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December 25-31, 2017

Laos Reforestation Efforts Stall, With Targets Not Met (RFA)
Efforts to reforest land-cleared areas of Laos have stalled in recent months, with many provinces falling short of their targeted goals, sources in the Southeast Asian country say. In northwestern Laos’s Oudomxay province, trees have so far been planted on only one quarter of the 8,000-hectare target set by the central government, official sources told RFA’s Lao Service.
Laos: U.S. Support Clears Remnants of War (Relief Web)
For decades, 80-year old Mr. Bounta Xieng and his wife Xao have farmed rice in the village of Namoun in northeastern Laos. The hot, difficult work in the rice paddies also means digging carefully in order to avoid the unexploded ordnance (UXO) that lies buried. Most commonly, the UXO are small, round spheres about the size of a baseball that Lao call “bombies,” which did not
Vientiane seeks investors to build 15-km expressway (VT)
Vientiane authorities are seeking entrepreneurs to invest in and build the planned 15-km expressway linking the city to its north-eastern outskirts in Xaythany district. The authorities have issued an announcement inviting interested local and foreign investors to competitively bid for the development of the project. The 54-metre-wide road will be built parallel to Kaysone Phomvihane
Luang Prabang, Champassak are top hotspots for tourists (VT)
The most popular destinations among visitors this winter are Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Vientiane, and Champassak provinces, according to tour operators. The owner of Ninhomlao Tour Company, Ms Somchanh Douangboutdy, told Vientiane Times that one of the top favourites is the Phoukhoun strawberry farm in Samyaekphoukhoun village, Phoukhoun district, Luang Prabang
Lao Christians Detained For ‘Breaking Rules’ on Christmas Celebration (RFA)
Five Lao Christians were detained by authorities in western Laos’s Savannakhet province this month after a group in one village invited a pastor from a neighboring area to help organize Christmas celebrations, a local resident told RFA’s Lao Service this week. The invitation was a breach of regulations designed to restrict Christian practice in the province’s Phin district, RFA’s
Other stories about Laos around the world
... C. Laos: Borikhamxay kicks off tourism year (VT)
... Ministry urges Mittaphab Hospital to improve standards (VT)
... N. Laos: Motorists warned to steer clear of Kasy-Nan road (VT)
... Lao President Urges Tapping Stable Sources of Revenues (KPL)
... Lancang-Mekong countries set up joint law enforcement center (China)
... Planned Vientiane expressway to handle up to 75,000 vehicles daily (VT)
... Laos to Compete in 7 Skills Areas of ASEAN Skills Competition 2018 (KPL)
... Lao Police Tightens Alcohol, Speed Control for New Year Celebration (KPL)
... World 7 shares Laos enjoying increasing success in foreign affairs (Inquirer)
... Teen Sisters in Laos Beaten, Tied Up by Family for Converting to Christianity ... (GH)
... Japan Grants US$7.44 M to Laos for irrigation (KPL)
... Lao Writers Win Mekong River Literary Awards (KPL)
... Laos enjoying increasing success in foreign affairs (VT)
... Crops affected by frost in Laos' northern provinces (VT)
... Children’s Short Films Awarded International Prizes (KPL)
... Lao Food Festival to Take Place in Chao Anouvong Park (KPL)
... Prime Minister Urges Attention to Foreign ODA Mobilisation (KPL)
... Lao Govt vows to improve investment climate to drive growth (VT)
... Poverty Reduction Fund to roll out 330 sub-projects next year (VT)
... Lao President urges prioritisation of revenue collection, govt debt (VT)
... Tourism Officials Enrich Knowledge of Human Trafficking Prevention (KPL)
... Govt waives visas for Scandinavians for Visit Laos Year 2018 (VT or Nation)
... Japan tops up support for Lao water supply (VT)
... Laos, China to bolster cooperation in tourism (VT)
... Laos conservationist looking to Wisconsin (Country Today)
... 3.2-magnitude quake hits Vietnam-Laos border (VietnamPlus)
... Catholics in Laos welcome first cardinal appointment (UCA News)
... Japan funds $7.4 mil in upgrade of irrigated agriculture in Thangon (VT)
... Laos seeks loan for fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Borikhamxay (VT)
... Lao Party chief lauds dedication of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers (VietnamPlus)
... CSR goals hailed at Lao forum (Nation)
... Laos Marks Int’l Migrants Day, Dec 18 (KPL)
... A hot SOG Christmas Day in Laos (SOFREP)
... Lao consulate opens in China’s Changsha (VT)
... Lao PM pushes for strict land management (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam vow to increase bilateral trade (VT)
... 3.2-magnitude quake hits Vietnam-Laos border (VietnamNet)
... Luang Prabang, Champassak are top hotspots for tourists (VT)
... Tanmixay-Sikeuth road upgrade almost 30 percent complete (VT)
... Xekong: A destination for adventurous tourists who love nature (BB)
... Laos-China Railway Confirmed to Be Completed by End of 2021 (KPL)
... Thai arrested for helping Lao employees who overstayed their visas (Nation)
... Media Plays Key Role in Development in Lancang-Mekong Countries, An Official (KPL)
... Land should benefit everyone: Lao PM (VT)
... Contestants gear up for annual skills competition (VT)
... Champassak breaks ground on 16-km embankment (VT)
... Rural communities benefit from ADB tourism projects (VT)
... Road toll draws driver feedback in S. Laos' Champassak (VT)
... Safety first as hotels, restaurants, drinking water certified (VT)
... Lao livestock export value rises to $50 mil despite high cost of beef (Nation)
... Marijuana & Lao-Hmong farmers: Siskiyou County sheriff fights to control cannabis trade

December 18-24, 2017

Illegal Logging Continues in Laos’ Attapeu, Despite New Governor’s Pledge (RFA)
Authorities in southern Laos’ Attapeu province continue to turn up caches of illegally logged timber, despite a pledge by the governor to eradicate the trade when he took over administration of the region a month ago from his predecessor, who was removed because of ties to lumber smuggling. On Dec. 13, a provincial inspection team discovered 250 pieces of illegal timber
China’s Influence Steadily Grows in Laos, Weathering Political Change (WPR)
When Laos’ National Assembly ratified the appointment of a new president and prime minister to lead the closed, one-party communist state in early 2016, most analysts viewed the political changes in Vientiane as signaling a shift away from its much larger and influential neighbor, China. Laos, it seemed, was making a concerted attempt to balance relations more equally with its other
Jan-Nov: 917 People Killed in Road Accidents in Laos (KPL or XinhuaNet)
Traffic Police Department, Ministry of Public Security has reported that 917 lives have been killed in road accidents nationwide over the past 11 months with Vientiane Capital sharing the highest number of road accident casualties. “Over 5,190 road accidents were reported nationwide with 8,541 people injured, 465 vehicles damaged,” said Deputy Director of the Traffic Police Dept
5 years after disappearance ..., 122 groups ask, ‘Where is Sombath?’ (IA or Amnesty)
More than a hundred civil society organizations have slammed the government of Laos for its “failure to independently, impartially, effectively, and transparently investigate” the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a social activist who worked to promote sustainable development for the rural poor, and return him to his family. “The Lao government’s continued
Corruption causing major loss (~$58 mil) to the nation (VT)
The state lost more than 480 billion kip through corruption over the past five years, and this directly affected national development and poverty reduction efforts in Laos, the State Inspection Authority (SIA) has said. The SIA uncovered the misappropriation in different sectors due to officials taking bribes and abusing power for their personal gain as well as the falsification of documents to
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Farmers Get Help Reaching Fields (KPL)
... Northern Lao farms turn to ice as frost hits (VT)
... Thais, Laos step up security ties (Bangkok Post)
... Laos, Thailand partner in drug control, prevention (VT)
... Book Festival 2017 Launched Promoting Reading (VT)
... Thailand, Laos agree on hunting ‘threats to security’ (Nation)
... Vientianale On The Road Brings Lao Cinema to Provinces (KPL)
... Ministry urged to gather accurate statistics for labour planning (VT)
... China plus five Mekong countries bolster cooperation in media (VT)
... ‘Redha’ and ‘Beast’ Among Winners at Luang Prabang Festival (Variety)
... Health, information authorities discuss medicinal product advertising ban (VT)
... China ‘ready to amend’ Mekong plan (Nation)
... Laos, Vietnam vow to cement bilateral ties (VT)
... Laos, Azerbaijan diplomats soon to travel visa free (VT)
... Lao, Korean experts share ideas on Internet usage (VT)
... Agreement with Laos to import electricity (Khmer Times)
... Japan Helps Improve Woodworking Skills of Lao Trainers (KPL)
... 11 ADB-Funded Projects Announced as Best Project 2016 (KPL)
... Laos becomes magnet for Vietnamese investment (VietnamPlus)
... Land management deficiencies addressed as ministry meets (VT)
... China, Laos commit to corruption-free railway project (Global Times)
... Education sector gets more than half of 2018 civil servant intake (VT)
... China steps back from blasting Mekong River channel (Khmer Times)
... NA Chairwoman and PM laud visit of Lao Party and State leader (VietnamNet)
... Luang Prabang Festival: Malaysia's 'Redha' Takes Top Prize (Hollywood Reporter)
... First anniversary of the beatification of the Laotian Martyrs celebrated in Vientiane (HM)
... Laos Launches State of World Population 2017 Report, Linking Women’s Reproductive...
... Mekong is not a canal (Bangkok Post)
... Agriculture survey to be broadened in 2019 (VT)
... Tourist arrivals fall by 9 percent in Jan-Sept (VT)
... Malaysia Food Festival 2017 Launched in Laos (KPL)
... Ministry rallies public support for HIV/AIDS prevention (VT)
... 115 new species found in Greater Mekong region (Odisha TV)
... Lao-Chinese Film 'Champa Ban' to Premiere This Week (KPL)
... Xayaboury makes plans for better management of elephants (VT)
... Vientiane forum seeks to boost Vietnam-Laos trade (VietnamPlus)
... Lao students receive Chinese Ambassador Scholarships (XinhuaNet)
... S. Laos: Police officer implicated in seizure of illegally felled timber (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam to boost development triangle area (XinhuaNet)
... Viet PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Lao Party and State leader (Nhan Dan)
... President Bounnhang Visits Vietnam to Strengthen Ties, Cooperation (KPL)
... Tourist arrivals fall except for Chinese tourists to Laos in 1st 9 months (XinhuaNet)
... 2nd Japanese Film Festival Launched to Promote Cultural Exchange between Laos & Japan
... Lao Govt awards medal to Australian ambassador (VT)
... Lao Youth Trained for Future ICT Policy Formulation (KPL)
... Laos fosters cooperation with China, Mekong countries (VT)
... Myanmar to export anti-venom to Laos, Cambodia (XinhuaNet)
... Government leader hosts Lao Defence Minister (VietnamNews)
... S. Laos: World Heritage Vat Phou lights up for Visit Laos Year (VT)
... British Ambassador: Laos, UK enjoy growing friendly relations (VT)
... Laos, China universities to cooperate for education development (VT)
... China Outlines Cooperation Strategy with Lower Mekong Countries (KPL)
... Singapore on top, Laos on the bottom – English proficiency (Phuket Gazette)
... Lao Party chief, President Bounnhang Vorachith’s visit to boost bilateral ties (VP)
... Lancang-Mekong summit (Khmer Times)
... New Year greeting card ban for officials (VT)
... Lao trafficker caught with crystal meth (Khmer Times)
... Woodwork training up a notch as Japan lends hand (VT)
... Factoring Training Held for Bank Officials, Lessors (KPL)
... Lao-Hmong in US Obituary: Bee Vang (Lancaster Online)
... Local filmmaker attends workshop in Laos (Borneo Bulletin)
... Laotian in US Obituary: Kapkeo Khiemdavanh (Daily Iberian)
... Occupational skills training raised via Singaporean institute (VT)
... Laos attractive to Vietnamese investors: Minister (VietnamNews)
... Vietnam funds Pakxan school as gift marking friendship year (VT)
... Seek permission before flying your drone, Lao ministry warns (VT)
... Toyota Yaris Ativ launched as all-new Toyota Vios in Laos (Indian Auto Blog)
... Reveal facts on missing activist, international organizations urge Laos (EFE)
... Soccer: Sanna Khanh Hoa beat Lao Toyota to march on into TMCC 2017 final (Fox SA)

December 11-17, 2017

S. Laos: Attapeu unearths huge stash of buried illegal logs (VT)
Authorities in Attapeu province have uncovered 180 cubic metres of illegal logs, which were buried underground, local media reported. The discovery came after authorities carried out an inspection along the Lao-Vietnam border at the 766th and 770th border markers in the southern province, Attapeu Online, published by the provincial Administrative Office, reported yesterday.
Unexploded ordnance remains threat to Borikhamxay villagers (VT)
Unexploded ordnance (UXO) is still affecting a total 121 villages throughout Borikhamxay province, continuing to pose an everyday hidden danger to local people. However, local authorities and their development partners have continued to cooperate to remove UXO in the risk areas to prevent residents being injured, disabled and killed.  Some 890 hectares of UXO have been cleared in
Lao nationals arrested crossing border with Bt98m [~$3 mil] (Nation or Bangkok Post)
CUSTOMS officials on Tuesday discovered more than Bt98 million in Thai banknotes in a car that was trying to cross the border into Laos. Two Lao nationals in the car were arrested at the Nong Khai Customs checkpoint.  To explain the cash, siblings Suebanh Tiasili, 30, and Khumborn Tiasyly, 24, claimed that their family had a currency exchange business.
Japan commits 35 billion kip ($4.2 mil) for Lao health (VT)
The government of Japan has committed more than 35 billion kip (US$4.2 million) for three development projects in the health sector in Laos under the Japan-Asean Integration Fund (JAIF). The three include a construction project on National Institute of Maternal and Child Health and project for construction of four dormitories for public health schools in Saravan and Xieng Khuang
Sombath Somphone's Wife Calls Again on Laos to Explain His Disappearance (RFA)
The wife of disappeared Lao rural development activist Sombath Somphone called on the government of Laos on Thursday to answer questions surrounding the fate of her husband, who vanished five years ago at a police checkpoint outside the Lao capital Vientiane. Joined by a Malaysian parliamentarian and by rights group members at a press conference held in Bangkok,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... My father fought the CIA's secret war in Laos (BBC)
... DPM Receives UNICEF Representative to Laos (KPL)
... Resettled Families have Better Living Conditions (KPL)
... 4th Lao Wood Furniture Fair to Be Held Next Month (KPL)
... Power, development insights gained via Japan study shared (VT)
... UNICEF, Lao govt to cooperate closely for benefit of children (VT)
... Laos: 5 Years Since Civil Society Leader’s ‘Disappearance’ (HRW)
... Laos: Joint Open Letter on Repeal of Decree on Associations (Amnesty)
... Films from Laos and the Philippines receive support from Tribeca (Nation)
... Uplands agriculture advanced as Swiss provide 58b kip (~$7 mil) boost (VT)
... Soccer: Laos club banned from AFC Cup for match-fixing connection (Reuters)
... Gov’t Approves Guidance on Promotion of Cooperation with China & Vietnam (KPL)
... Laos Church women commit to combat violence against women & gender inequality
... Sheriff Jon Lopey attended the annual Sacramento 2018 Hmong New Year’s celebration
... 1st China-Laos railway tunnel holing through (ECNS)
... Vietnam helps Laos build printing factory (VOV or VT)
... Tianjin Pledges to Grant Scholarships to Lao Students (KPL)
... Youth labour skills development barriers prove persistent (VT)
... Was cash bust at Lao border part of bigger operation? (Nation)
... Work starts on Vietnamese-funded school in Laos (VietnamNews)
... S. Laos' Xedon river flood prevention studied with Chinese company (VT)
... “Women’s Stories Aren’t Told in Laos”: An Interview with Mattie Do (SofC)
... Laos commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (Eleven Myanmar)
... Hongsa Power Helps Improve Living Standards of Local Communities (KPL)
... Kevin (Probably) Saves the World bosses preview Kevin's trip to Laos (Yahoo)
... ADB Country Director Visits Projects Funded by the Bank in Northern Laos (KPL)
... No New Year Cards Need to Be Sent on Behalf of Central Leaders, PM’s Office (KPL)
... Financial mentor Mario Singh urges Lao people to tap investment potential in Forex (KPL)
... Luang Prabang in big push for visitors (Bangkok Post)
... Lao Govt, UNICEF Review Child-oriented Efforts (KPL)
... Laos urges ongoing support for malaria prevention (VT)
... Tighter regulation to squeeze small business credit (VT)
... Mekong River Commission stations not operational (PPP)
... China’s aid a matter of life and death for Laos (Asia Times)
... Health officials brush up on financial planning, accounting (VT)
... Lao-Hmong New Year Celebrates Diversity and Unity (Stoutonia)
... Single-door service continues to be part in administration reform (VT)
... Laos: Child health, nutrition among benefits as UNICEF allots $62.8 million (VT)
... Comba Telecom To Invest $110 Million In Laos To Build 4G Network (Nikkei AR)
... Buddhist village monks in Laos initiate environmentally aware development (MT)
... Lao-American: Chef Nourishes Minds, Bodies and Souls of Saginaw Community (PS)
... The restaurant Sabydee eases you into the spicy pleasures of cooking from Laos (WP)
... New Guard, Old Problems: What Sombath's Disappearance Says About Rights in Laos
... Overvalued development projects face scrutiny (VT)
... What’s Next for Vietnam-Laos Border Cooperation? (Diplomat)
... Laos: The road from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang (NZ Herald)
... The hidden gems of Laos to see before everyone else does (TI)
... Agrotourism-oriented Phutawen Farm Opened to Visitors (KPL)
... Luxembourg supports health sector improvements in Laos (VT)
... Capital’s faecal sludge project opened with French support (VT)
... Social security fund requires information system improvements (VT)
... Luang Prabang welcomes infrastructure development to facilitate visitors (VT)
... Laos: PM reaffirms to cooperate with development partners for LDC graduation (BB)
... Gov’t Approves Guidance on Promotion of Cooperation with China and Vietnam (KPL)
... Mini Marathon Held to Mark 2nd Anniversary of Hongsa Power’s Thermal Power Plant (KPL)
... Japan's Rotary Club Funds Building Necessary Facilities for Students in Remote Community
... Laos, Switzerland Strengthen Cooperation (KPL)
... MMG LXML Sepon Receives ASEAN Minerals Award (KPL)
... Non-compliant clinics ordered to shut down temporarily (VT)
... Vietnam advised to import electricity from Laos (VietnamNet)
... Thailand to clear polluted air with Laos, Myanmar (Bangkok Post)
... Lao Govt adopts work plans to enhance ties with China (XinhuaNet)
... River transport, signage among tourism improvements mooted (VT)
... Luang Prabang prepares warm welcome for Visit Laos Year 2018 (VT)
... Extreme poverty remains issue among vulnerable populations: WB (VT)
... The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018 - Luang Prabang is one of them (T&L)
... Boom & Bust: The Laotian Malaria Epidemic in an Economic Context (BPR)
... Vietnam, Laos seek to enhance border co-operation in 2018 (VietnamNews)
... MRC Launches Photo Exhibition to Promote Mekong Water Use Cooperation (KPL)
... High-level dialogues, agreements hailed as Laos-Russia cooperation broadened (VT)
... Vietnam Rubber Group signs $10 million land lease contract for rubber plantation in Laos
... Hydropower dams can be managed without an all-or-nothing choice between energy & food

December 4-10, 2017

Go: Laidback Luang Prabang (New Straits Times)
As the centre of Lao culture, the former royal capital retains much of its grace and charm despite much restorative efforts, writes David Bowden FOR archaeologists, historians and travellers, the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Lao (Lao PDR or Laos) remains one of the region’s most intriguing destinations. Its former royal capital of Luang Prabang, located at the confluence of
Laos - 2017 (Amnesty International)
The rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly remained severely restricted. State control of media and civil society was tightened as Laos hosted international meetings. Repression of human rights defenders continued. Two prisoners of conscience were released in March after being held for almost 17 years. There was no progress in the investigation
Laos: Hmong People Under Threat (UNPO or RFI)
The Hmong minority living in the Laotian jungle continues to face grave threats by the State’s military forces. Today, despite international criticism, several communities continue to be surrounded by armed forces that bar them access to food and other resources. The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) stresses the inaccessibility to
Pakxe embankment project gets off the ground (VT)
Construction is ploughing ahead in Champassak province as part of the US$65.6 million Mekong River Integrated Management Project. The project involves the construction of river embankments in Pakxe town and Phonthong district, while a green public space will be created by extending the riverbank, similar to Vientiane’s Chao Anouvong Park. Construction began last month, but
The CIA's Secret War in Laos (BBC)
Radio producer Peter Lang-Stanton thought his father was a paper-pushing bureaucrat in the State Department. Then one day, his father revealed his double- life as a spy. Much of his father’s past was a lie; he never fought in the Vietnam War, as he said. Instead, he was involved in a covert mission in 1960s Laos under his codename: Pig-Pen. Through deep interviews with ex-CIA and
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vang Vieng / Laos (Travel & Leisure Asia)
... Laos, Switzerland confer on cooperation (VT)
... Millennia-old Oudomxay tea trees prove true to taste (VT)
... MMG LXML Sepon Receives ASEAN Minerals Award (KPL)
... Crowne Plaza Vientiane Launches Christmas Lighting (KPL)
... World leaders send congratulations on Lao National Day (VT)
... Lao and S. Korea Central Banks Strengthen Cooperation (KPL)
... Vietnam-Laos ministerial-level consultation held in Hanoi (VietnamNet)
... Cabinet orders urgent action to improve investment climate in Laos (VT)
... Vietnam sci-tech academy’s support to Laos appreciated (VietnamPlus)
... Lao foreign minister visits Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (VietnamPlus)
... N. Laos: Huaphan’s bamboo production development efforts get boost (VT)
... Hunting Temples in the Ancient Laos Capital of Luang Prabang (City Nomads)
... Village Buddhist Monks in Laos Initiate Environmentally-Aware Development (IDN)
... Laos: What Lies Beneath (American Scholar)
... State budget spending tightened in Xayaboury (VT)
... Laos Airlines cut ticket prices to stimulate tourism (VT)
... Chinese company assists development efforts in Laos (VT)
... Photos Portray Strong Ties between Laos and Vietnam (KPL)
... Lao PM seeks improvements across legal, judicial sectors (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos ministerial-level consultation held in Hanoi (VietnamPlus)
... Lao Prime Minister hails Vietnam News Agency’s support (VietnamPlus)
... Lao people affected by railway project still waiting for compensation (BB)
... Vocational education department pledges ongoing support for students (VT)
... Ericsson appoints president of VN, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos (VietnamNews)
... A Tranquil Boutique Hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos, with UNESCO Classified Ponds
... New Programme to Strengthen Laos’ Readiness to Cope with Climate Change Impacts
... Laos, China collaborate on ICT development (VT)
... Labour Minster Receives Morocco Ambassador (KPL)
... The Mekong River is Dammed to Die (Toward Freedom)
... First Turbine Runner Installed at Nam Ngiep 1 Project (KPL)
... Road, traffic signage upgrades grace Vientiane's streets (VT)
... Country strives to encourage more tourists, longer stays (VT)
... Nation’s treasures readied, new museum building handed over (VT)
... 21 Life-Changing Experiences You Can Only Have in Laos (Culture Trip)
... Khammuan's Nakai livestock, fishing project beefs up local livelihoods (VT)
... Over 100 Million Kip (~$12,000) Donated for Disaster Victims in Vietnam (KPL)
... Legal sector development building gets assistance from Japan Times Reporters (VT)
... Laos voices concern over N.K. missile test, urges Pyongyang to abandon missile, nuke
... Medicinal plant potential under scrutiny (VT)
... Laos, China ink deal on silk research centre (VT)
... Vientiane province successfully trials health funding (VT)
... Lao Govt pursues reform of state-owned enterprises (VT)
... Southeast Asian investors mull launching Khonkaen Airlines (Ch-Aviation)
... First batch of students from Laos in India for scholarship course (Statesman)
... WFP, UNFPA join forces to ensure a better life for adolescent girls in Laos (VT)
... Lessons from Laos (Trinidad Express)
... Laos firmly moves forward! (Nhan Dan)
... Royal congratulatory message to Laos (Borneo Bulletin)
... Laos road and tunnel project commencing (World Highways)
... Soccer: Phil Younghusband lifts Philippines past Laos (Phil Star)
... New Governor of Laos' Attapeu Province Pledges to Deliver Justice in Logging Scandal
... IFC Supports Business-Enabling Infrastructure, Promoting Investment, Creating Jobs in Laos

Nov 27-Dec 3, 2017

Lao People's Democratic Republic National Day (US Dept of State)
On behalf of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to President Bounnhang Vorachit and the people of Laos on the occasion of Laos’ National Day on December 2. The ties between the United States and Laos continue to develop in the spirit of our Comprehensive Partnership, and we expect these bonds to grow ever stronger in the years to come.
Three officials under fire over illegal wood shipment in S. Laos' Attapeu (VT)
Three state officials are facing criminal charges over their alleged involvement in a shipment of illegally harvested wood that was discovered in Attapeu province, according to a senior provincial official. Twenty-seven trucks carrying more than 13,000 cubic metres of illicit timber were stopped in June by authorities at the Phoukeua International Checkpoint as they were crossing from
Laos, Australia enhance friendship, cooperation (VT or KPL)
Laos and Australia have placed a high value on the long-standing friendship and effective cooperation between them in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks. This was the common assessment by high-ranking officials from the Lao and Australian governments during a visit by a Lao delegation to Australia this week. Minister of Foreign Affairs MrSaleumxayKommasith led
UN Expert Calls on Laos to Boost Support for Child Sex Abuse Victims (VOA)
A United Nations expert on child exploitation and trafficking is calling on the Laos Government to boost welfare support for child victims, and increase regional cooperation to combat child trafficking. Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, a U.N. special rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, made the calls after an official visit, as Laos takes legal steps and campaigns to
Book Review: Laos, the Silent Repression (Asia Sentinel)
In December of 2012, Laotian authorities expelled Anne-Sophie Gindroz, the country director of the Swiss development organization Helvetas from the poverty-stricken nation, giving her 48 hours to get out, allegedly because she was disseminating anti-government propaganda. Gindroz, now 50, has written an uncompromising 145-page account “Laos, the Silent Repression,” describing her
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Food: Laotian pop-up blows up (News Review)
... Laos’ National Day celebrated in HCM City (VietnamPlus)
... Australian Awards Defence Alumni Hosted Reception (VT)
... Development focus as ADB, WB review in-country efforts (VT)
... Most youths don’t understand traffic regulations: Lao police (VT)
... Vietnam’s company to plant 500 ha of rubber in Laos (Nhan Dan)
... Feasibility study completed for Laos-Vietnam railway (XinhuaNet)
... ADB and World Bank Assistance Push GDP Growth at 7% (KPL)
... Khon Kaen City Will Become the Investment Magnet Of Isaan (BT)
... China Southern flights see more passengers alighting in Laos (VT)
... Quang Tri signs rubber plantation contract with Laos (VietnamPlus)
... Foreign diplomats congratulate Laos on development progress (VT)
... Vangvieng proving popular choice for National Day long weekend (VT)
... Study recommends 150km speed for Vientiane-Vung Ang railway (VT)
... Decree defines criteria for upgrading large villages to small towns (VT)
... WFP, UNFPA Join Forces to Advocate for Adolescent Girls in Laos (VT)
... Social scientific research, results inform education sector progress (VT)
... Lao Embassy marks 42nd National Day of Laos, Vietnam-Laos ties (VOV)
... Executive Appointments at Khiri Travel in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand (ATT)
... Public, Private Discuss Tourism Promotion in Laos (KPL)
... Korean loan supports hospital upgrade, riverbank protection (VT)
... On river or two wheels, island escape delivers in Champassak (VT)
... Japan supports gender education, school construction in Bokeo (VT)
... China Southern Airlines Launches Vientiane-Guangzhou Flight (KPL)
... Muang Khua Suspension Bridge - Phongsali Province - Laos (Way Marking)
... Laos to accelerate procedures to grant citizenship to Vietnamese (VietnamNet)
... Lao-Thai-Singapore: Khonkaen Airlines moves closer to take-off (Bangkok Post)
... Ministry disseminates decree on poverty graduation, development standards (VT)
... Education, Private Sectors Discuss Potential Labour Markets for Graduates (KPL)
... Vietnamese Ambassador extends greetings on Laos’s National Day (VietnamPlus)
... Japan Supports Gender Education in Bokeo (KPL)
... Australia Confers 65th Anniversary Awards (KPL or VT)
... Entry fee for foreign vehicles in Thailand next year (FMT)
... Laos-Vietnam justice cooperation marked with medals (VT)
... Visa Exemption Announced for Lao and Russian Nationals (KPL or VT)
... Laos to accelerate procedures to grant citizenship to Vietnamese (VOV)
... Luang Prabang Film Festival Selects 10 Projects for 2017 Talent Lab (KPL)
... Legal Professionals Benefit from Specialised English for Law Training (KPL)
... Workshop provides platform for women to break silence on domestic violence (VT)
... A hero comes home — Danbury airman's remains returned after 1971 death in Laos
... Laos: the fate of the Hmong (RFI)
... Tourism remains top income earner (VT)
... Powering Investment in Laos (Thailand BN)
... Lao Govt raises poverty classification criteria (VT)
... Vientiane Center Watch Fair 2017 Launched (KPL)
... e-evaluation of Nongpaen project debts authorised (VT)
... The secrets of Laotian cuisine revealed (Sioux City Journal)
... Laotians in US: Buddhist shrine rises in Westford (Lowell Sun)
... Laos-China Railway Project Makes Progress as Planned (KPL)
... Laos, Vietnam to partner in development of judicial system (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos intensify social science cooperation (VietnamPlus)
... Keep S. Laos' Bolaven chemical free, coffee producers’ group pleads (VT)
... Lao top legislator lauds Vietnamese-Lao judicial cooperation (VietnamPlus)
... Woman in Wisconsin tells Hmong shoppers on Black Friday to 'speak the language'
... Cambodia and Laos compete for the first time in Miss Universe pageant (SEA Globe)
... UNDP: “Diverse Partnerships & a Participatory Approach Hold the Key to SDG Success”
... Assam-Laos pact to boost tourism (Sentinel)
... Ministry highlights importance of healthy soil (VT)
... More tourists making their way to Laos by road (VT)
... Hydropower project in Laos to help economy (ECNS)
... Laos' first cardinal aims for interfaith unity (UCA News)
... Lao-Japan Film “Saynam Lai” to Premiere on Nov 30 (KPL)
... Lao Govt to take action over unregulated petrol stations (VT)
... Hydropower project in Laos to help economy (Global Times)
... Ministry takes steps to improve tourism services in Laos VT)
... All patient records must be in Lao, foreign clinics warned (KPL)
... New bridge across Nam Ngum river more than half complete (VT)
... Sri Lanka to seek visa on arrival facility to Laos (Columbo Gazette)
... Cities in Mekong River region ‘faced with same challenges’ (Eleven Myanmar)
... Lao Govt, Private Sector Discuss Ways to Strengthen Tourism Industry (KPL)
... Banning’s Hmong community celebrates zoo siab xyoo tshiab (happy New Year) (RG)
... EU Commends Laos’ Efforts to Make Swift Progress in Implementing Development Plan

November 20-26, 2017

Ministry clamps down on use of foreign internet in Laos (VT)
The authorities have warned people using internet services commercially provided by operators in neighbouring countries to refrain from doing so as it violates Lao law. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications issued the warning recently, requiring users to uninstall or remove devices that access internet networks in neighbouring countries. The ministry has told users they must
Laos: Minimum wage hike [to $145/month] in the pipeline (VT)
A tripartite meeting held in Vientiane recently agreed to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.2 million kip (~$145) a month, a senior official has confirmed. The meeting brought together representatives from the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 
Lao Woman Dies in Childbirth as Doctor Ignores C-Section Plea (RFA)
A Lao woman has died in childbirth at a hospital in western Laos’s Savannakhet province after her doctor ignored her pleas for an emergency C-section, insisting that she would be able to deliver her child normally, the woman’s sister said. Khounkham Souliyvong, 41, died on her way to the hospital’s operating room at around 8:00 a.m. on Nov. 9 after laboring in pain for hours
In Laos, the power of knowledge is buried beneath social media's shiny ... (SMH)
When I first arrived in Laos 11 years ago, a bright-eyed "youth ambassador for development", there was one thing that struck me as most depressing – one of many in what is still one of the world's poorest countries. Of course, like many countries, especially in this region, there are so very many things and people to love, marvel at, admire and enjoy. Lao people are kind, forgiving and
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos: The hills of paradise (NZ Herald)
... Laos eyes land link to India’s North East (VT)
... Lao PM Pays Guidance Visit to Pak Ngum (KPL)
... Xayaboury gears up for Visit Laos Year 2018 (VT)
... Processing industry in Laos ramps up a gear (VT)
... Lao Foreign Affairs Minister to Visit Australia (KPL)
... Lao NA President Visits Nam Ngiep 1 Project (KPL)
... Lao Sat 1 Expected to Break even in 10 Years (KPL)
... Land Rover Experience Tour – Laos regional finals (Paultan)
... Nam Ngum Bridge Construction to Be Completed Next Year (KPL)
... The Saap Avenue Marries Lao Food and Cocktails (East Bay Express)
... Vietnam attends international workshop on socialism in Laos (Nhan Dan)
... Round Table meeting agrees on closer partnership for development (VT)
... How Chef Yia Vang is putting his own twist on Lao-Hmong cuisine (WUNC)
... Laos Removes Governor of Attapeu Province Amid Logging Scandal (RFA)
... 'Petty Aunties,' Lao heritage, and food: a 2017 Asian-American gift guide (NBC)
... High-speed Rail Project Will Force Thousands of Lao Families to Relocate (RFA)
... This year's Hmong New Year celebration in Madison focuses on education (Madison)
... Laos: Minimum Registered Capital Requirements Abolished for Foreign Investors (Lexology)
... Lao parliament approves health targets (VT)
... Chinese Firms Eye Laos Opportunities (KPL)
... Doungphathai Crowned Miss Laos 2017 (KPL)
... Lao satellite will fulfil expectations: manager (VT)
... Journalists Share Experiences in South Korea (KPL)
... Laos affirms support for Asia-Europe connectivity (VT)
... MMG LXML Sepon Supports Savannakhet Rescue (KPL)
... How Australia is helping the Laos cattle herd (Queensland CL)
... VOV General Director pledges to popularise image of Laos (VOV)
... Lao Govt announces suspension of small-scale hydro plants (VT)
... Agreement Signed to Promote Belt and Road Initiative in Laos (KPL)
... Two Thais arrested for trying to smuggle 105 pangolins into Laos (Nation)
... Jaguar Land Rover Launches Four Elegant Cars at Motor Expo 2017 (KPL)
... Short Film Contest Winners Head towards Japan for Asian Film Festival (KPL)
... Second Doses against Measles, Rubella for Children to Launch Next Year (KPL)
... Documentary Film Project on UXO in Laos Seeks More Funding (Pulitzer Center)
... Lao Govt mulls improved electricity service (VT)
... Journalism training course opens in Laos (VOV)
... Chabad centers to open in Uganda, Laos, Montenegro (JNS)
... One Health concept advocated for disease control in Laos (VT)
... China-Laos railway project set to be complete by late 2021 (People)
... Agreement Signed to Promote Belt and Road Initiative in Laos (KPL)
... Lao Govt, development partners discuss law on climate change (VT)
... More funding to combat poverty in Laos as 2018 budget approved (VT)
... Lao-Thai bus service gears up to bolster tourism in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Laos provides relief to Phu Yen’s storm victims in Vietnam (VietnamPlus)
... ADB, Laos Sign Agreement to Enhance Sanitary, Phytosanitary Management Systems
... Laos, China agree to promote industry, trade ties (VT)
... Lao Govt pushes for increase in customs revenue (VT)
... 14 Lao shooters to compete at Thai event (Gear of Biz)
... Singing Contest: Mixay Wins Champ of the Champ (KPL)
... Luk Thung Singer ‘Lumyai’ Invades, Divides Laos (Khaosod)
... Vietnamese culture introduced at tea party in Laos (Nhan Dan)
... Xi’s state visit sees Laos’ investment profile, opportunities rise (VT)
... Australia backs Laos’ efforts to reduce violence against women (VT)
... Lao National Assembly passes 2018 development plan, 15 laws (VT)
... Kuang Si Falls, Laos - Unique Places Around The World (World Atlas)
... Jaguar Land Rover Launches Four Elegant Cars at Motor Expo 2017 (KPL)
... Chinese Businesses to Capitalize on the Opportunities in Laos (News Ghana)
... UAE- Abdullah bin Zayed visits Pha That Luang ancient temple in Laos (Mena FN)
... Belt and Road Forum for Laos-China Cooperation to be held in December (ECNS)
... Bosch’s Makers of Tomorrow Initiative Coming into Ful Circle from Innovation Idea to Reality

November 13-19, 2017

China Focus: TV, beer and railways - bringing Laos and China together (XinhuaNet)
"Speaking Chinese will open up new opportunities for me. With many Lao people keen to learn Chinese, when I go back home after graduation next year, I will teach Chinese language, culture and politics," said Tala, from Vientiane, Laos. Tala, a master's student at Guangxi University, is also one of hundreds of thousands of Lao fans of Chinese TV programs. In 2015, China helped
Laos: The Mekong, Dammed to Die (Mena FN)
In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making. Landlocked Laos wants to become ‘the battery of Southeast Asia'. The mountainous country with swirling rapids has
Laos, China break ground for [~$90 mil] modernized Mahosot Hospital (VT or KPL)
President Bounnhang Vorachit and his visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping yesterday broke ground for the start of construction of modern facilities to replace Vientiane’s Mahosot Hospital. The new hospital will be built, equipped and financed through a grant from China worth more than 751.6 billion kip (more than 600 million yuan). Construction is slated for completion in 2020.  The groundbreaking ceremony took place during a two-day state visit to Laos by President Xi, who is also General Secretary
Xi urges China, Laos to build community of shared future (XinhuaNet or KPL)
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday reviewed the China-Laos relations as "friendly socialist neighbors" and called on both sides to jointly build a community of shared future with strategic significance. Xi made the remarks in a signed article published in Laos' mainstream media including the Pasaxon (the People), Pathet Lao and the Vientiane Times as he embarked on
President Xi Jinping to arrive in Vientiane on Monday (VT)
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Vientiane today on a state visit to Laos from November 13-14. The two-day state visit by President Xi and his delegation is in response to an invitation from Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit. The following is a biographical sketch of Xi Jinping: Xi Jinping, male, Han ethnicity, was born in June 1953 and is from Fuping, Shaanxi province. He began his
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... Japanese buses get into gear in city centre (VT)
... Lancang-Mekong protection makes gains (CCTV)
... US backs opening of Lao Women’s Entrepreneurial Centre (VT)
... Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 Kicks off Next Month (KPL)
... Champassak to launch Visit Laos Year 2018 at Vat Phou Festival (VT)
... UNICEF Donates Equipment to Promote Child Related Priorities (KPL)
... Kon Tum, Lao provinces work to enhance shared border (VietnamPlus)
... Chinese developers investing US$100 m in Boten SEZ shopping centre (VT)
... Lao-Thai-Hmong in US: 172 pounds of pot seized from rented SUV (Mail Tribune)
... Entertainment venues in Laos ‘must be 500 metres away from specific places’ (VT)
... 10,000 Lao workers upgrade status in Thailand (VT)
... Lao Govt committed to recovering unpaid taxes (VT)
... Don't speak Korean, don't apply for work in Korea (VT)
... Amendments Proposed for Law on Intellectual Property (KPL)
... Chiense President Xi Jinping Wraps up State Visit to Laos (KPL)
... Hongsa Supports Traditional Boat Racing in Ngeun District (KPL)
... Lao NA seeks radical changes to Law on Criminal Procedure (VT)
... China-Laos railway project set to be complete by late 2021 (People)
... Chinese President extends heartfelt thanks for warm hospitality (VT)
... UNICEF Donates Equipment to Promote Child Related Priorities (KPL)
... 11 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Laos (Planet Ware)
... Vietnam starts construction on education facilities in Laos (VietnamPlus)
... Laos Repatriates Teenage Girl Who Fled Thai Construction Camp (RFA)
... Lao Deputy PM lauds Vietnam home affairs ministry’s support (VietnamPlus)
... Luxembourg gives boost to five development sectors worth 75 mil euros (VT)
... Land Rover Velar Arrives in Laos Market (KPL)
... Laos: Ministry puts school textbooks online (VT)
... ADB grant to scale up sanitary management (VT)
... Chinese president meets Lao PM on ties (Global Times)
... Laos PM leaves PH ahead of Asean culmination (Inquirer)
... Grand Beauty Fast Draws Cosmetics Shoppers in Laos (KPL)
... Xieng Khuang to celebrate popular rice variety with festival (VT)
.. Teachers from Laos learn from Frenchtown schools (Missoulian)
... Xi calls for more China-Laos cooperation in public welfare (China)
... TV Lao Announces Lanexang Securities as Financial Advisor (KPL)
... Xi meets Lao family, recalls time-honored friendship (Global Times)
... China, Laos agree to increase legislative exchanges (Global Times)
... Dishonesty too frequent in court verdicts, Lao NA members say (VT)
... Laos to expand coffee plantations, eyes 1 million tonnes by 2025 (VT)
... Xi wraps up state visit to Laos with strengthened partnership (Global Times)
... Laos warmly greets Xi in first state visit (ECNS)
... Lao PM reiterates ASEAN success at summit (VT)
... Laos, China agree to deepen ties, ink 17 deals (VT)
... Xi meets former Lao president Choummaly (ECNS)
... Rail line lays tracks for change in Laos (China Daily)
... China-Laos rice trade has considerable potential (Global Times)
... Minister: Laos, China enjoy robust cooperation in trade, investment (VT)
... Launch of Visit Laos-China Year 2019 ‘highly possible’, minister says (VT)
... China's President Xi Jinping Visits Laos for Strengthened Ties, Cooperation (KPL)
... China-Laos railway on track as project set to be completed in 2021, despite challenges (GT)
... Chinese firms eye Laos opportunities (ECNS)
... Laos working hard to rise above LDC status (VT)
... President Quang meets with top leader of Laos (VOV)
... Bomb's Journey - Rebecca Rusch Returns to Laos (MSN)
... Laos trip to be a milestone, ambassador says (China Daily)
... Furniture IC Working Council Meeting Held in Vientiane (KPL)
... Laos, China publish books on Lancang-Mekong cooperation (VT)
... S. Korean Funded Paediatric Training Centre opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Miss International Laos shines at Miss International pageant in Japan (Nation)
... Lao President highlights connectivity as vital for international cooperation (VT)
... Russia, Laos to strengthen partnership in various areas - Russian PM (TASS)
... Economic Diversification, Structural Reforms Needed For Growth in Laos (VT)
... How to Spend 4 Days in Luang Prabang, Laos: Street Food, Temples, Waterfalls...(CN)

November 6-12, 2017

Laos, China expect to ink 17 deals (VT)
Laos and China are expected to sign 17 cooperation deals during the upcoming state visit to Laos by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith said yesterday. Mr Xi, who was reelected as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, will visit Laos from November 13-14 at the invitation of his Lao counterpart
Chinese Developers Abandon International Airport Project in Laos SEZ (RFA)
An international airport project scheduled for construction by a Chinese developer in northwestern Laos’s Bokeo province has been canceled so that an airport built earlier in the province may be upgraded instead, sources say. The abandoned project was to have been built on land taken by the King Romans Group from local villagers in 2014, a move leading to standoffs between angry
Life in Luang Prabang's slow lane (Nation)
RECOGNISING THE potential for border trade along the Mekong River, sharp-eyed Chinese entrepreneurs have flooded into Laos in recent years pouring billions into mega infrastructure projects as well as luxury hotels and shopping malls. Fortunately, though, they have left the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang relatively untouched and the town has succeeded in retaining its glorious cultural heritage. Sitting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, Luang Prabang has long been a popular holiday destination. Tourists from all over the world
EUR 500 Million Forecast as EU Assistance to Laos (KPL)
The EU has forecast a budget of about EUR 500 million in assistance to Laos from 2016 to 2020 to improve the health and related sectors. The EU financial assistance will focus on improving six main sectors namely agriculture, sustainable development, nutrition, governance, health, and education. “For many years, the EU has been playing an important role in helping to improve
Heavy debt load in Laos (Asia Times)
The IMF found that Laos’ external public and publicly guaranteed (PPG) debt rose from US$5.4 billion in 2014 to about US$6.5 billion by the end of 2015, or roughly 52% of gross domestic product (GDP). The figure is estimated to be even higher now. Debt sustainability concerns are rising as Laos’ recent fast economic growth, averaging around 8% from 2011 to 2014, has more recently
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vieng, Laos: Flower Power (Auklander)
... Lao edition of book on Xi Jinping published (VT)
... 2nd LAO ICT EXPO to Fall Early Next Year (KPL)
... New Mittaphab Hospital buildings to open next year (VT)
... Front President Receives Lao Diaspora Delegation (KPL)
... Rural poverty depriving people of basic needs, services (VT)
... Laos delegation visits Nameri National Park (Assam Tribune)
... Thai-Laos Cross Border Bus Service Inaugurated (Bernama)
... Officials up to speed for Roundtable meeting in Champassak (VT)
... Winners of Vietnam-Laos relations contest honoured (VietnamPlus)
... Five-star Hotel Committed to Promoting Laos to Foreign Visitors (KPL)
... Luang Prabang Festival Increases Industry Support Role in SE Asia (Variety)
... Xi Jinping: The Governance of China Lao Version Publication Launched (KPL)
... Chinese Ophthalmologists Help Lao People Remove Cataracts for Free (KPL)
... Laos team on green trip to India (Telegraph)
... Two new foreign ambassadors appointed to Laos (VT)
... Xekong preparing festivals, fun events for 2018 visitors (VT)
... China Plays Significant Role in Mining Growth in Laos (KPL)
... Great potential exists to expand Laos-China cooperation (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam strengthen rural development cooperation (VT)
... Soccer: Vietnam crush Laos at AFC U19 event (VietnamNews)
... Revised laws the key to boosting revenue collection in Laos (VT)
... China shows support for new era of Laos relations (China Daily)
... Mekong region sees airports as the way forward (Bangkok Post)
... Thais Grab More Medals at Beer Lao International Series 2017 (KPL)
... Contest on Vietnam - Laos special relations reviewed in Ha Nam (VietnamPlus)
... Lao President to attend APEC meeting (VT)
... Govt upgrades Luang Prabang from town to city (VT)
... Regional tourism project set to start next month (VT)
... KPL DG’s Interview Highlights Xi’s Coming Visit (KPL)
... Laos: Edutainment to Promote Financial Literacy (KPL)
... Australia, Japan support health service improvement (VT)
... Lao Rugby Federation Announces 2017 Mekong Cup (KPL)
... China attaches great importance to relations with Laos (VT)
... Experts call for cooperative approach by development partners (VT)
... Lao news chief highlights Chinese president's upcoming visit (ECNS)
... Lao President to Attend Informal ASEAN-APEC Leaders’ Meeting (KPL)
... Five Thai Nationals Sentenced To Life For Murder Of Two Lao Women (BT)
... Agrotourism-oriented Phutawen Farm to Open for Visitors Next Month (KPL)
... A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA (TF)
... American PR Partners with Lao Company to Develop a 67,000-acre Gold Mining Project
... Beautiful Laos (Global Times)
... UN Rights Expert Launches Visit to Laos (KPL)
... Laos, Malaysia reaffirm business cooperation (VT)
... Reform of EDL underway, Lao parliament told (VT)
... Chinese Film Festival Tour Launched in Vientiane (KPL)
... New law to promote, control technology transfer in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM visits construction site of China-Laos railway (ECNS)
... Lao PM Visits Families Affected by Nam Ou 1 Hydropower Project (KPL)
... Thailand Firm to Manage Ban Mom Mekong Port in Laos for 40 Years (CRT)
... PM urges full steam ahead for northern development, Laos-China railway (VT)
... Borikhamxay to kick off Visit Laos Year with Phabatphonsan Stupa festival (VT)
... Laos, Mekong countries discuss challenges to economic development (Inquirer)
... WWF: 10 of the Most Widely Traded Endangered Species in Golden Triangle Markets
... EU confirms further support for Laos (VT)
... A happy Lao-Hmong New Year to all (WSAW)
... Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Laos (VT)
... How Hydropower in Laos May Choke Vietnam (BPR)
... 3rd National Nutrition Meeting Held in Vientiane (KPL)
... That Luang Festival marked in Vientiane, Laos (Global Times)
... Lao students take on Asean Data Science Explorers project (VT)
... Ten more investment projects revoked, Lao parliament told? (VT)
... Over 800 Tonnes of Rice Reliesed for Disaster-hit Provinces (KPL)
... Lao Govt vows to retrieve billions lost to misuse, illegal imports (VT)
... Lao NA member calls for solutions to tourism issues in the south (VT)
... Lao-Hmong celebrate Lunar New Year at Seattle Center (Seattle Times)
... Lao-Thai Border: Fight to save key Mekong rapids not over (Bangkok Post)
... China, Laos vow to build strong community of shared destiny (Global Times)
... Laws on State Procurements Will be More Strengthened, Says Minister (KPL)
... Xi's Vietnam, Laos visit to enhance Asia-Pacific cooperation, bilateral ties (China)
... Restaurant Review: L’Éléphant Vert Serves Up Vegetarian French-Laotian Fusion (CN)

Oct 30-Nov 5, 2017

Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos: A matter of economics (Eurek Alert)
Asian elephant populations in Laos, which are under a process of commodification, have dropped by half in the last 30 years. According to researchers[1] from CNRS and the French Beauval Nature association for conservation and research, the dynamics of elephant populations depend heavily on the socio-economic practices of the country and elephant owners.
Laos’ Phouvong Jewelry receives ASEAN business award (Inquirer)
Better known as a top gold shop in Laos, Phouvong Jewelry has reaffirmed its commitment to further producing quality products to meet regional and international standards. This commitment was confirmed recently by Phouvong Jewelry’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Chanthavong Phamisith, after he returned from the 10th Asean Business Awards 2017 (ABA) held in the Philippines. Phouvong Jewelry represented Laos in being awarded with
The War in Laos: Why Still Secret? (American Thinker)
Gary Michael Rose received a well-deserved Medal of Honor last week. The videos and reports I have seen and heard indicate that everything was extraordinarily well done. I would, however, like to offer one minor quibble. The citation which Mike received stated that his actions took place “deep within enemy-controlled territory.” While this is factually correct, it is also misleading.
Laos: Large number of unapproved projects carried out in 2017 (VT)
Ten provinces carried out 285 development projects in 2017 that had not been approved by the National Assembly (NA) or the government, the state’s top inspector told parliament recently. Combined investment in these projects amounted to more than 4,483 billion kip (~$540 million), the Head of the Government Inspection Authority, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, told the ongoing
Laos pins hopes on welcoming 5 million visitors in 2018 (VietnamPlus, VT or KPL)
In 2000, the country greeted only 737,208 visitors and earned revenues of $113.9 million. In 2015, the figures were 4,684,429 visitors and $725.4 million. It is estimated that the number of tourists to the country will hit over 6.2 million who bring in revenues of over $993.4 million by 2020. The Lao Govt has set to attract around 5 million tourists and reaped earnings of $900 million for 2018.
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... Laos: The land of temples (NZ Herald)
... Thai films in spotlight in Luang Prabang (Nation)
... Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation in information (VT)
... Ties with Vietnam, Laos see sound growth (Global Times)
... Lao Jail: Land Protest Villagers Held in Failing Health (RFA)
... Lao Govt seeking 40 billion kip ($4.8 mil) to help flood victims (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos ICT cooperation forum held in Vientiane (VietnamPlus)
... Luang Prabang preserves natural beauty, greenery, cleanliness (Aliran)
... Chinese president to attend APEC summit, visit Vietnam, Laos (ECNS)
... Exhibition reflects Vietnam-Lao ties through lens of the press (VietnamPlus)
... Special privileges offered to qualified foreigners seeking Lao citizenship (VT)
... Northern Laos' Oudomxay readying Khmu New Year Festival for visitors (VT)
... Grand wax castle procession showcases nation’s culture, promotes Visit Laos Year
... Lao PM urges cabinet to pursue development targets (VT)
... Laos: Ministry to bolster education through e-learning (VT)
... Lao-American Student: Vatsady Sivongxay (Harvard Crimson)
... Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Lao NA Building (KPL)
... Law on Lao Red Cross Passed at NA’s Ordinary Session (KPL)
... Lao Govt prioritises rural development for poverty reduction (VT)
... Laos' central bank to strength foreign reserve management (VT)
... Construction of Lao NA House begins in Vientiane (VietnamPlus)
... NA Chairwoman pays courtesy call for top Lao leader (Nhan Dan)
... Unexploded American Bombs Killing Children in Laos (Pulitzer Center)
... Laos, Vietnam break ground for new Lao National Assembly building (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos information-communications cooperation applauded (VietnamPlus)
... Warm Places [-one of them is Luang Prabang] to Travel in November (USA Today)
... Lao Govt takes over telecoms company (VT)
... 40 SMEs Awarded Best of the Year 2017 (KPL)
... Laos, Germany review development cooperation (VT)
... Laos International Open Chess Championship 2018 (Fide)
... NA passes Red Cross Law to bolster humanitarian aid (VT)
... NA raises concerns over growing jail population in Laos (VT)
... Laos, China promote comprehensive strategic partnership (VT)
... 150 College Students Awarded Lao Brewery Scholarships (KPL)
... Piloted village development scheme improving living conditions (VT)
... Journalists Encouraged to Raise Public Nutritional Awareness (KPL)
... A postcard from Laos: exploring the curious Plain of Jars (Rough Guides)
... Lao Star Hires APMLAO to Facilitate Its Registration on Stock Market (KPL)
... Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen – Laos links from Oct 2017 (Routes Online)
... Century Plyboards arm acquires majority stake in Laos company (Hindu BL)
... Restaurant Review: Blue Lagoon Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos (City Nomads)
... NA Approves Law on Protection of Producers from Being Affected by Imported Goods
... Air Busan adds Busan-Vientiane route (Yonhap)
... Almost 200 private clinics in Laos ordered to close (VT)
... Trade fair shines spotlight on locally-made products (VT)
... Envoys from Laos, Vietnam meet with Chinese leaders (ECNS)
... ‘Visit Laos Year’ launched to promote the nation to world (Nation)
... Natural resources, environment sector reviews planning agenda (VT)
... Work on stalled Huaphan airport expected to resume next month (VT)
... Lao Govt still re-evaluating bachelor degree courses at colleges: minister (VT)
... Ruling parties of China, Laos pledge further cooperation for closer bilateral ties (XN)
... VEON to sell Laos operations (Yahoo)
... Laos: Road tax payment due now (VT)
... Members of Lao parliament urged to work harder (VT)
... Lao, Thai Red Cross Seek Stronger Cooperation (KPL)
... Take the Slow Road through Laos (Global Traveler USA)
... Lao Govt to create enabling environment to promote investment (VT)
... More Laws Made but Not in Concise Manner, Says Lao Front Official (KPL)
... Villa Maly Claims Its First-Ever Spot on Condé Nast Traveler List 2017 (PR)
... Laos sets to promote tourism, preserve unique, fine traditional culture (Sina)
... Govt, Development Partners Discuss Higher Standard of Private Investment (KPL)

October 23-29, 2017

Largest Special Eco. Zone With an Area 5X of Hong Kong to Be Built in Laos (NW)
Recently, Buasone Bouphavan, the former prime minister of Laos, and the current president of Laos Economic Research Institute, led a group of people to the headquarters of Beijing Guangcai Group and attended the first Sino-Laos new area "Boloven Economic Zone" Development Symposium at the 6th floor conference room. A total of more than 70 people participated in
21 Photos That Show Laos Has [One of] The Most Beautiful Jungles on Earth (Culture Trip)
The natural beauty of Lao jungles is breathtaking. Deforestation has dramatically reduced Laos’ jungles. Over 70% of Lao was forest in the 1950s, & now less than half of the country is jungle. Remote mountains, endangered species & arresting vistas make the Lao jungles some of the most beautiful places to visit on the planet. Laos is landlocked and, what it lacks in beaches, it makes up for in pristine inland lakes. Small islands & a mountainous backdrop make the lake side a perfect place to
Laos aims to attract 5.2 mln foreign tourists in 2018 (XinhuaNet or KPL)
The Lao government has set a plan to attract more than 5.2 million foreign arrivals to the country and increase the annual income generated by the foreign visitors to 900 million U.S. dollars in 2018. "In order to make a rebound in tourism growth, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism plans to launch Visit Laos Year 2018," Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism
Jeju Air of S. Korea to open route to Laos next week (Yonhap)
Jeju Air Co., South Korea's leading budget carrier, said Tuesday it will open the route to the capital of Laos next week as part of its diversification strategy to offset falling demand on Chinese routes. Jeju Air plans to operate flights on the Incheon-Vientiane route starting Oct. 29. With the addition of the Vientiane route, the low-cost carrier will serve 37 routes to 26 cities in 12 countries
Visit Lao Year set to launch Saturday at That Luang Festival (VT)
Visit Lao Year 2018 will launch at the official opening of the annual That Luang Grand Stupa Festival in Vientiane on October 28, it was confirmed Friday. The opening ceremony will welcome domestic and international visitors to experience Laos as they peruse goods and services from some 35 booths. The festival is set to take place from October 28 to November 3, 
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... Rice time in Laos (NZ Herald)
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... Laos: Reps Ask Prosecutors to Address Issues (KPL)
... The Man Who Survived a Million Bombs (Pulitzer Center)
... Vietnam, Lao sign iron ore mining contract (VietnamPlus)
... Raise legal, ethical standards, NA tells judicial bodies (VT)
... Lao Govt orders action to improve investment climate (VT)
... COECCO signs mining contract with Lao Govt (VietnamNet)
... Mekong hydro resource coordination gets boost from France (VT)
... Governance programme targeting better public service delivery (VT)
... Vietnam joins ASEM seminar on water resources management in Laos (VN)
... Lao Deputy PM Sonexay Siphadone continues Mekong delta tour (VietnamPlus)
... Vaccination, Nutrition Rates Remain Low in Remote Areas, NA’s Session Told (KPL)
... Reps encourage implementing single window entrance fee charging mechanism (KPL)
... Lao PM vows to address land issues (VT)
... Vientiane could have new bus service by year end (VT)
... Govt to give priority to hiring teachers, doctors: Lao PM (VT)
... MMG LXML Sepon Preserves 3,000 Years of Heritage (KPL)
... These movies are representing Malaysia in Laos (Malay MO)
... Top inspector urges tougher anticorruption measures in Laos (VT)
... Beer Lao International Series 2017 Kicks Off Late This Month (KPL)
... Pentagon Embraces Laos War Hero After Decades of Denial (MSN)
... Long An shares experience with Laos in prosecution practices (VietnamPlus)
... Bomb clearance agency targets UXO removal from over 50,000 hectares (VT)
... U.S. Ambassador Commemorates Completion of Wat Visoun Restoration (KPL)
... Laotian pineapples testing the waters in China - New variety of Japanese apples (FP)
... Toyota Holds Charity Concert Rewarding Crowded Audience with Enchanted Evening
... Laos: Tourism sector a positive development driver for communities, country (Inquirer)
... Laos seizes illegal rhino horns worth nearly $240,000 from Singapore to Vientiane flight
... Dai Thao has been called idealistic. A constant campaigner. And now, St. Paul mayor?
... Lao-American: Phet Keomanyvanh's Journey from Refugee Camp to City Hall (7DayVT)
... Lao NA hears nation’s healthcare developments (VT)
... IHG, BIM group sign first Vientiane, Laos Holiday Inn (HM)
... 5 Outdoor Adventures in Luang Prabang, Laos (Travel AW)
... Illegal rhino horns intercepted on Singapore-Vientiane flight (VT)
... From bomb to bracelet, Lao artisans turn shrapnel into jewelry (TH)
... Supreme Prosecutor reports on improved law and order efforts (VT)
... Lao team to compete at futsal championship in Vietnam (XinhuaNet)
... 196 Clinics Face Closure Due to Failure to Comply with Laws (KPL)
... Viet Prime Minister urges higher bilateral trade with Laos (VietnamPlus)
... Low-quality hydropower projects to face void, minister tells assembly (VT)
... Tourism sector a positive development driver for communities, country (VT)
... Ravens And Their T-28D Nomads Waged A Savage Secret War In Laos (AK)
... Court Says Lao-Hmong Couple Had Putative Marriage, for Purposes of Divorce
... Hmong: Summit Organised for Women to Overcome Gender-Related Obstacles
... Lao-Hmong: Summit Organised for Women to Overcome Gender-Related Obstacles
... Land Rover Launches All New Discovery (KPL)
... Vietnamese, Lao Deputy PMs hold talks (VietnamNet)
... Laos protecting benefits, rights of workers overseas (VT)
... Overvalued road projects inspection ordered: Lao PM (VT)
... IHG Signs Holiday Inn Hotel in Vientiane, Laos (ATT or HNR)
... Japan Supports Oral Health Service Programme in Laos (KPL)
... Lao PM declares ‘intolerance’ of corruption, abuse of power (VT)
... Samsung Donates Educational Equipment to Lao Students (KPL)
... Japan boost school environment improvement project in Laos (VT)
... Vietnam vet gets Medal of Honor decades after Laos heroism (UPI)
... Funding to fight poverty set to increase in 2018, parliament told (VT)
... Inspection targets could include any project, authority confirms (VT)
... Lao street food spot Sticky Rice coming east of downtown (OS or OW)
... Scene of salt production at Ban Keun salt factory in Laos (Global Times)
... UK’s Well-known Fiction “Sherlock Holmes” Portrayed in Vientiane (KPL)
... Lao Government Seeks to Restart Flights at Shuttered Attapeu Airport (RFA)
... Travel Bugs: Phoney signs on the way to the Blue Lagoon in Laos (NZ Herald)
... Student from Laos in US: Raiders of Wright State: Maysouly Douangmanith (Guardian)
... Syan: Deal struck with Lao Govt & location for forthcoming cryptocurrency mining facility
... Toyota Unveils Vios, Camry in Vientiane (KPL)
... Volunteer teachers issue solutions sought? (VT)
... Improve health services, Lao NA asks ministry (VT)
... Legal Committee Praises Inspector’s Reports (KPL)
... Disbursements vital to pay down debt, minister says (VT)
... Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup (KPL)
... Sustainable energy for all in focus as world day welcomed (VT)
... Mekong Riverview Hotel in Luang Prabang’s Old Town, Laos (City Nomads)
... Many Projects Implemented without NA’s Approval, Top Inspector Says (KPL)
... Viet People’s Army Newspaper debuts online Lao, Khmer editions (VietnamPlus)
... Clear education buffer zone or close by December, entertainment venues told (VT)
... Liberia Presents Readiness Package At FCPF Meeting In Laos (Liberian Observer)
... Lao-American: To understand the Vietnam War, you’d have had to live through it (WHYY)

October 16-22, 2017

Looking for ASEAN in Laos (Myanmar Times)
It has been 20 years since the Lao People’s Democratic Republic officially become a member of ASEAN, and although many Lao people don’t feel connected to the group, they generally believe that their country’s membership in it can only bring benefits. Conversations with Lao people also reveal a sentiment that Laos, a Least Developed Country of about 7 million people, still needs
Lao-Americans: Aloun Farms celebrates 40 years of business (Hawaii Magazine)
From humble beginnings, Aloun Farms has expanded to become one of Hawaii’s largest commercial vegetable growers.  The story of Aloun Farms begins in 1977, when Aloun Sou and his family of six immigrated to Hawaii by way of a refugee camp on the border of Laos and Thailand. Equipped with a hard work ethic and limited English speaking skills, the family settled in Waianae and started a farm on a five-acre agricultural land lease in the coastal Lualualei Valley. Memorialized 40 years later in
Over 13 Million Amphetamine Pills Burned in Laos (KPL or VT)
Drug Inspection and Control Office, General Police Department, Ministry of Public Security has destroyed more than 13 million amphetamine pills along with thousands of kilos of dried cannabis, ice, caffeine, rhodiarome and drug precursors. The drug destruction was made in a ceremony held in Vientiane on Oct 17 to mark the 16th anniversary of National Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit
Lao-Hmong marijuana growers in California fight attempts to shut them down (ST)
The narcotics officer stood on a windswept ridge near the Oregon border and surveyed the fields cut into the hills below, a landscape resembling a lost piece of wine country. The terraces of Siskiyou County, however, were planted in cannabis. More than 1,500 Hmong farmers in the past two years have poured into this remote county, so vast it encompasses two western mountain
Pickup Truck: Kolao Launches Laos-assembled DAEHAN Megatron (KPL)
Kolao Developing Company Limited has unveiled DAEHAN Megatron 2017, the latest model of pickup segment assembled in Laos. The launch of Daehan Megatron was held at the Vientiane Center, Vientiane Capital on Oct 11. “DAEHAN Megatron is a tough pickup suitable with every road condition. It can give its drivers new driving and comfort experiences,” said Director of Product
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, Luang Prabang (Gatham Gal)
... Luxembourg supports health sector improvements (VT)
... 118 unapproved state investment projects uncovered (VT)
... Lao Govt will control spending to minimise debt tension (VT)
... Service improvements, tourist arrivals discussed at Lao NA (VT)
... Saravan: Rural People Want to See Infrastructure Developed (KPL)
... Children's Librarians Trained for Reading Promotion in ASEAN (KPL)
... Viet NA Vice Chairman receives Laos State Audit chief (VietnamPlus)
... People’s Representatives Share Comments on Government’s Report (KPL)
... Lao President assesses development progress in Champassak province (VT)
... State top auditor: Trillion kip spent unlawfully (VT)
... CLMV, Japan Discuss Agriculture Export Promotion (KPL)
... Rural development benefits from navigation satellite system (VT)
... Dozens of Officials Familiarised with Int’l Humanitarian Law (KPL)
... International Humanitarian Law seminar updates local officials (VT)
... Lao NA debates health, education, welfare for poverty alleviation (VT)
... Huaphan’s Xamtay district getting help, more needed after flash flooding (VT)
... Hospitality service upgrades among those sought ahead of Visit Lao Year 2018 (VT)
... Vietnam arrests man for smuggling 10kg of crystal meth, 20,000 drug pills from Laos
... ASEAN Trade Fair to Promote Food and Beverage Products from Member Countries
... Governance, Risk & Compliance in the Lao Insurance Industry 2017 - Research ... (DJ)
... Laos celebrates World Food Day (VT)
... Laos Celebrates Global Handwashing Day (KPL)
... Thai Police Seize 508kg of narcotics from Laos (MD)
... High Growth Target Is Not Sustainable, Lao PM Says (KPL)
... Lao Govt pledges fairer compensation for those affected (VT)
... Electronics Manufacturing - ASEAN: Is Laos Next? (Global SMT)
... Lao-Thai: Police make 'largest ever' crystal meth seizure (Yahoo)
... Bolaven Plateau brewing as agri-tourism destination in Laos (Nation)
... Honda Foundation sees budding scientists studying tech in Japan (VT)
... Legislators call for greater state investment in critical sectors in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong in Politics: Dai Thao (Kare11)
... What's next for Indonesia-Laos security ties? (Diplomat)
... Banking: Secured Transaction Framework Discussed (KPL)
... Lao National Assembly Opens Its 4th Ordinary Session (KPL)
... Charitable run underway in Laos to support children's hospital (China)
... Taiwanese businessman killed in Laos: Foreign Ministry (Focus Taiwan)
... Lao Govt seeks funding boost as budget deficit [~$1.74 billion] bites (VT)
... Lao NA session opens as measures to drive economic growth announced (VT)
... EPF provides $3 mil support for diverse natural forest protection in NT2 area (VT)
... Vietnam arrests man for smuggling 10kg of crystal meth, 20,000 drug pills from Laos
... 19th CPC’s National Congress to Reaffirm Cooperation for Development in Laos, China
...  ‘Our Hand, Our Future’ (KPL)
... Indonesia Boosts Trade Volume with Laos (Tempo)
... Preparations made to assist visitors, minister says (VT)
... Bolaven Plateau brewing as agri-tourism destination (VT)
... Mekong countries seeking sustainable cultural tourism (VT)
... Nearly 1,100 Lao students trained in Thua Thien-Hue (VietnamPlus)
... JMAS, UXO Lao to accelerate explosive device clearance operations (VT)
... Lao national sepak takraw teams preparing for regional, int'l events (XinhuaNet)
... Lao-British: 'I am her eyes': ... how her blind mother taught her to cook (Daily Mail)
... Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Limited Edition Unveiled, Gets Tougher Looks and Updates (N18)

October 9-15, 2017

Laos interested in Indonesian weaponry, fertilizers (Antara News)
Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita stated that Laos party was interested in buying the primary weaponry defense systems & fertilizers from Indonesia. "Laos is interested in Indonesian products of the primary weaponry of defense systems and fertilizers," he remarked, after accompanying Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to receive a state visit of PM of Laos
Northern Laos' Oudomxay legalises foreign workers (VT)
Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province. At present, there are more than 2,500 foreign workers in Oudomxay, including illegal workers who entered as tourists but have subsequently found work and stayed on without legal
Loans totaling US$150 million secured for Laos' 260-MW Don Sahong dam (HP)
Malaysian-based developer, Mega First Corporation Berhad (MFCB), announced this week it has secured loan facilities totaling US$150 million for constructing the 260-MW Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos. On Tuesday, MFCB said its Mega First Investments (L) Ltd. has entered into facility agreements with various financial institutions for term loan facilities totaling
WB: Measures needed to control Laos' public debt [$12 billion - GDP is about $17 billion] (VT)
The World Bank’s economists have advised the government to take concrete measures to ensure that spending is as effective as possible in order to control public debt, which has risen far above an appropriate level. This year, public debt reached 70.5% (~$12 billion) of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP~$17 billion), up from the 68.1% recorded last year, according to the World Bank.  Based on Laos’ economic circumstances and net present value, the country’s maximum level of
Laos merely a bystander as China pushes Belt & Road ambitions (Nikkei AR)
An ambitious $6 billion high-speed railway project in Laos that would link China with the Laotian capital of Vientiane on the Thai border is meant to be a symbol of cooperation under Chinese President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative. But with Beijing calling the shots and leaving out locals, it has instead become another example of the pitfalls faced by small Southeast Asian
Other stories about Laos around the world
... New JICA Volunteers Welcomed to Laos (KPL)
... Lao noodle franchise stretches out to Asean (Nation)
... Indonesia offers weapons, planes to Laos (Jakarta Post)
... Laos, Indonesia ink five agreements during PM’s Visit (VT)
... Drug-resistant malaria advances in Mekong (Science Magazine)
... Laos' SK Herbal puts its best face forward to strengthen (Nation)
... Chinese monks walking through Laos on pilgrimage to India (VT)
... Indonesia-Laos sign MoUs on drug control, education (Jakarta Post)
... Govt, civil society organisations review results, sector administration (VT)
... That Luang’s First Ever Boat Racing Festival to Be Held Next Week (KPL)
... Learn how to cook Lao-Hmong from the Twin Cities master (Star Tribune)
... Japan CV Boosts Healthcare for Mothers and Children in Laos (KPL or VT)
... Visit Lao Year 2018 to highlight Lao culture, natural charms: deputy PM (XN or VT)
... Kadin Indonesia Eyes Potential Cooperation with Laos in Labor Intensive Industry (NE)
... In remembering Vietnam War, more stories of Lao refugees deserve to be told (WHYY)
... Lao-Hmong: Judge Kashoua Yang's husband killed in weekend crash in Ozaukee County
... Maplewood man sentenced for defrauding people with false promise of Hmong homeland
... Blood Donation Highly Needed in Laos (KPL)
... Laos, Brunei further strengthen bilateral relations (VT)
... On the (Rising) Trail of Thai Food in America (NY Times)
... Laos Focuses on Importance of Empowering Girls (KPL)
... Annual conference mulls science sector’s challenges (VT)
... Lao National Assembly to Open 4th Session on Oct 16 (KPL)
... Lao National Assembly to debate new and amended laws (VT)
... Beware of illegal transactions by fake banks, public warned (VT)
... Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Limited Edition introduced in Laos (India AB)
... Lao-Hmong cooking class brings generations together (Star Tribune)
... Around the world: Lao PM to shop for arms in RI trade expo (Jakarta Post)
... Luang Namtha approves sale price of rubber to domestic traders (Eleven Myanmar)
... Miss Grand Laos ranked among top five in Miss Grand International Popular Vote (PPP)
... Mekong River with Sue Perkins (KPBS)
... Rugby is a whole lot different in Laos (Stuff)
... Laos, Vietnam speeding up oil pipeline project (VT)
... Authorities gear up to promote Visit Laos Year (VT)
... Vientiane celebrates International Day of the Girl (VT)
... Twelve Junior High School Students to Visit Japan (KPL)
... Japan provides $2 mil funds for public park in Xayaboury (VT)
... Phousy Construction Listed on Lao Securities Exchange (KPL)
... Savannakhet to open new radio, television station next year (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam Enhance Cooperation on Forest Inspection (KPL)
... Lao province pushing crops, livestock breeding for export (Nation)
... Lao female boxers to fight at Asian tournament in Vietnam (XinhuaNet)
... Nine countries to compete at badminton tournament in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Chinese businessman shot dead in Vientiane (VT)
... Budget constraints lower investment in education, health (VT)
... Laos, Indonesia mull direct flights to boost trade, tourism (VT)
... Northern Lao provinces in need of locust control equipment (KPL)
... Majority of Laos' private sector workers inadequately protected (VT)
... Luang Namtha approves sale price of rubber to domestic traders (VT)
... Paktha, Bokeo: Malnutrition Remains High Among Under-five Children (KPL)
... Oct 17-19: Laos to Host 5th ASEAN Meeting on Disaster Management (KPL)
... Best Hotels: Scenic Views and French-Colonial Inspired Laotian Architecture (CN)
... Vietnamese alumni in Laos meet up (Vietnam Plus)
... SP company: car buyers told to declare losses (VT)
... No plans yet for repair of Kasy-Nan road after landslides (VT)
... Vietnamese children in Laos enjoy mid-Autumn Festival (DCS)
... Laos: Coffee exports set to exceed US$112 million in 2017 (VT)
... Laos
' provinces told to cut spending amid revenue shortfall (VT)
... Laos extends curve to 15 years, seals largest bond (Global Capital)
... Laos, Indonesia Celebrate 60 Years of Bilateral Relations (KPL or VT)
... World Bank forecast: Laos’ economic growth lower than expected (VT)
... ADB supports new Lao initiative to scale up sanitary efforts with $10 mil (VT)
... Noy Itthilith Named Champ of Vientiane Traditional Boat Racing Festival (KPL)
... Lao-Hmong: St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao promises to fight inequality (ST)
... Revisiting Laos after 45 years, a country barely recognisable – unless ... (Telegraph)
... To Accept Medal On Behalf Of Everyone Who Served In Laos During Vietnam (T&P)

October 2-8, 2017

400kg of Lao marijuana seized (Bangkok Post or Chiang Rai Times)
Border patrol police seized 400kg of compressed marijuana from Laos in Na Yoong district Tuesday. They believed the shipment was destined for Japan. Pol Col Prat Soonthornpimol, chief of the 24th Border Patrol Police unit in Udon Thani, said on Wednesday the marijuana was ferried in sacks by three boats across the Mekong River from Laos to the Thai bank in Ban Nam Phrai of
Vientiane marks end of Buddhist Lent followed by Vat Chan boat races (VT)
Devotees around the country flocked to temples for tak baat (almsgiving) ceremonies early yesterday morning to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, thankful that the skies did not unleash more rain. This day is known as Boun Orkphansa and comes three months after the start of Lent in July, which is called Boun Khaophansa. As from today, monks can go to stay in other temples now that the three-month Buddhist Lent has ended. During the Lenten period, monks and novices
The 5 cheapest cities in the world to visit - One of them is Vientiane (MSN)
Laos is yet another underrated destination within Southeast Asia. Though AirAsia flights have easily connected the whole ASEAN to each other, many have yet to explore Laos. Though not as cheap as Chiang Mai or Hanoi, Vientiane, Laos’ national capital should be one of the top places to visit for its budget-friendly accomodation (also from $10 a night). You get to experience the mix of
Laos and Cambodia: the China dance (Myanmar Times)
Laos and Cambodia are often seen as little more than political twins who have chosen to reap economic benefits from China in exchange for their loyalty to the Middle Kingdom – and choosing this alliance over maintaining consensus with their ASEAN family. But while their dance steps appear similar, they are not quite moving to the same tune, says analyst Edgar Pang, a visiting
Vientiane's Boat Racing Festival to Be Held On Oct 4-6 (KPL)
Boat Racing Festival 2017 will fall on Oct 4-6 following the announcement made by the Governor of Chanthabouly district Mrs. Bouarone Vongdarasan on Sep 28. Traditionally, boat racing festival draws a crowded flock of people from all directions of Vientiane Capital and provinces across the country. The festival is held annually at Tha Vat Chanh of Chanthaboury district where a number
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, China extend areas of cooperation (VT)
... Lao Front vows to strengthen practical work (VT)
... Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but 
    Trump defunding threatens the progress made (SCMP)
... Ford F-150 Raptor on Its Way to Lao Customers (KPL)
... Lao authorities fail to collect sufficient SEZ revenue (VT)
... Syan Technologies in talks with Lao government to deploy
    hydroelectric-powered cryptocurrency mining facility (DJ)
... Help for Cambodian & Lao local schemes (Bangkok Post)
... Laos prints its largest, longest sovereign bond issue (Times of India)
... Medium Term Outlook Remains Broadly Favourable: World Bank (KPL)
... Thousands file claims against PS Lao Enterprise for 200 billion kip loss (VT)
... Cambodia & Laos - Wake up to wildlife: Asia's best luxury tented camps (CNN)
... Addressing Public Concerns about Anti-malarial Drug Resistance in GMS Region (KPL)
... Traffic police promote festival road safety in Vientiane (VT)
... Laos closing Bt14 bn bond deal to fund infrastructure (Nation)
... Visit Laos Year 2018 to Be Launched by This Month End (KPL)
... Vientiane: Families refuse compensation on 450-Year Road (VT)
... Lao Government Consults Stakeholders on Draft Mining Law (KPL)
... China Southern Airlines now serves Sri Lanka and Laos (Anna Aero)
... Duo returns from exciting Laos off-road experience (Borneo Bulletin)
... Laos’ Growth Projected to Moderate to 6.7 %, Says World Bank (KPL)
... Mineral Law to be amended for better mining management in Laos (VT)
... PDI plans investments in two Lao hydropower plants (Nation or ThaiPR)
... City mulls compensation for families displaced by Lao-China railway (VT)
... Bokeo: School Built with Japanese Funding Handed over to Local Authorities (KPL)
... Duo behind Rosa’s to extend Lao Café brand and open Thai noodle restaurant (BH)
... Will Laos break precedent by obeying arbitration award to Thai-Lao Lignite Co? (Nation)
... Two sites allocated for boat races (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos deepen cooperation (VOV)
... Miss Laos 2017 Open for Candidates (KPL)
... Thai Smile flies to Laos and Taiwan (TTR Weekly)
... Vientiane tackles challenges in reforming education (VT)
... ASEAN Dishes Introduced at Food Festival in Vientiane (KPL)
... Vietnam, Laos boost industry, energy cooperation (Nhan Dan)
... Chinese investor gears up to develop Khonphapheng SEZ (VT)
... Public-private partnerships can fill infrastructure gap: ADB (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos drug trafficking ring member arrested (XinhuaNet)
... Malnutrition Remains a Challenge in northern Laos' Bokeo (KPL)
... Laos keeps investors busy with six-tranche baht bond (Global Capital)
... Temple project to be tourist hotspot for Xieng Khuang (Eleven Myanmar)
... Laos’ first dry port moves forward to world connectivity (Eleven Myanmar)
... Lao President expresses sympathy over mass shooting in Las Vegas (VT)
... Laos seeks anti-money laundering cooperation with overseas partners (VT)
... President: Vietnam gives top priority to boosting ties with Laos (VietnamPlus)
... Hongsa Power Grants 40 Scholarships to Students in Xayabouly Province (KPL)
... Lao Front outlines work plan for 2018 (VT)
... Laos PM starts official visit to Vietnam (VietnamNews)
... Lao National Assembly on target with law enactment (VT)
... Belarus ready to carry out mining projects in Laos (BELTA)
... Boat racing festival committee to regulate parking fees (VT)
... Sacombank Laos opens branch in Savannakhet province (VP)
... Germany commits to further development support in Laos (VT)
... Asean standard award seen as boost to tourism in Konglor (VT)
... VN willing to support Laos in training human resources (VietnamNet)
... Businesses Donate Over $85K Supporting Boat Racing Festival (KPL)
... Thailand’s Military Government Should Halt Mekong Blasting Plan (CRT)
... Japan funds job skills training for disabled people in Laos (Eleven Myanmar)
... Lao, Myanmar Journalists Enrich Knowledge of China’s Development (KPL)
... Elephants still at risk with Laos replacing China as ivory market (Daily Nation)
... Ahead of a ban, China’s illegal ivory market has moved to Laos (Quartz Africa)
... Top beach alternatives in Laos (LTB)
... Foreign Minister Receives US Treasury Minister (KPL)
... Walkers in Vientiane stride out in support of tourism (VT)
... US firms see huge opportunities for business in Laos (VT)
... Firm economic growth expected for Laos: ADB (XinhuaNet)
... Elderly, disabled people get free health checks in Vientiane (VT)
... Armies, Addicts and Spooks: the CIA in Vietnam and Laos (RINF)
... Lao-funded Ho Chi Minh memorial house inaugurated in Nghe An (VP)
... More investment in human resources needed in Laos: economist (VT)
... Growth on Track Expected for Lao PDR in 2017 and 2018 - ADB (KPL)
... Lao-American: Free adult ESL program launching in Elgin (Daily Herald)
... Two missing, four survive after leisure craft sinks in Nam Ngum river (VT)
... Viet students in Laos receive scholarships from Vietnam Government (VP)
... Lao-American: ... Say to People Who Tell Me I'm Not "Latina Enough" (Yahoo)
... Japan funds job skills training for disabled people in norhtern Laos' Huaphan (VT)
... Construction of Chinese-sponsored Confucius Institute commenced in Laos (ECNS)

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