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April 21-27, 2014

5 Bites: Enticing Lao Cuisine in the East Bay (KQED)
East Oakland’s Lao cuisine is a popular topic at Bay Area Bites, as we’ve featured coverage from Andrew Simmons in a previous post that included reviews of local favorites Champa Garden, Vientiane Cafe and Green Papaya Deli (now closed.) Souk Savanh‘s been highlighted on Check, Please!, and fellow BAB blogger Rachel Myrow wrote
Laos registers 25 percent export growth (VT)
Laos has registered considerable export growth during the first six months of this fiscal year, amounting to more than US$1.1 billion and up by more than 25% over the same period last year, according to a recent report... However, Laos continues to face a trade deficit, with imports reaching more than US$1.9 billion, an increase of almost 70% compared to
Laos' coffee giant eyes Thailand for expansion (Nation)
Dao-Heuang Group, a leading coffee producer in Laos, is set to enter Thailand next year via a contract to grow coffee on a 1,000-rai plot of land in the North. This move is part of the company's plan to boost its production capacity to meet rising demands once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is launched in 2015, the group's vice president Boonheuang
Businesses urged to revise plans as Lao Govt slashes spending (VT)
In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the government was granted approval from the National Assembly to spend 29,745 billion kip (US$3.7 billion). But it expects to collect only 25,261 billion kip (US$3.1 billion) in revenue, according to a report from the Ministry of Planning & Investment. The government is now facing challenges in implementing the current budget
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao-American Food: Following the River (Alibi)
... Lao Govt mulls suspending salary increase (VT)
... Lao ethnic villagers in land fight use flames (PPP)
... Asean nations to improve customs officers' skills (VT)
... 150 Vientiane schools will be ‘drug free' next year (VT)
... First JCB card in Laos introduced by Phongsavanh Bank (ACN)
... Laos best at implementing Korea's village development model (VT)
... ASIA Inc. program coordinator to be honored at White House (Ohio)
... Shui Meng wants Sombath Somphone back. 'I'm just a wife.' (Oregon Live)
... Excellence exam in Laos highlights educational strengths & weaknesses (VT)
... Lao central bank builds up foreign reserves (VT)
... Rescued macaques find home at Lao zoo (MInda News)
... Lotus blossom cookies offer a taste of Laos (Buffalo News)
... Consultant employed for new parliament building design (VT)
... Belarus, Laos parliaments ink cooperation agreement (Belta)
... Surging vehicle numbers intensify congestion in Vientiane (VT)
... Vientiane: Female merchant faces jail time for cheating her friends (VT)
... New Permanent Representative Of Laos Presents Credentials to UN (BD)
... Virtual designers [i.e. from Laos] offer services halfway across the world (SCMP)
... Labour demand for SEZs will double in Laos (VT)
... Lao Govt vows to improve business environment (VT)
... Lao-Thai train to provide logistic services in 2015 (VT)
... Laos coffee producer brews up Thai drive (Bangkok Post)
... 10-point barriers hinder trade and investments, Lao Govt told (VT)
... EU makes funding available for civil society initiatives in Laos (VT)
... Furniture makers call on Lao Govt to deal with wood trade issues (VT)
... Laos’ Xayaburi Dam Site Could Have High Seismic Risk (Ooska News)
... Lao-American Obituary: Phattanam, Somnuck ~ Athens (Chattanoogan)
... Laos-born judge makes U.S. history (Live5)
... Korea funds water supply in Oudomxay (VT)
... EDL's new regulations to speed up slow payers (VT)
... Vietnam pledges to assist Lao Government Office (VT)
... Local Lao-Thai celebration brings 'new year, new life' (PT)
... President calls on Attapeu to further Sam Sang initiatives (VT)
... Businesses urged to revise plans as govt slashes spending (VT)
... The subtle challenges in grasping a culture like our own: Laos (Nation)
... HAGL Adds Laos Crops as Singapore Listing Looms: SEA (Bloomberg)

April 14-20, 2014

On Laos, not so much 'quiet' as discreet (Nation)
Updated and re-released late last year, Brett Dakin's 2003 memoir about living and working in Laos in the final two years of the 1990s remains broadly educational and movingly personal, the qualities that earned it so much acclaim when it first appeared. Add to that a bittersweet return to the country a decade later and "Another Quiet American" deserves
Kidnapping In Laos Affects Civil Society (Eugene Weekly)
Sombath Somphone is “one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures,” according to a December 2013 press statement from Secretary of State John Kerry on the one year anniversary of Sombath’s disappearance. Sombath was kidnapped from a police checkpoint in Laos and has not been heard from since.
With parades and water, Laos welcomes Year of the Horse (VT)
Leaders, government officials and Lao people around the country celebrated the Lao New Year festival from April 14-16, taking part in a range of activities to preserve the fine traditions and culture of the country. The highlight in Vientiane was the Nang Sang Khan (Miss Lao New Year) procession, which started early in the afternoon on April 14
Mekong River at risk as Laos forges ahead with dam-building spree (TNN)
Construction of a giant controversial dam in Laos has been well underway since it began in late 2012. Laos is also set to push ahead with a second hydropower dam on the Mekong River this year in the face of growing concerns among its neighbors. Opponents of these projects said their commencement would also kick off the construction of the 9 other dams
More Laotians shopping in Thailand for Songkran festival (NNT)
The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge border crossing point at Nong Khai province is busy these days. Many Laotians have been coming in Thailand to shop for the Songkran celebrations in Laos, as Songkran is considered to be the new year in Laos as well. On the afternoon of April 12 many Laotians came across the Thai border to shop both via personal vehicles
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Local Laotian’s Celebrate New Year (KLFY)
... Lao Airlines celebrates 25th anniversary (VT)
... Top Vietnamese investor in Laos unveiled (VT)
... Naxaithong farmers increasing commercial production (VT)
... Crime novelist Cotterill is still a mystery in Vientiane (Nation)
... Northern Laos: Airport construction underway in Huaphan (VT)
... Laos New Year event (IberiaNet)
... Smoking rate still high in Laos (VT)
... Illegal logging still a major issue in Laos (VT)
... New plan to speedup UXO clearance rate (VT)
... Khammuan uncovers 1.2 billion kip mismanagement (VT)
... 37 people killed in road accidents during Lao New Year (VT)
... President visits development projects in Xekong province (VT)
... Washington Needs a New Approach to the Lower Mekong... (CSIS)
... President of Cuban Friendship Institute Winds up Visit to Laos (CN)
... 9 questions with Sandy'Ci Moua, actor, activist and a whole lot more (TC)
... Laos telecoms market: Reform delays hinder development of industry (TWN)
... Vietnamese senior leaders visit Laos (VT)
... Authorities address drug problems in southern Laos (VT)
... Exhibit of Laos photos, paintings opens in Yunnan (China Daily)
... Laos, China to strengthen economic links and build railway (VT)
... Vietnam group invests in agricultural projects in Laos (VietnamNet)
... Lao Govt claims resettlements are people's choice, not forced (VT)
... Red Cross Urges Cautious Driving During Pi Mai Lao (Brunei Direct)
... "Where is Sombath Somphone?" asks his wife prior to Oregon visit (OL)
... Laos trip an exceptional experience for Cessnock KFC franchisee (Advertizer)
... First Hmong-American Judge to be Sworn In (YCV)
... LAOS: VN rubber group opens office in Laos (Gupta)
... Assignment: Education - Hmong Education Project (News 8000)
... Princess Sirindhorn joins in Songkran celebrations at Lao Embassy (NNT)
... The Rocket Blu-ray Detailed (Blu-ray)
... Pi Mai Celebration In Vientiane Kicks Off (BD)
... Laos in the House: New year dinner at Vientiane (Philly)
... Laotian in US: Drunk man arrested driving go-kart (ADH)
... Laos' Minister of Health joins Southeast Asia Healthcare Summit to 
    discuss developments in private and public healthcare provision (PRW)
... Laos, Japan Discuss To Mark The Founding Of Diplomatic Relations (BD)
... Happy New Year's Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Thailand
... Letter from Laos: river reverie (Guardian)
... Khao Kataven eyes overseas markets (VT)
... Bokeo opens first health insurance fund (VT)
... Lao New Year celebration held in Fresno County (ABC)
... Viet Party leader visits Laos for New Year (Vietnam News)
... 10 things you need to know for Lao New Year (Daily Planet)
... Vangvieng braces for 1,000 visitors over Lao New Year (VT)
... New air traffic control systems set to be installed in Vientiane airport (VT)
... Mekong hydropower dams: Laos considering, Vietnam needs “quick reactions”

April 7-13, 2014

Lao President extends New Year wishes (VT)
President Choummaly Sayasone has extended Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) best wishes to Lao multiethnic people across the country and those living in foreign countries on the occasion of the New Year 2557 – the year of the horse.  The president delivered his New Year best wishes at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane ahead of the New Year Holiday slated
Laotians: Flight of a Phoenix (Pincher Creek Echo)
In her home country of Laos she is sometimes called a ghost or spirit, but in Pincher Creek she may as well be our own flesh and blood. “It was heartwarming how engaged people were,” said Gord Petersen remembering how a community came together to raise funds for a badly burned Boun Lod. “She was one person with a face, a name, a story and a history.
High speed rail could bankrupt Laos, but keep China happy (Epoch Times)
Despite impressive economic growth rates over the last decade, a third of Laos’s population still lives below the extreme poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Most of the extreme poor Laos are ethnic minorities living in rural and upland districts, who depend on local ecological resources for cash income and food. Expanding transport infrastructure can no doubt
Lao Govt pulls plug on Pi Mai parties to save money (VT)
The government has instructed state organisations not to spend any of the state budget on Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) parties over the three-day festival from April 14-16. Officials are also banned from using state vehicles for personal use over the course of the festival, according to the two-page announcement issued by the Government Office.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... LBJ’s dark Laotian legacy (Aljazeera)

... Laos plans new consulate in Siem Reap (PPP)

... Laos, China dust off train project (Bangkok Post)

... Ministry calls for traditional celebration of Pi Mai (VT)

... Japan CV provides vaccinations for Lao children (VT)

... Xieng Khuang to build three leader memorial parks (VT)

... Laos promotes economic integration at Boao Forum For Asia (VT)

... Welcoming Year of the Horse with Horse-Faced Keo (Daily Planet)

... Laotian in US: Man wanted by Pennsylvania authorities caught in Madera

... Govt green lights laws on economic management, product standards (VT)

... Key Opportunities in Hidden Frontier Markets Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar

... Lao Prime Minister warns of bird flu risk (VT)

... Lao Govt appoints new home affairs minister (VT)

... Laos, China vow to push railway project forward (VT)

... Lao Govt tackles illegal gold mining in provinces (VT)

... Best Students To Sit Post Pi Mai Exam (Brunei Direct)

... Laos needs to hasten reforms to attract investors (Business Times)

... Stakeholders step up campaign to end violence against children (VT)

... Japan’s Mitsubishi to build manufacturing plant in Laos (Business Line)

... Li looks to speed train deal with Laos (CEN)

... Laos looks to Japan for tourism boost (TDM)

... Asean culture ministers meet in Myanmar (VT)

... Laos city begins New Year early (Bangkok Post)

... Mekong River Faces Development Challenges (VOA)

... UXO sector seeks to provide direct aid to survivors (VT)

... Job Fair 2014 to showcase potential career options (VT)

... Swiss support upgrades agriculture and forestry school (VT)

... Public energy company urges more efficient use of power (VT)

... UNWTO, TripAdvisor Tackle Lao Tourism Marketing (Mena FN)

... China, Laos ready to launch negotiations on railway deal (ECNS)

... Airwaves to be cleared as Vientiane monitoring centre opens (VT)

... The Rocket review – 'Likable film whose gentleness contrasts with subject'

... Lao Red Cross Pi Mai Accident And Rescue Centre To Open April 13 (BD)

... Experts renew quake fears over Xayaburi dam on Mekong River in Laos (SCMP)

... Laos improves north eastern corridor roads (VT)
... World Record Pasalob Dance Held In Laos (BD)
... Luang Prabang to be centre of New Year festival (VT)
... Car Hire Now Available in Laos and Cambodia (RCH)
... A step towards an environmentally stable Vientiane (VT)
... Southern bus station schedules extra Pi Mai services (VT)
... Laos pulls plug on Lao New Year parties to save money (Nation)
... Laotian: Immigrant Also Applying To A Few Reach Countries (Onion)
... Cambodia voices opposition to Laos dam construction (World Bulletin)
... Southern Laos: Mass displacement & underdevelopment on Sekong River (IR)
... Mekong nations commit to sustainability (VT)
... WWF warns Laos on Mekong dolphins (TDM)
... At Mekong meet, all eyes on Laos dams (PPP)
... WFP supports school meal programme in Laos (VT)
... Huge Laos infrastructure spend paying dividends (Nation)
... Latest developments in resolution of Hongsa Lignite case (VT)
... Laos, Thailand celebrate 20 years of first friendship bridge (VT)
... At Summit, Cambodia Urges Laos to Delay Dam Construction (CD)
... Progress on the Hmong and Laotian veterans memorial (Daily Planet)
... Laos recommended to consult MRC again on new hydropower project (VIR)
... Urban farmers dig in for spring planting at Providence community gardens (PJ)

March 31-April 6, 2014

Lao PM urges city market to maintain prices, brace for fire (VT)
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has advised traders at Khuadin Market in central Vientiane not to take an advantage of Lao New Year demand and increase prices as it will directly affect the livelihoods of local residents.  Mr Thongsing also called for authorities and traders to take steps to prevent a market fire after the Thongkhankham market tragedy
US Ambassador visits Xayaboury dam (VT)
Construction of the Xayaboury Hydropower plant is now 23% complete after beginning at the end of 2012. Work is progressing well and the plant is on track to be operational in 2019 as planned, Mr Rewat Suwanakitti told Vientiane Times after new US Ambassador to Laos Mr Daniel A. Clune and his wife visited the project on Monday. The hydropower dam will span
Laos set for 7.3 percent economic growth: ADB (VT)
Economic growth in the Lao economy was recorded at a solid 7.6 percent last year but the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecast that this is likely to fall slightly to 7.3 percent this year, their senior economists said. A report was released by the ADB office yesterday at the Asian Development Outlook 2014 conference to publicise its economic predictions
Environment Groups Plan to Oppose Laos Mega Dams (VOA)
This week officials from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand will meet to discuss the impact of planned hydropower dams on the lower Mekong region. But several environmental groups have already concluded the main Xayaburi dam in Laos will devastate communities that depend on the Mekong river for food, and they want to stop the project.
Lao-Thai bridge builds ASEAN ties for China (Bangkok Post)
The bridges that span the Mekong River are not simply bridges. They are a political indicator that illustrate the changes that have swept the region. Thailand and Laos are preparing for a commemoration of their first bridge linking Nong Khai and Vientiane, which will be 20 years old on April 8. The first friendship bridge crossing the mighty river, opened on April 8, 1994
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Transport sector booms in Laos (VT)
... Over 600 police dispatched for Lao New Year (VT)
... Laos plans to launch Producer Price Index in 2015 (VT)
... 7 things that surprise a visitor to Laos (Rocket News24)
... Donors praise livelihood and nutrition project in Laos (VT)
... Activists dismayed at Mekong summit outcome (Bangkok Post)
... Laos recommended to consult MRC again on new hydropower project (TN)
... Lao road maintenance progresses (VT)
... Lao PM to pay official visit to China (VT)
... B.Grimm plots course for ASEAN (Bangkok Post)
... UNDP seeks more funds to clear UXO in Laos (VT)
... Three Builds policy sees progress in education (VT)
... 'The Rocket' to screen at Flint Institute of Arts (MLive)
... Laos landmines: a deadly trap 40 years on (WA Today)
... Will talent mobility within ASEAN bring benefits? (TTG Asia)
... Lao New Year Baci To Be Held At Vat Ongteu (Brunei Direct)
... Laos marks International Day of Mine Awareness (XinhuaNet)
... Mekong leaders must face up to Laos' rogue dam-building (Nation)
... Cambodia and Laos power market: Latest market analysis presented (LPR)
... Vientiane details New Year activities (VT)
... Laos Keen to Export Rice to Brunei (Oryza)
... Intervention urged for dam in Laos (Phnom Penh Post)
... More Lao migrant workers remain at home after return (VT)
... Regional leaders to hold talks at MRC Summit in Vietnam (VT)
... Laos prepares response to thwart future bird flu outbreaks (VT)
... Leland Sorensen returns after successful trip to Laos (Press-Times)
... Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge celebrations begin tomorrow (Bangkok Post)
... Lao Coconut Chicken (YMC)
... Vientiane – Nong Khai bridge turns 20 (VT)
... Malaria control by 2015 may not be achieved in Laos (VT)
... Lao President pushes Thoulakhom district rice growers (VT)
... Lao education quality lags despite investment: World Bank (VT)
... First H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak for Five Years in Laos (Poultry Site)
... Chinese developer commences building 10 condos in Vientiane (VT)
... 500-Million-Kip Garden Of Lao Presidential Office Handed Over (BD)
... MIA in Laos: Michigan Woman Finally has Closure about Brother (Patch)
... Former CIA spy confirms secret US war in Northern Laos (Ground Report)
... Hundreds protest Laos dam (PPP)
... First Lao satellite to launch in 2015 (VT)
... Job fair in Laos to offer 2,000 careers (VT)
... Laos, China to conserve border forests (VT)
... Vietinbank expands to Laos (Vietnam News)
... Third minister appointed in Lao Govt restructure (VT)
... Kampong Cham turns away Don Sahong protest (PPP)
... Somsavat visits development zones to push progress (VT)
... Guangxi Donates Street Sweepers To Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Lao Thai Nam Corp. Voluntarily Recalls Number One 
    Sompa Salted Fish, Because of Possible Health Risk (FDA)
... Joke about Laos: Train story gets a few laughs (TTR Weekly)
... Opposition Grows to Laos’ Mega Dams Ahead of Summit (CD)
... Authorities Halt March Against Lao Dam, Citing Khmer New Year (CD)
... Lao mobile market finds new impetus in aftermath of the Beeline dispute (BB)
... Lao Govt approves PPP road projects (VT)
... Lao temple finds new home in Waipahu, Hawaii (SA)
... H5N1 virus in Xayaboury hasn't spread to humans (VT)
... Kudos to nations like Laos for keeping kids in schools (Star)
... Laos, South Korea push for more economic cooperation (VT)
... Creating Vientiane bus lanes will encourage more passengers (VT)
... Savannakhet residents found illegally using Thai mobile signals (VT)
... State Capitol monument to Hmong-Lao veterans is moving forward (ST)
... Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra included at Poetry Foundation (DP)

More stories from previous months

Currency Rate

US$1 ≈  8,048 kip more info

US$1 ≈ 31.81 baht more info
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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 Many songs from Khamla (left)
& Phoukham

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