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February 20-26, 2017



Lao Govt dealing with illegal petrol imports (VT)
New requirements for companies seeking to import petroleum to Laos are being reviewed or devised after the government made a decision last month to reduce the number of fuel companies from 22 to five. Those which fail to meet the new requirements will have to halt or be encouraged to turn to other businesses, according to the Lao Petroleum and Gas Association on Tuesday.
Laos: Paradise lost to Unesco (New Zealand Herald)
It is described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere. But most of the locals don't live here anymore. They began an exodus from this seeming Shangri-La after their hometown was listed a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995, and sold itself wholesale to tourism. It's not an uncommon pattern at some of
Northern Laos: Fish deaths in Houayxai caused by fenpropathrin (KPL or VT)
The Ministry of Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment’s Department of Pollution Control confirmed on Feb 21 that fish found floating dead in the Nam Ngao sanctuary, Houayxai District, Bokeo Province had resulted from the use of hazardous chemical called “Fenpropathrin”. “Based on data collected during our field inspection, about 800-1,000 kg of fish have been believed to be
Cambodian Govt officials downplay border military dispute with Laos (CD or PPP)
Authorities downplayed a dispute with Laos on Monday following a buildup of military forces on both sides of the border in reaction to hundreds of Laotian soldiers entering Cambodian territory to prevent military engineers from constructing a road. Over the past two weeks, Cambodian officials claim that more than 400 armed Laotian soldiers had crossed into Stung Treng province, causing
Elephants on parade in Laos as numbers dwindle (Reuters/MSN)
Dozens of elephants, adorned in bright colours and with garlands of flowers, paraded through a Laotian town on Saturday in a celebration of a species that has become increasingly scarce in the Southeast Asian country. Known historically as the "Land of a Million Elephants", Laos now has only a few hundred left in the wild and not many more than that in captivity, most of which
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Pak Beng inquiry sought (Topix)

... Major Isan drug bust nets Thai, 2 Lao (TT)

... Laos agrees to hunt for Thai fugitives (Nation)

... Lao-Hmong boxer blazing pioneering path (MJS)

... Laos: Hot issues debated at cabinet meeting (VT)

... Xayaboury Rice Exports Reach 80,000 Tonnes (KPL)

... Laos, China Enhance Cooperation on Foreign Affairs (KPL)

... Ministries discuss major work roles and responsibilities (VT)

... Laos promotes local products to expand market (XinhuaNet)

... Mind your step! Belgium's Queen Mathilde swaps her heels for 
    sensible trainers as she tackles steep stairs at a Laos temple (DM)

... Laos’ Bokeo province viewed as promising tourism destination (Nation)

... You Won't Find This Laotian Cooking in Laos, and That's the Point (BA)

... Auction for Lao leaders' cars rescheduled, starting prices revealed (VT)

... Laos Must Broaden Tax Base, Strengthen Administration: IMF (Tax News)

... Savannaket: Twenty–Two Disabled People Receive Prosthetic Arms (KPL)

... Share of population who are undernourished in Laos from 2005 to 2015 (Statista)

... Hmong: US Bill Proposes History of Community to be Included in School Curriculum



... President of Laos visits (Khmer Times)

... Lao-Cambodia: Border row ‘not discussed’ (PPP)

... Laos: Reports Of H5N1 Outbreak In Poultry (Flu Dairy)

... New agriculture centre to improve crop production (VT)

... Road Access to Hadxayfong to Become a Reality (KPL)

... Lao Govt Replaces Planned Car Bidding with Auction (KPL)

... Laos Dismisses Concerns Over Hydropower Project (VOA)

... Lao PM stresses land as focus for transport development (VT)

... ATR, Lao Airlines Build Dedicated Pilot Pipeline (Aviation Week)

... Laos president visits Cambodia amid border dispute (SEA Globe)

... Elephant Festival in Laos aims to raise awareness (Global Times)

... Japanese Companies Show Interest in Service Sector in Laos (KPL)

... Lao PM Urges MPWT to Focus on Road Construction Projects (KPL)

... A Lao Soldier is Dead After Another Shooting on Highway 13 (RFA/MS)

... World’s Largest Freshwater Fish Under Threat From Planned Dam (CD)

... What’s For Dinner: Beef Larb Is More Than A Funny-Sounding Word (HP)

... Lao Call to Develop Tourism Products, Improve Safety (Mekong Tourism)

... Pak Beng hydropower plant on Mekong River discussed at Laos forum (VP)

... Noodles Pho Me in San Leandro Is a Lao-Style Pho Shop That's Full of Surprises

... ASEAN Tourism Stakeholders Learn About Japanese Efforts on Barrier-Free Tourism
... Call to improve safety (TTR Weekly)
... Border row amid state visit by Laos (PPP)
... H125 delivered to Lao Skyway (Shepard Media)
... Laos trips up on bid for soccer glory (Nikkei AR)
... Laos still faces chemical management issues (VT)
... WHO expands support to health sector in Laos (VT)
... Laos’ Pak Beng Dam Proposal Under Scrutiny (VOA)
... Project reviews progress of basic education in Laos (VT)
... Laos seeks talents for women's U15 football squad (Sina)
... Laos to fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property (VT)
... Vietcombank seeks FSC approval to open branch in Laos (VOV)
... Forces Build Up on Laos Border Over Construction Dispute (CD)
... Ministry strives to address deficiencies in public & transport works (VT)
... Queen of Belgium visits UNICEF-funded projects in S. Laos' Saravan (VT)
... Laos to hold petanque tournaments to select potential players (XinhuaNet)
... Environmental Groups Call on Cambodia to Reject New Laos Dam (VOA)
... S. Laos: Saravan to Focus on Developing Tourist Sites for Visit Laos 2018
... EU Ambassador Visits Ongoing Construction of Xayaboury Hydropower Project
... Champasak wants to learn from experience of agricultural development in HCMC
... Laos agrees to consider Thailand's request for actions against lese majeste suspects
... Laos, development partners evaluate compliance with International Health Regulations
... IHG debuts in Laos (4Hoteliers)
... The Most Lauded Bakery in Laos (R&K)
... Belgiain Queen Mathilde visits Laos (VT)
... Laos, EU meet to overview cooperation (VT)
... Laos drug busts still only half the story (Nation)
... G-MAZE GLUTA Penetrates Market in Laos (KPL)
... Vietnam Helps Laos Develop Agriculture (Bernama)
... Illegal land titles emerge as outstanding issue in Vientiane (VT)
... Elephant Festival 2017 Celebrated, Prime Minister Present (KPL)
... EU, Laos Successfully Hold 8th Meeting of Joint Committee (KPL)
... Vientiane: Road construction in Donnokkhoum behind schedule (VT)
... Laos to receive Asean funding for intellectual property protections (VT)
... Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visits Laos for UNICEF Affairs (BD or KPL)
... Creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese investors in Laos (VBN)
... Why Laos needs to get serious about tackling corruption (ASEAN Today)
... Agriculture and food key areas for expanding Hungarian-Laos trade (Post)
... Laos, neighboring countries discuss prevention of locust outbreak (XN or VT)
... Concerns accounted for in Xayaboury hydropower development, EU told (VT)
... Kha Young Kham Begins Constructing Xe La Nong 3 Hydropower Project (KPL)
... Poroshenko appoints ambassador to Thailand Beshta as Laos ambassador concurrently
... Rugby: Indian women win silver at Laos (SSL)
... Shaun Johnson goes home to Laos (NZ Herald)
... Lao province banks on draw of elephants (Nation)
... Ministry needs to strive further in cooperation efforts (VT)
... Laos' President to visit Cambodia next week (XinhuaNet)
... Laos, European Union make milestone in cooperation (VT)
... Annual elephant festival raises awareness on conservation (VT)
... Laos and Indonesia help travellers to have a rice day (Australian)
... Vang Vieng Lao Lunar New Year Celebration to be Bigger than Ever (KPL)
... High Cost of Living Remains a Challenge for Tourism Industry in Laos (KPL)
... Chinese company signs agreement to build hydropower plant in Laos (ECNS)
... Timber Input-Output Monitoring Introduced for Wood Processers, Traders (KPL)
... Lao Govt awards Cambodian Ambassador for efforts to deepen cooperation (VT)





February 13-19, 2017



Little Laos tackles big corruption (Asia Times)
In line with its communist neighbors China and Vietnam, Laos has launched an anti-corruption campaign to purge the ruling Lao PRP of corrupt members. The exercise aims to restore public faith in the party’s governance after decades of fast growth that have enriched many cadres, but raised public questions about the distribution of the poor country’s newfound wealth.
Asian confederation imposes life bans for Laos match-fixing (ESPN FC or 442)
The Asian Football Confederation has banned 15 current or former players for life for match-fixing. They are among 22 people from Laos and Cambodia issued with life bans by the AFC disciplinary committee for manipulating matches involving Laos national teams and club side Lao Toyota. The banned players represented Laos or Lao Toyota. The AFC says its match-fixing investigation is
Xayaboury to halt banana plantations mid-year (KPL or VT)
The northern province of Xayaboury has decided that as of this mid-year, no more Chinese investments in banana plantations will be allowed. Currently, there are over 520 ha of banana plantations in the province. Chinese banana plantation investments are suspected as the cause of several problems including the over-use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides which have failed to comply with required standards, thus affecting local communities and the environment. Banana plantations subject to stoppage include 342 ha in Xayaboury district and 197 ha in
Rail construction in Laos yet to begin (VT)
Actual work on the Laos-China railway project has yet to start in Luang Prabang & other provinces following the official construction launch in December last year. The railway will run from the Chinese border to Vientiane through the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane ... the construction has still not begun after its official opening in the province on
Vang Vieng Nightlife - Where to Party in 2017? (Jakarta100Bars)
Vang Vieng is a small town in Laos, half-way between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. It is a great spot to relax for a few days and try outdoor activities like trekking, rock climbing, and of course tubing in the Nam Song river. For years, Vang Vieng had the reputation of having some of the wildest parties in Asia. It was an essential stop on the 2000's backpacker party trail just like Koh
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, EU review cooperation ties (XinhuaNet or VT)
... Ford Motor Supports Safe Water in Phoukhoun (KPL)
... Norwegian support to Mine Action in Laos (ScandAsia)
... Local radio needs to innovate and streamline operations (VT)
... Bringing the joy of reading in rural Laos (Nikkei Asian Review)
... Laos to send 60 athletes to 9th ASEAN School Games (China)
... Lao authorities take action against illegal satellite receivers (VT)
... Australia to Further Support for SMEs with over US$6 mln (KPL)
... 2017 Australia Awards Scholarships (30 of them) Launched (KPL)
... Hmong: First Global Hmong Women’s Summit A Success (UNPO)
... Laos capital on the road to modern public transport system? (CNA)
... Vang Vieng Lao Lunar New Year Celebration to be Bigger than Ever (KPL)
... List of Eligible and Prohibited Wooden Products for Export Disseminated (KPL)
... Six must-visit food streets in South-east Asia - one in Luang Prabang (AsiaOne)
... Khammuan Forest Rangers Seize Large Sum of Buried Illegal Wood (KPL or VT)
... Laos: Killing the Mekong dam by dam (Nation)
... Lao Govt enters discussion on new legislation (VT)
... Lao students Depart for a Study Tour in Japan (KPL)
... Laos nabs 33 suspected drug dealers: ministry (Sina)
... Lao Police Arrest Drug Lord Bigger than Xaysana (KPL)
... USC Students Head to Laos to Build Bridges for Bears (KPL)
... Cambodia Groups Urge to Reject New Laos Dam at Talks (VOA)
... Laos to build 1st vehicle quality inspection center (XinhuaNet, VT)
... Six Northern Provinces Discuss Sustainable Tourism Links (KPL)
... Drug lords arrested, multi-million dollars in assets impounded (VT)
... First Lao ODOP Exhibition to Take Place Next Week in Vientiane Capital (KPL)
... Lao Govt Gives Certificates of Appreciation to Two Lao Consuls to Japan (KPL)
... India to compete at women's Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy in Laos (Times of India)
... Authorities inspect cause of fish deaths in Houayxai (VT)
... Asean nations review stance on intellectual property (VT)
... Winner of Lao Young Designer 2016 Leaves for Paris (KPL)
... Third River Festival Announced on Laos Border (Cambodia Daily)
... KOICA extends support for immigration capacity development (VT)
... Lao President Receives Letters of Credentials from Foreign Ambassadors (KPL)
... Luang Prabang Nightlife - 5 Best Things to Do After Dark in 2017 (Jakarta100Bars)
... Belarus, Laos plan to set up joint lab for quality analysis of natural resources (Belta)
... Sompo Japan makes foray into Laos (Nikkei AR)
... Laos, Vietnam to further educational development (VT)
... Phu Bia Mining Supports Free Surgeries in Vientiane (KPL)
... Belarus, Laos ready to strengthen economic ties (Belarus News)
... Three injured in northern Laos' Oudomxay multiple house fire (VT)
... Lao, Singaporean foreign ministers hold talks on bilateral ties (VT)
... Pact formed to resurrect once-thriving FDI into Laos (Vietnam BN)
... 116 warehouses at border gates in Laos, Cambodia (VietnamNews)
... Laos, Thailand, China, Vietnam pave way for tourism integration (VT)
... Almost 400 kg of Fish Found Floating Dead on Nam Ngao River (KPL)
... Laos, Russia discuss border radio frequency coordination security (VT)
... Thai Officials Link Lao Cartel to Drug Smugglers in Malaysia, Deep South (BN)
... Chinese marriage proposals become prostitution nightmares for Lao girls (RFA)
... American State Censored TV Programme on American Nerve Gas Atrocity in Laos
... Government, Business People Discuss Opportunities Brought by WTO Membership
... Laos to look into fuel tariff exemptions (Nation)
... Excellent 2016 Results for Phu Bia Mining (KPL)
... Lovely surprises at Laos’ Luang Prabang (Star2)
... Laos: Abandoned Cars Need New Homes (KPL)
... Thailand supports animal feed project in Laos (VT)
... Lao Fashion Week 2017 to be Held in September (KPL)
... Laos in bid to attract more Chinese tourists (SHZX Gov)
... Lao Dairy Farm carves out healthy market niche (Nation)
... WTO: Laos sets sights on trade policy improvement (VT)
... Nebraska LEAD fellows travel to China, Laos, Thailand (HPJ)
... Laos: A lesser-known disaster in the Vietnam era (Pilot Online)
... DPM offers measures for Xekong to pursue robust growth (VT)
... Electrifying Laos: Opportunities for FDI in 2017 (ASEAN Briefing)
... Use of social media on lese majeste in Laos followed up (Nation)
... Vietnam to provide new hospitals for Huaphan, Xieng Khuang (VT)
... American bombers over Laos: An evolutionary leap for the CIA (PPH)
... Northern Laos' Bokeo: Flower festival promotes culture, tourism (VT)
... Fresno’s Lao-Hmong Youth to raise concerns in Sacramento (AAPress)
... Govt Authorities Discuss Anti-Human Trafficking in Southern Laos (KPL)
... Thousands of Vientiane merits makers celebrate Makhabouxa Day (VT)
... A trip to Laos and Cambodia that’s fascinating and inexpensive (NewsDay)
... ASIA's Future Cities: Vientiane start-up scene holding out for a 'hero' (CNA)
... Hog tied in Laos: Pigs in Skintight Cages and Other Market Barbarity (MOTL)
... Laos to establish FDA-like food, drug, beverage quality inspection system (Xinhua)




February 6-12, 2017



No plan to exchange Lao drug lord for Lese Majeste Fugitives: Police (KhaoSod)
Police said on Thursday that they are not considering any plan to extradite alleged drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha back to Laos. Police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen said the force wants to prosecute Xaysana in Thailand & dismissed speculation Thai authorities want to use the Laotian suspect as a bargaining chip in exchange for political dissidents seeking refuge in Laos.
Shrugging off the risks, Laos plans to proceed with the Pak Beng dam (Mongabay)
The Pak Beng dam is the third of nine mainstream dams planned for the Mekong in Laos, and the second in a cascade of six on the country’s upper stretch of the river. If built, the 912-megawatt capacity dam will flood 4,178 hectares of land and create a 7,659-hectare reservoir along the river valley. A suite of project documents was published last month, including impact assessments
Laos secures $25 mil loan from WB for nationwide road upgrades (VT or XN)
The government has secured a loan of US$25 million (about 205 billion kip) from the World Bank to further strengthen road maintenance and improve road connectivity throughout the country.  The Ministry of Finance signed the loan agreement with the World Bank yesterday, with the two parties represented by Deputy Minister of Finance Ms Thipphakone Chanthavongsa and World Bank
'Death threats' blamed on Laos exiles (Bangkok Post, Reuters/MSN or AFP/Yahoo!)
Thai people who fled to Laos to escape lese majeste changes have issued the death threats against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon, the National Security Council chief claims. Gen Thawip Netniyom told reporters the suspects last week posted death threats against the two top coup officers on Facebook. He said "up to six" Thai suspects in Laos are involved. Gen Thawip plans to visit Laos to follow up on the government's extradition request and said
Lao Police Arrest Second Major Drug Dealer (RFA)
Lao police have arrested one of the country’s major drug kingpins along with his wife and one of his sons in Khammuane province in the central part of the country as they drove home from a wedding, a source who knows the family said. The family was returning to the capital Vientiane after they attended a wedding in Pakse district in the southern province of Champasak when they
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, strangely wonderful (Columbia Star)
... Deputy PM visits northern Lao provinces (VT)
... Laos makes strides in monitoring state affairs (VT)
... Oudomxay calls for tourism investment (TTR Weekly)
... Laos: Medics assess developments in internal medicine (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos look to boost sustainable growth (VietnamNews)
... Manhunt Scours Laos for Accomplices in Xaysana's Drug Ring (RFA)
... A Lao-Hmong journey from refugee to jurist (Milwaukee Independence)
... Laos Expects to Complete 90 Hydropower Plants by 2020 (KPL or SHZX)
... Banana Farm Chemical Residue Causes Wastewater & Dead Fish (KPL)
... Bidding documents for withdrawn Lao leaders' cars available Monday (VT)
... Public Complains about Expense of Vat Phou Festival Parking Fees (KPL)
... Locals, Foreigners Keen on Trade Fair of Sikhottabong Stupa Festival 2017 (KPL)
... Lao Drug Lord: Lamborghini, assets seized in probe of alleged drug network (Nation)
... Vietnam-Laos bolster ties (VT)
... Agri-business under watch in Laos (Nation)
... Lao Govt to query fuel tariff exemptions (VT)
... Laos calls for Visit Year events (TTR Weekly)
... Steel bridges in Champassak to be replaced (VT)
... Malaysian linked to Laos drug lord arrested (SCMP)
... Elephant Festival 2017 to Feature More Activities (KPL)
... Laos's 1st solar power plant put into operation (XinhuaNet)
... WHO extends support for health sector reform in Laos (VT)
... Laos becomes attractive to Japanese investors (Vietnam Plus)
... Police to probe Malaysian linked to Lao drug lord, Xaysana (Nation)
... Northern Lao provinces assess efforts to control locust outbreak (VT)
... Vietnam affirms ties with Laos at inter-gov’t committee meeting (DCS)
... Laos Faces Economic Challenges In 2017: Business Leader (JC Lao)
... Reversing “Empty Forest Syndrome” in Southeast Asia, i.e. Laos (NG)
... Locusts Destroy over 4,000 ha of Farmland in Northern Provinces (KPL)
... Laos Gay Islands: Si Phan Don - The Scruffy Italian Traveler (Gayapolis)
... A trip to Laos and Cambodia that’s fascinating and inexpensive (NewsDay)
... Lao Telecom Contributes over 4 bln kip (~half a million US dollar) to Help Society (VT)
... Luang Prabang, Laos, first to get an Azerai hotel - Aman Resorts founder’s new brand
... Melania Trump chooses Lao-American interior designer to redecorate the White House
... Laotian Adventure in Luang Prabang (TFF)
... Sports Car Linked to Drug Boss, Xaysana (KPL)
... Audit plan for southern Lao provinces revealed (VT)
... The soul of the Mekong is in trouble (Myanmar Times)
... Banyan Tree opens second resort in Laos (Nikkei AR)
... New regulations restrict use of Laos' postal services (VT)
... Authorities repeat call for return of Nongpaen project licence (VT)
... Cambodia Groups Urge to Reject New Laos Dam at Talks (VOA)
... Laos to Strengthen Road Systems and Improve Connectivity (KPL)
... Deputy PM advises southern Laos' Saravan on development path (VT)
... Runaway Laotian bride flees groom days after arranged marriage (Star)
... Mekong projects must take impact on environment into account (Nation)
... 13 new midwives ready to serve northern Laos' Bokeo health centres (VT)
... Laos battles to reduce malnutrition (VT)
... Laos: Ministry to closely monitor agri-business (VT)
... Xayabouri Dam Construction 73% Complete (KPL)
... Work progresses on Vientiane airport (TTR Weekly)
... Laos expects $8.94 billion trade volume in 2017 (Post)
... Elevated Dengue Fever Activity Reported in Laos (KPL)
... Tourism potential as yet unfulfilled in Bolaven Plateau (VT)
... 3 Thai police and celebrities linked to Lao drug lord (Nation)
... Laos to send some 500 workers to S. Korea (XinhuaNet or VT)
... Borikhamxay approves funding to shore up eroding riverbank (VT)
... ADB supports health security in Laos, Mekong region (Vietnam Plus)
... Lao PM arrives in Vietnam for inter-governmental committee meeting (VN)
... Thailand-Laos extradition treaty: an attempt to bypass the law? (Prachatai)
... Thailand Asks Laos to Allow Arrests of Lese-Majeste Suspects (Benar News)
... Pics of Thai police chillin’ with alleged Laos drug kingpin circulate online (Coconuts)
... IHG Debuts in Laos (CPE)
... Lao PM vows to address chronic land issues (VT)
... Gambling on Chinese Investment in Laos (Asia Sentinel)
... 10 sawmills closed, 18 others in process: Lao official (VT)
... Laotian provinces earmarked for ‘clean’ rice crops (Nation)
... The soul of the Mekong is in serious trouble (Bangkok Post)
... Newly Registered Vehicle in 2016 Doubles From 2015 (KPL)
... Cheap Air Fares Lead to a Long Queue at Vientiane Center (KPL)
... Law on alcoholic beverage control in Laos remains ineffective (VT)
... Lao Authorities to take action against illegal electronic devices (VT)
... ADB to support health security in Laos, Mekong region (Sina or VT)
... Central Laos: New water treatment plant opens in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Ban in : Vietnam supports migrants returning from Laos (Talk Vietnam)
... ‘Benz Racing’ surrenders to police over Lao drug kingpin case (Nation)
... How to Buy an Artificial Leg in Laos {and why you probably should} (MOTL)
... Benz Racing denies any connection with Lao drug lord Xaysana (Pattaya Mail)
... Laos, US cooperate to reduce malnutrition through A US$ 3.7 mil project (KPL)
... East Side author Kao Kalia Yang is finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award
... Japan Grants over US$250,000 for Maternal and Child Health Services in Phongsaly




Jan 30-Feb 5, 2017



Thai police probe Laos drug lord's 'celebrity links' (AFP/Yahoo)
Thai police swooped on the home of a popular actress as part of a series of Bangkok raids Thursday, in a widening probe into the celebrity and business links of an alleged Laos drug lord. Investigators say elite contacts may have helped shield the narcotics cartel of Laotian Xaysana Keopimpha, dubbed by police as an "international drug kingpin", who was nabbed last month
Supected drug lord linked to Thai and Lao celebrities (Nation or BP)
ALLEGED LAO drug lord Xaysana Keopimpha’s network has cultivated unprecedented connections, with celebrities both in Thailand and Laos believed to have assisted him with money laundering and asset concealment. “Entertainment figures, socialites and prominent members of Thailand’s luxury-car circles are now implicated,” Narcotics Suppression Bureau chief Pol
Thai regime presses Laos to deport dissidents (AP/Bangkok Post, Yahoo or Nation)
The military government wants neighbouring Laos to send back about half a dozen Thai citizens who have reportedly taken refuge there to escape being arrested for insulting the Thai monarchy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Gen Thawip Netniyom, head of the National Security Council, said Tuesday that the people being sought used social media to attack the monarchy.  He said the Defence Ministry has assigned him to seek a meeting with Laotian officials and work out a deal,
Proposed hydropower plant in Laos to affect lower Mekong River in Vietnam (TV)
MRC (the Mekong River Commission) last week in a meeting in Vientiane said the 6-month pre-consultation process on dam construction had begun, which Laos officially submitted to MRC’s secretariat committee two months ago. At the meeting, the commission came to an agreement that December 20, 2016 was the day to start the pre-consultation process. 
A casino mogul’s controversial trail runs from Maine to Laos &  back again (BDN)
In 2007, companies under Bridge Capital’s umbrella were formed in Macau and Aruba invested in Laos, an authoritarian, one-party southeast Asian nation that offered a low tax rate and a regional casino monopoly, according to court records. The partnership broke down in 2012, when the sides went to arbitration under international laws. In 2014, they had an agreement that the casino
Other stories about Laos around the world
... French agency awards employees (VT)

... Laos Plans to Build Expressway Linking to Pakse (KPL)

... Road No. 17B to Laos-Myanmar bridge deteriorating (VT)

... Laos expects 8.94--bln--USD trade volume in 2017 (Sina)

... Wattay International Airport expansion 11% complete (VT)

... Basic education quality project underway in Luang Prabang (VT)

... Lao leaders' vehicles to undergo bidding process next week (VT)

... Japan Donates US$154,414 to Hospitals and Health Centers (KPL)

... KBank offers Bt3-bn loan facility to Laos’ state power enterprise (Nation)

... PM visits Nam Ngiep 1 Power Project, expected to be 90% by year’s end (KPL)

... Laos: America’s lesser known human & political disaster in Southeast Asia (WP)

... Tobacco Control Needs Stronger Support to Generate Revenues, Save Lives (KPL)
... Laos tourism suffers visitor decline (TDM)

... UN Women reports on Vientiane vendors (VT)

... Rave Run: Luang Prabang, Laos (Runner's World)

... “Dangerous” people and cajoling Laos (WordPress)

... Crowne Plaza Vientiane Hotel Opens in Laos (HNR)

... Water supply yet to reach remote districts in Laos (VT)

... National workshop mulls progress in women's rights (VT)

... USC students off to Laos to build bridges for bears (MSSC)

... Two Lao provinces earmarked for organic rice (World-Grain)

... Tourism agencies urged to plan for Visit Laos Year 2018 (VT)

... Govt seeks investors to fund Vientiane-Pakxe expressway (VT)

... Vat Phou Festival Expects to Attract over 500,000 Tourists (KPL)

... Over 90% of Vendors in Laos’ Fresh-Food Markets are Female (VT)

... The Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Please Don’t Rush (T@60)

... Nebraska LEAD fellows travel to China, Laos, Thailand (Fence Post)

... Laos to spend 50 mln USD to address poverty through 2019 (XinhuaNet)

... Bishop of Vientiane: Laos, a poor Church, beloved by Pope Francis (HM)

... Laos-Yunnan Sole Plans to Build Additional Explosive Substance Factories (KPL)
... Korean leasing company moves into Laos (AFI)

... Laos proposes World Heritage site (TTR Weekly)

... Location earmarked for Laos-Cambodia bridge (VT)

... Traditional medicine hospital planned for Vientiane (VT)

... Bokeo's kapok flower festival rolls out welcome mat (VT)

... Laos sees December inflation highest in 2 years (XinhuaNet)

... Foreign Visitor Arrivals in Laos Decrease by 10% in 2016 (KPL)

... Lao Govt to spend US$50 mln to Further Address Poverty (KPL)

... Mahosot claims success with new breast cancer treatment (VT)

... Laos: Poverty Reduction Fund reports five years of success (VT)

... Vientiane authorities to clamp down on advertising hoardings (VT)

... Golden Rotary lends a hand with 3-year medical project in Laos (Golden Star)

... Laos envoy attends Me-Dam-Me-Phi programme in Dibrugarh (Assam Tribune)
... Lao PM to police: Get tough on drugs (VT)
... Japan funds pediatric project in Huaphan (VT)
... Laos, Luxembourg strengthen legal cooperation (VT)
... Doubts over projected 2016 tourist arrivals in Laos (VT)
... 18 banana plantations suspended in Laos (Fresh Plaza)
... In Defense of Dusty, Rundown Museums, i.e. Laos (Medium)
... Soccer: Boeung Ket ready for the clash with Laos (Khmer Times)
... A mission to Laos: Local couple to help Asian children (LC Chronicle)
... Northern Laos: Rubber firms conceal purchase of farmers' trees (VT)
... Aman founder Adrian Zecha opens Azerai Luang Prabang (Business Traveller)
... Ministry reviews progress in information, culture & tourism development in Laos (VT)
... Lao Province Issues Banana Ban (RFA/MS)
... Laos expects to promote rice exports (Sina)
... Laos Attracts More Japanese Investors (KPL)
... Top Hotels Awarded in Laos by TripAdvisor (PR)
... Govt halts transit of imported oil through Laos (VT)
... Meet our newest Australian citizens from Laos (CG)
... Switzerland confirms its continued support for Laos (VT)
... Secrets of Laos’ Muang La Hot Spring (Mekong Tourism)
... Lao Deputy PM advises on best use of new data centre (VT)
... Challenges remain for Laos' sustainable tourism growth (VT)
... Savannakhet, Champassak earmarked for organic rice crops (VT)
... American Exceptionalism at the expense of Laos and elsewhere (DM)
... Japan Grants Over U$$365,000 for Pediatric Project in Huaphan (KPL)
... Cruising on the Mekong River through the ancient wonders of Laos (PN)
... Feb Elephant Festival Expects to Attract More Than 300,000 Tourists (KPL)




January 23-29, 2017



Laos: Almost 1,000 Lives Claimed in Road Accidents in 2016 (KPL)
As many as 981 lives were claimed and over 8,000 people were injured due to the over 5,000 reported road accidents last year. The accidents also left over 9,300 vehicles damaged. The traffic accidents in 2016 increased by more than 720 as compared to the number reported in 2015 when 995 people were killed in 5,571 road accidents, Deputy Minister of Public Security
Laos buys fewer Thai goods after VAT at Friendship Bridge (Bangkok Post)
Laotians have spent less money on goods in Thailand after Vientiane imposed a 10% value-added tax late last year, a Lao customs official said on Thursday.  Soutchai Inthavong, deputy chief of the customs international checkpoint at the Friendship Bridge, said the number of Laotians crossing the bridge to Thailand remained unchanged after the Lao government imposed the VAT in Nov.
Laos to help quell anti-Thai Govt groups (Bangkok Post)
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Wednesday the government is in talks with Laos regarding collaboration on suppressing Thai political groups exploiting Laos as their base to launch activities against the Thai government. Speaking after talks with Lao Defence Minister Lt Gen Chansamone Chayalath, Gen Prawit said Laos always cooperates with Thailand
Accidental explosion kills trainer, injures 26 students in northern Laos (VT)
A trainer was killed and 26 secondary school students suffered minor injuries in an explosion accident yesterday morning during a military-tactics training drill at a secondary school in northern Oudomxay province, a police officer said.  The tragedy happened as the trainer, Military First Lieutenant Somphone brought both real and fake grenades to the training course held at
Laos impounds over 5,000 illegally imported vehicles during 2015-2016 (Sina)
The Customs Department under Lao Ministry of Finance impounded more than 5,000 illegally imported vehicles in the fiscal year of 2015-2016. Vehicle and goods smuggling has become a problem for the customs sector, Acting Director General of the Customs Department Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout was quoted by state-run Vientiane Times on Monday, saying that in order to achieve
Suspected drug kingpin from Laos nabbed in Bangkok airport (Straits Times or Nation)Pic: Courtesy of Straits Times
The Thai anti-narcotics police have arrested a Laotian man who is suspected to be a drug kingpin with a network that spans Asean countries, including Singapore. Xaysana Keopimpha was surrounded and detained in front of dozens of travellers when he arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok from Phuket on Thursday, reported The Nation. Deputy national police chief General Chalermkiat Srivorakarn said the arrest resulted from cooperation with Laotian counterparts in a sting operation.
Police target gang members working for Lao drug baron (Bangkok Post)
Police are hunting five associates of an alleged Lao drug baron who was arrested on Thursday after having evaded police for five years. The elusive Xaysana Keopimpha was finally apprehended at Suvarnabhumi airport after arriving on a flight from Phuket. Police said five other members of his gang were still at large but being hunted, & the seizure of assets accumulated from the drug
Other stories about Laos around the world
... National meeting reviews dengue control in Laos (VT)
... Lao Food Festival 2017 Opens at Chao Annouvong (J&C)
... Laos: Bureau seeks to overcome statistical challenges (VT)
... Laos passes chemical management law (Chemical Watch)
... Measures revealed to resolve illegal car imports into Laos (VT)
... Should Lao-Hmong history lesson be required? (Wisconsin RT)
... Laos confers friendship medal to Chinese ambassador (Xinhua)
... Thailand presses Laos over royal insult suspects (Reuters/Yahoo)
... Chinese keen to invest in Champassak's Khonphapheng SEZ (VT)
... Trends, opportunities in ASEAN market discussed in Laos (CCTV)
... Central Laos: Hin Nam Nor submission to UNESCO next year (VT)
... Thailand Backing Controversial Survey to Clear Mekong Islets (Topix)
... Lao Police Determined To Crackdown On Hit-and-Run Drivers (J&C/VT)
... I am an American: Lao-Hmong woman seeks equality through dialogue (D&C)
... Lao President's provinces tour: Anti-corruption campaign dominates agenda (VT)
... Laos reports higher rate of dengue fever (Sina)
... Nascent book culture spreads in rural Laos (Nikkei)
... Lao President tells Khammuan to fight corruption (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos discuss border issues (Khmer Times)
... Vientiane dengue fever rates higher this year: authorities (VT)
... Pak Beng Hydropower project looks set to move forward (VT)
... Savannakhet university to become first model in Laos (Nation)
... Bridge crossing nets 98 million kip from Value Added Tax (VT)
... Lao Govt orders action to resolve illegal occupation of land (VT)
... Lao authorities impound over 5,000 illegally imported vehicles (Nation)
... Trends, opportunities in ASEAN market discussed in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Travel visa: Laos’ Answer to a Walk on Through a Rich History (Medium)
... Laos to Lend a Hand in Drugs Crackdown, Government Ministers Say (CD)
... Committee agrees on work to develop 912-MW Pak Beng hydropower in Laos
... Foreign ministers move to enhance, deepen friendly Laos-Cambodia relations (VT)
... Risky roads in Laos (TTR Weekly)
... Two war era bombs found in Vientiane (VT)
... Citrus production developing in Laos (Fruit Net)
... How the Laos War Transformed the CIA (CFR)
... Laos plans to promote traditional medicines (VT)
... Two war era bombs found in Ban Arkard, Vientiane (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos vow to boost anti-drug cooperation (Sina)
... Lao VP demands transparency from Finance Ministry (VT)
... Cambodia-Laos border bridge location agreed (Khmer Times)
... Northern Lao province to upgrade its tourist attractions (Nation)
... Northern Laos: Xieng Khuang promoting native cattle exports (VT)
... Southern Laos: Ban Nong Bueng woodcarving village (Travel Fish)
... Norhtern Laos: Luang Namtha repairs broken sections of R3 Road (VT)
... Lao Café, Theatreland: Rosa's Thai have a hit with new restaurant (MSN)
... Lao Officials Are Returning Money They Earned Through Corruption (RFA)
... Soccer: Malaysia Book Spot In Semis After Whipping Laos 13-1 (Bernama)
... Lao-Hmong: Rooted in Service: MayKao Hang DPA ’14 (Hamline University)
... Daughter-in-law of former Lao PM denies ties to drug dealer arrested in Thailand
... Hmong: New Book Addresses US Legacy in Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam
... LANIC launches full domain management (VT)
... Laos highway construction proposal (Wold Highways)
... China to Clear Path on Mekong River for Large Ships (VOA)
... Laos to invite bids for withdrawn luxury cars next month (VT)
... No violations of timber ban, Laos' forestry sector reports (VT)
... Laos, China launch plant inspection and quarantine project (VT)
... Savannakhet University set to become first model uni in Laos (VT)
... Australian woman builds citrus industry in Laos from scratch (ABC)
... Review: The CIA in Laos changed the way America wages war (AP/Yahoo)
... Urgent action taken to withdraw leaders' luxury cars: Govt spokesman (VT)
... How a Tiny Southeast Asian Country - Laos - Changed the CIA Forever (VT)
... Laos champions pull out of AFC Cup as Home United prepare for playoff (ESPN FC)
... Progress made on SEZ in Luang Prabang (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos enjoy growing ties in 2016 (DCS)

... Oudomxay eyes development of tourist sites (VT)

... Workers prepare ground for Laos-China railway (VT)

... Project to enhance English teaching at universities (VT)

... Laotian province to upgrade its tourist attractions (Nation)

... Laos’ Oudomxay Prepares for Tourism Development (MT)

... Bidding on withdrawn luxury cars expected next month (VT)

... Lao, Thai companies launch Saravan agribusiness project (VT)

... Laos to seek petanque talents for international competitions (Sina)

... Laos crop yields may drop as irrigation system in need of repairs (Statesman)

... Cambodia and Laos: The Varied Countries of Southeast Asia (Journal Standard)

... Xekaman 3 hydroelectric plant in Laos: a very major landslide in December (AGU)

... Dreamlike and Minimalist Fine Art Photography by Phonsay Phothisomphane (PG)





January 16-22, 2017



Laos counts the cost of corrupt government officials (Nation)
Numerous Lao officials at the central and local levels have been found to be involved in corrupt conduct, which has resulted in a huge loss of financial resources... Some officials from the agriculture sector in Saravan province were involved in document forgery, defrauding the state of 11.3 billion kip (Bt43.9 million) and Bt8.3 million.  Meanwhile some officials from the province’s
Laos investigates 71 officials for corruption in 2016: report (XinhuaNet or VT)
Investigations were carried out in relation to 71 officials at local and central government levels in Laos suspected of corrupt conduct in 2016, according to a report by the State Inspection Authority (SIA) released Tuesday.  Among the 71 officials, nine were from the Ministry of Finance, 30 from northern Oudomxay province, three from the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, 27 from central Savannakhet province, one from southern Salavan province, and one from the labor
Laos: Visitors find primitive villages, modern technology (Chico ER)
Children don’t have pencils or paper in their classrooms. Farm animals roam freely with residents of the villages, where there are no flush-toilets and electricity was introduced just three years ago. Yet, in some places, there is TV, solar panels and the internet. “Technology is creeping in,” said Frederica Shockley. Shockley and Therese Chudy of Chico spent 10 days in late 2016 with a tour
Laos expands power grid & eyes biomass in renewable energy push (Bio-Energy)
Laos is looking to expand its power grid network and may use renewable energy to produce electricity, according to Xinhua News. The Laos government plans to install 54 more electricity transmission lines and build another 16 substations by 2020. Laos Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath has revealed the plan recently, saying the government recognises the need
Dam in Laos Stirs Up Controversy and Fish (Lab Roots)
Hydroelectric dams have become a hot topic in the last decade as biologists and environmentalists fight to make known the damages that dams have on river systems. The Don Sahong Dam along the Mekong River passing through Laos is facing controversy for just that reason between environmentalists, local residents, and the hydroelectric company behind
Other stories about Laos around the world 
... America’s secret war in Laos (Economist)
... EPF supports green growth initiatives in Laos (VT)
... Hospitality staff required to work in Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Two Laotians caught smuggling 41,000 pills (DTI News)
... Ministry to realise rural education improvements in Laos (VT)
... Foreign investors reassured over power supply in Laos (Nation)
... More to Laos than meets the eye, says tourism chief (TTG Asia)
... Lao-Canadian: Hintonburg bids a sad farewell to Sam’s Café (KT)
... Chinese Lunar New Year temple fair add color to Laos (China Dialy)
... 8 Things to do in Vientiane to Capture the Culture of Laos (Travioor)
... Laos: Families of disabled veterans need help with road upgrade (VT)
... Party urges public participation in fight against corruption in Laos (VT)
... Thailand and Laos – day fifteen - Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai, Thursday (Thornbury)
... No cars, ATMs or other tourists: Finding paradise on the deserted 4,000 Islands of Laos
... Mattie Do, Laos’ 1st Female Director, Talks Asian Objectification & Her New Horror Film
... Lao leaders return their luxury cars (VT)
... Lao FM to visit Cambodia (Khmer Times)
... Lao airline cuts Attapeu losses (TTR Weekly)
... The Top 10 Places to Visit in Laos (Baba Mail)
... NUOL students win youth innovation awards (VT)
... Lao Deputy PM takes strong stance against corruption (VT)
... Gambling With Time Along the China-Laos Border (Sixth Tone)
... Singapore Helps Improve Physiotherapy Education in Laos (BD)
... EU, French Red Cross provide 1.67b kip to reduce disaster risks (VT)
... Veunkham becomes a local border between Laos and Cambodia (VT)
... Thailand and Laos – day thirteen - Luang Prabang, Tuesday (Thornbury)
... Vientiane's Nong Or development project to commence construction (VT)
... Lao leaders hail contributions of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers (Talk Vietnam)
... Laos' Road 13 South safety under scrutiny (VT)
... Laos: Minister vows stable electricity supply (VT)
... Laos: Ministry lists top ten commercial rice varieties (VT)
... Laos eyes electricity export to Malaysia this year (Nation)
... Vientiane Council asks authorities to tackle chronic problems (VT)
... Saudi princess gives boost to measles vaccination drive in Laos (VT)
... Thailand and Laos – day twelve - Luang Prabang, Monday (Thornbury)
... Experts 'greatly disappointed' by yet another Mekong hydropower dam (VNE)
... Lao PM urges local, Thai business, public sectors to boost investment (Nation)
... Geographical Indications in Laos: A Boon for Local Producers & Investors? (Lexology)
... This 'smiling' dolphin (only 3 counted in Laos) is being hunted into extinction (Mashable)
... My 5 Favorite Places (one ~ Luang Prabang) I Visited For The 1st Time In 2016 (OMAT)
... London: Lao Cafe (JOL)
... Best time to visit Laos (Medium)
... New dam on Mekong looms (PPP)
... Vietnam, Laos boost youth exchange (VBN)
... We’re ignoring the risks on the Mekong (Nation)
... Lao police seize over 1.2 ton cannabis (XinhuaNet)
... Laos warm up for regional futsal championship (Sina)
... Laos: Out-of-action irrigation may cut crop yields (VT)
... Ministry reviews progress in health sector in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM advises Khong district to grow more cashews (VT)
... Furniture makers must improve marketing strategy: Lao PM (VT)
... Vietnamese bank marks one-year anniversary in Laos (Vietnam Plus)
... Lao PM urges Lao-Thai business, public sectors to boost investment (VT)
... Vietnamese firm donates marble bust of Laos’s late President (Talk Vietnam)
... China Dam Construction Is Putting Pressure on Mekong River (Cambodia Daily)
... Laos to expand export markets of electricity (Sina)
... US builds blood centre for southern provinces (VT)
... Cambodia and Laos welcome Singapore firms (ANN)
... HAG Group invests in Laos’ agriculture (Talk Vietnam)
... Vientiane residents irked over proposed road fund (VT)
... Laos to export more rice to China: Lao PM (XinhuaNet)
... Laos: Finance ministry to probe sources of revenue (VT)
... Regional officials consult on Pakbaeng hydro project (VT)
... Thailand and Laos – day ten - Luang Prabang (Thornbury)
... China to buy 20,000 tonnes of organic rice from Laos (VT)
... How coffee brought in tourists to quiet Laos (Daily Express)
... Art performance in Laos to mark Vietnam’s National Day (VBN)
... Dearest Sister: Ghosts and Class Distinctions in Laos (JB Spins)
... Book Review: A Great Place to Have a War in Laos (DIN Merican)
... Northern Laos' Xieng Khuang authorities confiscate illegal timber (VT)
... Destination Laos: the ever-changing surrogacy business changes again (BE)
... MIA in Laos: Texas family to receive vet's remains 50 years after his death (FN)
... Singapore firms should seize 1st-mover advantage in Cambodia, Laos: President Tan




January 9-15, 2017



7 Things Not to Miss in Vientiane, Laos (Travel Pulse)
Situated on the banks of the Mekong river, Vientiane the capital of Laos is often overlooked by visitors in favor of more popular destinations such as Luang Prabang for outdoor activities, Luang Namtha for trekking or Vang Vieng to go tubing. Many people dismiss it as being boring and simply use Vientiane as a gateway to Laos when crossing the Friendship bridge from Nong Khai
Lao energy not so ‘cheap’: experts (PPP)

PM Hun Sen thanked Laos for “selling electricity at a cheap price to Cambodia”. Experts, however contend a continued reliance on energy imports means prices will invariably remain high for consumers. Electricity prices in Cambodia are, in fact, among the highest in the region. The most inexpensive option comes from the national grid, where prices range from $0.11 to $0.27 per kwh
Cambodia’s Hun Sen Thanks Laos for Cheap Electricity (RFA)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen praised Laos for selling cheap power to his country on Tuesday, even though residents of Cambodia’s Stung Treng province pay double what their neighbors across the border pay for electricity. “I want to extend my thanks to the Laotian government for selling electricity at a cheap price to Cambodia, mostly for consumption in
The Woman from Tam Pa Ling, Laos (PBS)
63,000 years ago, a woman died in the forested hills of northern Laos. She may have been looking for food or shelter - perhaps she was escaping a tropical storm. Whatever the reason, her final resting place was a cave now known as Tam Pa Ling (The Cave of Monkeys). Here she remained, until 2008, when archaeologists uncovered her skull and jawbone. Human fossils are
International flights to Laos on increase (Nation or VT)
MORE overseas passenger flights are coming to Laos, which will further contribute to the growth of trade and tourism ... According to the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism, visitor arrivals in Laos were expected to reach 4.3 million by the end of last year, representing an increase of 4% over 2015. Foreign visitor arrivals increased from 2.7 million in 2011 to 4.1 million in 2015.
See Who's Asia's No. 2 Police State After North Korea, And It's Not China (Forbes)
Laos looks free and happy by contrast. Travelers can walk across the quiet, uncluttered capital Vientiane’s commercial-tourist district in an hour if that. A string of cafes near the riverside make French coffee. Slow-moving, smiling vendors are more likely to miscount change in your favor than cheat. The warm orange hues of Buddhist monks and temples radiate from streetsides.
Other stories about Laos around the world 
... First cancer centre opens in Vientiane (VT)

... Laos, Singapore to further enhance cooperation (VT)

... Thailand and Laos – day eight - Vientiane (Thornbury)

... Authorities in quagmire over Nongpaen development (VT)

... Bus accident leaves 2 dead, 30 injured in Laos (XinhuaNet)

... Council gives green light to proposed Vientiane highway (VT)

... Ties with Laos continue to grow: President Tan (Straits Times)

... Wildlife group extends support for National Protected Area in Laos (VT)

... A few thoughts occasioned by seeing Vietnam and Laos (Bookworm Room)

... PM advises Khong district of Champasak to accelerate salary payments (VT)

... Asia's Smallest Economies [like Laos] Are Among Its Fastest Growing (Bloomberg)

... Thailand and Laos – day six - Vientiane (Thornbury)
... America In Laos And The Birth Of A Military CIA (FC)
... President Tan arrives in Laos for state visit (Straits Times)
... Monks' evening ceremony a tranquil surprise in Laos (AZ Central)
... Peek Inside the Wonderfully Bizarre Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos (ML)
... Dien Bien receives remains of voluntary soldiers from Laos (Talk Vietnam)
... Lao-Hmong priest’s visit a Christmas gift for local community (Catholic Spirit)
... Hiker in Laos finds the end of the rainbow - and it's not a pot of gold (Express)
... Chinese martyrs memorialized to further nurture China-Laos friendship (ECNS)
... Lao-Thai: 2nd electricity distribution point opens between Chiang Khong & Houay Xai
... Vientiane-Attapeu flights' wings clipped (VT)

... New Laos-Cambodia border crossing opens (BP)

... Funding sourced for bus rapid transport project (VT)
... Thailand and Laos – day five - Vientiane (Thornbury)
... Laos, Luxembourg review key cooperation milestones (VT)

... Four companies partner in telecoms provision for railway (VT)

... New border facilities to enhance trade, tourism with Laos (PPP)

... School snaps: R.E.A.L makes educational trip to Laos (Expat Go)

... Laos, Cambodia open first official international border crossing (VT)

... Laos partners with Microsoft to accelerate digital transformation (EI)

... Laos-Oudomxay-Chinese cemetary- renovatoin cemetery (Prokelara)

... Laos to build BRT to ease traffic congestion in capital Vientiane (Sina)

... Land use right holders on 450 Year Road still reject compensation (VT)

... A Call For Strategic, Basin-Wide Energy Planning In Laos (Eurasia Review)

... Third Lao furniture fair opens (VT)

... Riding in the Mountains of Laos (FIFI)

... Laos to expand power grid network (Sina)

... Vientiane gears up to make capital more livable (VT)

... Debt to be reduced in next five years, Lao PM says (VT)

... A Bustling Center of Entomological Research in Laos (Entomology)

... Laos, Cambodia prepare to recognise border crossing as official (VT)

... Luxembourg gives further boost with € 6.5 mil to healthcare services (VT)

... Laos: Navy aviator dodged death three times in storied career (Sun Herald)

... Vietnam signs defence cooperation plans for 2017 with Laos, Cambodia (TV)

... Senior Management Team of Comba Telecom Visits Lao Govt Officials (IBN)

... Nation’s first Hmong firefighter, of EC, proud to have served in profession (LT)

... Explore Luang Prabang, Laos In A Budget Friendly Itenerary (Travelers Today)

... Thailand and Laos – day four, Laos (Thornberry)
... Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos (RFA)
... Champassak to hold manikhot tree festival this week (VT)
... 50 power plants fuel energy generation in Laos this year (VT)
... Four foreign companies ink deals for use of Lao satellite (VT)
... President Tony Tan to make state visits to Cambodia and Laos (Topix)





January 1-8, 2017



Laos: Over 1,000 killed on nation's roads last year (VT)
A total of 1,086 people were killed in 5,616 road accidents around the country in 2016, representing a significant rise compared to 2015, according to official figures. The Traffic Police Department of the MPS reported that 5,571 road accidents occurred around the country in 2015, in which 995 people were killed & property damage amounting to over 85 billion kip was caused.
Investors interested in Laos-Vietnam oil pipeline: Lao minister (Sina)
Many investors have expressed interest in the planned construction of an oil supply pipeline project that will transfer petrol from Vietnam to Laos, Lao Minister of Energy and Mines, Khammany Inthilath has said. Initially, Lao Petro Company was set to solely invest in the 500 million US dollar project, but many fuel companies later expressed an interest in joining
Tight Grip & Diversification Needed for Laos Economy in Uncertain Times (AEC)
With a gross domestic product (GDP) averaging 7 per cent since 2000, the Laos economy is among the fastest growing in Asean. Despite this, in recent years the Laos economy has trended downwards. Amid global economic uncertainty, it remains to be seen how Laos will manage its macroeconomic policies and export diversification strategy. The Laos economy is estimated
Other stories about Laos around the world 
... Singapore President to visit Laos (VT)
... New Laos-Cambodia border crossing to open (TDM)
... Lao Govt to reduce electricity unit price for agriculture (VT)
... Camdodian PM to pay visit to Laos' Don Sahong dam (PPP)
... Be Inthavong Shares His Hometown's Cultural Offerings (PBI)
... Association works to foster Vietnam-Laos traditional ties (VBN)
... Laos advances Commitment to Global Health Security (US PC)
... Champassak People's Council debates development issues (VT)
... China-Laos Railway Construction Commences (Mekong Tourism)
... Oudomxay eyeing compensation for families affected by railway (VT)
... Consumption of solar power in Laos to exceed 100 MW by 2020 (CEN)
... Chinese Agricultural Fertiliser helps Laos banana cultivation (Fresh Plaza)
... Ancient 'Plain of Jars' Burial Site Recreated in Virtual Reality (Live Science)
... Upstarts Lanexang United aiming to put Laos on football map (Fox Sports Asia)
... Laos encourages woman to give birth at healthcare center for free of charge (Sina)
... 48 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos (TD)

... Ecological Regions Of Laos (World Atlas)

... Be alert for forest fires, ministry warns (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam strengthen border security (VT)

... Laos to build more hydropower plants (Invest Vine)

... Border checkpoint with Laos to open (Khmer Times)

... Mekong plan ‘may shift Thailand-Laos border’ (Nation)

... Army deployed to clear UXO for Laos-China railway (VT)

... Lao-Chinese ‘Blooming Champa’ Filming Kicks Off (BD)

... German company lends support to job skills training (VT)

... Luang Namtha targeting rubber for poverty reduction (VT)

... Laos to launch first local brand smartphone (Global Times)

... China - Laos railway construction commences (Rail Journal)

... Construction starts on China – Laos railway (Railway Gazette)

... Rainbow snake, tiny frog among new Mekong species (Yahoo)

... Follow Me: Waterfall treks and story time, Laos part three (RN)

... Laos, Cambodia open new international border checkpoint (VT)
... Laos’ Xekaman 3 Dam Break Shuts Off Power to Vietnam (RFA)
... Vietnam seizes 275 kilos of bullets in truck from Laos (VN Express)

... Laos Reaps Bitter Harvest of The Secret War: Ian MacKinnon (Libcom)

... Laos Wushu Team Prepares For Upcoming SEA Games (Sports Wiki)

... Soccer: Buriram Go Down In Laos To Lanexang United (Buriram Times)

... Clearing for Lao-China Railway Begins, but Questions Still Remain (RFA)

... Can Laos restore growth while global economic uncertainty reigns? (EAF)

... Traversing Luang Prabang: Five Must-Do Things In The Northern Laos City (TT)








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