Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


Outgoing Yangon University rector U Aung Thu says he has accepted an offer from the National League for Democracy to join the party and contest the November elections.
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If you want to be popular, invest in a football team. Politicians and business tycoons the world over understand this truism and Myanmar is no exception to the rule.
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Fifteen countries will hold a fresh round of talks on a regional free trade agreement (FTA) in Myanmar next month amid stepped-up efforts to wrap it up by year-end according to a Korea Observer report on 21 July.
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MasterCard and Myanmar’s Myanma Apex Bank have partnered to launch a prepaid MasterCard the enterpriseinnovation.net website reported on 22 July.
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Norwegian mobile phone operator Telenor reported second-quarter earnings a touch below expectations on Wednesday but kept its full year revenue and margin guidance and said its rapid growth in Myanmar continued.
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A Tin processing factory in Pyawbwe township of Mandalay Region has been ordered shut, but the factory’s property has not been moved or transferred.
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The Ministry of Commerce is working to arbitrate a Mandalay dispute between mango farmers and the Muse money changers they claim are giving them an unfair deal.
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A court in northern Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on Wednesday after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing.
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As the first meeting of the India-Myanmar Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) concludes in New Delhi, Gautam Mukhopadhaya, ambassador of India to Myanmar, provides an update on ambitious plans to improve connectivity between the two countries.
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Bangladesh has brought back 155 of its nationals rescued from the sea by the Myanmar Navy.

They were among 727 prospective migrants rescued recently from the boats of people smugglers on the Bay of Bengal.
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Following months of equivocation, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has firmly ruled itself in for the November election. After struggling to survive decades of political repression, the unlawful detention of its leaders and the extrajudicial killing of its members, the party can reasonably expect the year’s end to mark their finest hour—should the poll be conducted in a free and fair manner.
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Founded in 1994 by U Aung Ko Win, the Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies manages a diverse set of business interests, including in mining, banking, real estate, aviation and insurance. The eldest daughter of the firm’s founder, Ma Nang Lang Kham, cut her teeth working at KBZ Bank, one of the largest private financial institutions in Myanmar, with nearly 200 branches across the country and with 113 billion kyat (US$101.9 million) in capital as of 2014. She has risen to become the chairwoman of Brighter Future Foundation, Air KBZ, KBZ Bank and Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw under the KBZ group of Companies. Ma Nang Lai Kham spoke with The Irrawaddy’s Kyaw Hsu Mon about the role of women at Kanbawza, promoting women business leaders and encouraging women’s participation in all sectors of the economy.
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Two journalists employed by the Myanmar Herald were fined one million kyats (US$800) each after being found guilty of defaming the president, the journal’s chief editor said on Tuesday.
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A coalition of 24 indigenous rights organizations is planning to make a submission on the situation of indigenous communities in Burma when the country is reviewed at the 23rd session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland, in November.
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More than 1,000 Kachin civilians have been forced to flee their homes since the Myanmar armed forces carried out airstrikes on positions held by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) near the village of Mali Yang in northern Kachin state last Saturday July 11th, Vatican Radio reported on 20 July.
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Two Muslim interfaith activists have been arrested in Mandalay under what their colleagues fear are politically motivated charges.
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Details are emerging of continuing clashes in northern Kachin State, where government air strikes have reportedly driven more than 1000 villagers from their homes. Religious leaders also say the government is blocking their efforts to provide humanitarian assistance.
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The head of the Catholic Church in Myanmar, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, has criticized the country’s political leaders for not doing enough to solve endemic social and economic problems wracking the country.
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Residents of Thein Sein’s home township of Ngapudaw in the Irrawaddy delta reportedly called on the president to contest the country’s upcoming general election during the visit of a union minister, according to local supporters.
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The National League for Democracy is reaching out to other activists to strengthen its position ahead of elections later this year according to a VOA report on 20 July.
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