Lao morning news for January 13

Lao morning news for January 13

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‘The colour is blue’: Strange changes to Mekong River as hydropower dams and climate change make their mark
LUANG PRABANG, Laos: Before dawn, monks walk the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms. The Mekong gently meanders in the darkness. The river is a peaceful but powerful force here.

Lao Villagers Displaced by Dams Struggle to Survive in Resettlement Sites
Hundreds of Lao families displaced by Chinese-backed dam projects and now living in resettlement villages are facing hardships due to poor housing and a lack of work, with many still waiting for compensation promised for fields and orchards lost when they were forced to move, sources say.
— RFA 

The end for Lao’s elephants?
The elephant is a cultural symbol in Lao probably due to the fact that at one period in time, the country was known to have a large number of these mighty mammals roaming its lands free. So much so that before it was ever known as Lao, people used to call parts of the country Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants.
— The Asean Post 

Vientiane hydroponic farm hopes to sell onions to Japan
The farm owner discussed this possibility with a Japanese buyer in November. Following the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the company visited the farm to discuss the finer points.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

ADB unveils new financial support for Laos
According to the ADB Country Operations Business Plan for 2020-2022, the Manila-based international financial institution has indicative concessional loans of US$322 million available for Laos to finance development projects from now until 2022.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

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Japan to Help Laos with Fiscal Stability
Japan has submitted proposals to Laos on how to improve its fiscal stability as the country faces debt problems due to heavy borrowing from China.
— The Laotian Times

Laos: 600 people to receive training in China for railway operation
As many as 600 people will be selected to undergo training in China in preparation for operation of the Laos-China railway, which is scheduled to commence service in December 2021, the rail operator has announced.
— The Japan News  

Laos to Upgrade Pangmon Border Crossing in Xayaboury
Laos is set to upgrade the Pangmon border crossing that links the country to Thailand, in a move to attract more tourists and facilitate the transport of goods.
— The Laotian Times

Uxoricide, Eye Heroes, Singing Students, and Burning Vans – This Week In Social Media
It’s that time again when the Laotian Times brings our readers a round-up of some of the most shared social media topics this past week, based on reach and engagement on Facebook.
— The Laotian Times 

Laos Clarifies Business Requirements for Vehicle Industry
Laos has promulgated a new prime ministerial decree clarifying the import and export of vehicles, dealerships, and assembly plants as different types of business.
— The Laotian Times 

PM encourages Chinese firms to invest in Laos
The meeting took place in Beijing on January 7. The event was held in cooperation with the Lao embassy to China and the Asean-China commerce chamber, according to a report from the Lao edition of Chinese Radio International (CRI).
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Vientiane named among cheapest cities for backpackers
Hanoi, the capital of neighbouring Vietnam, tops the list of 31 destinations listed on the company’s guide titled ‘Backpacker Index – the Cheapest Cities to Visit in Asia’.
— ANN/Vientiane Times


Feature photo ClimateLinks/ isabelmccan 

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on renewable energy use throughout Asean.


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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