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Dec 26, 2011 - Jan 1, 2012

Lao-British: Stranger donated kidney after meeting at a party (Telegraph, DM)
Mrs Buttigieg offered to donate her kidney just minutes after meeting Manoly Viravong, 45, who had been waiting for an organ for five years. Mrs Viravong's own brother had backed out of donating her a kidney yet Mrs Buttigieg did not have a second thought in going under the knife for someone she had just met. Mrs Buttigieg said: "I could tell she felt hopeless.
Chinese firm to spend US$1.5b to develop (VT)
That Luang marsh The government has given the green light for a Chinese company to develop the 365-hectare That Luang marsh area of Vientiane as a specific economic zone, to stimulate socio-economic development in Laos. The agreement to develop the marsh was reached yesterday in Vientiane between the government and the Wan Feng Shanghai real
No Christmas for Lao Christians (Nation)
Again this year, many Christians in Laos are prohibited from celebrating Christmas, or are being arrested and imprisoned for seeking to practice their faith independent of government control. Lao and Hmong Christians continue to be arrested, imprisoned and tortured in Laos by security forces and the army. On December 21, authorities of Natoo village, Phalansay
That Luang marsh to become Vientiane's showpiece (VT)
Plans to turn Vientiane's That Luang marsh into an attractive urban development envisage an area of green spaces, wetlands, a public park, new roads, residential areas, and commercial centres.  A Japanese company has drawn up plans that are intended to serve as a guideline for the sustainable development of the marsh until 2030. Government officials gathered in
Other stories about Laos around the world
... IHG to debut in Laos (4Hoteliers)
... From Macau to Laos, with China in between (Economist)
... Laos extends $15k financial aid to 'Sendong' survivors (GMA, ST)
... Laos Tortures, Fines, Church Leaders For ‘Violating Customs’ (BNL)
... A Lao-Hmong Generation Finds Its Voice in Writing (New York Times)
... New font drives IT development in Laos (VT)
... Road, bridge construction paving way for development in Laos (VT)
... Provincial governor calls for more support for rural development (VT)
... Families buy freedom for 15 loggers in Laos, six remain detained (PPP)
... New dam project underway in Laos' Luang Prabang province (M&C)
... Lao Govt allocates 400b kip (~ US$ 50 million) for flood recovery (VT)
... Hmong Community Feeling Absence of General Vang Pao (KSEE)
... Laos: Political ideology focuses on rural development success (VT)
... Lao Vice President meets Vietnamese delegation (TN)
... Dam in nature-rich 'Jewel of Laos' underway (RB)
... Laos, Thailand, Vietnam build economic axis (TN)
... No Justice for Lao-Hmong Refugees (Diplomat)
... Japan cranks up provincial power links (VT)
... Visitor numbers set to surge at Vat Phou (VT)
... Memorial honoring Gen. Vang Pao unveiled (ABC)
... Vietnamese, Lao finance ministries boost ties (TN)
... Calls for ANZ to freeze Laos dam funds (Radio Australia)
... No Christmas in Laos For Persecuted Christians (Scoop)
... Hmong in Calif celebrate New Year festival (AP/SF Gate)
... 21st meeting between Vietnamese-Lao border delegations (ISRIA)
... International Agencies Call to End Persecution of Christians in Laos (CP)
... President Choummaly Sayasone offers condolences on death of Kim Jong-Il (VT)
... Lessons from Laos (HCN)
... Making a difference in Laos (Star)
... Future of Nam Phou fountain up in the air (VT)
... CK insists Xayaburi dam will proceed (Bangkok Post)
... Tale of Laotian Missionary: Bending With the Bamboo (PR)
... Behaviour changes eyed in effort to combat infectious diseases (VT)

December 19-25, 2011

Human rights group blasts Thailand's forced return of Lao refugee (M&C)
Human Rights Watch blasted Thailand Thursday for forcibly repatriating a Hmong refugee to Laos last week in violation of international law. Thai authorities handed over Ka Yang, a registered refugee with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok, to Lao officials December 17 on the Thai-Lao border, the New-York based human rights group said and UN
Thai authorities forcibly return recognised refugee to Laos –HRW (Reuters)
Thai authorities forcibly handed over a registered Hmong refugee and his family to Lao officials on Saturday, in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Ethnic Hmongs regularly flee Laos saying they face routine attacks by the Lao military and that they would face torture if they returned home. Distrust between the two sides
Lao NA approves 13 laws in closing session (VT)
The three new laws approved by the NA relate to the promotion of small and medium enterprises, libraries, and the Lao Bar Association. The 10 amended laws relate to telecommunications, intellectual property, electricity, minerals, tax, customs, state budget, insurance, hygiene and health, and drug and medical products. Many of these laws will
Lao Officials: Give Up Your Faith Or Face Eviction (Eurasia Review)
Nearly 50 Christians await their fate today after officials in Natoo village, southern Laos, on Wednesday (Dec. 21) summoned four of their leaders and warned that they would evict the entire church “within 24 hours” if they refused to give up their faith. Officials told the Christians they had forfeited their right to live in the village because of their faith, the advocacy group
Lao Officials Arrest Eight Christian Leaders (CDN)
Police early this morning traveled to Boukham village in Laos’ Savannakhet Province to meet with officials about the arrest on Friday (Dec. 16) of eight Christian leaders who had gathered some 200 church members for a Christmas celebration, an advocacy group reported today. Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reported that the leaders had
Laos keeps its hydropower hopes alive (Bangkok Post)
Don't dream the Xayaburi hydropower project is over. It's not dead yet, but Laos has a long fight ahead. Environmentalists and the governments of Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are still savouring their victory at the Mekong River Commission Council meeting on Dec 8. They have reason to feel that way because the lower Mekong countries agreed to further assess
Other stories about Laos around the world
... IFAD provides US$13.9m for food security program in Laos (VT)
... 20 years of China-ASEAN relations marked in Laos (PS)
... Rights group slams Thailand's Lao refugee return (Times)
... Activists concerned for returned Hmong refugee (ABC)
... Lao-American: Fulfilling a lifelong dream (MDN)
... Laos: Health officials to inspect gift baskets (VT)
... Laos to build 41 special economic zones (VT)
... Lao school's magic man (Echo)
... Viet PM welcomes Lao Security Minister (TN)
... Vientiane takes National Games crown (VT)
... GMS countries agree cooperation plans (VT)
... VN, Laos cooperate to develop border areas (MCOT)
... Watch the many personalities of Laos in this time-lapsed video
... Book Review: Cashing In across the Golden Triangle (Shan Land)
... Laos: History in a jar (Nation)
... Laos joins probe into Supoj robbery (BP)
... Lao Govt seeks increase in budget deficit (VT)
... JVC helps farmers in Laos raise rice yields (JT)
... Hygiene Law has no teeth: Lao NA member (VT)
... Save on a Valentine’s holiday to Laos (Easier Travel)
... Chinese army cultural events week in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Lao NA represents the people, members reminded (VT)
... Lao Govt to make payment of vehicle tax affordable (VT)
... French project helps Lao schoolchildren make the grade (VT)
... Vietnam’s investment in Cambodia, Laos increase considerably (SD)
... Kakone Phommachack joins Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati
... Cambodian border-crossers still languishing in Laos (PPP)
... Secondary schools in Laos to teach vocational subjects (VT)
... Chinese State Councilor Meets Cambodian, Lao, Viet PMs (CRI)
... Northern Laos: Bamboo management project takes root in Huaphan (VT)
... Laos & Japan seek way to improve business investment climate (LV/KPL)
... Southern Laos: Champassak’s export doubles to over USD 83 million (LV/KPL)

December 12-18, 2011

Neighbours cash-in as West sits out quiet boom in Laos (Reuters)
The Japanese cars and sport utility vehicles that clog the streets of Laos's once sleepy capital are testament to the changes quietly under way in a county once seen as a basket case isolated for decades behind Asia's bamboo curtain. Shopping malls are under construction, mobile phone shops and modern coffee houses with Wi-Fi are popping up in Vientiane,
China & Laos: From superpower to super minnow (New Zealand Herald)
Our next destination was Laos so we passed through Jinghong and breezed through the border. I'm giving away my age here, but I was last in Laos 13 years ago. It was one of my first backpacking experiences and one of the main reasons I decided to leave New Zealand to travel the world. Back then Laos, which is one of the world's poorest countries, was in its very
Opium growth increasing in Myanmar, Laos - UN (Reuters)
Opium cultivation is back on the rise in Myanmar and Laos despite government eradication campaigns, with impoverished farmers lured by higher prices and strong demand from neighbouring countries, the United Nations said on Thursday. The area of land devoted to growing opium, a paste from poppy used to make heroin, has increased by 14 percent in
Holes in Laos' mining industry legislation, amendments needed (VT)
The Ministry of Energy and Mines has asked the National Assembly (NA) to approve a proposed amendment to the Minerals Law to better regulate the mining sector, which is one of the largest industries and the number one foreign exchange earner in Laos.  Mining is the biggest income earner in Laos with revenue of US$862 million recorded during the Oct-Mar
Single visa for Indochina still a pipe dream (VT)
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have agreed in principle to offer nationals of other countries a single tourist visa to visit the three nations, but it will take some time to implement due to technical issues, according to a senior official. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Bounkeuth Sangsomsak made the comment last week after a Lao National Chamber of
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Key facts about Laos (Reuters)
... PC Air set for Laos flights (Nation)
... Taiwan, Laos conclude bilateral WTO pact (TN or CP)
... Trafficking victims from Laos sheltered ahead of trial (RFA)
... Sri Lanka’s Jetwing managed hotel opens in Laos (Island)
... Travel agents in Laos urged to focus on Asian market (VT)
... Viet PM welcomes Lao health, post-telecoms ministers (TN)
... Lao-American: Eagan businesswoman honored by Jaycees (DCT)
... Lower tax rates will boost state income: Lao Finance Minister (VT)
... China's Dragon is a Snake in Laos, where 2012 Spells Fear (EEO)
... Lao-American: RI man sentenced to 6 years for drug trafficking (BG)
... Laos, Cambodia explore use of imported fish to combat dengue (ANN)
... Lecture highlights Kaysone Phomvihane's role in struggle for liberation (VT)
... Explore Beyond Luang Prabang with SpiceRoads Cycle Tours (PR-Canada)
... Lao women freed in Thai brothel raid: police (AFP/MSC)
... Analysis: No stopping big hydro projects, despite Lao veto (Reuters)
... Xayaburi in hot water - Mekong dam project is halted, feared doomed (BP)
... How a Dam Project in Laos Could Have Serious International Repercussions
... Cross the border from Thailand's Ubon Ratchathani to Laos' Pakse (Nation)
... Relocating villagers get new houses as Borikhamxay dam expands (VT)
... Lao Government powers up electricity sector development (VT)
... Laos works to promote human rights for all, [seriously?] (VT)
... Laos investments in the spotlight (VNN)
... Drilling Commences at Jiuzhai Project in Laos (Irasia)
... EU calls for Laos, Cambodia to improve product quality (VT)
... Chinese company plans Laos' central-southern power link (VT)
... Nation ready to share judicial reform experience with Laos (VNN)
... Laos delays Mekong dam project, Japan to conduct study (Reuters)
... Mekong countries delay Laos dam decision (AFP/Yahoo)

December 5-11, 2011

Xayaburi vote to test Mekong friendships (Bangkok Post)
Laos will attend the three-day Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council meeting starting today in Siem Reap with confidence that the landlocked country can convince other MRC members _ Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam _ to back the project after completion of the consultation process. "Laos will make sure that this dam will not impact countries in the lower
Southeast Asia Set to Square Off Again on Xayaburi (Wall Street Journal)
Laos’s plans to establish itself as the hydroelectric powerhouse of Southeast Asia will likely face a fierce challenge this week from neighboring Vietnam and Cambodia which worry that the proposed $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam will devastate fish stocks and disrupt crucial sediment flows to the rice-growing Mekong river delta.  Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and
No need to buy electricity from Laos' Xayaburi dam (Bangkok Post)
Thailand can meet its future energy needs without any additional hydropower imports or further investment in coal or nuclear energy, a new study shows. The California-based environmental NGO International Rivers commissioned the study, which was conducted by energy researchers Chuenchom Sangarasri Greacen and Chris Greacen and released
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Japan grants for flood relief in Laos (LV/KPL)
... Laos to get South Korean loan for hydropower (LBO)
... Production returns to normal at PanAust’s Laos mine (MW)
... Lao National Assembly session opens with budget the hot issue (VT)
... Audit results show Lao government is weak on financial management (VT)
... Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado Needs Help to Rebuild After Devastating Fire
... Laos ready to build first mainstream Mekong River dam despite intense opposition
... Indochina nations seek to boost investment in border area (VT)
... Decision time for giant Laos dam (TNN)
... Conclave to Open on Mekong’s Fate (NY Times)
... Korea funds printing of school textbooks in Laos (VT)
... Japan lends weight to Laos' forest management (VT)
... Mekong nations to meet on controversial Laos dam (TD)
... Southern Laos: Indochina trade, tourism fair opens in Attapeu (VT)
... Save the Mekong coalition urges cancellation of Lao dam project (M&C)
... Lao-American: Buddhist temple in Westminster destroyed in early-morning fire
... Mekong kayak trip basis for two events (OS)
... Lao NA meeting to consider national issues (VT)
... Dams of destruction threaten Mekong (Bangkok Post)
... China, Laos vows to further enhance military relations (PD)
... Northern Laos: Rural poor in Xieng Khuang need winter clothing (VT)
... Southern Laos: Attapeu plays host to its first international conference (VT)
... In Laos, American Vietnam-era cluster bombs still pose grave threat (WBEZ)
... Kolao, Lao Govt team up for safer roads (VT)
... Lao villagers: Tide of change for the better (BP)
... Laos can address Xayaboury dam impacts: official (VT)
... Northern Laos: Huaphan achieves vaccination targets (VT)

Nov 28-Dec 4, 2011

US Senate pushes for Xayaburi funds freeze (PPP)
The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday approved a resolution calling on US representatives at multinational banks to suspend financial support to environmentally questionable projects on the Mekong River, including the planned Xayaburi dam in Laos. The unanimously approved non-binding resolution cites the country’s “
Thailand won't veto construction of Laos' dam (Bangkok Post)
Thailand will not oppose construction of the Xayaburi dam in Laos but Vientiane must take responsibility if the project causes any environmental damage, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk says. Mr Preecha yesterday said Thailand was treating the project as an internal affair of Laos which Bangkok had no right to interfere in
Make or break time for Mekong river as Xayaburi dam decision looms (Panda)
Environment and water resource ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam meeting in Siem Reap next week hold the fate of the Mekong river in their hands as they look set to reach a decision on a go or no-go for the controversial Xayaburi dam in northern Laos. In April this year the Joint Committee of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), 
Seven Activists Languishing In Laos' Jail (RFA)
Seven dissidents from Laos who raided a checkpoint along the border with Thailand 11 years ago to publicize their dissatisfaction with their communist government continue to languish in jail under appalling conditions, according to one of the activists who has been released. "Their morale is low and their health is in bad shape," said Phaysarn Linthong, who was freed
Thai floods unravel Lao garment industry (VT)
The Lao garment industry, one of the nation's major economic foundations, has been hit by slowing output due to a shortage of raw materials, according to an industry representative. Lao Garment Industry Association President Mr Onesy Boutsivongsackd said last week that a number of major garment factories in Laos had stopped overtime operations as the supply
World Bank cuts Lao GDP growth forecast to 8% (VT)
The World Bank has cut Laos' economic growth forecast for this year after the landlocked country suffered severe flooding this rainy season. The bank has unveiled its latest economic projections for economies in the East Asia and Pacific region on its website. GDP growth in Laos is now projected at 8% in 2011, slightly lower than the previous projection of 8.6%
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Missing in Laos, honored at home (GA)
... Laos marks 36th founding anniversary (MB)
... Lao People's Democratic Republic's National Day
... Diplomats congratulate Laos on National Day (VT)
... New National Assembly building handed over (VT)
... UN leader commends Laos for MDG progress (VT)
... Australia-Laos: Making Christmas fair and square (Age)
... Laos casino under suspicion over drugs trade (Aljazeera)
... Thai police deny Suphoth heist leader held in Laos (Nation)
... LAOS: Looming threat of "catching up" on HIV prevalence (IRIN)
... Vietnam convenes with neighbours on dam project in Laos (VNN)
... Old U.S. bombs' toll in Laos topic of lecture, photos at UM (Missoulian)
... Senior Chinese leader pledges poverty-relief cooperation with Laos (People)
... More women from Laos, Myanmar & Vietnam trafficked to China as brides (NST)
... Senior Chinese leader pledges poverty-relief cooperation with Laos (XN)
... International Petition Calls for Thailand, Laos to Cancel Xayaburi Dam (VOA)
... Visit Laos Year 2012 campaign ready to roll (VT)
... Blood donations flow to mark Lao National Day (VT)
... Trade fair showcases Vietnamese, Lao products (VIR)
... Hungary honorary consulate opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Vietnamese businessman invests in Lao football (VN)
... Laos awarded peace prize for int'l diplomacy (Yahoo)
... Laos, Hungary pledge further cooperation (VT)
... Laos: Hotline opens to report domestic violence (VT)
... Laos looks to Korea for economic dev't (MENA FM)
... Germany gives boost to poverty reduction in Laos (VT)
... Laos Tours: Experience something different in Laos (VT)
... Laos economy to grow 8.2 per cent, despite floods (Nation)
... A Visitor From Laos Compares His Nation's Exotic Eats To China's
... Lao NA president calls for end to violence against women, children (VT)

November 21-27, 2011

Laos Human Rights Advocate Dies (Scoop)
Khampet Moukdarath, a human rights advocate for the people of Laos, and a survivor of the Lao gulag and reeducation system, died on November 6, 2011, in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area. He was honored at recent events in Washington, D.C., by the Laotian-American community, the United League for Democracy in Laos, Inc. (ULDL), 
Pilot suspected of using fake license now works in Laos (VietnamNet)
According to VNExpress, the Korean pilot, who is suspected of using an unqualified license and of having lied about his flying hours, is now an ATR72 pilot for a cargo carrier in Laos. The suspicions were raised in local Korean media in October after he failed to make a smooth landing when he was the co-pilot for a Vietnam Airlines flight in April. 
American-Hmong giving back to home country - Laos (Sheboygan Press)
Forty-one years after war drove Vue Yang from his home country of Laos, the country can now feel almost unrecognizable. A gravel road now leads to the remote mountain village where he was born, the people he used to know are mostly gone and new buildings stand where there was once open space. "It's like it's upside down," said the 60-year-old Yang, of Sheboygan
Lao Govt seeks US$700m in aid to ensure economic growth of 8% (VT)
The Lao government needs between US$700 and US$800 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) per year on average over the next five years (2011-15) to reach its target of annual economic growth of 8 percent. To achieve the goal, government sectors need to display a firm commitment & real intention to utilise ODA provided by development partners
Laos to Wait for ‘Positive Signals’ Before Building Mekong Dam (Bloomberg)
Laos will wait for “positive signals” from its neighbors before it builds the $3.7 billion Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River, Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisolit said. “Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia share the common position that any construction activity will take place only if positive signals are given by the experts,” he said
Laos: Magdalen Muraa, "I started asking myself, 'Why did I come here?'" (IRIN)
The Laos government is tackling its notoriously low maternal and child health indicators with a massive midwife training campaign. Magdalen Muraa, mother of three and a UN Volunteer from Uganda, arrives at Luang Prabang's regional hospital every morning at 7am to help train the future midwives. She had previously worked in a Laotian village in the northeast, the only
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao-Thai Cuisine: Save a Seat at Savatdee (Seattle Weekly)
... Private sector backs WFP's nutrition project in Laos (Investors)
... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam to develop border region (Yahoo News)
... China Says Joint Mekong Patrols Begin In December (Official Wire)
... China says joint Mekong River police patrols with Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in Dec
... Nunun Spotted in Laos (Tempo Interactive)
... Work on border with Laos to speed up (VN)
... Lao-Thai: Bangkok Golden spices things up (FT)
... Medics renovate house for retired health official (VT)
... Xieng Khuang seeks WTO copyright for kainoi rice (VT)
... Work begins on cogeneration plant in Laos (VietnamNews)
... Laos and Turkey ambassadors present credentials (CNA)
... Lao Airlines connects S'pore to all ASEAN cities (CNA or BT)
... Lao PM thanks development partners for continued support (VT)
... Construction on 3.7-billion-dollar Lao lignite plant begins (MENA FN)
... Laos: Ministerial reshuffle announced (VT)
... Foundation stones laid for US$100m sugar factory (VT)
... Vietnamese group starts huge sugar project in Laos (TN)
... Lao Govt, development partners urge sustainable growth (VT)
... Laos seeks jump in aid to ensure growth, reduce poverty (M&C)
... Industrial park opens for business in Savannakhet (VT)
... Luang Prabang to have Vietnam-funded secondary school (VT)
... Ventiane 2.0, Laos Future 2030 and visit of the local dentist (Zimbio)
... Pick the best of Laos short breaks for magnificent holidays (Zimbio)
... Wahroonga woman's 'school of change' for Hmong refugees (HA)
... Vaccination drive on track to eliminate measles, rubella (VT)
... Donors inject millions to perk up investment climate in Laos (VT)
... New Airbus A320 gives more exposure to Lao Airlines (eTurboNews)
... Asean summit wraps up in Indonesia (VT)

November 14-20, 2011

US Ambassador, a.k.a. MC Karen, Raps in Lao (ABC News)
Jay-Z she is not, but when the U.S. ambassador to Laos took the stage at a music festival in the Laotian capital of Vientiane the other day she decided to try a medium not usually employed in diplomacy: She rapped. In Lao. Eschewing the typical diplomatic pin-striped suit, Ambassador Karen Stewart, a.k.a. MC Karen (as she later called herself on her Tumblr),
Scammed In Laos, Trapped in America (Hawaii Reporter)
Bouala Phommachanh, 55, agreed to leave his wife and five children behind in the fall of 2005 to take a farming job in Hawaii after a recruiter visited his home in the Loas capitol of Vientiane. The Laotian recruiter promised that if Bouala answered the questions correctly at the American Embassy, that he could make enough as a farm worker in Hawaii to pull his
High taxes affect business in Laos (Smart Grid)
Companies operating in Laos have identified high taxes as one of the main obstacles to doing business in the country. Speaking in response to the World Bank's latest survey on the Lao business climate, both Laos-based and foreign firms say business tax rates are very high, making it difficult for them to stay competitive. Companies in other East Asian and
ADB provides additional loans, grants worth $60 million (VT)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide loans and grants worth 480 billion kip (US$60 million) for three development projects in Laos.  The funding agreements were signed between the ADB and the Ministry of Finance yesterday in Vientiane. The funding will support the secondary education development programme, the second private
Laos defies neighbours’ objections to construction of Mekong dam (VS)
The government of Laos is showing increasing determination to build the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River despite persistent objections and warnings of disastrous consequences from neighbouring countries, international donors and environmental groups. Laos has already been accused of starting preliminary construction on dam infrastructure
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Talat Sao Mall 2 opened (LV/KPL)
... Laos and Myanmar to remove v-o-a policy (JP)
... Hyundai heavy industries expands to Laos (LV/KPL)
... Laos’ Human Development Index value rises (LV/KPL)
... Lao, Thai, Israeli companies launch recycling venture (VT)
... Thai firm to study 600MW wind power project in Laos (PE)
... Singapore PM Lee meets Japan, Laos PMs at ASEAN summit (CNA)
... Xieng Khuang court sentences drug traffickers to death in absentia (VT)
... Disaster Management discussed in Mekong-Japan summit (Nation)
... Firm denies Laos' dam report bias (EB)
... Germany backs new blood donation centres (VT)
... Cultivating his Hmong roots in Fresno (LA Times)
... Soccer: Vietnam beat Laos 3-1, two red cards (TN)
... Foreign ministers prepare for 19th Asean Summit (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia assess drug control efforts (VT)
... LAOS: Bridging culture to promote maternal health (IRIN News)
... 19th ASEAN Summit kicks off in Indonesia (VT)
... UN report shows rise in Lao development ranking (VT)
... Northern Laos: Vietnam boosts growth in Huaphan (VT)
... Thailand floods dampen southern Laos tourism (MENA FN)
... Sports: Laotian ends Rusfredy’s hopes of a golden finish (Star)
... United League Issues Human Rights Appeal - Laos, Vietnam (Scoop)
... Lao President urges officials to help villagers boost trade (VT)
... Northern Laos: Public consultation underway on Nam Ou dam (VT)
... Business venture kicks off as landmark bridge in Khammuan opens (VT)

November 7-13, 2011

New Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to foster closer ties (MCOT or Sinchew)
Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Friday presided over the inauguration of the third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, connecting the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Phanom with Khammuan province in the central Lao Peoples Democratic Republic. The opening ceremony took place on Nov 11 at 11.11am at the Thai-Lao border, co-chaired
‘False Claims’ In Laos' Dam Report (Radio Free Asia)
A new report commissioned by the Lao government makes “false claims” regarding the impact of a planned hydroelectric dam in the landlocked country and should not be used as a basis for proceeding with the project, according to a conservation group. Despite acknowledging uncertainties about how the Xayaburi Dam would affect riparian communities
Poverty decreased by 1.2 % on a yearly basis in Laos (LV/KPL)
The number of poor families in the Lao PDR has been reduced by 1.2 % on an annual basis, according to Vice-President of National Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction, Mr. Savang Syhavong. The percentage of poor families in Laos has been decreased from 27.7 in 2002-2003 to 20.4 in 2009-2010 and 18.77 this year, according to
Laos: Project to pilot use of vehicles in UXO clearance (VT)
The Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) will begin to use vehicles for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance for the first time in Laos starting in January.  The pilot project for mechanical unexploded sub-munitions clearance will be conducted in Xieng Khuang province from January to May. The Komatsu Company from Japan has provided a vehicle for UXO
That Luang development project handed over to city authorities (VT)
The That Luang development project was handed over to Vientiane authorities on Friday at the start of the That Luang Festival, which runs from November 4-10. T he project includes construction of four-lane road access to the stupa, a road around the stupa, a park, drainage, street and park lighting, and paving. Phetthavone Construction Company financed
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos faces challenges in creating jobs (ANN)
... Soccer: Booters eye big win over Laos (Malaya)
... ASEM convention centre design approved (VT)
... Thousands pay homage at That Luang stupa (VT)
... PHL handicrafts featured in Laos festival (GMA News)
... Khammuan eyes tourism boom as Mekong bridge opens (VT)
... Laos faces challenges in creating productive jobs: expert (MENA FM)
... U-23 Soccer: Azkals grab 1st win, come back to edge Laos 3-2 (GMA News)
... Wax castles light up That Luang Festival (VT)
... Laos needs US$140m for flood recovery (ANN)
... Lao FM urges haste in WTO membership bid (VT)
... Lao President proud of public action on poverty (VT)
... Laos to enforce tighter tobacco control (MENA FM)
... Elephant deaths continue in camps in north Laos (ANN)
... Laos, World Bank celebrate 50 years of partnership (VT)
... Laos: Ministry plans way forward for higher education (VT)
... Lao Gov't calls for village models of culture to maintain standards (VT)
... Laos Policy Events, Protest Rally in Washington, DC (PR-Inside)
... Lao health program first of its kind in Elgin (Daily Herald)
... U-19 Soccer: Vietnam trounces Laos 4-0 (ND)
... Laos, S. Korea sow seeds for plant quarantine cooperation (VT)
... Lao Govt eyes relocation of offices to ease traffic congestion (VT)
... 5N Plus to Acquire 100% of Lao Industrial Resources (TF)
... Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Pakse, Laos (SOS)
... Laos launches Vietnam-funded map printing factory (ND)
... NUOL celebrates 15 years of progress (VT)
... Lao Airlines adds first jet to fleet (VT)

Oct 31-Nov 6, 2011

Helping Laos take flight (Province)
For poor families in developing countries, it’s common knowledge that a chicken can change a life. But a picture of a chicken? Yet as strange as it seems, a picture of poultry is all it takes to help buy chickens for poor farmers in Laos, thanks to a new charity fundraiser run in part by Vancouver’s Luis Garcia-Mendez. Garcia-Mendez works for Aeroplan in Vancouver in their
Ratchaburi's hydropower venture in Laos wins ADB financing (Nation)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide approximately US$465 million to support the construction of a 440-megawatt hydropower plant that will supply power to energy-hungry Thailand and provide much-needed revenue to fund poverty reduction programmes in Laos. "Earnings from clean energy exports are vital to poverty reduction efforts in landlocked Lao
Thai floods impact Lao economy (VT/ANN)
Laos needs to take preventative measures to prevent the Thai floods having a negative impact on the economy, a senior economist has advised. National Economic Research Institute Director General, Dr Liber Libouapao, said yesterday the floods in Thailand will have flow on effects in the Lao economy, and the sectors concerned should start to put mitigating
Laos: Poor farmers need alternatives to opium (IRIN)
Training in how to prune peach trees may not be at the top of most drug and crime interventions, but perhaps they should be when it comes to opium, experts say. Opium production was rising in Laos, formerly the third-largest producer in the world after Afghanistan and Myanmar, until the government slashed poppy plots from 26,800ha to
Bangkok flooding forces Lao workers to return home (VT)
Provincial authorities have reported that many Lao people working in Thailand have returned home after flooding in Bangkok inundated their workplaces, mainly factories... For this reason, it is impossible to establish the exact numbers of Lao citizens working in Thailand, but the figure is estimated to be in excess of 100,000 people.  Thailand is a key production hub
Japan backs Laos on mine pollution control (ANN)
The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) yesterday gave a presentation on pollution control in Japanese mines to Lao officials at a seminar on sustainable development and the mining environment. Japanese Ambassador to Laos Junko Yokota said the seminar would help Laos to reduce the environmental impacts of mining
Lao Govt mulls six-lane road for central Vientiane (VT)
The government is considering building a six-lane road in Vientiane as part of its plan to upgrade the city's road network and minimise traffic congestion, Vientiane authorities announced on Monday. The new road would link the Phonthan T-junction through That Luang marsh to the villages of Nonvay and Nakhuay and then join the 450 Year Road.
Lao companies donate to flood victims in Thailand (VT)
The Lao Brewery Company and Daoheuang Group Company handed over 8,000 boxes containing 192,000 bottles of drinking water on Friday via the Lao-Thai Friendship Association for distribution to flood victims in Thailand.  Lao-Thai FAP Bosengkham Vongdara presented the drinking water, worth more than 1.3 million baht, to Thai
Other stories about Laos around the world
... That Luang festival trade fair kicks off (VT)
... Lao Airlines to receive first jet aircraft (ANN)
... Laos, Vietnam enhance special relations (VT)
... Laos aim to repeat 2009 success (Soccer Way)
... Vientiane, Beijing bolster trade cooperation (VT)
... Lao Airlines receives first Airbus (Aviation Record)
... Charming Beijing photo exhibition held in Laos (XN)
... ADB to partially fund new dam on Nam Ngum River (VT)
... Laos, China vow to deepen cooperative partnership (XN)
... Lao cuisine: Thai with a turbo taste boost (Times Colonist)
... Vientiane serves up a taste of Laos in West Sacramento (Examiner)
... Bombs to bracelets: Jewelry that aids war stricken Laos (Fashion Spot)
... Global: Academic freedom reports - Rights groups' call to free Laos' student leaders
... Boycott by three mobile operators in Laos sees Beeline mobile service isolated
... The Laos national team were the success story of the 2009 SEA Games (Goal)
... Research firms in Laos get tax break (ANN)
... The Laos Project #3: Math and Aftermath (Salon)
... UNFPA celebrates Day of 7 Billion in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Laos, Cambodia sign agreement on labour cooperation (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Ka Vang conversations coming in St. Paul (DP)
... Australia helps flood-hit communities get back on their feet (VT)
... Vientiane: Construction of T5 road on track to begin this year (VT)
... Laos, Hmong Veterans' Burial Honors Advanced in Congress (Scoop)
... Southern Laos: Saravan builds monument to Lao freedom fighter (VT)
... National immunisation programme begins in southern Laos (VT)
... Laos: Soaring food price hits poorest harder (VT/ANN/Yahoo)
... How-to: Thailand to Laos Visa Run (AC)
... The Laos Project #1: A Place on a Map (Salon)
... Experts call on Lao Govt to ensure well-being of citizens (VT)
... Switzerland extends support for poverty alleviation in Laos (VT)
... Laos, South Korea assist Vietnamese flood victims (Nhan Dan)
... Iran Supports Expansion of Economic Ties with Laos (FARS News)
... China, Laos Vow to Enhance Security Cooperation on Mekong River (CRI)
... China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand agree to secure Mekong River shipping (XN)
... China, Laos Will Expand Nature Reserve To Protect Asian Elephant (Bernama)
... Mekong nations, S. Korea discuss future cooperation (VT)
... Parking plans for That Luang festival (VT)

October 24-30, 2011

US bolsters UXO clearance in Xieng Khuang, Khammuan (VT)
The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Laos and the United States Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement are continuing their history of successful partnership in Xieng Khuang and Khammuan provinces with a new 12 month unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance project worth US$1.4 million.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between
US commits US$10m to WFP Laos' school meals programme (VT)
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Laos yesterday received a generous contribution of US$10 million, over the next three years, from the United States of America. The contribution agreement was signed in March at the WFP's Headquarters in Rome, Italy, and is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, according to WFP. 
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar rice to trade in Thailand (Market Watch)
The Thai government's procurement of rice from growers well above market prices is expected to result in at least 2.5 million metric tons of the grain from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to find its way into Thailand's granaries and trade, industry officials said. On Oct. 7, Thailand started procuring domestic rice from growers at THB15,000/ton, around 40% above
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Calls to free student leaders in Laos (VOA)
... Water from Laos cleared for shipment (Nation)
... Laos receives industry award at CAEXPO (VT)
... Laos, Switzerland back preservation of Mekong basin (ANN)
... Laos: Rights Groups Urge Release of Student Protestors (Scoop)
... Smuggled cigarettes worth hundred-millions kip put on fire (LV/KPL)
... Laos: Accommodation for Asia-Europe Meeting delegates on track (VT)
... Minmetals hits copper cathode production record at expanded Laos plant
... Dengue Fever Going Back to Southeast Asia to Tour for the Third Time (OC)
... North Central Michigan College to host free lecture on local man's escape from Laos
... Hot Café brings a taste of Laos to Atlanta (CLA)
... Lao Govt Office staff hear mission statement (VT)
... Indonesia lends a hand to Asean disaster victims (VT)
... Switzerland backs preservation of Mekong basin (VT)
... Secondhand vehicle assembly to end in Laos (VT)
... Korean Business Centre opens in Vientiane (LV/VT)
... Lao Govt seeks more funding to restore flood-hit areas (VT)
... Laos, China sign MOU to develop organic farms (Mena FM)
... Northern Laos: Phongsaly builds access roads to new capital (VT)
... Lao, Korean companies ink MOU for dam on Xepon River (LV/VT)
... Two Rivers: The Chance to Export Power Divides Southeast Asia
... Preferential tax agreement set to increase Laos trade (VN)
... Lao Government amends six laws to bolster growth (VT)
... LIG opens tapioca distribution branches in China (VT)
... EU allocates 10m euros for flood-affected S.E. Asia (VT)
... Laos-Thailand: Japan plans rail link study (Bangkok Post)
... Laos: New careers service for students opens at university (LV/KPL)

October 17-23, 2011

Lao-Canadian: Driver 'thought' he hit post, not cyclists (Ottawa Citizen)
An accused hit-and-run driver testified Monday he thought he had hit a post, and not five cyclists, after he fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from an all-night party with friends. Sommit Luangpakham told a jury he had no idea he had hit anybody, so he just kept driving even though he woke up to a caved-in windshield and three distinct clinking sounds off
Laos: Corn, rubber plantations pose environmental threats (VT)
Many people in Laos are earning high incomes from corn and rubber plantations but these crops can cause serious negative impacts on the environment, according to a new study. Lao researchers presented the economic valuation of ecosystem services on land use change on non-timber forest products collection, upland rice farming and corn and rubber plantations
Lao Govt launches 70 kip per litre fuel surcharge (VT)
The government has added an extra 70 kip per litre to fuel prices to recoup lost revenue from the elimination of bridge tolls, according to a high-ranking government official on Monday. Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Nam Vinhaket told Vientiane Times yesterday that the government imposed the fuel surcharge on October 1 after determining it was a suitable
Almost 100 people killed or injured by UXO this year (VT)
A nationwide survey on victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) conducted from January to September has revealed that 16 people died and 81 were injured this year, according to the National Regulatory Authority (NRA). “We help UXO victims by paying hospital fees and providing wheelchairs and pr osthetic limbs,” NRA's Victim Assistance Unit Head Mr Bountao
Other stories about Laos around the world
... China-Asean Expo opens with fanfare (VT)
... DPM: Global balance of power changing (VT)
... EDL-Gen postpones sale of additional shares (LV/VT)
... Trade deficit not a major concern: Commerce Minister (LV/VT)
... NUOL classes to start despite 3,000 students failing to register (VT)
... China-ASEAN fund invests $50m in Laos potash plant (China Daily)
... Lao President urges public to get measles, rubella shots (VT)
... Lao Govt announces plans for poverty eradication day (VT)
... Vietnamese firm helps build school in Laos (Tuoitre News)
... World Bank extends support for public financial management with $30 mil grant
... Laos: Funding for irrigation repairs leaves dry season crop in doubt (VT)
... Festival in Vientiane showcases handicraft skills (VT)
... Dam controversy: Remaking the Mekong (Nature)
... Laos highlights tour - Best of all (Travel PR)
... Laos to cut import taxes on cars (ANN)
... Laos: Special economic zone discussed (LV/KPL)
... Lao-Thai friendship Bridge III to be inaugurated on 11.11.11 (LV/KPL)
... Development partners sign up to reduce UXO threat in Savannakhet (VT)
... Beeline remains disconnected as telecom operators maintain boycott (VT)
... Amerillo, TX: Lao Market robbery (NC10)
... Laos, Russia declare strategic partnership (VT)
... Lao gov't assists Thai flood victims (VT or AsiaOne)
... Leading S. Korean firm in Laos bets on 2012 ASEM for growth
... Laotians in US: Pot growers move to California farms (Boston Herald)

October 10-16, 2011

Southern Laos: Wat Phou - Remains of the day (SMH or WAT)
In the 5th century, Champasak was thought to be the centre of the Laotian universe. Today it's a drowsy one-car village clutching the western bank of the Mekong River in southern Laos and home to the tiny Hindu-built Vat Phou, which some archaeologists believe may have been the first Angkor temple ever built. At a glance, Vat Phou doesn't seem like the kind of structure
Central Laos: Unveiling Vang Vieng (Yahoo/The West)
Halfway between Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang in the country's north is a town that draws young adventure-seeking backpackers. It's also the stepping-off point to an Arcadian world of green rice fields, picturesque streams and moody mountains. It's called Vang Vieng and it's a welcome relief from the hours of winding mountain
Laos’ Spanking New Road to Nowhere (Yale Global or JP)
A two-lane asphalt road between Nan, Thailand, to Oudomxay, Laos, designed to boost regional trade and tourism, opened in mid-September with characteristic fanfare. Four Lao hill tribe models coyly held up banners, welcoming a Thai delegation to their village bordering Thailand's northern province of Nan. They posed next to a shiny pyramid-like marble tablet
Laos: Help or hell? (Bangkok Post)
An April, 2009, report by a UN-affiliated news agency portrays the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane as a refuge for methamphetamine addicts _ a place outside Laos' harsh penal system where they could get clean and learn skills to build new lives. Sports, films and a gym were available at the facility, said the report by the UN's
Laos’ Murky War on Drugs (Diplomat)
Today’s Laos has a communist government that institutes free market reforms and advertises itself as a haven for backpacking tourists. It recently opened its own stock market. For many Americans, especially, Laos still evokes images of the ‘secret war’ fought on the sidelines of the Vietnam war. But even those familiar with modern Laos may not know much about
Laos: Drug Users, 'Undesirables' Detained, Abused (HP or ANN)
Police and local militia in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR, are forcibly detaining people who use drugs in a so-called treatment center where they risk beatings and other abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Homeless people, street children, people with mental disabilities, and others deemed “undesirable” are often detained in the center as well
Laos: Revenues from land taxes swell govt coffers (VT)
State revenue generated from land taxes and fees exceeded targets set for the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to the Land Natural Resources Research Institute on Friday. The National Land Management Authority (NLMA), which recently transferred to the authority of the new Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, set a target for 132 billion kip in land taxes to
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Floods deplete Laos rice stocks (M&C)
... Poverty and tourism fuel slaughter of Laos' wildlife (Eco)
... Laotian in US: Court case - LOVAN v. HOLDER (Leagle)
... Key Vote on Mekong Dam Expected Next Month (VOA)
... Russia, Laos call for peaceful settlement in Korean Peninsula (Xinhua)
... Finns advised to avoid flooded areas in Laos, Cambodia, and Thainland
... PanAust lowers FY guidance after heavy rain hits output in Laos (MW)
... Kremlin - Meeting with President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone
... Hong Maenha regains former glory at Vientiane boat races (VT)
... Water management institute opens in Laos (Mena FN)
... Allens' Thai affiliate opens base in Laos (Lawyer)
... Floods deplete rice seed stocks in Laos (VT)
... No limit on imports, despite trade deficit (LV/VT)
... LED plant adds shine to Lao economy (LV/VT)
... Lao GDP growth faces developmental issues (LV/VT)
... Ministry urges provinces to enforce ban on timber exports (LV/VT)
... Govt lifts domestic trade barriers in bid to boost production (LV/VT)
... Xekong in dire need of teachers (VT)
... Laos: ‘Held Against Their Will’ (RFA)
... The end of Buddhist Lent: A time for joy! (VT)
... Indonesia, Laos sign security coop accord (MCOT)
... NTT Com Thailand opens branch office in Laos (TMC)
... New water management office to promote sustainability
... World Bank steps up support for health care in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Canadian: New beginnings with old-world cuisine (TC)
... Lao Gov't launches one-stop investment registration (ANN)
... Tjiwi Kimia introduces paper products in Lao market (LV/KPL)
... Laos: Independence Day spurs nation to greater success (VT)
... Food safety under scrutiny at boat racing festival in Vientiane (VT)
... Laos: WFP Nutrition Project Pays Off Now And In The Future (AN)
... Russia and Laos presidents to sign declaration on strategic partnership
... Laos: US$ 12 million from the World Bank to improve health services (WB)
... Laos, Thailand boost parliamentary ties (VT)
... Chinese Jeep in Laos sparks outcry (East Day)
... Savannakhet asks for funding for post-floods efforts (LV/VT)
... Laos: Nurses volunteer to transform trash into treasure (Nurse)
... How a Start-up Fights to Bring Local Language to Mobile Phones in Laos
... Central Laos: Pakkading farmers ask for electricity to power up next rice crop (VT)
... China Suspends Shipping on Mekong After Attack (New York Times)

October 3-9, 2011

Lao Girls: Flesh trade's newest victims (Bangkok Post)
Young Lao women and girls seeking a better life in Thailand are at risk of being lured into the flesh trade by human trafficking gangs, a senior police officer has warned. The Anti-Human Trafficking Division has been closely monitoring one gang following the arrest of two Thai women accused of conning girls into the prostitution business and illegally detaining them.
Hmong 'killed' in forced return to Laos (Nation)
An elderly Hmong man and his son were allegedly killed when the forced repatriation of several dozen hilltribe people to Laos last week turned violent, according to rights advocates in the US. Yang Chao, 68, and his son Peng Chao, 21, were reportedly beaten by Lao officials because they tried to resist being put on boats to go back across the Mekong to
Lao police uncover regional scam, arrest 68 (VT)
A group of 68 people, mostly Chinese nationals, was arrested recently in Laos for defrauding Chinese citizens of their money through a scam operated over the Internet. The Public Security Ministry reported yesterday that Chinese officials, in cooperation with Lao authorities, raided a two-floor villa in Sisattanak district, Vientiane, on September 26 and arrested
Int'l agencies making effort to improve food security in Laos (Xinhua)
Some international organizations have initiated a program to help Laos to improve food security in the country, according to a press statement released to Xinhua on Monday. The European Commission -- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (EC-FAO) Food Security Program facilitated a second multi-agency collaborative meeting on Sept. 22-23 in
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos Jeep sparks outcry (East Day)
... Disaster pushes Xieng Khuang families to the brink (VT)
... Give farmers the facts about market demand: Deputy PM (VT)
... UXO clearance body switches ministries (VT)
... Vietnam tops the list of investors in Lao (VIR)
... Govt to submit three new laws for NA debate (VT)
... Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces Line-Up (HR)
... Students show respect on National Teachers' Day (VT)
... Southeast Asia to start emergency rice reserve (Japan Times)
... Lao students receive scholarships to study in London (LV/KPL)
... Right at home: Hmong vendors of Portland Farmers Market (AR)
... Laos company among the finalists for the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award
... Floods drown Asia's rice bowl (AFP/Google)
... Tigo comes to an end (LV/KPL)
... 3rd Thai-Lao bridge to open Nov 11 (BP)
... Vientiane: Sleepy Capital on the Mekong (AC)
... Silken white lightning from Laos (Bangkok Post)
... ADB gives boost to SMEs, women entrepreneurs (VT)
... Champassak to build new embankment to prevent flooding (VT)
... Party publicity and training officials mull future programmes (VT)
... Laos: Road repairs to cost almost 700b kip (VT)
... Great Eating Out in Luang Prabang (Article Base)
... Laos' divine sunsets at Mekong River (Times of India)
... Central Laos: Kading River floods in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Eco-Friendly Adventure: The Gibbon Experience, Northern Laos
... Making Merit Through the Tak Bat Ceremony In Luang Prabang, Laos
... Remains near Laos identified as long-missing Green Beret from Canadian
... Indochina Passion Festival Promotes Tourism In Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia
... Aurum Announces Commencement of Drilling at the Century Gold Project in Laos
... Hydropower devpt & Mekong River fisheries: ... learned from the Columbia River?
... Visit marks S. Korea's rising role in Laos (VT)
... EU launches disease control project in Laos (VT)
... Lao Telecom operator to launch 4G Internet soon  (LV/VT)
... Hundreds of students return to school in flood-hit provinces (VT)

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