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People resettled to give way to Nam Theun 2 have power and water, says World Bank
The world body refutes a claim made on Radio Free Asia. Residents of former villages have been appropriately resettled. The few who refused to move into new villages have been provided with cash compensation. Activists are still concerned about the environmental impact of mega dams on rivers.
New dam to destroy livelihood to more than 100,000 people
New dam on Nam Theun River opens, environmentalists protest
The Laotian government says power sales to Thailand will generate US$ 80 million in revenues per year, improving the standards of living of the poor. Environmentalists complain the dam will upset the lives of 110,000 local residents.
31/01/2007 THAILAND - LAOS
Thailand stops forced repatriation of 153 Hmong
Refugees were supposed to go back to Laos, but 50 threatened suicide. Thai premier suspends forced repatriation when some Western countries accept to take them in.
18/05/2007 WORLD BANK
Wolfowitz resigns amid cheers and regrets
“Wolfie” will no longer head the international organisation at the end of June. This marks a victory for neo-Malthusian groups and the EU which was preparing an emergency resolution against him. Some regrets are expressed in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.
05/02/2008 CHINA – WORLD BANK
Chinese to be World Bank’s new chief economist
Justin Lin Yifu, a Taiwan native who defected to the mainland, is one of China’s leading economists and a specialist in the field of rural development. His appointment signals the institution’s intention to bring China closer into the fold to promote ‘responsible development’ on poor countries.
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