July 2013

A Myanmar youth delegation left here for Beijing Wednesday to attend the first China-ASEAN Youth Cultural Exchange program. (more…)

Myanmar job recruitment agencies will be allowed to send workers to Malaysia again after a temporary halt in traffic due to violence between gangs of Myanmar citizens in Kuala Lumpur in late May. (more…)

A group of 14 Muslim asylum seekers from Burma went on trial Wednesday after a deadly brawl at an Indonesian detention center left eight Buddhist fishermen from their country dead. (more…)

Indonesia is looking to penetrate the Myanmar fertilizer market, which has millions of hectares of paddy fields with “low yields and a lack of fertilizing efforts”, a senior official says. (more…)

Deputy Minister of National Planning & Economic Development Set Aung has said that building factories will be the first step in establishing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and that work will commence on the project by the end of this year. (more…)

In the excitement surrounding the recent telecoms licence tender, a significant announcement went mostly unnoticed: army-owned Myanmar Economic Corporation will partner with state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication to compete with the foreign firms. (more…)

Nearly 25,000 people have been evacuated to makeshift camps after floods ravaged eastern Myanmar, an official said Wednesday, as relief teams struggled to reach remote areas inundated by water. (more…)

Former political prisoners who survived detention on Great Coco Island, a notorious penal colony off Burma’s mainland, have criticized the country’s reform efforts, saying the Burmese people have yet to see real change under a government that remains largely controlled by the military. (more…)

The “outlawed” student army known as the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) will focus on achieving a ceasefire agreement with Naypyidaw in its third round of talks with the government peace team over the weekend. (more…)

In an effort to protect lands that were confiscated or stolen for recent development projects and business development in Karen State, the Karen National Union is working on a land policy that will then be proposed to the Burma government. (more…)

The Myanmar army is “not ready to obey” the ceasefire agreement with the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), Major Saing Law Sai said. (more…)

The Burma Army is sending reinforcements into areas that link the Shan State Army (SSA) North with its ally the United Wa State Army (UWSA) on the eastern bank of the Salween, according to local sources.

As natural gas began flowing from Burma’s western coast to energy-hungry China earlier this week, activists from NGOs claim that local populations are still being sidelined by the project’s developers. (more…)

A sex workers’ rights group is calling on Burma’s government to reform a 60-year-old prostitution law in order to decriminalize the practice, end harassment of sex workers and provide them with better health care access. (more…)

A problem with the on-land fiber optic cable near the Irrawaddy delta city of Pyapon was to blame for recent severely slowed Internet connections that left Burmese netizens gasping for bits of digital air for more than a week. (more…)

Heavy rains have caused flooding along the Salween River in southern Burma’s Karen State and more than 7,000 people have evacuated to higher ground, local officials said on Monday. (more…)

Burma’s Parliament has approved an anti-corruption bill, almost a year after it was first proposed and reviewed by the legislature. (more…)

It is not enough for the union government to issue orders and instructions, said Myanmar’s Lower House speaker of Parliament, adding that policy makers must do a better job in   enforcing their directives. (more…)

The buildings he considered either didn’t have safety exits, weren’t clean, required sharing space with other companies or were in odd locations — all unsuitable to the image of his $29 billion in revenue engineering and construction company, which he said he wasn’t authorized to identify. After seeing 10 places and losing one possibility to someone faster with his “bag of money,” Danley is still looking. (more…)

Despite an amended agreement allocating the company a lower percentage of mining profits, Wanbao’s general manager in Myanmar Geng Yi said that the Chinese firm will double its investment on the project to a sum of up to US$997 million. (more…)

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