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  1. Hand over money, villagers told

    Posted May 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Yongshan county, Yunnan province jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Villagers in Yunnan and Sichuan being moved to make way for two massive dams have been told by local governments ... have to dip into their own pockets to make up the difference. The Xiangjiaba dam is being built on the Jinsha (Yangtze) River on the mountainous border between Sichuan and Yunnan, about 33 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1002521/hand-over-money-villagers-told
  2. News - Asia - LAOS

    Vietnam drops objections to Laos dam on Mekong

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 06:27pm by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Vietnam has apparently dropped its objections to a dam that Laos is constructing on the Mekong River, saying on Thursday that the neighbouring country has made changes in the design to mitigate any negative downstream impact. Laos officials reportedly said this week that construction of the Xayaburi dam was going ahead, and they took several journalists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1077930/vietnam-drops-objections-laos-dam-mekong
  3. Business - Companies - CYBER ATTACKS

    China’s cyber hackers drive US software-maker to brink

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 10:31am by Bloomberg

    ... and violence. China was looking for software to do the same thing on a national scale. In May 2009, Chinese officials ordered web- filtering software called Green Dam Youth Escort installed on every ... that the software had been pirated, according to Milburn. An independent analysis later found that four of the five active filters were copied almost verbatim from CYBERsitter and that Green Dam could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1092829/chinas-cyber-hackers-drive-us-software-maker-brink
  4. News - Asia

    Laos starts construction of controversial mega Mekong River dam ‘this week’

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 06:35pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vientiane Laos on Monday said it would start construction of a controversial multi-billion dollar hydropower dam this week, after adapting the design to calm environmental concerns from neighbouring nations. “After two years of preparation the Lao government will have a ground-breaking ceremony on November 7 and will then start working on the dam itself ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1075493/laos-starts-construction-controversial-mega-mekong-river-dam-week
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Laos risking all with dam project Agreement between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on shared use of the Mekong River has long been hailed by the United Nations ... But self-interest has got the better of the Lao government, which has ignored pacts, its neighbours and environmentalists to break ground for a hydroelectric dam. At a stroke, it has eroded all that has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1084347/laos-risking-decades-co-operation-mekong-dam-project
  6. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Finnish firm Poyry defends role in approval of massive dam in Laos

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Chiang Mai, Thailand Controversial project will spark water conflicts along Mekong, Environmentalists and NGOs say Finnish consultancy defends role in approval of huge dam in Laos The consulting firm that gave Laos a green light for a controversial dam on the Mekong River, despite objections from downstream nations, is defending its role in the project, even ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1087835/finnish-firm-poyry-defends-role-approval-massive-dam-laos
  7. Business - Money - ECONOMY

    Cash dam reopened to flush out hot money

    Posted Dec 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Monetary Authority steps in again to sell down local currency, bringing total injections in last two months to more than US$13.8b Cash dam reopened to flush out hot money The city's de facto central bank again sold down the Hong Kong dollar yesterday to maintain the currency peg to the US dollar as so-called hot money continued to pour in. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1110180/cash-dam-reopened-flush-out-hot-money
  8. News - Asia - LAOS

    Laos holds “groundbreaking” ceremony for contentious Mekong dam

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 03:15pm by Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos

    ... Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos Laos held a “groundbreaking” ceremony on Wednesday for a US$3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and some neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. But it was unclear when actual construction of the contentious Xayaburi dam would start, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1077033/laos-holds-groundbreaking-ceremony-contentious-mekong-dam
  9. News - Asia - LAOS

    US urges Laos to address mega dam concerns

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 06:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The United States urged caution on Monday on plans by Laos to build a multibillion-dollar dam that has raised environmental concerns from neighbouring ... infrastructure can have over the long-term,” the State Department said in a statement that nonetheless recognised the “important role” dams can play in helping advance economic growth. “The extent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1076347/us-urges-laos-address-mega-dam-concerns
  10. News - Asia

    Cambodia approves controversial dam plan

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 10:26am by AFP in Phnom Penh

    ... AFP in Phnom Penh Energy-hungry Cambodia on Friday gave the green light to a multi-million dollar hydropower dam backed by companies from China and Vietnam that activists say will affect thousands of people. The Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 project will invest $781.5 million to build a 400-megawatt hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Mekong River in northern Stung Treng province, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1074872/cambodia-approves-controversial-dam-plan

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