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The Thai cabinet has endorsed guidelines for the management of migrant workers, agreeing to allow those who complete the nationality verification process by this month to work for another two years after their work permits expire in March next year, according to the Bangkok Post on March 5. (more…)

Police in Rangoon Division’s Insein Township arrested at least 20 striking workers on Wednesday afternoon who had begun a sit-in protest earlier in the day.
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Krishna took a mid-day break from his long and arduous shift digging for rubies in the vast San Taw Win mine in central Burma’s Mogok. A descendant of Gurkha soldiers, born in Burma and now in his 50s, Krishna said the work is hard but he holds out hope of landing that one giant gem that would make him rich.
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Two Thai construction companies are expected to sign an agreement with the Burmese government to start developing the first phase of the Dawei megaproject.
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Karenni (Kayah) State farmers have decided to form a farmers’ union and elected an 18 member central committee at the end of a three-day long farmers’ conference at So-Hlar-Kuu Village, in Phruso Township. Kayah State.
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The Myanmar Rice Federation’s second deadline of February 27 has passed for companies aiming for permission to export rice to China – but unlike in the first round, no bids were submitted, according to federation joint secretary U Soe Tun.
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The Myanmar government plans to focus efforts on building 20 hydropower plants within the Ayeyarwady River basin, according to HydroPower news on February 27.
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The Burma Army and private companies own most of the land in Kayah State according to Sayar Kawrio the organiser of a farmer’s conference held to review land confiscation and land policy.
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Around 30 trucks owned by a silica mining company had their route blocked as part of a protest against mining operations in northern Shan State on Thursday.
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A Burmese Labor Ministry official has warned Burmese migrant workers in Thailand that they should renew their Thai work permits before the permits expire on March 31.
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Succeding on its second try, the government persuaded has Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to accept a US$300 million from Exim Bank of China on February 25, but only after lengthy debate. Parliament had turned down the loan at its last session, in part due to concerns about the interest rate and how the funds would be managed.
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The unexpected suspension of the Myitsone dam project in late 2011 raised the hopes of many Myanmar people that a new approach to infrastructure planning may be on the horizon.
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Forbes Magazine has listed Burmese businesswoman Win Win Tint, managing director of Burma’s largest retailer City Mart Holdings, in its fourth annual Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen list.
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Google said February 25 that Gmail is now available in the Myanmar language, marking the 74th language for the popular email service.
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Thailand’s largest private power producer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Pcl , said it plans to invest 13 billion baht ($399 million) in 2015, mostly on expanding its power business at home and Southeast Asia.
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The Myanmar Rice Federation will accept invitations for ten more rice companies to receive permission to export rice to China after the first nine firms it selected were criticised for their lack of experience.
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All garment factories that have been at the center of a long-running strike have reopened, but about 100 laborers continued to protest on Wednesday to demand a pay rise, a labor activist said.
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Hundreds of residents of the ruby mining town of Mogok, in Mandalay Division, have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against a plan by the local gems traders association to construct a head office and several buildings on a scenic lake in the town’s center.
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Fifty farmers who have not yet received compensation for their farmland that was destroyed by mud from a gas pipeline construction demonstrated in front of the Kyauk Phyu Township Administration office on 19 February.
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Shell Myanmar Energy is poised to spend US$1.2 billion on offshore oil and gas exploration and provide $61 million as a signature bonus to state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) , the Energy Ministry has announced.
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