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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.

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.

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.

Push back on China

Environmentalists and locals in the Mekong provinces have every right to be concerned over the navigational plan for the Mekong River, being pushed by China, which wants to use the river to ship goods from Yunnan to Luang Prabang in Laos. Under the plan, islets and rocks in the international river will be blasted to pave the way for large 500-tonne ships to cruise the waterways, which is prompting fears over the ecological impacts on the river.

Feature: Chinese martyrs memorialized to further nurture China-Laos enduring friendship

Winding through lush mountain forest, the Chinese-sponsored No. 13 Highway in Laos runs through local villages hidden in the mist of northern Laos, the place which has witnessed the history of the relationship between Laos and China, as well as the new development.

Doomed to dynamite

The government is moving forward with a controversial navigational plan to allow the passage of 500 tonne ships and port developments - all at the behest of the Chinese. These Mekong River islets off Chiang Saen district of northern Chiang Rai province are doomed unless civil society can convince the government to stop "clearing" the river with explosives.

International flights to Laos on increase

MORE overseas passenger flights are coming to Laos, which will further contribute to the growth of trade and tourism, according to an official in the sector. A Department of Civil Aviation official, who asked not to be named, told Vientiane Times that many countries now operate direct flights to Laos, including some charter flights.

How China's belt and road is transforming Asean

Peter Wong says Beijing's ambitious plan is filling the gaps in infrastructure investment that have greatly hampered the region's development, and by so doing is truly linking up the whole of Asia In the wake of more isolationist political thinking in the West, with many developed economies turning inward, China is reaching out, seeking stronger trade and investment links with its economic partners. China's "One Belt, One Road" is a prime example of this reaching-out policy.

President Tony Tan to make state visits to Cambodia and Laos

Dr Tan will visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia from Jan 8 to Jan 11, and then head on to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, before returning to Singapore on Jan 14. SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be making a back-to-back state visit to Cambodia and Laos from Jan 8 to 14, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday . In a press statement, MFA said Dr Tan will visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia from Jan 8 to Jan 11 at the invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni.

Economists, private sector upbeat about strong Lao economy this year

ECONOMISTS and the private sector are confident that the Lao economy has a good chance of achieving the expectations set for 2017 despite global uncertainties, but urge more effective management of the macroeconomy, the price of goods, and improvement of the investment and business climate. This year, the government has set the growth target at 7 per cent, only 0.1 per cent more than the 6.9 per cent achieved last year.

PSJ will secure supplies of wiring for hospital in Laos

PSJ's exporting division will use affiliate Inovat SE to secure supplies of wiring for the Friendship Hospital in Vientiane. Laos.

Ravens of Long Tieng

It all shows in the grainy photograph--the short landing strip, the limestone karst jutting up at one end, the mountains and ridges rimming the base, and the shacks and buildings scattered along both sides of the runway. One of those shacks is the hooch where the forward air controllers known as Ravens drank every night.

Spare the Mekong

The Prayut Chan-o-cha government made an out-of-the-blue decision that paves the way for the demolition of the Mekong River's rocky outcrops for the sake of "improved waterway navigation". The justification offered is both weak and unjustified.

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