Lao morning news for December 31

Lao morning news for December 31

Lao PDR morning news

China-Laos railway power supply project launched in Lao capital
The power supply project for the China-Laos railway was kicked off in the Lao capital on Monday.
— Xinhua

Laos’ Luang Prabang Dam Could Begin Construction in 2020, Ahead of Schedule
A hydropower project that was to be the last of five planned large-scale Mekong river dams in Laos may begin construction ahead of schedule, according to the Lao government.
— RFA 

Hmong New Year Celebrated
The celebration of Hmong New Year, known locally as Nao Pe Chau, was held at Samket village, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane Capital.​

Cost of tilapia, pork overshoots set price
The Vientiane Industry and Commerce Department announced that vendors should sell tilapia fish for about 20,000 kip per kilo and pork for 36,000 kip per kilo but vendors are now selling this type of fish for 25,000 kip and pork for 38,000-40,000 kip.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Energy ministry to prioritise dam safety checks
He told media during his participation in an open government meeting in Vientiane on December 19-20 that the committee for dam safety management was resolute about carrying out inspections.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Lao PM to visit China on January 5-9
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will pay an official visit to China from January 5 to 9 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Monday at a regular briefing.

Mattie Do, Laos’ only female filmmaker, is making history and shaking up the country’s film industry
Mattie Do is making history. Since emigrating from the United States in 2010, she has become Laos’ only female filmmaker.
— South China Morning Post 

Govt increases civil servant quota for 2020
The government has announced a new intake of civil servants across the country in 2020 with the new quota set at about 2,000.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao man caught trafficking 10 kg of meth into Vietnam
Quang Tri border guards Monday detained a Lao man transporting 10 kg of meth and 20,000 pills of synthetic drugs into Vietnam.
— VN Express

Ethnic art show, product exhibition launched
The members of 10 ethnic groups performed and exhibited their traditional arts, aspects of their lifestyle, and local products last week at Pheuksa Garden, a cultural tourist attraction in Naxaithong district, Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Preparations in full swing to usher in New Year
The provinces are preparing a host of activities and readying venues to host lively events that will ring in the New Year.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Savannakhet inspections expose 247 illegal labour cards this year
Ms Bounyeung Thidphoutthavong of the Savannakhet provincial standing committee revealed the details in a report presented at a recent meeting to mark the 16th International Anti-Corruption Day (officially observed on December 9).
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Biodiversity conference promotes sustainable forest use
The 3rd Scientific Biodiversity Conference at the Faculty of Forest Science from December 25-27 presented research papers and the results of management efforts to protect forests and conserve fauna and flora species around the country.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Malaysia Scheduled Over 100 Events To Promote Visit Malaysia 2020
More than 100 events have been lined up for next year’s celebrations to showcase Malaysia’s diverse culture and traditions for Visit Malaysia 2020.

Ministry mulls more colleges for institute status
The Ministry of Education and Sports has plans to upgrade four more private colleges in Vientiane to institutes so they can resume bachelor degree courses, but they need to do more work to attain this status.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Storm batters Luang Namtha
Electricity poles and cables, houses, other buildings and some farmland suffered varying degrees of damage when a squall passed through Sing district in Luang Namtha province on December 28.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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