News Today - Latest Breaking News and Updates - Part 3

Japanese-Funded School Construction Project in Oudomxay Province

(KPL) The Government of Japan has handed over a school which was financed and constructed by the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in Namo District, Oudomxay Province.The handover ceremony was held on 16 January, 20...Read More

Lao Protest Villager Freed, 11 Still Held

Lao authorities have released a villager held since 2017 with a group arrested for protesting the loss of land awarded by the government to a Vietnamese rubber company, sources in the communist Southeast Asian state said.

Phonesawai, the fourth villager of the group to be released, was freed without official explanation on Jan. 6, a villager in Sekong province told RFA's Lao Service, speaking on condition of anonymity. Three other villagers from the group were released in 2018.

Eleven others remain in detention, with another reported to have died in custody last year.

In July 2017, 15 residents of Yeub village in Sekong's Thateng district were detained by police for obstructing workers and cutting down trees on land granted by the government to a Vietnamese rubber company in what is believed to have been a 50-year concession.

Several of those now held in detention were beaten or subjected to electric shocks in the days following their arrest, and many are now malnourished and in failing health, relatives told RFA in earlier reports.

Speaking to RFA, Vanida Thepsouvanh�president of the Lao Movement for Human Rights, based in France�called the imprisonment of the group, including two minors, a shocking example of arbitrary arrest and abuse of power in Laos, where too many Lao have become victims of investors.

Very sadly, it must not be forgotten that one of them died in custody, Thepsouvanh said.

I dare to hope that the person who was freed in January 2019 was not forced to sign a confession, she said.

Also speaking to RFA, Andrea Giorgetta�head of the Asia desk for the Paris-based International Federation for Human rights�called the detention of the Yeub villagers unjustified, arbitrary, and illegal.

Whatever crimes they were charged with did not justify a pre-trial detention that was extremely long. And as far as I understand, none of them has been put on trial yet, he said.

But still, they've been detained for more than six months, which is contrary even to the criminal procedure code of Laos.

Reached by RFA's Lao Service, Solaseumsak Phongsanouvong�vice head of Sekong province's prosecution office�declined to comment on the case.

Land grabs and the appropriation of public property to turn over to foreign and domestic companies are common in Laos, and villagers affected by them often refuse to speak out publicly because they fear retribution.

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R. Korea Donates Ambulances For Attepeu

(KPL) Wednesday witnessed the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos, Mr Shin Sung Soon, presenting three ambulances worth US$ 156,000 to Minister of Health Bounkong Sihavong to be given to the Attapeu Provincial Department of Health and the Attap...Read More

Lao Real Estate Expo 2019 To Be Held In March

(KPL) The Laorealestate.la Expo 2019, the first of its kind, will be held at the Don Chan Palace Hotel on 1st and 2nd of March with more than 40 property companies expected to join the event.

The 2019 Expo is a great platform for property-related businesses to increase sales and to promote their brands, said James Whitehead, CEO of Laos' leading general classifieds website and Laos' first-ever specialized real estate portal Yula.la & Laorealestate.la.

Attendees of the coming expo will be offered a unique opportunity to view a range of property investment options in one room over two days ranging from plot land options, houses, villas, condos, construction firms, architectural designers, and property services and advice.

First home buyers will also benefit from a range of home loan options, and specific legal and insurance advice, said Mr Whitehead. Those seeking international investment, travel, immigration and education options will also benefit from a range of exhibitors advertising opportunities in destinations such as Australia, USA, Europe, Malaysia and Thailand - to name a few.

A dedicated seminar room will also offer a free opportunity for potential property buyers to learn about taxes, valuations, land laws, investment considerations, market trends and how to finance a home safely, among many other topics.

As a sideline event, over 20 seminars will be conducted by representatives of Laos' leading real estate agents, property development experts, economists, lawyers, financiers and government officials.

The event is now over 70% sold out for exhibitors and sponsors, thanks to a huge effort from the yula.la sales and marketing team, and we have already registered over 1300 local and international guests to join us next month, said Mr. Whitehead.

Digital Classified Group (DCG), the Australian-based parent company of Yula.la & Laorealestate.la has successfully ran similar expos in several other markets internationally, including Cambodia and Papau New Guinea, with a track record of well over USD $80 million worth of property sales at those various events, 30,000 attendees and over 200+ exhibitors.

The coming real estate investment expo will bring together the nation's top property developers, architects, builders, real estate agencies, plot land vendors, banks offering home loans, insurance companies, law firms and even international property investments.

The event is expecting over 3,000 local and international attendees. Laos' best luxury car brands and related businesses will also exhibit at the entrance of the event.

The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to be a partner of the first ever specialized real estate investment expo in Laos. Ultimately, events such these will develop the whole sector and the wider economy, sharing information, best-practices, business connections and generating a wider consumer base for exhibitors and sponsors, across both local and international networks, said Vice President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), Mrs Chanthachone Vongxay.

Source: Lao News Agency

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BRITAIN GRANTS FUNDING FOR UXO CLEARANCE IN LAOS

VIENTIANE, Laos, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Laos, has been granted more than 38 billion kip (4.5 million U.S. dollars) in funding, from the British government for its unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance operations in Laos.With the grant, MAG will cond...Read More