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Mekong giant catfish being driven to extinction in natural habitat

SURVIVAL OF THE Mekong giant catfish is at a critical point, with the species on the brink of extinction in the wild due to development projects along the Mekong River, experts have warned. The Mekong giant catfish is ranked as critically endangered on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature .



Foreign investors reassured over power supply in Laos

LAO Mines and Energy Minister Khammany Inthilath concedes that foreign investors considering moving their production bases to the country have expressed concerns about the stability of electricity supply. He said power stations had been constructed to manage electricity efficiently and ensure a stable supply of power in the country.



Chinese Lunar New Year temple fair add color to Laos

People perform lion dance at the 2017 Happy Chinese New Year fair, Vientiane, Laos, Jan 14, 2017. [Photo/Chinaculture.org] The two-day event attracted some 4,000 visitors and about a hundred government officials and representatives from China and Laos attended the opening ceremony.



KBank keen to buy Indonesian banks

THAILAND'S fourth-largest bank, Kasikornbank , is exploring the possibility of acquiring banks in Indonesia, but acknowledges this is a challenging goal due to the Indonesian regulator's rules concerning foreign ownership of local banks. The regulations require foreign banks to buy more than one bank, and that the targets must not be strong institutions.



His Majesty Sultan Qaboos receives thanks from President of Lao

Muscat: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has received a cable of thanks from President Bounnhang Vorachith of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in reply to His Majesty's congratulatory cable on the occasion of his country's National Day.



New Mekong River blasting project will only benefit China: experts

ECONOMIC experts have warned that the Mekong-Lancang River navigation-channel improvement project will only benefit China while having serious negative impacts on Thailand and Laos. At a public forum entitled "Criticising the Mekong River's Rapids Removal Project" at Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation yesterday, experts from different fields expressed concern about the plan to make the Mekong navigable for cargo barges of up to 500 tonnes gross.



Lao PM urges local, Thai business, public sectors to boost investment

LAO PRIME Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged the business and public sectors in Laos and Thailand to open their hearts to investment and cooperation. He made the comment at the Lao-Thai Business Forum 2017 in Vientiane yesterday, organised by the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Thai Embassy to Laos.



Thai Smile plans more than 10 overseas routes

THAI SMILE AIRWAYS, a fully owned subsidiary of national carrier Thai Airways International, will spread its wings further abroad this year to raise the number of passengers to 4.5 million and revenue to Bt10.1 billion. "Thai Smile plans to operate more than 10 overseas routes this year," Woranate Laprabang, acting chief executive officer, said yesterday.



Temple fair of "Happy Spring Festival" held in Vientiane

Actors perform Chinese traditional lion dance at a temple fair of "Happy Spring Festival" in Vientiane, capital of Laos, Jan. 14, 2017. The temple fair organized by the China Cultural Center in Laos was held in Vientiane on Saturday to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.



New dam on Mekong looms

Boats dock on the bank of the Mekong River in northern Laos earlier last year at the planned construction site for the Pak Beng Dam. International rivers Representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Vientiane on Thursday to launch a six-month consultation process on what would be the third mainstream hydropower dam in Laos's Lower Mekong River.



Residents stare at uncertain future as Cabinet gives nod to blasting of Mekong River rapids

THE rough hands of veteran ferry driver Chalin Cheableam steer a small boat up the river to the Khon Phee Lhong rapids on the Mekong River. In his late 50s and having navigated boats on the Mekong River since he was teenager, Chalin has many stories about the geographical signatures of the river and connections to local lore.



Laos to export more rice to China: PM

China has agreed to purchase 20,000 tons of organic rice a year from Laos, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told local authorities in the southern Champassak province. Laos will need to deliver 20,000 tons of genuine organic rice to China and the shipment must not contain non-organic rice, Thongloun was quoted by the state-run Vientiane Times on Sunday.



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ON THE RISE: Water levels in the Mekong River in Tha Bo district of Nong Khai province have risen sharply following China's dam discharge. From the urban office worker to the village boatman, many people's lives are changing -- for better or for worse -- with the growing influence of China in the Mekong region.



Joint panel discusses Pak Beng hydropower project

REPRESENTATIVES from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam gathered at the Mekong River Commission Secretariat in Vientiane on Thursday to start the first meeting of the Joint Committee Working Group on the procedures for notification, prior consultation and agreement for the Pak Beng hydropower project. The project is proposed for the Mekong mainstream in the northern territory of Laos.



Laotian, S'pore presidents agree to boost cooperation

THE PRESIDENTS of Laos and Singapore have agreed to enhance their relations and continue cooperation in the development of various fields. This was the main theme of a meeting this week between Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit and his Singapore counterpart, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, when they held talks at the Laotian Presidential Palace.



Translated copy of Lee Kuan Yew's From Third World to First launches in Laos

A Lao translation of the book titled From Third World to First - The Singapore Story From 1965 - 2000 by Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew was launched on Friday . VIENTIANE: A Lao translation of From Third World to First: The Singapore Story From 1965 - 2000 by Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was launched on Friday .



Singapore to deepen relationship with Laos: President Tony Tan

President Tony Tan and Mrs Mary Tan arriving in Vientiane where they were received by Dr Bounkong Syhavong, Minister of Health, Laos VIENTIANE: Singapore will deepen bilateral ties and continue to work closely with Laos, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said on Thursday . Both nations established diplomatic ties 43 years ago and have since had a steady stream of high-level exchanges, the President said.