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March 2-8, 2015



UXO Lao clearance workers laid off (VT)
Many employees of the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) have lost their jobs because of a lack of funding for UXO clearance operations.  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumsay Kommasith told the media at a meeting of the UXO trust fund steering committee on Friday that 500 of the over 1,200 employees are being laid off. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao Govt mulls living allowance for elderly (VT)

... Disaster risk financing in Laos under scrutiny (VT)

... Japanese ambassador affirms close ties with Laos (VT)

... President hails Laos-Cambodia relations, cooperation (VT)

... EU chamber steps up trade and investment promotion (VT)

... Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto (Japan TImes)
... India promotes private investment in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar & Vietnam (ET)
... 10 things about Lao-Hmong culture, food & language you probably didn't know (MPR)





Feb. 23-Mar. 1, 2015



Luang Prabang listed among world's 11 most romantic wedding destinations (VT)
Luang Prabang has been highlighted as a world-class popular tourist destination once again after an Australian travel website listed the World Heritage site among 11 of the world's most romantic wedding destinations. Laos' well-known tourist destination was number five among the 11 destinations shown on the Qantas Travel Insider website.
Laos: Saviours of the Street (Yahoo)
When French paramedic Sebastian Perret witnessed a fatal accident in the Laos capital, Vientiane, in 2010, he was shocked that no ambulance came to help. Every day, four people die in road crashes across Laos, giving the country one of the region's worst road fatalities per capita in the region. Many more are injured but most cannot afford to pay a govt ambulance
Construction set to resume on Nongchan Shopping Mall (VT)
A local investor has announced that construction of the Nongchan Shopping Mall will resume in June after taking over the project from the original Lao and Vietnamese investors.  The development will consist of a six-storey shopping mall and a 20-storey building that will serve as apartme nts and offices for rent. The complex will be built on an 11,500-sq m site
Targeted young teens prohibited from entering Thailand (VT)

Young Lao teenagers with the potential to fall victim to transnational human trafficking are being prohibited from entering Thailand as authorities there seek to tighten immigration procedures.  The prohibition was reportedly imposed at the border checkpoint at the first Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Vientiane with Thailand's Nong Khai province
Laos dam ‘elephant in room’ (Phnom Penh Post)
Conservation groups have called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to address “the elephant in the room” and lobby Laos’ president to postpone his country’s controversial Don Sahong dam project when the leaders meet later this week. Arriving on Thursday, Laotian Head of State Choummaly Sayasone will spend two days in Phnom Penh on an official visit
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Great gamble on the Mekong (Aliran)

... Laos builds tourism town (TTR Weekly)

... Lao President in Cambodia on state visit (VT)

... Vientiane to clean up ahead of big events (VT)

... School dropouts in Laos a continuing concern (VT)

... Laos - A yam between five boulders (Nepali Times)

... Yves Rocher offers botanical beauty in Laos (Nation)

... Acer ramps up marketing activities in Indochina (Nation)

... On track to Laos in the lap of luxury (New Zealand Herald)

... Ministry announces forest fire prevention plan for dry season (VT)

... The Mighty Mekong is Almost a Stagnant Pond (Chiangrai Times)

... Germany intensifies support for vocational teacher education (VT)

... Animal-human health risk response strengthened in Laos, Cambodia (GP)

... New Traditional Lao-Thai Restaurant Opens in San Angelo (San Angelo Live)

... Restaurant review: Thai Lao Yeh (Taipei Times)

... Critics Fear Effects of Laotian Dam Project (VOA)

... Official: Vientiane airport expansion needed now (VT)

... Toy's sates appetite for authentic Thai, Laotian food (SP)

... Lao, Japanese investors to develop training complex (VT)

... Mekong nations mull strategy on energy, environment (VT)

... Lao private carrier rebrands as Leo Central Airlines (ATW)

... Laos seeks international compliance on social welfare (VT)

... Lao Govt urges doctors to provide accurate diagnoses (VT)

... Lao-Hmong & American tells refugee stories in their own voices (IE)

... Leading British newspaper highlights Vientiane's accommodation (VT)

... Photo of family meal in Laos’ wins WFP photo competition (Spy Ghana)

... Laos plans to strengthen sanitary measure to boost rice exports (Eryza)

... Laos-Myanmar Mekong bridge to be completed next month (Phuket News)

... Environmental groups urge Cambodia PM to press Laos to cancel dam project

... Ministry, ADB well satisfied with cooperation (VT)

... Malaysia and Laos to post defence attaches (Star)

... Lao teens banned from entering Thailand (AsiaOne)

... Migrant workers avoiding employment agencies (VT)

... Lao-Hmong: Saephan joins PUSD (Reedley Exponent)

... New Thongkhankham market on the drawing board (VT)

... Luxembourg introduces new technique for heart surgery (VT)

... Top 10 hotels and guesthouses in Vientiane, Laos (Guardian)

... 1-2 Lunch: With Lan Larb, New York's Thai-food queen expands her reach

... Lao Air adds China flight (TTR Weekly)
... Helping Lao people prosper (Bangkok Post)
... Laos & Vietnam plan first tunnel for AH connection (VT)
... Philippine ambassador awarded with friendship medal (VT)
... Kuwaiti embassy in Laos celebrates national events (KUNA)
... Chinese dams draining the life from Mekong River (Australian)
... Overdue salaries at cassava factory to be paid next month (VT)
... Mobile phone-assisted birth of Lao woman on tour bus (Thai Visa)
... Media strengthens Asean Community communication channels (VT)
... Lao-American: Four adopted Ethiopian siblings brings two Goshen families together
... Dengue levels high in Attapeu (VT)
... Mekong is almost a stagnant pond! (Earth Times)
... Four countries tackle Mekong triangle drug trade (VT)
... EU provides 5.55 million euros for upland development in Laos (VT)
... Lao Govt approves laws and policies to facilitate national growth (VT)
... Laos: Civil society leader Sombath Somphone missing for 800 days (FIDH)
... Laos-S. Korea: Centre to promote innovation technology in agriculture (VT)
... Sentencing of five Christians in Laos threatens 'very core' of Christianity (CT)



February 16-22, 2015



Sentencing of five Lao Christians draws criticism from rights groups (UCA)
The sentencing of five Christians by a Laos provincial court earlier this month for violating the country’s laws governing medical practice by praying for the health of a dying woman has drawn sharp criticism from international rights groups. A criminal tribunal of the People’s Court of Savannakhet province delivered its verdict on February 12 in a case
Severe storm hits homes, firms, schools in Hadxaifong (VT)
Heavy rain and strong winds lashed Vientiane's Hadxaifong district yesterday morning, damaging hundreds of homes, restaurants and buildings alike. The storm began early morning at around 5am and lasted for about 30 minutes leaving minor injuries and hundreds of houses and buildings without roofs or power.  Over 563 households in total 13 villages were affected
Lao Govt plans to say goodbye to Wattay airport (VT)

The Lao government expects that it will soon grant a licence to a local and a Chinese joint venture to carry out a feasibility study on the construction of a new international airport in Vientiane. “A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the project study is now under negotiation and it is expected to be signed within this month,” Director General
Five Lao Pastors charged with “abuse of medical profession” (Fides)
Five Christian pastors, leaders of five different communities, have been charged by the Law Court of Savannakhet province with the murder of a Christian woman named Chansee, whom they visited to offer comfort and prayers as she was nearing her death. Fides learned that the People’s Court based its ruling on article 82 of Laos penal law
Lao-American: Clean-cut high school girl who turned into murderous... (Daily Mail)
The 23-year-old American woman who allegedly plotted to carry out a massacre at a Canadian mall on Valentine's Day posted harrowing messages online for years before the plan was foiled. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, from Geneva, Illinois, posted about her admiration of Hitler, the Columbine killers and other murderers on her Facebook page, Tumblr site
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Japan eyes international hospital in Laos (VT)

... Police pressure public to heed road safety message (VT)

... Schools storm damage bill to top 1.3 billion kip ~ $163K (VT)

... Forest encroachers in Vientiane told to return lands later (VT)

... Lao Govt meeting to discuss economic and financial matters (VT)

... Lao Govt to expand Wattay terminal for international integration (VT)

... Lao Youth Union warns social media users not to criticize Govt (MS)

... Laos and Thailand to fight jointly against the trafficking of women (TN)

... Lao-Hmong Heritage Month fundraising dance set for Saturday (WDH)

... Bangkok Bank offers first full custodian service for investors in Laos (Nation)

... Laos revives new airport plan (Bangkok Post)

... Lectures tell of Laos' diplomatic achievements (VT)

... Cross-border railway users increase 15.7 percent (VT)

... Laos Split Over Mekong River Dam Construction (VOA)

... Laos honors Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua (BM)

... Nineteen foreigners granted Lao nationality last year (VT)

... PanAust halts dividends after writedowns and loss (SMH)

... Japan, Mekong states forum on Thursday (Bangkok Post)

... Lao Govt steps up Hin Nam Nor protected area management (VT)

... Students wake up to heavy weather damage at Hadxaifong schools (VT)

... Laos’ Killer Drunk Driving Problem (Diplomat)
... Many hands make light work in dengue fight in Laos (VT)
... Northern Laos: New Huaphan airport behind schedule (VT)
... Professionalism, capacities key to media role in serving nation (VT)
... Laos Hosts Meeting To Prepare For ASEAN Chairmanship 2016 (BD)
... Tour operators: Better facilities, more attractions to prolong tourist stays (VT)
... Laos: Christians cleared of murder convicted for praying for sick person (ICN)
... Laos advances preparations for Asean community (VT)
... Laos eyes sanitary measures to boost rice exports (VT)
... Lao Airlines launches first direct flight to Changzhou (VT)
... Champassak cassava growers suggest more markets (VT)
... Tradition, innovation both needed for nation's dengue fight (VT)
... Asean-class tourism complex draws foreign investment interest (VT)
... Elephant Festival Highlights Xayaboury's Unique Lifestyle (Brunei Direct)
... Laos and Asian Development Bank launch new tourism infrastructure project
... The ecosystem approach to health is a promising strategy learned from Japan & Laos
... Ministry acts on job creation (VT)
... Laos: Luang Prabang and beyond (MSN)
... U.S. Relations With Laos (US Dept of State)
... Lao has a record 2014 of visitors (TTR Weekly)
... JAIF presents schools buildings and dormitories (VT)
... Lao PM visits development projects in Xayaboury (VT)
... Elephant festival highlights Xayaboury's hidden lifestyle (VT)
... Korea inks US$46 million loan for Lao irrigation scheme (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: Trouble swells on the Mekong (Bangkok Post)
... Food Support For 190,000 Students Arrives In Laos (Relief Web)
... From Laos with love - its bombs become NY jewelry (AFP/Yahoo)
... Irrigation project already boosting rice production in Vientiane province (VT)
... Crossing the Mekong River to open the Eastern Gate to Laos (Sangai Express)




February 9-15, 2015



Lao PM pushes for project quality, local benefit (VT)
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has called on the constructors of Nam Baeng power dam and Pakbaeng Mekong Bridge to adhere strictly to project plans and designs to ensure quality standards are reached. Mr Thongsing stressed this message when meeting with the developers, engineers, and technical experts of the two projects on Wednesday
Laos - Tourist arrivals in 2014 exceed 4.1 million (VT)
Foreign tourists arriving Laos in 2014 reached in excess of 4.15 million, it was announced recently, an increase of about 10 percent compared to 2013 when Laos welcomed around 3.75 million visitors to the country. According to official statistics, Laos received some 4,158,719 visitors in 2014 compared to a total of 3,779,490 arrivals the previous year.
Laos, China to promote tourism attractions in Laos (VT)
A delegation from the Chinese National Tourism Administration has committed to continue assisting Laos in ranking its tourism sites and acdeveloping the quality of services at major tourist attractions.  The Chinese delegation met with officials from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Monday in Vientiane to discuss tourism development in both countries
Thailand tightens border inspections of Lao teens (VT)
Thai immigration officials will be closely questioning Lao teenagers entering the country at the Vientiane-Nong Khai Friendship Bridge in a bid to combat human trafficking, Thai-based media have reported. The Thai authorities said the move was aimed at preventing young people from being lured into the Kingdom by human traffickers for the flesh trade
Vietnam, Laos open "one-stop-shop" customs model (Global Times or VT or VN)
Vietnam and Laos officially opened "one-stop-shop" customs model at the Lao Bao- Densavan international border gate between the two countries on Saturday, according to the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA). Speaking at the inauguration, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Lao counterpart Somsavad Lengsavath highly appreciated
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Chinese tourists to Laos rise sharply (Bangkok Post)
... Group Lease to lean on Cambodia, Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Confront problems face to face, Lao police chief says (VT)
... Laos continues to break tourism records (Travel Daily Media)
... Drop in European, Japanese tourists hits market's high end (VT)
... German aid supporting consultations on lifelong learning, sustainable development
... Building a new life in Laos (SOS CV)
... Singer finds new fame, friends in Laos (China)
... A brighter course for the Mekong (Bangkok Post)
... Udon-Vientiane: A weekend of love (Bangkok Post)
... Weaving together Laos' cultural mix (Bangkok Post)
... Matt Harvey - My gap year [in Laos] (Players Tribune)
... KOICA starting to pave national road development (VT)
... Boring below - tunnelling at hydro schemes [in Laos] (WPM)
... Thailand becomes top investor in Champassak province (VT)
... How serving rice to monks in Laos saved Matt Harvey (NY Post)
... Thai authorities seize amphetamines haul smuggled from Laos (VT)
... Lyn Horton calls installation of work, in U.S. embassy in Laos, 'humbling' (ML)
... Southern Laos: Vocational training courses launched in Xekong and Saravan (VT)
... Villa Maly Named in Laos' Best Hotels (PR)
... Second Batch Set For Laos (Liberian Soccer)
... Care needed in preparations for 2015 census (VT)
... New ambassador to the Philippines appointed (VT)
... Official: Further talks needed on non-retiring officials (VT)
... Lao-Indochina Company asks the government assistance (VT)
... Lao ambassador to Thailand expresses support for NLA's work (NNT)
... Vietnam, Laos agree to complete border marker planting this year (VNN)
... Laos officially announces March census (VT)
... Ministry, ADB to upgrade tourism infrastructure (VT)
... South Korea to support Laos on integrated rural development (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Paklai checkpoint to boost trade, investment and tourism (VT)
... Laos Faces Pressure to Stall Decision on Lower Mekong River Dam (VOA)
... Deputy PM advises on improvements for information, culture and tourism (VT)
... Japan, Cambodia, Laos set to ink bilateral aviation accords (Pakistan Defence)
... Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears? (Inhabitat)
... Laos, Qatar move forward with cooperation (VT)
... Laos mulls over Russian charters (TTR Weekly)
... Locals encroach on Bokeo forest conservation area (VT)
... Media to keep public informed about census in Laos (VT)  
... Govt launches model irrigation project in Khammuan (VT)
... Hmong vet speaks about Laotian chaos in war's aftermath (WDH)
... Laos, Luxembourg move ahead with health support programme (VT)
... Thai SCD seizes pirated goods from Laos worth 300 million baht (CT)
... Qatar- Laos Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Assistant Foreign Minister (MenaFN)
... U.S., Laos ... Announce Several New Initiatives at the XFLM Conference Meeting



February 2-8, 2015



Laos facing bumpy road to highway upgrades (Global Post or Nation)
Vast sums of money will be required to get Laos' major arterial roads to conform to regional standards, state-run media Vientiane Times reported. The ASEAN Highway (AH) Network has set minimum standards for Southeast Asia's major roads in order to facilitate cross-border transport and production networks, tourism, trade and investment. 
Viengxay caves, Laos: where thousands hid from American bombs (Telegraph)
In its attempt to stop the communists in Northern Vietnam and Laos gaining ground, the US dropped more bombs on Laos between 1964-73 than has happened anywhere else on earth. At the beginning of the onslaught just over 50 years ago, Kaysone Phomvihane, head of the Laos communist movement, led his politburo to shelter in what
Over 20 houses damaged by fire in Vientiane (VT or Global Post)
A raging inferno ripped through a crowded neighbourhood in Dongpalane Thong village, Sisattanak district Vientiane on Monday night, gutting more than 20 houses and leaving more than 15 families homeless.  The fire broke out at around 10:30pm on Monday evening and spread rapidly due to the crowded nature of the neighbourhood and also the evening breeze
More investors gravitate to SEZs in Laos (VT)
More than US$4.7 billion has been committed towards investment in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) in Laos as the country continues its integration with the rest of the region and the world.  Of the total figure, more than US$1 billion has been spent on development activities in these zones, carried out by 158 companies from around the world.
Laos: Thousands suffering from the deadly aftermath of US bomb... (Guardian)
“If I had arrived 15 minutes later at the hospital, I would have died. I underwent 12 blood transfusions in order to survive.” Sitting in the living room of her wooden stilt house, 39-year-old Buan Kham slowly lifted her skirt to expose what remains of her right leg, amputated at the knee. “If I hadn’t gone to the capital, Vientiane, I would have lost both,” she added,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Why we oppose the dam [in Laos] (PPP)

... Thai-Laotian deal to spur trade (Bangkok Post)

... Laos, North Korea strengthen cooperation (VT)

... Phetsarath font and keyboard officially launched (VT)

... Lao Govt mulls increasing working age for women (VT)

... Laos to start evaluation of poverty reduction efforts (VT)

... Work harder towards good governance, Lao officials told (VT)

... Lao students compete in Microsoft World Championship (Nation)

... Laotian Food Is The International Cuisine You've Been Missing (HP)

... Luang Prabang embarks on programme to enhance its charms (VT)

... Eyes on food prices as inflation rate heads higher in Laos (Global Post)

... Are You Gonna Eat That? Thip Khao’s Tree Ant Egg Laab Salad (WCP)

... More time needed for Don Sahong hydropower project consultation (Eco-Bus)

... Laos - Hasty hydropower critiqued (PPP)

... Laos-Myanmar bridge set to open (Bangkok Post)

... Bagan loses 'Best City' title to Luang Prabang (Nation)

... KOICA moves forward with $2 mil river basin project (VT)

... Laos reaffirms consistent policy on American remains (VT)

... Mystery of Lane Xang Avenue construction site still unresolved (VT)

... Direct flights could take Lao-Russia relationship to new heights (VT)

... Somsavat: Continuous improvement to human resources needed (VT)

... Laos Step Ups Crackdown on Illegal Drugs as Narcotics Cases Rise (MS)

... Video of Motorbike Tour of Asia [including Laos] is Simply Breathtaking (TP)

... Jamie Dagg's Laos-Set Thriller RIVER Enters Production With Rossif Sutherland

... Laos seeks rail project detail (Bangkok Post)

... Luang Prabang voted ‘Best City' by travel magazine (VT)

... Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge set to open in May (VT)

... Better job skills vital for development: Lao Deputy PM (VT)

... Upstream dams blamed for shrinking Mekong Delta (TNN)

... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam discuss AEC preparedness (VT)

... Winter in Laos - chilled vibes with a bit of adventure (SCMP)

... Works being prioritised on new Lao Ministry of Info building (VT)

... From a swift boat to a sustainable Mekong (New Straits Times)

... Luang Prabang: Paradise lost — materialised and monetised (Bangkok Post)

... Two Laotians apprehended for illegally transporting firecrackers via Vietnam's border

... Dengue control starts now: Lao PM (VT)

... Police vow clampdown on drugs in Laos (VT)

... Lao-Thai: 1.36-tonne cannabis bust (Bangkok Post)

... Viengxay to improve tourism facilities (TTR Weekly)

... Visitors celebrate as Vat Phou festival gets under way (VT)

... Bridge opens across Nam Ngum in Vientiane province (VT)

... Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Luang Prabang, Laos (Guardian)

... Forum in Laos discusses sustainability in the Lower Mekong (VT)

... Laos: Protecting 10,000 People from Cluster Bombs (Relief Web)

... State asset exchange project inked, despite govt's suspension (VT)

... Trade union offices relocate (VT)
... Thoulakhom road upgrade motoring along (VT)
... Lao, Japan to promote awareness of historic town (VT)
... Police: P Vihear woman brought meth from Laos (PPP)
... Lao media agencies learn about Phetsarath Lao font (VT)
... Northern Laos: Huaphan to grow more khao kai noi rice (VT)
... Myanmar, Laos to speed up building friendship bridge (China)
... Officials pledge action on wood enterprise's unpaid taxes (VT)
... Counselor Tom Shannon & Ambassador David Thorne Travel to Laos & Vietnam
... Thai railway system [connected through Laos to China] shows its age (Aljazeera)



Jan. 26- Feb. 1, 2015



7 Laotians nabbed at Udon brothel bar (Bangkok Post)
Seven Lao sex workers were arrested during a raid by anti-human trafficking police on a karaoke bar near a police station and a district office in Udon Thani in the early hours of Thursday.  The owner and a caretaker at the karaoke bar were arrested as a result of the raid in Wang Sam Mo district of this northeastern province.  The raid was conducted shortly after midnight
PanAust Buckles Down as Suitors Step Back (Wall Street Journal or Sydney MH)
PanAust Ltd. is no longer in takeover talks with its biggest shareholder, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, or any other potential suitors, and is instead buckling down to bolster output and cash-flow in the face of falling metal prices, the miner’s managing director said in an interview. “It is back to situation normal and GRAM is another shareholder,”
Human rights groups demand UN action on abuses in Laos (Asian Correspondent)
The Laos government is moving backward on human rights, says Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. HRW issued a submission to the United Nations ahead of Laos’ Periodic Review last week, urging it to emphasize the need for reform related to enforced disappearances, freedom of speech, association, and assembly
Laos is ignoring significant concerns of its neighbours on Mekong dams (Nation)
The charade over whether to proceed with Don Sahong Dam, the second Mekong mainstream hydropower project near the Laotian-Cambodian border, will soon reach a defining moment. On Wednesday, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are expected to bring to a close the Mekong River Commission's six-month prior consultation process for the project.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Entry fees rise at annual Vat Phou festival (VT)
... New project aims to ensure food security in Laos (VT)
... Laos: Government woos workers (Business in Vancouver)
... Riverside Boutique Resort Voted Best Hotel in Laos (BbW)
... 670kg of gunpowder seized at Laos border (Vietnam News)
... International donors continue road maintenance in Laos (VT)
... Asean ministers discuss post-2015 vision for community building (VT)
... New decree seeks better management of performing arts in Laos (VT)
... US Based Non-Profit To Open A Children's Hospital In Lao (Jakarta Post)
... Vietnam Warns Possible Measles Outbreak in Areas Bordering Laos, China
... Vietnam, riparian neighbors exert pressure on Laos over 2nd Mekong dam (TNN)
... Xayaburi redux at Lao meet (PPP)
... Luang Prabang adds a park (TTR Weekly)
... Malaysian Developer Defends Laos Dam Project (VOA)
... Australia lends support to education project in Laos (VT)
... Lao President urges Xayaboury to boost productivity (VT)
... Laos - We’ve complied with the Mekong Agreement (PPP)
... Winter in Laos - chilled vibes with a bit of adventure (SCMP)
... Thailand opens six seized containers shipped from Laos (VT)
... Festival promotes tourism links in central provinces of Laos (VT)
... Germany grants 16 million euros for Laos' rural infrastructure (VT)
... Region must act now to save the Mekong from dams (Bangkok Post)
... Mekong River Commission to Consider Lao Don Sahong Dam at Ministerial Level
... Laos, Japan discuss ASEAN transport route (VT)
... Improve statistics for society needs: Lao Minister (VT)  
... KOICA extends support for infrastructure development (VT)
... Laos, Thailand move forward with border demarcation (Nation)
... Bringing Lao cuisine to the table: Kohk and Sahk (Daily Planet)
... Four nations eye economic benefits from Mekong navigation (VT)
... Better road, bridge links ease travel to from Laos to Vietnam (VT)
... Australia enhances southern social protection and sustainable livelihoods (VT)
... Dam diplomacy on the Mekong (PPP)
... Lao Govt may revoke 34 business licences (VT)
... EU Chargé d'Affaires Visits Attapeu (Brunei Direct)
... Prajin seeks Lao deal on dual tracks (Bankgok Post)
... 10 Point Appeal During Laos, Hmong Review (Scoop)
... EDL upgrades electricity meters for more accuracy (VT)
... Laos, Thailand move forward with border demarcation (VT)
... Lao, Thai medics discuss treatment of blood disorders (VT)
... A Lao journey: From a war-torn homeland to the U.S. (MPR)
... Donnoun-Tha Ngon road upgrade 35 percent complete (VT)
... Thai FM Visits Laos to Strengthen Cooperation (Brunei Direct)
... Australian Aid, UXO Lao team up to study impact of clearance (VT)
... Lao-American: All Thai food at new campus restaurant (News Gazette)
... Lao Conference of Churches moving headquarters to St. Petersburg (TampaBay)




January 19-25, 2015



Vietnam eyes import of 50,000 tons of sugar from Laos (Global Post)
Vietnamese media have been heated up by a proposal to import some 50,000 tons of sugar from Laos, as Vietnam's sugar sector is facing difficulties. On Jan. 10, Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) requested the government to nod the importing of 50,000 tons of sugar from Laos at preferential tax of zero percent. On Wednesday, MoF sent a document to
Thailand to open seized timber containers shipped from Laos (VT)
Thai authorities will open 30 shipping containers seized at Laem Chabang port in Thailand that are believed to contain illegally harvested khayoung (rosewood) logs smuggled into Laos and then falsely labelled and shipped to Thailand. Lao officials will be invited to be present at the opening of the containers, Thailand's Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday.
Wife of Missing Civil Society Leader Slams Laos on Lack of Progress (RFA)
The Lao government’s response at a United Nations human rights review to concerns over its efforts to find a missing prominent civil society leader demonstrates the need for authorities to accept international assistance and establish an independent commission to investigate his case, his wife said Tuesday. Ng Shui-Meng, the wife of Sombath Somphone
Laos' new minimum wage may take effect next month: Report (Nation)
The promised increase of the national minimum wage, designed mainly to draw workers back from Thailand, may be officially introduced next month, according to Vientiane Times... The minimum wage is set to be increased from the current 626,000 (Bt2,505) to 900,000 (Bt3,601.53). At present, Bt1 is equivalent to 249.89 kip.  Some officials said that raising
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Stay longer in Laos (TTR Weekly)

... Borikhamxay road set for upgrade (VT)

... Road users in Vientiane feel left in the dust (VT)

... Lao-Hmong NGO Coalition Appeals to UN (Scoop)

... 88 Oriental Foods - Best Larb in Town? (Daily Planet)

... Restoration of Hor Phra Keo Museum commences (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam agree to boost ties in trade, investment (VT)

... Laos, South Korea enhance parliamentary cooperation (VT)

... More CCTV cameras and police stations to curb road toll (VT)

... The Chinese Lao American with a Southern Laos Soul (Daily Planet)

... Lao-Hmong exhibit preview to stop at Merced College (Merced Sun Star)

... A.KOR team up with Blue Cross to send gifts & a loving message to children in Laos

... Ancient boat discovered in Vangvieng (VT)

... GIZ assists sustainable agriculture in Laos (VT)

... EU-funded projects deliver nutritional boost (VT)

... A Strange Lao-Hmong in U.S. (Lansing City Pulse)

... Ministry reels in illegal fishing methods in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American Obituary: Bounhom Lavilay (IberiaNet)

... National census will not count poor families in Laos (VT)

... Lao-American: Nary Manivong Runway Show (Capital Style)

... Laos hydropower program seeks power sector reform options (HydroWorld)

... Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee convenes meeting (VietnamNet)

... The First Hmong American Judge Didn't Always Acknowledge His Roots (OPB)

... Sept. start on Thai-Laos-China rail freight link, but gauge may be a problem (LS)

... Vientiane vehicle registration slows (VT)
... Visitor numbers fall at newly opened cave (VT)
... Lao leadership we can look up to (Daily Planet)
... Lao Army meets to mark 66th anniversary (VT)
... Four nations join forces to tackle drug trafficking (VT)
... Vietnamese, Lao armies sign 2015 MoU (VietnamNews)
... New Lao ambassador to Myanmar receives credentials (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos Interested in Adopting Indian Big Cats (NIE)
... Talking timelines: To Laos, dam is foregone conclusion (PPP)
... Salary delays are due to start of new financial year: official (VT)
... Feature: Lamvong captures Laos' easy-going character (China)
... Laos, Switzerland Agree On Mutual Visa Exemption (Brunei Direct)
... Lao weavers showcase craft in rare lecture, exhibit at National Museum (Inquirer)
... Smart Travel Tips Offered in New Book ‘Southeast Asia on a Rope: Thailand & Laos’
... Lao Official Defends Don Sahong Dam (VOA)
... Laos: The challenges of family planning (France 24)
... Laos' first MRI centre opens at Mittaphap Hospital (VT)
... VietinBank gets nod to form bank in Laos (VietnamNet)
... Ministry disciplines educational institutions in Laos (VT)
... Laos, Japan Sign Air Service Agreement (Brunei Direct)
... Low wage earners awaiting pay rise in Laos (Global Post)
... Man has hands severed in Sikhottabong machete attack (VT)
... Chinese-invested banana farm accused of leaking chemical (VT)
... Thailand joins Laos and Korea in development of astronomy (NNT)
... ADB supports drive to commercialise livestock industry in Laos (VT)
... Lao National Assembly values development partners' assistance (VT)
... Laos Should Address Human Rights Issues, Says Group (Phuket Wan)
... Wausau Dr. Kevin Thao aims to study Lao-Hmong disease rates (WDH)




January 12-18, 2015



Viet Bank Official (Almost) Makes Off With Lao Buddha Statue (Malaysia Sun)
A Vietnamese bank executive managed to get his hands on a Buddhist statue believed to be about 500 years old from a Lao Buddhist temple in the capital Vientiane--but only for five hours. It all started last year when Ha Bac Tran, chairman and general director of the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) headquartered in Hanoi
Laos pardons 900 prisoners (Bangkok Post)
Laos has pardoned 900 prisoners nationwide to commemorate the anniversary of the communist regime. The Lao News Agency said Tuesday that the pardons to were granted Dec 2 to well-behaved prisoners on the National Day. Col Saveng Phommaly, director-General of the Department of Imprisonment and Rehabilitation, held a ceremony Jan 8 in Vientiane
One thousand people killed in road accidents in 2014 (VT)
The Traffic Police Department reported yesterday that road accidents nationwide in 2014 killed 1,054 people and injured 9,264 others, as well as causing damage totalling over 72 billion kip.  Records compiled by the department, which comes under the Ministry of Public Security, show that from January 1 to December 31 there were 5,702 road accidents nationwide.
US provides US$6.5m to assist people with disabilities (VT)
The US Embassy to Laos announced last Friday two new initiatives totalling US$6.5 million (more than 52.4 billion kip) to assist the estimated 70,000 people in Laos who report that they live with a disability. First, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a three year, US$5 million (about 40 billion kip) grant from the Senator Patrick Leahy War Victims Fund
Fish farmers suffer from market glut in Vientiane (VT)
Many fish farmers in and around Vientiane have stopped their fish breeding operations after having suffered low prices for many months. Many members of the Lao fish breeding group of about 30 families have not been able to continue operating their business as they have been unable to make a profit, the group's head Mr Kenchan Thailavan told Vientiane Times recently.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Cold weather in Laos a threat to livestock (VT)
... Anniversary highlights Laos-Philippines relations (VT)
... Tourist arrivals increase in Laos but stays are brief (VT)
... Lao Govt beefs up oversight of state-funded projects (VT)
... Hub set up to battle Mekong drugs menace (Bangkok Post)
... 72 Lao girls rescued from flesh trade in Thailand (One India)
... President Choummaly pushes for more commercial production (VT)
... Laos Targets Green Energy In New Asian Economic Bloc (Asian Scientists)
... Lao-Hmong in US: Thai tastes come to Grand Haven (Grand Haven Tribune)
... Laos Accused of Paying Lip Service to UN Human Rights Conventions (BNN)
... Thailand & Laos make good progress in joint technological developments (NNT)
... A safe place to gather in Laos (MNN)
... Culture, traditions seen as vital for Laos (VT)
... Tighten up health education, administrators told (VT)
... Laos to export electricity to Singapore (Bangkok Post)
... UK grants over US$1.5 million for UXO clearance (VT)
... Cooperation strengthens between Mekong cities (NNT)
... Lao-Hmong Restaurant: New in town (Lansing City Pulse)
... Lao-American Obituary: Khay Sengaroune (Courier News)
... Impoverished villagers suffer from cold; more aid needed (VT)
... Visa exemption eases travel to Switzerland for Lao officials (VT)
... Laos, Switzerland Agree On Mutual Visa Exemption (Brunei Direct)
... Discovering the Endangered Cypress Trees of Laos (National Geographic)
... Laos eyes sale of electricity to Singapore (VT)
... Roads in Laos fall short of ASEAN standards (VT)
... Don't build near planned railway: project officials (VT)
... Thailand seeks talks with Laos on bridge financing (VT)
... Condoms and contraceptive pills reach rural Laos (Guardian)
... Champassak moves towards ‘land as equity' project model (VT)
... PanAust cuts 5 pct of workforce in Laos as copper price sinks (Reuters)
... Laos Hosts Special SOME To Enhance Energy Cooperation (Brunei Direct)
... Mr. and Mrs. Phanthavong: Life in the Lao community of North Minneapolis (DP)
... Laos, Japan to ink aviation accord (VT)
... MDG education challenges highlighted (VT)
... Coming to End [for .la domain name]? (LA BJ)
... Lao workers may get extension for nationality check (Nation)
... Asean holds talks on future energy cooperation roadmap (VT)
... Ministry should weigh in on overloaded trucks issue in Laos (VT)
... OFW dies mysteriously in Laos, kin in Cebu call for justice (GMA News)
... Co-Management in Hin Nam No National Protected Area (Brunei Direct)
... Mekong countries agree to boost economic and tourism cooperation (VT)
... Transport Ministry summarizes 5th- 6th Thai-Lao friendship Bridge construction
... Lao Airlines plans route expansion (ATW Online)
... Legalisation of Lao workers in Thailand begins (VT)
... Presidential pardon benefits over 900 prisoners (VT)
... Laos advised to try selling silk skirts in Myanmar (Nation)
... Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs reviews its achievements (VT)
... Work begins on US$5b int'l financial project in central Laos (VT)
... Minneapolis exhibit showcases Laotian-American art (Twin Cities)
... Road building in Laos must meet priorities, deputy PM stresses (VT)
... Russian caught with 2.3kg of marijuana at Vietnam-Laos border (TTN)
... Take a look inside Wat Lao Samakhitham in Barker (Press Connects)
... Japan, Cambodia, Laos set to ink bilateral aviation accords (Press TV)
... Christians Tortured, Killed in Communist-Controlled Laos (Free Beacon)
... Palestinian refugees detained in Laos freed, sent to Malaysia (Ma'an News)




January 1-11, 2015



Silent Night in Laos (Wall Street Journal)
Christmas festivities, religious and secular, are enjoyed across East Asia. But not in Laos. This year the communist government used the holiday season to pursue a violent crackdown on Christians of the Hmong ethnic minority. In November Radio Free Asia reported village leaders kicking out families who refused to renounce Christianity. 
Laos to build Don Sahong dam - thanks to Chinese help (AsiaNews)
Laos has officially announced that it will build the Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River, rekindling fears about its impact on local ecosystems. Chinese companies will be in charge of the technical side of the project, which includes the construction of some 19 large dams, six of which have already been built. Experts & environmentalists have described the various barriers
Vietnam War's deadly legacy continues to haunt Laos (CNA)
Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The United States dropped around two million tonnes of bombs on the country from 600,000 bombing missions during the Vietnam War more than four decades ago. But many of these bombs failed to detonate. And these unexploded ordnance continue to kill and maim as many as 100 people per year in Laos
Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to Laos (VOA)
In an important symbol of our nation’s commitment and enduring relationship with the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, on December 5 the United States dedicated a new $145 million American Embassy in Vientiane. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Lao government, media, and members of the diplomatic community.
Stage 2 of Xayaboury dam set to begin (VT)
A major milestone in construction of the US$3.5 billion Xayaboury Hydropower Project will be reached later this month when work shifts from the Xayaboury province side to the Luang Prabang province side of the Mekong River. Preparations are under way to make the shift. Major work on the navigation lock, spillway and intermediate block has been ongoing on
Other stories about Laos around the world
... The art of being Lao (Twin Cities)

... The exploding accident rate in Vientiane (VT)

... Truck weigh stations may be reactivated (VT)

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

... Comply with the law, NA President tells prosecutors (VT)

... Laos Plans Big Elephant Caravan For Late 2015 (Bernama)

... Ministry sets quality standards for primary schools nationwide (VT)

... Swiss continue to support agricultural land management and rights (VT)

... Laos Accused of Paying Lip Service to UN Human Rights Conventions (MS)

... Laos to chair Asean next year (Nation)
... Who will benefit from Don Sahong? (VietnamNet)

... New Lao ambassador to Germany appointed (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam launch one- stop border checkpoint (VT)

... Lao PM advises southern provinces on development (VT)

... Laos - Bring crime ringleaders to justice, prosecutors told (VT)

... President Choummaly pleased with infrastructure development (VT)

... Discover Thailand’s Gorgeous Isaan Region, Gateway to Laos (Travel Pulse)

... Business Support Crucial For Laos To Join The AEC And Lock In Growth (EP)

... Prosecutors to strengthen role in Laos (VT)

... Lao Airlines to start Attapeu flights in April (VT)

... That Luang Marsh road won't be concrete (VT)

... New Mega Market near Lao-Thai border (Insider Retail)

... Lao Government vows to increase pre-school enrollment (VT)

... Mekong region needs more cooperative tourism marketing (VT)

... Intermedia and the Lao American Renaissance (TC Daily Planet)

... ‘One-stop-shop' trial run begins at VN-Laos border (VietnamNews)

... Laos Implicated in High-Value Illegal Wildlife Seizures (Malaysia Sun)

... Co-Management in Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Laos (BD)

... Laos targets green energy in new Asian economic bloc (Science Devpt)

... Laos’ Phongsavanh Group seeks business opportunities in Vietnam (VN)

... Laos remains silent on civil society leader missing for two years (Global Post)

... Wildlife Seizures in 2014 Highlight Lao PDR’s Role in Trafficking (Annamiticus)

... Drugs of Golden Triangle (New Delhi Times)
... Lao-Thai Border: Shallow Mekong stalls cargo (BP)
... Pakngum farmers turn their backs on cassava (VT)
... Cambodia’s stance on Laos dam not a shock (PPP)
... Public security forces in Laos told to work harder (VT)
... Wood Furniture Fair in Laos to promote tree planting (VT)
... Laos, Korea drive transport and infrastructure issues (VT)
... You’re invited to "Be Lao" with us in 2015 (TC Daily Planet)
... Alien worker verification in Thailand progressing slowly (VT)
... Endangered mussel still harvested for food in Laos (MongaBay)
... Expert advice required on constitutional amendments in Laos (VT)
... How Laos’s major dam on the Mekong is taking shape (Science Devpt.)
... Caffe Bene to open outlets in Thailand and Laos this year (Korea Herald)
... Laos: condoms, teenage pregnancies and sex talk on youth agenda (Guardian)
... US, Brunei, & Laos Announce English Language Program For ASEAN Chairmanship
... Vietnam to increase aid to Laos (VT)
... Still No Christmas in Laos (Cross Map)
... Thai Cuisine, by Way of Laos (New York Times)
... Laos: Road deaths mar New Year celebrations (VT)
... Vietnam police arrest heroin trafficker from Laos (VT)
... Branch of Bank of Ayudhya in Vientiane, Laos (Nation)
... Laos Commits to Realizing the AEC (Economy Watch)
... Changing river: Resources of Mekong to be studied (PPP)
... Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge Connected (Brunei Direct)
... Deputy minister monitors progress of nutrition project in Laos (VT)
... Elephants to make 630km trek from Xayaboury to Luang Prabang (VT)
... Environmental Group Urges Laos to Support Complaint Mechanism (MS)





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