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May 23-29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16-22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 9-15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2-8, 2016

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

April 25-May 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... ASEAN debates food safety issues (VT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 18-24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 11-17, 2016

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

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

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

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

... Luang Prabang, Laos (Passport Mag)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 4-10, 2016

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

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

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

... New legislature to open session (VT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar. 28-Apr. 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Laotians in US - 232,130
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