Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

At least two people were killed and around 30 were missing on Wednesday after a mountain of rubble collapsed at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, a parliamentarian from the area said. (more…)

Activists from Rangoon’s South Okkalar Township said they have sent a signed petition to President Thein Sein urging him to restore a public park area that was seized by the ruling party and is being developed into a condominium complex. (more…)

The immigration department has expanded its e-visa system to 32 additional countries on January 2, raising the total number of countries covered though online application to nearly 100. (more…)

A proposal to designate a bank that will offer long-term agricultural loans to farmers has been submitted to the parliament, MP Myint Oo told the Daily Eleven. (more…)

Burma’s two biggest political parties have denied recent accusations that they sidestepped election rules by holding premature campaign events. (more…)

Burmese officials of the Shan State border township of Tachilek said they attended a regional meeting with officials from China, Laos and Thailand on Wednesday in order to discuss ways to foster economic development and fight the rampant cross-border crime that plagues the Mekong region. (more…)

The district court of the Shan State capital of Taunggyi will next week pass down a verdict 20 Muslims accused of links to terrorism, according to a lawyer representing the defendants. (more…)

With abundant mineral wealth from jade and rubies to copper and coal, Burma ought to be looking forward to a mining boom as it opens up its economy. But long-running insurgencies and a murky regulatory framework are holding back all but the intrepid. (more…)

As Myanmar’s economy continues to open up to foreign investment, the country is posting a trade deficit of US$4 billion for the first nine months of the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce’s latest figures. (more…)

The oil price plunge will force energy companies to slash capital spending in North America, Europe and Asia in 2015, according to a report by investment bank Evercore on January 6 highlighted in the Bangkok Post. (more…)

The value of confiscated illegal merchandises topped Ks 3.5 billion (US$3.5 million) last year, with most cases taking place along border routs, according to the Customs Department. (more…)

Refined salt production in the Irrawaddy delta has been in decline since the area was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, said an official at Myanmar Salt Enterprise. (more…)

The water level in Ayeyawaddy River has been declining earlier and faster than last year with water level in Mandalay recording lower than 3.7 meters (12 feet), according to Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems. (more…)

The hands are back. That is the message from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and Former Political Prisoners Society who are joining hands to use photos of people with prisoner names on outstretched palms as a reminder that well over 150 prisoners of conscience remain in jail in Myanmar. (more…)

A UK court’s inquest into the death of British tourist Ms Hannah Witheridge on Thailand’s Koh Tao in September 2014 has been adjourned awaiting Thai police papers, according to local UK media reports. (more…)

President U Thein Sein has recommended that the temporary citizens known as white card holders be allowed to vote in the constitutional referendum proposed for May, after an opposition MP moved to disenfranchise them from the process last year. (more…)