Laos to press ahead with ‘destructive’ new dam on Mekong May 13, 2020 0 222 12345 AFPBangkokEnvironmentalists have criticised Laos for pressing ahead with plans for another “destructive dam” on the Mekong River, a waterway already strangled by hydropower schemes.The flow of the Mekong, Southeast Asia’s longest river, is interrupted by a cascade of dams in China -- where it is called the Lancang.Two downstream dams -- the Xayaburi and Don Sahong -- have been built in Laos, which wants to construct seven more as it strives to live up to its billing as the “Battery of Asia”.Water levels have dropped to record lows over the last year, exposing rocks and killing fish, a phenomenon blamed by villagers in Thailand and Laos on the operations of dams.On Monday, Laos’ communist government submitted proposals for the Sanakham dam -- close to the northeastern border with Thailand -- to the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Indian trains start rolling again despite virus surge May 13, 2020 0 499 Hong Kong police chief says corralling press was unprofessional May 13, 2020 0 567 Wuhan to test entire population after new virus cluster: state media May 13, 2020 0 97 Former Indian Premier Singh discharged from hospital New Delhi Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh was discharged from a hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday after being treated for chest pain, officials said. Singh, 87, from the opposition Indian National Congress, .. Philippines extends virus lockdown in capital, two high-risk areas DPA Manila The Philippine government on Tuesday extended a lockdown in the capital and two other coronavirus-stricken areas until the end of May, but allowed for some modification to jump-start the economy. .. NZ says virus will not stop September election AFP Wellington New Zealand’s Electoral Commission unveiled safety measures Tuesday designed to allow a national election to proceed as planned in September despite the coronavirus threat. Prime Minister Jacinda .. Australia treasurer tested after coughing fit during virus speech Sydney Australia’s treasurer Josh Frydenberg was tested for coronavirus Tuesday after suffering a coughing fit in parliament that left him breathless and reaching for water. Frydenberg’s coughing fit came as he told .. Seven killed in tanker fire in Indonesia’s Sumatra island Jakarta Indonesian search teams found seven charred bodies on Tuesday, a day after a fire on an oil tanker being repaired in a shipyard in North Sumatra province, police said. The Indian-flagged Jag Leela burst into .. S Korea raises alarm after COVID-19 infections linked to Seoul clubs DPA Seoul South Korean health authorities raised concerns on Tuesday as they recorded a further spike in confirmed coronavirus cases linked to clubs and bars in the capital Seoul, according to media reports. The number .. India PM announces $270 bn virus economic package New Delhi India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled Tuesday a $270 billion stimulus package for labourers and small businesses to boost flagging growth as the country grapples with the impact of the coronavirus and ..