Lao morning news for May 18

Lao morning news for May 18

Lao PDR morning news

Travel restrictions lifted as more lockdown measures eased
The government has lifted travel restrictions to enable people to travel freely around the country as Laos eases more Covid-19 prevention measures to minimise the impact on livelihoods and the economy.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Villagers Sickened by Chemical Run-off From Chinese Banana Farms
Chemical waste from Chinese-owned banana farms is polluting a river in Bokeo province in northern Laos, leaving local villagers who bathe in the stream with severe rashes and other skin disorders, Lao sources say.

New decree to protect financial service users
The government has promulgated a decree designed to protect users of financial services in Laos, so that they have greater confidence in such institutions.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

COVID-19: Plan International donates 100,000 protective masks to Lao PDR
Global child rights and humanitarian organization Plan International has donated 100,000 pieces of face masks to Laos to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Nation’s leaders mourn, farewell General Sisavath Keobounphanh
Party and state leaders, former leaders, ministers, governors, army personnel, members of the police force and the general public on Saturday gathered to pay tribute at the cremation of General Sisavath Keobounphanh.
— Vientiane Times

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Environmentalists urge Laos to scrap ‘destructive’ Mekong dam plans
Environmentalists have urged Laos not to proceed with the construction of another “destructive” dam on the Mekong River, a vital Southeast Asian waterway that sustains about 60 million people.
— The Telegraph

No new Covid-19 cases for 35 days
The total number of people confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 remained at 19 on Sunday, with authorities detecting no additional cases of the potentially deadly virus for 35 days.
— Vientiane Times

Laos attracts US$37bil in investment since opening up
The Laos government has approved more than 6,000 investment projects with combined funding of around US$37 billion since the introduction of the market-oriented economy and opening up to the world in the 1980s.
— The Star

Unemployment spirals due to Covid-19 outbreak
The perennial challenge of unemployment in Laos has been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 outbreak as large numbers of people have been laid off from their jobs. This has caused the unemployment rate to surge from the normal average of 2 percent to 25 percent at present.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

With 19 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths, Laos To Loosen Lockdown
Officials in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic say they are ready to further lift lockdown restrictions. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country have remained steady at 19 for over a month, and there are zero reported deaths.

Project for painting of roads to be completed this month
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport expects to complete a project for painting markings on the main roads of Vientiane by the end of this month.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Distance Education in Laos: Challenges and Prospects
Lao schools and universities have still not reopened: they have been at a standstill since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chinese investors plant 4.4b kip into Bokeo farming sector
A Chinese company is investing 4.4 billion kip (US$500,000) in clean agriculture on 100 hectares near Poungchomseng village, Meung district of Bokeo province to grow bananas and other crops along with livestock breeding.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

71 killed on nation’s roads in April
A total of 71 people lost their lives in road accidents last month while 557 people sustained injuries, with the cost of the damage incurred estimated at over 6 billion kip.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo Bee Keeping Center Xiengkhouang
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on World Bee Day, May 20.


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