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Lao People's Democratic Republic
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Location  Southeast Asia
Capital  Vientiane
Area  236,800 sq km
Population  7,234,171
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  • Researchers from Laos and their international colleagues have identified a series of mutations which make the malaria parasite resistant to an effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin. The results, published in Nature Genetics on 19 January 2015, could help to improve early detection of emerging artemisinin resistance.[1]

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  • Laos and twelve other countries which are home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers on 6 February 2015 agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers.[2]

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  • The governments of Laos and Thailand on 13 March 2013 signed a memorandum of understanding in Vientiane to cooperate in promoting the contract farming scheme that will see the export of Lao farm products into Thailand with tariff incentives.

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  • Researchers in Laos have discovered ancient human fossils in a cave in northern Laos, as reported in the scientific journal PLOS One on 7 April 2015. The discovery revealed that early modern humans were quite physically diverse, and they revealed an earlier migration timeline in Southeast Asia than previously thought.[3]

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  • President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Choummaly Sayasone's leadership is approved by 97 percent people in Laos, highest among Southeast and South Asian leaders, according to a poll result published in 2012 by Washington-based research group Gallup.[4]

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  • Sunlabob Rural Energy Ltd., founded in 2001 in Lao People's Democratic Republic, was awarded the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Prize on 4 June 2008 for bringing renewable energy to villages in Laos.

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  • Super Kid, a new nutrient powder, was launched on 10 June 2014 in Laos. Supported by UNICEF, the initiative aims to dramatically reduce aneamia and other nutrition issues affecting young children in three of Laos’s southern provinces by providing a powder full of vitamins and minerals to sprinkle over food.[5]

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  • Australian government on 5 July 2014 announced educational aid to Laos that will focus on increasing educational opportunities for primary and tertiary students, and improving teacher quality. The Australian Government will provide $86 million over four years for education in Laos to help around 450,000 children achieve literacy, numeracy and other life skills for a better future.[6]

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  • The Plain of Jars, located on a plateau in central Laos, gets its name from more than 2,100 tubular-shaped megalithic stone jars used for funerary practices in the Iron Age was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site on 6 July 2019.[7]

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  • Hillary Clinton became the first US secretary of state to visit Laos in 57 years when she arrived in the country on 11 July 2012. This historic trip was focused on repairing ties between the countries damaged by the Vietnam War and discussing future economic relations.[8]

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  • Vientiane Rescue, a free ambulance service on a 24/7 basis, in Laos won the prestigious 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award.

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  • Kommaly Chanthavong of Laos was announced as of one of the recipients of the prestigious 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award for her fearless, indomitable spirit to revive and develop the ancient Laotian art of silk weaving, creating livelihoods for thousands of poor, war-displaced Laotians, and thus preserving the dignity of women and her nation’s priceless silken cultural treasure.[9]

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  • The Government of Lao PDR and the World Bank on 17 August 2015 signed agreements for three projects aiming to improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity, to improve women’s and children’s health and nutrition, and to enable the construction of vital infrastructure including schools, health clinics, roads, and drinking water systems for poor communities across Laos.[10]

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  • Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles were hatched at a zoo in Laos, representing a significant step in the successful conservation of this species. On 18 August 2011 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released photos of the hatching and announced the baby crocodile will be released into the wild once they are old enough to fend for themselves.[11]

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  • An ancient skull recovered from a cave in the Annamite Mountains in northern Laos is the oldest modern human fossil found in Southeast Asia, according to a research published on 20 August 2012. The discovery pushed back estimates of human migration through Southeast Asia by nearly 20,000 years.[12]

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  • President Barack Obama on 5 September 2016 became the first sitting US president to visit Laos aimed at rebuilding bilateral relationship between the two countries.

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  • A new Creative Productivity Index developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Laos as the seventh most efficient country in the Asia and Pacific region at turning creative inputs into tangible innovation, as revealed on 12 September 2014.[13]

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  • The First Beidou Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) was officially inaugurated at Saysettha Development Zone in Laos' capital Vientiane on 16 September 2016. The Beidou CORS will provide high-precision navigation, positioning and time services for Laos' activities of navigation and surveillance, engineering surveying, urban and rural construction, meteorology and disaster response.

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  • On 5 November 2012, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced $60 million in assistance for a number of programs to help people in Laos gain skills and have access to small business loans.[14]

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  • Laos successfully hosted the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM9) on 5-6 November 2012 under the theme: “Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity”.

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  • Laos successfully launched its communication satellite Lao Sat-1 on 21 November 2015 aboard a Chinese Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

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