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November 26-30, 2014



New Thai-Lao bridge in Bung Kan (Bangkok Post)
Thailand fully supported the construction of a new bridge to link the country with central Laos, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.  Gen Prayut said Thailand will offer loans to Laos to build a bridge over the Mekong River between Bung Kan province and Laos' Borikhamsay. Thailand had also considered a plan to build another bridge between Ubon
Xayaburi dam risks killing the Mekong (Bangkok Post)
First, the Xayaburi will have significant trans-boundary consequences for 60 million people in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, all of whom depend on the Mekong River's inland fisheries, the world's richest. This puts Thailand's relations with its fellow Asean members at direct risk.  Second, although this is a "run-of-the-river" dam which will have
Laos facing severe lack of skilled workers (Nation or ANN)
Laos' development efforts are being hindered by a severe shortage of skilled workers and general labourers, which is causing financial problems, according to a senior official from the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU). However, workers continue to run the risk of losing their job and have no protection in the workplace, because the LFTU is unable
Mekong River [Laos] with Sue Perkins - too much Sue, not enough ... (Telegraph)
Having travelled through Laos along the Mekong myself, many of these issues were familiar (including, too, the dilemma of whether to join photo-opportunity-seeking tourists getting up at dawn to “feed the monks” in Luang Prabang). But there was something slightly superficial about it all and it felt rather rushed (if there was one thing I learned on my trip it was
Other stories about Laos around the world
... AEC offers opportunities and challenges (VT)

... Thai PM emphasizes Thai-Laos relations (NNT)

... Officials to confirm Lao workers in Thailand (VT)

... Medics debate cross border disease control (VT)

... Laos seeks Ebola preparedness boost (XinhuaNet)

... Asean plus three countries share social welfare lessons (VT)

... Mekong bridge agreements mark end of PM's Laos visit (Nation)

... Potholes in Vientiane remain despite repairs having commenced (VT)

... Laos-Vietnam 'single-window inspection' set for operation on Jan. 7 (Nation)

... Indochina Bank renders assistance to underprivileged people in Oudomxay (VT)

... ADB approves US$21million loan for livestock industry (VT)

... Khammuan province celebrates freedom from illiteracy (VT)

... Viet PM attends Development Triangle Summit in Laos (VIR)

... Competition winners head for Asian film festival in Japan (VT)

... Leaders vow to deepen ties, further development in triangle area (VT)

... Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam debate communicable disease control (VT)

... Sam Sang initiative brings positive change despite financial difficulties (VT)

... Vietnam approach AFF Suzuki Cup semis after 3-0 victory over Laos (TTN)

... Lao, Thai universities unite for cooperation (VT)
... Laos To Identify Workers In Thailand (Bernama)
... Authorities confer on ensuring disabled equality (VT)
... Cambodian, Vietnamese PMs arrive for CLV summit (VT)
... China provides loan for urban development in Vientiane (VT)
... Football: Philippines bounce back to beat Laos 4-1 (AsiaOne)
... Lao renews commitment to end violence against women (VT)
... Children in Laos Benefit from Kiwi Ophthalmologist’s Skill (Scoop)
... Sam Sang projects accomplish results but not satisfying potential (VT)
... Vietnam looks forward stronger ties with Cambodia, Laos (VietnamNet)
... Laos continues to strive for quality investments: Lao official (Global Post)
... Laos, Japan's Kawasaki Promote Investment Cooperation (Brunei Direct)



November 17-23, 2014



Foreign Donors Slam Laos Over Lack of Progress on Missing of Sombath (RFA)

Donor countries to Laos have pressed the government of Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on the whereabouts of the country’s most prominent civil society leader who disappeared nearly two years ago. European and U.S. development partners mentioned the case of Sombath Somphone at a roundtable meeting with members of the Lao government
Revenue shortfall reported in central region of Laos (VT)
Revenue collected during the 2013-14 fiscal year from international & local border check points in the 5th region, which covers Vientiane & Vientiane province, fell short of target. The Customs Office for the 5th Region unveiled in its report recently that revenue collection throughout the 5th region reached 2.46 trillion kip from Oct 2013 to Sep 2014, equal to only 88.8%
Christians in Laos Driven Out of Village After Conversion to Christianity (CT)
Six Christian families were forced to leave their village in Laos after refusing to return to their old animism faith, according to locals in the region. Many people in the Ko Hai village, in Khamkeut district, Borikhamxay province, practice an ancestral religion, and when the Christian families refused to follow the practice and remain with their Hmong Christian faith
Laos is not a cozy place for NGOs (DW)
Life is hard for local as well as foreign non-governmental organizations in Laos. The government alone decides over what is permitted and what is not – with the threat of consequences hanging in the air.  NGOs have to work under permanent state supervision in Laos, a one-party state governed on socialistic lines. For an NGO, not playing according to the rules
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Deforestation In Laos Is Genuinely Real (SBS)

... Cardamom pricing still depends on buyers (VT)

... Ancient treasure trove found in Laos (First Post)

... Foreign guides elevate Myanmar and Laos (Fifa)

... JICA to give on-site lessons in road maintenance (VT)

... Soccer: Decisive start vs Laos to fire up Azkals (MSN)

... Monks open first ‘free' temple hospital in Vientiane (VT)

... Authorities mull measures over occupied conservation forest (VT)

... Laos' rice production forecasts 3% decline to 3.3 mil tons (Oryza)

... LBA resource centre established for enhanced legal research (VT)

... Ratchaburi to invest $381 mln in 2015, mostly on Laos plant (Reuters)

... 1-stop service for Laos-Viet border (Bangkok Post)
... Australia extends support for Xieng Khuang children (VT)
... Residents must contribute to road upgrades in Vientiane (VT)
... James Syhabout bringing Hawker Fare to the Mission (SF Gate)
... Laos remote communities benefit from clean water (XinhuaNet)
... Southern Laos: Xekong development assistance still needed (VT)
... Denmark's Prince Joachim visits project in his role as patron (VT)
... Review identifies management and teacher training challenges (VT)
... Rock concert in South Hunterdon theater will help build Jason Fuhr school in Laos
... Laos, Vietnam expedite one-stop border checks (VT)
... Laos to help with worker registration in Thailand (Nation)
... Country, city of Kawasaki ink investment agreement (VT)
... Betagro plans to set up Lao, Cambodia plants (Pattaya Mail)
... Prayut to visit Laos and Vietnam next week (Thailand News)
... UNDP Wants NGOs to be Closely Involved in Laos Policy Debate (RFA)
... Game over as authorities put match to illegal amusement machines (VT)
... Cambodian PM to attend 8th CLV Summit in Laos next week (XinhuaNet)
... Diplomacy renewed as seven foreign ambassadors take their posts (VT)
... Economic zone brings prosperity to the north (VT)
... Vientiane mulls conversion of waste to energy (VT)
... Dave Bakke: Glasser goes to Laos for cause (SJR)
... Vietnam to provide more scholarships for Laos (VT)
... Fine Silks and Tribal Art opf Laos/Vietnam (Sac Mag)
... Laos to help with worker registration in Thailand (VT)
... Murder, lies, jewels: fraud case to become a film (New Daily)
... Minister urges media to play a bigger role in development (VT)
... Sweden-Phuket cyclists see Laos on horizon (Phuket Gazette)
... Lao Ambassador meets Thai Education Minister (Brunei Direct)
... Hungary Pledges To Increase Scholarships For Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Highground exhibits bomb-removal work of Jim Harris in Laos (MNH)
... VP Chen Xiaohua meets with Laotian President Choummaly (4-Traders)
... New design paves way for rebuilding of Road 13 with 2 lanes or more (VT)
... Laos concerned as more laborers look to amphetamine boost (XinhuaNet)
... Lao’s clamorous festivities offer contemporary mix of traditional merriment (DT)
... Riverside Boutique Resort, Vang Vieng, Singled Out Amongst Best Hotels in SEA



November 10-16, 2014



Lao Christians Evicted From Village Amid Religious Tensions (RFA)
Six Hmong Christian families have been forced to leave their village in central Laos after refusing to renounce their faith, according to a fellow member of their ethnic group and friend to the families. The six families, consisting of 25 people, were made to leave their homes in Borikhamxay province’s Khamkeut district because they would not revert to animism
Laos rail development on fast track with Thailand, China line (CNA)
Thailand and China has agreed to cooperate on building a new rail line, which would eventually connect Southern China with Bangkok. This initiative has put the spotlight on Laos, the country this proposed railway would pass through. Laos' rail development is still relatively small, but the project has huge economic potential for the region. Since starting its operations in 2009
Laos: for traditional South East Asian culture (Liligo)

Laos is one of the few places where you can still experience traditional south-east Asian culture. It’s far less developed than China or Thailand, so adventure is waiting around ever bend in the dirt road. Are you ready? A trip through Laos will take you to the heart of traditional South East Asian culture, unlike anywhere else in the region. If you’re looking for a destination
Laos’ Shrinking Bear Population Threatened by Booming Bile Business (Yahoo)
The number of bears being trapped and then tapped for the bile in their gallbladders has tripled in Laos in recent years, according to a new study published in the journal Oryx. Like operators of similar “farms” in China, Vietnam, and South Korea, the Laotians lock bears in small, rusty cages where their gallbladders are repeatedly tapped—sometimes up to three times
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Football: 2-0 win for Singapore over Laos (CNA)

... KBank opening bank in Laos this month (Nation)

... Laos To Eliminate Measles As Fast As Possible (Brunei Direct)

... Child protection still a challenge (VT)

... Motorbike riders continue to die on the roads (VT)

... Protected, conservation forest areas demarcated (VT)

... B1.97bn grant for Luang Prabang road (Bangkok Post)

... Lao PM attends Mekong-Japan Summit in Myanmar (VT)
... Laos praises Hungarian food safety system (National Journal)

... Nationwide measles-rubella immunisation drive launched (VT)

... Celebrating Veteran's Day with a Lao call to action (Daily Planet)
... Thailand's Kasikornbank to open bank in Laos this month (Reuters)
... Laos considers cooperative alliance to boost agriculture (Global Post)

... Lao-Hmong Vietnam War Vets Fight for Full Military Burials (NBC News)
... From Refugee to Restaurateur, Luangrath Prepares to Open D.C.’s 1st Laotian
... Vocational enrolments up by over 11 percent (VT)
... Audit capacities scrutinised as three countries gather (VT)
... Japan backs UXO Lao in southern clearance operations (VT)
... Raise more cattle, Vice Mayor advises Sangthong farmers (VT)

... Laos: Preparations begin for 10th Party Congress (VT)
... Laos determined to build Don Sahong dam (Interpreter)
... Northern Laos: Boat explosion injures two in Bokeo (VT)
... Conservation efforts commended as safari captures prize (VT)
... Rural people in Laos shy away from treated water supplies (VT)
... Iranian Deputy FM, Lao Envoy Discuss Bilateral Ties (Tasnim NA)
... Li Yuanchao Meets with President Choummaly Sayasone of Laos (FM)
... Four countries join forces to combat drug smuggling along Mekong (VT)
... Lao hydro firm plans Thai issue (Nation)
... DPM praises progress made in rural development (VT)
... China, Laos to jointly promote connectivity (Brunei Direct)
... Korean rural development model to be piloted in Laos (VT)
... Govt: Landlocked developing nations facing challenges (VT)
... WCS Project in Laos Wins Ecotourism Award (News Wire)
... 17 Lao victims of human trafficking rescued in Thailand (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos urged to strengthen trade ties (VietnamNews)
... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam to review progress in Triangle Area (VT)
... Miss International Queen 2014, Mr. Laos came in 3rd (Pattaya DN)
... China, neighbours vow to strengthen connectivity, deepen cooperation




November 3-9, 2014



Lao-American Actress Traces Family Roots to Find Her Own 'Origin Story' (NBC)

When Kulap Vilaysack was 14-years old, she learned that the man she'd grown up calling 'Dad' was not her biological father. Last summer – nearly 20 years later – Vilaysack’s search for her birth father took her halfway around the world to Laos, her parents’ home country. That trip, chronicled on film, is the subject of a soon-to-be-released documentary
Laos’ Internet Law Undermines Free Speech (Diplomat)
The government of Laos has signed an Internet law that claims to support the growth of the Internet but actually contains numerous contradictory provisions that undermine free speech and other citizen rights. When this was reported almost two months ago, the concern of many was the broad and vague cybercrimes enumerated in the law. 
Pirate Bay co-founder arrested on Thai-Laos border (AP/NY Post)
One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, who uses the alias TiAMO, was detained Monday by Thai immigration police at a checkpoint in Thailand’s Nong Khai province, about 500 kilometers (310 miles)
Vietnam is top investor in Laos (Saigon)
Vietnam has 250 projects licenced in Laos so far, with total investments of over 5 billion USD, 96 percent of which are located in southern provinces, according to data from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  The figures were revealed at an economic cooperation dialogue between Vietnam’s Central Highlands and southern central provinces
Laos: Dam could sound death knell for dolphins (PPP)
Just south of the Laos border – about a kilometre from where the Don Sahong hydroelectricity dam will be built – the “flooded forest” is quiet. Between rocky islands and sandbanks, hundreds of gnarled trees rise out of the Mekong River, most bent downstream by the current. In their branches perch rare ibises, eagles and other birds, while under the water
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos Is Trying To Control Internet (SBS)

... Super Lao - Vietnam oil project in pipeline (VT)

... Laos - Project to survey access to finance (VT)

... Almsgivers pay homage at That Luang stupa (VT)

... EU announces education development assistance (VT)

... Community health overview: Laotian Americans (Daily Planet)

... Thip Khao Opening Delayed Until Early Dec. (Washington CP)

... Laos learns from Switzerland's landlocked development model (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia join hands to fight Ebola (VietnamNet or VT)

... Japan funds school upgrades in Laos (VT)
... Wax castle procession in Vientiane unites believers (VT)
... Laos - Education report card: room for improvement (VT)
... Villages in Laos still short of poverty reduction targets (VT)
... More suppliers offering solar streetlights for new town (VT)
... Lao Embassy Officially Reopens In The UK (Brunei Direct)
... Vietnam's shorter cross-country flights to cut through Laos, Cambodia (TNN)
... Vientiane clamps down on advertising boards (VT)
... Malnutrition remains a barrier to development in Laos (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam extend airport management partnership (VT)
... Refugee in Laos awaits chance to reach S. Korea (NK News)
... Luang Prabang named as environmentally sustainable city (VT)
... More than 800,000 land titles issued in Laos, officials report (VT)
... Haier Asia, the Laotian Ministry of ST & AMZ Group Sign MOU (Yahoo)
... Last Pirate Bay co-founder arrested after living on the lam in Laos (AT)
... Laos And China Signs Mou To Boost Cooperation On TV (Brunei Direct)
... Laos, China further cement cultural ties (VT)
... China launches culture center in Laos (ECNS)
... Trans-boundary haze pollution in spotlight (VT)
... Attapeu airport take-off eagerly anticipated (VT)
... ADB funds rural projects in Laos (TTR Weekly)
... Survey: medicines cheaper at govt facilities (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos Investment Hits $5B (Invest Asian)
... Officials meet to discuss Vietnam-Laos border issues (VN)
... Luxembourg extends heart surgery programme at Mahosot (VT)
... Lao PM extends condolences to Australia after Whitlam’s death (VT)
... Thip Khao opening, Plan B open, Teddy Folkman heads to Annapolis (BJ)
... Nonprofit Leadership Awards 2014: Claudia Sisomphou, student volunteer (BJ)
... Australian Aid in Laos (Diplomat)
... Xayaburi dam nearly half done (PPP)
... Laos, China to strengthen governance ties (VT)
... Week-long annual fair kicks off at That Luang (VT)
... Laos to open sale of land to foreigners (Asia Times)
... Lao-Thai Overseas: Couple launch new restaurant (HPE)
... New NGO to step up fight against malnutrition in Laos (VT)
... Lao National TV, Guangxi team up for Chinese theatre (VT)
... Lao-Thai Food - Recipe of the day: Thai larb salad (Herald Sun)
... Healthcare management programme extended at Mittaphab (VT)
... Meetings on Environment and Transboundary Haze Pollution in Laos (BD)




Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2014



Laos - Revenue collection misses target (VT)
Revenue collection for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which ended in September, failed to meet the amended target despite cuts being made to the original budget plan. Over the fiscal year, total revenue collection reached 23.544 trillion kip ($2.94 billion) that represented only 96.72% of the amended budget plan, according to a report presented at the nationwide meeting
US gives US$27m to help children in Laos (VT)
More than 170,000 children will benefit from World Food Programme (WFP)'s mid-morning snack and lunch programmes in Laos over the next three years thanks to US$S27million in support from the United States. The announcement was made by the US Ambassador to Laos Daniel Clune early this week. The assistance will be made available through the U.S.
Laos' hydropower generation capacity to jump almost four-fold by 2020 (Reuters)
Laos plans to quadruple its hydropower generation capacity from current levels by the end of the decade and step up electricity exports to its neighbouring countries, its vice minister of energy and mines said on Tuesday. Laos is among Asia's poorest countries but has big ambitions to become the "Battery of Southeast Asia" by exporting power generated from
Fate of 13 Jailed Pro-Democracy Leaders in Laos Uncertain (RFA)
Human rights groups have pressed the Lao government to release 13 pro-democracy leaders from jail—some of them have been held for 15 years—with at least one group calling for an aggressive campaign for their freedom. The groups are deeply concerned about the condition of four student leaders detained during a democracy protest on Oct. 26, 1999
Capital market, logistics, land policy top cabinet debate (VT)
The government cabinet has adopted a comprehensive strategy on capital market development, aimed at mobilising funding for socio-economic development. Approved at the government's monthly meeting for October held last week, which was chaired by Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, the strategy is aimed at developing the capital market 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... PanAust Takeover Talks Stall (WSJ)

... Corpse is found near Lao border (PPP)

... Revised agreement to spur investment in Bokeo (VT)

... Speeding truck kills British tourist in Champassak (VT)

... Amantaka, Luang Prabang: Heritage Haven (Billionaire)

... From Thailand to Mt. Pleasant: Sylavong’s journey (PN)

... Goshen coach's success born of boyhood in Laos (CO)

... Capital goes down path in search of extra roads funding (VT)

... IFC helping Laos hydro generator to operate sustainably (WPM)

... ASEAN environment ministers' meeting kicks off in Vientiane (VT)

... Lao-Thai Food: Air Thai becomes Amazing Thai (Lebanon Express)

... Laos Plans to Allow Foreigners to Purchase Land in Controversial Move (RFA)

... Laos wins silver at Asean skills contest (VT)

... PM instructs finance ministry to be more diligent (VT)

... Switzerland increases support to 2015 population census (VT)

... Laos advances in global ease of business ranking (Global Post)
... Senior officials attend information ministers' workshop in China (VT)
... Asean countries share information on civil servant management (VT)

... Bank trains Laos hydropower operator in environmental, social management (HW)

... Illegal workers afraid of coming census survey (VT)

... Christians arrested in Laos after worship service (EN)

... Asean officials debate transboundary haze pollution (VT)

... Report: INGOs important contributors to development (VT)

... Solutions at hand for reducing maternal mortality rates (VT)

... CPC to attend rule of law seminars in Vietnam, Laos (XinhuaNet)

... Chinese investors launch rice & dairy project worth $100m in Champassak (VT)

... Laos dam could threaten dolphin (PPP)
... Mekong countries hold talks on trans-boundary haze pollution (VT)
... Children in Laos Benefit from Kiwi Ophthalmologist’s Skill (Scoop)
... Lao, Japanese researchers discuss sustainable resource management
... Govt seeks update to loan for flood protection measures in Champassak
... ADB support for tourism sector seeks to boost revenue, create jobs (VT)
... Decree demands financial heritage contribution from relevant businesses
... Former Wassau principal makes his life's mission to rid Laos' leftover bombs
... Laos: Find peace on the Mekong (4-Traders)
... Off the Beaten Track: Laos (Travelers Today)
... Festival gives boost to Lao coffee industry (VT)
... UN commits its continuous support to Laos (VT)
... Thai: Nan not affected by earthquake in Laos (NNT)
... Festival to mark That Luang's 448th anniversary (VT)
... Charity funds more welfare projects in Vientiane (VT)
... Dam forums planned for Thais living by Mekong (Nation)
... Phu Bia Mining, ADB to support water sanitation project (VT)
... Theun – Hinboun Power Company’s Monitoring System Still Shrouded in Secrecy
... Innovative Drinks from Rainbow Laotian? Yep, This Eat Street Darling Shakes It Up



October 20-26, 2014



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



October 13-19, 2014



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Roads paved with tourist traps (BP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



October 6-12, 2014



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Sep. 29 - Oct 5, 2014



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Currency Rate

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

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

Sources: US Census 2010 and Wikipedia
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Oct 2014
57,733 visitors
Sep 2014
53,424 visitors
Aug 2014
52,199 visitors
July 2014
54,990 visitors
June 2014
54,931 visitors
May 2014
60,619 visitors
Apr 2014
55,767 visitors
Mar 2014
57,186 visitors
Feb 2014
54,547 visitors
Dec 2013
62,964 visitors
Dec 2012
69,486 visitors
Dec 2011
56,377 visitors
Dec 2010
88,499 visitors
Dec 2009
82,455 visitors
Nov 2007
100,767 visitors

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

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