Lao morning news for July 15

Lao morning news for July 15
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Lao PDR morning newsNearly 500 Families to be Displaced This Month for Laos’ Fifth Mekong River Dam
A new Mekong river dam in Laos’ Luang Prabang province will displace up to 465 families this month, the latest in the continuing trend of hydropower projects forcing villagers to relocate all over the country.

Nation’s fish stocks get huge boost on Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Conservation Day
Around 50 million fish fingerlings will be released into rivers and lakes across the country to sustain and replenish fish stocks and maintain the equilibrium of ecosystems.
— Vientiane Times

Thailand, Laos cooperate in aircraft search and rescue
Thailand and Laos on July 13 signed a bilateral agreement on aircraft search and rescue cooperation under the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Convention on International Civil Aviation.
— Vietnamplus

Can the China–Laos railway keep on track?
In the long run, the line through Laos will have to connect with the Nong Khai–Bangkok line in Thailand to make economic sense. But this could prove a challenge.
— Thailand Business News

Thousands of hectares of sweetcorn damaged by caterpillars in Xayaboury
A massive caterpillar infestation has affected more than 15,000 hectares of sweetcorn in Xayaboury province, one of the country’s main sweetcorn growing areas.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt inks search and rescue deal with Laos
Thailand and neighbouring Laos on Saturday signed a bilateral agreement on aircraft search and rescue cooperation under the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Convention on International Civil Aviation.
— Bangkok Post

Laos still reliant on imported plant supplies
Local farmers and plant nurseries in Vientiane are still dependent upon imported saplings from neighbouring countries, especially Thailand, according to the owner of a local nursery.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Anti-drug trafficking efforts highlighted on control group’s bridge visit
Members of the Illicit Drug Control Sector Working Group (IDSWG) visited the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane last week to better understand the role of Lao Customs and Immigration officials in the fight against drug trafficking.
— Vientiane Times

Ministry staff learn about rapid detection of avian influenza
Government officials and international organisations met in Luang Prabang province last week for a simulation exercise on standard operating procedures in response to novel avian influenza detection.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Road accident toll soars in first six months of 2019
The number of road accidents recorded from January to June rose from 3,175 last year to 3,554 this year, while fatalities in the same period increased from 568 to 612.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Tourism, hospitality teachers get lessons in restaurant operations
The practical four-week training programme this year provided 32 tourism and hospitality teachers from 17 vocational schools and colleges with intensive skills development training in restaurant operations.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

WhatsApp the Most Popular Mobile App in Laos
WhatsApp is the most popular mobile application in Laos, according to a report by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra).
— The Laotian Times

Entertainment venues warned to comply with regulations
Authorities have warned entertainment venues in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane, to abide by the regulations after learning that some places were violating the rules.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Bank lending slows amid economic downturn
The injection of bank credit into the economy continues to slow despite government measures to improve the investment climate for the private sector.
— Vientiane Times

Embassy joins celebration of late Lao leader’s birthday
A delegation from the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos led by Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung joined the celebration of the 110th birthday of the host country’s late President Suphanouvong held in Vientiane on July 12.
— Nhan Dan

Chinese coaches to train Laos’ beach volleyball teams
Chinese coaches from the Federation Internationale of Volleyball (FIVB) will assist with training Laos men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams in the country’s capital Vientiane in August.
— Xinhua

OPINION: Say no to drunk driving, avoid mishaps
The recent directive by the Vientiane Mayor to fine drivers who drink and drive has become a talking point throughout the country, with many people brainstorming ways to reduce and prevent accidents.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on Asalha Puja, July 16.

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).

Lao morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Lao PDR news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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