VIENTIANE: Vientiane, the capital of Laos situated on the banks of the Mekong River, has long been known for its laidback, calm atmosphere. But residents of this fast-growing city of more than 850,000 people now find themselves having to adjust to changes brought about by an influx of foreign direct investment, much of it from China.
When the Lao People's Democratic Republic first opened to independent travellers in the late 1980s, the village of Vang Vieng was just an overnight stop on the slow and officially prohibited overland journey from the capital, Vientiane, up to Luang Prabang. Getting there involved a bus, taxi, boat and truck, fair weather and clear roads.
Shackled Mexican nationals are boarded onto a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement jet for deportation, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, May 25, 2010. In July 2016, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale explained to Congress the protocol to deport a foreign national.
In a Facebook update on Monday , the airline said on its website it will resume flight schedules "as soon as it is ready for operation upon further notice". This is the second time that direct flights between the two countries have been halted, and comes just five months after Lao Airlines relaunched direct Singapore-Lao flight services in late-October last year.
The Lao Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has named the development of e-commerce as one of its core strategic goals over the next 10 years. According to the long-term development plan, which has been posted on the ministry's website, Laos will complete the construction of essential Information and Communications Technology infrastructure and draw up legal documents to support e-ecommerce by 2025.
Laos is a beautiful, rural landlocked country in Southeast Asia, roughly the size of Utah and bordered by Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and China. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit for the first time.
Human trafficking is widespread in South-East Asia and in rural areas of Laos young women and girls are at a high risk of being trapped in the Thai sex trade. In a country where more than 75 per cent of the workforce is involved in farming, a French NGO has now added agriculture to its vocational training to help survivors re-integrate back into their communities.
A CYCLIST from Bretforton, took on a 400km sponsored cycle across the testing terrain of Laos, to raise awareness and money for the Mines Advisory Group , an organisation that assists people affected by landmines and other unexploded devices. Mark Fisher, commercial director at Kanes Foods, took part in the five-day event, alongside seventeen team members from other businesses.
Spurred on by unrelated reasons, my family and I undertook a short trip to Luang Prabang in the first few days of the New Year, just an inexpensive 3 hour flight from our home in Kuala Lumpur. This seldom-mentioned country in the international press is perhaps the most underrated destination in Southeast Asia, I think this unique and interesting country absolutely deserves your tourism - its people rely on it.
The rise of ASEAN talents - innovating for a better future: from an ecovillage owner whose sense of purpose is changing lives in Brunei, to social entrepreneurs turning trash into treasures in Myanmar and inventors changing aquaculture in Bandung. SAVANNAKHET, Laos: Waking up in one country and shopping in another may sound like the life of a high-flying chief executive, but not for Vannasinh Phrasavath, who does it every time she needs groceries.
Office stationery, aided by the Communist Party of China to Lao People's Revolutionary Party , has been delivered to Lao capital Vientiane, Chinese embassy official told Xinhua on Saturday. Wang Wentian, the Chinese ambassador to Laos, transferred the office supplies, which were sent to Vientiane on Friday afternoon, to Somphone Sichaleune, deputy head of LPRP Central Committee's External Relations Commission.
Photo taken on March 2, 2018 shows the scene of Lao Cement Public Company first trading day in Lao Securities Exchange ceremony in Vientiane, Laos. Lao Cement Public Company is preferred technological and economic cooperation project between Lao and Chinese governments using Confessional Loans by China to Lao PDR, and is supported roundly by two governments.
The ideological battle between organic and chemical-reliant farming has long raged in the developed world, and it's now taking place in developing nations, particularly throughout South-East Asia. Australian researchers are now weighing in as they help farmers in Southern Laos manage their use of pesticides for the first time.
Lao government officials and international non-governmental organizations met in Lao capital Vientiane Wednesday, reviewing their cooperation and discussing more effective future joint activities. The Third National Conference on the Review of the Cooperation between the Government of Laos and INGOs was attended by Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, ambassadors and INGO representatives.
Laos plans to participate in major tourism exhibitions in Europe, Asia and ASEAN in an effort to attract 5 million tourists during Visit Laos Year 2018. According to a report presented at a tourism sector meeting in Lao capital Vientiane recently, Laos aims to generate about 900 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2018, local daily Vientiane Times reported Thursday.
A TECH firm chief temporarily swapped his day job for the dusty roads and soaring mountains of Laos in a bid to clear unexploded landmines. When David Tymm, of Piercing Hill, Theydon Bois, had an impassioned conversation with a stranger in a pub about unexploded bombs in the Southeast Asian country, he was inspired to help out.
The bureau, a part of the Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment, announced recently that the Consumer Price Index was 109.91 points in January, a 0.27 percent change compared to the previous month. And this change pushed the year-on-year change of the CPI or inflation rate up by 0.97 percent, according to local daily Vientiane Times quoting the bureau's monthly report on Tuesday.
At least three global surveys disclosed their findings recently, with all three indicating that Laos is going backwards in term of in global development rankings The global corruption perceptions index released by Transparency International last Wednesday ranked Laos 135th out of 180 countries and territories. The implication is that the higher the number in the ranking, the higher the level of corruption perception.
Col. Edgar Felton Davis, an Air Force navigator with the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, was shot down Sept. 17, 1968, aboard an RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber during a mission 15 miles south of Sepone, in the Savannakhet Province of Laos, about 20 miles from the Vietnam border, officials said.
Altogether 14 people died in a nationwide outbreak of dengue fever in 2017 with the capital of Vientiane having the most cases last year. So far this year in 2018, there have not been any reported deaths, according to the Communicable Disease Control Department under the Lao Health Ministry, local daily Vientiane Times reported Friday.