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Nong Or development project to commence construction

The Nong Or project to develop a tourism site in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane will commence construction in the near future after a project design model was selected recently. The project is now awaiting approval from the Vientiane authorities after the developer, Kanghua Investment Co., Ltd, ...

HCM City canals seriously polluted

More than 2,000 canals around HCM City have been seriously polluted threatening people’s health, reported the Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper. The pollution of canals in the city has been worsening as large quantities of household and industrial wastewater, as well as rubbish, are ...

Traffic cameras get new brief as police widen net

Cameras will be repositioned around the city to help curb a wider range of traffic violations and cut the rate of arguments between police and motorists, a senior officer says. Jirapat Phumjit, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau who oversees traffic regulations in the ...

20 per cent of emergency patient deaths blamed on traffic jam delays

More than 20 per cent of patients needing emergency treatment have died on their way to hospital because of delays due to traffic jams and uncooperative motorists, National Institute of Emergency Medicine secretary-general Anucha Setthasathian said. Anucha revealed the startling statistic on January after a ...

Vientiane gears up to make capital more livable

Vientiane authorities will continue to improve basic infrastructure in a bid to keep the capital clean and orderly. Efforts will focus on improving roads, easing traffic congestion, building embankments, managing garbage disposal and other issues. This was the information outlined on January 9 by Vientiane ...

Yangon bus system overhaul set to start

Yangon’s infamous public bus system – where commuters are dragged by callous conductors onto ageing vehicles operated by drivers with scant regard for road safety – is about to change. A long-awaited transformation of the bus network, which some 80 percent of the commercial capital’s ...

Luang Prabang tourist numbers top 600,000

Tourist arrivals during 2016 to the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang rose to more than 601,000, from over 500,000 in 2015, and this number is expected to rise further in 2017, the local tourism authority said. Head of the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism ...

Yangon govt mulls new “high-class” sidestreet markets

The Yangon Region government is planning a range of measures to make Yangon more livable, including developing the waterfront into public space and moving vendors onto quieter side streets and into planned ‘hawker centres’. U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Chief Minister, said last week that the ...

Street vendor holdouts, YCDC on crash course over relocation plan

Tensions are mounting between Yangon City Development Committee and the commercial capital’s street vendors, as a small contingent refuses to move stalls from their locations on Anawrahta Road. Following a recently announced ban on street stalls on Yangon’s 11 busiest roads, YCDC staff have been travelling ...

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