Lao morning news for March 23

Lao morning news for March 23

Lao PDR morning news

Laos Enters De Facto Lockdown Amid Global Coronavirus Outbreak
Laos is poised to enter a de facto lockdown as borders, entry and exit points begin to close across the country, with Lao citizens prohibited from leaving.
— The Laotian TImes

Thai-Lao bridge in Nakhon Phanom to close from Sunday night
The 3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong river linking this northeastern Thai province with Khammouane province in Laos will be closed from 10pm on Sunday as a precaution against Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Laos to Punish Opportunists who Stockpile Goods under New Covid-19 Measures
Laos is to take “strict action” against any opportunist who withholds or stockpiles goods, especially basic necessities, in an effort to tackle social disturbances during the global Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Laotian TImes

Authorities urge Lao workers abroad to return via int’l checkpoints
The government has called on all Lao workers in foreign countries returning home to enter through official international checkpoints to ensure they are scanned for COVID-19.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

No Covid-19 infection cases in Laos, says FM
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith told foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations that there is no Covid-19 infection case in the Lao PDR.

Additional measures taken to prevent Covid-19 outbreak
The Lao PDR has suspended issuing visa on arrival for all nationals and E-visa as well as tourist visas at Lao diplomatic missions located overseas.

Stimulus package adopted to minimise virus economic impact
The government has adopted in principle an economic stimulus package to minimise the impact caused by the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Vientiane Times

Information ministry appoints new deputy minister
Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism held a ceremony on Friday to announce the new appointment of its new deputy minister, with its 27 Party units rewarded for being honest, strong, and loyal.
— Vientiane Times

Vientiane splashing 74 billion kip on irrigation improvements
The Irrigation Division, Vientiane Agriculture and Forestry Department (VAFD) is spending more than 74 billion kip on four irrigation projects to expand agricultural production for this year’s rainy season and better cope with natural disasters
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Quarantine authorities advise on import-export plant health certificates
Lao Plant Quarantine Division, Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, recently issued advice related to principles and plant production health certification for imports and exports.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Germany injects support into Lao blood service
The German Red Cross has provided 12 minibuses and 36 motorbikes to the Lao Red Cross National Blood Service over the last decade and intends to offer a further five minibuses under a current project.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Secretary General Bounnhang delivers a speech on Party’s 65th anniversary
Party Secretary General and State President Bounnhang Vorachit has delivered a speech on the 65th anniversary of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (22 March 1955-22 March 2020).

Thai News Anchor Apologizes to Laos For Deep Offense
Thai news anchor Judd Thima of Channel One31 of Thailand publically apologized to the government and people of Laos for having insulted the country and tarnished the reputation of its health system on public television.
— The Laotian TImes

Lao Police Arrest Two for Video of Land Dispute Protest
Authorities in Laos’ Vientiane province have arrested two people for sharing on social media a video that documented an argument with police over a land dispute in their village, sources in the village told RFA.

Three men killed in Savannakhet UXO-related accident
Three people died instantly in a UXO-related accident in Nong district, Savannakhet province last week afternoon while they were foraging in the forest for wild plants and food.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



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