Experts say corners are cut as Laos and its neighbors rush to draw investment.
Residents of Vang Vieng district want officials to test the water in the Xong River for possible contamination.
Three of the 53 females who were detained were minors with falsified ages on their IDs, officials said.
Meanwhile, observers slam a revised land law they say fails to protect the rights of ordinary Laotians.
PNPC had informed government of impending disaster, but emergency efforts were hampered by inefficient communication
After first quoting higher costs, he says his estimates were misunderstood.
The three had criticized Laos online and were detained after returning from Thailand to renew their passports.
Offered profit-sharing deals at first, they are now refused compensation on the excuse that the state owns their land.
Police objected to slogan on T-shirts being sold, while officials said the concert had been held without permission.
Chinese hotels, restaurants, and tour groups get almost all of the money that tourists bring in.
Thai and Cambodian groups say that prior notification and consultation procedures for the Pak Lay hydropower project are not transparent.
The groups call for an on-site investigation of the dam collapse to produce credible measurements of the damage it has caused.
State officials will investigate a 'lack of transparency' in the awarding of contracts to build facilities, sources say.
“They just wanted to talk with me about some issues,” she later wrote.
Phijika Boonkwang had resigned on Facebook after being accused of defaming the country over the condition of a local road.
Reports are still coming in from remote areas hit by heavy rains, officials say.
Hundreds may not open in time for the start of the school year on Sept. 3, Lao sources say.
Monsoon rains continue to inundate the northern and central parts of the country.
Phijika Boonkwang, the country's first female team president, had criticized the condition of a road leading to a playing field.
Save the Mekong says it does not believe that a review of the Pak Lay dam can be conducted in a meaningful or effective way.
A retired health official says the company that invested in the hydropower project should be held accountable.
Relief work is hampered by poor roads and shortages of manpower and farm goods following more flooding.
Builders of the proposed Pak Lay and Pak Beng dams say they are continuing their surveys and feasibility studies.
CCTV footage appears to show Xaysana Yotsavath’s killers, but authorities have yet to identify them.
They call on the Lao government to compensate villagers affected by the deadly collapse of a saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower project.
Meanwhile, others who relocated two years ago say they have yet to receive promised vocational training.
Thousands displaced by flooding meanwhile crowd a tent camp amid health and sanitation concerns.
The Mekong River Commission Secretariat says dam safety standards apply only to projects on the mainstream Mekong, not on the tributaries.
UN Human Rights Committee faults Laos over enforced disappearances, freedom of speech and many other problems
Lao authorities, South Korean dam builder are constructing temporary housing for villagers displaced by July 23 dam burst and flood.