair (VT)
... Soccer: Super Sub Vathanaka Strikes Twice in Laos (KT)
... Statue of revolutionary leader erected in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Noy Soukkaseum (Times Record)
... Laos seeks better rail loan terms from China (Bangkok Post)
... Xayaboury Expects 200,000 Visitors Next Year (Brunei Direct)
... Luang Prabang Plans to Attract 700,000 Visitors (Brunei Direct)
... Lao-American - Food: Shokai takes up new residence (Hawk Eye)
... Agriculture experts review Laos' northern uplands development (VT)
... 'Open secret' of child brides roils Twin Cities Lao-Hmong community (TC)
... Lao-Hmong child-bride plaintiff says speaking out is worth the backlash (TC)
... Vientiane Province Sets Ambitious Plan to Reach 11.2 Trillion Kip in Investment
... Hydropower dams [like in Laos] pose threat to life on Mekong River (VietnamNet)

Oct 26, 2015-Nov 1, 2015

Laos: From bombs to bracelets, this jewelry line is clearing land mines (Yahoo)
“After the war, we live afraid of unexploded bombs, and we’re very careful when we go and do anything,” says Somechit Phouangsavat, an artisan from Ban Naphia, also known as War Spoon Village, in Laos. The 32-year-old works alongside 30 other artisans at Article 22, a company that makes jewelry using Vietnam War–era bombs
Luang Prabang crew retain crown in Vientiane boat races (VT)
The crew of a traditional boat from the Khan River in Luang Prabang, who were the reigning champions last year, convincingly defeated a team from the host's Mekong River to take out the title in the 459th Vientiane Boat Racing Festival yesterday. The championship boat from Luang Prabang province outpaced the Vientiane crew
S. Korea signs US$80.8 million loan for hydropower project (VT)
The Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund from the Republic of Korea has signed a loan agreement for US$80.8 million (about 658 billion kip) with the Lao government. The funds will be used for the development of the Xepian-Xenamnoy hydropower plant in Champassak province. The loan agreement was signed by
New Lao-Thai centre to help tackle trafficking (Nation or CT)
THAILAND and Laos have decided to set up a social development centre to help tackle human trafficking, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said yesterday. After the 20th Thai-Lao Joint Commission meeting at a Chiang Rai hotel, Don told reporters that he had signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the center
Rising inequality hampers poverty reduction in Laos (East Asia Forum)
Inequality has also increased within many developing countries, such as Laos. This trend threatens social and political stability and must be understood.  Since the early 1990s, five rounds of the Lao Expenditure and Consumption Surveys (LECS) have shown that measured inequality has increased at the national level — within both rural
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao Govt to negotiate for lower interest-rate rail loan (VT)
... Ministry to deploy teachers to wipe out illiteracy in Laos (VT)
... Forestry officials dismiss WWF report about illegal logging (VT)
... Lao-Hmong vets to shed light on a secret war (Lacrosse Tribune)
... Few Surprised as Laos Fails to Win U.N. Rights Council Seat (RFA)
... Media understanding essential for regional cooperation success (VT)
... Elephant caravan begins trek to mark World Heritage anniversary (VT)
... Laos, Thailand sign agreement to rehabilitate human trafficking victims (VT)
... Elephant caravan treks across Laos on mission to stave off extinction ... (ABC)
... Polio in Laos: CDC recommends travelers be fully vaccinated (Global Dispatch)
... Authorities Fear Chiang Rai’s Friendship Bridge Fueling Drug Trafficking (CRT)
... Rugby gaining ground in Laos (in video)
... Lao Boat Racing Turns Things Festive (Brunei Direct)
... Laos, South Korea enjoy stronger ties, cooperation (VT)
... Northern Laos: Ground broken for new Bokeo hospital (VT)
... Laos, Thailand move forward with bilateral cooperation (VT)
... Soccer: Mekong Club Championships kick off in Laos (MMT)
... 90% of Timber From Laos to China and Vietnam is Illegal (HWFM)
... Agribusiness operators in Laos face problems exporting to China (VT)
... Lao, Viet Education Admin. Discuss Education Standards & Quality (BD)
... This Is the World’s Smallest Stock Exchange, where Laos is 2nd smallest (Time)
... Lao-Canadian: Finding the inner peace (HP)
... Bringing order to tuk-tuk services in Laos (VT)
... Attend Mini-Lao-Hmong New Year Nov. 6 (UA)
... Lao Govt renews award policy for veterans (VT)
... Buddhists make merit to mark the end of Lent (VT)
... Laos: 35 percent of budget for debt repayment (VT)
... Lao Deputy PM calls for strengthening of justice (VT)
... Soccer: Liberian Duo Clinches the Laos Premier League (BC)
... Luang Prabang eyes expansion (TTR Weekly)
... Laos, France enhance political cooperation (VT)
... Luang Prabang: City of hidden charms (Weekener)
... Laos: Irregularity in social security policy reported (VT)
... Lao Govt approves new laws to drive development (VT)
... Laos' largest sports facility deserted and deteriorating (VT)
... Air route connecting Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos inaugurated (TTN)
... Lao Officials Investigate Massive Increase in Illegal Logging (RFA)
... Lao Border: Nong Khai Readies for ‘Naga Fireballs’ in photo (KS)

... Laos central bank seeks debut $200m syndication (Global Capital)

... 5 things you didn’t know you could do in Luang Prabang (Weekener)

... Is Laos Building a New Illegal Dam on the Mekong River? (Diplomat)

... Labour Ministry Party Committee targets job skills, welfare in Laos (VT)

... Laos boosts hydropower, explores coal deposits for shale gas (Reuters)

... Trans-Laos railway construction could begin in November (Railway Gazette)

... Increased Access to Public Services in Laos is Distorting Broader Inequality

... Laos: Charmed by the khaen (Nation)
... Laos to monitor state investments (Nation)
... Laos-UN cooperation reaping rewards (VT)
... Report reveals plunder of Lao forests (AsiaOne)
... Behind Much of Laos' Illegal Deforestation (Yale)
... Vientiane tackles chronic wastewater problem (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam Oil Pipeline Survey Conducted (Brunei Direct)
... Lao coffee prepares to obtain Geographical Indication (Nation)
... Save the Children Korea gives boost to education in Borikhamxy (VT)
... Laos: Smart tax, customs system cuts time, prevents revenue loss (VT)
... Laotian and Lao-Hmong: Two playwright friends collaborate at Penumbra
... Lao-Hmong-owned business L. Jay 'ahead of curve' (Wausau Daily Herald)
... S. Korea, Laos mark 20 years of diplomatic ties with seminar (Korea Herald)
... Ensuring homeowner compensation before approval: Lao Deputy Minister (VT)
... LXML Sepon achieves new record for copper production during 3rd QT of 2015

October 19-25, 2015

Leaked WWF report: illegal logging in Laos 'a worst-case scenario' (Eco)

A leaked WWF report exposes the scale of illegal logging in Laos. Almost all of timber exports from Laos go to Vietnam and China. In 2013, Laos exported 1.4 million cubic metres of timber to these two countries. That's more than 10 times the official timber harvest in Laos. Conclusion: over 90% of logging in Laos is illegal. 
Could We Lose Asia’s Final Frontier - Laos? (Travel Pulse)
Laos has been off the tourist trail for several decades, but regional and overseas tourists are now starting to discover it. This has inspired the country’s leadership to start planning for a future as a major tourist destination. A majority of the visitors during the the country’s recent tourism boom are not from overseas. They hail from neighboring
Minister assures Lao jobs in rail megaproject (VT)
Authorities in charge have prepared a workforce recruitment plan for the planned construction of the Laos-China rail project... Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong spoke to local media at a press conference recently and declared that a recruitment plan will be prepared so that local workers will be employed on the US$6.8 billion project.
Illegal logging widespread in Saravan, southern Laos (VT)
Illegal logging is reportedly widespread in Saravan province despite inspections being carried out by the local authorities . Villagers in Saravan province called the National Assembly hotline recently to inform members about deforestation in Toumlan district, saying stronger measures needed to be taken to tackle the problem.
Laos' Culture - All the right strings (Nation)
Rarely seen these days in Laos, the ancient art of "Epok" and "Prateu or Bakteu" puppetry, an integral part of the country's past, is being saved from becoming no more than a memory by the second generation of a family that's been involved in the arts for several decades. Khao Niew Theatre Group's director Lattanakone Insisiengmay says
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Ministry tightens up state investment (VT)
... Laos hosts Chinese banana rush (FruitNet)
... Disaster countermeasures in Laos detailed (VT)
... Vib, a hotel brand, debuts in Vientiane (TTR Weekly)
... Vientiane: Road construction costs under scrutiny (VT)
... China aims to develop border area with Laos (Inquirer)
... Laos: Complaints of excessive fees in land title issuance (VT)
... Lao beauties debut at international tourism beauty pageant (ANN)
... Vientiane Meeting: Asean education sector examines school safety (VT)
... Climate change adaptation to improve agricultural production in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong child bride lawsuit sparks conversation about marriage practices
... Laos marks World Energy Day (VT)
... Germany supports vocational education in Laos (VT)
... Mekong dams will wipe out fisheries, study says (PPP)
... Lao President calls on women to uphold traditional values (VT)
... Vietnam, Cambodia set to join regional anti-drug operation (VT)
... Laos puts Savan Vegas casino up for sale but caveat emptor (CA)
... Northern Laos: Xayaboury bans further investment in banana farms (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Breaking code of silence to report ‘rape and forced marriage’
... Lao-Thai: Man arrested after police find huge haul of yaba stashed in his car

... Meeting spotlights women' achievements in Laos (VT)
... New finishing line for Vientiane boat racing festival (VT)
... Officials shed light on Vientiane's shaky streetlamps (VT)
... Viet PM receives senior Laos army official (Vietnam News)
... Experts propose ways to achieve healthcare targets in Laos (VT)
... Police seizes 90,000 amphetamine pills in northern Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Coordinated action needed to address overlapping land titles in Laos (VT)
... Laos casino for sale (InterGame Online)
... Laos, U.S. mark 60 years of relations (VT)
... Laos makes strides in poverty reduction (VT)
... South Korea to help Laos with rail link plan (Nation)
... In Laos, An Invisible Minority Is Finding Its Voice (HP)
... Laos stands ready to support Silk Road initiative (VT)
... Punishment meted out to corrupt Vientiane officials (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos enhance military cooperation (VietnamNet)
... China plans 31 bln USD investment for border zone with Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Laos To Distribute 500K Polio Vaccine Doses After Boy’s Death From Virus
... Partnerships promoted as SEA ministers parley on poverty reduction in Vientiane
... Champassak to process cashews for export (VT)
... Korea to assist Laos with railway link development (VT)
... Lao Govt approves emergency budget for polio control (VT)
... World Food Day spotlights social protection, agriculture (VT)
... U.S. provides funding for UXO Lao teams to resume work (VT)
... Laos to adopt public-private partnership in poverty reduction (ANN)
... Century Plyboards (India) Ltd forms subsidiary in Laos (Equity Bull)
... Vientiane's Neighbor: Nong Khai to become a logistics hub (Nation)
... Laos To Inform Neighboring Countries About Dam Construction Schedule
... Vietnam, Laos commit to strengthening traditional friendship, special solidarity

October 12-18, 2015

Regional road & rail projects in Laos inching forward ...  (Nation)
Laos will pursue the development of at least four rail lines that will turn the land-locked country into a land-linked nation. While a new section of the planned Asian highway linking India, Myanmar, and Thailand was operational in August, Myanmar's Construction Ministry won parliamentary approval recently for a US$120 million loan
In villages in Laos, even the boats are made of bombs (Inhabitat)
What's the most heavily bombed country per capita in history? If you answered Laos, you probably also know those bombs came from US planes as part of the CIA's Secret War on the country. From 1964 to 1973, during the Vietnam war, the US rained more than 270 million bombs down on this tiny country in a failed attempt to keep communism
Special Economic Zones in Laos: Tapping the Potential (Invest Asian)
Being the smallest country in ASEAN in terms of GDP, Laos has been relatively quiet relative to its big brothers in the region such as Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. However, that does not mean it is not a force to be reckoned with. The country is the only one in Southeast Asia which borders five other countries, and is increasingly
Laos suffers polio case in setback to eradication hopes (Reuters or VT)
Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said on Monday, in a new setback to hopes of eradicating the disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali. The WHO said an 8-year-old boy died of the disease on Sept. 11, and genetic sequencing suggested the strain of the disease
Laos SEZs prove to be major job generators (Nation)
SIXTY-FIVE companies from Laos and foreign countries including Thailand at the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone have created over 4,500 jobs for local people. According to Thongsay Sayavongkhamdy, a senior official from the Savannakhet provincial authority, from now until 2020, both local and overseas companies are
Laos faces the unknown as elephants walk from logging into tourism (ABC)
Walk down any street in Luang Prabang, Laos, and you will be presented with any number of opportunities to interact with elephants.  Some are more ethical than others. Indeed, at the Elephant Village, 15 kilometres outside town, the motto is: "Saving elephants is our mission." They are not exactly wrong to claim so, either.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao powwow (Borneo Post)
... Laos upgrades airports (TTR Weekly)
... Vietnamese Vice President visits Laos (VT)
... Lao authorities vow to tackle fake land titles (VT)
... LFTU's seventh congress concluded in Vientiane (VT)
... Medical students crowd funding for public health in Laos (NS)
... Lao-American Obituary: Bou Phongphouvanh (Tri-City Herald)
... Lao Govt obtains additional loan to fund Mittaphap Hospital (VT)
... Polio prevention campaign in Laos gets booster shot with IPV (VT)
... Greater Mekong Sub Region Countries Foster Trade Ties (Bernama)
... Laos confirms promoting people's involvement in poverty reduction (VT)
... Provinces in Mekong Delta seeing less rain, may face severe drought (VNN)
... Forum promotes health research in Laos (VT)
... World Cup Qualifying: Myanmar 3-1 Laos (MT)
... LFTU's seventh congress underway in Vientiane (VT)
... Disaster damage in Laos no less than in other countries (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos border trade agreement passed (VietnamNet)
... Chemically grown vegetables remain widespread in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Ministry reaffirms plan to issue 400,000 land titles by 2020 (VT)
... Vientiane airport to be expanded (VT)
... Owners of clinics in Laos learn about healthcare law (VT)
... Laos Reports its First Avian Flu Outbreak of 2015 (Poultry Site)
... Villagers displaced by Xayaboury dam enjoy higher incomes (VT)
... Laos vows steadiness, balance, sustainability in development (VT)
... New interactive system aims to boost bus pass usage in Laos (VT)
... Fire destroys house in Chanthabouly (VT)
... Meeting marks Laos' successes in diplomacy (VT)
... U.S. must retrieve Laos cluster bombs (Daily Gazette)
... Laos reports 1st indigenous polio case since 1993 (SWJ)
... More houses evacuated after landslide in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Laos confident about development of Don Sahong dam (VT)
... Case of polio in Laos threatens global immunisation plan (ENCA)
... Laos Refuses to Host Meeting of ASEAN Civil Society Groups (BNN)
... 8-year-old boy dies of rare, vaccine-derived poliovirus in Laos (HeraldNet)
... Xayaboury dam 50% completed (Nation)
... Khammuan to study solar, wind power (VT)
... Luang Prabang set to hit tourist target (Nation)
... Bolder line-up at Luang Prabang Film Festival (BP)
... Lao star falls in love with traditional costumes (ANN)
... U.S. and Laos Partner on Disaster Response (VOA)
... Lao, Japanese Students Exchange Culture (Brunei Direct)
... BOL, state inspection body sign cooperation agreement (VT)
... Why the Mekong River Commission May Be In Peril (Diplomat)
... Laos reassures Cambodia over Don Sahong hydropower project (VT)
... Thousands of Lao people in need of treatment for vision problems (VT)

October 5-11, 2015

Xayaboury dam about 50% complete (VT)
Revenue generated by dams could be invested in initiatives to fight poverty. During the 29-year concession period, the power generated and sold by the dam is expected to earn almost US$4 billion for the Lao government. After beginning in 2012, construction of the US$3.5 billion dam is now about 50 percent complete. 
Laos, Thai, Msia & Singapore power deal delayed (Yahoo)

The signing of the Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore (LTMS) Power Integration Project deal has been delayed for another six months. Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the pioneer project's memorandum of understanding (MoU), which was due to be signed during the 33rd Asean Ministers
S Korea to fund Laos–Vietnam railway feasibility study (VietnamNews)
"The Korean government is ready to share hi-tech in railway construction actively with Viet Nam. After the feasibility study and the approval of substantial financing, the two governments' strong will, commitment and appropriate support will be required to implement the construction," Country Director of KOICA Viet Nam Chang Jae-yun
Lao economy forecast up 6.4% for this year, 7% for 2016: World Bank (GP)
Investments in power generation and higher than expected production of gold and copper are set to see Laos post economic growth of 6.4 percent for the year 2015 despite the impact of weak commodity prices and sluggish global trade, according to a World Bank report released on Monday. With a forecast of 7 percent growth in real
Does the WB's "success story" on dams [like in Laos] still hold water? (HP)
Central to the World Bank's case is the example of the Nam Theun 2 Dam in Laos, which the Bank approved in 2005 and continues to tout as a model. But 10 years on, does the World Bank's purported success story still hold water? In 2005, the World Bank agreed to support the Nam Theun 2 Dam after an extended hiatus from financing dams
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Drug law enforcement urged in Savannakhet (VT)
... Laos, Costa Rica establish diplomatic relations (VT)
... Soccer: Malaysia break through for first win of 2015 (ESPN FC)
... Laos-Russia relationship stayed strong over the past 55 years (VT)
... Wife of Jailed Lao Activist Asks Poland's Justice Ministry For Help With Extradition
... Laos: Ministry to develop IT system (VT)

... Laos To Export Electricity To Singapore (BD)

... Fashion: Laos' stepping stone to fame (Nation)

... Lao Women's Union prepares for its 7th Congress (VT)

... Malaysia mulls over plan to buy electricity from Laos (Star)

... Medics address high cost of private treatment in Laos (VT)

... Regional forum in Vientiane mulls treatment of hepatitis (VT)

... Lao believer dies after denied meds in prison (Worthy News)

... Lao Authorities warn larger land owners to pay more taxes (VT)

... Soccer: Little Laos ready to take it to Malaysia and co. (FourFourTwo)

... Bamboo opens in Silver City neighborhood with traditional Laotian, Thai dishes

... Gov’t prods Laos on dam (PPP)
... Ministry warns students, lecturers over ghostwriting (VT)
... Alert officials find marijuana hidden inside suitcases (VT)
... Lao Govt, EU discuss future joint cooperation development (VT)
... Laos seeks foreign experience on animal genetic resources (VT)
... Laos prepares to host 12th High-Level Round Table Meeting (VT)
... Gov’t Asks Laos to Keep Studying Pending Dam (Cambodian Daily)
... Lao economy remains vibrant: WB report (VT)
... Lao Govt seeks to improve primary education (VT)
... Laos in need of another 4 international airports (ANN)
... More training essential for teachers: Lao minister (VT)
... President of Laos Has Tight Schedule in Cuba (Prensa Latina)
... Medics to monitor drinking water in Laos after safety fears (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Baunlovam Syrychack (Tri-City Herald)
... Laos to host Asean ministerial meeting on rural development (VT)
... Laos, Cuba express desire to enhance cooperative relations (VT)
... Lao-Hmong officials say FBI warning of homeland scam (Twin Cities)
... Beware! – Steve Darby and Laos vow to attack Malaysia (4th Official)
... Understanding Laos’ Special Economic Zones: Untapped Potential (AB)
... Lao President visits Cuba (NewSok)
... Four international airports need to be built (VT)
... Young Socceroos defeat Laos (Football Australia)
... Laos: Parents push children to study medicine (VT)
... Nam Ngiep 2 in Xiengkhuang begins operations (VT)
... Government agrees to repair Vientiane's poor roads (VT)
... Laos in the Spotlight Again Over Human Rights (Diplomat)
... Lao-Hmong: Padah Vang ’19 Wins I’m First Scholarship (CC)
... Laos: Friendship Insignia Bestowed on Thai Ambassador (BD)
... Ministry confirms strict entrance measures for Laos' medical school (VT)
... Regional road and rail projects in Laos inching forward to facilitate greater linkage

Sep. 28-Oct. 4, 2015

Lao Officials Balk at China's Loan Terms For Railway Project (RFA or MS)
Lao government officials have expressed concern about the interest rate on a U.S. $500 million loan from China to build a multibillion-dollar, high-speed railway through the Southeast Asian nation, and have asked political leaders to negotiate a lower rate, a high-ranking Lao official said. At a three-day biannual cabinet meeting of the Lao
The Luang Prabang Film Festival celebrates the best of SEA cinema (AA)
DID you know that Laos has only one place to watch films on the big screen and that’s at Vientiane Center? According to Hollywood Reporter, the country’s last theatre in the city, the Sieng Savan, ceased operation in the 1980s. For close to three decades, locals have been stripped of the film-going experience. So what do film-lovers do as a substitute?
Laos' four rail network development plan disclosed (VT)
The government has announced that it will pursue the development of at least four rail lines that will turn landlocked Laos into a land-linked nation with the planned Laos-China rail project given as top priority ... construction of the Laos-China rail project, initially estimated to cost US$6.8 billion, was expected to begin in November after both sides
Lao debt accumulates to 29,107b (~US$ 3.6 billion), repayment outlined (VT)
At least 29,107 billion kip of debt has been registered so far and many provinces have not yet reported their figures, an official report has showed. The debt was accumulated by 20 central state departments, four provinces and the capital of Vientiane, Minister of Finance Dr Lien Thikeo said last week. He presented a report about the debt situation
English classes catch on in Laos (Nation)
SOME primary schools in Laos have started offering English lessons. A group of primary students in Laos feels very excited and happy to learn English for |the first time. The sounds of the ABCs and laughter can be heard from a long distance away. In the small classroom with concrete walls and a zinc roof, a young teacher can be heard
Other stories about Laos around the world
... PPA for Mega First’s Laos unit (Star)

... Vientiane makes plans to pay debts (VT)

... Laos, US presidents meet to bolster diplomatic ties (VT)

... Norway continues support of UXO clearance in Laos (VT)

... ADB, Laos sign loan agreement to improve health service delivery (VT)

... Lao Court Jails Lao-Polish Activist Following Online Criticism of Government (VT)

... Asean foreign ministers met in NY discussed UN agenda, community building (VT)

... Lao central bank to stop direct lending (VT)
... South Laos mulls tourism plan (TTR Weekly)
... Thailand to consider funding new Mekong bridge (VT)
... Lao-Thai rail freight services set to open this year (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Bounleuame Souvannaraj (MP)
... Lao Govt gives foreign workers three months to register (VT)
... Abnormally rich [and corrupted] officials to be investigated (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: ‘The Changing Face of California Agriculture’ (NY Times)

... Construction of Bokeo regional airport expected to commence this year (VT)
... Laos, Mongolia enhance cooperation (VT)
... Bringing out the best of South-East Asia (Star)
... Kasy-Nan road repair to complete next week (VT)
... Kuwait proposes visa exemption for Laos and vice versa (VT)
... Lao Govt promoting CSO involvement in national development (VT)
... Mansfield Center seeks sports professionals for Laos exchange (Missoulian)
... “Songs of Lao”: The Photos of Kenro Izu and the Spirits of the Lao People (HP)
... Laos-Myanmar bridge awaits juristic acts (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam talk safety (VietnamNews)
... Revenue collection in Laos unlikely to meet target (VT)
... Asean officials meet in Laos on traditional medicine (VT)
... Doctor presents Laos experience (Columbia Valley Pioneer)
... Southeast Asia’s high speed rail network (Global Risk Insight)
... Private education body in Laos reveals development plans (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Minnesotan Becomes First To Sue Over Child Sex Tourism (H&N)
... Fantastic Fest 2015: director Jamie Dagg talks Laos-set thriller 'River' (Examiner)
... Laos: Romance wrapped in a banana leaf (Nation)
... Laos prepares for Asean chairmanship next year (ANN)
... ADB to double climate financing to US$6b for Asia-Pacific (VT)
... Laos-China rail expected to begin construction in November (VT)
... Lao Population Expected To Reach 10 Million By 2045 (Brunei Direct)
... Lao authorities warn Chinese banana farms about overusing herbicides (VT)
... President Choummaly addresses UN sustainable development summit (VT)
... Commy Party congresses conclude in Vientiane, Savannakhet provinces (VT)

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