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Two China-Laos Railway bridges complete closure over Mekong River

The Ban Ladhan Mekong River Super Major Bridge on Wednesday (April 1) achieved its main section closure over the Mekong River, and thus, major engineering works on both cross-Mekong bridges along the railway have been completed. According to the Laos-China Railway (LCRC), a joint venture in ...

Loss of faith along the Ou river

I sat alongside the Ou river listening to the waves lap against the half-submerged Lat Tha Hae temple in Luang Prabang province, northern Laos. Grandpa Un paused from sweeping his riverside yard and spoke to me in a strong voice. “I was born here,” the ...

Ton Ka

Gen Prawit raises concerns over Luang Prabang dam

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is calling for international efforts to monitor the controversial Luang Prabang dam project in Laos and the impact it will have on the Mekong River, where water levels have been unusually low. The issue was raised yesterday at a meeting chaired ...

Mongkol Bangprapa

Laos confirms two virus cases, more control measures expected

Two Lao nationals living in Vientiane have been infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) after their tests, released at about 9 pm on March 23, were shown to be positive, a task force announced yesterday. The 36-year-old female tour guide and the 28-year-old male worker from Crowne Plaza ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Coronavirus: With 'zero' infections, Laos and Myanmar gird for battle

As coronavirus infections spike across South-east Asia, Myanmar and Laos have conspicuously logged zero patients – despite the fact that both share a sizeable border with China, where the outbreak originated. Both countries say all the people suspected of being infected with the coronavirus have tested negative so far. ...

Tan Hui Yee

Construction of China-Laos railway power supply project starts

The power supply project for the China-Laos railway, which was fully carried out on Wednesday (March 18), lays foundation for its scheduled operation in 2021. Along all the four bidding sections of the project in northern Laos, Chinese and Lao engineers cast concrete to cement the ...

New Dam Planned in Same District as Xe Pian Xe Namnoi Collapse in Southern Laos

A new dam is set to go up in southern Laos, in the district where two years ago a major dam collapse caused a flood that was described as the country’s worst in decades. On July 23, 2018, water poured over a saddle dam in Attapeu ...

Lao government considers tax to protect environment

Industries that produce pollution may have to pay more taxes now that the Lao government has embraced the National Green Growth Strategy. Under the strategy, which Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith endorsed on Jan 30, the Ministry of Finance will impose taxes to discourage industries from producing ...

On the Mekong, Khon Pi rapids saved – for now

Just over a year ago, I reported on the uncertain future of the Khon Pi rapids, located near the Thai town of Chiang Khong and lying in the riverbed between Thailand and Laos. At issue was the desire of a Chinese company to blast the rapids and ...

MILTON OSBORNE

Laos to increase domestic distribution of electricity

The Laos Ministry of Energy and Mines said the domestic distribution of electricity is likely to rise to 28,886 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) by the end of 2020. The information was shared by a ministry official at a recent annual meeting of the energy and mines sector ...

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