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February 11-17, 2018

Why the Laos Wage Hike Debate Matters (Diplomat)
Efforts by trade unions to increase the minimum wage, only to be resisted by business interests, are a familiar refrain across the world. Indeed, even the socialist state of Lao PDR is not immune. Current negotiations to raise the minimum wage in Laos, consistently one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, have seen workers push for an ambitious increase of one-third over the current
Laos: Temporary Suspension of Business Licenses in Certain Industries (Lexology)
Laos has attracted substantial foreign investment in recent years, which has contributed to a surge in the establishment of legal entities, both local and foreign. However, the Lao government has noted that a number of legal entities have not actually been operating business activities in the country, nor have they fulfilled minimum requirements set out in relevant regulations. 
Why the Mekong [i.e. Laos] needs to become a river of democracy (Swiss Info)
Rivers are the lifelines of the world. Their waters crisscross cities, countries and continents. But after a week on the mighty Mekong, our correspondent sees a need for more ‘river democracy’. With the cool dry season reaching its peak, the water levels on the Mekong River have lowered several meters. This makes navigation difficult as the river in its inner Laotian section is full of
Laos, China, Thailand to hold talks on rail link (VT)
Laos, China and Thailand are set to hold talks in moves to ensure the rail systems set to traverse the three countries can link smoothly and efficiently. China will invite Lao authorities to join discussions between Chinese and Thai officials, the Bangkok Post reported citing a source from the Transport Ministry of Thailand. Chinese and Thai authorities agreed on the need to hold
Lao Factory Owners Say Proposed Wage Hike Will Shutter Businesses (RFA)
Owners of garment factories and other businesses in Laos are rejecting a proposal to raise the minimum wage by as much as one-third, saying the increase in expenses would force them to shut down operations, despite reports of workers seeking opportunities elsewhere due to low pay and high living costs. At a meeting last month attended by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos is the Youngest Nation in Asia (Laotian Times)

... Nation’s revenue per tourist lagging neighbours (VT)
... Khmer Soccer: Sovannara locks in Laos (Khmer Times)
... Borikhamxay authorities clamp down on illegal activities (VT)
... Lao Telecom Rakes in LAK 1.84 Trillion ~ $224 million (KPL)
... Nam Ngum: Cruising among Vientiane’s natural attractions (BB)
... Laos seeks Thai support on new Mekong bridge (Bangkok Post)
... New resorts in Malaysia and Laos with wow factor galore (HTSI)
... Author puts Lao coroner-detective on Asian literary map (Nikkei AR)
... Laos becomes the 12th Country to join Consulus Global Network (DT)
... Lao Airlines in talks with Chinese investor on possible joint venture (VT)
... 2017 Destroys Almost 130 UXOs Out of Laos-China Construction Railway (VT)
... Setthathirath, Champassak hospital improvements attract support via Japan (VT)
... Chinese Firm Authorised to Develop Vangvieng Airport as Tourism Complex (KPL)
... Lao-American: Thai restaurant in North Winton Village has a fast casual format (D&C)
... Lao-American: Downtown Triad restaurant with unique flavor prepares for May opening

... Lao Government honours Belarusian diplomat (VT)
... Lao PM’s order pushes public service efficiency (VT)
... WWF Laos Supports Wildlife Law Enforcement (KPL)
... Asean, EU confer on higher education qualifications standards (VT)
... Refugee shared history, culture in 'Hmong 101' (Hutchinson Leader)
... Laos requests Thailand’s financial support for fifth Mekong Bridge (VT)
... Official parties draw on experience to improve round table meeting (VT)
... Attapeu may face decade wait for commercial flights (VT)
... Laos, Thailand cooperate on mobile SIM card registration (VT)
... Laos-Japan Friendship Bridge Opens in S. Laos' Xekong (KPL)
... Attapeu province eyeing private investment to boost growth (VT)
... Nam Ngum riverside, cruising among city’s natural attractions (VT)
... Lao-American Business: Landrum loses a bit of elegance (Tryon DB)
... Phoukhoun District of Luang Prabang Extended Relief Package (KPL)
... Two decades of toil reveals Luang Prabang’s ongoing UXO ordeal (VT)
... Susanna Smith: Perspective on immigration reform [i.e. Lao-Hmong refugees] (NDN)
... Lao-Hmong families fear for spirits of the dead after cemetery moves headstones (FB)
... Over 8,000 Out-of-school Children Benefit from Non-Formal Education Program (KPL)
... New foreign ambassadors take up posts (VT)
... Lao Govt Considers, Approves 10 Draft Laws (KPL)
... Local hotels, tour companies increase cooperation (VT)
... Xayaboury Ready to Celebrate Elephant Festival 2018 (KPL)
... Hundreds of People Celebrate Chinese New Year in Vientiane (KPL)
... Laos-Japan Friendship Bridge spans Xekong development divide (VT)
... Laos-China co-produced TV program promoted in Lao university (XinhuaNet)
... Lao Cabinet approves 10 draft laws (VT)
... Laos to join high-speed rail talks (Bangkok Post)
... Japan Grants JPY 1.9-Billion ($17.7M) Aid to Laos (KPL)
... Japan continues support for Laos’ development course (VT)
... Poor youth startups funding as Union, Ratch Lao ink deal (VT)
... MAF, FAO collaborate on strategy to boost rice production (VT)
... Schools Closed due to Severe Cold Weather in Huaphan (KPL)
... Two Tobacco Companies Asked to Comply with Lao Law (KPL)
... 22 Companies Invest in Thakhek Specific Economic Zone (KPL)
... Lao girl rescued after arranged rape by drug dealer (Bangkok Post)
... 94 Million Kip Provided as Relief Aid for Vietnam’s Disaster Victims (KPL)
... Chinese-invested cement project goes into operation in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Savannakhet discovery shedding light on ancient elephant, mahout life (VT)
... Chinese cultural show staged in Laos to celebrate Spring Festival (XinhuaNet)
... How are Vietnamese businesses performing in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar? (VN)

February 4-10, 2018

How to travel Luang Prabang like an interior designer (Vogue)
Appearing on the horizon like a mythical Shangri-La, Luang Prabang’s setting on the old Silk Road in northern Laos could not be more romantic. Surrounded by mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, resplendent with Buddhist temples, crumbling French colonial architecture and the remnants of royal Laotian culture
Red pandas rescued in Laos stir fears over exotic pet trade (AFP/Yahoo)
The rescue in Laos of three endangered red pandas trafficked from China has raised fears the rare animals are increasingly being coveted by exotic pet owners. Landlocked Laos, which borders China and Vietnam, is a key transit hub in the global trade in illegal wildlife, but experts say the discovery of red pandas there is virtually unheard of. Six of the cat-sized bears were found on
Debt-ridden Laos living on borrowed money (Aljazeera)
Public debt is estimated at around 68 percent of GDP and almost half of the money is being borrowed from one source - China.  One of the contributing factors was high public debt in the affected countries, including Laos. Now, there are similar warnings about governments in the region borrowing too much money.
Lao Govt hikes 4% more on fuel tax (VT)
The government has imposed more taxes on fuel and other goods and services as authorities increase efforts to collect additional revenue to meet set targets. The Ministry of Finance’s Taxation Department announced recently that the excise tax on super grade gasoline has risen from 35 percent to 39 percent. The excise tax rates on regular gasoline and diesel have also been
Laotians expect Laos-China railway to bring tangible benefits (Global Times)
Laotians are hoping the Laos-China railway will bring more tourists and development opportunities once fully operational, media reports have said. The project will be completed in 2021, and the railway will have a total length of over 414 km linking the Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and the capital. "About three years ago, there were more tourists, but now there aren't as many.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos-China continue labour sector cooperation (VT)

... 3rd Vientiane Furniture Fair Opens Next Month (KPL)

... First group of skilled workers departs for S. Korea (VT)

... France Decorates Figure of Civil Society in Laos (KPL)

... Make the most of Pakxong’s golden land: Lao PM (PPP)

... Vietnam to provide over $2 million for new school in Huaphan (VT)

... Expressway plans attract support among affected landholders (VT)

... ANZ shuts Laos retail products, services in Asia strategy push (Nasdaq)

... Veterans' Stories: Marine provided support for ‘Air America’ in Laos (HT)

... President Urges Health Sector to Raise Quality of Medical Services (KPL)

... Lao ambassador congratulates CPV on founding anniversary (VietnamPlus)

... Restaurant review: Nam Tok Kitchen - Thai cuisine with a Laotian influence (BB)

... Vietnamese food in high demand in Laos ahead of Lunar New Year (VietnamPlus)

... Skip the Pad Thai, Explore the Rest of the Menu at Thai Esan & Noodle House (SC)
... Attapeu authorities crack down on illegal logging (VT)

... Make the most of Pakxong’s golden land: Lao PM (VT)

... Lao President calls for upgrade of health services (VT)

... Tiger traffickers evade police capture in Khammuan (VT)

... Laos: Chinese Investors Need Visa Issues Addressed (KPL)

... ICT in Laos to facilitate China’s Belt and Road plan: official (VT)

... Trade Fair to Promote the Visit Lao Year 2018 Held in Vientiane (KPL)

... Money-laundering warrants pending over Lao brothers’ Bt98m (ThaiVisa)

... Laos, Thailand agree to fight drug trade, boost connectivity (VietnamPlus)
... 'SHARP - Be Original' opened in Laos (KPL)

... Laos, China to Launch Chinese Newspaper (KPL)

... Laos, Thailand Pledge Enhanced Cooperation (KPL)

... KPL, Huawei, Lao Sat link up for media development (VT)

... Health sector review calls for further reform of infant care (VT)

... Laos opens 1st science, technology training center (XinhuaNet)

... Foreign ministers review progress in regional, global affairs (VT)

... Lao province gives green light to eco-friendly tourism (Borneo Bulletin)

... S. Korea to Transfer ICT to Laos, Vietnam and Nepal (Business Korea)

... Australia provides further support for human resource development (VT)

... Lao Workers Leave Laos for Employment Opportunities in S. Korea (KPL)

... Foreign Minister Attends ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Singapore (KP)

... WHO Backs Lao Government’s Compliance with Tobacco Control Law (KPL)

... Laos-China railway ‘20.3 per cent complete’, compensation still unpaid (Nation or VT)

... Around the World: More Than 175,000 Children Go Online for the First Time Every day

... Lao Casino Kingpin Zhao Wei Denies US Treasury “Criminal Organization” Designation
... Laos, Vietnam sign 12 deals to broaden cooperation (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia eye popular front cooperation (XinhuaNet)
... Nation’s first science, technology training centre opens (VT)
... Laos, Thailand agree to fight drug trade, boost connectivity (VT)
... Belarus-Laos economic cooperation seen as promising (BelTA)
... Laos, Cambodia development bodies eye future cooperation (VT)
... Agricultural Fires in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia (Eurek Alert)
... Viet PM witnesses signing of 12 cooperation documents with Laos (Nhan Dan)
... Lao Casino Operator Rejects U.S. 'Transnational Criminal Organization' Designation
... Journey along the magnificent Mekong (Times)
... Bokeo gives green light to eco-friendly tourism (VT)
... Laos reviews key achievements with UN support (VT)
... Laos, Thailand partner in digital, ICT development (VT)
... Vietnamese, Lao PMs visit Star Telecom (VietnamPlus)
... Austerity policy slows relocation of government offices (VT)
... China rail project to link landlocked Laos to Asia (Aljazeera)
... Vietnamese, Lao government offices boost ties (Nhan Dan)
... Belt, road forum realises Laos-China cooperation (VT or KPL)
... Vientiane meeting tackles regional chemical management (VT)
... Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum kicks off (Nation)
... Lao president meets Xinhua News Agency president (XinhuaNet)
... First China, Laos co-produced movie debuts in Laos (Info Surhoy)
... Ministry disseminates decree on well-being, development criteria (VT)
... Education ministry working towards Asean qualification standards (VT)
... Remove unnecessary barriers to improve business climate, DPM says (VT)
... Vietnamese, Lao PMs attend training centre’s inaugural ceremony (Nhan Dan)
... Hmong language learning program helps students find their voice (Madison Commons)
... Check out the menu for Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro, opening tomorrow in Doraville

Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2018

Letters from Abroad: Learning From the People of Laos (Dickinsonian)
Over winter break, I had the opportunity to travel to Vientiane, Laos and Siem Reap, Cambodia, along with 10 other students, two student trip leaders and two administrators. We spent the majority of our time in Laos helping out at a school for vocational skills. This school offers classes in English and motorcycle repairs, two skills very useful in a country where work is often difficult to
The Woven Art of Laos (New York Times)
The outdoor workroom in a lush garden not far from the mighty Mekong River seems a world apart from Paris. A dozen Laotian women talk among themselves as the city traffic from the streets of Vientiane swirls by. Their wooden shuttles make a soft slithering sound as they hand weave large swathes of silk fabric in rich colors on handcrafted looms. Well before the success of handmade
US declares Laos casino operators a criminal network (ABC, AFP/MSN, or Reuters)
The United States is declaring the Zhao Wei network that operates a casino in Laos to be a transnational criminal organization. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions Tuesday on four individuals and three companies across Laos, Thailand and Hong Kong, freezing any U.S. assets and prohibiting Americans from dealing with them.  Treasury officials say the Kings Romans
Beware the Destruction of Civil Society in Laos (Diplomat)
If you were to survey articles that focus on the human rights situation in Laos, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that does not reference the “disappearance” of Sombath Somphone, an internationally acclaimed civil society leader who was kidnapped from the streets of Vientiane in late 2012. Leaked CCTV footage shows him being stopped by the police before being taken to
Wild elephant illegally crosses China-Laos border (New Daily)
A wild Asian elephant has caused a stir on the border between China and Laos when it casually flouted immigration control and stepped over the barrier between the two countries. Taking advantage of the dark, the animal moved out of China’s southwestern Yunnan Province and crossed into neighbouring Luang Matha in Laos in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... No Thais linked to Laos casino crimes (Bangkok Post)
... Lao-American Obituary: Savay Sounnarath (Storm Lake)
... Huaphan listing additional tourism sites to lure visitors (VT)
... Mekong River Commission to revise dam guidelines (PPP)
... Blind Children School, National Chess Federation Get Help (KPL)
... Laos reckoning on Luxembourg support with number crunching (VT)
... Japan Further Supports Empowerment of Disabled People in Laos (KPL)
... Five-year GMS environmental agenda endorsed (Bangkok Post or Nation)
... New artefact conservation centre planned for Vat Phou Champassak (VT)
... Developer asked to provide more details of planned complex in Vangvieng (VT)
... Japan Supports Pediatric Project in Huaphan (KPL)
... Almsgiving draws devotees to Vat Phou festival (VT)
... Laos, U.S. Cooperate to Prepare for Natural Disasters (KPL)
... Vietnam PM to visit Laos for inter-governmental meeting (VT)
... Lao Govt resolves illegal import of thousands of vehicles (VT)
... DVV International Donates Equipment to Rural Schools (KPL)
... Asean Tourism Forum sees ministers chart path for growth (VT)
... Mekong River Commission Launches Website for Its 3rd Summit (KPL)
... No Thai shareholders in blacklisted Laos casino operation, say Thai drugs' authorities (TV)
... Why you should visit Laos (Femina)
... Tripartite meeting held to discuss minimum wage raise (KPL)
... Planned north-south transport road links encounter delays (VT)
... Hungary provides US$160 million loan for three projects (VT or KPL)
... Savannakhet authorities plan restoration of That Nang Lao stupa (VT)
... U.S. Embassy, Companies Support First-ever Lao Digital Forum (KPL)
... Lao Ford City gives Ford Ranger and Ford Fiesta car to customers (KPL)
... Mongolian assistance energises Xieng Khuang’s fight against poverty (VT)
... Laos provides financial relief for typhoon-hit people in Vietnam (VietnamPlus)
... Viet PM to co-chair Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee meeting (Nhan Dan)
... Japan’s Uni. Studies If Xieng Khuang Is Ready for Its Renewable Energy Technology (KPL)
... Russia shares global situation with Laos (VT)
... Golden Triangle Checkpoint Building Kicks off (KPL)
... Asean journalists’ confederation gains new member (VT)
... S. Laos' Sekong Expects to Attract 50,000 Tourists (KPL)
... Experts mull new ways to address malnutrition in Laos (VT)
... Thai palm oil trader looks to produce biodiesel in Laos (BFD)
... Borikhamxay conducts ongoing clampdown against illegal logging (VT)
... Vietnamese expats in Laos work to strengthen solidarity (VietnamPlus)
... hampassak holds annual Vat Phou festival to promote Visit Laos Year (VT)
... Lao-Khmer Soccer: Boeung Ket surrender lead to settle for a draw (Khmer Times)
... Savannakhet Launches Visit Laos Year 2018 and That Phone Stupa Festival (KPL)
... Laos adventure (Gisborne Herald)
... Minimum wage hike still problematic (VT)
... Gender Minister concludes Laos trip (AVAS)
... RHB Bank Lao Opens Dongdok Branch (KPL)
... India Dependence Day Marked in Vientiane (VT)
... Bananacoin funds Laotian farm expansion (FFP)
... Kapok flower festival bolsters tourism in Bokeo (VT)
... Lao PM attends Indian Republic Day celebrations (VT)
... India, Laos discuss development aid, trade (Statesman)
... BK face their Lao contenders in AFC Cup (Khmer Times)
... Chinese gov’t provides grant for upgrade of Lao TV-3 (VT)

... HCM City, Laos seek measures to boost trade (Vietnam IR)

... PM Modi, Laotian counterpart hold bilateral talks (New Kerala)

... Lao gov't targets 2 pct unemployment rate in 2018 (XinhuaNet)

... Wisconsin students celebrate Hmong language, culture (WDN)

... OPG turns focus to Laos for oil palm plantation (Bangkok Post)

... The Future of Laos Automobile Markets to 2023 (Sat PR News)

... AAI, Lao PDR Sign Civil Aviation Cooperation Agreement (DAP)

... Red Pandas Captured in Laos Pointing to Illegal Pet Trade (WPP)

... Gov’t to assist young graduates with employment opportunities (VT)

... Vietnamese, Lao national universities foster exchanges (VietnamNet)

... Work underway to elevate Hin Nam Nor to World Heritage status (VT)

... Lao leader hosts Vietnamese Minister of Public Security (VietnamNet)

... China, Laos sign agreement on TV channel upgrade project (XinhuaNet)

... Exchange held to mark successful Vietnam-Laos friendship year (VietnamPlus)

... Exchange held to mark successful Vietnam-Laos friendship year (VietnamPlus)

... 86-MW Nam Phay hydropower project in Lao PDR officially commissioned (HW)

... Nomination of Hin Nam No as Laos’ 1st Transboundary World Heritage Gets Into Gear (KPL)

January 22-28, 2018

Thai navy says 11 million pill haul a record from Laos (AFP/Yahoo)
Thailand's navy has seized 11 million meth pills from traffickers crossing from Laos via the Mekong River, a record bust from a communist state that is emerging as a key Asian drug route. Authorities pounced as the boat landed in Nakhon Phanom on the Thai side of the Mekong, which acts as a natural border with Laos. Poor and remote, Nakhon Phanom is a notorious hub for
Bid to ease hydro dam threats on the Mekong (Khmer Times)
Guidelines for mitigating the environmental impact and managing risks of hydropower dams in the Mekong River will be established at the end of March 2018 after discussion between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Forty-five officials from the four countries have been meeting in Vientiane this week to discuss the guidelines. According to statement from the Mekong River
Where Are Russia-Laos Military Ties? (Diplomat)
This week, Russia’s defense minister paid a visit to Laos as part of a wider Southeast Asia tour. His trip put the spotlight on Russia-Laos military ties, which have been developing in recent years as part of the broader relationship between the two countries. Laos and Russia have long had a close defense relationship that extends across several realms, including military education, law
Drug production in Laos and Myanmar still a major threat (Stragetist)

In December 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its latest report on opium production in Myanmar and, at face value, the news was good. Since 2015, the area of cultivated opium poppy in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states has decreased by 25% to 41,000 hectares. And, for good measure, heroin seizures in China, Cambodia and Thailand
‘Tiger Farms’ Still Operate in Laos, Defying Trafficking Bans (RFA)
Three tigers were found killed near a protected forest zone in Laos early this week, drawing renewed attention to the presence in the country of so-called tiger farms, where the animals are kept for sale in spite of wildlife trafficking bans, sources say. The dead animals were discovered by forestry officials in an area near the Nam Theun 2 dam in Khammouane province’s Nhommalath
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, China ink deal on plant protection (VT)

... Japan supports Vientiane irrigation improvement (VT)

... C. Laos' Khammuan kicks off Visit Laos Year 2018 (VT)

... Epson Launches New Models of Products in Laos (KPL)

... Laos to Have Digital Society Foundation Built by 2030 (KPL)

... Nam Ngiep 1 Construction to Be Completed This Year (KPL)

... 21ST ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Meeting Held in Thailand (KPL)

... Laos, Luxembourg to jointly manage maternal health projects (VT)

... Lao Officials Begin Probe of Red Panda Trafficking Incident (RFA)

... Laos pushes for greater Asean-India cooperation (Eleven Myanmar)

... HCM City’s top leader continues working visit to Laos (VietnamPlus)

... Vietnam, Laos work to ensure quality of Lao NA House (VietnamPlus)

... Laos calls for investments in Savan Seno special economic zone (VietnamPlus)

... Luxembourg to Provide US$ 350,000 for Anti-Disaster and UXO Efforts in Laos (KPL)
... Lao Food Festival 2018 Launched (KPL)

... ICT businesses urged to drive economy (VT)

... Lao Govt seeks better regulation of associations (VT)

... Luang Prabang to receive Asean award for cleanliness (VT)

... Ministry’s new recruits to target improved mother, child health (VT)

... CTE expands reach in Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia (Rapid TV News)

... Saymoukda Vongsay receives grants for refugee musical (AA Press)

... Lao Govt pushing to realise cooperation projects with Vietnam, China (VT)

... Public Debt Management, Added-Value Tax Draft Laws Brainstormed (KPL)

... Civil Society Groups in Laos Delayed Funding, Forced to Disband Under New Law

... AsianDate Shares its Most Spectacular Excursions to Visit from the Beautiful Vientiane

... Minister to PM’s Office Attends ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meeting and Expo
... Health insurance fund is failing patients (VT)

... Ministry encouraging use of local online domain (VT)

... Vientiane's road awaits green light for completion (VT)

... ASEAN meeting synchronising safe pesticide levels (VT)

... Jiangsu Tourism Promotion Meeting Held in Vientiane (KPL)

... Forced labor still rampant in Thai fishing industry (Brinkwire)

... Car rally revs up friendship, trade between India, ASEAN (VT)

... What Did the Laos-Cambodia Security Meeting Achieve? (Diplomat)

... Ho Chi Minh City leader reiterates priority to ties with Laos (VietnamPlus)

... Lao-Khmer Border: Nong Nonkhiane Pledges Faster Service for Tourists (KPL)

... Lao-Australian: Fatigued driver slapped with a driving ban after crashing into a car, wall...
... Lao PM to attend Asean-India Summit (VT)
... Laos, Russia extend defence cooperation (VT)
... New Japanese Volunteers Welcomed in Vientiane (KPL)
... Mongolia to Provide 1,000 Sheep to Xieng Khuang (KPL)
... ‘Lao Night’ being hosted for 500 Asean guests in Thailand (VT)
... NA President calls on judiciary to tackle laxity within its ranks (KPL)
... President calls for Lao People’s Army to strengthen its resolve (VT)
... Lao-American: La Grande woman escaped communism (Observer)
... “Eighteen 18”, Collagen Product, Introduced to Lao Health Lovers (KPL)
... FLEGT Process Supports PM Order No.15 Reinforcing Forest Governance for Legal Trade
... Xeno airport project slow to take off (VT)
... New road creates linkages in the south (VT)
... A secret warrior's secret war in Laos (Stripes)
... 4th Japan Festival to Be Held Next Month (KPL)
... Vangvieng to have emergency rescue station (VT)
... Laos, UNICEF to continue close collaboration (VT)
... LXML Supports Environmental Monitoring in Laos (KPL)
... S. Laos' Xekong bridge to officially open next month (VT)
... Laos affirms support for successful APPF-26 (VietnamPlus)
... Seven companies eye investment in Vientiane expressway (VT)
... More than 200 markers installed along Laos-Thailand border (VT)
... Vientiane vows to improve investment climate to drive growth (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: ‘Kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking arrested (BB)
... S. Laos' Attapeu market fire caused by electrical short circuit: officials (VT)
... Poor Administration, Infrastructure Fetter Laos’ Growth (AEC News Today)
... PM Thongloun to Attend ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi (KPL)
... Necessaries Donated to Infantry Division 1 and Nalongkuang Secondary School (KPL)

January 15-21, 2018

Endangered red pandas seized from smuggler in Laos, largest rescue... (ABC)
Six endangered red pandas have been seized by authorities in Laos after being smuggled across the Chinese border.  The animals were discovered by chance during a random inspection of a van traveling from the Chinese border into northern Laos and handed over to the Provincial Office of Forestry Inspection. Sadly, three of the six who were in critical condition have since died, despite
Plain of Jars on track for UNESCO listing next year (VT)
Lao authorities will submit documentation to UNESCO by the end of this month for the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province to be added to the world heritage list after the government approved related documents last year.  The UNESCO vetting process is expected to take about 18 months, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The site comprises 11 locations
Laos to sell electricity to Myanmar: official (XinhuaNet or VietnamPlus)
Laos and Myanmar are mulling an electricity agreement to empower Laos' development needs, local daily Vientiane Times quoted a senior Lao official as saying on Tuesday.  "Myanmar wants to purchase about 100-200 MW, but that will depend on the results of their feasibility study," Daovong said.  "At present it's not clear when we will start selling electricity under this program and at what
Chiang Rai locals still oppose Lao hydropower dam after meet with Laos (Nation)
LAOS AUTHORITIES and the developer of the Pak Beng hydropower dam project failed in a meeting yesterday to relieve concerns of local people living along the Mekong River in Thailand about the impacts of a dam now under construction on the river. At the end of the meeting, local people said they did not believe that the proposed mitigation measures would significantly reduce
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos: Visit Year to the rescue? (TTR Weekly)
... Lao PM Thongloun Visits Infantry Division 1 (KPL)
... Bokeo hot springs to go on the boil for visitors (VT)
... Shuttle Bus Service Launched for Airport Goers (KPL)
... Focus on self-development, radio presenters urged (VT)
... Laos Goods Week to be held in HCM City (VietnamNews)
... Vientiane villagers lodge complaint over factory pollution (VT)
... Ministries issue advertising ban on Gentiko herbal product (VT)
... Vice Premier Pays Guidance Visit to Kommadam Academy (KPL)
... Top-52: Luang Prabang named ‘a place to go’ in 2018 by NYT (VT)
... Tambon Natan to be site of sixth Thai-Lao Friendship bridge (Nation)
... Nam Phou developer turns spotlight on history for Visit Laos Year (EM)
... Laos Market remains “hidden” after all these years (Las Vegas Weekly)
... Two North Korean Defectors Drown As Boat Capsizes On Mekong (CRT)
... 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge going through feasibility study, design: official (XN)
... Dansavanh Amateur Open 2018 Held (KPL)
... Laos, Cambodia Meet on Security Issues (KPL)
... New Laos highway connecting key cities (WHW)
... Laos, Vietnam push for realisation of key projects (VT)
... Lao & Taiwan-Americans: Police charge 3 men with capital 
    murder of Houston couple 'executed' at home (FoxNews)
... Lao-Hmong in US Obituary: Ka Ying Lee (Cassville Democrat)
... People’s prosecutor vows ongoing improvements to justice (VT)
... Lao-Thai railway extension project inks deal with consulting company (VT)
... Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort Records Increased Number of Visitors (KPL)
... Xieng Khuang plans to restore wartime bomb shelters for visitor viewing (VT)
... Indochinese Defence Ministers Agree to Further Enhance Trilateral Co-op (KPL)
... Master Plan Discussed for Plain of Jars Application for World Heritage Status (KPL)
... Chef James Syhabout and Anthony Bourdain on the secrets behind Lao cuisine (CBS)
... Lao Wood Furniture Fair 2018 Kicks off (KPL)
... Myanmar, Laos to increase cooperation (Mizzima)
... Interior minister to visit Laos for talks (Khmer Times)
... Laos, Japan give education boost to rural students (VT)
... Laos, Slovakia ink financial cooperation agreement (VT)
... Are China’s Investment Taking over the Mekong? (CRT)
... Laotian restaurant opening in Greensboro (Greensboro)
... Laos Actively Prepares To Welcome Tourists (Bernama)
... Luang Prabang touting three rural idylls to lure visitors (VT)
... Laos assures riverside Thais on dam impact (Bangkok Post)
... VN treasures ties with Laos: Defence Minister (VietnamNews)
... On alert for drones as Laos PM visits Myanmar (Straits Times)
... Lao Govt, UNDP assess progress towards development goals (VT)
... Dialogue on Pakbaeng Hydropower Project begins (Eleven Myanmar)
... MMG Lane Xang Minerals Extends Support to Savannakhet Rescue (KPL)
... Lao PM Thongloun Visits Myanmar to Enhance Ties and Cooperation (KPL)
... Lao NA President urges administrators to bolster skills of office personnel (VT)
... Laos Pak Beng Dam Officials Fail to Address Concerns of Mekong Residents (CRT)
... CK Power seeks another hydropower deal in Laos (Nation)
... Pledge to increase Laos defence cooperation (Khmer Times)
... Administrators give advice on government office operations (VT)
... Myanmar, Laos reach MoUs on sectoral cooperation (XinhuaNet)
... Major road upgrade in Vientiane province set to create int’l link (VT)
... Hotline callers offer suggestions to improve vocational education (VT)
... 104 telecom fraud suspects returned to China from Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Laos, Myanmar vow to cement ties, sign three cooperation deals (VT)
... Dien Bien holds services for soldier remains found in Laos (VietnanPlus)
... Vietnamese workers die at hydropower dam site in Laos (Vietnam Express)
... Two North Korean Defectors Drown As Boat Capsizes On Mekong (Koogle)
... Lao Border: Thai navy seizes 100 rosewood logs felled in northeastern Thailand (XN)
... Gov’t chief affirms continued support for Laos' socioeconomic development in 2018 (VN)
... State's 1st Hmong-American judge on Journey from Laos to Minnesota's Judicial System
... Cassava farmers await payment five years on (VT)
... US gives boost to English language instruction (VT)
... Northern provinces prove more popular with visitors (VT)
... Vientiane People’s Council mulls anti-social activities (VT)
... United States expands assistance for UXO clearance (VT)
... China Pours Billions in Aid and Investment Into Laos (RFA)
... Govt to submit Hin Nam Nor for UNESCO listing next year (VT)
... Chinese firm plans massive development at Khonphapheng SEZ (VT)
... Laos, Cuba Pledge to Strengthen Cooperation on Foreign Affairs (KPL)
... Will costs continue to cage Laos’ regional connectivity? (East Asia Forum)
... U.S. Provides 15 New Vehicles to UXO Lao for Clearance Operations (KPL)

January 8-14, 2018

In Laos, People Are Recycling Bombs from the Vietnam War into Jewelry (VICE)
Nearly 78 million bombs are sitting unexploded in the soil of Laos around villages, school grounds, rice fields, and roads— a deadly result of being one of the most heavily bombed countries per capita in the world. Most of the ordnance is leftover from the Vietnam War when the U.S. Government attempted to disrupt North Vietnamese traffic on the famed Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Travelogue: Laos - Dams in Southeast Asia (Hood River News)
In the United States, the era of big dam building ended some 30 years ago. That’s primarily because most of the best dam sites are already utilized and we’ve become much more aware of the environmental problems associated with dams. In the developing world, dam building is just getting started. River systems in Latin America, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe
Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam (Asia Times)
With its sparse 6.7 million population, land-locked Laos is often cast as a passive victim of pell-mell Chinese expansionism, a rich source of raw materials its giant neighbor craves & a virtual truck stop on the way to Thailand and the more prosperous countries of mainland Southeast Asia. Already forging ahead with the 414-kilometer Kunming-Vientiane railway, China now seems intent
800 billion kip ($96.4 mil) declared lost to PS Lao Enterprise (VT)
More than 30,000 people have declared that they deposited a combined 800 billion kip with PS Lao Enterprise after the company unlawfully solicited money from them, authorities said yesterday. The declaration was made after a task force committee, established by the government to deal with the case, issued an announcement asking victims to declare their losses.
Govt approves more funds ($7.2 mil) for road building in Xaysomboun (VT)

The government has approved a budget of 60 billion kip for 2018 to pay for ongoing road projects in Xaysomboun province and ensure they are completed as planned. Under the arrangement, installments will be paid to the contractors this year to enable them to fast-track construction of the three roads costing 924 billion kip, which will link Xaysomboun to other provinces.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Public park planned for city’s riverside (VT)
... Laos: “A Traditional Holiday Spot” (Teton Gravity)

... Lao PDR rail project makes progress (TTR Weekly)
... Laos to Co-host MLC Meeting Next Two Years (KPL)
... Prime Minister Thongloun to Visit Myanmar on Jan 15-16 (KPL)
... Punishment of errant judges critical, People’s Council hears (VT)
... Singapore photographer shares techniques with Lao students (BB)
... Lao-American Owner: Thai Palace in Holland closed until further notice (HS)
... Lao PM holds talks with Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian counterparts (VT)
... HCM City, Laos officials share experiences in land management (Vietnam News)
... Concrete data, statistics necessary for “Three Builds” directive assessment (VT)
... Lao-Hmong: Young woman fights to reclaim ‘my worth and my story’ after sexual assault
... Lao forests remain under threat (VT)
... Hotel: Avani to Open in Laos in March (HD)
... Defence ministers to meet in Laos (Khmer Times)
... Lao-Thai Sake:  What Is Snake Whiskey? (Daily Meal)
... Soccer: Xaybandith Rasphone Resigned from LFF (KPL)
... Savannakhet community reaches development milestone (VT)
... Vientiane vows to exceed 10 percent GDP growth in 2018 (VT)
... Minor Hotels launches Mekong Kingdoms luxury cruises (TBN)
... China will maintain cooperation with Laos: premier (XinhuaNet)
... China, Asia leaders discuss Mekong dam projects (AP/MH or VT)
... China, Laos inaugurate joint lab for renewable energy study (ECNS)
... Foreign-owned hospitals ordered to improve treatment standards (VT)
... Truckload of Rosewood Logs Seized in Laos as Smuggling Continues (RFA)
... N. Laos: Nam Ha Protected Area Remains Beautiful Refreshing Nature (KPL)
... Mekong countries pledge more cooperation as demands on river grow (Reuters)
... 2nd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting Kicks Off in Cambodia (KPL)
... Airport bus service to start next week (VT)
... Xayaboury rice festival attracts record crowd (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos share law-making experience (VietnamPlus)
... Temperature Forecasted to Drop by 2-4 Degree Celsius (KPL)
... ‘Border residents’ roam freely between China and Laos (People)
... 18 entertainment venues to be moved further from university (VT)
... WFP commits to further support for school meals programme (VT)
... Laos-China Hi-Speed Railway Construction Progresses 16% (KPL)
... Laos-Thai & Sushi, Fried Rice 2 open on Towson Avenue (Arkansas News)
... Lao Vice President calls for reinforced governance, public administration (VT)
... Armenia's Karen Grigoryan wins Laos Open Chess Championship (Pan Armanian)
... JICA Volunteers Bid Farewell to Laos (KPL)
... Ministry’s plans aim to raise education standards (VT)
... Chinese Investors Launch Multimillion Dollar Project (KPL)
... Hunterdon company, church to build school in Laos (HCD)
... Teaching diplomas to be upgraded to bachelor degrees (VT)
... Nam Ngum reservoir plan seeking to shore up investors (VT)
... Vientiane Organic Growers’ Groups Enjoy Constant Growth (KPL)
... Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong (My Sinchew)
... AsianDate Announces Peaceful Vientiane in Laos as its First City of the Month for Jan 2018
... Health ministry targets MDG, SDG success (VT)

... Huge timber haul up for tender in Xieng Khuang (VT)

... Oudomxay prepares Chom Ong cave for visitors (VT)

... Lancang-Mekong countries set to enhance cooperation (VT)

... Former Lao president speaks highly of Laos-China ties (ECNS)

... Minnesota swears in state's first Hmong-American judge (Star Tribune)

... Lao-American Obituary: Hackmany “Kim” Kongphongmany (Daily Iberian)

... Vietnamese company resumes construction of northern Lao airport (XinhuaNet)
... Vietnam cops seize $3m heroin hidden in tea packets smuggled from Laos (MSN)
... Modelling agency partners with volunteer group to raise funds for rural school (VT)
... 1st American Laotian graduates highest noncommissioned officer US Army School (DVIDS)

January 1-7, 2018

Laos’ economic growth may reach 7 percent in 2018: expert (VietnamPlus or XN)
Laos could reach an economic growth of 7 percent in 2018, but needs to speed up mega projects, a Lao economist has said. According to the Xinhua news agency of China, Leeber Leebouapao from the National Economic Research Institute told Vientiane Times that the further progress of mega projects would serve as the main driver for economic growth amid the government's
Lao expressway to stretch to China: official media (ECNS or KPL)

The Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway to be extended to China will lift up a new face of transport system in Laos, state-run Lao News Agency (KPL) reported on Wednesday. According to the KPL report, the Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway is part of the mega Laos-China Expressway Project, which will link the Lao capital Vientiane with Boten in Luang Namtha on the Laos-China border.
Revolutionary monument to CIA’s fall in Laos (Asia Times)
Half a century after North Vietnamese sappers scaled sheer 200-meter cliffs in the dead of night to overrun a strategic US Air Force radar installation on the western rim of Phou Pha Thi, the Lao government is finally opening the towering limestone massif to domestic and apparently foreign tourists. Once locked in remote jungle fastness, northeast Laos’ tallest peak is a scenic attraction
William & the vile tiger lie: Prince praised Laos for closing horrific big cat farms (DM)
When the country at the heart of Asia's brutal wildlife trade promised to shut down its tiger farms, Prince William and conservationists worldwide hailed it as a watershed moment in the battle to save the species. The Prince personally congratulated officials from Laos on their landmark decision to abolish the money-spinning farms where tigers are bred in pitiful conditions to be
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Work resumes on enlarged Huaphan airport (VT)

... Cave’s Buddha statues attract crowds of tourists (VT)

... First-class travel down the Mekong River to Laos (C&IT)

... Savannakhet stupa festival to take place this month (VT)

... HCM City treasures friendship with Lao localities (VietnamPlus)

... Departing JICA volunteers reflect on their experiences in Laos (VT)

... Laos urges foreign tour operators to hire local tour guides (XinhuaNet)

... Lao, Chinese Investors Join Hands to Increase Steel Production (KPL)

... President Tran Dai Quang receives Lao supreme court chief (VietnamNet)

... With its Environmental Crisis, is Laos Missing the Forest for the Trees? (Diplomat)

... Laos could sustain growth by promoting mega projects in 2018: economist (XinhuaNet)

... Utilise local tour guides or face penalties, foreign tour operators in Laos warned (Nation)
... The Love of Luang Prabang (Billionaire)
... Vientiane kicks off Visit Laos Year with a bang (VT)
... Phabun Cave, Beautiful Natural Attraction in Vangvieng (KPL)
... 29 Killed in Road Accidents during New Year Celebration (KPL)
... Lao Food: It's Appe-thai-zing at Nam Tok Kitchen (Bend Source)
... Remove barriers to business, tour operators urge government (VT)
... Overweight penalties decline at Luang Namtha truck checkpoint (VT)
... Thailand, Burma and Laos in tri-nation haze battle plan (DVB or CRT)
... Govt issues decree on allowances for disadvantaged schoolchildren (VT)
... Oudmxay to spotlight temple, resort, ethnic festival for Visit Laos Year (VT)
... Vietnam investments boost Laos’ socio-economic development (VietnamPlus)
... Multiple Mekong forums risk igniting rivalry (Nation)
... China injects $3.4 mil for Mekong-Lancang projects (VT)
... Regional highway brings prosperity to Laos’ northwest (EM)
... Savannakhet turns spotlight on infrastructure development (VT)
... S. Laos' Xekong launches Visit Laos Year at colourful event (VT)
... Laos Establishes Diplomatic Relations with 140 Countries (KPL)
... Ministry planning to curb teacher transfers to private schools (VT)
... Scientists Discover 115 New Species in Greater Mekong Region (KPL)
... Compensation Plans For Lao Rail Project Finalized, Under Review (RFA)
... Laos Announces Unilateral Visa Exemption for 4 European Countries (KPL)
... China, Laos sign agreement on Lancang-Mekong cooperation fund (XinhuaNet)
... Route 3 Helps Improve Living Standards in N. Laos' Remote Luang Namtha (KPL)
... Govt mulls fairer compensation policy for people affected by development projects (VT)
... Is Mekong River set to become the new South China Sea for regional disputes? (SCMP)
... Three major towns to be declared as cities (VT)
... Food prices remain stable throughout 2017 (VT)
... Laos film festival nurtures big screen dreams (Nikkei AR)
... Vientiane joins the world in giving rousing welcome to 2018 (VT)
... Champassak People’s Council debates development issues (VT)
... Golf: Dansavanh Amateur Open 2018 to Be Held Next Month (KPL)
... Vangvieng spearheads Vientiane province’s tourism campaign (BB)
... Jerry Davis: Laotian in Wisconsin's outdoors on fact-finding mission (WSJ)
... Hundreds to be compensated for losses when Vientiane expressway built (VT)
... People from China, Laos, Vietnam celebrate ball throwing carnival (XinhuaNet)
... Lao PM Urges Reducing Education Gap between Urban and Rural Areas (KPL)
... Teen sisters in Laos tied up, locked out of house by family for converting to Christianity

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