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October 24-30, 2016

Wind energy in Laos: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm (EVwind)
Impact Electrons Siam Co Ltd (IES) has selected Danish-based wind turbine manufacturer Vestas as preferred technology/EPC partner to develop a 600 MW wind energy project in southern Laos. The project, which can be completed in 2020, is set to become the largest wind farm in Asean... Located near the Sekong River and linked to Pak Se, across from Ubon Ratchchathani province
China-Laos railway to become a demonstration project (ECNS)
China-Laos railway will be built to become a demonstration project in "Go Global" strategy, said Chinese companies participating in a symposium held in the Lao capital of Vientiane on Monday. At the symposium, Zhao Xiang, Director General of the Laos-China Railway Company provided relevant information on Lao taxation, project investment, visa processing, personnel issues
Motorbikes involved in 95 pct of road accidents in Laos (Sina)
Motorbikes were involved in 95 percent of the accidents in Laos during Oct. 3-16, with 90 percent of those dying in accidents being male, according to Traffic Police Department under Lao Ministry of Public Security. As many as 331 road accidents occurred across the country during the period, resulting in 38 fatalities. Meanwhile, 49 others were critically injured in the accidents, 168 people
Other stories about Laos around the world
... China, Laos to jointly produce movie (Sina)
... Lao parliament calls for full revenue collection (VT)
... Laos: Speak more loudly, whistleblowers urged (VT)
... Laos, Sweden mull partnership in urban transport (VT)
... USAID funds project to monitor HIV prevalence in Laos (VT)
... Commission consults on child rights convention in Laos (VT)
... Vietnamese, Lao Prime Ministers meet in Hanoi (VietnamNews)
... Laos and Cambodia Dinner Party Menu Complete with Recipes (C&F)
... Laotians travel to Great Falls to learn about business and non-profits (KXLH)
... Southern Laos wins PATA CEO Challenge Top Destination 2016 Award (TDN)
... At peace in a sacred temple in Laos (Irish Times)
... Lao NA session opens to debate national issues (VT)
... Lao Govt asks parliament to lower growth targets (VT)
... Laos parliament discusses socio-economic development (Sina)
... Ending malnutrition in Laos key to sustainable development (VT)
... Laos: It's Now Safe To Visit This Mysterious Danger Zone (Forbes)
... Construction, consultancy firms sign on for Laos-China railway (VT)
... Two Laotians caught smuggling 69 heroin packs into Vietnam (TTN)
... Winning Numbers 'Fixed' in Laos National Lottery, Sources Say (RFA)
... Lao population growth slower in past ten years: census (Global Times)
... Lao Govt to rein in spending (VT)
... Laos fest showcases PH cinema (Enquirer)
... Soccer: Brunei Go Down Fighting to Laos (BD)
... Laos to host int'l badminton tournament (China)
... EU scholarships now available for Lao students (VT)
... Soccer: Sivisay unsure of future after Laos failure (Sports247)
... Laos Seeks Heritage Status for Hin Nam No (Mekong Tourism)
... Voluntourism: Construction and Renovation in Laos (Trazee Travel)
... Census results announced: Laos has more males than females (VT)
... Sleep Well At White Orchid Guest House In Phonsavan, Laos (Trip101)
... Laos: Tax dodging traders sneaking through rural border crossings (VT)
... Lao PM holds first dialogue with Vietnamese business community (VietnamNet)

October 17-23, 2016

Lao Brewery Company Hit With Pollution Complaints (RFA)
The Lao Brewery Co. may produce the country’s most popular beer, but the company is out of favor in the village neighboring its brewery in Vientiane, where residents there blame it for polluting the air and water. “There is a bad smell, and we cannot use the water in the marsh and canal because it is dirty,” a resident of the Salakham village told RFA’s Lao Service.
Lao PM announces continued suspension of mining concessions (VT)
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said yesterday the government will maintain the moratorium on new mining concessions because it needs more time to inspect a number of operations.  The prime minister was speaking at a three-day conference taking place at the National Convention Centre for mining sector officials from around the country and private investors in the industry.
VR & drones could unlock secrets about the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos (ABC)
Ancient, monumental sandstone jars up to two-and-a-half metres high dot the landscape in central Laos in seemingly random patterns — what was their purpose? Who built the sites? Where did they live? These questions have perplexed locals and visitors for centuries but now researchers from Australia's Monash University and the Australian National University are using drone technology
Laos seeks US counterweight to Chinese dependence (Nikkei)
Laos' new government is making a delicate diplomatic pivot away from huge neighbor China, its chief source of investment, and toward faraway superpower America despite their troubled history. In an encouraging move, Barack Obama last month became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the landlocked Southeast Asian nation. Ordinary Laotians watched rapt media coverage of Obama
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos seeks heritage status (TTR Weekly)

... Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Laos (Poultry Site)

... Laos to pilot electric buses in capital city (Sina)

... The Low-Key Pleasures of Laos (Fathom Away)

... Soccer: Brunei Confident of Beating in Laos (BD)

... Laos makes strides towards poverty alleviation (VT)

... Renovation of That Luang stupa almost complete (VT)

... AFF Suzuki Cup preview: Brunei v Laos (FoxSports Asia)

... Int’l conference on social sciences in Laos (Vietnam Plus)

... Lao-Thai Border: A Visit to the Mother River (Huffington Post)

... Vietnamese, Lao women enhance cooperation (Vietnam Plus)

... President urges Luang Prabang to make full use of potential (VT)

... IACD helps improve mobile medical services in central Laos (VT)

... Authorities mull solution to business suspensions in Vientiane (VT)

... Trace a Culture from Past to Present at Hmong New Year Celebration (BW)

... Laos launches second labour survey (VT)

... Laos: Floating away bad luck (Statesman)

... Lao NA to hold first ordinary session next week (VT)

... Laos' airports to install advanced security systems (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia eye social sciences boost (VT)

... Mekong effort fails after years of foreign funding (Salt Lake Tribune)

... Lao PM advises Champassk on salary payments, drug control (VT)

... Soccer: Laos edge 2-1 win over Timor Leste to keep hopes alive (FoxSport)

... Brooklyn Horror Film Festival special report: Sex, Laos, and videotape (EW)

... Shade Grown & Wet Processed: Laos’ Developing Specialty Industry (PDG)

... President advises on Lao NA's role (VT)
... Soccer: Preview: Timor Leste vs Laos (Fox SA)
... Laos: Ministry appoints new deputy, senior officials (VT)
... Attapeu airport potential examined during PM's visit (VT)
... JDB crew triumphs in Vientiane traditional boat race (VT)
... Laos, Indonesia, Taiwan record new avian flu cases (WATTagNet)
... A Hidden Gem in Laos: The Stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls (iExplore)
... Samsung offers full refund, exchange of Galaxy Note7s in Laos (VT)
... Lao, Vietnamese journalists' associations agree to strengthen ties (VT)
... 2 Lao people arrested with 500 kg chemicals used to make drug (Global Times)
... East Asian refugee communities (Lao-Hmong) in Twin Cities decry deportations
... Southern Laos and China named as winners in PATA CEO Challenge 2016 (TDN)
... Laos joining forces to battle drug problem (VT)
... Lao businesses join efforts to fight malnutrition (VT)
... Stunning Rainforest Retreat In Laos (Amazing Pics)
... Buddhist Lent in Laos ends in an evening of colour (VT)
... Former President visits central, southern provinces (VT)
... Number of issues to be discussed at Lao NA session (VT)
... Experience: I broke my back twice [one in Laos] (Guardian)
... My Thoughts On Visiting Luang Prabang, Laos (1mile@atime)
... Lao: Revenue shortfall drives budget deficit abnormally high (VT)
... Notre Dame nursing students help Laos Health Care Service (CN)
... Soccer: Cambodia Shines as Chhoeun Downs Laos in AFF Cup (KT)
... Vietnamese Government grants scholarships to expat students in Laos (ND)

October 10-16, 2016

Laos orders factory to stop recycling spent beer malt over pollution ... (RFA)
The Lao government ordered a factory in the capital Vientiane that recycles 80 tons of spent beer malt a day to shut down after its owners failed to control pollution from the process, RFA’s Lao Service has learned. “We have suffered from the bad smell for over a year since the factory started operations,” Doung village chief Sinakhone Khottaphome told RFA’s Lao Service. 
Japanese companies get big break in Laos (Nikkei Asian Review)
Laos' patent authority has decided to recognize patents on technologies that have been granted in Japan. The decision will allow Japanese companies to skip a slow screening process when moving operations to Laos. Thanks to the arrangement between the two countries' patent authorities -- the Japan Patent Office and Laos' Intellectual Property Department -- Japanese companies will be
Thailand's superiority complex toward Laos is in need of a change (China Post)
"Damn, they're so Lao," Pongsaton Gitprachaya was reported to have said while covering the Motor Expo in Vientiane posted on his Facebook, referring to pictures taken at the event by the Lao photographers. He believed he could have taken better pictures than the Lao photographers did. The issue made headlines in Thailand's The Nation, which admitted that such insults happen on
Seat quotas up on Thai-Lao air routes (TTR Weekly)
Weekly airline seat quotas on routes between Thailand and Laos have been substantially increased in a bid to promote trade, investment and tourism between the two countries. Thai and Lao officials approved, last week, a revised Thai-Lao accord that increases the ceiling on seat capacity on routes between the two countries to as many as 14,500 seats weekly depending on the route.
Laos to start collecting 10% VAT at customs in November (Sina)
The Customs Department under Laos' Ministry of Finance will begin collecting Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments in November. The tax will be collected at the first Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge between Thailand's Nong Khai province and Laos' capital Vientiane followed by the other international border crossings, Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout, acting Director General
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Warriors face Laos in Suzuki Cup qualifier (PPP)
... Unregulated signage proliferates in Vientiane (VT)
... Vientiane: Roads still open for boat racing festival (VT)
... Onyx Hospitality plans Laos debut for Vang Vieng (HM)
... Laos, Thailand promote tourism cooperation (Sina or VT)
... Luang Prabang in Laos – You Will Never Want to Leave (C&F)
... Four killed in central Laos' Borikhamxay gold mining collapse (VT)
... US illegally cluster bombs Laos, and now Yemen (Times of Israel)
... NA president urges better economic zone management in Laos (VT)
... Promotion of Chinese language education discussed in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Soccer: Laos, Brunei & Timor Leste Look to Outgun Cambodian Hosts (KT)
... Tackling project bottlenecks to improve development outcomes in Laos (VT)
... Lao Meth Smuggler Arrested (Khmer Times)
... Lao PM urges more efforts in research work (VT)
... Lao officials trained for China-Laos railway (Sina)
... Cruising through the wonderful Laos! (Deviant World)
... Lao Government orders recycling factory shutdown (VT)
... Paleo Dinner Recipes: Laos Inspired Spicy Beef (CMDB)
... The Hidden Caves of an Underground Society in Laos (Ozy)
... Soccer: Laos held at home; Timor concede again (Sports 247)
... Luang Prabang, Laos, in three days: holiday itinerary (Guardian)
... Thailand and Laos start annual longboat competition (Coconuts)
... Chinese top political advisor meets Lao delegation (Global Times)
... Fresh and fantastic Laotian cuisine at Vientiane (Arkansas Times)
... More Bridges Expected between Thailand, Laos (Mekong Tourism)
... Deputy PM pays working visit to Savannakhet and Khammuan (VT)
... Govt gives green light to Vientiane province cement production (VT)
... Northern Laos: Huaphan airport delays leave steel frames rusting (VT)
... Lao enterprises seek greater access to Chinese market (Global Times)
... Lao PM ask youths to sacrifice for national development, protection (VT)
... Exhibition on Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos comes to Savannakhet (Talk Vietnam)
... These eco-resorts in Laos are nestled in the thick of jungles, villages and islands
... Education in Laos feels the financial squeeze as premier wants booze out of the mix
... Five Fun Things to Do in Vang Vieng, Laos (Trip Zilla)
... InfoSat-Laos DTH platform on Thaicom (Advanced-TV)
... Paklai bridge in central Laos to be earthquake resistant (VT)
... China, Laos promote trade exchanges through off-road rally (Sina)
... Authorities confirm contractor responsible for roadside repairs (VT)
... Laos: Update on wooden product exports allowed and prohibited (VT)
... Bus passengers in Vientiane to benefit from new tracking systems (VT)
... HinNamnor in central Laos ready for UNESCO submission next year (VT)
... Stakeholders hope capacity building continues once programme ends (VT)
... Louisiana puts up hurdles to keep immigrants (i.e. Laotians) from getting married
... Hor Pha Keo restoration continues (VT)
... Laos reaffirms continuing cooperation under ACD (VT)
... Pakxong Adventure revs up its southern 4wd tours (VT)
... Viet Deputy PM suggests increased ties with Laos (DCS)
... Flood victims in northern Laos still in need of assistance (VT)
... U.S. Paves The Way For Let Girls Learn Initiative In Laos (BD)
... Asean officials further enhance their single aviation market (VT)
... China's Xinjiang cultural features introduced in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... EU provides relief to flood-affected families in Laos (Global Times)
... KOICA to fund US$7 million maternal, child healthcare project (VT)
... Laos: Dr. Chantharavady Choulamany Wins 5th Annual Dr. Guislain ... (PRN)
... Laos Travel Alert (Infozine)
... Xayaboury girl takes out Miss Laos 2016 (VT)
... Why traffickers of animals love Laos (Gulf News)
... Vientiane: Boat racing finish line moved again (VT)
... Stolen vehicles difficult to sell in Laos, officials say (VT)
... Growth Prospects Buoyant For Laos Up To 2018 (JC Lao)
... Laos' auditor discovers 3 trillion kip in unreported revenue (VT)
... Walkers celebrate disabled and elderly people in Vientiane (VT)
... Laos benefits from EU-funded chemical risk mitigation initiative (VT)
... Sustainable Development Goals spur progress in Laos, PM tells (Nation)
... Teach in Laos - Volunteer in Laos villages with Openmind Projects (Idealist)

October 3-9, 2016

Vietnam sweats bullets as China and Laos dam the Mekong (Mongabay)
Seven dams are already operating on the Lancang River (the Chinese portion of the Mekong) in the steep gorges of Yunnan province. Another mainstream dam is nearing completion in upper Laos, construction will soon begin on yet another at the Don Sahong rapids just north of the Laos-Cambodia border, and nine more are projected — seven in Laos and two in Cambodia.
Laos: Prehistoric mysteries, tropical islands & the end of 'death swings' (Independent)

Delightfully languid Laos is often overlooked in favour of its better-known neighbours (Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia), but this is a mistake. Gilded temples, monk processions and boutique hotel bliss lure most of its visitors to the romantic Unesco-listed city of Luang Prabang. Venturing further afield, however, rewards with cascading aquamarine waterfalls, mysterious ancient relics
‘Lao are lazy’: The problem with ‘Thai superiority’ (Nation)
It happens on a daily basis all across Thailand. The casual insults come from a sense of superiority ingrained since school days: “Thais are better than their neighbours, the Lao.” The insults usually don't reach Lao ears and so are rarely challenged. Last week, however, a Thai photographer was forced to apologise for a defamatory remark he made while covering the Vientiane Moto Expo.
Company wins appeal against Laos government (Straits Times)
A Macau-based company has won its appeal against the Laos government in a case before the Appeal Court in Singapore. Sanum Investments had tried to seek redress under a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) signed by Laos and China in 1993, for its claim of capital investment benefit losses through unfair taxes by the Laos government.
Following My Fixer into the Underground in Laos (Perceptive Travel)
Kevin was my fixer in Laos. You don't have to look for guys like Kevin because they find you. They are that in-your-face crowd of tuk-tuk, taxi, and private car drivers that hang outside third world airport baggage claim areas like wolves waiting to pick off straggling sheep. They are overpowering the first time you encounter them; easily dismissed as hustlers trying to make a buck
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Polio Resurfaces in Laos (Reuters/SA)

... Vietnam, Laos to develop joint power projects (VOV)

... Vietnam firm eyes transferring sugar mill in Laos (VT)

... Laos' low unemployment rate called into question (Sina)

... Low unemployment rate in Laos called into question (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam to further enhance special solidarity ties (VT)

... Laos, Cambodia to benefit from new border checkpoint (VT)

... Most Soukhoumma teachers in southern Laos still not paid (VT)

... Growth prospects buoyant for Laos up to 2018 (Shanghai Daily)

... Laos Adds SDG18 to Handle Unexploded American Bombs (IDN)

... Vientiane: Compensation unacceptable with continuous pollution (VT)

... Quang Nam, Laos’ Sekong province work for closer connection (VBN)

... Appeal won against Laos government sets new standards for both SARs (MDT)

... WB says Laos’s growth to continue but faces increasing downside risks (Nation)

... Happy reader to fly to Laos (Straits Times)
... Amari makes triple entry into Laos (Travel DM)
... Tak-Bat: Giving Alms in Vientiane Laos (Go Nomad)
... Lao Supreme Court pledges better justice delivery (VT)
... Vietcombank plans to open subsidiary bank in Laos (VBN)
... Champassak embankment start slated for December (VT)
... Laos: Cloud of uncertainty hangs over polluting factory (VT)
... ONYX marks first entry to Laos with three Amari hotels (ETB)
... US: Lao-Hmong women form PAC to wield political clout (MPR)
... Replacements underway in Laos for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (VT)
... Laos: Growth to continue but economy faces significant risks (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos pledge to give highest priority to bilateral ties (DCS)
... Laos: Cleaning up duds is a cost of war -- Robert Firlus (Wisc SJ)
... Vietnam continues buying electricity from China, Laos (Saigon Times)
... Lao Govt, development partners discuss statistics development strategy (VT)
... Merali Foundation Renews Scholarship Program for Women in Cambodia, Laos...(AF)
... More Lao Food for D.C. (Washington CP)
... Vientiane-Attapeu flights starting to takeoff (VT)
... Sanum outflanks Laos Government (Macau BD)
... VCSBE renews Vientiane's bus shelter contract (VT)
... Soccer: Lanexang, the new champions of Laos (Sports247)
... Lao-Hmong in US - Obituary:  Chong Cha Vang (Channel3000)
... Better access to lawyers, justice services expected in Laos (VT)
... Lao delegation attends world tourism conference in Vietnam (VT)
... Students gather for second Model Asean Meeting in Vientiane (VT)
... Silver Heritage rejigs Laos deal, focus on Nepal, Vietnam (GGR Asia)
... Silver Heritage assigns Laos electronic gaming machines agreements (KA)
... Japan provides 500 million yen (~US$ 4.87 mil) non-project grant to Laos (VT)
... Asean summit provides platform for Laos’ revamped foreign policy (SEA-Globe)
... Xayaboury all set for boat racing festivals (VT)
... Teachers must work harder: Lao minister (VT)
... Two Students Dead in Lao Bridge Collapse (RFA)
... The Face Shop Thailand to open Laos store (GCN)
... Building resilience to climate change in Laos (FAO)
... Detained Lao Worker Sees Family in First Visit (RFA)
... Overcrowding caused bridge collapse: Lao official (VT)
... Chinese medics to provide free cataract surgery in Laos (Sina)
... Laos set to launch mountainside rocket festival site (AsiaNews)
... Vientiane prepares for 450th anniversary of That Luang Stupa (VT)
... Laos and USA make peace thanks to a fascinating blond (West-Info)
... 84 companies in Vientiane ordered to temporarily suspend operations (VT)
... CDC to pregnant women: Avoid travel to Laos, 10 other Asian countries (LAW)
... Two children drown after Laos bridge collapse (MS)
... Laos' Annita graces Mahason magazine cover (Nation)
... 6 unique things to do in the central provinces of Laos (MSN)
... The Hidden Caves of an Underground Society in Laos (Yahoo)
... Down South | Thoughts on Laos and on traversing its borders (IA)
... Southern Laos Launches Charming New Video (Mekong Tourism)
... Village Based, Responsible Eco Tourism, Teaching in Laos (Idealist)
... New Vietnamese course opens for staff of Laos’ Ministry of Security (VBN)
... Laos: What's the ethnics of riding elephants at Mekong Elephant Camp? (CG)
... Laos to make submission to UNESCO for world heritage listing of Plain of Jars (Sina)

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Currency Rate

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

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

Sources: US Census 2010 and Wikipedia

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