One official says merchants from China bribe local authorities, bend rules, and evade taxes.
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.