Lao morning news for November 8

Lao morning news for November 8
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Deadly Swine Virus in Southwest China Scares Asian Neighbors
The fast-spreading virus was found in a “backyard” operation last week in Guanfang village, within about 200 kilometers (124 miles) of China’s border with Myanmar and Laos and near Thailand.
— Bloomberg

How Laos plans to educate its young leaders
With a median age of 22, this young, vibrant generation will one day be the civil servants and business leaders of Laos.
— GovInsider

Russian Army Engineers Defuse Over 100 Cluster Munitions In Laos – Defense Ministry
Russian mine clearance specialists have defused over 100 cluster munitions in Laos, which remained on the country’s territory since the US bombardments of 1964-1973, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
— Urdupoint

Laos plans return to baht bonds
SINGAPORE, Nov 7 (IFR) – The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, rated BBB+ by Tris, is returning to the baht bond market with plans to raise up to Bt7bn (US$215.3m) this month.
— Nasdaq

Vientiane State Bus Doubles Bus Fares
The Vientiane State Bus Enterprise (VSBE) has doubled bus fares for students commuting on Thangon, Dongdok and Phontong-Dongdok routes.
— Lao News Agency

Rights Group Demands Transparency in Case Against 10 Lao Villagers Jailed Over Land Dispute
A civil society organization (CSO) in Laos has called on the government to proceed with its case against ten villagers jailed for more than a year over a land dispute in a transparent manner and demanded an update on their health conditions in prison.
— Radio Free Asia

Japan Festival In Savannakhet Fascinates Attendees
The 2nd Japan Festival in Savannakhet Province was organised by the Japanese Language Department of Savannakhet University in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Laos Office, the Laos-Japan Institute and the Embassy of Japan, on Nov 4, 2018, at the university.
— Lao News Agency

Chinese films screened across Laos for cultural exchanges
The second Laos-China Film Festival with open-air movies being screened across Laos has expanded cultural exchange, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Lao Consul General Attends China-South Asia Expo
Lao Consul General in Kunming Mr Khamphone Vongsanty on 6 November delivered a keynote speech at the promotional seminar themed “Everlasting China-South Asia Expo” held in coincidence with the China Kunming Import and Export Fair in Shanghai, PR of China.
— Lao News Agency

Turkey Inaugurates Embassy In Laos
“Through this embassy, this mission, we serve for the interest of both countries Laos and Turkey,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the opening ceremony in the southeast Asian country.
— Urdupoint

Dozens Of Officials Trained On English, Communication Skills
The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has funded a three-week training course on “Intermediate English Language and Communication Skills” for 39 Lao government officials.
— Lao News Agency

Laos-Korea training centre opens to spur rural development
The Laos-Korea Rural Development Training Centre in Xaythany district, Vientiane, officially opened on Tuesday with the intention of boosting the capacity of people working in the agriculture, forestry and rural development sector.
— Vientiane Times

Mekong Journalists Attend Media Programme In Japan
Journalists from five Mekong countries namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam have attended a media programme funded by the Japanese government in Tokyo, Japan.
— Lao News Agency

Committee promises prompt delivery of agriculture census results
The committee in charge has postponed the third nationwide agriculture survey, known as the Laos Census Agriculture 3 (LCA3), but has promised that the results of the survey will be made known before the Ninth National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) is drawn up.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Airlines Launches Direct Flight: Luang Prabang-Shangsha
Laos and China are gearing up to promote and enhance cooperation on trade, investment, tourism, politics, education, culture and services in line with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
— Lao News Agency

Neighbouring nations to launch Visit Laos-China Year 2019
Laos and China have agreed to launch Visit Laos-China Year 2019 to boost tourist arrivals between the two neighbours, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.
— Vientiane Times

Mekong-Lancang Cooperation: China Welcomes MRC’s Call For Closer Tie
China has welcomed the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) call for a closer cooperation between the Lancang Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center (LMWRCC) and MRC, says the MRC Secretariat’s top official.
— Lao News Agency

Meeting reviews progress towards good governance
Line ministries and development partners yesterday highlighted work plan progress and challenges in governance at the annual review meeting of the Governance Sector Working Group.
— Vientiane Times

Laos Confirms Cuban President’s Visit
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos confirmed on Wednesday that the president of the Councils of State and of Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, will pay an official visit to the country on November 10 and 11.
— Prensa Latina

Chinese films screened across Laos for cultural exchanges
The Chinese embassy to Laos in cooperation with the Lao Department of Cinema under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and China Radio International in Laos (CRI Laos) jointly opened the second Laos-China Film Festival Tour in Lao capital Vientiane on last Friday.


Feature photo Handicap International/ © Sara Goldberg

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, November 6.


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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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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