Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:26 PM -0400 ------ Update at least once a day...

July 25-31, 2016

Laos drafts bookish students to protect summit ministers (AFP/Yahoo)
It is a secretive communist state with a sprawling security apparatus, but Laos has turned to a less menacing demographic to protect visiting dignitaries this week: bookish students. The authoritarian nation, which rarely allows in foreign media, has been thrust into the international spotlight as a regional security summit brings a coterie of top diplomats to its dusty capital Vientiane.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting In Laos (Podery Gloria)
The Philippines brought the worldwide arbitration case against China, while fellow ASEAN members Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei also have competing claims to parts of the sea. Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai confirmed to journalists after the meeting that the joint statement had been prepared, but did not disclose its contents. The Hague tribunal's ruling on the South China
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Japan to further support Mekong region (VT)
... Wrong idea to buy power from Laos (HydroWorld)
... Canada unveils diplomatic mission in Laos (RCI or VT)
... Laos: Kerry ignores N. Korea blame game (Korea Times)
... 49th AMM, related meetings close after fruitful discussions (VT)
... New Zealand gives boost to foot-and-mouth disease control (VT)
... ASEAN, Chinese ministers agree to abide by int'l marine law (VT)
... US Secretary of State lays groundwork for future cooperation (VT)
... John Kerry: Press Availability in Vientiane, Laos (US Dept of State)
... Mekong momentum: is Laos real estate waking up? (Property Report)
... Laos builds third hydropower dam, threatening Mekong River in VN (VietnamNet)
... KOPIA Laos centre opens (VT)
... Laos benefits from regional cooperation (VT)
... Aussie helps Laos hill tribes grow coffee (SBS)
... Kerry in Laos amid Asean bickering (Manila Times)
... Vietnam, Laos step up inspection work (VietnamNet)
... 6,000 family books, ID cards issued to foreigners (VT)
... Asean, dialogue partners vow to boost cooperation (VT)
... Laotian maid meets police about ĎYing Kaií charge (Nation)
... China, North Korea envoys hold talks in Laos (Japan Times)
... Foreigner Ministers of 2 Koreas Cross Paths in Laos (Chosun)
... Asean foreign ministers reaffirm push to realise 2025 vision (VT)
... Security, South China Sea Dominate ASEAN Meetings in Laos (VOA)
... ASEAN adopts Laos communiquť amid unity concerns (Jakarta Post)
... Laos in the ASEAN Spotlight: Opportunities and Challenges (Diplomat)
... Young woman fights to reclaim Ďmy worth and my storyí after sexual assault (SB)
... Chinese FM praises Laos' objective, just stance on South China Sea issue (ECNS)

July 18-24, 2016

South China Sea Spat Looms Over Asean Meeting in Laos (Wall Street Journal)
Southeast Asian foreign ministers will gather here in the coming days with their counterparts from the U.S. and China, making the tiny nation the next diplomatic battleground in a rising standoff over the South China Sea.  It will be the first regional meeting since an international arbitration tribunal on July 12 rejected Chinaís claims to most of the South China Sea & its creation of artificial islands
New miners to come under scrutiny in Laos (Nation)
Laos will carefully select companies that are financially sound and have extensive experience in the mining sector before allowing them to set up projects, which will be closely monitored. These requirements will be imposed after several companies have failed to comply with the regulations concerning investment in Laos. Speaking at a meeting last week on the energy and mines
ASEAN Chair Laos faces a serious test in Diplomacy (Word Press)
At a time when the region faces a multitude of challenges, some are questioning whether the chair is up to the job. 2016 is a big year for ASEAN. It began with the quiet launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which was followed by the Sunnylands Summit; the first time all ASEAN leaders met a US President on US soil. Now the region is facing intense scrutiny over its approach
China Economy Ripples Into Laos (Stewardship Report)
A decade long mining boom, combined with a rapid development of hydropower, has seen Laosí growth rate reach over 7 percent a year, allowing national output to more than double, generating some half a million jobs. A key player in the economic progress has been China. A recent World Bank report on the Lao economy noted Chinaís influence was continuing to grow.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Education officials boost planning skills (VT)

... McCully to Laos for Asia-Pacific meetings (Scoop)

... Laos keen on energy cooperation with Vietnam (VOV)

... Asean representatives discuss meeting preparations (VT)

... Lao Govt gets tough on occupational health and safety (VT)

... This underground river cave in Laos will amaze you (Red Bull)

... Meeting strengthens Asean regulations on clean agriculture (VT)

... Lao President demands harsh penalties for lack of discipline (VT)

... Chinese FM to attend ASEAN-related meetings in Laos (XinhuaNet)

... Lao Police Investigate Killing of Chinese National in Vientiane (RFA)

... Japan foreign minister to attend regional forum in Laos (Bangkok Post)

... Delegates gather ahead of Southeast Asian FMs' meetings in Laos (CEN)

... Three Lao Workers Held in Vientiane Are Denied Family Visits (Malaysia Sun)

... Kishida to visit Laos for talks with ASEAN peers before UNSC meet (Japan Times)

... Through bamboo pipes, the sound of joy for Fresno 
    musician from Laos honored with top award (Fresno Bee)

... Chinese vice president appreciates Laos' support on South China Sea (ECNS)

... Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Paris, Vientiane, and Manila (US Dept of State)

... KOICA supports pediatric training centre (VT)

... Laos ready for ASEAN ministers' meeting (VT)

... Laos-USA building a new era of partnership (VT)

... Scaling up community radio in Laos (UCA News)

... The New Generation of Film Making in Laos (Yahoo)

... Laos Highland Coffee Farmers Ride Tourism Wave (VOA)

... Seven injured in UXO-related accidents in Laos this year (VT)

... Laos: IACD boosts education and cultural exchange project (VT)

... Authorities make fresh call for aquatic life protection in Laos (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos discuss Vientiane-Hanoi expy project (VietnamNet)

... Will China resort to force to export high-speed rail in SEA? (Nikkei)

... Art festival 2016 for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam opens (DCS)

... Laos: Many people get ďmystery diseaseĒ (VOV)

... Laos Is The House, So All Bets Are Off (Forbes)

... Tourist arrival target set at 9 million for 2025 (VT)
... Laos to negotiate sale of electricity to neighbours (VT)

... ASEAN foreign ministers to meet in Laos (VietnamNet)

... ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting agenda revealed (VT)

... Laosí Luang Prabang a tranquil dreamland (VietnamNews)

... Lao PM pushes for greater connectivity between Asia, Europe (VT)

... Laos supports peaceful settlement in East Sea issue (VietnamNet)

... South China Sea War: Laos & China Team Up Vs. PH (Morning Ledger)

... Laos immigrant sentenced to life in prison for murdering man in Arcade (OA)

... University of Laos receives funding for environmental protection activities (VT)

July 4-17, 2016

China says Laos supports it on South China Sea case (Reuters/Yahoo)
China has won the support of Laos in rejecting the outcome of a court ruling against China's claims in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that China had no historic claim to the waters and it had violated the Philippines' economic and sovereign rights. China rejected the ruling, having declined
Bolaven Plateau: A coffee lover's utopia, deep in the heart of southern Laos (CNN)
From Colombia to Kenya, many of the world's coffee-growing regions are amongst the most idyllic places on Earth. A bucolic tableland in southern Laos, the Bolaven Plateau is no exception. It sits on the bottom of a crater from a giant, extinct volcano in the northeast of Champasak Province in southwestern Laos.  Close to the Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese borders, 
Lao Women Taking Part in Drug Trade Increased (RFA)
Women increasingly appear to be taking part in the illicit drug trade in Laos, as drug lords find they make good smugglers because they blend into their surroundings, RFAís Laos Service has learned. Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but a local police official tells RFA that Lao authorities have noticed a sharp increase in the number of women arrested for drug offenses.
Russia's Rosneft, Lukoil & Gazprom may take part in building refinery in Laos (TASS)
The government delegation of Laos offered participation in implementation of Laos-Vietnam pipeline construction project and development of a refinery in Laos, representative of the Russian Ministry of Energy told TASS on Monday. "We are aware of Laosí interest in participation of Russian companies in development of refining facilities in the country.
Travellers to Laos still face drugs risk (News)
Travel operators say young Australians remain at risk to a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol at reveller holiday sites in Laos despite a crackdown in 2012. The crackdown at Vang Vieng, four hours north from the Lao capital of Vientiane, came after more than 30 travellers, including Australians, died over 2011 and 2012, after drowning or overdosing on drugs.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Mystery illness strikes XiengKhuang (VT)
... FAO lends muscle to govt development efforts (VT)
... Experts mull possible nuclear weapon free zone (VT)
... Apocolypse Now on the Mekong River (Boulder Weekly)
... Vietnamese court sentences Lao siblings to death, life (VT)
... Foreign media register to cover Asean meetings in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Premier Should Account for 'Disappeared' Activist (HRW)
... Lao PM advises expansion of hydropower feasibility studies (VT)
... Vietnam to help Laos hold training courses for NA deputies (VOV)
... Company Uses Loophole in Lao Law to Grab Land in Savannakhet (RFA)
... In latest blow, ASEAN wonít issue statement on tribunal ruling (Today Online)
... Laos: Temples and life lessons (Statesman)
... Former Lao Deputy PM Joins Monastery (RFA)
... Laos, Russia enhance bilateral cooperation (VT)
... Lao PM asks media, ministry to work harder (VT)
... Lao workers returning home to work in SEZs (VT)
... Laos still facing challenges in AEC integration (Nation)
... Slowing China Economy Ripples Into Laos (Tolerance)
... Laos Highland Coffee Farmers Ride Tourism Wave (VOA)
... World Bank approves loan to Laos' Poverty Reduction Fund (VT)
... FBS adds LTC Forex e-payment system for Lao clients (SMN Weekly)
... Laos: Ministry outlines strategies on information, culture and tourism (VT)
... Lao siblings sentenced to death, life for smuggling heroin to Vietnam (TNN)
... Concerns rise over locust invasion in Laos (VT)
... Authorities: no illegal logging in XiengKhuang (VT)
... Vietnam fully supports Laosís reform efforts (TTN)
... Wausau Lao-Hmong Memorial Still Coming (WSAU)
... Laos: Ministry calls for more dynamic media industry (VT)

... Vientiane temple offers not holiday but lessons in life (Dawn)

... EPF extends support to environmental protection in Laos (VT)

... Laos: Chained monkey found in purse now living happy life (AOL)

... Lao PM mulls forestry protection for sustainable hydropower (VT)

... Soccer: AFF U16 Champs Cambodian boys sweep past Laos (PPP)

... Company Cancels Bid For Major Roadway Upgrade Project in Laos (MS)

... Thai-Lao relations caught in limbo despite common interests and goals (Nation)

... Growing Coffee in Laos Highlands Provides Alternative to Opium Poppies (VOA)

... Networking event held in Nakhon Phanom to promote trade with Laos (Thai Visa)

... E-passport aims to better serve Lao citizens (VT)
... Fire destroys heritage house in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Tip Inboua, 71 (Austin Herald)
... Electricity rates revised, households to pay lower bills (VT)
... French government gives boost to regional agro-ecology (VT)
... 190 kilos of firecrackers seized on bus from Laos to Vietnam (TNN)
... Investing in adolescent girls seen as key to sustainable development (VT)
... World calls for urgent action to save ďAsian UnicornĒ in Laos, Vietnam (VT)
... Lao Party General Secretary speaks of military cooperation with VN (VietnamNet)
... Laos' trade with Asean flourishing (Nation)

... Lao-American Obituary: Soy Chanthara (MP)

... Lao Tourism Goes Green to Boost Growth (VOA)

... Cambodia and Laos: Toward A New Era? (Diplomat)

... Laos and Thailand offer joint travel options (TTR Weekly)

... Laos seeks Thai help financing, job skill improvement (Nation)

... Laos government sees bright future for organic farming (UNCTAD)

... Laos tourism: Luang Prabang lines up for ďThe MarkĒ (eTurboNews)

... NTU Students Install Solar Power System at Primary School in Laos (BD)

... The Rise, Fall & Possible Renewal of a Town in Laos on Chinaís Border (NY Times)

June 27-July 3, 2016

Lao Woman Says Shots Were Fired in Land Dispute (RFA)
A Lao police officer and three men associated with countryís military, who are accused of squatting on a three-hectare parcel of land in Luang Prabang province, recently fired their weapons in an attempt to fend off a local woman who claims title to the land, the woman told RFAís Lao service. ďI went to clear the land on March 5, and some soldiers who are living there fired in the air 
New report reveals poorest areas of Laos (VT)
Xepon district in Savannakhet province and Toumlan district in Xekong province are the poorest districts in Laos with people living in extreme poverty, while pockets of poverty also exist in urban centres, according to a new report.  The Lao Statistics Bureau released the report yesterday, titled: Where Are the Poor? Its findings make up the National 2015 Census-Based Poverty Map
Laos Bans New Mining Projects in a Polluted Province (RFA or MS)
Lao prime minister Thongloun Sisoulith has ordered officials in a heavily-polluted southern province of the country to reject proposals for new mining projects in their area, citing severe damage already caused to the local environment, sources in the country said. Speaking on June 16 at a top-level meeting of officials in southeastern Laosí Attapeu province, Thongloun said the government has
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Ministry to run nationwide fuel quality checks (VT)

... New report reveals poorest areas of Laos (Nation)

... Prohibited rosewood seized en route to China (VT)

... Vietnam fosters defence links with Laos, US (VitnamNet)

... Strong law enhances role of statistics, legal expert says (VT)

... Further delay in Savan Vegas deal: Macau Legend (GGR Asia)

... Overseas medical aid program succeeds in Laos (Korea Times)

... Rubber workers in southern Laos sickened by contaminated food (VT)

... Laos strives to graduate from Least Developed Countries (Shanghai Daily)

... Lao short film enters international competition, promotes Lao culture (Nation)

... The Power of Power: Laotian Village Generates Its Own Electricity (Diplomat)

... Lao Govt, Sector Working Groups discus s future development strategies (VT)

... KBank gives internships to Laotians (Nation)

... Laos prepares to meet UN education goals (VT)

... Laos: Ministry lowers quota for students of health science (VT)

... Trade ministers to meet on August 5 in Laos (Econonic Times)

... Construction materials price stable, fuel price rises in Laos (VT)

... Champassak doubles border checkpoint revenue collection (VT)

... Laos prepares to implement UN education goals (Shanghai Daily)

... Meeting reviews devpt progress of poorest Asia-Pacific nations in Vientiane (VT)

... Roles of Lao Govt leaders spelled out (VT)
... New Checkpoints on Lao Border (Khmer Times)
... New restaurant offers a taste of Laos (Emporia Gazette)
... UK commits to building close relationship with Laos (VT)
... Spiceroads relaunches hidden Laos by road (Travel PR)
... Lao officials express concern about illegal marriages (VT)
... Cambodia rolls out red carpet for Lao PM (Shanghai Daily)
... Experts in Laos tackle need for more accurate statistics (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos boost cooperation in scientific research (VOV)
... Laos: A fragment of the past, a snapshot of the present (CNN)
... Laos, Cambodia to develop land links, trade and investment (VT)
... Lao legislative leader urges stronger ties with Vietnam (VietnamNet)
... South Koreaís Vice Defense Minister Visits Cambodia, Laos (Diplomat)
... Traders in Laos warned not to sell protected wildlife, aquatic species (VT)
... EIA: Laos, Cambodia Export More Rosewood Than Known Population (HF)
... Laos speeds up hydropower plant on Mekong River despite concerns (TNN)
... Laos and Cambodia accused over rosewood crime and corruption (One World)

June 20-26, 2016

Laos, China boost trade, investment (Nation)
Laos' Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) reported recently that in the period since 2011 to last year, the trade value between Laos and China increased annually from about 10.5 trillion kip (US$1.3 billion, Bt45 billion) in 2011 to $1.7 billion in 2012, about $2.7 billion in 2013 and $3.6 billion in 2014. "However trade value declined to around $2.78 billion last year due to the impact
A bad dry season on the Mekong (Interpreter)
With the end of the dry season in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) ó a period roughly running from November to May ó the magnitude of the problems affecting the Mekong River is starkly apparent. With estimates that the river has been at its lowest level in the last 100 years ó a circumstance that has had effects throughout the LMB and is particularly marked in the Mekong Delta
Lao PM Doesn't Want Business as Usual for the Timber Industry (RFA)
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has told local authorities in the southern province of Attapeu that the government is changing the way it handles the logging business. Since Thongloun took over as prime minister in April, he has made cracking down on the illegal trade a priority for the Lao government as authorities attempt to reign in the exploitation of a natural resource. 
Luang Prabang lures foreign investors with tax incentives (Nation)
PROMOTED as one of Laosí tourism destinations, Luang Prabang is angling for investors from Asean, including Thailand, by offering waiver of corporate income tax for up to six years as bait. Luang Prabang has prioritised the tourism industry to drive its growth and lift Laotians from poverty under the 2020 strategic development plan, Governor Khamkhan Chamthavisouk said.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, India to launch direct flights (VT)
... Rice production expected to not meet targets (VT)
... Ministry requires more funding for education reform (VT)
... First Asean ecotourism forum opens in Champassak (VT)
... Lao and Asean to boost furniture product development (VT)
... Laos Casino Marketer Calls Del. Suit A Baseless ĎSmearí (Law360)

... Obama Set to Announce Funding Increase for Clearing Old Bombs in Laos (VOA)

... Laos places great importance on ecotourism (Inquirer)
... Yunnan Aluminum to Build Large Alumina Project in Laos (Metal)
... ARTICLE22 jewelry is made out of unexploded bombs in Laos (Inhabitat)
... A Lao Deckhand Sends His Wife an SOS, Then Disappears From a Thai Fishing Boat
... Lao Drug Smugglers Arrested (Khmer Times)
... Great importance placed on ecotourism in Laos (VT)
... Cheating students on notice say Lao authorities (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos review border management (VietnamNet)
... Over 500,000 Chinese tourists visited Laos in 2015 (CEN)
... Laos' local agarwood growers miss out on sale again (VT)
... ASEAN, especially Laos, makes a mess in Kunming (Nation)
... Lao-Hmong veteran's memorial dedication postponed (WDH)
... Party chief hails Lao Defence Ministerís visit to Vietnam (DCS)
... New road to link China & Thailand via Nan & Luang Prabang (BP)
... Good Neighbors extends community based education project (VT)
... Laos prepares two sites for world heritage listing (XinhuaNet or VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Teachers, students buy arm for the school janitor (MPR)
... Lao Men Caught with Meth (Khmer Times)
... Early pregnancies stil an issue in Laos (VT)
... Southern Laos' Attapeu sees rapid growth (VT)
... Laos: The Land of a Million Elephants (Diplomat)
... Laos, China seek closer cultural cooperation (VT)
... Laos banks on road link with China (Bangkok Post)
... Damming the Nam Tha in Northern Laos (Diplomat)
... Labour production reverses market demands in Laos (VT)
... 2 Lao men arrested for carrying drugs en route to Vietnam (TNN)
... Southern Laos' Saravan seizes huge quantities of illegal timber (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia set to open consulates on Stung Treng border (PPP)
... Obama Set to Announce More Funding for Clearing Old Bombs in Laos (VOA)
... Lao Court Says Family of Jailed Polish Activist Failed to File Appeal in Time (RFA)
... Creative Solutions to Laosí Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons (Triple Pundits)

June 13-19, 2016

South China Sea talks end in disarray as China lobbies Laos (Edge Markets)
The ministers initially agreed to the communique, but it was withdrawn after China lobbied Laos, holder of the rotating Asean chair, the person said, asking not to be identified because of the confidential nature of the talks. About three hours after it was released on Tuesday night, Malaysia said the statement needed to be retracted for urgent changes. An amended version has not been
Laotian, Thai accomplice nabbed with 7kg of heroin (Nation)
A Laotian man and his Thai accomplice were arrested at the parking lot of a shopping mall in Udon Thaniís Muang district with 7 kilograms of heroin hidden in boxes of kitchenware that were to be mailed to Australia. Narcotics Suppression Bureau chief Pol Lt-Colonel Rewat Klinkesorn told the press that Laos national Boualapha Simoukda, 47, & Khajorn-amartAmatiyakul, 54, were nabbed
Laos losing more forests than it gains, minister says (VT)
Lao forests have declined over the past decades. In 1980, forest cover was 49 percent, declining to 41.5 percent in 2010 before increasing to 47 percent at the current stage. ďOur Prime Minister has made a significant decision to issue this order so we have to help disseminate this order in the entire society and work in cooperation to enforce it so as to address illegal logging,Ē Dr Lien said.
Don Sahong vs Dolphins: How the Dam Is Affecting Local Residents (Khmer Times)
Dam Chan handed over the food in exchange for riel as she described hearing the loud bangs of dynamite in the distance. The 55-year-old has farmed and sold food in Preah Rumkel commune her entire life and is concerned about the future of her home now that construction on the nearby Don Sahong Hydropower Dam has started to affect the local wildlife, and subsequently the lives
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Plain of Jars needs a map (TTR Weekly)

... Laos: Ministry to set up logging units (VT)

... Laos: Heaven in a bowl of noodle soup (Nation)

... Dengue fever outbreak claims seven lives in Laos (VT)

... Lao Govt restructes ministries, sets new mandates (VT)

... Laos government cracks down on social media use (GRI)

... Thailand announces imported cassava requirements (VT)

... Laos: Local assemblies meet for inauguration sessions (VT)

... Laos wishes to boost sci-tech cooperation with HCM City (VietnamNet)

... Hmong Still Struggle for Acceptance in Wisconsin Communities (WUWM)
... Lao Insurance Industry Governance, Risk and Compliance Report 2016 (Yahoo)
... After Kunming, Asean must be united on South China Sea at Laos meeting (Star)

... Laos gives the nod to foreign investors (Nation)

... Health awareness programmes held in Jordan & Laos (GSN)

... Thai Regulator to Assist Laos Phone Registrations (Cellular-News)

... Laos and India want direct flights (TTR Weekly)
... NEDA visits Hongsa Power Station in Laos (NNT)
... Laos-Switzerland review cooperation strategy (VT)
... Universal health cover still a challenge in Laos (VT)
... Asean professional women's forum tackles tourism issues (VT)
... Thailand, Laos cooperate in combating human trafficking (VOV)
... Province, district authorities have no right to approve logging (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Hongsa-Chiangman Road to be a boon for Nan (Nation)
... Viet Party, State to facilitate better business in Laos (VietnamNews)
... Commission: new tech university and college reform achievable (VT)
... Khiri Travel earns Travelife Partner Status in Indonesia and Laos (FTN)
... Laos: The Mediator as Tourist (Mediate)
... NBTC to register Lao mobile phone users (Nation)
... Most workers' rights in Laos still not protected (VT)
... Viet President starts Laos State visit (VietnamNews)
... Laos Ambassador seek closer ties with Assam (SIFY)
... Why Asean must worry about the Mekong Delta (Nation)
... Education must help people work: Lao Vice President (VT)
... Laos envoy invites Sonowal in a bid to boost ties (NOOOZ)
... MSDHS joins ASCC council meeting in Luang Prabang (NNT)
... Elderly Village Chief Caught With Lao Meth (Cambodian Daily)
... Central Laos: Houay Thahao irrigation project well underway (VT)
... Hundreds honor well-known Lao-Hmong veteran in Fresno (ABC30)
... Minnesota memorial dedicated to veterans of ĎSecret Warí in Laos (PP)
... Laos, Vietnam highly value time-honoured ties, vow to deepen co-op (VT)
... Provinces instructed to inspect log movements to address illegal trade (VT)
... MV TV chief focuses on overseas business, eyes opportunity in Laos (Nation)
... Laos' commerce minister: A regionwide trade pact would be a cornerstone for devpt

June 6-12, 2016

Companies in Laos failing to replace trees felled during projects (VT)
All companies carrying out projects in Laos which resulted in deforestation are required to plant trees to offset the loss, forestry officials and researchers have stated. But less than 10 percent of companies in question pursued the country's laws and regulations, causing great loss in forestry resources over recent decades. A researcher from the National Agriculture and Forestry
Luang Prabang awash with charm (Yahoo)
Once a year, a battle erupts on the streets of Luang Prabang and participants must be armed at all times - with a plastic rain jacket and hefty water rifle. It's Pi Mai Lao, the Lao New Year, water fights -symbolising renewal - abound and you won't be spared a soaking. The festival, from April 14-16, makes for a fun time to visit this ancient royal city, about 300km north of the capital Vientiane.
Laos cracks down on social media critics (Yahoo or TW)
With their heads hung low, three Laos nationals quietly apologise on state TV for betraying the country through anti-government Facebook posts, a striking parade of apparent confessions in the communist regime's latest crackdown on dissent. The ominous broadcast in late May was the first news of the trio for families desperate to know their whereabouts since they were arrested in March
US supports UXO clearance in Xieng Khuang (VT)
The United States' Department of State Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) has provided more than US$2.17 million for a project supporting rural development through unexploded ordnance clearance in Xieng Khuang province. The total funding of US$2,178,865 will be used for survey and clearance in the districts of Nonghet, Phaxay and Khoun, over a period of 12 months.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao Front to have broader structure (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam to further enhance special ties (VT)
... New meat processing factory to boost food safety (VT)
... Kunming-Singapore rail link stuck in Laos (Rakyat Post)
... Bokeo authorities mull inspection of petrol importers (VT)
... Direct flight between India and Laos soon (Web India 123)
... Laos Ambassador seek closer ties with Assam (ANI/Yahoo)
... Laos, Cambodia look to maintain good historical relationship (VT)
... N. Korea's key party official meets with Laotian leader (Global Post)
... Kent Island's White Tiger Distillery celebrates spirited Laotian heritage (BS)
... Baan Esaanís Doing Things Their Own Way to Impressive Results (Current)
... LDC nations call for more assistance (VT)
... Laos, Hungary continue education cooperation (VT)
... Local charcoal manufacturer exporting to Japan (VT)
... Northern Laos: Authorities take aim at locust plagues (VT)
... INGO builds new water supply for village in Oudomxay (VT)
... Laos ready to host Ecotourism Forum in Pakse (Russia TN)
... Soccer: India thrash Laos 6-1, book Asian Cup Qualifiers berth (Rediff)
... Ten Thousand Palm Trees to Fence Off Stung Treng, Laos (Cambodia Daily)
... Texas Chicken expands to Laos (Nation)
... Finding Minnesota: Hmongtown Marketplace (CBS)
... JICA, Lao Govt gather to improve water supply (VT)
... Laos, Korea cooperation gears up for new term (VT)
... Lao Govt announces fight against illegal wildlife trade (VT)
... Japan boosts human resources development in Laos (VT)
... High service costs challenge Laos' tourism business (Nation)
... Laos, Cambodia share experience in anti-corruption work (VT)
... Ministry steps up timber export ban order enforcement in Laos (VT)
... Rights group demands Laos release detained activists (Turkish Weekly)
... Assam bizman sponsors Laos football team's visit to state (Times of India or TofI)
... U.S. provides over 2 mln USD for unexploded bomb survey, clearance project in Laos
... Soccer: Valakone Phomphakdy - There isn't much of a difference between Laos & India
... Xaythany road awaits much-needed repairs (VT)
... Lao Govt takes action to address illegal logging (VT)
... UNICEF pledges to improve child welfare in Laos (VT)
... Kunming-Singapore rail link stuck in Laos (Rakyat Post)
... Tree planting looks set to fall short of target in Laos (Nation)
... The 1.5 generation: Hmong of Wisconsin, part 1 (On Milwaukee)
... Mekong dam projects Ďcould destroy livelihoods, ecologyí (Nation)

... Better maps needed to secure UNESCO listing of Plain of Jars (VT)
... Ministers prepare documents for submission to 28th Asean Summit (VT)

May 30-Jun 5, 2016

Bus explosion kills eight Viet passengers in Laos (VT or AP/Yahoo)
An explosion wrecked a bus loaded with an illegal shipment of timber and carrying 14 Vietnamese passengers in Khammuan province yesterday, killing eight people instantly, according to a provincial official.  Two other passengers were slightly injured, while the rest suffered serious injuries, the security official in charge of the fatal accident told Vientiane Times .
Almost 50 sky-high electricity bills wrongly printed (VT)
Close to 50 electricity bills charging exorbitant amounts were found to have been wrongly printed following inspections by the electricity authorities. The checks were made after many consumers complained that their electricity bills for May were vastly higher compared to previous months. Some bills were two or three times higher than normal. 
Damming the Nam Khan in northern Laos (Diplomat)
After seeing Laosí first ever hydropower dam on the Nam Ngum river, we wanted to investigate the consequences of a more contemporary dam. Over several days we visited the construction sites and spoke to those who had already been displaced by the projects to learn more about the human costs of power.  We had been driving for an hour on the dusty mountain road when we hit
Rockets, mud and phalluses: parched Laos farmers pray for rain (AFP/Yahoo)
In central Laos dozens of loud explosions pockmark the sky as men dressed in female clothing wielding large wooden phalluses dance, while others lubricated by the local rice whiskey simply roll in the mud. Welcome to Laos' famous rocket festival, a raucous celebration and merit-making ceremony in which huge homemade rockets are launched into the sky in a bid to encourage
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao PM orders investigation into electricity bills (VT)
... Laos: We all get wet at elephant's bathtime (Yahoo)
... Laos: Senior officials discuss Asean Vision 2025 (VT)
... Almost 100 Champassak companies fail to pay taxes (VT)
... Lao Govt, ADB consult on new country partnership strategy (VT)
... Lao Govt reveals findings of first survey on violence against children (VT)
... Number of Japanese investors in Laos surges as country integrates with region
... Soccer: India beat Laos 1-0, put one foot at Asian Cup Qualifiers (Deccan Herald)
... More Japanese investors heading to Laos (VT)
... Lao Airlines welcomes competition (TTR Weekly)
... Youth health centre addressing more STI queries (VT)
... Arbor Day raises nationwide awareness of forests (VT)
... India face Lao test in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers (Yahoo)
... Lao police to enforce Ďno right turn at red lights' rule (VT)
... DPM outlines tougher measures for revenue collection (VT)
... Viet PM backs VN-Laos justice co-operation (VietnamNews)
... Central Laos: Vehicles bogged down in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Forgotten Captives Of The War In Laos (Hartford Courant)
... The Irresistible Noodle Dish Taking Laos By Storm (Yahoo)
... Hmong, Lao Veteran Memorial Planned in Wausau (WJJQ)
... Laos dam, poison blamed in Stung Treng fish deaths (PPP)
... Ho Chi Minh city Party Committee Secretary visits Laos (VT)
... Vientiane, Yunnan province sign cooperation agreement (VT)
... Lao Government welcomes International Children's Day (VT)
... Lao PM calls for better development, protection of children (VT)
... World Bank provides US$30m for fight against poverty in Laos (VT)
... Soccer: Laos match is massively important: Chhetri (Deccan Herald)
... Forest restoration project planned for Sangthong, Pakxong districts (VT)
... Laosí Hydro Dam Project:Ecosystem of Mainland Southeast Asia at risk (DM)
... Sisaket to establish Laos cultural village (NNT)
... Laos and Japan mull air services (TTR Weekly)
... Australia refines its investment in Lao people (VT)
... Soccer: Nepal settle for draw with Laos (Republica)
... Laos announces measures to prevent Ďghostí projects (Nation)
... Depleted Indian football squad to leave for Laos match (Yahoo)
... Nam Ngiep 1 dam construction phase sets high milestone (VT)
... Asean ecotourism leaders to meet in southern Laos' Pakxe (VT)
... Laos' Sangthong district rolls out welcome mat for visitors (Nation)
... Increasing forest cover to 70%  a great challenge: Lao minister (VT)
... Inspirational camp offers a new direction for young people in Laos (VT)
... Laos-China border economic zone attracts billions in investment (PO)
... Development partners extend support for disabled people in Laos (VT)
... Abe to visit Laos in September for ASEAN summit talks (Japan Times)
... Laotian refugee found freedom, salvation in American classrooms (P&C)
... Wonderful Indonesia Helps Promote Cooperation With Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Nghe An province busts ring trafficking drugs from Laos into Vietnam (DCS)
... Hmong refugee Fue Xiong wins scholarship -- and sacrifices school for family
... Memorial planned for Hmong and Lao veterans of Vietnam War (Channel 3000)
... America's 'Secret War' and the Most-Bombed Country - Laos - in History (Yahoo)
... Regionwide free trade pact key for development -- Laos commerce minister (NAR)

May 23-29, 2016

Australian man dies in Laos after suspected drink spiking (Age)
A Melbourne man has died after his drink was reportedly spiked in Laos. The man aged in his 20s died at the weekend and his friend required hospital treatment, News Corp reports. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said it was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died in Laos.  His is the latest of a series of Australian deaths in Laos
Lao economy to grow 7% this year: World Bank (VT)
The Lao economy is projected to expand by 7 percent in 2016, with power generation expected to increase by more than 30 percent over 2015, according to the World Bank's latest update of the Lao Economic Monitor 2016.  Laos has one of the fastest growing economies in the East Asia and Pacific region. It expanded by around 7 percent in 2015, after growing by 7.5 percent in 2014.
An unforgettable up-close encounter with Laosí sacred elephants ... (CM)

THROUGH my wide-angled lens, Moukhao the 38-year-old Lao elephant appears to be some way off in the distance Ė until I feel her trunk rifling in my pocket. I move back, only for four tonnes of elephant to move in even closer. She stands so close I can count her eyelashes. I put my camera away. Clearly, elephants have no regard for personal space. ďShe wants a banana,Ē
ASEAN: LaosĖWhatís Next? (Word Press)
At present, Ďdevelopmentí manifests itself as a rapid transformation of Vientianeís urban landscape and its rural outskirts. Construction sites for new roads and massive buildings dominate the municipality. Chinese and Vietnamese investors have joined the current land run in Laos, one scandalous example being the grounds of the old National Museum, which will have to make way
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Natural ginseng found in southern Laos (VT)

... Asean defence ministers agree on future cooperation (VT)

... Luang Prabang sees unexpected dip in tourism growth (VT)

... Champassak steps up response following dengue deaths (VT)

... Tourist hordes put strain on Luang Prabangís heritage (SEA Globe)

... Wind energy in Laos: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm (REVE)

... Nan-Xayaburi-Luang Prabang bus service to start in July (Bangkok Post)

... Viet Party Inspection Commission head welcomed in Laos (VietnamNet)

... Lorain International Festival Princesses: Sirimany Sengvoravong, Laotian (MJ)

... Colleges expected to offer bachelor, master's degrees next academic year (VT)

... Govt demarcates new mandates for ministries, adopts revenue collection measures

... Vestas in line for 600MW Laos wind project planned as region's biggest (ReCharge)

... Cause of Pakxe market fire under investigation (VT)

... Consumers angry over EDL's response to high bills (VT)

... Mayor of Vientiane proposes new highway through city centre (VT)

... Savannakhet, Thai provinces foster economic cooperation (Nation)

... Laos Deploys Patrols to Deter Shootings And Prevent Unrest (RFA)

... Electricty Rates Spike in Laos, the 'Battery' for Southeast Asia (RFA)

... Legislators advise local administration on law enactment in Laos (VT)

... Southeast Asian Ministers Touch Down In Laos For Defence Meet (Bernama)

... India football coach Constantine focussing on fitness for Laos match (One India)

... State budget embezzlement exposed (VT)
... Mayor proposes development initiatives (VT)
... Russia, Laos Ink New Military Helicopter Deal (Diplomat)
... Invasion, Occupation, of the Kingdom of Laos by 
    Vietnam Remembered At Lao Hmong Ceremonies (Yahoo)
... Laos Readies For Coming 15th ASCC Council Meeting (BD)
... Laos Takes Fresh Look at Controversial Highway Project (RFA)
... Boten-Mohan economic zones attract billions in investment (VT)
... Laos, Japan move closer to implementing air service agreement (VT)
... Silver medal for New Zealand volleyballer Alice Zeimann in Laos (Stuff)
... Govt, UNDP agree project to conserve Savannakhet's ecosystems (VT)
... OCTA promotes Laos rainy season with 'good weather guarantee' (TPR)
... Additional musical work on President Ho Chi Minh by Lao musician (DCS)
... Tougher legal action needed to curb use of fake banknotes: Lao official (VT)
... Hungarian Eximbank disburses $66.5 mln in tied aid to Laos, Indonesia (BBJ)
... Vientiane, 1 of 7 cheapest world destinations for an affordable & relaxing vacation
... Malaysia Will Implement ASEAN Work Plan On Education 2016-2020 - Laos Delegate
... Laos province targets custard apples (FruitNet)
... WWF-Lao reveals sustainable energy report (VT)
... World-heritage-listed Luang Prabang in luxury (BA)
... Hisham: IS issue among topics at Laos meeting (Star)
... Turning right at red lights a fineable offence in Laos (VT)
... City council challenges road fund proposal in Vientiane (VT)
... Strengthening Laos Financial Systems To Handle Failure (AEC)
... Russian Bells And Laos Dolls Ė A Perfect Blend (Sputnik News)
... Donors pledge millions to extend fight against poverty in Laos (VT)
... Nepal squad announced for football friendly with Laos (Himalayan)
... New software gives the blind access to the Internet in Laos (Nation)
... Stream of Meth Busts Continues Along Laos Border (Cambodia Daily)
... Lao Merchants Turn to Government For Help After Market Burns (RFA)
... ASEAN, Russia leaders forge ahead towards strategic partnership (VT)
... EU concludes capacity building project for civil society groups in Laos (VT)
... Laos' 1,285-MW Xayaburi hydropower project receives loan from Thai co. (HW)

May 16-22, 2016

Lawrence of Laos (Boston Globe)
Last month saw the death of J. Vinton Lawrence, known to his friends as Vint. In his later years, Vint became an accomplished painter in rural Connecticut and before that a brilliant caricaturist whose wit-filled drawings of the great and famous graced the pages of The Washington Post and the New Republic. But I want to draw you back to the year 1962 when Jack Kennedy was in the White House
EU bans imports of vegetables grown in Laos (VT)
The European Union (EU) has banned the import of four types of vegetables grown in Laos following its warning that the vegetables failed to meet safety standards, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Following the ban that was imposed earlier this year, the ministry has instructed its provincial departments to work with the relevant sectors to improve the quality
Fire guts large section of Pakxe's main market (VT)
Four buildings in the Dao Heuang market in central Pakxe district, Champassak province, caught fire early on Tuesday morning and were largely destroyed, with the fire burning for most of the day.  Deputy Head of the Champassak Prevention and Protection Police Department, Major VixianPhommachanh, told Vientiane Times the fire started at about 1:30am
Laos: Arrested development (Geographical)
A controversial dam development in the Mekong River in Laos is risking the welfare of local inhabitants.  As the helicopter carrying the BBC film crew peeled away from the 33m Khone Phapheng Falls in southern Laos, I held my breath at the enormity of the image Ė the wild perspective. It was only then one could appreciate the courage & skill of the Laos fishermen
Macau Legend to pay US$42 mln for Savan Vegas (GGR Asia or Calvin Ayre)
Macau casino services firm Macau Legend Development Ltd says it has agreed to pay US$42 million for the right to operate the casino hotel in Laos known as the Savan Vegas Hotel and Entertainment Complex. The deal also includes the right to a 50-year monopoly on casino operations in three Lao provinces including the one where the resort is located.
Man admits killing Lao-American driver in high-speed south metro collision (ST)
Killed in the collision on 160th Street at Cedar Avenue was Osah Phetsarath, 45, a Lakeville father and owner of a doughnut shop in Eagan. Kasprzyk, who has remained in custody since his arrest on the day of the crimes, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9 on the two felony counts. ďThe defendantís actions resulted in a senseless and avoidable death and caused extreme fear
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Putin: Russia, Laos develop friendly ties (TASS)
... Mekong River in danger, but MRC is Ďweakí (PPP)

... Laos to raise food standards to Asean levels (VT)

... Another Lao Man Arrested with Meth (Khmer Times)
... Thai-Lao border trade thrives after advent of AEC (NNT)

... Laos, China reinforce cooperation in border security (VT)

... Laos: Slow bureaucracy blamed for misuse of funds (VT)

... Savannakhet folk get lesson in fruitful farming methods (VT)

... Nong Khaiís cross-border trading with Laos flourishes (NNT)

... Putin: Meeting with PM of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith (Kremlin)

... Laos approves S Korean firm's plantation concession (Nation)

... Northern Laos' Huaphan remembers history of monument (VT)

... Visitors from Laos: Seven injured in crash near Port Dover (SR)
... Japanese eye XiengKhuang for commercial crop cultivation (VT)
... Damage by Vietnamese market fire in Laos estimated at $8 million (VN)

... Sanum expects Macau Legend and Laotian authorities to pay USD250m for casino

... Laotians charged with meth trafficking (PPP)
... Laos enjoys trade surplus with Vietnam (VOV)
... Laos, Norway deepen relations, cooperation (VT)
... Luang Prabang tops Lao attractions (TTR Weekly)
... Vientiane People's Council elects new leaders (VT)
... ĎGreen' water treatment system planned for Vientiane (VT)
... Laos: Farmers' training boosts food and nutrition security (VT)
... El NiŮo Wreaks Havoc Across Southeast Asia (Wall Street Journal)
... Laos widens ban on timber exports, tightens wood business (Nation)
... Northern Laos' district plans to reveal hidden gems (VT)
... Tree planting in Laos looks set to fall short of target (VT)
... New Lao Prime Minister Issues Ban on Timber Exports (RFA)
... S. Korea issues additional travel warning for Laos (Korea Herald)
... Indonesia, Laos ratify ASEAN Open Skies agreement (Ch-Aviation)
... Laos' home affairs ministry outlines vision for better governance (VT)
... Honoring Hmong veterans of the CIA's Secret War in Laos (SacBee)
... Lao Govt widens ban on timber exports, tightens wood business (VT)
... Three Lao Nationals Are Latest Victims of Forced Disappearances (BNN)
... War Wounds Resurfaced in 'Operation Popcorn,' Documentary on Hmong Arrests
... Death in the Mekong, Laos: Ceremonies in U.S. Senate, Arlington, Vietnam Memorial...
... Vietnam-Laos relationship a priceless asset (TTN)
... US provides health care centre for Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Farmers in Laos irked by irrigation pump charges (VT)
... KBank forecast to triple lending in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Northern Laos' Phongsaly farmers say no to rubber (VT)
... Laos tackles transition from informal to formal employment (VT)
... Why Visiting Laos Should be on Your Bucket List (Verge Campus)
... Laos New Premier in Vietnam for First Ever Overseas Visit (Diplomat)
... Hmong veterans of CIAís war in Laos honored at California Capitol (SacBee)
... More than 785 billion kip (~US$97 mil) vanishes in ďghostĒ projects in Laos (VT)
... Preparations for ASEAN cultural meetings on track (VT)
... ASEAN labour ministers formulate joint action plans (VT)
... Laos casino tender involving Macau groups terminated (MBD)
... Lao FM sees huge potential in cooperation with China (ECNS)
... Vietnam-Laos labour cooperation yields sound outcomes (VOV)
... Storms batter city, man dies in Hadxaifong district in Vientiane (VT)
... Two Lao-Hmong American filmmakers shake up Hollywood (BBC)
... Vietnamese, Lao PMs hold solidarity talks in Hŗnoi (VietnamNews)
... Lao health ministry backs countrywide vaccinations against polio (VT)
... Garment exporters feel heat from regional rivals like Laos (VietnamNet)
... Laos: Nam Nern Night Safari helps tigers back from the brink (Australian)
... Family fights for information about Hmong man jailed in Laos in 2011 (PBS)
... Lao Govt to address compensation issues at Saysettha development zone (VT)

May 9-15, 2016

Thai nationals remain top of the list of tourist arrivals to Laos (Nation)
Thai nationals have topped the list of tourists coming to Laos over the past decade, according to the latest government report. A recent statistics report for 2015 issued by the Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism shows that more than 2.3 million Thai tourists out of a total of over 4.6 million tourists came to Laos last year.
Laos: Shootout between soldiers and "bandits", one dead (BNN)
An exchange of gunfire between Lao soldiers and unidentified armed forces along a new road between Vientiane and Luang Prabang provinces on May 6 left one soldier and eight of members of the unknown group dead and others injured, a relative of the deceased soldier and a local health official said. The shootout occurred on the thoroughfare connecting Kasy district of central Laos
Laos-US: Three Lao-Hmong women caught with $3M of opium in luggage (MPR)
Federal authorities caught three Minnesota women with 70 pounds of opium concealed in bags of tea leaves at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after they landed from Narita, Japan on Tuesday. Chicago police identified the women as Pa Yang, 57, of St. Paul, Mai Vue Vang, 58, of St. Paul, and True Thao, 52, of Brooklyn Center. The women are U.S. citizens who each face felony
Vehicle imports continue to grow in Laos (Nation)
The Department of Public Works and Transport also reported that the number of vehicles in Laos increased by 8.17 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year. The total number grew from 1,577,184 to 1,717,504 vehicles, including 1,326,868 motorcycles, 337,449 cars and 53,187 trucks. Vientiane has the largest number of vehicles at 721,882, followed by Savannakhet (273,279)
Laos town known for drunkenness and tourist deaths cleans up its act (Guardian)

want us to preserve the mountains of Vang Vieng, the river and the culture for the future,Ē Thanongsi Solangkoun told me as I sipped mulberry wine at his organic restaurant on the Nam Song river in Laos. Thanongsi, affectionately known as Mr T, produces some three tonnes of mulberries every year, 80 litres of goatís milk a week, plus avocados, papayas and mangoes at his organic
The cost of Americaís ďsecret warĒ in Laos (IRIN)
The United States may increase the $15 million a year it spends on dealing with the legacy of its ďsecretĒ bombing of Laos, said Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday in the capital, Vientiane. Yet, even a few million more would come nowhere near to matching the amount it cost the US to bomb the country between 1964 & 1973. The campaign came with a staggering price tag of $17 million
Truckers protest hike in Laos goods-delivery parking fee (Nation)
CHIANG RAI Governor Boonsong Techamaneesathit yesterday morning held talks with business operators holding a road block at the 4th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridgeís border pass in Chiang Raiís Chiang Khong district. They were unhappy about Laos hiking the goods-delivering parking fee to Bt1,690 from the usual rate of Bt1,600 per truck without advance notice.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Seeing Landlocked Laos' Sea (Diplomat)

... ADB keen to support clean water supply (VT)

... The Mekong River is not for sale! (New Internationalist)

... Khammuan, Champassak post revenue shortfalls (VT)

... Killer heatwave wreaks havoc in Southeast Asia (CNN)

... Lao-Hmong Obituary in US: Chue Xiong (Channel 3000)

... Laos reports progress on population and development (VT)

... Ho Chi Minh's Complete Works to be translated into Lao (DCS)

... Prompt retirement the key to allocation of new civil servants (VT)

... Child sex tourism spreads in Europe, SEA like in Laos (News Hub)

... Sale of Savan Vegas casino terminated by Laos: RGB (GGR Asia)

... Norhern Laos: Wildfires spread in Luang Namtha conservation area (VT)

... Luang Prabang is top destination in Laos for overseas visitors: survey (VT)

... A Large Number Of Visitors Curious To See Sand Sculptures in Vientiane (BD)

... The Laos e-health pioneers (UNICEF)

... Lao-Canadian: From one hell to another (WFP)

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

... WHO extends support for health sector reform in Laos (VT)

... Lao Govt approves development of Champa Nakhone SEZ (VT)

... Lao-American Obituary: Bountong Phengsavath (Times Record)

... Lao-American Obituary: Vilaythong Khamtan (Storm Lake Times)

... ASEAN labour officials discuss draft of Vientiane Declaration (VT)

... Laos Promoting Thai-built Wind Farm on ASEAN Stage (Thai PR)

... In Laos, Casting Out Spirits is a Key Church Ministry (Advantist Review)

... New software gives blind people access to the internet in Laos (China Post)

... Laos' northern provinces take action to prevent reprise of locust invasion (VT)

... Laos Govt has terminated concession tender for Savan Vegas (Edge Markets)

... There Was No Gym In Laos, So These Boys Made The City Their Training Ground

... Malaysian delegation attends 24th ASEAN Labour ministers meeting in Laos (Bernama)

... Laos: Life in the slow lane (Nation)

... Laosí Leadership Vital For Unifying ASEAN (AEC)

... Laos upgrades zoonotic disease capability (Agra-Net)

... Laos in need of stronger tourism campaign: officials (VT)

... Laos enforces payment of border truck parking fees (VT)

... Dams, drought and disaster along the Mekong river (IRIN)

... LuangPrabang takes new path in sustainable tourism (VT)

... ASEAN debates rights of migrant workers in Vientiane (VT)

... Group Demands Don Sahong Investigation (Khmer Times)

... Soccer Preview: Lao Toyota vs Ayeyawady United (Fox SA)

... Chinese company ink deal on irrigation project in Laos (Nation)

... Laos: Officials, experts mull agricultural research priorities (VT)

...  Vietnam, Laos discuss socialist-oriented market economy (TTN)

... Highground, Vets Tribute honor Lao-Hmong (Wausau Daily Herald)

... Lao Holdings files lawsuits over Savan Vegas casino hotel (GGR Asia)

... New Lao-Hmong program at Fresno State one of five in U.S. (Fresno Bee)

... Vang Chou, high-ranking Lao-Hmong soldier during Vietnam, dies in Merced (FB)

... Former Savan Vegas operator wants Laos Govt to cough up $900M in damages (CA)

... China to spur investment in Laos (Nation)
... Living the life with the locals in Laos (Independent)
... NUOL to host job fair for engineering students (VT)
... EU-funded project aims to improve nutrition in Laos (VT)
... Event held to promote Thai OTOP and Laos ODOP (NNT)
... New software gives blind people access to the internet (VT)
... Merced Lao-Hmong community leader dies (Merced Sun-Star)
... EU-funded laboratory capacity building project in Laos ends (VT)
... EU praises closer cooperative relations with Laos (Jakarta Post)
... Ministry, Chinese company ink deal on Borikhamxay irrigation project (VT)
... Calling on Laos to Unite ASEAN over the South China Sea (Economy Watch)
... Rhode Island's Hmong-Lao community to mark 40 years of resettlement (PJ)
... CRE: Agreement to purchase a rare earth separation refinery situated in Laos (MW)
... Laos' Paraquat Problem (Malaysia Sun)
... Suu Kyi picks Laos for first trip (Eleven)
... Ministry hopes to reopen forests for logging (VT)
... ASEAN needs Laosí leadership (East Asia Forum)
... Laos, Myanmar Commit To Strengthening Ties (BD)
... Oudomxay, the heart of tourism in northern Laos (VT)
... EU praises closer cooperative relations with Laos (VT)
... Laos shares difficulties with Vietnamese people (DCS)
... Laos to boost coffee value with GI certification (Nation)
... United States reaffirms further assistance to Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong Story:  40 exhibit debuts in Merced (ABC30)
... New support to protect Lao wetlands from climate change (VT)
... Myanmar leader Suu Kyi makes first official trip, to Laos (WKRG)
... Lao Govt funding enables repair of irrigation systems to boost crop yields (VT)

May 2-8, 2016

Drawn by the allure of Laos (Star)
Malaysian investors and tourists are making a beeline for the landlocked Asean country. SIXTEEN years after my first and only trip to Laos, I was back in Vientiane over the long weekend. With a population of only 800,000 people, Vientiane isnít a bustling metropolis, but the Laotian capital has really changed from the sleepy backwater that it was the last time I was there.
China, Laos increase security cooperation after attacks on Chinese (Reuters)
China and Laos have agreed to step up security cooperation after attacks on Chinese nationals in the poor, landlocked Southeast Asian nation in recent weeks, state media said on Wednesday as Laos' new president visited Beijing. In March, six Chinese nationals were wounded in a bus shooting and a Chinese national was killed and three wounded in an attack by unidentified militants
China's Xi holds talks with Lao leader to enhance ties (ECNS)
President Xi Jinping held talks with visiting Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit on Tuesday. This is Bounnhang's first visit to China since he became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party in January and was elected president of Laos in April. Xi, who also general secretary of the CPCCC, said the visit showed the Lao side attached great importance
Amid South China Sea tensions, new Laos President visits Vietnam (CNA)
Vietnamese media hailed the visit as a signal of the two nationsí special friendship even as questions remain over Laosí close ties with China, with whom Vietnam is locked in a maritime dispute over the South China Sea. Mr Vorachitís trip comes in the wake of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yiís visit to Vientiane over the weekend, where he told reporters that China had come
Storms batter all parts of Laos (VT)
Localised storms will continue to lash many parts of Laos from now until the middle of May and the public should be on the alert at all times.  Households around the country have lost roofs, while some billboards blew down during storms and squalls that whipped through parts of Laos on Thursday. Electricity poles were also brought down in the strong winds
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos to boost coffee value with GI certification (VT)
... Large tree species still flourishing: Lao ministry (VT)
... Japan pledges further development support in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Bear Takes A Stroll On Two Feet Like A Human (BD)
... Viettel brings telecoms services to all corners of Laos (VOV)
... 10 industrial plants in Vientiane discharging unclean water (VT)
... Laos: Agriculture officials urged to help farmers boost yields (VT)
... Nationís leaders set for first foreign visit to Laos (Myanmar Times)
... Japan tries to enlist Laos into S. China Sea dispute (Bangkok Post)
... Hydropower, mining is key for Lao economic growth, UN surveys (VT)
... Laos' new leader faces big challenges -- at home & as ASEAN chief (Nikkei)
... Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia (US DoS)
... Savan Vegas: Lao Holdings N.V. Files Legal Actions against Lao Govt (Yahoo)
... Lao-Hmong: The Hmong: unfinished chapter of Vietnam War at documentary festival
... Myanmar president to visit Laos (VT)
... SilkAir will benefit Laos (TTR Weekly)
... Laos: Storm victims in need of support (VT)
... Laos, China sign cooperation agreements (VT)
... Lao bank launches fashion-related product (Nation)
... China, Laos pledge further cooperation (XinhuaNet)
... More skilled workers needed as Laos joins AEC (VT)
... Lao engineer has designs on housing market (Nation)
... Japan to finance bridges, human resource development (VT)
... Coffee, Kingdoms, and the Peace of Southern Laos (Diplomat)
... Lao-Hmong history exhibit to open in Merced (Merced Sun-Star)
... Laos needs to consolidate to be successful Asean member: PM (VT)
... EU Chamber Of Commerce And Industry In Laos Marks 5th Anniversary (BD)
... Laos strikes careful balance on South China Sea disputes as ASEAN chair (GT)
... Research on Post-Clearance Land Use on Cluster Munition Strike Sites in Laos (RW)
... Laos Powering Up (Value Walk)
... Contributions support mission trip to Laos (PC)
... Laos' Enormous Underground Caves (Take Part)
... New Lao PM vows to tackle mismanagement (VT)
... Drunken driving kills numerous road users in Laos (VT)
... EU to host 5th European Food Festival in Vientiane (VT)
... FYI Resources Ltd begins drilling for potash in Laos (PAI)
... Sound dealings build Chinaís image in Laos (Global Times)
... Public Bank Laos launches Visa credit, debit cards (Nation)
... Land plots along 450 Year Road in Vientiane up for sale (VT)
... Lao, Japanese foreign ministers to meet in Vientiane today (VT)
... I'm Obsessed with a Laotian Pork Sausage Called Sai Ua (Stranger)
... World View: Laos Sides with China in South China Sea Dispute (BB)
... Chinese partners contributing to poverty reduction goals in Laos (ECNS)
... Mining slump, improper planning blamed for budget tensions in Laos (VT)
... Laos in Logansport: Southeast Asian community celebrate new year (PT)
... Two Lao-Hmong American filmmakers give credit to their community (PRI)
... Japanese Foreign Minister To Visit Laos (BD)
... New Zealand: A taste of Laos in Porirua (Stuff)
... Make or break time for the Mekong (SEA Globe)
... Lao-American Obituary: Rieng Lo (Pilot Tribune)
... Launch of e-Co system streamlines export process (VT)
... Lao President's Profile: Bounnhang Vorachit (XinhuaNet)
... IFAD supports food security, nutrition project in Laos (VT)
... Heatwave leaves people hot and bothered across Laos (VT)
... New Lao Govt to tackle corruption, reduce poverty levels (VT)
... KOICA to support water management in Nam Ngum River Basin (VT)
... Northern Laos: 2nd phase of Nam Ou hydropower project kicks off (VT)
... Japan To Support Mekong Countries With $7 Billion Over Three Years (MD)
... South China Sea War: China New Allies With Brunei, Cambodia & Laos? (ML)
... Vietnam, Laos Tackle South China Sea, Mekong in Bilateral Meeting (Diplomat)
... Lao national exam winners named (VT)
... IMF to deliver full financial support for Laos (MENA FN)
... Laotian visit lifts co-operative relationship (Vietnam IR)
... Lao President gives instructions to new government (VT)
... New Lao PM urges officials to create success out of challenges (VT)
... Vietnam Keen On Improving Education Quality For Lao Students (Bernama)
... 300 Die in India Heatwave, Thailand and Laos Smash Heat Records (Tele SUR)

April 25-May 1, 2016

Laos facing increasing drought impacts (VT)
Climate change is expected to bring increasingly severe drought conditions to Laos, with agricultural yields possibly falling 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by the year 2050.  To reduce the damage caused by drought, the government is working with government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to respond to and prevent problems.
Laos promotes Thai-built wind farm on ASEAN stage (Nation)
LAOS AIMS to use Monsoon Wind Power, Aseanís largest wind farm to be built by a Thai developer, as an exemplary prototype for Asean Monsoon Wind Power is a 600-megawatt wind-farm project that will be the largest in Asean. The site covers two districts in southern Laos - Dak Cheung in Sekong province & Sanxay in Attapeu province. The project has been developed by a Thai
SilkAir to launch flights to Vientiane, Luang Prabang in Laos on Oct 31 (BT)
SILKAIR will launch flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos on Oct 31, 2016. "Subject to applicable approvals, SilkAir will offer thrice weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights will operate in a circular routing and will depart from Singapore for Vientiane, followed by Luang Prabang, before heading back to Singapore," said SilkAir
Lao-Hmong woman arrested with 17 kilos of opium in luggage (Fox32, CT)
A Minnesota woman was arrested after about 17 kilograms of opium and more than 3,500 methamphetamine pills were discovered in her luggage Saturday at OíHare International Airport. Khoua Vang, 49, was charged with one count each of methamphetamine delivery, meth trafficking, possession of meth, and controlled substance trafficking; and two counts
Laos, China pledge to further boost bilateral ties (XinhuaNet)
General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit pledged on Saturday to further develop bilateral relations with China. When meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Bounnhang expressed gratitude for the years of support and help provided by the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Singapore's SilkAir to begin flights to Laos (VT)

... Laos yet to formulate drought response plan (VT)

... Lao Men Busted at Border with Ice (Khmer Times)

... Ho Chi Minh city, Lao localities push cooperation (DKS)

... Luang Prabang awaits decision on Buddha images (VT)

... Parliament's past five-year performance summarised (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos sign coal mining contract (VietnamNet or LP)

... Provincial assemblies expected to open mid-next month (VT)

... S. Korea to Open Female Vocational Training Centers in Laos (KBS)

... Laos Wants Malaysia To Assist Improve Its Education System (Bernama)

... Laos, where the Bong tree grows (UCA)

... Lao President ends visit to Vietnam (VT)

... National contest rewards smart primary students in Laos (VT)

... Earth Gen-BioFuel to expand castor for biofuels in Laos (BFD)

... Thai AirAsia to launch Vientiane route on July 1 (Bangkok Post)

... Economists support Lao PM's measures to bolster economy (VT)

... Vientiane: Spike in electricity consumption brings unwelcome bills (VT)

... Laos and Cambodia tour with Voyages Jules Verne: review (Telegraph)

... Northern Laos: Luang Namtha eyes cave as new tourist attraction (VT)

... Southern Laos: Making the Most of Fruits of the Khone Falls (Diplomat)

... 40 Years On, Laos Still Covered with Unexploded Ordinance (Asia Sentinel)

... Soccer: Bengaluru FC beat Lao Toyota to qualify for AFC Cup pre-quarters (IT)

... Storms devastate homes, infrastructure in Thailand & Laos; at least four dead (Nation)

... ASEAN debates food safety issues (VT)

... Laos marks World Intellectual Property Day (VT)

... Storms ravage localised areas in Laos, Thailand (VT)

... Laos' five-year budget approved, deficit continues (VT)

... Laos prepares for timber trade agreement with EU (VT)

... New Prime Minister Looks For Help to Upgrade Laos (MS)

... Korean organisation provides aid to needy Lao northerners (VT)

... Chinese, Lao leaders exchange greetings on anniversary of diplomatic relations (XN)

... Lao President visits Vietnam (VT)
... Laos' five-year development targets revealed (VT)
... Laos signs Paris Agreement on climate change (VT)
... Woman drowns as storm lashes Luang Prabang (VT)
... Asean, dialogue partners agree on security cooperation (VT)
... New president of Laos visits Vietnam to boost ties (AP/Yahoo)
... Whatís Behind Russiaís New Nuclear Pact With Laos? (Diplomat)
... Exams underway to find Laos' top secondary school students (VT)
... China Recruits Gambia, Laos to Support South China Sea Claims (BB)
... China says Brunei, Cambodia, Laos agree sea dispute must not hurt ties
... Basketball: Batang Gilas beats Laos by 81 points in SEABA (Panay News)
... Small-arms attacks in northern Laos highlight increased terrorism risk (Janes)
... Laos Comes Up Short Again on Annual International Press Freedom Ranking (MS)
... Hmong writer Kao Kalia Yang pens memoir of her fatherís life in Laos & Minn. (DNT
... Lao parliament approves development plans (VT)
... Laos, China share views on future cooperation (VT)
... XiengKhuang livestock breeders' profits decline (VT)
... Vietnam joins ASEAN defence meeting in Laos (VOV)
... Laos' Xaysomboun ramps up tourist attractions (Nation)
... Lao PM highlights opportunities and challenges ahead (VT)
... Devco Lao Leasing launches operations in Vientiane (Nation)
... ASEAN civil society meet dodges Laos for E Timor (Bangkok Post)
... Agro-biodiversity key to food security, nutrition in northern Laos (VT)
... China says Brunei, Cambodia, Laos agree sea dispute must not hurt ties (CNA)

April 18-24, 2016

Lao Authorities Arrest 30 Suspects in Bus Shootings (RFA)
Military and police officials in central Laosí Vientiane province have arrested 30 people suspected of being involved in a bus shooting last month that left one Chinese national dead and six others wounded, a local resident with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The arrests occurred on April 7 along a road between Nanhiew and Nakangpa villages in the provinceís Met district
Communist Laos appoints new president, prime minister (Reuters/Yahoo, AFP/Y)
Laos' new leaders took office Tuesday, according to state media, as the secretive communist nation prepares for a period of unusually frenetic diplomacy culminating in a landmark visit by a US President. One of Asia's least developed nations, Laos has been tightly ruled by its communist leaders since the 1975 end of the Vietnam War, which saw it blanketed by bombs
Banana farms cause health issues in Laos, Thailand (VT)

The excessive use of chemicals on banana plantations operated by Chinese companies has not only affected Laos but also neighbouring Thailand. A researcher from the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), DrPalikoneThalongsengchanh, told Vientiane Times yesterday that farmers working on banana plantations in Thailand could also be at risk for health
Chinaís influence in Laos overshadows Vietnam (VOV)
China is the largest investor in Laos, he said and currently is eying total FDI of more than US$31.45 billion in 240 investments, principally in hydropower, with Chinese investors currently involved in four of nine dam projects in the Laotian Mekong region. Chinese companies have also committed US$7.2 billion to a railroad linking its Yunnan province to the Lao capital Vientiane as it sees
Russia plans nuclear power plants in Laos (WNN)
The memorandum was signed in Moscow yesterday by Rosatom deputy director general Kirill Komarov and Laos' deputy energy minister Sinava Souphanouvong. The signing was witnessed by Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko and deputy prime minister of Laos, Somsavat Lengsavad. In the framework of the memorandum, Rosatom and Laos plan to cooperate
Chemicals are killing Laos' farmlands (Straits Times)
Rampant use of highly toxic herbicides and pesticide in banana plantations established by Chinese investors in northern Laos has prompted a government ban on their expansion in at least one province. After several years of heavy use of the chemicals - some of them banned - resentment is rising. Media reports say locals in Bokeo province are now afraid to collect forest food
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos waits for new dengue vaccine (VT)
... Laos waits for new dengue vaccine (Jakarta Post)
... Laos govt, business combat money laundering (Nation)
... Laos: Govt salaries expected to rise next fiscal year (VT)
... Project priority, law enforcement top Lao NA debates (VT)
... China's footprint kicks up concerns in tiny Laos (Nikkei AR)
... More court verdicts ensure justice, Lao parliament told (VT)
... Obama to increase US funding for bomb clearance in Laos (IRIN)
... Lao PM announces seven measures to address nation's challenges (VT)
... New Laos leaders take office as communists welcome world (West Australian)
... New Lao leaders take up their posts (VT)
... The Mighty Khone Falls of Laos (Diplomat)
... Elected Lao PM pledges to serve the nation (VT)
... Vietnam congratulates newly-elected Lao leaders (VT)
... Profile: Laos' new president is last of old guard (Nikkei AR)
... Bounnhang Vorachit elected President of Laos (Prensa Latina)
... Incoming Lao President pledges to serve nation with integrity (VT)
... Laos, Philippines seek to deepen ties, cooperation (Jakarta Post)
... Lao-American Obituary: Kammouan Phimvongsa (Times Record)
... Laos, one of last communist nations, elects new leaders (AP/RTD)
... Youth Union, volunteer group join forces to teach vocational skills (VT)
... Laos enjoys political stability, strong economic growth, parliament told (VT)
... Laos Comes Up Short Again on Annual International Press Freedom Ranking (BNN)
... China to extend auditing support in Laos (VT)

... Lao police call on public to report crimes (VT)

... Lao parliament to elect new leaders today (VT)

... Laos, Philippines seek to deepen ties, cooperation (VT)

... Funding boost fortifies child nutrition project in Laos (VT)

... Angkor Beer maker called out over Don Sahong dam (PPP)

... Talks aimed at forging a trilateral trade deal with Laos, Vietnam (PPP)

... Student's book touches on Lao-Hmong culture, food, diabetes (JS Online)

... CMEC Gets US$313M Laos Transmission Line Project Contracts (AA Stocks)

... A Westminster Wing Joint Surprises With Lao & Cambodian Specialties (WW)

... Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia open 4th negotiation round on trade deal (VietnamNet)

... Rosatom, Ministry of Energy & Mines of Laos in cooperation agreement (Eco-Bus)

... Lao New Year in Fitchburg (S&E)
... Asean, Russia strengthen partnership (VT)
... Laos' bus operators in top gear over holiday (VT)
... Authorities still waiting for word on Lao project (PPP)
... Laos: Banana exports increase tenfold to US$40m (VT)
... Sugarcane proves a sweet crop for Vientiane farmers (VT)
... New Website of Vientiane Capital Launched (Brunei Direct)
... 2 Laos men caught smuggling 12 kg of heroin to Vietnam (TNN)
... New Year spending provides welcome boost to Laos' economy (VT)
... Cambodian Roadblock Stops Lao Military Construction (Khmer Times)
... Everything ĎOKí on Border, Government Says as Laos Army Base Proceeds (CD)
... Laos on track with SEZ development (VT)
... Lao National Assembly to debate leadership changes (VT)
... Joyful festivities mark Pi Mai Lao , the year of the monkey (VT)
... Champassak company to export processed rubber to Iran (VT)
... Celebrate the Laos New Year with This Tasty Papaya Salad (Instyle)
... Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar Ė 2016 Foreign Investment Outlook (TBN)
... Is Laosí ASEAN Chairmanship a Threat to Southeast Asian Regionalism? (Diplomat)
... Laos sells ivory carvings & Ďmedicinalí rhino horn from slaughtered wildlife to Chinese

April 11-17, 2016

Pollution: Chinese Banana Plantations Lose Their Appeal in Laos (RFA)
For the people in the tiny Lao villages that dot the mountains in the land-locked countryís northwestern border, the banana looked like a savior. Demand for bananas in neighboring China was skyrocketing, and Chinese investors rushed to build banana plantations in Laosí
Happy Lao New Year (U.S. Department of State)
On behalf of President Obama and the American people, Iím delighted to wish the people of the Lao Peopleís Democratic Republic peace, prosperity, and joy on the occasion of the Lao New Year. I was very pleased to visit Vientiane in January, and I look forward to coming again in July as we work closely together with Laos in its capacity as Chair of ASEAN for this entire year.
Hmong writer Kao Kalia Yang writes memoir of her father's life in Laos & US (ST)

When Kao Kalia Yang was just a tiny girl, her father used to put her on his shoulders and walk around their neighborhood in the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand, where she was born. As they walked, he talked. ďMy father pointed out the world to me,Ē she said. ďHe told me stories about creatures ó like tigers ó that could not enter the camp, drew landscapes I had never known.Ē
Lao government seeks foreign investment, particularly in SEZs (China Post)
The government has announced it will launch proactive approaches to attract foreign investment to Laos, particularly to the special and specific economic zones (SEZs). The announcement takes place amidst the country facing budgetary tensions and requiring more capital to sustain economic growth... "We require about US$27 billion to boost national development as stipulated
Border Troops On Standby After Threat From Laos (Cambodia Times)
Cambodian soldiers in Stung Treng province have been placed on standby following threats of violence by Laotian authorities due to a dispute over Laosí attempt to construct a military base near a stretch of undemarcated border, a spokes≠man for the provincial government said on Friday. On April 1, the Laotian military began digging a trench for a new base 30 meters from
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Thai AirAsia to Inaugurate Flights to Vientiane in July (Aviation Pros)

... Villagers in Uthai Thani take part in traditional Songkran festivities (NNT)

... Viet high-ranking delegation visits Laos on Bounpimay New Year (VOV)

... Luang Prabang, Laos (Passport Mag)

... Vietnam ready to import power from Laos (VietnamNet)

... Soccer: JDT with 4-1 win over Lao Toyota FC (ESPN FC)

... Asia Frontier Capital's Monthly Travel Report: Laos (Seeking Alpha)

... The Catholic Church in Laos (UCA News)

... Lao-Hmong Obituary: Soua Yang (Oskaloosa News)

... Vietnam, Laos tighten time-honoured solidarity (VietnamNet)

... Soccer Preview: Lao Toyota FC v Johor Darul Taízim (Fox Sports Asia)
... Lao top legislator welcomes Vietnamese Party senior official (VietnamNet)
... San Ramon: Laotian immigrant gives back to her people (East Bay Times)

... Missouri family criticizes efforts to recover MIA remains in Laos (Stars & Stripes)
... Lao workers return home celebrating Songkran as Thai immigration rule relaxes (TV)
... Major secures 2nd cinema complex in Laos (Nation)

... Lively atmosphere at Nong Khai border checkpoint (NNT)

... U.S. court not obliged to help Laos on Savan Vegas (GGR Asia)

... Increasing demand for rice grown with compost in Laos (Nation)

... Lao legislators to set president, prime minister candidates (Shanghai Daily)

... History, Heritage and French Hospitality in Laos at Sofitel Luang Prabang (LTM)

... How Khe-Yo's Chef Phet Schwader and His Mother Commemorate Lao New Year

... Laidback Laos (Deccan Herald)
... Vientiane-Attapeu-Pakxe flights take off (VT)
... Lao President calls for national consolidation (VT)
... Lao Govt proactively seeking foreign investment (VT)
... Vietnamese press exhibition underway in Laos (DKS)
... Leaders hail Laos-India's six-decade long relations (VT)
... Malaysian Student Volunteers Serve In Laos (Bernama)
... Quality mining central to Laos' graduation from poverty (VT)
... Vientianeís ambition: Asean clean city model by 2030 (Nation)
... New Xedon-3 Bridge ready to serve southern Laos' Pakxe (VT)
... Hmong: Laos Military Incursion into Indigenous Territory (UNPO)
... Soccer: Constantine warns India not to underestimate Laos (GSN)
... Police assure Lao-Hmong pitchman's victims won't be arrested (Twin Cities)
... Kennedy denies Laosí petition for subpoenas on Bridge Capital, Baldwin (ST)
... Chinese-sponsored equipment for ASEAN summit handed over to Laos (CEN)
... Thai university to help develop vocational curriculum for Lao-German college (Nation)
... Trade Offer Greater Economic Opportunity for Laos While Barriers Remain (Financial)
... Family goes public with fight to bring home remains of Monett man killed in Laos in 1966

April 4-10, 2016

Laos a tough test as ASEAN chair (Myanmar Times)
Laos is not a major player in regional affairs. It tends to be viewed as a rather strange backward country where little happens and no one cares very much if it does.  That perception may soon change in such a major way that everyone will sit up and pay attention. For Laos is this yearís chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and never, since the group expanded
Laos defends curbs foreign media (Nation)

Laos yesterday defended its latest regulations imposed on foreign journalists, saying it would not prevent foreign media from covering the 2016 Asean due to be hosted in Vientiane. It said other countries also had regulations to ensure national security, "We don't have restrictions but procedures, the procedures that other countries also have to ensure national security,"
Laosí garment industry declines due to labour shortage (VOV)
Dwindling supply of labourers and lack of skillful workers have caused investors to shift their capital to neighbouring countries, especially Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, said President of the association Xaybandith Rasphone. He also attributed the decline in garment industry to a wide range of job options in the growing service sector in the country, which makes garment
Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos (AFP/MSN, DailyMail)
Archaeologists have uncovered ancient human remains and various burial practices at the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, Australian researchers said Monday, as scientists attempt to unravel the puzzle of the stone vessels. The Plain of Jars in Laos' central Xieng Khouang province is scattered with thousands of stone jars and scientists have long been perplexed
Unlocking Laos (London Economic)

As one of the five remaining communist countries, Laos is very much a victim of its political history. The domino that fell along with Vietnam in the 1970s is only just starting to pick itself back up Ė much to the delight of the tourist. Laos is the country nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, landlocked by Burma and China to the north and Cambodia to the south.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos defends curbs on foreign media (VT)
... If you're drinking, don't drive: Lao authorities (VT)
... Open defecation still of great concern in Laos (VT)
... Lao E-Waste Plant Raises Pollution Concerns (BNN)
... Rubber association set to be established in Laos (VT)
... Lao President tours Saysettha Development Zone (VT)
... Fire destroys 26 homes in northern Laos' Xayaboury (VT)
... Laos hosts 20th ASEAN Finance Ministersí Meeting (DCS)
... India drawn to play Laos in Asian Cup qualifiers play-off (Yahoo)
... Laos national arrested for carrying explosives across border (VietnamNews)
... Laos Slapped for Supplying Macaques to Illegal Wildlife Traders in China (MS)
... Laos, China & Vietnam Co-op to Combat Transnational Wildlife Trafficking (NW)
... The Laos Macaque Attack (RFA/MS)

... New legislature to open session (VT)

... No more land concessions in Champassak (VT)

... FYI starts JV negotiations in Laos (Mining Weekly)

... Hadxaifong people to have clean water on tap in 2017 (VT)

... President advises Vientiane province on development (VT)

... EU supports global action to address people trafficking (VT)

... Looser air restrictions unlock Luang Prabang (Bangkok Post)

... Laos seeks consultation on national development policies (VT)

... Khmer officials Ask Laos to Stop Constructing Army Base (CD)

... Kuwaitís matches against Laos and Korea Republic forfeited (FIFA)

... Ruling parties of China, Laos vow to further cooperation (XinhuaNet)

... Exim Bank keen on Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Timor, Laos to boost cooperation ties (VT)
... Sand sculptures help mark Pi Mai Lao (VT)
... ADB affirms support for Lao development (VT)
... Mekong damsí annual impact put at $450M (PPP)
... Laos, China and Vietnam join to combat wildlife trafficking (VT)
... Lao officials seek to expand community-based drug rehab (VT)
... Crunch time for nut plant as Korean company awaits approval (VT)
... Vietnam continually facilitates youth exchanges with Laos (VietnamNet)
... Vietnam warns over damage from 11 dams planned for Mekong river (Scotsman)
... Postcard from Laos (Pressenza)
... Sofitel makes debut in Laos (Travel Daily)
... Lao Bar Association consolidates structure (VT)
... Human remains to be kept safe at museum (VT)
... Small World: French Vientiane, Laos (Paster Magazine)
... One-stop service to register Lao workers in Thailand (VT)
... Australia launches new project to boost fish production (VT)
... Pathogens Ďlurkingí in Laos' wildlife markets can lead to zoonotic diseases
... Asean ministers, bank governors strengthen financial regional integration (VT)
... IPL for Laos? (Cricket Country)

... Laos makes air traffic safer (TTR Weekly)

... Complaints against Lao Airlines' fares (Nation)

... Extra bus services scheduled for Pi Mai Lao (VT)

... Nong Khai holds training for Lao vocational teachers (NNT)

... S. Korea offers US$3.5 million grant for Road No 8 upgrade (VT)

... KOICA of S. Korea assists capacity building at police hospital (VT)

... Oakville mother-daughter duo to volunteer in Laos in May (Inside Halton)

... Unicharm of Thailand backs mother and child health project in Laos (VT)

... Husni Attends ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting In Vientiane (Bernama)

... EU helping improve living conditions of Phongsaly ethnic communities (VT)

... Cardamom brings great changes for northern Laos' Phongsaly farmers (VT)

... New Lao Border Construction Leads to Provincial Protests (Cambodia Daily)

Mar. 28-Apr. 3, 2016

Turning bombs into spoons Ė relics of the secret US war in Laos (Guardian)
La lok Phengparkdee has been turning bombs into spoons since he was eight. He lives in Ban Napia and works with the relics of the secret war waged by the US in this tiny country while the worldís attention was focused next door on Vietnam. For nine years during the 60s and 70s, the US unleashed millions of bombs on Laos, making it the most bombed nation on earth.
An unorthodox business destination: Laos (Daily Star)
Stories of Bangladeshis traversing the world in search of employment or business are common. From South Korea to Abu Dhabi, from Europe to Australia, there shall be Bangladeshis creating a livelihood to be found. But in landlocked Laos, a communist nation of just 6.8 million people where subsistence farming yet accounts for half of GDP and 80% of national employment
Mekong Damns Leave Vietnam and Cambodia High and Dry (EW)

As Vietnam suffers its worst drought in nearly a century and Cambodia faces a water shortage that could jeopardise the livelihoods of 1.5 million people, debates have been reignited over the mega dams built along the Mekong. Once referred to as Ďone of the worldís last great stretches of undammed riverĎ, the Mekong could well become one of the most dammed rivers in Asia.
Whoís killing foreigners in northern Laos? (Nation)
Alarm bells are ringing after a mysterious spate of attacks on foreigners in northern Laos. With locals also suffering in the months-long outbreak of assaults and robberies, the government needs to intervene in what has become a threat to security in the region that borders China. In the latest assault, on Wednesday, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a pickup truck, killing its driver
One injured Chinese national in bus shooting in Laos returns home (ECNS)
One of the six Chinese nationals wounded in an attack on a cross-border passenger bus in northern Laos Wednesday night left for home by air for further treatment, sources said on Friday. The Chinese man with a head injury was in critical condition after being shot by unidentified gunmen while travelling on a bus in Kasi, Vientiane province at around 9:00 p.m. local time
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos Travel Alert (Infozine)

... Lao Govt, partners discuss farmers' indebtedness (VT)

... Thais arrest two Lao sand dredgers on the Mekong (VT)

... Vietnam hands over defence e-portal to Laos (VietnamNet)

... Mekong River: Dam water release hurting animals (Nation)

... Banana plantation study in Laos shows negative impacts (VT)

... Sunflower Park to become latest tourism attraction in town (VT)

... Laos plans industrial development strategy for next 15 years (Nation)

... Khammuan sets three-month deadline for illegal foreign workers (VT)

... Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar Ė 2016 Foreign Investment Outlook (AB)

... Lao-Thai Border: 313kg ganja [marijuana] seized in Nakhon Phanom (BP)

... Practices at wildlife markets in Laos endangering both biodiversity & human health

... Vietnam investments in Laos to grow (VIR)
... Laos Airlines plans to fly to Attapeu again (VT)
... Fifteen victims in March road toll in Vientiane (VT)
... Lao economy sees slight growth, ADB reports (VT)

... Asean ministers to tighten financial cooperation (VT)
... Mekong River, Another Diplomatic Tool For China? (Bernama)
... Lao Govt, partners unite to improve animal disease control (VT)
... Telekom Malaysia launches point of presence in Laos (Telecom Paper)

... Lao-American: Crisp Fish íNí Chips makes dreams come true (San Diego Reader)

... South Korea supports Laos, Asean (VT)
... ASEAN debates air transport liberalisation (VT)
... Four-day Lao New Year holiday announced (VT)
... KOICA funds to improve villagers' livelihoods (VT)
... Aeon eyes Laos, Myanmar and Thailand (FruitNet)
... Laos Is Open for Business, but on Its Own Terms (WPR)
... Lao Government reviews disaster risks in agriculture (VT)
... Laotian partnership to expand regional footprint (Nikkei AR)
... ASEAN member states commit to ongoing dengue fight (VT)
... Luang Prabang highlights: Is this the prettiest place in South-East Asia? (CM)
... Hmong remember their leader as statue of Gen. Vang Pao unveiled (RecordNet)
... Six companies shortlisted as bidders for taking over Savan Vegas casino in Laos
... Government needs to investigate attacks on foreigners in northern Laos: The Nation
... TM Collaborates With Lanic In Laos (Bernama)
... Laotians Ďarrested with methí in Stung Treng (PPP)
... Attapeu becoming a magnet for investment (Nation)
... Laos, Vietnam to boost investment cooperation (VT)
... Experts mull decree on workplace safety in Laos (VT)
... More women gain seats in Lao National Assembly (VT)
... Smog forces Oudomxay flight to return to Vientiane (VT)
... Lao-Khmer: Cross-border sting nets 4kg of drugs (PPP)
... Authorities vow to stabilise prices over Lao New Year (VT)
... Lao garment industry shrinks amid labour shortage (Nation)
... Police Crack Down on Lao Drug Smugglers (Khmer Times)
... Bidders shortlisted for Laosí Savan Vegas casino (GGR Asia)
... Indonesian Embassy offers language classes in Laos (Nation)
... President Sang upbeat on flourishing Vietnam-Laos ties (VOV)
... Lao noodle soup chain to extend franchise to Myanmar (Nation)
... Critics debate environmental impact of Xayaburi dam in Laos (GB)
... Pitchman who promised new Hmong homeland arrested by feds (TW)
... S. Korea eyes support for improvement of Lao immigration system (VT)
... Results of national-level legislative election released in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... RGB jumps 6.45% on plan to bid for entertainment complex in Laos (EM)
... TM seals deal with Laosí internet agency to boost position in Indochina (EM)
... Bangkok Airways opens lounge at Luang Prabang International Airport in Laos (ATT)
... The lowdown on Laos (Star)
... Laos to upgrade air traffic services (VT)
... Laos sits on a powderkeg (Bangkok Post)
... Haze aggravated by Myanmar, Laos (Nation)
... Laos: Property Market Sees Big Changes (Bernama)
... Lao Drug Ringleader Arrested at Border (Khmer Times)
... Scientists Closer to Solving Plain of Jars Mystery (VOA)
... Vietnamís investment in Laos hits nearly $5 billion (TTN)
... Elections results in Laos delayed due to vote recount (VT)
... Awakening Nyak Khoumpun: The Lao Sleeping Giant (AAP)
... China beefs up cross-border control of animal diseases (VT)
... Laos Helps Lower Mekong River Basin Battle Drought (Bernama)
... Southern Laos: Attapeu keeps an eye on receding river levels (VT)
... Young Laotian women rescued from bar in Nakhon Phanom (Nation)
... Laos releases dam water to help Vietnam tackle drought, salinization (TTN)
... Murray River research lessons brought to Mekong River in Laos (Border Mail)
... Thousands throng to Lao New Year festival in the heart of Acadiana (Advocate)
... China Grants To Laos To Control The Border Crossing Of Animal Diseases (BD)
... RGB International-led consortium shortlisted to bid for casino property in Laos (EM)
... Bringing the Gospel for Asia: Biblia Global Urgently Seeks 50,000 Hmong Bibles (PR)

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Apr 2016
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Mar 2016
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Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
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Nov 2015
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Oct 2015
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Sep 2015
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Aug 2015
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July 2015
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June 2015
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