Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Looting and robbery has broken out in territory previously controlled by Kachin rebels in Burma’s jade heartland, according to local sources. (more…)

As talks between Burma’s government and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) representatives continued this week in the Chinese border city of Ruili, the military continues to advances into KIO- controlled territories. (more…)

Eight senior officials from Burma’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) are under investigation for corruption and will soon be tried, according to government sources. (more…)

The family of a man accused of carrying out a deadly bombing during the Burmese water festival in 2010 demand that the government helps overturn his sentence. They allege the recently-deceased convict was framed by the police and tortured into confessing guilt. (more…)

Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) Chairman Zaung Khara said that his people “hope for and expect” the establishment of a federal union in Myanmar. (more…)

The president of Myanmar (Burma) has appointed an opposition MP to his cabinet, giving a foothold to a political rival in his reformist government for the first time. (more…)

Myanmar is in the second phase of reform with an emphasis on public services, Kan Zaw, minister of national planning and economic development, said recently. (more…)

Myanmar’s central bank may allow foreign lenders to form joint ventures with local banks as early as April in a further step to overhaul the financial system, according to an official who oversees regulatory issues. (more…)

In recent times, many of Burma’s neighbors have been knocking on the door, eager to do business in the rapidly reforming country. (more…)

Suzuki Motor Corp will start manufacturing 100 small trucks a month in Myanmar in May, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday, after it received approval from the Myanmar government to resume production in the Southeast Asian country. (more…)

House Standing Committee on State Security chairman Weng Tojirakan Wednesday discussed the Rohingya migrant issue and recommended talks with Myanmar to repatriate them or contact the United Nations to find a third country to take them in. (more…)

The lion’s share of all border trade occurs at the four trading zones along the border with China, while trade with India constitutes the least amount among the four nations that share borders with Myanmar, the latest figures from the Border Trade Department show. (more…)

A veil was partially lifted from Myanmar last week. A half-century of suffocating draconian censorship laws edged towards its end as some of the world’s foremost novelists, journalists and political commentators – many of whom have intimate ties to the political opposition in Myanmar – joined their local counterparts at a literary festival in Yangon. (more…)

By the old Shwedagon pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the tourists, there stands the tall whitewashed tomb of Queen Supayalat, immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in his lines about a beautiful “Burma girl” whose “name was Supi-Yaw-Lat – jes’ the same as Theebaw’s Queen”. On one side of “Her Late Majesty, Chief Queen Suphayalatt” I find a memorial to U Thant, the former UN secretary-general; on the other, that to ambassador Khin Kyi, widow of this country’s independence hero, general Aung San, and a formidable figure in her own right. One day there will be a monument somewhere hereabouts to their even more formidable daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, who by then will probably be a former president, and is already treated like a queen. (more…)