Lao morning news for March 27

Lao morning news for March 27

Lao PDR morning newsLittle Laos struggles to swallow Chinese debt
Fifty years ago, the little town of Luang Prabang in Laos threw its hat in with the United States, allowing a “secret war” to be waged against Vietnamese communism from its airfield.
— UCA News

Japanese grant assistance targets community infrastructure projects
The Japanese government has committed grant assistance worth US$348,227 for four infrastructure projects including the construction of bridges and a water supply system in target provinces.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Inspection Reveals 1,002 Cases of Corruption in 2018
Laos’ Ministry of Public Works and Transport has informed state inspectors at their annual meeting that its investigation unit found that hundreds of its employees engaged in corruption in 2018.
— Radio Free Asia

Overvalued project costs more than double standard price: minister
Many state infrastructure development projects were found to be hugely overvalued with some priced at more than double the standard unit price, a minister has said.
— Vientiane Times

Facility for Homeless, Addicts in Laos Faces Budget Crunch
A facility for the homeless, mentally ill and drug addicts in the Lao capital Vientiane is facing budget shortfalls and has resorted to fundraising in order to continue operations.
— Radio Free Asia

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Health minister urges policy incentive for new medical graduates
Laos needs a specific policy to promote job opportunities for outstanding medical graduates, Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong advised sector experts recently.
— Vientiane Times

LXML to continue UXO clearance in Laos
Cooperation between Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) and the Military Engineering Department of the Ministry of National Defence to remove and dispose of UXO in the Sepon mine affected area will continue after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed recently in Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry to tackle deficiencies in public works, transport
Effective road construction and repairs, land transport management, planning and strict financial discipline, the country’s regional and global integration and connectivity, and devolution in the sector are issues to be addressed this year.
— Vientiane Times

Planting the seeds of sustainability in Khammoune
The floods that devastated much of Lao PDR in 2018 affected countless farmers in Xebangfai District of Khammoune Province.
— United Nations in Lao PDR

Top North Korean diplomat leading delegation to Laos this week: KCNA
Top North Korean diplomat Ri Su Yong left Pyongyang on Tuesday to lead a delegation of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) to Laos, state-run outlet the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
— NK News

Savannakhet disciplines 40 provincial officials
The provincial Party and State Inspection Committee of Savannakhet has disciplined 40 officials with details reported at their provincial inspection meeting last week.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

20 Post Graduates Return To Laos From Japan
Twenty Lao fellows have successfully completed their 2-year Master course in Japanese Universities under the project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) and returned to the Lao PDR from July to October 2018.

Viengxay district to meet Asean Clean Tourist City Standards
Viengxay district in Huaphan province will be adhering to Asean Clean Tourist City Standards (ACTCS) by 2021. Huaphan provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department Official, Mr Phouvan Phetmixay told Vientiane Times yesterday that there is an .. More >>>
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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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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