- Laos, Thailand to cooperate on migrant workers’ issues
The Lao and Thai authorities agreed to continue their efforts to resolve labour-related issues to ensure safe labour migration. This should include workers get access to permanent employment and being entitled to sound and just welfare measures in Thailand amid the spread of Covid-19.
At a time when Thailand is fighting a tough battle against Covid-19 and new variants of the virus, both countries will review their labour policy to provide help to Lao workers, including those affected by the closure of factories due to the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic....More >>>
- Laos fears outbreak of Delta variant of Covid
Authorities fear the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 after nine imported cases have been reported in Laos.
Concerns have intensified due to the increasing number of workers returning from Thailand, where there has been a spike in Delta infections, Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control, Dr Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, told a press briefing on Friday.
“Laos has been placed at high risk for the spread of the Delta variant because of the high number of Lao workers returning from Thailand, especially if all of the virus prevention measures, including border patrols, are not strictly enforced,” Dr Rattanaxay said. ...More >>>
- Oudomxay police seize 28kg of crystal methamphetamine
Oudomxay provincial police last week stopped a pick-up truck travelling between Xay and Namor districts and discovered 28 kg of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.
They arrested two men named as Mr Yasaiyang, 25, and Mr Duachong, 40, both from Huayxai district in Bokeo province.
The pair told police they had been paid by another man to take the drugs from Huayxai district to the Vietnamese border in May district, Phongsaly province. ...More >>>
- Govt extends condolences to Japan over deadly mudslide
The government has extended its deepest condolences to Japan in the wake of a massive mudslide that occurred last week in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith sent a message on behalf of the Lao government to his Japanese counterpart Mr Motegi Toshimitsu on July 7 to express his sympathy and concern.
The message read: “I have learned with sadness of the loss of lives and damage to property of the people of Japan, who were affected by a massive mudslide that took place in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture on July 3. ..More >>>