Lao morning news for June 17

Lao morning news for June 17

Lao PDR morning news

Lao Shoppers Hard Hit by Doubled Prices of Essential Foods
Prices for essential foods have recently surged in village markets in Laos despite growing levels of unemployment due to business closings to prevent the spread of coronavirus, sources in the one-party communist state say.

3,449 people being isolated over Covid-19 concerns in Laos
The Laos National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 (coronavirus) Prevention and Control on Tuesday (June 16) announced it has been monitoring 3,449 people across the country.
— The Star

Lao Villager Held in Detention Three Months After Land Protest in Vientiane
Authorities in the Lao capital of Vientiane are holding a young villager detained three months ago during a land dispute in Saysettha district’s Xiengda village, depriving him of adequate food and forbidding family members from seeing him, Lao sources say.

Cannabis Grower Faces $6.1M Claim In Laos Over Broken Deal
A Laotian agriculture company has filed a $6.1 million arbitration against a subsidiary of Australian cannabis company Cann Global Ltd. after the country’s borders closed in the face of the coronavirus, leading the cannabis grower to back out of a joint CBD hemp project.
— Law 360

PM Modi exchanges views on challenges posed by COVID-19 with Laos counterpart
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday spoke on phone with Prime Minister of Laos People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith.
— News on Air

Flood and drought remain key challenges for the Mekong: Report
Extreme low flows and extensive flooding of different communities along the Mekong River in 2019 and an increasing number of droughts that have occurred in many parts of the region in recent years are among the signs that the Mekong region is facing increasing risk from extreme weather events and developments, says a new report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

Japan to assist Laos in upgrading Wattay International Airport
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Laos’ Department of Civil Aviation have reached an agreement on improving the Wattay International Airport, including the terminal and runway.
— The Star

COVID-19 has impacted the way families eat, especially during the lockdown period. The development of a strong immune system in children is crucial in order to fend off health risks.

Social security organisation offers financial relief to staff laid off during pandemic
Employers can register with the Lao Social Security Organisation (LSS) to request financial assistance for temporarily unemployed staff or those who lost workdays due to social distancing measures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

LXML Sepon supports Government in combating COVID-19
This month, Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) Sepon Mine handed over US$100,000 to the government – US$50,000 to the Ministry of Planning and Investment and US$50,000 to the Ministry of Health – to support efforts in tackling COVID-19 and in reviving the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vientiane residents to access sustainable waste management system
Laos and international partners are uniting to develop the nation’s capital into a city where all citizens have access to adequate waste collection services, under the concept ‘Clean, Green, and Livable Vientiane’.
— Vientiane Times

Experts warn of increased nutritional deficiency due to Covid-19
Stunting levels in Laos remain a public health concern even without a lockdown, but the recent restrictions on movement and difficulties in obtaining food during the Covid-19 outbreak have exacerbated the situation, nutrition experts say.
— Vientiane Times

Stakeholders to tackle environmental issues at tourism sites
Stakeholders in southern Laos will step up to tackle environmental issues at tourism sites as part of efforts to promote environmental responsibility.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Central bank’s women’s union promotes social issues
The women’s union of the Bank of the Lao PDR has promoted the rights of women and children, gender issues, blood donation drives and issues of disadvantaged people over the past five years.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vientiane police cracking down on motorcycle street racers
Local police are determined to put a stop to groups of young motorcycle street racers speeding recklessly along the city’s roads at night endangering other road users and disturbing residents.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo FNML -Southern Laos Food & Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on Sustainable Gastronomy Day, June 18.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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