Lao morning news for February 26

Lao morning news for February 26
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Lao PDR morning newsStorm demolishes 30 houses in Huaphan
Some 30 houses in Xiengkhor district, Huaphan province, were damaged by a storm that lashed the area last week, bringing thunder, rain, hail and strong winds.
— Vientiane Times

Laos, Thailand review progress in worker legalisation
Lao and Thai labour authorities met in Bangkok, Thailand, last week to review the results of ongoing operations on labour cooperation.

Laos seeking sweeter deal on sugar exports to China
Laos is seeking to significantly increase sugar exports to the Chinese market this year to 100,000 tonnes, up from 55,000 tonnes in 2018.

Big fines encourage road tax payment, official says
Large fines meted out by authorities on slow paying vehicle owners are forcing more to pay their road tax on time and helping to fill the government’s coffers, according to a Taxation Department official.
— Vientiane Times

Laos, Vietnam seek funding for Vientiane-Vung Ang railway
The governments of Laos and Vietnam have vowed to seek financing to build a railway connecting Vientiane with the Vung Ang seaport in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province.
— Vientiane Times

Key Recommendations Made For Pak Lay Project Risk Management
A summary of recommendations and suggestions of proposed impact mitigation and risk management measures and a final draft technical review report (TRR) of the Lao PDR’s proposed Pak Lay hydropower project were among the key topics that the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) deliberated on Feb 22 in Vientiane during its third and last meeting.

Lao worker found dead in Chon Buri room after two-day absence from work
The bloated body of a Lao worker was found in his rented room on Monday after he had failed to turn up for work for two days, police said.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Elephant festival draws jumbo crowd
Xayaboury is once again hosting its annual Elephant Festival with 70 elephants and their mahouts taking part this year and entertaining the crowds with a wide range of activites.
— Vientiane Times

The Cost of Building More Dams in LAOS
THE DEBATE over Laos’ strategy to become the “Battery of Asia” continues months after the deadly disaster at the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam, even as the Lao government keeps building more dams.
— Power Insider

Officials wipe out opium poppy crops in Luang Namtha, Xieng Khuang
Luang Namtha authorities recently destroyed 17 hectares of opium poppies growing in eight villages of Long district in the far northern province.

Laos needs regional cooperation to realise its land-bridge dream
A UN official in charge of helping landlocked nations around the world to fulfil their development potential has asked Thailand to play a greater role in assisting Laos to become a regional land link.
— Vientiane Times

Senior Officials Pay Courtesy Calls To Vietnamese President
Senior officials paid a courtesy call to visiting Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong on Feb 25 as the latter in on a two-day goodwill visit to the Lao PDR.

FEATURE: Savannakhet museum showcases Laos-Vietnam wartime ties
Despite the passing of many years, today’s Laos is the product of a fascinating history which continues to enthrall its citizens and visitors.

Pullman Luang Prabang Elevates MICE Sector in Northern Laos
The fresh mountain air and spectacular scenery of Northern Laos never fail to inspire the imagination and stimulate the senses. For meeting planners, this invigorating ambience is ideal for out-of-town events, team bonding sessions and corporate retreats with a twist.
— Travel Trade Daily

Brand-new Japanese Films Screened In Vientiane
The Japan Foundation started its 3rd edition of Japanese Film Festival on Feb 23, 2019 presenting nine brand-new Japanese films commercially released in Japan in the past one year or so.

Kah Ming-Juan Shen celebrate their ‘independence’ in Laos
Chooi Kah Ming-Low Juan Shen nailed their third career title – their first as an independent pair – after winning the Laos International Series in Vientiane.
— The Star Online


Feature photo Kirkens Nødhjelp

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges Zero Discrimination Day, March 1.


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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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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