Lao morning news for April 19

Lao morning news for April 19

Lao PDR morning news37 Killed In Road Accidents During Pi Mai Lao Celebration
Traffic Police have reported 37 people were killed and over 532 injured during the celebration of Pi Mai Lao or Lao New Year B.E. 2562, between April 13 and 17, 2019.

Laos, JICA extend efforts to reduce northern deforestation
The Department of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry along with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is extending support until 2020 for Luang Prabang and Oudomxay provinces in the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) project.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry to regulate well drilling business
Drilling a well in Laos will no longer be as simple as it used to be now that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has stepped in to regulate these operations.
— Vientiane Times

Fire battle a team effort
A massive fire engulfing vast areas of a Chiang Rai forest has intensified the smog problem in this northernmost province, adding to the country’s pollution woes.
— Bangkok Post

Railway tunnel engineers seek ways to prevent salt damage
Construction of a railway tunnel at the Laos-China border in Luang Namtha province will require the use of materials that are resistant to salt damage, so the track is not affected by the large salt deposits in the ground.
— Vientiane Times

For many Lao women, technical trades are the new “white-collar” jobs
Following this trend, many farmers have sold their property to support their children’s college education. However, their dreams do not always come true.
— Responsible Business

Vientiane Center Lao Public Company Launches Its Initial Public Offering
Vientiane Center Lao Public Company has launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO) for local and foreign buyers.

New city road on track for completion in 2020
The construction of a concrete road linking Khamhoung and Huayhong villages to Nongphaya village in Xaythany district, Vientiane, is slated for completion in 2020.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Three Chinese Arrested in Laos for Passing Counterfeit Currency
Police in Laos this week arrested three Chinese nationals for trying to buy holiday clothing with counterfeit bills that a shopkeeper had noticed were marked by smeared ink, causing her to contact authorities, sources in Laos said.
— Radio Free Asia

Should this airman receive the Medal of Honor for Laos battle? A congressman thinks so
A California congressman is pushing to upgrade a retired Air Force colonel’s Air Force Cross to a Medal of Honor for “extraordinary heroism” during a fierce 1969 battle in Laos.
— AirForce Times

Officials Trained On Resolution of Safety Issues
The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded a 5-day training course on “Resolution of Safety Issues” for 26 Lao government officials from 8 to 12 April 2019.

Evangelical Group Says Laos Has Deported 3 American Missionaries
A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported.
— Voice of America

Feature: Chinese volunteers touched by blossoming China-Laos friendship
“It was in the second week I came to Laos. It was hot, and even when I stood under an electric fan, I sweated. Seeing this, my students stood in a circle around me and fanned me using their notebooks,” said 24-year-old Lin Jieyu, a volunteer Chinese language teacher at Nongping Primary School.
— Xinhuanet

Luang Prabang’s Mekong bridge a vital link in Laos-China railway
In about two years from now, Lao-Chinese trains will emerge from a tunnel, cross the Mekong River railway bridge in Luang Prabang and then quickly disappear inside another mountain.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Make the most of external cooperation benefits, officials told
Fully grasp Party and state policies and guidelines to maximise the benefits of external cooperation and drive development, officials in charge of external cooperation affairs in the information, culture and tourism sector have been told.
— Vientiane Times

After he had experienced a long-haul flight in the business class for the first time, a friend told me he would never go back to the economy.
— Pipeaway

Special activities needed to boost bookings: hotelier
More clean and green services and interesting tourist activities are key factors to sustain hotel and guesthouse bookings into the future after recent fluctuating fortunes.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao runners leg it to Qatar for Asian Championships
Three runners have departed for the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Qatar from April 21-24 hoping to set personal bests and national record times.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

KEO AUTO Group Opens Newly Renovated Showroom
Mazda Laos KEO AUTO Group Co., Ltd has celebrated the opening of its newly renovated showroom in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane Capital.

Pic story of Chinese volunteer teachers at China-aided elementary school in Laos
Chinese volunteer teachers Lin Jieyu (1st R) and Yao Changhua (1st L) have breakfast with headmistress of Ban Nongping Elementary School Bounmy (3rd R) and her family in Vientiane, Laos, March 24, 2019.
— Xinhuanet

Laos – A Land Waiting to be Discovered
The look on the face of the security officer as she surveyed my boarding pass was priceless. “Luang Prabang?” she look at me quizzically before turning to her hapless and equally clueless colleague for help. “Where is this?”
— AM

Which ‘Amazing Race’ Season 31 Team Will Be Eliminated In Laos?
One team has already fallen on Season 31 of “The Amazing Race” and the remaining 10 will face off with some new twists in the ultimate reality star showdown and quest for $1 million. With “Big Brother,” “Survivor” and “Amazing Race” teams all still in it with the hope of being named champs, things are definitely going to continue getting competitive and fierce.
— International Business Times


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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