Lao morning news for July 22

Lao morning news for July 22

Lao PDR morning newsMekong River drops to lowest level in a century around Thai, Lao, Myanmar border
Water levels in the Mekong River are now at the lowest point in a century as of July 19, lower than a record set in April 1973.
— The Thaiger

Laos Moves to Register Private Online News Sites in a Bid to Control ‘Fake News’
Government authorities in Laos have ordered the administrators of news outlets carried on Facebook and other social media platforms to register their accounts or face jail time and fines, sources in the communist Southeast Asian country say.

Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy: The search for accountability one year after the Laos dam collapse
On July 23, 2018, an auxiliary dam of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Hydropower Project in Laos collapsed, unleashing a rushing wall of water that killed dozens of people and flooded thousands of homes and family farms.
— FCCT (media release)

Methodist humanitarian group provides 4 billion kip for UXO clearance
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in the United States has provided over 4 billion kip (US$500,000) for MAG’s UXO operations in Khammuan province.
— Vientiane Times

Booming regional meth industry – Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos
A UN Office of Drugs and Crime report released last week states that the methamphetamine trade is now worth between US$30-61 billion per year in East and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
— The Thaiger

Medical staff bone up on rapid diagnostic tests to battle dengue
Medical personnel from provincial hospitals and pharmaceutical company representatives gathered in Vientiane on Friday for a workshop on the use of rapid diagnostic tests for diseases such as dengue fever amidst the current outbreak.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao ministry to regulate petrol stations
The authorities will no longer approve the construction of fuel depots and petrol stations close to communities, key government offices, temples, rivers or television and radio stations, according to a new ministerial decision.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Asean meeting seeks to boost young people’s role in development
Asean Youth Ministers discussed development strategies in enhancing young people’s role in sustainable development and regional integration during a meeting in Vientiane last week.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Thai PM has “grave concerns”, orders army to be on standby over drought in north
Acknowledging the severity of the potential crisis looking over northern and north-eastern provinces, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is instructing the armed forces to provide help to areas affected by drought, a situation which may be made worse by the test run of the new Xayaburi dam on the Laos section of the Mekong River.
— The Thaiger

Govt to introduce vocational courses at secondary schools
Vocational programmes will soon become part of the curriculum at formal education schools across the country as part of the government’s policy to produce more skilled workers to meet development needs.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Don’t abuse power for personal gain, govt warns
The government has warned civil servants not to abuse their positions of power for personal gain or to benefit their relatives and others close to them, or they will face disciplinary action.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Aquatic life faces extinction as upstream dams leave Mekong River dry
The Mekong River’s extremely low level of water caused by upstream hydropower dam projects has triggered the death of masses of fish and heightened the risk of mass extinction of aquatic life in the entire Mekong River Basin, environmental experts highlighted on Friday.
— The Nation Thailand

Dongkhamxang finance institute breaks ground on third phase
Dongkhamxang Institute of Economics and Finance has begun construction of their third phase as part of efforts to develop the institute into a leading educational facility for the finance sector.
— Vientiane Times

Man dies after climbing electricity pylon, causes widespread blackout
Many areas of central Vientiane were struck by a power cut on Thursday night after a man climbed up a 115kv electricity pylon and was killed.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


Feature photo Kenneth Nealey

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on air quality throughout Asean.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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