Monday, March 7th, 2016


Myanmar’s economy has the potential to grow at around eight percent per year over the next five years, according to the World Bank, which has issued a series of policy notes that it says should be priorities to further grow the country’s economy.
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Due to the lingering effects of torrential flooding and El Niño, Burma’s rice export volume is expected to dip in the 2015-16 fiscal year, industry experts said.
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Coca-Cola’s country manager Rehan Khan spoke to The Myanmar Times about the firm’s plans for expansion, navigating the US sanctions program and the “talent war” international firms are facing to recruit Myanmar’s best and brightest.
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Health authorities have announced another crackdown on the use of chemical dyes in fish paste, setting an April deadline for ensuring markets are free of dangerous brands.
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Yangon’s traffic congestion is a major factor in fouling the city’s air, experts say. Speaking at an air quality seminar, Dr Than Htut, a retired head of the Occupational Health Unit, said it was the most important of three major causes of air pollution, the other two being electricity distribution and industry.
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The leaders of thousands of anti-drug vigilantes vowed to destroy opium poppy fields in northern Myanmar after they said they reached a deal Tuesday to end a standoff with authorities blocking their path.
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Police seized more than 6 million amphetamine pills from a vehicle loaded with sandstone on Tuesday in Tachilek, Shan State.
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The political transition has brought far-reaching change to Myanmar, but for tens of thousands of refugees in camps in Thailand life remains in limbo.
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The police have detained two Myanmar men to facilitate investigations into the discovery of mass graves believed to contain remains of human trafficking victims at Wang Kelian, Perlis last year.
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The defence legal team for the two Myanmar suspects in the Koh Tao murder case has requested approval from Surat Thani’s Samui Provincial Court for a second 30-day extension period of appeal until March 24.
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At least 30 countries illegally forced refugees to return to places where they would be in danger last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday as it warned that many governments were brazenly breaking international law.
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Outgoing USDP Minister for Information U Ye Htut’s recent foray into the presidential criteria debate is as silly as it is shocking. Or as shocking as it is silly. It represents the personalised political games that the USDP Government, led by former military supremo President U Thein Sein, indulge in. U Ye Hut is the ultimate game player, managing to seduce some with his dulcet tones, but not fooling anyone. He and his USDP Government just look silly with this sort of spiteful personalised commentary. It is not a debate about primary principles but about personalised politics. U Ye Htut’s comments cannot go unchecked.  I have seen the local debate, and international friends must also speak up. He has gone “too far” this time.
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Battle has resumed in Shan state, exposing last year’s much-vaunted ceasefire pact as hollow kindling for confrontation
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I would wager that I have been chancellor of more universities than anyone alive today. This is partly because when I was governor of Hong Kong, I was made chancellor of every university in the city. I protested that it would surely be better for the universities to choose their own constitutional heads. But the universities would not allow me to resign gracefully. So for five years I enjoyed the experience of giving tens of thousands of students their degrees and watching what this rite of passage meant for them and their families.
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The challenge of maintaining religious harmony in Myanmar continues to be a hot-button issue. During the recent visit of envoy to the Pope South Korean Cardinal Paul TschangIn Nam to Myanmar, Mizzima spoke with Catholic Cardinal Charles Bo and briefly with Cardinal Paul Tschang In Nam about their approach to interfaith harmony.
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British Conservative Party MP Paul Scully is visiting Myanmar to check out the changes as the country heads towards a more democratic future.

Mr Scully was born in Britain to a Myanmar father and British mother and has long felt he had an important link with the Golden Land.
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L a Laung Daung Nan vividly remembers the last day of April 2015. Alone in front of the two-acre plot of land her family had been allocated in a United Nations-led project, she waited for fellow villagers to turn up.
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After a bumpy two-day drive from Rangoon, The Irrawaddy arrived in Kyauk Hpyu, Kyaukme Township, to find a village largely abandoned.
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President’s Office minister and Burma’s chief peace negotiator Aung Min held a series of meetings with ethnic leaders in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai this week, including representatives of an ethnic alliance whose members remain outside the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
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The Karen National Union (KNU) is under criticism after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Burmese government on a hydropower project known as the Baw Ka Hta dam.
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