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Cleaning up our act

For Southeast Asian countries, the meaning of regional connectivity and integration goes beyond their vision of development and economic progress. Interconnectedness also applies when discussing disasters and environmental degradation. One example is transboundary haze, the top-of-mind term for the raging forest fires on Sumatra or Kalimantan ...

ISMIRA LUTFIA TISNADIBRATA

Laos: Electricity and water tariffs bills reduced for all households

The state-run Electricite Du Lao (EDL) and Vientiane Water Supply State Enterprise have cut power and water tariffs by three and five percent respectively to help people cope with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The reduced tariffs, which will be valid for three months, will ...

Myanmar rebels claim police killings as Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court

Dozens of Myanmar security force members have been killed in fighting, rebel fighters have claimed, as Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person at a court hearing for the first time since her government was overthrown by the military in February’s coup. In one battle on Sunday, the ...

350kg of compressed marijuana seized off Mekong River

Navy officers in the Laos-bordering province of Nakhon Phanom seized a compressed marijuana shipment of about 350 kilogrammes as it was being offloaded from the Mekong River. 2 men were arrested while 3 more fled and have not been apprehended yet in the bust that ...

Neill Fronde

UN Envoy Meets Thai PM, Asks for Help in Ending Myanmar Crisis

The U.N.’s special envoy on Myanmar met behind closed doors with Thailand’s leader Friday, trying to find solutions to the Burmese crisis, as ASEAN dithered on naming its emissary to the coup-ridden country, which has already blocked the proposed visit. Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations ...

BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

Arrest of journalists a litmus test for how Thailand treats those fleeing persecution in Myanmar

Three senior reporters who fled Myanmar for Thailand after the brutal military coup “face certain arrest and persecution” if they are deported following their arrest in Chiang Mai on Sunday, journalist groups say. The three are prominent journalists with the independent Burmese news agency Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and were detained in ...

Helen Regan and Kocha Olarn,

Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to ...

Thou Vireak

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation vital to promote regional power connectivity, energy cooperation

The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) is crucial to help promote power connectivity and energy cooperation among the six LMC countries, an official at the Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC) said in a recent interview. Prom Sokrith, chief of the administration at the EDC’s Power Plant C7 (400 megawatts) ...

Mekong countries’ diplomats call for more experience sharing in water governance upon in-person visits to China’s dams

Mekong River countries’ diplomats expressed that they value the scientific, regulatory effect of Chinese dams on water resources, following their latest in-person visits to the main hydropower stations along the Lancang River, recognizing China’s role in bringing practical benefits to downstream sustainable development and calling ...

Hu Yuwei in Yunnan

Vietnam accelerates digital transformation drive

Ministries, agencies and localities will continue with digital transformation programmes for the new period in the near future. The Prime Minister has agreed with the policy of building and developing e-Government, with stepping up administrative reform on the back of advanced technologies while improving openness, transparency and placing ...

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