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February 1-7, 2016



Is Laos Moving Away From China With Its Leadership Transition? (Diplomat)
Laos’ Communist Party elected Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit to be its next leader last week, after a vote by the newly formed 10th Party Central Committee. State media announced on Friday that the congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, which is held every five years, had selected a new central committee and politburo to lead the country.
Northern Laos: Vehicles cannot start as fuel becomes ice (VT)
Many cars in the northern parts of the country appear not to have started in the cold weather and some people have speculated that maybe the stranded motorists were using low grade fuels. Last week saw many vehicles in the northern provinces of Phongsaly, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang out of work as they could not start due to the fuel lines freezing up.
Laos to export electricity to Myanmar, more for Vietnam (VT)

 Myanmar hopes to import electricity from Laos at an installed capacity of about 300 megawatts (MW) in the near future while the exports to Vietnam may be increased in the next few months.  “The Myanmar government proposed this project to Laos about two months ago,” Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Mr Viraphonh Viravong told Vientiane Times yesterday. 
Laos’ Elephants Take to the Road to Save Their Forest Home (Yahoo)
“They’re turning!” The frantic cry rippled through the crowd as the Elephant Caravan turned down a side street, away from the throngs of Laotians and tourists crowding the streets of this river town in northern Laos. It was the tail end of an epic parade to celebrate the temple-studded city’s 20th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the caravan took a detour
Violence Flares in Laos (Diplomat)
Despite its reputation for placidity, and its popularity as a backpacker tourist destination, Laos remains one of the most repressive and politically opaque countries in the world. It is consistently ranked as “not free” by Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World Index, and unlike neighboring Thailand, Cambodia, or even Myanmar during junta rule, Laos has no organized
Other stories about Laos around the world
... New school in Laos to accept more enrolments (VT)
... Rotarians face rough road on aid trip to Laos (Delta-Optimist)
... Laos-US: Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later (Luke AFB)
... KOICA conducts hydropower pre-feasibility study in Laos (Nation)
... Committee to announce March election candidates for parliaments (VT)
... Laos: Human resource development trends matching labour demand (VT)
... New drive to register illegal labour from Laos, Khmer, Burma (Phuket News)
... Laos town reaps benefits, drawbacks of UNESCO World Heritage Site designation
... Lao children report more interest in reading (VT)

... Vietnam to cut tariffs on Laos imports (Vietnam News)

... Meth bust on Lao border nets $100K in pill form (PPP)

... Lao Commy Party extends wishes to Viet counterparts (VT)

... Third round of polio campaign begins this month in Laos (VT)

... Lao-Khmer: Two Arrested for Alleged ATM Theft (Khmer Times)

... Laos vaccine-derived polio cases now at seveen (Outbreak NT)

... Central Laos: Pakxan bridge over Mekong could be delayed (VT)

... Remembering the Lao-Hmong and taming U.S. policy (Collegian)

... Luang Prabang expecting additional tourists for Chinese New Year (VT)

... Laos, Eu Seek More Effective Poverty Reduction (Brunei Direct)
... Laos, Republic of Korea Boost Business Promotion (Brunei Direct)
... Laos: The New Cold War Battleground You Don’t Know About (Global Research)
... Temperatures to drop again in Laos (VT)

... Cold snap kills livestock in Huaphan (VT)
... Vietnam to import power from Laos (VietnamNet)
... Laos: Being a Thai housekeeper (RFA/UCA News)
... Voices of Valor: RK Brown in Laos (Waco Tribune)
... Agriculture ministry to pursue three focal targets (VT)
... Kapok flower festival attracts more tourists to Bokeo (VT)
... Laos stepping up surveillance to prevent MERS virus (VT)
... The Laos that roared: A lunch of thrilling highs ... (Mail Online)
... Laos attracting more tourists, but remains laid back (Producer)
... LFTU needs to protect rights of its members: DPM advises (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Family's support helps Khang succeed (Golf Channel)
... Vat Phou ranked top tourist destination by Chinese website (Nation)
... Lao-Hmong Christian Church spreading the Word (Leader Telegraph)
... Weddings in Laos: mix of culture, tradition, geniality and whiskey (CW, XN)
... Laos-China: New Pandaw river ship to cruise upper Mekong (Travel Weekly)




January 25-31, 2016



Magical Laotian town preserved by UNESCO loses its soul (AP/Yahoo or Skift)
It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere. But most of the locals don't live here anymore. They began an exodus from this seeming
Vientiane records over 6.9 trillion kip [~US$ 850 million] in public debt (VT)

Vientiane recorded public debt of more than 6.946 trillion kip, including 6.931 trillion kip of state investment debt remaining on contracts and 15 billion kip owed to utilities and other expenses. The figure was revealed at Vientiane's monthly meeting for January attended by Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, vice mayors, directors of departments
The cost of America’s “secret war” in Laos (IRIN)
The United States may increase the $15 million a year it spends on dealing with the legacy of its “secret” 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 and 1973. The campaign came with a staggering price
Laos assures US it will help counter Chinese assertiveness (AP/Yahoo)
The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that this small nation will help counter China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.  Laos this year takes the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the group's heads of state scheduled to hold a special meeting next month in Sunnylands, CA
Kerry arrives in Laos as US reaches out to wartime foe (AFP/Yahoo)
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in communist-controlled Laos late Sunday in a rare high-level visit by an American diplomat to Washington's former wartime foe.  The visit comes ahead of a key summit between President Barack Obama and leaders of the ASEAN bloc in the US next month -- and a landmark trip by the American leader to the tiny, landlocked Laos
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao food promoted in all its colour (VT)

... Mekong drought plan raises concerns (Nation)

... Lao drug dealers apprehended in Thailand (VT)

... Lao Govt approves development strategies (VT)

... Villa Maly claims top 10 hotels in Laos (Travel PR)

... Tourism on the rise across ASEAN region (Japan Times)

... US launches US$6 million nutrition programme in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American Obituary: Noukeuang Phoumivong (Times Record)

... Foreign leaders congratulate new Lao Communist Party head (VT)

... Will Vietnam have to compete with Lao rice in China? (VietnamNet)

... US Outreaches Have Put Laos in Geopolitical Limbo (Sputnik News)

... Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos (Straits Times)

... Confusingly, ‘Disney Laos’ Not Actually a Disney Park (Travel & Leisure)

... Laos, Indonesia seek closer ties (VT)
... Tourist park venture in Vientiane (TTR Weekly)
... Vietnamese from Laos welcomed (VietnamNet)
... Huaphan authorities to regulate foreign workers (VT)
... Red Cross promises aid for frozen northern Laos (VT)
... 15th century Buddha image found in Champassak (VT)
... Dan Simpson: The U.S. and Southeast Asia (Post-Gazette)
... Activists Unconscious After Inspection of Laos' Dam (Khmer Times)
... Indonesia Fully Supports Laos Chairmanship in ASEAN (Metro TV News)
... New customs checks planned for Savan-Mukdahan border crossing (VT)
... Lao provincial officials given public holiday as cold weather strikes (Nation)
... Laos: Photographer Brings Drone Into One of the World’s Largest River Caves (PP)
... Kerry visit puts Laos on the political map (Reuters)
... Bomb-clearing in Laos may get more U.S. help (Philly)
... Lao-American Obituary: Ene Keooudone (Times Record)
... China urges probe into citizens' death in Laos attack (CNTV)
... China vows to advance strategic partnership with Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Change in Laos: The new communist leaders face old problems (Deseret News)
... Lao Army marks 67th anniversary (VT)
... John Kerry's visit deepens Laos-US ties (VT)
... Kerry praises vet's search for MIAs in Laos (CNN)
... SOS Children's Villages achieve great success (VT)
... Laos' northern provinces hit by extreme cold snap (VT)
... 2 Chinese killed in Laos suspected bombing (AP/Yahoo)
... US to increase aid to clear unexploded bombs in Laos (WP)
... Leadership Change in Laos: A Shift Away From China? (Diplomat)
... Kerry in Laos to discuss bomb legacy and ASEAN partnership (AFP)
... Kerry says Laos keen to avoid militarization of South China Sea (Reuters)
... In Laos, Kerry has memories of a rice paddy both beautiful and haunting (WP)
... EU envoy to Asean visits Laos (VT)
... New tourist draw card for Vientiane (VT)
... Environmental activists briefly held in Laos (PPP)
... Hunters From Laos to Be Sent Back After Arrest (CD)
... Pig farmers in Vientiane unable to repay bank loans (VT)
... In rare visit to tiny Laos, Kerry seeks closer relations (WP)
...Two Chinese killed in 'bomb' blast in Laos (Xinhua/Reuters)
... Vientiane vows to realise resolution of 10th Party Congress (VT)
... John Kerry to discuss unexploded US bombs on trip to Laos (BG)
... Laos: Obama to push to clear leftover Vietnam-era bombs (CNN)
... Laos' ruling Communist Party chooses new leadership (AFP/Yahoo)
... Tourist areas (including Vang Vieng, Laos) you should avoid in SEA (DT)
... Sam Sang (3 Builds) outcomes endorse wisdom of Party's directive (VT)
... From Laos to DC: Doua Thor Talks Refugee Story, Public Service ... (NBC)
... Laos PM, party boss set for political exit after congress vote (Reuters/Yahoo)
... 2 Chinese nationals killed, 1 injured in suspected bomb attack in Laos (ECNS)




January 18-24, 2016



Secretary of State Kerry Visit to Laos Confirmed (Prensa Latina)

US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay an official visit to Laos on Sunday with a view to strengthening links between Vientiane and Washington, the local Foreign Ministry confirmed. Kerry will come to this capital invited by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith. The agenda of the Secretary of State will conclude the next Monday
Laos' sleepy capital awakens to a construction boom (Nikkei)

The capital of Laos is a low-rise, low-key city, especially when compared with the hulking high-rises and bustling streets of better-known Southeast Asian cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. But this once-sleepy city is fast shedding its sedate reputation due to a building boom ahead of international summits that will bring U.S. President Barack Obama
‘Bandits’ Shoot Up Passenger Bus in Northern Laos (RFA or MS)
Unidentified gunmen shot up a passenger bus in northern Laos last week in an incident that officials and witnesses said was the work of bandits in an attack that was thwarted by the actions of the alert driver. The midnight attack on Jan. 14 on Route 13 North in Kasy district, 175 km (105 miles) north of the capital Vientiane, left one of about a dozen passengers in the vehicle injured
Corruption: Lao Tax Collectors Pay to Play (Malaysia Sun)
In Laos, where corruption seems like a part of daily life, the locals say tax collectors often stand out as they can be seen driving some of the flashiest cars and living in some of the biggest houses. In this landlocked Asian country with an authoritarian government that ranks a dismal 145th out of 175 nations in Transparency International's corruption index, a tax collector's job is a ticket to easy
Laos' secretive Communist Party gathers to pick leaders (AFP/Yahoo)
The secretive ruling Communist Party of Laos on Monday opened its five-yearly congress, a gathering which decides who runs the tightly-controlled country and sets economic priorities. The communists have ruled the impoverished Southeast Asian nation since 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War, which spilt into Laos and saw the country blanketed by bombs
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Engineers develop Lao LINE stickers (VT)

... New Party Central Committee elected (VT)

... Mekong nations build defences against bird flu (VT)

... Rice farmers in Laos seeking more export markets (VT)

... Lao Govt approves conversion of BM Plaza into SEZ (VT)

... Laotian President Sayasone hosts Turkish school officials (TZ)

... Laos: Prosecutors handle over 30,000 cases in five years (VT)

... Bamboo restaurant offers Laotian-Thai dishes worth discovering (JS)

... Laos moves towards industrialisation (Nation)
... All eyes on Lao student’s catwalk career (Nation)
... LWF supports rural development in northern Laos (VT)
... Irrigation systems in Laos running up electrical debts (VT)
... Laos: Congress sets course for exit from LDC status (VT)
... Lao-China: Survey underway for railway service businesses (VT)
... East West economic corridor in Savannakhet brings results (VT)
... Laos' newest theme park might look a lot like Disneyland (Mashable)
... Asia's hidden gem in Laos – Luang Prabang is Asia's prettiest town (FR)
... Communist Laos awaits new leaders, but same approach likely (Reuters/Y)
... I Brands Beverages launches products in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos & Thailand
... Laos: Organic coffee farmers eye expansion of membership to accommodate growth
... Laos moves towards industrialisation (VT)
... Laos hosts first Asean-Russia meeting (VT)
... India eyes investment opportunities in CLMV (VT)
... Laos Pursues Goals Towards Socialism (Bernama)
... China's 120mph railway arriving in Laos (Telegraph)
... Walt Disney denies planning Disneyland in Laos (Nation)
... Laos: Skilled personnel key to success of justice system (VT)
... Theme park not to be called ‘Disney Laos': project developers (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam sign MoU to combat human trafficking (VT)
... 'Disney Laos' might be Asia's most brazen knockoff to date (Global Post)
... Laos's ruling party sets big targets for new five-year economic plan (Nation)
... The Secrets Of Laos In A Bowl of Soup (Food)
... How to travel like a local in Laos (Wander Lust)
... Govt approves new SEZ in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Lao Party leader proud of accomplishments (VT)
... Tourism thrives in Champassak (Travel Daily Media)
... Japanese support sees project success in Laos (Nation)
... Touring Vientiane in a Classic London Cab (Blouin Art Info)
... Foreign parties extend wishes for 10th Party Congress (VT)
... 10th Party Congress defines national development path (VT)
... Laos declares health emergency state due to polio (Astro Awani)
... Laos strives for upper middle income country status by 2030 (VT)
... Viet Nam congratulates Laos 10th National Party Congress (VNS)
... Laos to get Disney-esque theme park – report (Asian Correspondent)
... Vietnam signs MoU with Laos, Cambodia to fight human trafficking (TNN)
... Laos to graduate from least developed status by 2020, congress told (VT)
... 3,000 VN women, children allegedly trafficked to Laos, Cambodia (Nation)
... YouTube Star Visits Schools Built in Laos With Pencils of Promise (SSUC)
... Workers from Cambodia, Myanmar & Laos are housed in metal containers 
    while they build a block of flats on the outskirts of Bangkok (Daily Mail)






January 11-17, 2016



From Laos to Milwaukee, Hmong Heritage Stays Strong in Charter School (WUWM)
Among the many charter and specialty schools in Milwaukee is one that focuses on educating one particular immigrant ethnic group. The Hmong American Peace Academy is remarkable for that reason. However, the K-12 charter school is also remarkable because of its leader and founder Chris Her-Xiong, herself an immigrant from Laos. She was featured in an article
No, Disneyland is Not Coming to Laos (Khaosod English)

The Walt Disney Co. today dispelled rumors the Magic Kingdom is coming to the neighboring Communist Republic. Responding to false reports on social media and the domestic news media that the world’s 7th Disneyland theme park was coming to the Marxist mountain nation, a representative from the U.S.-based Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said that is not the case.
Dammed if they don’t: Mekong countries [i.e. Laos] face crucial choice today (Nation)
Two of the most controversial - the Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams in Laos - are now under construction, while dozens more are at the planning stage. It's troubling because, while hydropower is promoted as a CO2 emissions-free "green" energy, a wealth of research now indicates that in reality it is anything but green. By blocking fish migrations, the proposed projects would
Question in Nakhon Phanom: Disney Laos is a hoax? (Nation)
Business leaders in Nakhon Phanom are scrambling for facts to verify the reported construction of Disney Laos, with fears that this could be a hoax which could spark land price speculation in the northeastern province. Charnyuth Uppapong, chairman of the provincial chamber of commerce, said on Monday that he could not verify if the construction would take place.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Champassak tourism continues to flourish (VT)

... Truck ban in force on 10 main roads in Vientiane (VT)

... Furniture fair raises profile of Lao wood products (VT)

... Japanese support sees project success in Laos (VT)

... CAA Resources : In talks for project in Laos (4-Traders)

... Lao models take centre stage in Thai music video (Nation)

... Authorities pledge to address school tax overlap in Laos (VT)

... Elderly in Laos fumbling with Facebook on their phones (Nation)

... YouTube Star Visits Schools Built in Laos With Pencils of Promise (PR Web)

... Laos: Rachel Roy & Enrou Introduce the Love Bomb Collection (Financial Content)

... Laos to host elephant festival (TTR Weekly)
... Donors slash funding for Mekong RC (PPP)
... No bounce in Luang Namtha rubber price (VT)
... Meandering on the Mekong (Financial Express)
... UK supports UXO survey in Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Laos to list ancient temple as heritage site (Nation)
... Japan provides grant for bridge reconstruction (VT)
... Companies express interest in using Lao Sat-1 (VT)
... Vientiane: Dongmakkhai water treatment set to come on line (VT)
... Older people in Laos fumbling with Facebook on their phones (VT)
... Feeling lucky, Lao-Hmong merchants dip a toe in the Powerball pool (MPR)
... Laos, And Partners Hold Photo Exhibition Reviewing Nutrition Security Initiative (BD)
... Wastewater problem growing in Vientiane (VT)
... Banks to issue more loans despite lower rates (VT)
... Lao Airlines postpones start of flights to Attapeu (VT)
... Construction firms set to benefit from China-Lao railway (VT)  
... Company gets green light to study Attapeu irrigation scheme (VT)
... Trade with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (NITI Central)
... Central Laos: Borikhamxay to list ancient temple as heritage site (VT)
... Lao ambassador to Malaysia accredited (VT)
... China starts rice imports from Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Luang Prabang drawing more Chinese visitors (VT)
... More new graduates want to work with Lao Govt (VT)
... China-Lao rail workers may reach 100,000 (China Post)
... China to get USD746m worth of rice from Laos (Mena FN)
... Vietnamese companies perform well in Laos (VietnamNews)
... Thai Financial Consultant Firm Unveiled In Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Champassak prepares for Vat Phou world heritage anniversary (VT)
... Nakhon Phanom fears land speculation on Disney Laos reports (Nation)
... Luang Prabang spreads out to accommodate more tourists (Travel DM)
... Merced celebrates life of ‘honorable’ Lao-Hmong woman (Merced Sun-Star)
... Laos-China railway project expected to carry 3.8m passengers in first year (Nation)




January 1-10, 2016



China, Laos agree to $500 million railway loan (Go Kunming)

Following years of inconclusive negotiations, China and Laos have finally hammered out a financing agreement for a railway project connecting Kunming to Vientiane. Although terms of the deal have yet to be made public, representatives of both countries announced this week they are now ready to move forward on the multi-billion dollar endeavor. Negotiations undertaken throughout 2015
Two M’sian firms plan agarwood venture in Laos (Sun Daily)
Two Malaysian companies plan to invest US$18 million (RM79 million) for the inoculation of agarwood in Laos that is expected to generate US$200 million in three years... Agarwood is a dark resinous heartwood and is the most expensive wood in the world. Agarwood is pricier than gold with a retail price of between US$5,600 and US$10,000 per kilogramme. 
Downward spiral persists in exports of Lao coffee amid world price slump (Nation)
The volume of coffee exports from Laos has decreased continually over the past couple of years due to a slump in coffee prices on the world market. Total coffee exports in 2014 reached 26,000 tonnes at an estimated value of US$60 million (Bt16.6 billion), which fell slightly to 23,000 tonnes valued at $50 million in 2015, the Lao Coffee Association reported at its 7th congress
Convoy of Lao trucks transports logs to Vietnam, despite the ban (Eco-Business)
Laos has continued to transport logs from its forests to Vietnam, despite a government ban on timber exports that took effect in August and a leaked report by an international environmental group two months ago, revealing huge increases in illegal logging with the implication of government collusion. The Lao Govt issued a decree on Aug. 8 prohibiting the export of logs
Laos: Leavers jump straight into changed life (Yahoo)
As hundreds of “juvies” trashed Rottnest Island last month, a group of genuine school leavers left their mark on Laos. Volunteering in a developing country isn’t the traditional way for West Australians to celebrate the end of school, but it was unforgettable for 10 lucky students. The annual Leavers to Laos project was a partnership between charity Global Hand
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Luang Prabang town plans to expand (VT)

... Brunei backs Laos' Asean chair preparations (VT)

... Laos: Committee begins working on national election (VT)

... Asean chair provides opportunities, challenges for Laos (VT)

... Millions of passengers, freight tonnage annually for Laos' railway (VT)

... Laos Likely To Record At Least 4.3 Million Visit Arrivals (Brunei Direct)

... Lao ministry lays out tourism goals (TTR Weekly)
... Laos: Auditor proposes tax exemption review (VT)
... Sangthong cassava growers still owed money (VT)
... Laos: New constitution spells out top leaders' roles (VT)
... Vientiane Capital Prepares For 10th Party Congress (VT)
... New Bokeo highway to accommodate goods transportation (VT)
... Australia, New Zealand medics treat burns patients at Mahosot (VT)
... Spicy Lao in Garden Grove Brings on the Laotian Funk (OC Weekly)
... Temporary Thai-Lao border checkpoint to be upgraded for fruit export to China (Xinhua)
... Laos expands gateway airport (TTR Weekly)
... APM moves into Laos, Singapore (Bangkok Post)
... Government officials review drug issues in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM advises on development in Xaysomboun (VT)
... Laos-China railway to benefit SEZ in Luang Namtha (VT)
... Decree outlines conditions for foreign media in Laos (VT)
... Bangkok Bank opens branch in Pakse, southern Laos (BP)
... Work powers ahead on Don Sahong dam in southern Laos (VT)
... 5th Thai-Lao cross-Mekong bridge planned: reports (Global Post)
... Laos Plans to Record Rice Yield of 4.2 Million Tonnes in 2016 (BD)
... Laos, Vietnam break ground for friendship hospital in Huaphan (VT)
... Laos-China Railway: Laos govt promises appropriate compensations (Nation)
... Lao businesses struggling in AEC (VT)
... New hospital slated for Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Lao ministry lays out tourism goals (TTR Weekly)
... What Is the Value of the Mekong River? (Diplomat)
... Vietnam funds Laos hospital, training (VietnamNews)
... Development partners in Laos advise on path to success (VT)
... Lao Govt promises appropriate compensation in railway project (VT)
... Can Laos Move from Landlocked to 'Land-Linked'? (Economy Watch)
... Doctors to ensure all target children in Laos receive polio vaccine (VT)
... Five foreigners arrested with 30 kilos of heroin at Lao-Vietnam border (TNN)
... Lao Chairmanship of ASEAN: What Will Be The Main Agenda? (Khmer Times)
... Laos And China Come to Terms on Loan Interest Rate For Railway Project (MS)
... Money Can Grow on Trees! (Brunei Direct)
... What the AEC means for Laos (East Asia Forum)
... Laid back Si Phan Don is deep south Laos (Examiner)
... New Thongkhankham market rises from the ashes (VT)
... Laos: Party advises Youth Union on its political role (VT)
... Railway could be built sooner than planned: Official (VT)
... Foreign arrivals in Laos expected to increase in 2015 (Xinhua)
... Public make fewer hotline calls to Lao National Assembly (VT)
... Laos-Japan economic zone to benefit local community (Nation)
... New Year celebrations dazzle as revellers turn out in force (VT)
... Laos, Hmong Community, Veterans Reflect Upon Efforts in D.C. (BZ)
... Prosperity Restored in Luang Prabang at The Luang Say Residence (BAI)
... Laos government partners Microsoft to improve its education sector (MIS-Asia)
... Bamboo brings authentic Thai and Laos cuisines to National Avenue (On Milwaukee)




December 14-31, 2015



U.S. demands that Laos resolve case of key activist ... (AP/JT or Yahoo!)
The United States called Wednesday for Laos to immediately resolve the case of prominent activist whose abduction three years ago sent a “chilling message” to civil society. The State Department statement came as the top U.S. envoy for East Asia prepares to travel to communist-governed Laos, which next year will chair the Southeast Asian regional bloc
Laos: Fighting against being forgotten (Straits Times)
There was an awkward silence at this week's press conference on the now three-year-long disappearance of Laotian civil society activist Sombath Somphone. The roomful of journalists at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand - who traditionally compete for their turn at the microphone - had no more question after the first was asked and answered
Myanmar & Laos produce up to 823 tons of opium in 2015, U.N. says (FoxNews)
Myanmar and Laos produced up to 823 metric tons of opium in 2015 for regional and international drug markets, despite poppy cultivation having stabilized for the third straight year, a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, report released in Bangkok on Tuesday said. Myanmar remains Southeast Asia's top opium producer, and the world's 2nd largest
Laos shows 'no political will' to solve activist's disappearance, UN says (Reuters)
Communist Laos has shown "no political will to solve" the mystery of the abduction of a prominent social activist, a United Nations human rights official said on Monday, on the third anniversary of the kidnapping. The United Nations and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said police in Laos refused to view new footage of the abduction of Sombath Somphone,
Curfew Imposed in Lao Province After Deadly Violence (RFA or MENA)
Lao authorities have imposed a curfew in north-central Xaysomboun Province after a spate of violence in which three government soldiers and three civilians were killed, police and other sources said Friday. The authorities blamed the violence last month on bandits, but a source close to the government said an anti-government resistance group was behind the killing
Stateless Lao still struggling for basic rights 40 years (Bangkok Post)
The 21-year civil war in Laos forced a large number of Lao people to seek refuge in Thailand, and many of them still live in the country today. Despite a long presence in Thailand, scores of them have not yet obtained Thai citizenship and are now more concerned about the future of their succeeding generations in this country.  The war in Laos, which started in 1954
Other stories about Laos around the world
... New constitution official proclaimed (VT)
... Lao NA debates law on human trafficking (VT)
... Laos issues first US$ notes in Thailand (Nation)
... Lao, Kuwait visa exemptions come into force (VT)
... Some 70,000 residents to access water supply (VT)
... Experts mull future of geographic services in Laos (VT)
... Akaryn to Open 30-Room Hotel in Vientiane, Laos (ATT)
... $1.3m of ivory, scales seized en route to Laos (AsiaOne)
... German delegations visit Xayaboury hydropower project (VT)
... Cremation Of Phra Maha Phong Samaleuk To Be Held On Dec. 20 (BD)
... Local budget management causes NA concern (VT)
... Bar association elects new president and committee (VT)
... Research development forum focusing on AEC readiness (VT)
... Air America: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, Professionally (WBN)
... Xieng Khuang capital to have new park as town's green lung (VT)
... Fatal attacks in Laos, likely connected to organised crime ... (Janes)
... Laos, Japan Discuss Building Better Investment Environment (Brunei Direct)
... Laos, South Korea enhance cooperation against money laundering, financing terrorism
... Beware of ATM ‘skimming' bandits in Laos (VT)
... Law amended to improve Lao govtt performance (VT)
... Motorists taking shortcut to Xieng Khuang, Huaphan (VT)
... Laos highlights democratic successes at Bali forum (VT)
... Lao Govt to issue foreigners with temporary working visas (VT)
... 300 DTS moving heads celebrate Laos 40th 'National Day' (ET Now)
... EU gives boost to nutrition, food security in southern Laos' Xekong (VT)
... Merced’s Lao-Hmong New Year celebrations about to begin (Merced Sun-Star)
... Lao Premier Receives New Ambassadors of France & Mongolia (Brunei Direct)
... China’s Air Defense Identification Zone and Lao Airlines Flight QV916 (Diplomat)
... Boten-Mohan Border Checkpoint, A Gateway To Strengthen Laos-China-ASEAN Co-op
... These 12 elephants just trekked across Laos for a good cause: Their existence (Fusion)
... Laos, South Korea enhance ties (VT)
... Parliament passes law on Lao NA elections (VT)
... Laos' health sector debates finance, budgeting (VT)
... Laos must come clean on Sombath (Bangkok Post)
... S. Korea to help Lao Youth Union with IT training (VT)
... Laos hosts regional conference on vocational education (VT)
... Lao telecom satellite to be profitable: Deputy PM (Shanghai Daily)
... Savannakhet eyes 10,000 tonnes in annual rice sales to China (VT)
... Lao-American: Owner of South Salem's Mina’s Café finds joy in food (SJ)
... UN: Laos Shows 'No Political Will' to Solve Activist's Disappearance (VOA)
... CLV Youth Enhances Role of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (BD)
... Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurates India-Laos conference in Delhi (ET)
... Family of Laos activist hopeful of his return, three years after his disappearance (CNA)
... Malnutrition persists across Laos (VT)
... Laos: The Sundance of Southeast Asia (WSJ)
... Southern Laos dabbles in a brand (TTR Weekly)
... SK PM leaves for Laos, Mongolia (Korea Herald)
... Visitors to Tham Piew Cave relive wartime tragedy (VT)
... Faculty of Agriculture celebrates 40 years of growth (VT)
... S. Korean PM seeks to boost cooperation with Laos (YN)
... Laotian men arrested in Vietnam with 20 kg heroin (TNN)
... SK PM Hwang to Discuss Boosting Ties with Laos (KBS)
... Laos: An elephantine way to mark an anniversary (Nation)
... Myanmar and Laos opium survey to be released (Mizzima)
... Lao-Hmong Americans support Syrian refugees (AAPress)
... Railway essential for development in Laos, Parliament told (VT)
... Ex-President Kaysone Phomvihane's 95th birthday celebrated (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Changing How Isolated Asian Groups Deal With Mental Illness (BF)
... Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to Thailand, Laos and Japan (US Dept of State)
... Winona man continues Lao-Hmong hunting traditions in a new environment (WDN)





December 7-13, 2015



Laos inaugurates largest coal-fired power plant constructed by China (XinhuaNet)
The Hongsa Power Plant (3x626MW), which was constructed by China National Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. (CNEEC), was inaugurated in Laos' northern Xayaboury Province on Wednesday, a representative of CNEEC told Xinhua on Thursday. The project is currently the first and largest coal-fired power plant project in Laos, which comprises coal mines
Exiled Democracy Activist Hits Back after Slur from Lao President (Malaysia Sun)
When Lao President Choummaly Sayasone dismissed Germany-based democracy activist Bounthone Chanthalavong-Wiese as someone who "just makes money" from donors, he probably didn't expect the physician to turn the question back at his luxury mansion and fleet of cars. In remarks last month to senior officials in the one-party state, Choummaly said
Lao-American: Double murder suspect found dead at temple near Holland (WTV)

Less than an hour before he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, the suspect in a double murder was smoking a cigarette and talking with a Buddhist monk, the monk told 24 Hour News 8. Buddhist monk Vilason Komphasouk says the man told him he had spent the night in his car in the parking lot of the Lao Buddhist Temple on 112th Avenue
With his trunk packed, teen’s off to save the elephants in Laos (QT)
AN URGE to help sick and injured animals has been a life-long passion for veterinary science student Lauchlan Patterson. However, the Toowoomba teenager will take that passion a step further when he leaves for Laos today to spend three weeks helping to rehabilitate injured and orphaned elephants. The 19-year-old has just completed his second year of studies
Railroad to nowhere? China draws a line across landlocked Laos (CSM/Y!)

Chang Son first heard about the train that will be routed through his mountainous village five years ago. But today, the only sign of progress is a dusty cement plaque that Chinese developers installed to mark the proposed route. “We are sure the train will come, but we don’t know when,” says Mr. Chang, who lives next to a hillside in Ban Pasak village through
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Hmong New Year: Celebration time (Triplicate)
... 1st batch Lao rice exported to China (XinhuaNet)
... New tourism brand for southern Laos (Travel DM)
... E-passport to ease immigration procedures in Laos (VT)
... Lao Parliament approves law on provincial assemblies (VT)
... Petoskey restaurant owner remembers escape from Laos (IPR)
... Lao Census reveals slower than expected population growth (VT)
... Laos: A 100-Car Caravan to Head to Birthplace of the Nation (BD)
... Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam address shared development issues (VT)
... Lao Workers protested in Thailand again on Lao National Day (SBS)
... Stronger law enforcement required to deal with corruption in Laos (VT)
... Soccer: Bengaluru FC to open AFC Cup campaign in Laos (India Times)
... Thai pride in ASEAN with PTT Life Station, Luang Prabang, Laos (Thai PR)
... Laos: Elephant caravan celebrates heritage town, elephant conservation (Inquirer)
... Hmong story: 40 exhibit looks back on refugee displacement & California resettlement
... Thai Govt to mull power offer from Laos (Nation)
... Laos’s Threat to the Mekong River (Asia Sentinel)
... Cambodia, Laos central banks to enhance ties (PPP)
... Lao NA approves second amendment to constitution (VT)
... Lao Govt, development partners assess primary education (VT)
... Luang Prabang celebrates 20 years as a World Heritage Site (VT)
... Laos' first thermal energy plant marks start of power generation (VT)
... China-invested cement plant inaugurated in Laos - Report (Steel Guru)
... Parliamentarians approve amended Law on Lao National Assembly (VT)
... Scientists highlight risks of hydropower dams in the Mekong Delta for COP21 delegates
... Thai Princess Visits Laos (Brunei Direct)

... Lao NA seeks power to control public debt (VT)

... Vietnam aids Laos’ military training (VietnamNet)

... Southern Laos launches tourism destination brand (VT)

... Botanical experts on Southeast Asia meet in Vientiane (VT)

... Northern Laos: Huaphan vehicle caravan expected to grow (VT)

... Chomphet town of Luang Prabang relocated to a larger space (VT)

... Thai princess visits Laos to enhance ties, mutual understanding (VT)

... Laos counts the cost of climate change: record floods, drought & landslides (Guardian)

... Obituary: Sam Sayaphet (CT Post)
... Lao NA debates national constitution (VT)
... Lao NA session opens to debate legislation (VT)
... Teachers in Laos gain understanding on child rights (VT)
... Foreign murderer nabbed after two women's deaths (VT)
... Souvanny to Be Fifth Company Listed on Lao Securities Exchange (BD)
... Vietnam-Laos border marker increase, upgrade completed (VietnamNet)
... Regional, international human rights mechanisms discussed in Laos (VT)
... Asean Para Games: E-funding attempt a big step for Laos (Straits Times)
... Vietnam, Laos work on measures for 2016-2020 cooperation (VietnamNet)
... Luang Prabang World Heritage preservation forum marks anniversary (VT)
... Drone allows new view of Laos's bomb-riddled Plain of Jars (Telegraph or GV)
... Luang Prabang: Why you should visit South-east Asia's best preserved city now
... Professional Farming Techniques Change Lives in Mountainous Communities in Laos
... S. Korean Killed in Bus Crash in Laos (KBS)
... ‘Visit Xaysomboun Year' to launch this week (VT)
... Obituary: Khambane Kongphongmany (IberiaNet)
... The secrets of Laos in a bowl of soup (Malay Mail)
... Laos: Constitution amendment to be finalised (VT)
... Ministry to prevent locust outbreak in northern Laos (VT)
... Lanexang cement Lao factory officially starts production (VT)
... Teen wins Laos' first-ever APG athletics medal (Straits Times)
... Northern Laos: Huaphan to receive new provincial hospital (VT)
... Laos reports 5th circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus case (ONT)
... ELIC Empowering Teachers in Impoverished Laos Province (PRS)
... Fleeing Laos. Surviving. Thriving. Transforming St. Paul (Pioneer Press)





Nov. 30-Dec 6, 2015



Freedom still rings for city’s Laotian refugees (Woonsocket Call)
Thousands of miles away, the Southeast Asian nation of Laos on Wednesday celebrated the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of its royalist government by an invasion force of communists from Vietnam – known as Lao National Day. Closer to home, however, hundreds of thousands of pro-American Laotians who fled for their lives after the 1975 takeover
Laos: 40 years of stability, but critics decry debt, corruption & poverty (RFA)

President Choummaly Sayasone marked 40 years of communist rule in Laos on Wednesday touting the stability and security of his landlocked Southeast Asian nation, but some Laotians lamented their country’s corruption, rising debt and dependence on China and Vietnam. “The biggest thing we have achieved is national security and stability throughout the country
Unlocking potentials of Laos through China-Laos friendship railway (XN)
The long-awaited railway that would connect the landlocked Laos with China would soon become a reality as an agreement was signed between authorities from the two countries for the construction, which is scheduled to start this month. The China-Laos railway will speed up not just the trade relations between the two neighboring countries
Laos pins economic hopes on extra electricity (Nikkei Asian Review)
As Southeast Asia's energy demands grow, Laos is banking on increased electricity exports to shore up its economy. The tiny country, which has a population of just under 7 million, has been opening a string of large-scale hydropower stations that will boost its total generation capacity by an estimated 70% by the end of the year compared to 2014.
Ancient city Luang Prabang stages film festival without a cinema (AsiaOne)
Cinema aficionados in Asia are buzzing about the Luang Prabang Film Festival, to be held Dec. 5-9 in this ancient town on the Mekong river. One of Asia's most ambitious cinematic events, it may be the world's only film festival held in a location without a single movie theatre. Regardless, Gabriel Kuperman, the festival's American director, has developed
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Showing in Sofitel Luang Prabang (Nation)
... Laos, Monaco establish diplomatic ties (VT)
... Huaphan roadwork slowly uncoiling bends (VT)
... EU supports local farmers at first Vientiane Expo (VT)
... Constitution, laws central focus at last Lao NA session (VT)
... European development partners to further assist nation (VT)
... Japan-based aid group sets up fish, timber projects in rural Laos
... Mekong Villagers give their Testimony in Xayaburi Dam Case (CRT)
... China's top legislator concludes Laos visit with fruitful results (China)
... Polish Activist Not Among Prisoners to be Pardoned in Laos This Year
... Cambodia and Laos: The challenge of altering attitudes towards startups
... Laos: Irish man almost loses leg to potentially fatal flesh-eating disease (SW)
... Symposium will honor Southeast Asian culture, Vietnam War anniversary (FB)
... China-invested cement plant inaugurated in Laos to serve China-Laos railway
... International Fellows, one from Laos, Get A Taste Of Everything Douglas County
... Laos marks 40 years of national pride (VT)
... Laos-China railway project construction commences (VT)
... One thousand prisoners released on anniversary year (VT)
... Foreign diplomats extend well wishes on National Day (VT)
... Foreign leaders extend best wishes for Lao National Day (VT)
... China starts work on Laos railway, eyeing farther horizons (Nikkei AR)
... Laos pitches common standard for Southeast Asian SEZs (Nikkei AR)
... Laos Eyes Major Socio-Economic Development Strategy by 2016 (BD)
... Lao People Colourfully, Joyously Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Laos (BD)
... Kathina ceremony at Wat Phra Singh attracts guests including Laos' ambassador
... PV Oil Laos marks anniversary (VietnamNews)
... S. Korean Volunteer Found Dead in Laos (KBS)
... Across the Mekong, along the Mekong (Kangla Online)
... Silliman holds educ. Mission in Laos (Visayan Daily Star)
... New study abroad program heading to Laos (Southern News)
... 1975: The Start and End of Conflict in Southeast Asia (Diplomat)
... Lao-Hmong Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off at UC Merced (SST)
... ‘Kazu’ of Laos shares nickname, scoring ability with icon (Japan News)
... From commodities to satellites: China, Laos seeing more cooperation (CD)
... New disaster fund to assist victims in Laos (VT)
... Lao-American: Taste of Thai turns 5 (Reformer)
... Lao garment sector educates on new labour law (VT)
... Laos' neighbor, Loei: Tourism in bloom (Bangkok Post)
... SEA: Finding inspiration in spirit houses (Boston Globe)
... China, Laos to kick start joint railway in December (China)
... Judge knocks back villagers on Laos dam (Bangkok Post)
... Laos Readiness For Global Integration Analysed (Bernama)
... 'Agencies broke no laws over Mekong dam' in Laos (Nation)
... Lao People's Democratic Republic Day (Newsroom America)
... High-level meeting strengthens Lao, Bulgarian cooperation (VT)
... Laos: Foreign delegates, media to attend 40th anniversary (VT)
... China UnionPay helps Laos build national card payment system (ECNS)
... Vientiane announces completion of secondary education equivalency (VT)
... 40 Years of Economic Development, Products, Achievements on Display (BD)
... Laos, with China’s Aid, Enters Crowded Satellite Telecom Field (Space News)
... Lao President calls for enhancing cohesive solidarity among ethnic groups (VT)
... Eppo eyes two Laos power plants (Bangkok Post)
... Laos moves on UNESCO nomination (TTR Weekly)
... Bulgarian Vice President to Visit Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Vietnam attends Vientiane Expo 2015 in Laos (Saigon)
... Lao-Hmong New Year celebration in St. Paul (KARE11)
... Laos Capable Of Ensuring 2025 Roadmap Momentum 
    Continues To Further Integrate ASEAN - envoy (Bernama)
... First Vientiane Expo opens marking 40th anniversary (VT)
... Hongsa Power to celebrate commercial power generation (VT)
... Laos' northern 230 KV power grid put into operation (XinhuaNet)
... Lao dams: Mekong villagers in fight for their rights (Bangkok Post)
... Human-value based institutions benefit disadvantaged people (VT)
... Society unites for final national day anniversary dress-rehearsal (VT)
... Laotian refugee came to Sonoma County as a child (Press Democrat)
... Multi-ethnic groups enjoy coexisting in peace: Lao Front President (VT)
... ‘Fantastic’ food at Thai Lao in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere (MBO)
... Laos’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Mai Sayavongs? (All Gov)
... Laos' Nam Ou cascade hydropower project starts electricity generation (XN)
... Laos' Nam Khan 2 Hydropower project construction completed (Global Post)
... Laos counts the cost of climate change: record floods, drought and landslides




November 23-29, 2015



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




November 16-22, 2015



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




November 9-15, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Flying over Laos (SouthEast Sun)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Japan funds UXO training centre (VT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Professional Farming Techniques Change Lives In Mountainous Communities

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




November 2-8, 2015



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




Oct 26, 2015-Nov 1, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





October 19-25, 2015



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

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

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




October 12-18, 2015




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




October 5-11, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Sep. 28-Oct. 4, 2015



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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