Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


Myanmar’s president urged people to leave a low-lying southern delta region on Thursday with rain water that has inundated much of the country flowing into the area threatening further flooding as rivers reached dangerously high levels.
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International aid efforts accelerated in flood-hit Myanmar on Wednesday as the death toll from the deluges rose to 69 and authorities evacuated people from new downstream areas threatened by run-off water.
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Myanmar’s president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy River threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand-bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.
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Food is in short supply in much of northwestern Burma’s Chin State, where two main cities have been cut off by landslides caused by heavy monsoon rain in recent weeks.
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With many people in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies across Burma’s flood-ravaged regions, local aid groups have been at the forefront of relief efforts.
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Water levels are rising in the Irrawaddy and Pathein rivers, leaving residents concerned that dikes will not be able to withstand the growing pressure as monsoonal floodwaters move south into the Irrawaddy delta from affected regions further north.
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A flood relief committee established by prominent monk Sitagu Sayadaw has raised more than K325 milliion, including K80 million from ethnic Kokang and Palaung rebels.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed concern Thursday that massive flooding in much of the country might be used as a pretext to undermine November’s general election.
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Voters will receive a special identity card that will guarantee their right to vote on election day, Sunday, November 8, the Union Election Commission has announced. The new measure will apply to all 32 million perspective voters.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has said it will issue special identity cards to ensure the right to vote in Burma’s upcoming general election for victims of recent widespread flooding in the country who have lost their identity documents in the high waters.
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A solemn commemoration ceremony was taking place on the edge of a pond near Kyi village in Depayin Township, in northwest Myanmar’s Sagaing Division, on May 30.
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Twelve candidates on the list announced by the National League for Democracy (NLD) have resigned from the party and replacements are being found, spokesperson Win Myint told the Daily Eleven.
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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s core banking unit has become the first foreign lender in Myanmar to extend a local currency loan, a person with knowledge of the matter said, a sign that strong loan demand in the fast-growing economy is likely to be better met.
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An alleged US$1.5 million scam by an online futures trading firm that defrauded more than 300 customers has failed to dampen interest in the business, which is unregulated and, according to senior government officials, illegal.
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International hotel chain Hilton Worldwide is preparing to sign a deal with local conglomerate Crown Advanced Construction to operate a hotel in central Yangon, a director at the Myanmar firm told The Myanmar Times.
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Nineteen international firms have responded to the invitation of Myanmar Petroleum Enterprise (MPE) to bid for joint ventures at a new liquid petroleum gas (LPG) factory in Thanlyin, the Ministry of Energy has announced.
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Leading Myanmar rice exporters decided to temporarily suspend exports Monday in an effort to stop prices rising during heavy floods across the country, traders said according to a report in the Bangkok Post on 3 August.
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Since the domestic price for onions is higher than the export price, exports will pause for a while, according to Khin Han, the chairperson of the Bayintnaung Wholesale Centre.

“The exports will resume when prices change,” he said.
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Setting aside decades of animosity and suspicion, senior Myanmar government and military officials have held unprecedented discussions with representatives of the main opposition party and ethnic minorities here on fighting a common enemy — malaria.
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An investigation by Rangoon police into the seizure last month of more than US$100 million worth of methamphetamine pills led police to a house in North Dagon Township this week, where they seized an additional 1.5 million stimulant tablets worth an estimated 7.5 billion kyats ($6.1 million).
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