Lao Morning News For May 5

Lao Morning News For May 5
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China steps in to help control locust plague
The locust invasion in the north has reached plague proportions and despite a chemical spraying campaign their numbers are continuing to grow in Huaphan, LuangPrabang, Oudomxay, Phongsaly and XiengKhuang provinces.
Vientiane Times

Govt borrows more money to address deficit
The government needs 2,420 billion kip to respond to budget expenditure that occurred in the first quarter of this year (January to March), a government leader has said.
Vientiane Times

Over 2,100 Tourist Sites Magnetise Tourists to Laos
More than 2,100 tourist sites in Laos attracted a large number of both domestic and foreign tourists last year, according to a 2015-2016 report made by the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Lao News Agency

Japan Donates Equipment to Improve Disaster Alert Systems
The Japanese government has donated meteorology and hydrology equipment to the Lao Weather Forecast Centre for improving the capacity of the disaster alert systems for weather forecasts and water level to give ample warning to the general public.
Lao News Agency

Government Encourages Contraception Among Adolescents
In an effort to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates, Laos will focus on reducing the unmet need for contraception to 13 percent, and increase the contraceptive prevalence rate from 42 to 65 percent by the year 2020.
The Laotian Times

PM to Slash Civil Servant Stipends, Shifts Focus to Rural Volunteers
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has stated that ‘benefits’ should no longer be given to those working in public administration, but insists that such support go to volunteers working for the government in remote and rural areas instead.
The Laotian Times

China hands over materials to combat locusts in Laos
The second batch of materials sponsored by China for Laos to combat locust plague has been handed over to the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) on Thursday in Lao capital Vientiane.
Global Times

VN projects booming in Lao province
OVER 20 investment projects worth millions of US dollars have been proposed to Khammuan provincial authorities by Vietnamese entrepreneurs, pending official approval.
The Nation

Dry season rice yield falling short of target
Less rice was planted this dry season with the government reducing the target from last year, largely due to the lack of irrigation.
Vientiane Times

Grants from overseas plummet, govt tells parliament
Grants provided to Laos by foreign countries in the first quarter of 2017 dropped by more than half compared to the same period last fiscal year, the government has told parliament.
Vientiane Times

New Law on Performing Arts Expected to Be Approved
A new draft Law on Performing Arts was presented at the ongoing 3rd Ordinary Session of the National Assembly on May 4 by the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Bosengkham Vongdara, and is expected to be approved this session.
Lao News Agency

Vang Vieng Photo Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the 2017 Stunning Vang Vieng photo contest comprising four categories of tourism, nature and landscapes, local life, and local people have been announced.
Lao News Agency

Laos Dam Poses Environmental Dangers to Lower Mekong Basin
Plans for the newest hydropower dam on the Mekong River will need dramatically improved environmental safeguards in order to minimize damage to fish and other wildlife in the river basin, researchers say.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Laos; a Key Part in the Grand Scheme of Things
The “One Belt, One Road” initiative is a crucial part of China’s development strategy to deepen economic cooperation with countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.
The Laotian Times

Apple of Her Eye: Nothing Like The Real Thing
The manager of Laos’ only official Apple Authorised Reseller store says there’s nothing like the real thing.
The Laotian Times

Lao Officials Not Doing Enough to Enforce Land Concession Regulations
Unlawful land concessions in Laos are increasingly forcing villagers to abandon their livelihoods and move far away from their homes to find alternative employment—a sign that government officials are not enforcing regulations meant to mitigate the adverse impact of involuntary land acquisitions, a legal expert on land issues and a villager said.
Radio Free Asia

‘Belt and Road’ rock video from Laos goes viral in China
An unusual music video extolling the benefits of China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been released by a singer from Laos and has quickly grown in popularity on Chinese social media.


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