Monday, October 12, 2015 08:46 PM -0400 ------ Update at least once a day...

October 5-11, 2015

Laos suffers polio case in setback to eradication hopes (Reuters or VT)
Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said on Monday, in a new setback to hopes of eradicating the disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali. The WHO said an 8-year-old boy died of the disease on Sept. 11, and genetic sequencing suggested the strain of the disease
Laos SEZs prove to be major job generators (Nation)
SIXTY-FIVE companies from Laos and foreign countries including Thailand at the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone have created over 4,500 jobs for local people. According to Thongsay Sayavongkhamdy, a senior official from the Savannakhet provincial authority, from now until 2020, both local and overseas companies are
Laos faces the unknown as elephants walk from logging into tourism (ABC)
Walk down any street in Luang Prabang, Laos, and you will be presented with any number of opportunities to interact with elephants.  Some are more ethical than others. Indeed, at the Elephant Village, 15 kilometres outside town, the motto is: "Saving elephants is our mission." They are not exactly wrong to claim so, either.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Fire destroys house in Chanthabouly (VT)
... Meeting marks Laos' successes in diplomacy (VT)
... U.S. must retrieve Laos cluster bombs (Daily Gazette)
... Laos reports 1st indigenous polio case since 1993 (SWJ)
... More houses evacuated after landslide in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Laos confident about development of Don Sahong dam (VT)
... Case of polio in Laos threatens global immunisation plan (ENCA)
... Laos Refuses to Host Meeting of ASEAN Civil Society Groups (BNN)
... 8-year-old boy dies of rare, vaccine-derived poliovirus in Laos (HeraldNet)
... Xayaboury dam 50% completed (Nation)
... Khammuan to study solar, wind power (VT)
... Luang Prabang set to hit tourist target (Nation)
... Bolder line-up at Luang Prabang Film Festival (BP)
... Lao star falls in love with traditional costumes (ANN)
... U.S. and Laos Partner on Disaster Response (VOA)
... Lao, Japanese Students Exchange Culture (Brunei Direct)
... BOL, state inspection body sign cooperation agreement (VT)
... Why the Mekong River Commission May Be In Peril (Diplomat)
... Laos reassures Cambodia over Don Sahong hydropower project (VT)
... Thousands of Lao people in need of treatment for vision problems (VT)

October 5-11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep. 28-Oct. 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 21-27, 2015

Action set to begin for Laos-Vietnam oil pipeline (VT)
Implementation is set to take place to carry out the planned oil pipeline project, which will involve the building of an oil pipeline s ystem connecting a seaport in central Vietnam to the Lao central province of Khammuan, the Minister of Energy and Mines said yesterday. Dr Khammany Inthirath told local media that construction of the project is expected to begin soon.
Lao Officials Fail to Enforce Government Ban on Timber Exports (MS or RFA)
A recent ban on the export of raw logs imposed by the Lao government to increase the value of processed wood products is not being enforced in the country's southern provinces because some national leaders are involved in timber smuggling, a civil society official with knowledge of the situation said. Although Vientiane imposed the export ban on Aug. 18
Vientiane to install more CCTV cameras (VT)
Vientiane Traffic Police Department confirmed yesterday that more Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras are set to be installed throughout the city, aiming to help officers investigate crimes in the capital.  The department's Deputy Director Lieutenant Colonel Bounmark Soundalay told Vientiane Times there are now over 200 CCTV cameras along the roads
Don Sahong project in southern Laos to begin construction in Nov. (VT)
The 260-MW Don Sahong hydroelectric project is anticipated to begin construction before the end of this year after a number of agreements related to the project have been signed to guide the project's go ahead.  The Lao Ministry of Energy and Mine's Policy and Planning Department Director General Dr Daovong Phonekeo told Vientiane Times on Monday
Thailand-Laos-Vietnam:  All in the same boat (Nation)
Talk about "citizens without borders"! Residents of Nakhon Phanom province used to casually cross the Mekong River to mingle with friends and business partners in Laos - or even to settle there - and the Lao did likewise, grabbing a boat from Khammouan province to see what was on the other shore. It was an accepted facet of life along the river, as participants
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lotteria to open in Laos (Korea Herald)
... Age demographics in Laos' workforce changing (VT)
... Borikhamxay police confiscate 600kg of cannabis (VT)
... Lao women play a greater role in business management (ANN)
... Lottery doesn't lure people to gambling: Lao finance official (VT)
... Officials suspect road collapse in Vientiane caused by water (VT)
... Traffic infrastructure in Vientiane to be repaired and upgraded (VT)
... Party General Secretary welcomes Lao Party officials (VietnamNet)
... Laos to highlight progress in MDGs in UN forums in New York (XinhuaNet)
... Lao-Thai: Bordering on mass tourism (Bangkok Post)
... Lao-American: 4 questions with Nang Dunn ... (Oregon Metro)
... Permanant border crossing planned from Phayao to Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Lao-Hmong: Fresno man gets 50 years to life in prison for killing his father (FB)
... Groups slam Laos' dam go-ahead (PPP)
... Through the lens of a refugee from Laos (KIMT)
... Laotian products to secure local market share (Nation)
... Socially Conscious Style from Laos (Pro Bono Australia)
... Solution to seized big bikes in Laos remains unclear (VT)
... China's railway projects in Thailand, Laos to start (China)
... Polio vaccine shot to be launched next month in Laos (VT)
... Refugees from Laos focus of Walk for Harmony (WL Tribune)
... Cinefest: From Timmins to the jungles of Laos (Sudbury Star)
... Laos promote social media campaign among its youth (Nation)
... Finland strengthens natural resource management in Laos (VT)
... Public opinion welcome for laws, registration formulation in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM Receives Indonesian World Peace Committee (Brunei Direct)
... Mekong Bridge Linking Xayaboury To Oudomxay Almost Complete (BD)
... Open defecation free, a key for sanitation improvement in remote areas (VT)
... Arrested for praying, Laotian Christian dies in prison for lack of treatment (AN)
... Lao-Mien: Lou Saephan: New kid on the block? Think again (Reedley Exponent)
... Lao-Hmong: Unprecedented lawsuit filed on behalf of child sex exploitation victim
... Film about Laos: ‘River’ (Variety)

... Ban Hom residents bemoan bad road conditions (VT)

... Ministries to monitor health advertising on the Internet (VT)

... Vientiane's Nearby: Udon opens airport terminal (TTR Weekly)

... More work needed to regulate alcoholic beverages in Laos (VT)

... Laos Christian Prisoner Dies As Authorities Refuse Medical Treatment (BNL)

... Lao-Hmong defendant in trial testimony: 'my heart was torn apart' (Pilot Tribune)

... Development partners advise on public works, transport development in Laos (VT)

... India, Laos agree direct flights (TDM)
... Malaysia keen to boost Lao visitors (VT)
... Lao population expected to hit 10m in 2020 (VT)
... Lao students nationwide to access IT curriculum (VT)
... Southern Laos: National Road No. 1G falls behind schedule (VT)
... Lao authorities highlighting World Rabies Day to fight disease (VT)
... Laos & Vietnam: Special brothers target at $2bln bilateral trade (VIR)
... IFC, Stora Enso to strengthen stakeholder engagement in Laos (VT)
... Environment group voices concerns over Mekong dam in Laos (VN)
... Lender from Japan visits Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower project in central Laos (VT)
... Laos to Receive Technical Training From Chinese on Proposed High-speed Railway

September 14-20, 2015

Lao Govt prohibits log exports (VT)
The government has prohibited the export of logs and instructed that timbers must be processed in Laos before exporting to foreign countries. Previously, the government banned the export of logs but exceptions were allowed when the government approved the export of the logs.  The Government Office issued the new announcement No 1360 dated August 8, 2015
Mekong river ecosystem at risk over dam construction in Laos (La Prensa)
The construction of a dam in Laos is endangering the ecosystem of the Mekong river, one of the world's largest rivers running a length of 5,000 km (3,107 miles) and a source of life and livelihood for millions living along its banks. The dam threatens the Khone Phapheng waterfalls in Laos, the largest landforms in South East Asia, more than 300 native river species
Garment factories in Laos still troubled by labour shortages (VT)
Ministries and various related sectors have been unable to resolve the chronic shortage of labour for garment factories amid growing concern within the local industry.  The base salary was low as factory workers received about 1.1 million kip or 1.2 million per month if they had no experience, but after a while they could receive two or three million kip a month when
Ansari to visit Cambodia, Laos (Yahoo or VT)

India will be seeking to deepen its ties with Asean with the visit of Vice President Hamid Ansari to two member countries of Cambodia and Laos from September 15-18. Ansari will first visit Cambodia, on the invitation of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and then Laos. Briefing reporters on the Cambodia visit, Secretary (East) in the ministry of external affairs
Laos' dam threat to Mekong River’s last few dolphins (Telegraph)
The fate of the last surviving Irrawaddy river dolphins on the Laos-Cambodian border hangs in the balance after a Laos government official was reported as saying this week that construction of the dam would begin by the end of the year. The 256-MW Don Sahong hydropower project, given the go-ahead in July by the Laos government, could alter the course of
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Pastor in Laos stabbed to death (WND)

... Laos needs sustainable income sources (VT)

... Food security is a main Lao Govt concern (VT)

... Ansari in Laos to strengthen ties, bolster trade (PTI)

... Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia promote tourism connectivity (VT)

... Rich sources key to improving English teaching in Laos (VT)

... Malaysian food, tourism and culture on show in Vientiane (VT)

... Outgoing Lao Ambassador vows to foster rapport (VietnanNews)

... Laos OKs economic zone for smaller Japanese companies (Nikkei)

... Mega First jumps 9.22% on news of Laos power plant (Edge Markets)

... Hmong/Lao friendship power with May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Duangphouxay

... Flood aid reaches families in Laos (Asian)

... Lao, Thai to improve border anti-drug efforts (VT)

... Irrigation expansion needed for bigger rice crops (VT)

... Report: police murder pastor in Laos (Catholic Culture)

... Lao Govt set to issue 60,000 land titles next fiscal year (VT)

... Northern Laos: Nong Khang airport faces more delay (TTR Weekly)

... Zico Law Appoints New Managing Partner In Laos (Bernama or ALB)

... Lao Govt seeks to reduce poor families, adopts development targets (VT)

... Lao Commy Party Secretary General gives guidance on foreign affairs (VT)

... Adventist health expo in Laos introduces 22 participants to a new life (Advantist)

... Lao Script Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone LGR

... Lao Foreign Affairs Party meeting kicks off (VT)

... Mega First gets hydropower concession in Laos (Star)

... Community radio upgrades basic gender knowledge (VT)

... Latsavong Plaza to house Asean summit in Vientiane (VT)

... Experts discuss ecotourism promotion in Laos (Travel Mole)

... Coca-Cola bottler ThaiNamthip opens first Coca-Cola plant in Laos (CEA)

... Indian Vice President to discuss bilateral relations, economic cooperation (VT)

... Watch out for tropical storm Vamco (VT)
... NUOL graduates ready to share in development effort (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam vow to enhance ties, boost cooperation (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos ink MoU on transport cooperation (VietnamNet)
... Northern Laos: New Huaphan airport experiences delays (VT)
... Binh Duong boosts ties with Laos’ Champassak province (VIR)
... Supporters Mark 1,000 Days Since Lao Activist Went Missing (BNN)
... U.S. Embassy and Lao Red Cross Organize Blood Drive (Brunei Direct)
... Laos, China sign MoU on Cyberspace Cooperation and Development (VT)
... Laos Considers Ratification of Inter. Labour Org Convention (Brunei Direct)
... Tropical Rainstorm Vamco Unleashes Flooding in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia (AW)
... Land dispute resolved in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Vietnam inaugurates rock salt project in Khammuan (VT)
... Laos eyes stronger regional partnership in tourism (ANN)
... Google seeks Lao nationals for translation campaign (VT)
... China and Laos sign cyberspace agreement (China Daily)
... Laotian church draws worshippers from afar (RM Telegram)
... Lao Border: Mukdahan resists industrial plan (Bangkok Post)
... Dao-Heuang denies any link to marijuana found in coffee (VT)
... Laos looking for to maximise benefits from Asean Summit (VT)
... Thai footie fans still champs after tempers flare in Lao row (Nation)
... Laos province to create rice mill association for AEC integration (ANN)
... New Hmong statue dedicated in Chico after earlier vandalism (KRCR TV)
... Borikhamxay Needs More Budget to Recover from Flooding (Brunei Direct)
... Viet Prime Minister attends launch of giant potash mine in Laos (VietnamNet)
... NGOs, Cambodia Voice Alarm at Lao Decision to Proceed with Don Sahong Dam

September 7-13, 2015

Lao Authorities Threaten to Jail Christians For Practicing Their Religion (RFA)
Local authorities in two villages in a central Lao province have violated the rights of Christians by threatening to jail those who continue to practice their religion after banning their activities last month, a source inside the country said. Authorities from the villages of Nhang and Don Keo in Nakai district, Khammouane province, have been threatening the Christians
In Laos’ economic zone, a casino and illicit trade beckon (SF Gate or LA Times)

The Kings Romans Casino is an island of extravagance in the Laotian jungle, its corrugated green domes arching high above the treetops. Inside, hundreds of stone-faced gamblers hunch over baccarat tables, betting thousands of dollars a hand in heavy silence. Out back, a parking lot full of Rolls-Royce limousines adjoins dusty construction yards
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao Heritage Foundation Gala (AAPress)
... New foreign ambassadors take office in Laos (VT)
... Pig farms to be inspected for banned chemicals (VT)
... Poverty reduction policy goal surpassed in Laos (Global Post)
... Southern Laos: Xekong villagers disturbed by gold diggers (VT)
... Many villagers in rural Laos still without access to basic services (VT)
... Deputy PM seeks Laos’ support to Vietnam-invested projects (VietnamNet)
... Laos: 1,000 days on, Sombath’s enforced disappearance remains ... (FIDH)
... Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Facilitate Cross-Border Road Transport (Bernama)
... Lao Commy Party committee meeting highlights achievements in governance (VT)
... Lao Govt achieves poverty reduction target (VT)

... Laos frees Thai football hooligans (Phuket News)

... World Bank pledges further support to fight poverty (VT)

... Laos reaffirms active participation in Oslo convention (VT)

... Boosting tourism between Laos and Thailand's Loei (Nation)

... Thailand apologises to Laos over football final drama (Nation)

... Lao Gov't approves budget for free baby delivery scheme (VT)

... Two dead, two missing after flash flood hits Luang Prabang (VT)

... Fountain City couple taught in Laos to see the world (LaCrosse Tribune)

... Laos Dam Project a Black Eye For Mekong Cooperation (Khmer Times)

... Natural river channels near Don Sahong can increase fish migration (VT)

... Laos Leader Hopes For Stronger Vientiane-Hanoi Cooperation (Bernama)

... One Million Words Literacy Charity Events Help Children in Laos (PR Web)

... Two Laotian Christians arrested on charges of "spreading the faith" (AsiaNews)

Aug 31, 2015-Sep 6, 2015

Laos Officially Approves Controversial Dam Project (Diplomat)
Laos’ parliament has approved the concession agreement for a controversial dam project, with construction expected to begin before the end of 2015, media sources reported earlier this week. As I wrote in a previous piece for The Diplomat, the proposed 260-megawatt Don Sahong hydropower project is critical part of the Lao government’s hopes to transform the country
Laos intends to set up two nuclear facilities with Rosatom assistance (PT)
Laos is in talks with Russian State atomic energy corporation Rosatom to set up nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the country. The Southeast Asian country, one of the global leaders for hydropower, intends to set up two nuclear power units of VVER-type, with a capacity of 1000MW-1200MW each. Laos is located at the centre of Indo-China
Trekking, tubing and temple visiting - A fortnight in Laos (Reveal)
Our next stop through South East Asia was Laos and we started the journey in the country's capital, Vientiane. Surprisingly, for a capital, there's not a great deal going on and it had quite a sleepy, slow-paced feel. There were still a few sights to see, one being the Wat Si Saket temple, which is famous thanks to its surrounding walls that contain thousands of Buddha images
School fee limits set for new academic year in Laos (VT)
 In the wake of complaints by students' parents about the annual increases in tuition fees, the Vientiane Education and Sports Department has set a cap on fee increases.  The department has set a limit for both state and private schools in Vientiane, from kindergarten to secondary level, this academic year (2015-16) which starts today. Students around the country return
The monk who lived in my phone: The traveller who lost his iPod in Laos (DM)
When Scott Herder lost his iPod in Laos, the last thing that he expected was to gain unprecedented, first-hand access into the life of a young monk. Scott and his travelling partner Megan could not have been more shocked when they logged onto Scott's iCloud account only to find that the iPod Touch was continuing to be used - by a man they have now dubbed 'the monk
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao satellite set for launch in November (VT)
... Landslide blocks traffic in Xaysomboun (VT)
... Luang Prabang temple wins Award of Merit (VT)
... Laotian RM awardee smooth as silk (Global Nation)
... Education, finance ministries open Party congresses (VT)
... DPM calls for tougher governance of natural resources (VT)
... Ousted residents in Vientiane claim their rights after losing land (VT)
... Soccer: Son hits hat-trick as S Korea rout Laos 8-0 (Reuters/Yahoo)
... Vientiane children improve cleanliness behaviour (VT)
... Laos, China deepen relations, sign US$3.1 b deals (VT)
... South Korea extends support to Laos for Asean integration (VT)
... Vientiane's bus services relocate as work begins on new terminal (VT)
... Philippines and Laos progress on implementing competition laws (Lexology)
... Labour demand forecasts needed for effective HR development in Laos (VT)
... Lao working women (ANN)
... China pledges to advance ties with Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Lao-American Obituary: Da Phouthakhio (Times Record)
... Int'l forum mulls challenges to the advancement of women (VT)
... Education sectors in Laos must work together to achieve goals (VT)
... Govt approves development of Champassak Laos-Service SEZ (VT)
... Soccer: Korea Republic in search of goals against minnow Laos (SBS)
... Chinese top visits to Laos (TTR Weekly)
... China-Laos ties at historical high: Xi (XinhuaNet)
... India developing as emerging tourism market for Laos (VT)
... U-19 Soccer: Pinoy booters bow to Laotians, too (Phil Star)
... Laos mulls ferry service connecting capital to Thailand (China)
... KOICA President announces further development funding (VT)
... Ministry battles to ensure Laos' children finish primary school (VT)
... Champassak police confiscate over 10,000 amphetamine pills (VT)
... Food: Seeking Laotian flavors at Oakland’s Champa Garden (Berkeley Side)
... Factory inspectors undergo training to strengthen garment sector in Laos (VT)
... Rights Groups, Wife of Missing Lao Activist Renew Calls for Progress in Case (MS)
... First food safety lab set to open in Vientiane (VT)
... Modern ferry terminal planned for Vientiane (VT)
... Soccer: Laos beat Cambodia in warm-up game (PPP)
... Laos, Vietnam to upgrade La Lay border crossing (VT)
... Official vows to look into claims against banana farm (VT)
... Soccer: Korea convinced of victory against Laos in qualifier (KT)
... Govt working to repatriate Lao workers enslaved in Thailand (VT)
... Study reveals slow progress in reducing violence against women (VT)
... Vietnamese laborers flock to China, Laos to work illegally despite issues (CP)
... Ramon Magsaysay Awards: Laotian creates livelihood by reviving silk weaving (PS)

August 24-30, 2015

ThaiNamthip in joint venture for Laos' first Coca-Cola bottling plant (Nation)
Lao Coca-Cola Bottling Co, a joint venture between ThaiNamthip and Laotian company PT Sole Co, has announced the inauguration of the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in Laos. The plant, located in Saithani district of Vientiane province, will produce sparkling beverages for the Laotian market, including Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite, with the possibility of adding
Laos 'Ghost Project' Audits Point to Higher-Ups in Govt, Source Says (RFA)
Investigations into a scheme in Laos in which private companies cashed government bonds issued in promise of payment for work they never performed have revealed the involvement of senior government officials who will never be brought to trial, a state auditor says. The auditing of the so-called “ghost projects,” in which the Lao government commissioned
$107 million approved for second Laos border gate (VietnamNet)
Lying between the central province and Laos' Salavan Province, the new La Lay border gate is expected to foster the relationship between the Vietnamese and Laos provinces and to improve border security in the area. The border gate is also expected to facilitate transport along the East West Economic Corridor, which runs through parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos
Lao workers 'caged' in slave case (Bangkok Post)
A bank manager has been charged after 12 Lao workers — some as young as 14 — were found enslaved and kept in cages on a farm outside Bangkok. The workers, aged between 14 and 25 years old, were found sleeping in small spaces framed by metal bars that resembled “animal cages”, according to a team of police and soldiers who raided the pig farm
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Workshop to spur Laos-Korea tourism exchanges (VT)
... Chinese company to develop solar energy in Laos (ANN)
... Expert boosts Asean chairmanship skills for local officials (VT)
... Marijuana from Laos worth $7 million seized in Cambodia (FD)
... Govt stepping up management of nationals' overseas study (VT)
... Fred Hollows Foundation continues the fight against blindness (VT)
... Better management of labour needed for industrial development (VT)
... Children's Hospital offers free treatment for young cancer patients (VT)
... Lao-Hmong commentary on 'bad women' draws backlash (NPR News)
... Provincial Officials Shut Down Viet Nightclub in Northeastern Laos (RFA)
... Makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house (DB)
... Policy for disabled veterans detailed (VT)
... Laos considers Vientiane port (TTR Weekly)
... VN, Laos step up corruption fight (VietnamNews)
... Laos, UK and EU share perspectives on Asean (VT)
... Fresno man found guilty of killing his father (Fresno Bee)
... Three district authorities to start nightclub inspections (VT)
... Police Take $7M Worth Of Pot Smuggled In From Laos (IB Times)
... Officials and experts discuss urban waste water management (VT)
... Govt approves measures for socio-economic development plan (VT)
... Phongsaly officials worried that chemicals will affect crop exports (VT)
... Win some, Laos some (Community News)
... Lao Airlines adds Changsha, China (TTR Weekly)
... Lao PM Receives New Zealand Guest (Brunei Direct)
... New minister of agriculture and forestry appointed (VT)
... Revenue from SEZs in Laos reaches US$11 million (VT)
... Laos: Ministry, ADB award outstanding project teams (VT)
... Police interview Lao ‘slaves' over trafficking (Phuket News)
... Authorities order northern Laos' Huaphan nightclub closure (VT)
... VN, Laos to boost co-operation in transport sector (VietnamNews)
... Teaching Vietnamese in Laos, students foster national friendship (TN)
... Laos Sends Sympathy to Thailand over Bangkok Bomb Explosion (BD)
... Major Cineplex targets 30 cinemas in Laos within three years (Nation or ANN)
... Hornchurch students return from expedition around Laos and Cambodia (RR)
... Livestock exports from northern Laos' Xieng Khuang trending downwards (VT)

August 17-23, 2015

Laos granted $32.4m to improve power grid (Energy LN)
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has been granted funding worth $32.4 million (£20.7m) to boost its electricity network. The government of the Southeast Asian nation signed an agreement with the World Bank for the Power Grid Improvement Project. Electricité du Laos (EDL) will use the cash to improve the efficiency and reliability of the power distribution network
Four universities in Laos to accept over 8,100 students (VT)
More than 8,100 students will be accepted to study at four state universities in Laos this academic year under the quota set by the Ministry of Education and Sports. Some 52,491 students around the country passed their final school exams out of the 52,756 pupils who sat them, according to the ministry. The NUOL in Vientiane will enrol at least 5,000 new students
Bombing of ISIS rekindles memories of Laos (Lethbridge Herald)
American intelligence agencies have concluded that the multibillion-dollar, year-long bombing of ISIS by the U.S. and its subordinates, including Canada, has had little effect. There is a strategic stalemate during which ISIS is no weaker than before and, in fact, has expanded into Libya, Sinai and the tribal area known as Afghanistan. Over 10,000 people have been killed
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vangvieng visitors, income growing (VT)
... Advertising signs in Laos still not conforming (VT)
... Khuadin market traders look for alternative venues (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Phom Sithiphong, 61, St. Cloud (WJON)
... Lao, Viet, Thai provinces join forces against human trafficking (VT)
... Commy Party meetings highlight authority, sector achievements (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Canyon Oaks' new principal was a child refugee (Napa VR)
... Rock Cats to honor Lao-Hmong, boost fundraising for monument in Bristol (NBH)
... Lao man accused of smuggling (PPP)
... Asphalt imports on the up in Laos (VT)
... Over-age officials in Laos urged to retire (VT)
... Laos improves air traffic control (TTR Weekly)
... Authorities keen to sprout permanent organic market (VT)
... No crops escape the deluge in Central Laos' Borikhamxay (VT)
... Laos Sends Sympathy to China over Tianjin Explosions (BD or VT)
... Lack of Press Freedom Mars Lao Media Anniversary (Malaysia Sun)
... Vietnam shares budget problems with Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (VN)
... New Zealand FM to build ASEAN links in visits to Cambodia, Laos (GP)
... Oudomxay improves environmental measures for banana plantations (VT)
... Johanna Powell: Laos river death inquest to 'take three months' (BBC News)
... Laos and the World Bank signed agreements aiming to redeuce poverty (NH or FC)
... Laos Gets Plugged In (Diplomat)
... Floods damage Vientiane rice crop (VT)
... Mekong Hospital opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Experts call for further study of Lao language (VT)
... Vietnamese companies to mine rock salt in Khammuan (VT)
... Recent Arrests Highlight Laos Drug Problems (Malaysia Sun)
... Writers in Laos must rise rise to modern-day challenges (VT)
... Forces of Vietnam, Laos bust drug gang, seize 39,400 tablets (VIR or VT)
... Home away from home: Community shares gratitude, sends aid to orphans in Laos

August 10-16, 2015

Laotian Baptists give back to place they fled (Dallas News)
The West Dallas church sits next to a wide grassy field on a quiet street that has no curbs or sidewalks, only dirt and concrete. Its pews can hold no more than 200 people. And yet some church members travel as far as 120 miles each Sunday just to hear a service in their own language. The only Laotian Baptist church in Dallas has also found a larger mission
Port Hope charity brings clean water to 10,000 people in Laos (NN)
After six years working in the southeast Asian country of Laos, a local charity has provided 10,000 people with access to clean water. Adopt a Village in Laos, a charity based in Port Hope and founded by resident Steve Rutledge, works to bring water filtration systems and build schools in remote areas in Laos. As of June 30 this year, Mr. Rutledge said
Thailand, Laos target $8 bn in trade (Nation)
THAILAND AND LAOS ARE set to boost bilateral trade to US$8 billion (Bt250 billion) in the next three years, driven mainly by closer cooperation under Asean integration and the setting up of special economic zones. According to the Thai Commerce Ministry, Thai-Laotian bilateral trade rose by 14.32 per cent year on year to Bt151 billion last year
Rubber oversupply causes price slump, loss for Lao growers (VT)
As rubber plantations mature and the trees are ready to be tapped, Lao growers stand to face a substantial loss amid a slump in the rubber price on the world market. A respected Lao researcher says poor assessment of the market prior to planting the trees has landed rubber growers in the sticky situation they now find themselves.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Meeting highlights posts, telecommunication growth (VT)
... Researchers seeking to introduce faster growing rice varieties (VT)
... Borikhamxay governor calls for accurate flood damage reports (VT)
... Laos the largest destination for Vietnamese investment abroad (VT)
... Lao leader hails cooperation with Vietnam NA’s Offices (VietnamNet)
... Over 28 Million Kip Donated to Flood Victims in Borikhamxay (Brunei Direct)
... Mining: Asean countries enhance knowledge on sustainable development (VT)
... Radio marks 55th anniversary (VT)
... Mission accomplished in security sector (VT)
... Monks banned from neighbourhod begging (VT)
... Laos, India confirm mutual support and assistance (VT)
... Sisouvan Vongchomsy Appointed Saravan Governor (BD)
... Laos to host 5th Asean mining ministerial meeting next month (VT)
... Jars in a financial jam (TTR Weekly)
... Elderly man missing in Xaysomboun (VT)
... Laos - Flood victims in need of more support (VT)
... More companies locate factories in Lao SEZs (VT)
... White Koenigsegg Agera Delivered in Laos (GTS Spirit)
... SEZs seek to boost Thai-Lao partnership (Bangkok Post)
... deGeneration X: Smoking Opium in Laos (Paste Magazine)
... US, LMI reaffirm sustainable development commitment (VT)
... Tombs of Laos: Why travellers are drawn to grave sites (Stuff)
... India, Laos discuss enhancing bilateral engagement (PTI News)
... Vietnamese companies favor Laos, US for overseas expansion (TNN)
... Thai company to build 600 MW wind farm in Laos - report (Renewables)
... Over 300 Hydropower Investment Projects in Laos Allowed This Year (BD)
... Laos receives biggest share of Vietnam’s outbound investment in first half of 2015
... Centre prepares to mark World AIDS Day 2015 (VT)
... Coffee group calls for stronger Lao Govt promotion (VT)
... Lao FM hails nation's role in Asean's post-2015 Vision (VT)
... Laos: What to Do In a Country with a Strict Curfew (Preen)
... Laos, Vietnam discuss the work of their President's Offices (VT)
... Media in Laos stages expo to mark industry's 65th anniversary (VT)
... IEA signs deal for largest Asean wind farm in southern Laos (Nation)
... When to Avoid the Rainy Season at 6 Notoriously Soggy Destinations, one is Laos

August 3-9, 2015

Forecasters warn of further widespread flooding in Laos (VT)
Weather forecasters have warned many provinces to anticipate flooding tomorrow (Saturday), especially Borikhamxay province, as the Mekong is expected to rise above the designated warning level.  According to a warning posted yesterday on the Meteorology and Hydrology Department's website, the Mekong is rising rapidly following prolonged heavy rainfall.
Relief workers rushing aid to flood victims (VT)
Provincial authorities are hurrying to help flood victims and provide them with basic essentials, with everyone thankful that floodwaters did not rise further yesterday. Some places were deluged with rain on Sunday but observers say floodwaters have been gradually receding since then.  The worst hit provinces are Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Vientiane, Luang Prabang
Drought could drive inflation in Laos: Economist (ANN)
A senior Lao economist is concerned that the recent drought could drive inflation in Laos after hectares of crops including rice have been damaged by the less than ideal climatic conditions. The inflation rate in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014-15 remained low despite the rising value of the country’s imports and the money circulating in the economy.
All bets are off inside Laos' jungle sin city (AFP/Yahoo)

It's nine in the morning and the gaming tables are still going strong. As croupiers take bets from the overnight die-hards, several exhausted gamblers sleep nearby, one still clutching a wad of betting slips. Welcome to the Kings Romans, a sprawling casino complex topped by a giant golden crown that bursts into view from a sleepy river bank on the Laos' side of the Mekong
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Central Laos: Xebangfay River flooding spreads (VT)
... Region's young business leaders forge closer links (VT)
... Lao FM Thongloun attends Asean meetings in Malaysia (VT)
... Luang Prabang's Commy Party Committee meeting ends (VT)
... South Korea provides scholarships for shining Lao students (VT)
... Laos Frees Woman Detained For Publishing Concession Document Online (RFA)
... Magazine contents need appropriate balance (VT)
... Vientiane to mark Media and Publication Day (VT)
... Must-see Nan turns into a Lao gateway (TTR Weekly)
... Lao banks lower interest rate to boost production (VT)
... Lao Central Bank warns against counterfeit cash (VT)
... Food: Experience Laos Sindad at Villa Maly (Travel PR)
... Laos aims to capitalise on ASEAN tourism boom (Travel DM)
... Central Laos: Flooding puts a stop to tourism in Borikhamxay (VT)
... President Truong Tan Sang greets Lao Presidential Official (VietnamNet)
... Hoy Ka-Lao in Monterey Park takes tastebuds on culinary trip to Laos, Thailand (SVG)
... Mudslides block traffic in Phongsaly (VT)
... Luang Prabang sees dynamic growth (VT)
... Laos reports 69 road fatalities in July (China)
... Lao FM Thongloun attends Asean meetings (VT)
... Lanith leads Lao tourism in AEC countdown (eTN)
... DPM urges businesses in Laos to be more flexible (VT)
... Lao Govt provides relief aid for flood hit communities (VT)
... Lao, Thai cooperation on skill development continues (Nation)
... Laos ponders ASEAN Eco. Community challenges (TTR Weekly)
... Laos seeks VN's advice on goals for development (VietnamNews)
... Sacombank opens wholly-owned subsidiary in Laos (VietnamNet)
... Belarus ready to provide Laos with export loans through DBRB (Belta)
... Xaythany district of Vientiane gears up for electricity network upgrade (VT)
... Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Laos Offers Meditation Package (Billionaire)
... Bad Weather Thwarted Earlier Take Off Attempts by Crashed Lao Helicopter (RFA)
... Bumper fish hauls at spawning time (VT)

... Flash Flooding Hits Borikhamxay (Brunei Direct)

... Laos overlooked in ivory trade blitz (Bangkok Post)

... Five nations jointly market their tourism industry (VT)

... Ministry outlines models for Three Builds directive (VT)

... Over 30 Borikhamxay families affected by flooding (VT)

... Indian government supports irrigation development in Laos (VT)

... Laos, Destination in Illegal Ivory Trade, So Far Eludes Global Crackdown

... Minn. man struggles to 'put the pieces together' 1 year after wife killed in hit-and-run

July 27-Aug 2, 2015

Military Helicopter Carrying 19 Passengers, Four Crew ‘Missing’ in Laos (RFA)
A military transport helicopter carrying 19 passengers and four crew members to Houaphan province in northern Laos is missing more than 36 hours after it departed an airport in the capital Vientiane, an Air Force official said Tuesday. Air traffic control in Vientiane lost contact with the MI-17 helicopter—registration number RDPL-34062—at 1:10 p.m. local time on July 27
Over US$180 million invested at That Luang Marsh project (VT)
Over US$180 million has been spent so far on building infrastructure facilities and condos at That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vientiane, officials in charge of the project have said. Construction began in Dec. 2012, with the US$1.6 billion project being developed as a model for SEZ development in Laos aiming to attract more foreign investment
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Savannakhet confiscate illegal stone (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam seize 4 tonnes of drugs (VT)
... Football club asks BBC to reveal the truth (VT)
... Committee discusses aviation security issues (VT)
... Weather bureau warns of potential flooding in Laos (VT)
... Laos seeks regional financial innovation for poverty reduction (VT)
... Lao Furniture Producers Express Worries About Shortage of Raw Materials (BD)
... Vanmala Phongsavan celebrates anniversary of emigration from communist-ruled Laos
... Laidback in Laos (Khaleej Times)
... Timor, Laos further boost cooperation ties (VT)
... Companies support media and publication expo (VT)
... Lao Govt approves decrees, i.e. control of foreign media (VT)
... Primary school land handed over for university development (VT)
... Thai among 17 busted in Vietnam-Laos drug blitz (Bangkok Post)
... Over 100 Viet Youth Join Volunteer Activities in Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Laos stone not a rock-solid investment for Chinese speculators (WCT)
... Experts tell Laos, VN, Cambodia to study border issues (VietnamNews)
... China turns back Lao Airlines flight for failing to comply with ADIZ rules (ATW)
... China Companies Helping Laos Eradicate Poverty In Remote Village (Bernama)
... Civil Sector Workers in Laos Lose Out to Corruption And Rising Cost of Living (MS)

July 20-26, 2015

Thais worried about plans to divert water from Mekong [like Laos' dam] (AsiaOne)
A network of Thais living along the Mekong River yesterday voiced their concern about a plan to divert water from the river to special economic zones. "Careful studies must be conducted before such a plan is implemented," said network representative Jintana Kaysornsombat, who described the plan as being a possible threat. The government recently announced
Xebangfay River overflows again (VT)
Residents near the Xebangfay River between the two provinces of Khammuan and Savannakhet are still being spared from the flooding which has started since the river began overflowing on Tuesday morning. A Xebangfay district official Mr Sisomphone Innoula told Vientiane Times on Tuesday that the four branches of the river called Wai, Paka, Phor
Laos to investigate report of trafficking of African footballers (AFP/Yahoo)
The Laos football federation pledged Tuesday to investigate a local club over allegations teenage African players were trafficked to the communist country and forced to sign contracts without adequate pay. The probe follows a BBC report quoting teenage players alleging they were forced to live in miserable conditions at an academy run by Champasak United
Underage African footballers 'trafficked' to Laos (BBC)
African footballers as young as 14 are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts, the BBC has learnt. Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, after it imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy in February, a BBC investigation found. Fifa regulations prohibit the movement of players to a foreign club
Lao farmers devastated by severe drought (Eco-Business)
A lack of rainfall and scorching heat is destroying the livelihoods of Lao farmers, who say their crops are dying amid an ongoing drought in the Southeast Asian region linked to the El Niño phenomenon. The drought since May has left those in Laos who rely on agriculture to earn a living high and dry, with one rice farmer in the capital Vientiane telling RFA’s Lao Service that
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao, Thai river tourism concept sets sail (VT)
... Kubota continues vocational development in Laos (VT)
... Lao Agri. Ministry focusing on wet season rice production (VT)
... Ground Broken For 5-Star Vientiane Grand Hotel (Brunei Direct)
... Laos: Decrease in teachers' supporting allowance explained (VT)
... Southern Laos: Two killed, dozens hurt in Saravan bus crash (VT)
... UNPO’s XII General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Hmong (UNPO)
... Laos remains opportunity for miner PanAust: managing director (China)
... Civil Sector Workers in Laos Lose Out to Corruption And Rising Cost of Living (RFA)
... Champassak set to elect new Party leadership (VT)
... Laos, Myanmar hail six-decades of bilateral ties (VT)
... CP Laos to intensify pig production this year (Nation)
... Vietnam to assist Laos with Asean Summits next year (VT)
... Compensation pledged at Savan-Seno economic zone (VT)
... Dr. Jill Biden Travels to Luang Prabang, Laos (White House)
... Vietnam sponsors educational, cultural centres in Laos (VT)
... Enormous deforestation found in Khammuan (VT)
... Lao-Hmong historian to speak at library (Wisc RT)
... Thaicom set to seal mobile lead in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... 2nd Lady Jill Biden continues female education 
    promotion tour in Vietnam, set to head to Laos next (WDEL)
... Roundtable process pushes national growth: Deputy PM (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam boost agriculture development cooperation (VT)
... Soccer: Laos stung by charges of trafficking African teens (Standard)
... S. Korea signs framework agreement for development support in Laos (VT)
... Lao NA: Session approves govt plans, gives instruction for better results (VT)
... Lao NA debates law on its own formation (VT)
... Lao NA sounds out election law amendment (VT)
... Feasibility study planned for Laos-Vietnam railway (BP)
... Thai-Lao-Vietnamese bus service planned (Today Online)
... Nong Khai holds a workshop for drivers planning to work in Laos (PM)
... Ministry admits exam papers were leaked, investigation underway (VT)
... More women's involvement needed for development: Lao President (VT)
... This Mega-Size River Cave In Laos Is Stunning To Explore Via Kayak (HP)
... Laos and China to Build Bridge to Thailand as Part of Railway Project (MS)
... Lao officials keen to send illegal foreign workers packing, but no action (VT)
... Banker swaps £75,000-a-year job for a bamboo hut on remote island in Laos (DM)

July 13-19, 2015

Thai-Lao duty-free mall proposed (Bangkok Post or Nation)
A group of Thai and Lao business people have announced a plan to spend 10 billion baht to develop a large shopping and hotel complex in Vientiane in order to cash in on opportunities arising from the coming Asean Economic Community. The massive complex on 200 rai has the support of the Lao Govt, which wants to draw more foreign investment to the landlocked country
Laos: Saving the Bears From the Gall Bladder Poachers (Slate)
Swinging in hammocks, playing with tires and generally frolicking in a wonderland made just for the them, the bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre have plenty to be happy about—especially given they were all rescued from poachers looking to harvest their parts. Operated by Free the Bears, a fund set up to save imperiled ursines across the globe
Why is the United States Still Terrorizing Laos? (Global Research)
Last month, the United States announced a new aid package of $15 million for the unexploded ordnance (UXO) sector in Laos. The aid package—the highest annual amount the US has ever given for UXO cleanup in Laos—brings to total about $85 million the US has given to Laos for UXO cleanup since 1993. This is a shocking and embarrassingly low figure.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao NA highlights operational challenges (VT)

... Lao men must stop violence against women (VT)

... Cyber Crime Law Approved in Laos (Brunei Direct)

... Vietnam, Laos to bolster special ties (VietnamNews)

... Feasibility study for Vietnam-Laos railway (VietnamNet)

... Lao Parliament passes Business Competition Law (VT)

... South Korea to Face Laos on Path to World Cup (Chosun)

... Migrant workers complain about Champassak tax slug (VT)

... Lao Govt discusses macroeconomic development plans (VT)

... Laos reassures stakeholders on Xayaboury transparency (VT)

... Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos to join Phu Du forum in Uttaradit (NNT)

... Lao Governor Reassigned Amid Concession Criticism (Malaysia Sun)

... Laos tallies cost of low commodity prices as trade deficit doubles (Global Post)

... Laos' trade deficit expanding (VT)

... KBank, Aeon connect in Laos (Nation)

... First HIV/AIDS treatment centre opens in Laos (VT)

... Mass organisations commend Lao NA activities (VT)

... Laos To Go On With Railroad Link To China (Bernama)

... Waste banana bunch covers entering Nam Ou River (VT)

... High-ranking Lao delegation praises Da Nang’s support (VT)

... Tip-off leads to 78 kg heroin haul in Laos: reports (Global Post)

... China to continue to help Laos fight UXO: ambassador (ECNS)

... New system in Laos will accelerate registration and licence issuing (VT)

... Laos lawmakers look to courts, prosecutorates for improvements (China)

... From languid Laos to hustling Hanoi (KLTW)
... Laotian arrested with dog carcasses (Thai Visa)
... Australia supports mining sector reform in Laos (VT)
... Police detail investigative work at Lao NA session (VT)
... Laos continues raising funds for Nepal quake victims (VT)
... Grasshopper crop invasion in Luang Prabang lessens (VT)
... Lao officials discuss national food and nutrition security (VT)
... Lao PDR: New farming methods suited to climate change (PW)
... Hmong language and culture is focus of summer program for kids (CT)
... Most common court cases in Laos include drug trafficking, robbery (VT)
... MP Anoulack Chanthivong teaches how to cook laotian lemongrass pork belly

July 6-12, 2015

Thais 'dress improperly' in Laos (Bangkok Post)
Misbehaviour and "inappropropriate dress standards" by Thai officials during a visit to Laos have prompted a stern order from Education Minister Narong Pipatanasai. Adm Narong has ordered all ministry staff and students to dress and behave properly when making official visits to the country. The Thai embassy in Vientiane was informed that several Thai delegates dressed
Poor accounting in Laos hollows out timber revenues (VT)
The Ministry of Finance has identified numerous loopholes in the accounting of timber sold by local authorities that meant the Govt has been missing out on much needed revenue. The Govt has set the target to collect revenue of 100 billion kip from the sale of its timbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year but in the past six months of this fiscal year only 13 billion kip was collected.
Lao Whistleblower Detained For Publishing Concession Document Online (BNN)
Authorities in Laos have detained a woman who posted information on social media about a controversial land concession granted by the local government in Luang Prabang province to Chinese investors, prompting a storm of criticism over the agreement from the country's netizens. Chanthaphone, a provincial Natural Resources & Environment Department staffer
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao NA approves cabinet reshuffle (VT)
... Tourism marches forward in Laos (iOL)
... NUOL ready to accept more students (VT)
... Viet President welcomes Lao guest (VietnamNet)
... Laos, Vietnam agree to strengthen cooperation (VT)
... China, Laos pledge closer military ties (Global Times)
... Ministry sets preparedness to combat MERS virus (VT)
... Health sector in Laos clarifies administration issues (VT)
... Yingli Solar and Partners Power School and Clinic in Rural Laos (Yahoo)
... Fresno woman overcomes cultural segregation to become ‘Hmong enough’ (FB)

... UXO Lao teams look set to return to work (VT)
... Viet PM welcomes Lao Vice President (VietnamNews)
... Pakbaeng-Ngeun bridge set to open this November (VT)
... All aboard: Kunming-Vientiane railway inches forward (GoKunming)
... Lao NA concludes debate on socio-economic development plan (VT)
... Measures against financial wrongdoers another Lao NA concern (VT)
... Opinion: Wrong to say Laos, Cambodia galloping ahead of Vietnam (TNN)
... Laos, Vietnam reinforce time-honoured friendship, all-round cooperation (VN)
... Greenspace: Lao-Hmong growers help Rochester’s farmers market thrive (PB)
... 'Six and a Half Deadly Sins': an evocative return to the Laos of Siri Paiboun (CSM)
... Pirate Bay Co-Founder Says Site Was Worth Going To Jail For, Now home in Laos
... Sinohydro Group - Laos Nam Khan 2 HPP gate lowering and impounding ceremony
... Laos trek: Hiking in remote mountain villages is still possible despite the tourism boom
... Teachers in Laos to get English training (Nation)
... Thirsty rice growers nationwide still await rain (VT)
... Australia signs air service deal with Laos (9 News)  
... Medics endorse law on alcoholic drinks control (VT)
... Health institutions in Laos to lower student intake (VT)
... Rice prices poised to climb as drought deepens (AsiaOne)
... Laos: Concerns about foreign reserves as imports rise (VT)
... Lao NA wants govt to close revenue collection loophole (VT)
... Illegal ivory hub Thailand detains Laos-bound tusks (Standard)
... Laos suffers trade deficit over the past six months (Brunei Direct)
... Winding Down the Mekong - from Laos to South China Sea (WSJ)
... PM Urges Japanese Investors to Invest More in Laos (Brunei Direct)
... Education ministry planning illiteracy-free declaration ceremony (VT)
... 15 Years Ago: Kay Danes was held in a Lao jail for almost a year (ABC)
... Lao Education Officials Investigate Examination Cheating Incident (BNN)
... Lovely Laos: Asia’s unspoilt sanctuary is the perfect couple’s retreat (City A.M.)
... Japan Pledges US$11 Ml to Laos for Unexploded Bomb Removal, Development
... St. Paul: One of the largest Hmong festivals in world continues today (TwinCities)

June 29-July 5, 2015

How tourism in Laos, Cambodia is galloping ahead of Vietnam (TNN)
A decade ago few people thought that tourism development in Laos and Cambodia would outpace Vietnam’s. Many tourism officials in the two countries used to be trained in Vietnam. Laos has no coastline and focuses mostly on culture and ecological tourism with two UNESCO heritage sites, Wat Phou Temple and Luang Prabang town. Cambodia has a coastline
Work picking up at Don Sahong dam site in southern Laos (PPP)
Despite protests from its neighbours and the international community, construction is ramping up at the proposed Don Sahong dam site in southern Laos, according to Cambodians living near the border. “I saw at least 10 excavators, bulldozers and trucks there, and there are about 20 workers, most of whom are Chinese and some are Vietnamese,” Samrith Vanna
Off the beaten track in Laos (Phuket News)
If you’re interested in seeing this, then ensure you’re up by 6am. Saffron clad monks of all ages, parade barefoot through the streets while tourists and locals place tiny balls of sticky rice and other items in their bowls. I know it happens all over in Laos and Thailand but not with so many monks. Maintain the silence and keep photographing from a distance. I recommend
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Twelve foreigners granted Lao citizenship (VT)

... Lao Officials explain slow hotline response times (VT)

... Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits Laos (VT)

... Vientiane students win the AMEC 2015 in Singapore (VT)

... Abe plans Mekong development to counter China (Today Online)

... Lao Leaders Congratulate the Republic of Slovenia National Day (BD)

... Laos extends condolences over death of former Russian premier (VT)

... Minnesota activists sound alarm on unexploded U.S. bombs in Laos (MPR News)

... 'ASEAN Reforestation 2015' held in Mukdahan to enhance Thai-Lao relations (PM)

... Schools in Laos resume final year exams (VT)

... Lao Govt warns of false claims by businesses (VT)

... Lao, French Red Cross strengthen cooperation (VT)

... Officials bolster social security coverage in Laos (VT)
... Laos, China enhance cooperation in foreign affairs (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos ink border trade agreement (VietnamNet)

... Laos: Government mocks UN human rights review (FIDH)

... Laos' flooding damages bridges, cuts off district (Global Post)

... Lao PM extends sympathy over mosque attack in Kuwait (VT)

... Lao PM to attend Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting in Tokyo (VT)

... Family Members of Lao Elite Smuggling Rosewood to China (RFA)

... Laos receives $30m from World Bank for efficient power grid (ELN)

... Laos sends condolences over deadly attacks in France, Tunisia (VT)

... Most rice farms await rain, others flood in Laos: reports (Global Post)

... One Of A Kind View! Hanging Spherical Lodges In Laos (Stupid Dope)

... MRC says governments must decide fate of Lao Don Sahong dam (EB)

... France Provides 4.4 Bln Kip to Support Capacity Building (Brunei Direct)

... Norhern Laos - Huaphan floods wash out bridges, paralyse transport (VT)

... Lao Provincial Official to Grant Concession for Public Property to Chinese Investor

... Lao rice produce may decline due to dry weather in upland & flooding in the northeast

... Lao Food: Food so tantalising (Fiji Times)
... Airline staff in Laos put on MERS alert (VT)
... Victims of human trafficking return to Laos (VT)
... Ministry postpones last day of school exams (VT)
... Agenda disclosed for Laos' parliamentary debate (VT)
... Solutions sought to drinking water company financing (VT)
... World Bank to support Laos' Poverty Reduction Fund (VT)
... Sky City to Become New Landmark in Vientiane (Brunei Direct)
... Tackling drug issue a priority for Laos, partners: PM (Global Post)
... Could damming the Mekong destroy south-east Asia's greatest river & food bowl?

More stories from previous months

Currency Rate

US$1 ≈  8,136 kip more info

US$1 ≈ 35.84 baht more info
Lao Population (overseas)
Laotians in US - 232,130
France - 140,000
Canada - 12,000

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

Sources: US Census 2010 and Wikipedia

Lao Music Video

 Many songs from Moukdavan Santiphone

Also interested in watching many Lao videos, please try YouTube

Other Lao News Sites
Other Lao Websites
Voice of America
Radio Free Asia
Vientiane Times
Lao NA (KPL)
Lao Voices
Vientiane Mai
US Embassy
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Sep 2015
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Aug 2015
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July 2015
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June 2015
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May 2015
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Apr 2015
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Mar 2015
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Feb 2015
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Jan 2015
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Dec 2014
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Nov 2014
51,595 visitors
Oct 2014
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Sep 2014
53,424 visitors
Dec 2013
62,964 visitors
Dec 2012
69,486 visitors
Dec 2011
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Dec 1999
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Dec 1998
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Dec 1997
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