Lao morning news for April 18

Lao morning news for April 18

Lao PDR morning newsIFC and Lao PDR’s Ministry of Energy and Mines partner to boost private sector investment
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Lao PDR’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and extend the country’s energy sector by mobilizing private investment in the transmission infrastructure.
— International Water Power and Dam Construction

Cash for work project benefiting flood-hit communities
Local communities impacted by flooding are benefiting under a ‘cash for work’ project as part of the collaboration between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the United Nations Development Programme.
— Vientiane Times

Laos aiming to end use of asbestos by 2020
The government is finalising a National Action Plan aiming to eliminate asbestos-related diseases among the population by putting an end to the import and use of the hazardous material across the country by 2020.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Asean, Seameo discuss Lao education project
Two international organisations plan to form a partnership to help Laos deliver better education outcomes in its remote border areas.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

PM tells Oudomxay to scrutinise developments
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has asked Oudomxay provincial leaders to scrutinise private investment projects in detail so that economic growth in the northern province can be driven by high quality developments and programmes.
— Vientiane Times

U.S. Citizens Were ‘Disseminating Religion’ in Laos Without Approval-Police
Three U.S. citizens held in Laos since last week for “disseminating religion” without government approval had their passports seized and are being kept in a guesthouse in the provincial capital of Luang Namtha, RFA’s Lao Service learned from a local police officer on Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Pi Mai Lao, nation welcomes Year of the Pig
Millions of people across the country enjoyed the traditional Pi Mai Lao celebration this week by welcoming the New Year 2562, which is the Year of the Pig.
— Vientiane Times

Keo-oudom road upgrade complete after 6-year wait
The upgrade of a 6-km road between Phonmy and Thalath villages in Keo-oudom district, Vientiane province, is now complete and motorists are enjoying having a smooth road surface to travel on.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Bangladesh get familiar foes Laos
Bangladesh have been pitted against Laos in the first round of the preliminary joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup as the draw of the lowest 12 nations in the Asian region was held at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
— The Daily Star

Laos new year pageant pits ‘King’s daughters’ as rivals
Wearing gold-embroidered silk outfits, faces thick with makeup, a line-up of seven Laotian beauty queens greet a sea of cheering supporters at the annual new year beauty contest in Luang Prabang.
— Times of Malta (video)

France, German ambassadors, GIZ delegates visit Savan Park SEZ and Savannakhet Dry Port
French Ambassador, Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and German Ambassador, Mr Jens Peter Lutkenherm along with GIZ delegates visited Savan Park SEZ and Savannakhet Dry Port last week and met with managing board members of the site to discuss investment promotion.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Empowering the invisible mine victims in Lao PDR
As I play tag with Minta, a beaming four-year-old, it’s easy to forget the tragic circumstances that brought this bright-eyed girl and her mother to a UN Women-led skills training for women victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Xieng Khouang, a town in the north-east of Lao PDR.
— UN Women

Khammuan makes plans to check vehicle weights
The Public Works and Transport Department in Khammuan province will speed up its work to ensure all its targets set for this year are met, and fulfil uncompleted goals set for last year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Nakai Festival celebrates Khammuan province drawcards
Performers from both Laos and Thailand headed the bill at the two-day Nakai Festival in Khammuan province recently which celebrated the district’s attractions.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Contrasting paternal and maternal genetic histories of Thai and Lao populations
The human demographic history of Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA) has not been well-studied; in particular there have been very few sequence-based studies of variation in the male-specific portions of the Y chromosome (MSY).
— Oxford Academy

Bangladesh get Laos in qualifiers
Bangladesh will play against Laos in the first round of the preliminary joint qualifiers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, according to the draw held at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today.
— The Daily Star

Lao archers set sights on China’s World Cup
The Lao team is training hard as they prepare to test their skills in the second stage of The Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai, China from May 6-12.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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