Lao morning news for September 20

Lao morning news for September 20
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Lao PDR morning newsTaxes, fees temporarily cut in govt’s flood recovery plan
The government has agreed to cut various taxes and fees in flood-stricken areas in order to promote greater production during the coming dry-season to compensate damage by this year’s devastating floods.
— Vientiane Times

Expanded Airport to Revitalize Laos Tourism and Attract Chinese Travelers
Laos’ primary international airport, in the capital of Vientiane, has just doubled the size of its international terminal in an effort to become less reliant on overland tourists from neighboring countries.
— Jing Travel

Thai firm signs 3-hotel deal in Laos
Centara, a Thai hospitality group led by Suthikiati Chirathivat, board chairman (fourth from the right), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Asia Investment, Development and Construction Co Ltd (AIDC), an investment and construction company in Laos.
— The Nation

Environmental services enhanced with ADB assistance
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of US$48 million to help improve urban environmental services and enhance economic connectivity in Pakxan district of Borikhamxay province and Thakhaek district of Khammuan province in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Sanamxay flood, saddle dam collapse investigation transparency promised: DPM
The government has promised to handle the investigation of the cause of the collapse of the auxiliary dam of Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Hydropower project transparently and openly with assistance and participation of multilateral parties of industry specialists, the nation’s Deputy PM has confirmed.
— Vientiane Times

Finance Ministry Asked To Consider Land Tax Suspension For Flood-Hit Areas
The second ordinary meeting between the cabinet and provincial governors for 2018 has asked sectors and local authorities to create favourable conditions for the dry season production to compensate for the damages caused by disasters.
— Lao News Agency

AFD, FFEM, WCS Support Conservation Of Biodiversity In Indo-Burma Hotspot
The Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have signed a financing agreement to support 4-year conservation activities centered in six high biodiversity landscapes in Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia which house 14 protected areas.
— Lao News Agency

The Thai Red Cross Society Supports Lao Red Cross’s Operation in Assisting the Victims of Hydroelectric Dam Collapse
Part of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in Champasak and Attapeu Provinces, Southeastern Laos, the subsidiary dam under construction collapsed on 23 July 2018.
— ReliefWeb

Workshop held for Lao hydropower plant
The Mekong River Commission organised a consultation workshop in HCM City yesterday for the Pak Lay hydropower project proposed on the Mekong’s mainstream in Xayaburi Province in north-western Laos.
— Vietnamnet Bridge

Immigration Department busts prostitution ring involving foreigners
The Immigration Department busted prostitution network involving foreigners at three hotels around Dataran Mentari, Petaling Jaya and Jalan Puchong on Tuesday night.
— New Straits Times


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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