December 2012

Burmese authorities have rejected the application of local residents for a peaceful protest planned to be held on 26th of December outside the office of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) that is working for the Shwe Gas Project on Kyaukpru’s Madae Island in Arakan State. (more…)

A mixed year is probably the most generous way to describe Burma’s economic developments in 2012. The country made good progress from a pariah state to an increasingly welcomed member of the global business community, but some things remained bad—and others downright ugly. (more…)

The Nippon Foundation of Japan has given US $70,000 in humanitarian aid to Mon State, the first batch of an expected $3 million in aid to reach ethnic refugees in Burma. (more…)

The Australian government has pledged AUS $1 million (US $1.04 million) to the Humanitarian Multi Stakeholder Fund (HMSF), an emergency response scheme established in Burma [Myanmar] and managed by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). (more…)

The Burmese and Icelandic governments have agreed to establish diplomatic relations, according to Burma’s state media on Wednesday. (more…)

Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MOSWRR) in collaboration with United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) launched “Earthquake Risk Assessment for 3 Cities” in Nay Pyi Taw on 20th December 2012. Risk assessment study will assess the seismic hazard and related risk for the most possible seismic scenario along Sagaing fault for Bago, Taungoo and Sagaing cities which has a population 412,730, 231,460 and 291,230 respectively. (more…)

The sound of gun and mortar fire can be heard sporadically in the distance, breaking up a dark, pensive silence in this small valley town which is separated from China by only the 20-meter-wide Jeyang River. (more…)

NGO Walk Free is challenging firms including Apple and HSBC to tackle trafficking within Burma’s emerging private sector (more…)

Three people were reportedly injured when the Mandalay-Myitkyina freight train was struck by an explosive and hit with gunfire in Kachin state’s Mohnyin township this morning. (more…)

A Burmese military chief says that the country plans to use nuclear technology for medical research and energy purposes, but has no intention of developing atomic weapons, according to state media. (more…)

The Karen National Union (KNU) concluded its 15th Congress in Pa-an District on Friday by electing its commander-in-chief Gen. Mutu Say Poe as Chairman. (more…)

The MAI-listed Universal Adsorbents & Chemicals Plc (UAC) plans to invest in a new 800-million-baht alternative biofuel energy project in Myanmar expected to start operating in 2014. (more…)

Myanmar’s Labour Ministry has urged its Thai counterpart to extend nationality verification (NV) for migrant workers, claiming that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had promised it during her visit to the neighbouring country. (more…)

Myanmar and Japan agreed to start work next year on a huge industrial zone near Yangon, officials from the two countries said yesterday, as the impoverished nation hungrily eyes foreign investment. (more…)

Myanmar offers great opportunities for the Indian business community to invest in infrastructure and power projects, visiting Myanmar President U Thein Sein said here yesterday. (more…)

The U.N. General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming positive changes in Myanmar but expressing serious concern at an upsurge of sectarian violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine state. (more…)

It was a very, very special occasion. The fact that Aung San Suu Kyi had been released from house arrest, that she had successfully been voted in as the NLD member in the Burmese parliament and that then she was allowed to leave the country and to come and address parliamentarians at Westminster Hall was truly an amazing escalation of events. (more…)

Kwe Htoo Win, the newly elected general-secretary of Karen National Union (KNU), is quietly known among the Karen public to be one of the most pragmatic within the organization’s leadership. (more…)

Khin Yu Waddy Myint is manager at Pyrex Trading and Distribution, a Burmese pharmaceutical company that employs 250 people across the country. Part of her job is to source and import medicines from India and Australia, a task she concedes she doesn’t know enough about. (more…)

An outlawed student armed group is meeting with government ministers, politicians and activists in Rangoon to discuss their role in peace processes between the Burma Army and ethnic rebels, a leader of the group said on Thursday. (more…)

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