Lao morning news for May 31

Lao morning news for May 31

Lao PDR morning newsEndangered: Thai dissident band calls on musicians worldwide to help #SaveFaiyen (video)
In February this year Australian football player Hakeem al-Araibi reached out to, and gained support from football players, sporting bodies, and fans globally over his detention in Thailand. Now a dissident Thai band in exile is calling for musicians and performing artists globally to help them stay alive by tweeting #SaveFaiyen.
— AEC News Today

China, Laos to hold first joint anti-terrorism drill
The Southern Theater Command of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the border defense forces of Lao People’s Army will hold the first joint anti-terrorism drill between the two armies in June, the Ministry of National Defense announced Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

Exiled in Laos, Thai activist band Faiyen live in fear for their lives since 2014 military coup
They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives.
— South China Morning Post

Japan to support Laos in human resource development
The government of Japan has agreed to help Laos develop high quality human resources responsible for strengthening administrative capacity and establishing institutions, including improving the capacity of government officials, according to the website of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
— Vientiane Times

Experts Agree With IEP Report: PNPC Dam Collapsed Due to Faulty Construction
Several outside experts and the Lao government say a South Korean construction firm is shirking liability for poorly building the hydropower dam that collapsed last year, causing a disaster that has been described as the country’s worst flooding in decades.
— Radio Free Asia

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FAO project gives boost to livestock management
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Laos and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have jointly reviewed the progress of a project titled ‘Evidence-Based Risk Management Along the Livestock Production and Market Chain’, in Luang Prabang province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Regional experts debate ways to assist victims of human trafficking
Experts from Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand met in Vientiane on Wednesday to share their ideas and experiences around human trafficking in a bid to identify better ways to help the victims of this crime.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Private Sector Hopes For Easier Business Operation Through Int’l Evaluation
The private sector in Laos is optimistic that trade and investment will be made easier by the public sector following the application of international evaluation standards.
— J&C

Tourism skills project gets good marks at mid-term review
Government officials and development partners met at a debriefing workshop in Vientiane last week for the mid-term review of the Skills for Tourism Project, to assess the results of the project.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

ASEAN Cultural Year 2019 Launched In Vientiane
Animation film “Ramavatar: Murals Brought to Life” was screened at the National Cultural Hall in Vientiane, on May 29 marking the launch of ASEAN Cultural Year 2019 in Laos.

PM calls for joint effort to protect, develop children
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called on all sectors of society to join together to protect, encourage and help children to develop so that they grow up to become productive citizens.
— Vientiane Times

Student job seekers explore opportunities at university fair
Tertiary students and graduates from across the country are making the most of opportunities being offered at a national job fair taking place in Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times

Young people take centre stage in shaping national youth policy
The Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union, the UNFPA Representative to Laos and representatives of adolescent girls in Savannakhet province met recently to brainstorm the draft of a national policy on youth and adolescents.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

FEATURE: Lao reporters get fresh ideas to brighten up news delivery
Two workshops took place at the Institute of Mass Media, Culture and Tourism in Vientiane recently to teach innovative reporting methods to media personnel from around the country.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times


Feature photo Unicef

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Children’s Day, June 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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