Laos, China, Thailand agree to speed up work on regional rail link
Authorities in Laos, China and Thailand have agreed to speed up the construction of railways to link the three countries, a Lao minister has said.
— Vientiane Times
Laos to launch electric vehicle charging system
Laos is stepping up efforts for the use of electric vehicles in the country and will be launching a pilot project for vehicle battery charging stations.
Survivors of Laos dam collapse question where aid dollars went
When a dam collapsed in the South-East Asian nation of Laos, destroying a village downstream and killing dozens of people, Australia was one of the countries to offer emergency aid.
— ABC News (video)
The Laotian Eye: Boun, Bloom & Dok Khoun Add Perennial Pi Mai Poignance To Lao New Year
Pimai Lao (Lao New Year) and The Golden Flowers of the Cassia Fistula known as Dok Khoun are inseparable in Laos and much of Buddhist-influenced South East Asia beyond.
— The Laotian Times
Energy ministry, IFC spark private sector power line investment in Laos
The development of Laos’ power transmission grid will receive a strong boost from private investment after the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) signed a cooperation agreement.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times
Evangelical group says 3 US volunteers detained in Laos
Three American volunteers for a U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization have been detained in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, the group said.
— The Washington Post
Party spending won’t have any positive effects on Lao economy
Splurging on unnecessary luxury items and entertainment during Lao New Year will not create any positive lift for the Lao economy as the country is heavily dependent on imported products, a senior economist says.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times
PM extends New Year greetings to Lao, Cambodian counterparts
During his phone calls, PM Phuc also conveyed New Year wishes from General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and people of Vietnam to leaders of the parties, states, governments, parliaments and people of Laos and Cambodia.
— Saigon Giai Phong
Q&A | Why the Laos dam collapse is a wake-up call for the UN
A dam breach that sent floodwaters rushing over southern Laos last year, killing dozens and submerging thousands of homes, offers a stark warning on future disasters for both the government and UN agencies working in the Southeast Asian nation, says a UN-appointed rights watchdog.
— The New Humanitarian
Ways to enjoy Lao Traditional New Year I#Asia News Network
Most people have made plans to celebrate Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) or water festival from April 14-16 when people throughout the country will visit temples, eat and drink with friends, and joyfully throw water over each other.
— Eleven/ Asia News Network
This morning’s Lao Morning News Roundup is shortened due to the Pi Mai celebrations. We wish all of our Laotian readers a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
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