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October 20-26, 2014



Laos' hydropower dams draw criticisms from neighbours (CNA)
Laos is building a series of hydropower dams as it wants to transform the country into the "battery of Southeast Asia". But this ambition has drawn criticisms from its neighbours due to concerns over the impact on fishing communities and the environment. Hydropower is a major export for Laos. Two-thirds of electricity generated in the country is sold
Attapeu folk continue to unearth alabaster despite ban (VT)
The high sale price of alabaster has brought local people flocking to Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, where they have been digging up blocks of the mineral to sell, despite a government ban on its removal.  Locals told Vientiane Times yesterday that villagers were continuing to remove the rocks illegally and with great enthusiasm
Luang Prabang - Culture at a Crossroads (Bangkok Post)

The wintry morning mist recedes to reveal ancient golden temples resplendent even in a light drizzle. Hundreds of monks in saffron robes glide in a single line toward pilgrims waiting on their knees with pots of sticky rice ready to be offered.  The almsgiving ritual unfolds the way it has every day for centuries, when suddenly a local tour guide points
Greenies seek Suhakam’s help to probe to probe dam project in Laos (Yahoo)
In its first cross-border request, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) was today asked to investigate a Malaysian company said to be involved in the construction of a controversial hydroelectric dam in Laos, which environmentalists claim will displace thousands of people who have made their homes along the Mekong River.
Luang Prabang, Laos is a city of no worries (News)
ASHLEY Emmerton, 23, from Guyra NSW, had always wanted to teach English overseas but choosing to teach novice Buddhist monks in an ancient protected city was unlike anything she’d done before. A teacher by profession, Ashley packed up her bags and headed to the city of Luang Prabang in Laos to volunteer with Global Vision International (GVI).
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Delays expected in national road rollout (VT)
... UN backs protection of women, children in Laos (VT)
... More than 7,600 Lao workers return from Thailand (VT)
... Laos is acting responsibly on Mekong dam project (Nation)
... New Zealand - Best friends put Lao cuisine on the radar (Stuff)
... Lao-Thai: Despite downturn, auto lenders redouble efforts (BP)
... 3rd quarter road accidents kill almost 180 people nationwide (VT)
... Investor: Finance available to develop Khammuan's mega project (VT)
... Organizers: Lao-Hmong New Year to embrace both now and then (WDH)
... Detained Christians in Laos Have Been Released, Pastor Remains in Custody
... Laos enters negotiation on EU FLEGT (VT)
... Discover the blissful peace of Laos (Spectator)
... Laos greatly challenged by UXO clearance (VT)
... Contraceptive Implant Launched In Laos (Brunei Direct)
... PetroLao in Vietnam's $300 mln oil pipeline deal (Reuters)
... Laos on track for UXO development goal target (XinhuaNet)
... Opposition to Laos dam takes complaint to Malaysia (PPP)
... Laos announces population census, calls for cooperation (Nation)
... Port Hope book sale raises $6,400 for Adopt a Village in Laos (NN)
... Lao-Hmong are shaped by flight from homeland (Pakistan Defense)
... Education, agriculture, governance benefit from EU funding boost (VT)
... Veterans of Vietnam, Lao-Hmong continue to push for burial rights (CO)
... Laopocalypse Now: Fear, poetry, and the end of the world (Daily Planet)
... Lao-Thai: Trade keeps growing at Chong Mek in Ubon Ratchathani (NNT)
... Soccer: Myanmar, Laos top regional quintet (FIFA)

... China’s Guangdong to boost tourism links with Laos (VT)

... Soccer: Azkals face Laotians in Suzuki Cup next month (ABS)

... Laos announces population census, calls for cooperation (Nation)

... Govt needs 30.69 trillion kip (~ $3.8 billion) to boost growth rate (VT)

... Presidential term limits discussed at constitution-amendment seminar (VT)

... UXO accidents within MDG target, rates remain too high for complacency (VT)

... Authorities seek more interest, entrants for Nam Ngum tourism development (VT)

... Rugby is more than a game in Laos (IRB)
... Seven days for census survey in Laos (VT)
... Laos - Through the Eyes of the Locals (NG)
... Closer eye cast over current, future investments (VT)
... Policy developers shape constitutional amendments (VT)
... Xieng Khuang UXO education project enters 2nd phase (VT)
... North Korean defectors SK-bound after Laos release (NK News)
... NGOs Petition Malaysian Human Rights Body Over Laos Dam (RFA)
... Youth Friendship Village Launched In Laos-Vietnam Border (Bernama)
... Mining Visit Strengthens Ties Between Laos And Australia (Brunei Direct)
... Pro-environment group wants Suhakam to probe dam project in Laos (Yahoo)
... Provincial Assembly establishment debated at constitution-amendment seminar
... Hungary, Laos discuss agriculture, trade (BBJ)
... Laos moving to sustainable economic growth (VT)
... Lao-Australian: Turning A Hobby Into A Business (Yahoo)
... Thai Airways resumes its service to Luang Prabang (NNT)
... New project in Laos to strengthen public administration (VT)
... Local authorities in Vientiane: Don't encroach on forest areas (VT)
... Nationwide awareness critical to the advancement of women (VT)
... Pick up the pace on poverty alleviation as per President's advice (VT)
... Soccer: Laos and Myanmar through to 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup (ESPN FC)
... Eternal Harvest: The Impact of War’s Legacy on Farming and Food in Laos
... Triple heart bypass survivor raises $4,000 for two Laotiam schools (AsiaOne)
... Vietnam’s growth rate could fall behind Laos, Cambodia: experts (VietnamNet)



October 13-19, 2014



Laotians Bristle at Plan to Erect Ho Chi Minh Statue in Vientiane (RFA)
Laotians expressed concerns that placing a statue of Ho Chi Minh in the capital of Laos would suggest that the country is under the influence of Vietnam. “I think it’s strange to erect a monument to Ho Chi Minh in Laos,” a Laotian said in an RFA call-in show recently. “We are an independent country. If Lao leaders do this, ... this land may no longer belong to Laos.”
Mekong communities seek injunction on Xayaburi Dam deal (Nation)
A NETWORK of Thai people living in provinces along the Mekong River yesterday lodged a petition with the Administrative Court in Bangkok, seeking an injunction on the power-purchasing agreement of the controversial Xayaburi hydro-power project in Laos. "Today's plea for an injunction follows the decision by Thailand's Supreme Administrative Court
Laos silently side-steps scrutiny of controversial Mekong dam project (Nation)

Following a meeting of the Mekong River Committee's (MRC) Joint Committee earlier this month in Phnom Penh, the MRC has finally confirmed the start date for prior consultation on the Don Sahong Dam as July 25. The Don Sahong is a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River in the Siphandone area of Champasak Province, southern Laos. 
Don Sahong Dam ‘Prior Consultation’ to Begin (Cambodia Daily)
The Cambodia National Mekong Committee will soon begin meeting with villagers in Stung Treng province to gauge their concerns over the controversial Don Sahong dam, which Laos has proposed to build on the Mekong River 1.5 km from the Cambodian border. In 2013, Laos announced its intention to begin construction by that year’s end
Laos issues third lot of baht bonds in response to high demand (Nation)
Laos has underscored its confidence in the Thai capital market with the third batch of bond issues totalling Bt4.5 billion with the option to add more, the funds to be invested in development of the energy sector. This third lot, made available early this month, is a response to overwhelming demand shown in the previous two bond issues. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos opens new attraction (TTR Weekly)

... Unite to tackle gender equality in Laos (VT)

... Health coverage in Laos goes universal (VT)

... Academics touchdown as EU increases links (VT)

... New Nam Theun 2 outlets to serve agriculture (VT)

... China approves rail links to Myanmar and Laos (Rail Journal)

... Lao Govt speeds up social security coverage expansion (VT)

... Encroaching on conservation is prohibited, Lao officials say (VT)

... Six N. Korean defectors caught in Laos, activists demand release (Arirang)

... BeerLao Awards Scholarships To Underprivileged Students (Brunei Direct)

... Roads paved with tourist traps (BP)

... Lao PM asks auditors to work diligently (VT)

... Laos' EDL-Gen to raise B6-8bn for projects (BP)

... Lao Brewery Company puts 300 scholarships on tap (VT)

... Sacombank Launches International Bank Cards In Laos (BD)

... Thai NEDA may provide loans for road infrastructure in Laos (VT)

... Luang Prabang Escape at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao (LTM)

... Bangkok, activists and citizens file suit to stop Xayaburi dam (AsiaNews)

... Mekong residents file petition aimed at derailing Laos' Xayaburi dam (BP)

... Vietnam to open new flight path through Laos, Cambodia next year (TNN)

... Financial difficulties hindering road development, maintenance in Laos (VT)

... Laos takes pole position in ASEAN Football Federation Cup qualifiers (BSN)

... Local authorities slow to report back on communicable disease preparation (VT)

... Laos: Why you should visit in 2015 (AOL)
... Lao Govt needs to invest more in irrigation (VT)
... Soccer: Cambodia done in by late Laos' blast (PPP)
... Laos to generate 15,000 mln kWh in 2015 (XinhuaNet)
... U.S. to assist Laos with hydropower management (VT)
... Strategy on climate change awareness still awaiting funds (VT)
... High cost of state funded projects in Laos sparks concerns (VT)
... Door opens to foreign workers as locals fail to fill labour gaps (VT)
... UK Trade Envoy Makes Third Official Visit To Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Lao-Thai: Police rescue two minors from Nong Khai brothel (Nation)
... Laos Boosts Handicraft Production In Preparation For AEC (Bernama)
... York student planning volunteer trip to help elephants in Laos (York Press)
... Lao ambassador meets Thailand's Chief of Defence Forces (Pattaya Mail)
... Exhibition features Lao handicrafts (VT)
... Raising standards gets recognition (VT)
... Ministry hails diplomatic achievements (VT)
... Calls flow for Laos' dam to be canned (PPP)
... Cooperation efforts reaffirm Laos-Vietnam links (VT)
... Marijuana smuggled from Laos seized (Vietnam News)
... Public Discussions Planned for Controversial Laos Dam (VOA)
... Soccer: Laos and Timor Leste open Suzuki Cup qualification with victories
... Scientific seminar puts economics, agriculture, health under microscope (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Fibre optic link under study (Nation)
... Laos tourism school wins global award (Travel Mole)
... Logistic Park plays part in strengthening land links (VT)
... Lao Warrior Kenji's Story to premiere in Raleigh (WNCN)
... Lao-American Obituary: Ly Hemsouvanh (News Gazette)
... Plenty of challenges for Laos' home affairs to address (VT)
... 'In Laos, food is a focal point for family life' (Plymouth Herald)
... Consult quickly: Door closing on Laos dam input period (PPP)
... Laotian organic fertiliser companies look towards AEC (Nation)
... Lengsavad: Boost agriculture production for future population (VT)
... Lao Army Press Delegation Visits Viet Military Units (Brunei Direct)
... Powerhouse Laos Offers Burma a Fix to Electricity Woes (Irrawady)
... Shrimp stock rebound a welcome development in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Global commodity price drops knock resources revenue off target (VT)
... Chat with natives at Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang, Laos (LA Times)
... Connectivity among the main topics for 10th ASEM Summit in Milan, Italy (VT)



October 6-12, 2014



Enjoy a tranquil escape down the Mekong in Laos (City A.M.)
It’s a short journey from Chiang Rai in Thailand to the north-eastern corner of Laos – and to a border crossing that evokes the days before the onslaught of soulless airports and mega-brand domination. Despite the recent opening of the “Friendship Bridge” spanning the Mekong River the small town of Houeyxai is still a good place to drop your gear, grab a Beer Lao
Boat racing festivities mark the end of Lent (VT)
Lao people across the country flocked to their nearest temples yesterday morning or travelled further afield to join relatives in their home towns to present offerings to monks and mark the end of Buddhist Lent ( Boun Ork Phansa ). In the early morning most of the temples were packed with devotees, with both the young and old arriving in traditional dress to give alms
Lower Mekong dams [like in Laos] continue to draw protest (FSRN)
In northern Laos construction is underway on the $3.5 billion Xayaburi Dam. There’s also a planned 260 megawatt Don Sahong dam near the border of northern Cambodia and Thailand. The Xayaburi Dam is being built by a Thai construction company with financial backing from Thai banks. Almost all the electricity produced is to be sold to Thailand.
Lao economic growth expected to moderate to 7.5%: WB (China EN)
Lao economic growth is expected to moderate to 7.5 percent in 2014 due to lower direct output contribution from resource sectors, according to the World Bank's biannual East Asia and Pacific Economic Update on Monday. The 7.5 percent figure was revised from an initial projection of 7.2 percent due to updated information on the performance of wood exports
UK cigarette firm criticised over Laos tobacco tax deal (Guardian)
A British tobacco giant has been accused of depriving taxpayers in Laos, one of Asia's poorest countries, of tens of millions of pounds, having struck a special tax deal with its government lasting a quarter of a century. Health campaigners claim the agreement has kept cigarette prices in the country low, which encourages younger people to take up smoking.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Norway pledges continuous UXO assistance (VT)
... Traditional boat racing crown goes to Luang Prabang (VT)
... KOICA to assist village development projects in Laos (VT)
... Southeast Asia Gets Crafty In Luring Visitors (Travel Pulse)
... Vaccine help a shot in the arm for health sector in Laos (VT)
... Lao boat racing festival captures nation's heart (Global Post)
... Public offices in Vientiane close without official announcement (VT)
... Thailand-Laos jointly host annual boat race event in Mukdahan (NNT)
... Task force helps 55 Lao-Hmong immigrants earn U.S. citizenship (CT)
... Laos: ASEAN discusses strategies to strengthen assistance for victims of UXO
... Vietnam, Laos share experience (VNN)
... Savannakhet attracts more tourists (TTR Weekly)
... Obituary: Chanla Sisoukrath, 84 (Davidson News)
... South Korea Pledges To Fund Laos' UXO Clearance (BD)
... Village organisational structure, a hot Sam Sang topic (VT)
... Ministry undertaking survey and design on Road No. 11 (VT)
... There are ways to repay unapproved debt, minister says (VT)
... Domestic, foreign sources tapped to cover revenue shortfall (VT)
... One million Asian children living with blindness (Medical Express)
... Calls For Transboundary Impact Studies For Mekong Dams (RFA)
... US Satellites to Help Mekong River Region Deal with Climate Change (MS)
... New state investment projects get the cut (VT)
... Lao Govt: Govt: Poor families target 7.11 percent (VT)
... Teachers give paymasters poor grades for wage wait (VT)
... Madison in 100 objects: Lao-Hmong story cloth (Wisc. SJ)
... Lao officials assess irrigation and flood control project (VT)
... Laos learns economic management ideas from Vietnam (VT)
... Vietnam cops arrest wanted drug trafficker at Lao border (TNN)
... Laos: Ka Xiong Proud Of Winning American Film Week 2014 (BD)
... Laos Releases House Church Christians, But Pastor Detained (BNL)
... Up to ten mine projects in Laos could have concessions revoked (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: Tourists arriving in Nong Khai for Naga fireball phenomenon
... Laos, Finland cement cooperation (VT)
... Too many Laotians still waiting for toilets (VT)
... China Gives New Pledge on Lao Rail Project (RFA)
... Social security system opens up for individuals (VT)
... Laos flood damage assessed at over US$20.44m (ANN)
... Deputy PM Lengsavad advises on energy policy review (VT)

... New UNICEF representative in Laos speaks on nutrition (VT)
... 13 trafficked Lao females rescued in Thailand (Bangkok Post)

... Teachers in Laos need to develop themselves continuously, PM says (VT)

... Lao-Thai Border: Tourists flock to Nakhon Phanom to view boat procession

... USAID, Nasa Using Technology For Development In Lower Mekong (Bernama)

... Laos extends yield curve (IFR Asia)
... Son Ho Joon cries as he leaves Laos (AllKPop)
... Southern Lao officials learn to be project writers (VT)
... Lao-Thai: 330kg ganja seized in Nakhon Phanom (BP)
... Students debate to celebrate World Population Day (VT)
... DPM calls for speed-up of labour skills training in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong population one of the fastest growing in U.S. (SR)
... Southeast Asian Cinema: A Seedling Straining to Thrive (Yahoo)
... Vietnam police on Laos border seize over 53 kilos of heroin (TNN)
... Kids in remote areas of Laos to benefit from better oral health (VT)
... Four Luang Prabang hotels and restaurants achieve ‘The Mark' (VT)

... Fred Branfman, who exposed secret U.S. bombing of Laos, dies at 72 (WP)




Sep. 29 - Oct 5, 2014



Australians part of Lao plane memorial (AAP/Yahoo)
Laos will invite the families of six Australians, who perished in a 2013 Lao Airlines crash, to memorial ceremonies in November. The ATR 7620 twin turbo prop aircraft crashed in severe weather into the Mekong River on its approach to the Pakse Airport in Champasak province in southern Laos on October 16 last year. All 49 passengers and crew were killed.
Eucalyptus planting starts before approval granted (VT)

Boualapha Agriculture and Forestry Company has already planted some areas of eucalyptus in Hinheup district, Vientiane province prior to being given official approval.  A provincial official of the National Resources and Environment Department Mr Ounheuan Keophomma told Vientiane Times on Wed. that the company was planning to plant over 4,000 hectares
Experts say assessment of Laos’ dam unconvincing (VietnamNet)
Speaking at the conference on Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower project held in Can Tho City on September 25, Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert, said when a certain project is suspected to cause harms to humans or the environment, the investor has to prove the contrary. “In this case, Laos has to prove Don Sahong hydropower dam will not impact
Seven Christians Arrested in Laos for Meeting for Worship (CM or BNL)
Local officials in Laos arrested seven Christians for meeting for worship on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to a rights group.  The chief of Boukham village, in Atsaphangthong District, Savannakhet Province, along with village security officials and police arrested the Christians as they ate lunch after meeting for worship in the home of pastor Sompong Supatto
Japan Inc. Goes Deeper Into Southeast Asia like Laos (Wall Street Journal)
Japanese companies are turning to Southeast Asia's frontier markets in search of cheaper labor, stepping into territory that until now has been firmly in China's sphere of influence. Take Savannakhet, a town on the banks of the Mekong river where eight Japanese companies have recently started operations. They include camera-lens producer Nikon Corp
Chinese tourist numbers continue to soar (VT)
 The data shows the number of Chinese visitors was put at 111,898 in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 50 percent compared to the same period last year. In 2013, over 245,000 Chinese tourists visited Laos, which was an increase of 23 percent over 2012, thanks to improved facilities and better connectivity between Laos and China. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos to welcome 4 million (TTR Weekly)

... Laos' dam promises are ‘a facade’ (PPP)

... 175 people killed in Vientiane road accidents (VT)

... Laos marks International Day of Older Persons (VT)

... PanAust’s Phu Kham operations back to work (FNN)

... Urban beautification project slated for Mekong riverside (VT)

... 2nd America Film Week Held In Vientiane Capital (Brunei Direct)

... Lao Pop-up Restaurant To Open in San Francisco (Asian Week)

... Child Sexual Exploitation to Worsen in SE Asia (Voice of America)

... Lao Govt creates more than 250,000 jobs over past four years (VT)

... NUOL begins e-Learning for Economics, Business Management (VT)

... NGOs Say Proposed Guidelines Would Hamstring Lao Civil Society (RFA)

... Laos to re-open its embassy in London (VT)
... HotelQuickly enters Myanmar and Laos (e27)
... Lao Govt announces poverty reduction week (VT)
... Bokeo slated for international airport (TTR Weekly)
... Govt in charge of surveying for alabaster in Attapeu (VT)
... Hintonburg's hidden Southeast Asian lunch counter (OC)
... Govt draws up labour training, social welfare roadmap (VT)
... Laos and Cambodia: Quick trip for travelers in a hurry (LA Times)
... UI teaching assistant researching rare Lao language (Daily Iowan)
... Soutsakhone Soukphaly: Building Her Dreams, Insuring Yours (SST)
... Laos receives more aid than planned (VT)
... Work of love aids Lao people (Liverpool Champion)
... Global unrest affects LDC development efforts (VT)
... SN Power takes shares in Laos project (Water PM)
... Military hospitality to add new image for Vientiane (VT)
... Korean govt supports green development in Laos (VT)
... War and Peace: Jewelry for the Next Generation (EonI)
... Deputy PM calls for teleconference improvements (VT)
... PanAust worker injured amid security scare (SBS or DT)
... Lao delegation on ICT study tour in Thailand (Pattaya Mail)
... British, Lao officials meet ahead of Lao embassy reopening (Global Post)
... Mega First Berhad : Laos dam threatens fishermens' livelihoods (4-Traders)
... Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray
... World's stability, prosperity inseparable from China's development: Lao official
... Vietnam, Laos talk human rights (VNN)
... Luang Prabang on the Mark (TTR Weekly)
... Laos popular among Chinese travellers (Nation)
... Panyathip family funds Sangha college upgrade (VT)
... Govt purchases electricity for centralised management (VT)
... MOFA urges Taiwanese to beware of personal safety in Laos (TN)
... Canada Rare hired by Laos refinery for BD services (Stock Watch)
... Efficiency must be a priority in the transport sector, minister says (VT)
... Copper and gold mining ‘major source of revenue’ despite price falls (VT)
... Adverse conditions stop poorer countries reaching devpt goals, Laos tells UN
... Lao-Thai: Bugs in the system (Economist)
... Laos tourism targets affluent Thai visitors (Nation)
... Vietnam, Laos Boost Cross-Border Trade (Bernama)
... Vientiane authorities design city plan for 450-Year Road (VT)
... Korean customs sector to assist Lao revenue collection (VT)
... Lao-American: Services this weekend for slain hunter (13 WHAM)
... Lao farm products to enjoy Chinese market access, minister says (VT)
... A Hmong-American leader describes the changing role of women (PPG)
... Ubon sees ‘arn ma’ as permanent check point to Laos & Cambodia (NNT)
... Laos: Ministry launches competition to promote highest achievements (VT)
... Laotian family returns to region years after a local church sponsored ... (TN)
... Hmong families, once fleeing violence in Laos, now living the American Dream




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Lao Population (overseas)
Laotians in US - 232,130
France - 140,000
Canada - 12,000

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

Sources: US Census 2010 and Wikipedia
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Sep 2014
53,424 visitors
Aug 2014
52,199 visitors
July 2014
54,990 visitors
June 2014
54,931 visitors
May 2014
60,619 visitors
Apr 2014
55,767 visitors
Mar 2014
57,186 visitors
Feb 2014
54,547 visitors
Jan 2014
61,317 visitors
Dec 2013
62,964 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
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7,791 visitors
Dec 1997
235 visitors

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