Chinese Investor Granted Concession for Khouangxi Waterfalls In Luang Prabang

Chinese Investor Granted Concession for Khouangxi Waterfalls In Luang Prabang

A Lao official has decided to grant a land concession to a Chinese investor to develop the area around one of the country’s most famous natural landmarks, despite heavy criticism by locals who oppose such deals involving public property.
Khampheng Saysompheng, governor of Luang Prabang province in northern Laos, approved China’s A-Cho Group Company for a land concession to develop the area surrounding the Khouangxi waterfalls, a popular tourist attraction.
The deal came to light, however, when a copy of a document related to Khampheng’s decision was published on …. Continue reading

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Lao Rescue Teams Awarded 8 International Medals

Lao Rescue Teams Awarded 8 International Medals

Eight members of Lao rescue teams received one gold, one silver and six bronze medals from the International Disaster Medical Rally recently in Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
The rally from June 22-25 had rescue teams from 10 Asean countries competing to exercise their skills and experience in dealing with a number of mock emergency cases such as a building collapse, chemical leakage and water rescue.
Laos was represented by all three rescue teams currently serving the public in the capital, namely those from the Lao Red Cross, the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of Lao PDR (Vientiane Rescue) and ….. Continue reading

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Major Platinum To Open New Cinema At Vientiane Center

Major Platinum To Open New Cinema At Vientiane Center

Major Cineplex Group is launching their 2nd out of country branch in Laos, with the first being an extremely successful project in Cambodia, which has become the market leader. This new world-class theatre in Vientiane will have “Huawei” as a naming sponsor and be called “Major Platinum Cineplex by Huawei”.
The Laos project will contain about 1,150 seats in five halls and offer the best and brightest 3D available. “We will screen Hollywood movies with both English and Thai soundtracks and the many popular Thai and Laos movies, all with ….. Continue reading

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Degree Courses to Resume Again

Degree Courses to Resume Again

The Ministry of Education and Sports has indicated that it will allow 24 qualified institutions to resume their bachelor degree courses for the 2015-2016 academic year after they met the standards set by the ministry.
A senior official from the ministry said the biggest problem facing the institutions was the lack of sufficiently qualified teaching staff. The institutions that are expected to resume their bachelor degree courses this academic year are as follows: …. Continue reading

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TB Drug Resistance On The Rise

TB Drug Resistance On The Rise - Laos

The number of tuberculosis (TB) patients who have developed drug resistance has increased this year, posing serious concerns for health officials.
Setthathirath Hospital identified 20 patients as drug resistant when they came to the hospital for treatment this year.
“We have been seeing a gradual increase in the number of drug resistant TB patients in the last few years and we recorded more cases this ……. Continue reading

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Friendship Bridge Fuels Drug Trafficking

Friendship Bridge Fuels Drug Trafficking

While the opening of the first Myanmar-Laos Friendship Bridge last month may bring long-awaited economic benefits, it has also raised concerns over the risk of increased drug trafficking along the route.
The bridge linking Tachilek in Myanmar’s Shan State to Luang Namtha district in Laos is also known as part of Route R3B, which connects Thailand, Myanmar and China. The route links to the R3A Highway, which runs through Thailand, Laos and Xishuangbanna in southern China.
The Friendship Bridge abets trafficking networks, particularly in the northern areas of …… Continue reading

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