Saturday, September 21, 2013 03:18 PM -0400 ------ Update at Least Twice a Day

June 10-16, 2013

Laotian accused of cheating casino allowed overseas travel (CNA)
A Laotian businessman accused of cheating the Marina Bay Sands casino of almost S$1.2 million has been granted permission to go back to Vientiane, Laos until the next court date. On Monday, Sengmanivong Soum, 50, asked the court through his lawyer, Shashi Nathan, for permission to go overseas to be with his family and attend to personal matters.
Land title issuance in Laos still far below target (VT)
The issuance of land titles continues to fall far short of the target set, says a senior government official, with changes in organisational structure and financial constraints cited as the two main reasons for the slow progress... So far, around 700,000 titles have been issued over the past 16 years since the issuance programme began back in 1997. Of the total number, more than
Dengue outbreak in the capital of Vientiane raises concerns (VT)
According to the Communicable Diseases Control Department, since the start of the year until the week of May 25-31, a total of 26 people have died from dengue and more than 6,000 people have been infected with the virus. Most of the cases were reportedly in Vientiane and the provinces of Champassak and Saravan, with no cases reported yet in the northern
S.Korean Embassy in Laos Now Shelters 20 Defectors (Chosun)
The South Korean Embassy in Laos is now sheltering about 20 North Korean defectors, including recent arrivals. The embassy on June 4 moved 18 defectors from a safe house to the embassy for their protection. According to a diplomatic source, they include children, people with physical disabilities, and cancer patients. But most are in relatively good health.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Dengue kills 31 so far this year (VT)
... River be damned in Laos (Brisbane Times)
... Lao-Thai: B50m marijuana seized in Ubon (BP)
... The Evangelical Church in Laos (Christian Post)
... Australian agricultural centre launches in Laos (VT)
... Belarus’ delegation to visit Laos 17-18 June (BELTA)
... Incentives needed to promote scientific research (VT)
... Thongkhankham shooting still under investigation (VT)
... Thailand asks Laos to legalise expatriate workers (VT)
... Job fair increases students' access to employment (VT)
... Laos must ensure return of disappeared civil society leader (AI)
... Law amendments to ensure effective water resources management (VT)
... Toshiba wins turbine order for Laos hydropower project (EL&P or Nation)
... UXO remains as dangerous as ever (VT)
... Lao Govt aims to eradicate child labour (VT)
... Medics debate dengue prevention strategies (VT)
... New Mekong bridge to open in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Malnutrition weighing down development in Attapeu (VT)
... Adapted devolution manual to prevent finger pointing (VT)
... Funds needed for Buddhist Secondary School building (VT)
... Affecting Laos: Brainstorming for Thailand's Labour Strategy (Nation)
... Laos outrages rights groups by turning back on N. Korean defectors (WT)
... New Mekong bridge to open by Sept. (VT)
... More North Koreans Hiding in Laos (Diplomat)
... Lao Mothers in Sekong Risk At-Home Births (RFA)
... Tree plantations to protect Nam Ton watershed (VT)
... China's moves to set up college campuses in Laos (Windsor Star)
... National Assembly wants Law on Enterprise further ammended (VT)
... Laos, financial institutions working on hydro project development laws (PE)
... Lao Govt details MDG challenges (VT)
... IFC helps Laos to revise water law (VT)
... Laos to promote award status (TTR Weekly)
... Laos: Gaps in ICT skill development remain (VT)
... Dengue prevention high on public health agenda (VT)
... Brick Buddha statue rescued in Laos (Daily Telegraph)
... Southern Laos: time out in the 4,000 Islands (Telegraph)
... Thai Buddhist temple serves Hmong in St. Paul (Daily Planet)
... UXO: bigger bombs rendered safe and kept for posterity (VT)
... Football: Lions go missing in 2nd half against Laos (AsiaOne)
... Lack of Progress on Missing Lao Activist’s Case ‘Troubling’ (RFA)
... Lao Govt should cut unnecessary spending says financial official (VT)
... Australian Scholars' letter on the abduction of Sombath Somphone (HR)
... World Bank Vice President For East Asia And The Pacific Visits Laos (BD)
... Laotian Farmer Becomes National Voice for N.C. Hmong Community (USDA)
... Lao Buddhist monk accused beating temple leader to death will serve 20 years

June 3-9, 2013

Gold Mine in Laos Accused of Toxic Pollution (RFA)
An Australian-owned gold mine in Laos has been polluting a nearby river with toxic chemicals especially during the rainy season, according to a non-governmental group which claims local authorities are covering up the issue. But environmental officials at the Phu Kam copper and gold mine 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of the Lao capital Vientiane said that based
Violent crime a vexing issue in Laos (VT)
Crime is rising in the capital, and while bag snatching and petty thefts have been a problem for some time, more serious crimes seem to be occurring as well these days, the Vientiane Police Office observed... According to the five month record on crime in Vientiane, there have been 171 repo rted incidents, and police have managed to arrest 259 suspects
Laos: Close to 4,000 illegal foreign workers ‘should be repatriated' (VT)
As many as 3,900 foreigners who are working illegally in Vientiane may be repatriated after failing to meet the set criteria to obtain a work permit, a senior official has said... Since the taskforce took action a few months ago, more than 7,500 foreigners were found to be working in the capital, of whom only 2,619 had work permits, according to data from the Vientiane
UN 'dismayed' by China, Laos handover of N. Koreans (Rappler)
The UN's human rights and refugee agencies on Friday, May 31, took China and Laos to task over the forced repatriation to North Korea of 9 young refugees from the secretive Stalinist nation. "We are extremely concerned for the protection of this group, which includes up to 5 minors, who are at risk of severe punishment and ill-treatment," said Rupert Colville,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Myanmar, VN, Laos vow cooperation (BP)
... Laos, France further cooperative relations (VT)
... Theun-hinboun spends on social measures (VT)
... Mosaic Festival - Cooking Food From Laos (DT)
... Laos honours former Vietnamese volunteer soldier (VT)
... Parliamentarians share ideas to amend tourism law (VT)
... Laos to Break Ground For Thai-Vietnam Railway Project (RFA)
... South Korea rejects Laos' account of refugee repatriation (CNA)
... Newly-drafted law aims to expand social insurance coverage (VT)
... Nations called for better coordination against child sex tourism (VT)
... Lao officials to study sustainable hydropower development in US (VT)
... Planning and investment employees learn mother and child priorities (VT)
... Soccer: Singapore look to make it two wins in a row against Laos (Yahoo)
... Lao-Thai-Viet: Sanctuary at front line of fight against 'inhumane' dog trade (CNN)
... Laos-Myanmar bridge to increase traffic and trade (VT)
... Lao Official: Govt still committed to raising salaries (VT)
... Lao officials bolster protocol skills for civil servants (VT)
... Lao Parliament, Govt meet ahead of assembly session (VT)
... International cooperation key to sustainable development (VT)
... S. Korean FM to meet Lao Deputy PM next week over N. Korean defectors
... Laos, Canada enhance cooperation (VT)
... Laos gets tough with immigrants (Nation)
... World Bank digs deep for sustainable forests (VT)
... Laos: Further congratulations arrive for tourism award (VT)
... Lao Govt calls for appropriate use of natural resources (VT)
... Lao officials vow to strengthen child protection measures (VT)
... Lao, Belarusian Foreign Ministers hold talks on bilateral cooperation (VT)
... Laos, Slovakia broaden cooperation (VT)
... EU helps to improve food security in Attapeu (VT)
... Luang Prabang airport gets $86 million facelift (VT)
... Getting the Best of Luang Prabang, Laos (Bloomberg)
... EDL-Gen lends weight to environmental protection (VT)
... Opportunities in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia (Nation)
... Luang Prabang Charity Marathon Calls for Runners (TDN)
... Disaster preparedness critically important: World Bank (VT)
... Close to 4,000 illegal foreign workers ‘should be repatriated' (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam to cooperate more closely in rural development (VT)
... Top Chinese legislator holds talks with Laotian counterpart (Global Times)
... Fulbright Award recipient set to go from Southern Connecticut to Laos (NHR)
... Food: Sa-Bai-Dee (Philly)
... Luxembourg helps Lao health sector (VT)
... Laos to mark World Environment Day (VT)
... Science Ministry to register researchers (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Airport rail to join regional routes (BP)
... Laos, Thailand eye booming bilateral trade (ANN)
... Children celebrate in style on their special day (VT)
... Laos bond debut seen as 'trail blazer' (Bangkok Post)
... Employment is the best way out of drug addiction (VT)
... Laos and France to further bilateral cooperation (ANN)
... Champassak improving maternal and infant nutrition (VT)
... Ministry confirms deportation of illegal N. Korean immigrants (VT)

May 27-June 2, 2013

Laos' divine sunsets at Mekong River (Times of India)
Let's face it. The eight-hour journey across eastern Laos to Luang Prabang, the city lovingly dubbed as the jewel of French Indochina was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. One of my friends was stopping the car every few kilometres or so to throw up, while in the back seat, another friend's face was turning paler with every passing minute. Their discomfort was due
What Went Wrong in Laos? (Chosun)
The Laotian government deported nine North Korean defectors on Monday who had crossed the border from China hoping to find freedom in South Korea. They were between 14 and 23 years of age, seven boys and two girls. They are probably orphans who survived in China by begging for food. What has been confirmed so far is that the young refugees were
Nine N. Korean defectors deported to China from Laos (Arirang or DNK)
The nine North Koreans, who were no longer able to cope with the lack of food in North Korea, risked their lives to flee their home country for South Korea. Their hope for a better life was extinguished, however, after they were recently caught in Laos. Seoul-based news channel YTN reported on Monday that the North Koreans, aged between 15 to 23, were deported
Teenage drug use on the rise in Laos (VT)
In 2012, over 2,880 drug users arrived at the centre for treatment, of which 158 were females, an increase from 2,631 people the year before. At the moment, 1,541 patients are being treated at the centre, of which teenagers make up 25 percent. The centre has discovered that the main reason teenagers are tempted to use drugs is because of family problems,
Lao officials rev up probe into motorbike thefts (VT)
Robbery has become a major problem in Vientiane and, while officials have had a crackdown resulting in some success, there are still many thieves brazenly at work, with motorbikes their main target. An official from Chanthabouly district told the press last week they are making every effort to find the culprits because they have evidence that connects them to the crimes.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Nine dead from dengue in Laos (ANN)
... Soccer U-14: Laos 5-1 Bangladesh (AFC)
... Serbia and Laos sign two agreements (B92)
... Lao President values Thai Princess' visit (VT)
... Ministry aims to enhance its leadership role (VT)
... Leaders visit Somsanga Rehabilitation Centre (VT)
... Laos and France to further bilateral cooperation (VT)
... UXO clearance remains a big challenge for Laos (ANN)
... World Bank extends support to trade facilitation in Laos (VT)
... Pathways to cleaner household cooking in Laos (World Bank)
... Lao PM looks to nation's future on International Children's Day (VT)
... Sciaroni Firm Opens Laos Office (AL)
... Thai Princess arrives in Vientiane (VT)
... UXO clearance remains too inefficient (VT)
... Medal for reading organisation in Laos (VT)
... Lao biofuel researchers win energy award (VT)
... Laos, Russia tourism cooperation mooted (ANN)
... EU supports nutrition and food security in Attapeu (VT)
... Foreign Minister of Laos on visit to Belgrade (In Serbia)
... Police seize six for trafficking marijuana from Laos (TTN)
... Banknotes tell you much more than what you can buy (VT)
... More work needed on kids educational development: official (VT)
... U.S. urges China, Laos to protect N. Korean defectors (Global Post)
... Laos sells 1st sovereign bond -ThB1.5 bn 4.5% 3-year deal (Reuters)
... Laotian deputy PM meets Chinese military delegation on ties (China Daily)
... Laos set for baht bond issue (Nation)
... Laos moves to reform labour laws (ANN)
... Lao Govt to scrutinise protected area boundaries (VT)
... Lao Govt discusses issues of national importance (VT)
... Lost plane's crew returns from Laos — 48 years later (MSS)
... Poor villages in Attapeu benefit from livelihood improvement (VT)
... Children benefit from education project in Vientiane province (VT)
... Belarus and Laos to hold consultations on Joint Commission (Law)
... Japan funds employment support programme for disabled people (VT)
... Sheboygan remembers Hmong, other veterans with parade, memorial services
... From Laos to Richmond, local man honored by White House for environmental activism
... Protected areas in Laos under threat (VT)
... Biggest ever rocket takes to the skies (VT)
... Laos: Social scientists seek to dig deeper (VT)
... Japan funds three projects in Laos (Tokyo News)
... Laos holds finger-lickin' taste of our future (Nation)
... Authorities discover cannabis fields in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Economic growth breeding small business in Laos (ANN)
... The Ultimate Guide to Luang Prabang, Laos (CN Traveler)
... Experts struggle to attain int'l labour law standards Experts (VT)
... Laos will issue bonds in Thai market for first time this week (BP)
... Silk-Maker Preserves More Than Textiles in Laos (Women's e-News)
... Huaphan health department helps women to have smaller families (VT)
... Ceremony Honors Man Who Died in Mission over Laos (Military or BND)
... Lao-Hmong veterans honored at Asian Memorial Festival (FDL Reporter)
... Alexandra Bounxouri: Idol Lao singer came to Japan to find true self (Asahi)

May 20-26, 2013

Stay Another Day: The Green Revolution in Laos (IB Times)
There's something terribly right going on in Laos. Engulfed in a green revolution, sustainable tourism is racing through the recently paved roads from the provincial cities to the remote edges of this pristine country. From organic farm cooperatives to ethnic fashion shows, the idea is pulsing and putting money back where it belongs - with the people.
Mine artist Peter Churcher's brush with danger in Laos (Australian)
PETER Churcher is never one to shy from danger in pursuit of the perfect painting. Still, the Brisbane-born artist was shocked to learn he was risking his life after he set up his easel at the edge of a mining pit in a Laos jungle and began to work. Churcher, 49, and now based in Barcelona, was there as artist-in-residence for Brisbane mining company PanAust to paint
Less than 5% of Lao job seekers get Thai work permits (PM)
The Lao PDR has been urged to assign more to work with the Thai Labour Department in verifying legal documents of its citizens applying for jobs in Thailand, a senior Thai official said today. Thai Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap said he informed Lao PM Thongsing Thammavong during a meeting in Chiang Mai over the weekend that 66,000 Lao people
Lao-Thai: New border post to help trade - or gamblers? (Nation)
The new Golden Triangle permanent border checkpoint in Chiang Rai's Chiang Saen district - which has just been opened - is seen as having been established with political connections to benefit a large casino project on the Lao side. The checkpoint was opened on Sunday at the Sobruak village in Tambon Wiang. The government claims it will promote tourism and border
Lao-Thai: PM pitches tri-nation rail talks (Bangkok Post)
Thailand has offered to convene a meeting with Laos and China on a high-speed train project linking the three countries, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Sunday.  The offer, tabled in talks between the Thai and Lao cabinets yesterday, underlines Thailand's concern about a delay to the project on the Lao side. Ms Yingluck said after meeting Lao PM Thongsing
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Mekong Mystery: Dwindling Fish (SAW)
... Women's officials map out strategic plans (VT)
... Bokeo drug traffickers sentenced to death (VT)
... Medics learn about new test for HIV, syphilis (VT)
... Irrigation system set to boost crop yields in Hinheup (VT)
... Japan, Laos agree to strengthen bilateral ties (Global Post)
... Laos officials hold talks at global hydropower gathering (Nation)
... Many colleges need extensive improvement, Lao official says (VT)
... Laos official praises Sultan bin Shakhboot for popularity of chess (BB)
... More northern poor people in Laos have access to medical services (VT)
... Fish lift not just a concept, expert says (VT)
... Lao-Philippine education links set to grow (VT)
... Laos: possible to adopt timber trade regulations (IHB)
... Reforestation efforts suffering from limited budget (VT)
... Provincial administration office opens in Huaphan (VT)
... Luang Namtha steps up reproductive health campaign (VT)
... Energy officials look at best practice in hydropower sustainability (VT)
... Lao Teen Queen Mariah Rattanasamay steps up against bullying (DP)
... Economic survey struggles to collect information from businesses (VT)
... Fresh ideas needed in ties with Laos (Nation)
... Laos mapping out future leadership successors (VT)
... Studies commence on Huaphan irrigation project (VT)
... Nonhinhae village to organise biggest rocket festival (VT)
... Laos, Australia work to combat transnational crime (ANN)
... Australian government helps poor people access finance (VT)
... Foreign ambassadors present credentials to Lao President (VT)
... Laos considers requirements to adopt timber trade regulations (VT)
... Proposed high-speed rail network a high investment for Laos (Nation)
... Laos considers requirements to adopt timber trade regulations (ANN)
... Lessons for Laos and Vietnam (PPP)
... Laotians sought for labour offices (Nation)
... Hepatitis B vaccination important for newborns (VT)
... 812 suspects arrested in joint Mekong patrol (China)
... Sexually transmitted disease ranks as top issue (VT)
... Northern road upgrade cost overruns by US$21 million (VT)
... Ministry announces new policy to recruit public servants (VT)
... New permanent Thai-Lao checkpoint unveiled in Uttaradit (NNT)
... World Bank grant aims to overhaul statistics system in Laos (ANN)
... HAGL boss denies NGO's accusations of Laos-Cambodia land grab (EB)
... NZ company prospering in Laos (Voxy)
... More Reasons than Ever to Stray In Laos (Scoop)
... Thai, Lao cabinets end second joint meeting (Nation)
... Fought to rid Laos of unexploded bombs (Sydney MH)
... Lao Govt to draft new five-year development plan (VT)
... World Bank grant aims to overhaul statistics system (VT)
... New publishing, distribution facility opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Vietnam hands over 3 alleged drug smugglers to Laos (TN)
... Thailand and Laos to build on economic and social ties (BP)
... Ministry steps up efforts to increase forest cover in Laos (VT)
... Deputy PM calls for rapid response on SEZ development issues (VT)
... Xieng Khuang runs reproductive health campaign to reach MDG targets
... Lao Govt reviews progress towards environmentally friendly development

May 13-19, 2013

Lao officials unable to repatriate illegal foreign workers (VT)
Officials say they need a clear mechanism if they are to repatriate illegal foreign workers and traders as instructed by the government... Vientiane is launching a pilot scheme to regulate illegal foreign workers. It was reported recently that in Vientiane alone there are more than 6,400 foreigners but only 1,624 have work permits, while the rest are working and running
Thailand to propose single-visa plan to Laos (Nation)
After launching a single tourist visa scheme with Cambodia last year, Thailand will now concentrate on coming to a similar agreement with Laos. The source said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will table the issue in talks with her counterpart, Lao Premier Thongsing Thammavong, at the joint cabinet meeting of the two governments in the northern city. 
Lao police crack down on criminals (VT)
Vientiane Police Headquarters are cracking down on criminals after a raft of incidents in the capital over the past week and have arrested several suspects. According to a police report yesterday, about 55 crimes occurred in Vientiane last week, mostly robberies, fighting among gang members, bag snatching, and drug use and dealing. Police said all these issues
Vietnam Fueling Cambodian, Lao Land Disputes (RFA or BBC)
Backed by powerful banks, Vietnamese rubber companies are rapidly expanding their operations in Cambodia and Laos by grabbing land from villagers and disregarding the environment, according to an extensive probe report. The UK-based development watchdog Global Witness said in the report that Cambodian and Lao officials often look the other way
Other stories about Laos around the world
... BAY opens Laos venture (BP)
... Lao PM to lead team to Thailand (VT)
... Laos marks International Nurses Day (VT)
... Workshop debates ways to boost crop yields (VT)
... Germany sponsors new roof for Lao Textile Museum (VT)
... Regional countries expand east-west economic corridor (VT)
... Australia boosts development assistance worth AU$62 mil to Laos
... How the World Bank funds illegal logging in Cambodia and Laos (MP)
... Lao Trade Devpt. Facility Project: Implementation Status Results Report (WB)
... Mom, student, tireless community voice: A profile of Chanida Phaengdara Potter
... State-run schools closing due to lack of pupils (VT)
... Legal responsibilities passed to local authorities (VT)
... Influenza vaccination campaign gets underway in Laos (VT)
... Pondering Lao American Speculative Dance (Daily Planet)
... Travel Indochina sets up operations in Laos (Travel Weekly)
... Xaythany resets deadline to legalise foreign-run fish farms (VT)
... Thailand, Laos to hold wide-ranging talks on cooperation (PM)
... Deutsche Bank Backs Ruthless Rubber Lords in Laos (Speigel)
... Germany, Australia help poor families in Laos to access finance (VT)
... Householders yet to be compensated for losses in road upgrade (VT)
... Thai, Lao Cabinets To Discuss Transport Networking At Weekend Retreat
... Almost 10,000 people killed in road accidents over 22 years in Laos (ANN)
... Savory stuffed lemongrass from Tamarind Cafe, Luang Prabang (Examiner)
... Boost for checkpoints on Laos border (Nation)
... Nature tourism is top priority for visitors to Laos (VT)
... Two new kindergartens for Khammuan youngsters (VT)
... Laos wins gold, silver medals at inventors' contest (VT)
... Laos seeks Chinese help to survey its mineral wealth (VT)
... Champassak faces first outbreak of chikungunya virus (VT)
... Laos seeks more assistance for disaster management (ANN)
... Laos, US share water resource management experiences (VT)
... Dengue cases grow six-fold this year (VT)
... Laos looks to Beijing for minerals help (SCMP)
... Only three hotels in Laos make 5 star grade (VT)
... Foreign investors driving Lao stock market (ANN)
... Banpu eyes coal/power acquisitions in Laos (Nation)
... Tourism is Laos' second highest income earner (ANN)
... Northern Laos: Power to reach rural Phongsaly soon (VT)
... Lao Gov't seeks more assistance for disaster management (VT)
... European Food Festival in Vientiane draws gourmets galore (VT)
... Asian Development Bank plans US$60 million loan for Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong family has emotional reunion after 40-year separation
... Traveling Librarian Gives Lecture on Laos Tonight (Wakefield Patch)
... Japanese firm inks deal to develop Lao special economic zone (ANN)
... Vietnam rubber firms illegally take land in Cambodia, Laos, group says
... Vietnamese firms 'carrying out land grabs in Cambodia and Laos' (SCMP)

May 6-12, 2013

Laos plans to produce 12,500 MW electricity by 2020 (VT/ANN)
Laos expects to see a big surge in electricity production over the next seven years with a number of hydropower plants currently under construction. According to a report from the Ministry of Energy and Mines' Energy Policy and Planning Department, installed capacity of Lao power plants will reach 12,500MW in 2020, up from 3,200MW at present. 
Thai police officer identified in line-up but denies rape claim by Lao woman (BP)
An officer from Thong Lor Police in Bangkok accused of raping an 18-year-old woman from Laos while sidelining as taxi driver on April 21 surrendered yesterday afternoon, but denied any wrongdoing. Pol Sub Lt Thatree Seubsaman, 53, who was wanted by Samut Prakan Muang district police, was also identified as the culprit in a line-up yesterday.
Laos targets European tourists as top priorities (VT)
Laos is targeting the three European countries of France, England and Germany as the top priority markets for tourists as their economies remain relatively strong and they are easy to cater to.  According to 2012 statistics from the Tourism Development Department, the market share for Europe decreased from 6.67 percent in 2011 to 5.58 percent in 2012,
European Council: Laos lauded as world's best tourism destination (VT)
A delegation from the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has arrived in Vientiane, where they will present Laos with the council's award for ‘World's Best Tourist Destination for 2013.'  The delegation, led by the Council Chairman Prof Dr Anton Caragea, called on Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Minister of Information, Culture and
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos works to boost power (Nation)
... Award will spur growth of Lao tourism (VT)
... Lao tourism training model to be adopted overseas (VT)
... Trekking in the hidden land of Phongsali, Laos (PR-Inside)
... UN calls on govt to make greater effort to achieve MDGs (VT)
... Laos, China map out measures to tackle human trafficking (VT)
... EC: Laos named World's Best Tourist Destination for 2013 (VT)
... Avon graduate student wins Fulbright award to teach in Laos (FMG)
... US$12m investment to improve literacy in Savannakhet schools (VT)
... Vocational schools urged to provide more diverse programmes (VT)
... Power purchase agreement signed for proposed dam in Champassak, Laos
... Thailand Urges China To Push For Thai-Laos-China High-speed Train Project
... Laos, Turkey promote closer ties (VT)
... Tourism award will boost Laos' profile (VT)
... Phongsaly rubber farmers seek buyers (VT)
... Xepon mine in Laos yielding solid returns (ANN)
... MOU signed for tourism project in Champassak (VT)
... Thai-Lao Buddhist Festival brightens Layton (Davis Clipper)
... St. Paul: First annual Hmong American Day planned for Sunday (PP)
... Asian Five Nations rugby: Laos punch above height against Pakistan
... Laos: Accommodation, restaurants double nationwide in two years (VT)
... Natural resources could pay for nationwide primary education in Laos (VT)
... Officials vow to solve human trafficking (VT)
... New Luang Prabang road hits a bump (BP)
... Laos named best tourist destination by EC (BP)
... EU aims to broaden its partnership with Laos (VT)
... Sip cold beers while staying at Luang Prabang (QT)
... Half marathon to launch in Luang Prabang (Travel DM)
... Lao Airlines grows employee numbers and benefits (VT)
... US trains Lao customs on international border interdiction (VD)
... EC: World's top tourist destination award ‘a great achievement' (VT)
... Laos, Thailand reach agreement on border demarcation project (VT)
... Laos: Seasonal influenza vaccination campaign set to commence (VT)
... Steady & sustainable growth: the argument for investment in Laos (BP)
... Tips for travelers: Inside Laos from iSpot Travel Information Center (DP)
... NGOs Barred From Meeting Villagers Relocated for Lao Power Plant (RFA)
... Laos is more (Shanghai Daily)
... Laos defines national formal wear (ANN)
... More signage slated for tourism sites in Laos (VT)
... Laos embassy denies bringing in cars (Manila SD)
... Ministry to identify sub-standard colleges in Laos (VT)
... Laos to start national economic survey next week (ANN)
... Teachers, students team up to fix broken machines (VT)
... Asphalt shortage delays Kasy-Nan road construction (VT)
... PanAust Says It May Be Acquisition Target (Business Week)
... Medics convene to debate ways to assist disabled people (VT)
... Larb This bracing signature dish of Laos also is quintessentially northern Thai

April 29-May 5, 2013

Forests at Risk in Southeast Asia's Lower Mekong Region (VOA)
Southeast Asia's Lower Mekong region is set to lose a third of its natural forests in the next two decades, according to a report by the Worldwide Fund for Nature. Forestry experts blame the current pace of deforestation on governments’ undervaluing forestry resources. The Worldwide Fund for Nature report, titled "Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong," said
Laos Govt silent on abduction of rural development campaigner (VS)
It’s hard to guess when Sombath Somphone crossed the line from being an accepted and cherished champion of rural development in Laos, to becoming a perceived threat to the one-party Communist state. But that’s what happened. Early in the evening of Dec. 15 as Sombath was driving home in his Jeep from his office in the Lao capital Vientiane he was
Lao Govt bans imports of poultry from China (VT)
The government has banned the import of poultry products from China in a bid to prevent the spread of the H7N9 avian influenza virus into the country. The Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry recently gave instructions to their provincial colleagues in Luang Namtha and Phongsaly, both provinces having border
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Big Lao drug ring busted (VN)
... Tips for trekkers in Laos (Opodo)
... Laos is not meeting UXO clearance targets (VT)
... Some tips when trekking in Luang Prabang (TPR)
... Laos: Free flu vaccines on offer for the vulnerable (VT)
... Laos: National economic survey to start next week (VT)
... Laos marks International Labour Day with health walk (VT)
... Laos: Forest resources information must be reported clearly (VT)
... Alarm Over Mekong Region’s Rapidly Disappearing Forests (RFA)
... Southern Laos: Highway expansion in Pakxe set to commence (VT)
... Hue and Luang Prabang cooperate to preserve their cultural heritage (TDN)
... Greater Mekong countries 'lost one-third of forest cover in 40 years' (Guardian)
... Storm kills man in Xaythany district (VT)
... Laos: Greater scrutiny of fruit imports required (VT)
... Australia extends scholarships to Lao nationals (VT)
... Lao Govt approves measures to boost development (VT)
... Wife pleads for return of abducted Laos aid worker (BBC)
... Lao labourers urged to continue bettering themselves (VT)
... Laos –Myanmar bridge construction set to commence (VT)
... Leaving Chinese ambassador praises progress within Laos (CD)
... The inspirational ‘Voices from Laos’ US tour ends today in DC (SCM)
... Laos plays significant role at 69 th session (VT)
... Know more about the mysterious Plain Of Jars (ITVN)
... Gree Top AC Player in Laos After 5 Years on Market (AM)
... Laos, Cambodia aim to address illegal border issues (VT)
... Fears grow for abducted Laos campaigner Sombath (BBC)
... Lao Govt needs to step up disaster response capabilities (VT)
... Veteran of the War in Laos - an unexpected British survivor! (DK)
... Songkhone treatment plant experiencing construction delays (VT)
... Trade union federation working to halt labour oppression in Laos (VT)
... Laos-set 'The Rocket' takes Tribeca Film Festival's top prize (Reuters)
... Good impressions: Laos Chamber visitor finds much to emulate in Kalispell model

April 22-28, 2013

Undetonated bombs in Laos see Seattle talk (Asian Weekly)
During the Vietnam War, over 2 million tons of ordnance was dropped into Laos by the United States. Roughly 30 percent of those bombs failed to detonate.The bombs are still dangerous today, injuring and killing people on a regular basis. Legacies of War, a U.S.-based organization dedicated to raising awareness about the unexploded ordnance, also known
ATC chooses Laos ahead of Thailand (Bangkok Post)
Higher labour costs and a labour shortage in Thailand have prompted Japanese auto parts maker Asahi Tec Corporation (ATC) to build its new overseas factory in Laos. The 1.6-billion-baht plant in Savannakhet province will manufacture aluminium die casting parts. "The labour shortage and high cost of expansion are the main problems for the expansion
Young Laotians Highlight Legacy of Unexploded Bombs (RFA)
Two young Laotians are touring the U.S. to educate Americans on the dangers of unexploded bombs dropped on their country by the U.S. during the Vietnam War and to raise funding for the removal of these dangerous explosives. Thoummy Silamphan, 26, who lost a limb to unexploded ordinance, and Manixia Thor, a 25-year-old leader of a female bomb clearance
Activists fear pollution from Laos power plant (BP)
Environmental advocates fear pollution from the Hongsa coal power plant in Laos' Xayaburi province will affect residents in the adjacent province of Nan in Thailand. The power plant is located 57km from Song Khwer district and 110km from Muang district in Nan, making the residents vulnerable to health problems from pollution fallout, they say. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Asean moves towards community in 2015 (VT)
... Laos leads the way for fish futures in Asean (VT)
... Lao-Viet: Mekong shares heritage (TTR Weekly)
... Lao student identity cards to function in ATMs (VT)
... Asean-Japan youth gather for cultural exchange (VT)
... In pictures: Damming Laos' Mekong River (Aljazeera)
... Public urged to develop intellectual property in Laos (VT)
... Golf: Namchok remains one shot ahead in Luang Prabang (BP)
... Soochow University to provide more tertiary education in Laos (VT)
... Film: 'The Rocket,' from Laos & 'Kill Team' take top Tribeca honours (CJ)
... Laos marks World Health Day (VT)
... Tourism development at Nam Ngum floated (VT)
... NA asks Lao Govt to review policy on tax breaks (VT)
... Namchok shares Luang Prabang lead (Bangkok Post)
... National contest seeks out top primary students in Laos (VT)
... JICA improves landfill sites in Vientiane, Luang Prabang (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam parliamentarians meet in Cambodia
... Cambodia & Laos Infrastructure Reviewed by BMI in Cutting-Edge Report
... Laos struggling with skills development (VT)
... Lao PM attends Asean Summit in Brunei (VT)
... Enough gold in Laos to meet demand (Nation)
... Lao youth meet with Asean friends in Vientiane (VT)
... Lao Golf: Daliya aiming to impress on home turf (BP)
... Laos: Ministry issues nationwide dengue warning (VT)
... Oudomxay children to benefit from French project (VT)
... Hue set bond with Luang Prabang for conservation (VN)
... Laos: State asset management remains a challenge (VT)
... Joint anti-drug campaign on Mekong River begins (China Daily)
... Saravan highway link with Road 13 South now half complete (VT)
... Mekong Agreement backs sustainable development in the region (VT)
... Cambodia eyes Laos trade (PPP)
... Laos Battles Drug Use in Schools (LP)
... Thai-Lao Buddhists celebrate Songkran (DC)
... Lao Deputy PM supervises border issues (VT)
... Economic issues to dominate ASEAN summit (VT)
... Lecture explains China's development strategy (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam cooperate in nuclear technologies (VT)
... 'Voices from Laos' comes to the Twin Cities (KARE11)
... Lao Govt hopes to benefit from land reclassification (VT)
... China, Laos police arrest 4 in drug trafficking case (China)
... Soccer: History-making feat bolsters ambitious Laos (FIFA)
... Tourist car capsized in Laos, three Vietnam tourists died (VN)
... Xaythany road upgrade postponed until after rainy season (VT)
... Laos has sufficient gold to meet surge in demand: trader (ANN)
... Lao New Year 2013: Building community and 21st century celebrations
... Accident: Lao Air DHC6 at Nathong on Apr 17th 2013, clipped trees on takeoff

April 15-21, 2013

Laos Approved for U.S. $5 Billion Loan for Rail Project (Diplomat)
A U.S. $5 billion dollar loan for construction of a rail link across southern Laos between Thailand and Vietnam has reportedly been approved. The loan is worth more than half of Laos’ total Gross Domestic Product. New Zealand group Rich Banco Berhad has apparently approved the loan to Malaysian-based Giant Consolidated, which will build the 220-km
Lao-Thai: River of hope, and fear (Business Standard)
As the fourth "friendship" bridge across the Mekong River, between northern Thailand and Laos, waits to open later this year, agreements for a fifth one, also between Thailand and Laos, and a sixth, between Laos and Myanmar, have just been announced. When these bridges, and many more that are sure to come, are done, trade, investment and tourism
New Year road accidents in Vientiane decrease (VT)
Some 30 road accidents occurred during Lao New Year 2013 celebrations in Vientiane from April 14-16, resulting in only two fatalities, which was a significant decrease on last year. Chief of the Vientiane Traffic Police Department Lieutenant Colonel Phommachan Suanbounma reported yesterday that there were only 34 road accidents on the three major days of
Laos’ Mammoth Train Project a Fast Track to Debt and Despair (Time)
Change is coming to sleepy Laos in the form of a $7.2 billion railway, set to carve its way through this war-ravaged nation. The costs are to be borne by the Laotian government, courtesy of a Chinese loan amounting to a staggering 86% of Laos’ annual $8.3 billion GDP. The level of indebtedness has led some to condemn the scheme as the latest example of
A dam too far in Laos (Asia Times)
It was once referred to by US magazine Newsweek as a "kinder, gentler" type of dam. Since the Nam Theun 2 hydropower dam commenced commercial operations in 2010, the World Bank and other proponents of the multi-billion dollar power project have trumpeted it as an economic and social development success story for host country Laos. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Pi Mai road accidents claim 23 lives (VT)
... Building Lao voices by speaking up (DP)
... Falling gold price drives up jewellery sales (VT)
... Sombath: A congruence of disappearances (ST)
... Lao Air plane crashes on takeoff in Huaphan (VT)
... Lao Govt seeks approval for added expenditure (VT)
... Xayaboury dam designed to protect fish species (VT)
... High costs, water shortages see rice crops dwindle (VT)
... Vigilance needed to prevent bird flu outbreak in Laos (VT)
... Pi Mai celebrations make a splash (VT)
... Laos plans two mega railway lines (ANN)
... Laos' poverty thresholds to be raised (ANN)
... Ong Keo monument consecrated in Saravan (VT)
... Lao Govt to expand Wattay airport terminals: Minister (VT)
... Khammuan makes plans to ensure tourists linger longer (VT)
... Lao officials hone skills in fight against human trafficking (VT)
... Loan Approval Puts Thailand-Laos-Vietnam Rail On Track (RFA)
... Poverty thresholds to be raised, reflecting living costs in Laos (VT)
... BikeHike Adventures unveils new biking tour from Laos to Thailand
... Vietnam tops list of scholarship providers in Laos (TN)
... US: Considering GSP benefits for Burma and Laos (JS)
... Laid Back Laos: Family Holiday in Luang Prabang (SF Gate)
... Laos, Philippines invited to step up cooperation with Belarus (Belta)
... Laos' GDP growth remains robust amid economic challenges: ADB (XN)
... Lao New Year 2013: Today's diaspora and changing cultural traditions (DP)
... Lao New Year (US Dept of State)
... Thai Princess joins Pi Mai Lao (BP)
... Rice prices rise slightly in provinces (VT)
... Hospitals prepare for holiday accidents (VT)
... President offers best wishes for Lao New Year (VT)
... Lao Govt addresses issues relating to integration (VT)
... Missing activist's family deserves help and answers (Nation)
... Work begins on new ministry building on 450 Year Road (VT)
... Opposition to US Funding of Bomb Clearing From Vietnam (Scoop)
... Champa, First Bear Ever To Undergo Brain Surgery, Recovers in Laos
... Lao New Year unites groups to celebrate together for first time in Minn (MPR)

April 8-14, 2013

'No obstacle' to Laos-China rail link (Bangkok Post)
There are "no obstacles" to Laos' planned high-speed rail link from China, the country's transport minister was quoted as saying Thursday, days after the Asian Development Bank called the project "unaffordable" for the developing country.  Construction on the seven billion dollar, 421 kilometre, Chinese-Lao railway "would begin shortly after all parties had reached
Weakening dollar hurts garment industry in Laos (VT)
The Lao garment industry is struggling to survive as the US dollar continues to fall against the kip, posing a big challenge for exporters. “We are going through the most difficult time in 20 years,” President of the Lao Association of Garment Industry, Mr Onesy Boutsivongsakd, told the Vientiane Times yesterday. He urged the sectors concerned to support the industry in
Investor from Ukraine to lose $40mn in Laos unless Govt intervenes (BP)
Onix Ltd, a company registered in Ukraine, may lose $40mn worth of investments through improper conduct on the part of Laos-based Lao Geo Consultant Company and MK-GROUP (company incorporated in Russian Federation) resulting in an unlawful dilution of Onix’ majority stake in Laos-based Dao Lao Co., Ltd., Onix’ press service reported on Thursday.
ADB projects 7.7% economic growth for Laos (VT)
The Lao economy is expected to grow by about 7.7 percent in 2013 as resource based industries, manufacturing and services continue to generate solid growth, according to a key Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.  The bank yesterday released its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Bank Outlook, highlighting the economic
Toyota Establishes ... Production Base in Laos (4-Traders)
Toyota Boshoku Corporation established a new vehicle interior components production company, TOYOTA BOSHOKU LAO CO., LTD. in the Lao People's Democratic Republic in April. This is the first time the Toyota Boshoku group has built a production base in Laos. The new company will serve as a satellite complementing the Toyota Boshoku group production
Vaccines to curb spread of foot-and-mouth disease (VT)
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has donated 600,000 doses of vaccine for foot and mouth disease, worth over 400,000 euros, to Laos for the prevention and control of the disease, which is fatal to livestock. The vaccine was presented to the agriculture and forestry sector in Luang Prabang province last week by the Deputy Sub-Regional
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Toyota plans production base in Laos (BP)
... Laos: First Brain Surgery Performed on Bear (NG)
... State-owned Lao bank unveils mobile phone services (VT)
... Concerned agencies partner for New Year road safety (VT)
... Laos asks int'l community for help with UXO clearance (VT)
... Phase II of Vientiane-Nong Khai railway gathers steam (VT)
... Lao leader attends Asean ministerial meetings in Brunei (VT)
... Lao New Year 2013: Myth of the Nang Sangkhan (Daily Planet)
... Plan International raises education bar for northern children (VT)
... Nothern Laos: Xiengkhor district radio station takes to the air (VT)
... The best of Southeast Asia, so far - one of them Beer Lao (Galesburg)
... Elephant Cafe opens on Farwell with a menu of Thai, Lao dishes (JSO)
... Nikon's move into Laos suggests a continuing evolution of global trade (TI)
... Laos water festival begins on Sunday (BP)
... Champassak gives perk to coffee farmers (VT)
... Laos-China rail project ‘no obstacle': minister (VT)
... Laotian youth visiting Stanford discuss 'UXOs' (ABC)
... Colombian biodiversity, culture on display in Vientiane (VT)
... Laos expresses sorrow over death of former British PM (VT)
... Australia: Fairfield's Lao community celebrates their new year (FC)
... World Bank executive directors praise Laos' development success (VT)
... Eucalyptus pros, cons ‘being assessed': Minister (VT)
... Vientiane residents should save water, officials say (VT)
... Laos bans gambling, pornography during new year (ANN)
... Vientiane announces big Lao New Year celebrations (VT)
... Thailand & Laos ready for 2nd Joint Cabinet Retreat (NNT)
... Northern Laos: Former opium users resume poppy farming (VT)
... WHO advises cleanliness to prevent spread of A (H7N9) virus (VT)
... Laos high-speed rail: China’s ticket to southeast Asia and beyond (FT)
... How a hill tribe from Laos changed a Pennsylvania tradition (LA Times)
... Ukraine's Onix to lose $40 million in Laos unless government intervenes
... KGAL makes changes to get work moving again on Laos power barrage
... On Lao New Year and the diaspora: Q&A with Saengmany Ratsabout (DP)
... Laotians: Travelling to enrich life (AsiaOne)
... Q&A: Bombs remain threat in Laos (SacBee)
... New Year sparks surge in sales, product supply (VT)
... Xieng Khuang reacts to ban on livestock exports (VT)
... US: Laotian New Year celebrated in Newmarket (SCO)
... Department of Vietnamese Language opens at NUOL (VT)
... Laos' Sunlabob to supply off-grid PV to Kiribati outer islands (PV)
... Three countries may celebrate Lao New Year in Champassak (VT)
... Luang Namtha will get tough to protect environment: Governor (VT)
... Laos: Pastors released after arrested for 'spreading Christian religion'
... Laos views development gap as major challenge Wealth distribution (VT)
... Laos, US promote bilateral relationship (VT)
... Satellite project on track to launch in 2015 (VT)
... Viet cop want Laos to allow extradition of criminal (TN)
... Lecture marks birthday of former North Korea President (VT)
... Officials set prices to prevent pork barrelling over Pi Mai (VT)
... Germany steps up support for vocational teacher training (VT)
... Mekong countries seek more cooperation on green agriculture (VT)
... Moral obligation exists to remove deadly ‘secret war’ legacy in Laos (TNN)
... Backyard Travel Releases New Laos Tour: Elephant Camp Experience Laos
... Thai Lao Restaurant serves dishes that will get you out of your Asian food rut

April 1-7, 2013

Sepon mine generating significant tax revenues (VT)
As a direct contribution to revenue collection in Laos, Sepon paid a final tax installment for its 2012 earnings of US$113.87 million. Including earlier payments of value added tax to the Lao government through local suppliers, the total profit tax paid to the Lao government for 2012 was US$120.2 million. The tax owing was presented by General Manager Sepon,
Laos' Ruling Party Agrees to Pursue China Rail Loan (RFA)
The ruling Communist Party in Laos has given the go-ahead to the government to officially negotiate a controversial loan with China to finance an ambitious high-speed railway project linking the two countries. The 11 members of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party have unanimously approved a resolution to make
Luang Prabang has rooms aplenty for Pi Mai Lao visitors (VT)
Authorities in Luang Prabang province are confident that hotels and guesthouses will not fill up during the Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) holiday although there will be an increase in the number of visitors. The 54 hotels and resorts and 281 guesthouses in the province will be able to accommodate all visitors throughout the festival, said the Director of the provincial Info
Smoke from slash-and-burn farming delays northern flights (VT)
Morning flights from Vientiane to the northern provinces have experienced delays recently because visibility has been impaired by smoke as farmers burn off brush prior to planting their rice crops. Most of the flights that are affected go to Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Xieng Khuang and Luang Namtha provinces. Flights between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai
Other stories about Laos around the world
... More help needed for UXO clearance (VT)
... Lao Govt to halt protected area encroachment (VT)
... More work needed on World Heritage Site proposal (VT)
... Laos, Thailand discuss single visa, railway linkages (VT)
... Officials vow to make real progress towards MDGs (VT)
... SEA: China Flaunts Regional Clout With Manhunt (NY Times)
... United World Colleges Offer Scholarship to Lucky Laotian (OEF)
... Irrigation project set to benefit Hom district farmers in Vientiane (VT)
... POSCO E&C Wins Hydroelectric Power Plant Deal in Laos (IFENG)
... Thai PM hopes for Thai-Lao-China high-speed train link (Pattaya Mail)
... Landmine clearance helping to alleviate poverty in Laos (Radio Australia)
... Medics heighten bird flu alert (VT)
... Thai-Lao meet to mull border links (BP)
... Laos continues to suffer from warfare (TA)
... Thailand, Laos to consider single visa (BP)
... Talks on Plain of Jars as heritage site (BP)
... Laos: Rhetoric Vs. Reality? – Analysis (EAR)
... Police chief vows to keep the pressure on (VT)
... Thailand to link high speed train with Laos (NST)
... AIMF board adopts future cooperation agenda (VT)
... Club foot patients undergo surgery in Vientiane (VT)
... Deputy PM opens new highway in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Laos achieves remarkable progress in poverty reduction (VT)
... Officials call for environment project to benefit rural people (VT)
... Laos: Development wins – human rights, environment lose (AC)
... Suburban shops see customers dwindle as roadworks churn up dust (VT)
... Bomb Kills Two-Year-Old Boy, Injures Five in Laos on Eve of U.S. Tour (AN)
... Bank reissues call for consultant to Laos hydro development working group
... Lao Air will fly to Myanmar (TTR Weekly)
... Laos resolves Vietnam border dispute (BP)
... Laos, Japan share in student exchanges (VT)
... Khammuan opens 11km long cave to visitors (VT)
... Hongsa folk relocate to make way for power plant (VT)
... Dog meat trafficking disgusts health experts (Aljazeera)
... Rising amphetamine use posing addiction threat in Laos (VT)
... Asian airlines start flying Sukhoi Superjets (Travel Daily Media)
... PPIAF assistance in Lao People's Democratic Republic (World Bank)
... Govt, Unesco to meet on Plain of Jars World Heritage Site proposal (VT)
... Health ministry firms up plans towards Millennium Development Goals (VT)
... US: Lao New Year's Festival (KLFY)
... Travel Centre trains tour guides (VT)
... The trouble with travelling (WA Today)
... My Thai: Lao Stuffed Lemongrass (SE)
... Govt announces Lao New Year holiday (VT)
... DKSH, Sanofi introduce hepatitis vaccines (VT)
... AIMF board meeting kicks off in Vientiane (VT)
... Drug addicts to undergo treatment at home (VT)
... Soccer: Laos gains Challenge Cup spot (Tempo)
... Sheboygan aims to honor Lao-Hmong pilots (MNH)
... Indochina falling under Russia's influence again (Pravda)
... St. Paul: Hmong vets memorial could soon be realized (PP)
... 40 years on, Laos reels from U.S. war legacy (Japan Times)
... Laos, Vietnam pleased with border demarcation progress (VT)
... No Easter in Laos, Vietnam, for Persecuted Christians (Scoop)
... US: Laotian Veterans Of 'Secret War' Honored In New Britain (Courant)
... 20 illegal Lao migrant workers arrested while traveling back home for Songkran

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