Seven Injured In UXO-Related Accidents This Year

Seven people have been injured in UXO-related accidents so far this year, according to a report from the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for UXO/Mine Action in the Lao PDR.
NRA Deputy Director Mr Bounpheng Sisawath said that from January 1 to July 19 there had been three UXO-related accidents in which seven people sustained injuries but no ….

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Mekong Body Risks Losing Funds: Donors

The Mekong River Commission must “urgently” clarify how it will restructure and fund itself in the future or risk donors pulling out, development partners said yesterday, as it emerged funding for the intergovernmental body would likely be “much lower” than the MRC had anticipated.
Following three days of meetings in the Laotian capital, Vientiane, the MRC’s development partners released a joint statement calling for more information on “critical” reforms to its governing bodies.
The statement – endorsed by Australia, the European Union, …..

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Drones Will Make It Easier To Detect Unexploded Bombs In Laos

Drones are more than just flying robots designed for commercial deliveries and buying Crocs. Despite some lingering suspicion from consumers, unmanned aircrafts have been deployed for social good too. They can aid rescue missions, navigate tough regions and even put out fires. Now, Austin-based ArchAerial’s new drone mission could potentially save lives in war-torn regions that are prone to accidents and fatalities from unexploded bombs.
An aerial imaging firm, ArchAerial, already employs multi-rotor aircrafts for agricultural mapping, academic research and ….

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Massive Drug Stash Goes Up In Smoke

A massive quantity of drugs went up in smoke at That Luang esplanade to mark the 27th Anniversary of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, with Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong among those in attendance.
Senior government officials, United Nations representatives and personnel from international organisations were also present on the occasion, with the confiscated drugs estimated to be worth around US$17.5 million (about 135 billion kip).
The illicit drugs to go up in smoke on the day included over 3.8 million amphetamine tablets, 238.5kg of heroin, 47.8kg of ……

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Young Laotians Look Ahead As They Help Clear Deadly Remains Of Vietnam War

Shadowed by a dense green and brown jungle canopy, Phakhai Keo methodically guides her metal detector across a thick carpet of grass, leaf and vine until a loud squeal cuts the still of the forest like a machete.
She has found a deadly remnant of a war that ended long before she was born — and she couldn’t be happier. “The day we find nothing is not so fulfilling,” says the 25-year-old, who has spent the last three months combing the jungles and fields of southern Laos for unexploded cluster munitions.
Phakhai is part of a six-person team of deminers from ……

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Laos Views Development Gap As Major Challenge

Wealth distribution remains a major challenge despite the government’s efforts to tackle the development gap since 2011.
In the central region the figure stood at US$1,680 in the 2011-12 fiscal year, while in the north and south of the country it was US$985 and US$1,060 respectively, the planning ministry reported in its mid term report.
The lack of transport infrastructure also makes it difficult for people in the north to access government services such as healthcare and education, which are essential for …..

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