Lao morning news for March 8

Lao morning news for March 8

Lao PDR morning newsJapan grants 1.9 billion kip for natural resource management in Savannakhet
The government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth more than 1.9 billion kip (US$223,114) to support a project dedicated to agricultural and natural resource management in Savannakhet province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Russian Military To Complete Mine Clearance Tasks In Laos On March 15 – Defense Ministry
Russian mine clearance specialists are set to complete their demining tasks in Laos on March 15 and hand over all equipment and personal protective gear to their Lao partners, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
— UrduPoint

Key priorities agreed for Cambodia-Lao PDR joint transboundary project
Officials from National Mekong Committees and line agencies of Cambodia and Lao PDR last week agreed on joint actions of key priorities for a joint project on cross-border water resource development and management between Cambodia (Stung Treng) and Lao PDR (Champasak).

Lao investor backs multi-million dollar project in Thakhaek SEZ
Jo Bounmy Group, a leading business conglomerate in Laos, has approved additional capital of US$500 million to build a trade and warehouse complex at the Thakhaek Specific Economic Zone (TSEZ) in Khammuan province.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Deputy minister highlights Laos’ tourism growth, global cooperation on international stage
Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Lao PDR, Mr Savankhone Razmountry, was invited to attend the Asean Chambers of Commerce and Industry Business Meet-2019 organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) on February 25-27 at The Lalit Ashok in Bengaluru, India.
— Vientiane Times

Japan lends support to flood recovery effort
The government of Japan will provide 850 million yen (about US$7.6 million) for Laos in support of activities to help communities around the country that were hit by floods last year.
— Vientiane Times

Three Lao Workers Killed in Landslide While Diverting Water to Dam
Three Lao workers trapped last week by a landslide while digging a passage to divert creek water to a nearby dam were found dead this week, with a fourth worker badly hurt, sources in the country say.
— Radio Free Asia

Lao women are weaving for their future
In the olden days, women across Lao inherited their weaving skills from their mothers, mostly for their own use.
— The Asean Post

New goals set for maternal and child health care
Representatives of development partners, line departments of the Ministry of Health and target provinces met yesterday in Vientiane to finalise plans for maternal and child health care for this year and next.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Singapore NGO to support child education project
A Singapore non-governmental organisation (NGO), Radion International, will support child protection and development in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Vietnam’s fight against drug cartels on Laos border
At dawn on June 28, 2018, two men with a backpack trek through a forest near the Vietnam-Laos border in Nghe An Province.
— VN Express International

Govt beefs up revenue collection
The cabinet has instructed the Ministry of Finance and other state agencies to collect at least 20 percent of total revenue targeted for 2019 by the end of this month.
— Vientiane Times

Act Green for Greener Mekong River As Efforts Rewarded via Social Media
The Mekong River is a source of water for millions, the world’s most productive freshwater fishery, and a lifeline shared by people of five nations.
— The Laotian Times

City halts land transactions around National University
Vientiane authorities have frozen land sales and transfers in Dongdok village and surrounding areas after the National University of Laos filed a claim stating that it had the legal right to own and regulate the area.
— Vientiane Times

Laos: EU must demand government address key issues during human rights dialogue
The European Union (EU) must demand the Lao government release detained government critics, investigate all cases of enforced disappearances, and provide adequate compensation to victims of land confiscation and survivors of a recent dam disaster, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today.

National Puppet Theatre helps mark Borikhamxay’s 35th anniversary
The National Puppet Theatre Troupe showcased their puppetry skills in a fitting fun-filled family show on Wednesday to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Borikhamxay province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

FEATURE: Australia empowers women and girls through sport
This International Women’s Day, the Australian Embassy in Laos is highlighting the role of sport in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment by hosting a panel discussion with representatives of the Australian National U16s Women’s Football Team “the Junior Matildas” and the Lao Football Federation in Vientiane.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Two Lao citizens arrested for trafficking drugs into Vietnam
Two Lao citizens were arrested on March 6 when they were en route to illegally transport drugs into Vietnam.
— VietnamPlus

Women’s Union reinforces message about ending violence against females
Village authorities will spread the word about the need to eliminate violence against women, hoping to change attitudes and put a stop to the abuse of women and girls.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

PM to visit Hungary, Germany to cement ties
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will lead a high-level Lao delegation to visit Hungary and Germany from March 9-14 to enhance the long-standing friendly relations and cooperation between Laos and Hungary and between Laos and Germany.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Podcast aims to heal Lao community through conversation
As a self-described politicized healing practitioner, educator, filmmaker and storyteller, Phetmixay aims to create a space for the Lao diaspora to heal through her new podcast, “Healing Out Lao’d.”
— Little Laos


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