Ramree Island, Myanmar – Zaw Myint looked quizzical as he sniffed a handful of grey sludge. He had just pulled the mud up from the bottom of an oil well he’s digging on Myanmar’s impoverished western coastline, hoping for the sweet whiff of black gold. (more…)

Paddy prices have taken a big hit from a recent drop in demand from China, as border officials have strangled the bilateral rice trade by stepping up efforts to prevent illegal imports. (more…)

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc opened its first luxury hotel in Burma on Friday, after completing an upgrade of a hotel in the capital Naypyidaw owned by local conglomerate Eden Group. (more…)

Funding shortages will not prevent those injured by faulty power lines from receiving compensation, according to Deputy Minister for Electric Power Maw Thar Htwe. (more…)

The issuing of publishing licences has resumed following a six-month halt, after the Ministry of Information enacted by-laws for the Printing and Publishing Enterprise Law on October 10. (more…)

The October 16 trial of activist Htin Kyaw has been postponed until October 20 because he was too weak to attend Kyauktada Township Court following an 11-day hunger strike at Insein Prison, said his lawyer Robert San Aung. (more…)

Civil society groups will meet today to discuss a planned code of conduct for election observers, representatives said. (more…)

Police in Yangon Region approved almost 90 percent of the more than 300 applications to protest submitted so far this year, officials say. (more…)

U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, that sits on Taungthaman Lake near Mandalay will undergo significant restoration work in November, U Soe Win,secretary of the Committee to Maintain U Bein Bridge told Mizzima on October 16. (more…)

An overwhelming 98 percent of farmers in two villages in western Kachin State’s Hukaung Valley have voted against the Yuzana Company’s continued presence in the ecologically sensitive area during a community referendum held on October 8, reports the Kachin News Group. (more…)

The “document” found on a Myanmar domestic flight, reported in several media outlets as related to terrorist organisation ‘Islamic State’ was “freely available on the internet”, Police Lieutenant Colonel Myint Oo, of the Mandalay Police, who is working on the case, told Mizzima on October 15. (more…)

Fighting erupted for the second time this month between the Burma Army and an allied force of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State this week, according to an officer of one rebel group. (more…)

Deputy Minister of Culture Than Shwe said this week that the ministry has no independent plan to protect the ethnic Taron – often referred to as the “pygmy” people of Kachin state’s Putao – who are on the verge of extinction. (more…)

A former minister of religious affairs in Myanmar was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday on charges of misappropriation of state funds and sedition, his lawyer said. (more…)

“The Monk,” a film about a novice weighing the choice between monastic and lay life, has earned the respect of international audiences and brought greater world exposure to formerly hermetic Burma. (more…)

News dailies, weeklies and tabloids of all hues are a common sight in Rangoon these days. Whether they are covering politics, elections, business or fashion, there is certainly no dearth of news stories today. (more…)

Local residents have expressed concerns about the social and environmental threats that the coal power plant could pose.  (more…)

Preparations for the first section of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) included clearing nearly 400 hectares of land and building roads to a nearby port. The industrial park is scheduled to open in the middle of next year and some of the 22 companies set to move in will begin building their factories by the end of the month. Yet the most immediate beneficiary will not be Myanmar’s economy. Takashi Yanai, head of the Burmese-Japanese joint venture developing Thilawa, jokes that the monastery sitting in a finger of forest jutting into the park has much to gain. “You cannot touch a monastery in this country,” says Mr Yanai. With every corporate groundbreaking will come a donation to the monks that may one day pay for a grand golden stupa. (more…)

Leading Japanese vehicle maker Toyota is still dominating Myanmar’s growing automobile market with a 53 percent share compared with top-notch Korean and Western automobile brands, according to an online survey released October 13. (more…)

On Tuesday, the newly formed Licensing Association of Thailand (LAT) wrapped up its inaugural meeting in Bangkok, where intellectual property (IP) professionals discussed some of the challenges faced by companies seeking to license their patents, trademarks, and copyrights in Southeast Asia. (more…)

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