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When I first lived in Thailand, almost two decades ago, the prevailing attitude toward Myanmar was predictably dismissive. Myanmar was considered backward, destitute and despotic.
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Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings, the developer of Thilawa Special Economic Zone, is preparing to list on the Myanmar Stock Exchange at the end of May, the second company to go public.
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India’s Tata Motors is hoping to expand its presence in the local market by selling military transport vehicles to Myanmar after securing a similar agreement with the Royal Thai Army, according to a report in Business Insider India.
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Chairman of Myanmar’s Securities Exchange Commission (SECM) for Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) Dr. Maung Maung Thein submitted a resignation letter to Ministry of Planning and Finance on Thursday, he told Xinhua on Friday.
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A Chinese company is upgrading Myanmar’s only coal-fired power plant, with a view to resuming operations in late May according to officials from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
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In what some are seeing as the first step toward a stronger assertion of its interests in Myanmar, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Nay Pyi Taw on May 1 in the country’s first high-level engagement with Myanmar since the National League for Democracy government took office. The minister will meet President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who also holds the post of foreign minister.
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Myanmese Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi addressed foreign diplomats and laid out a new vision of Myanmar’s foreign policy in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. After winning a general election in November by a landslide, the National League for Democracy (NLD) formed the first civilian government since 1962.
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Ten Myanmar migrant workers are currently being detained against their will in a human-trafficking centre near Bangkok, according to a rights group. The men were identified as human-trafficking victims by Thai authorities.
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The Asian Development Bank and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction are collaborating on a three- year project to rebuild cyclone-damaged infrastructure in Chin State, and leave townships better prepared for the next disaster.
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The head of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau will propose that the government upgrade the Three Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi province from a temporary border crossing to a permanent one to facilitate rapidly growing tourism and trade with Burma.
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Myanmar attracted record foreign direct investment of US$9.4 billion for the fiscal year to the end of March, official figures showed last week.
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At least 21 people including nine children died after a boat capsized in rough waters off the coast of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state on Tuesday, a UN spokesman said.
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Vietnamese telecom company Viettel said on Monday it plans to form a consortium with two Myanmar companies to invest a combined $1.5 billion in Myanmar’s telecoms sector if it wins the country’s fourth, and last, telecom licence.
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After each typhoon, earthquake or flood in disaster-prone Southeast Asia, well-meaning individuals and groups donate infant formula, not realising the dangers it can pose to children in a crisis, aid workers say.
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Authorities in Thailand’s Ratchaburi Province have helped 17 migrant factory workers from Burma who are victims of human trafficking.
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s first official duty as Myanmar’s foreign minister after her National League for Democracy took government was fittingly to meet her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi (??). No country is as economically important to the newly democratic nation as China, nor as significant for its development. For Beijing, there are also strategic, security and cultural reasons to be quick to ensure good relations. It is in the interests of both that the pragmatism on show throughout the visit remains a mainstay of ties.
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The Karen National Union (KNU) in Dupalayar District is preparing three different areas in Burma for returning refugees from Thai camps. A 22-member group of officials from the Thai Noh Hpo refugee camp, Karen Refugee Committee (KRC), Thai authorities, NGOs workers, and The Border Consortium (TBC) recently met with KNU officials to discuss upcoming resettlement operations.
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Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co, a Chinese state-controlled commodity trader, said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) had signed its approval at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw on March 29 – the last full day in office for U Thein Sein’s government.
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Soe was barely 18 years old. He sat innocently beside me, dressed in a blue Burmese longyi, on the floor in a temple in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon Province. He possessed just a few bags of basic items consisting of clothing and property. (more…)

Burma’s long-established ethnic Karen armed organization, the Karen National Union (KNU), has been preparing land and shelter for the possible return of civilians displaced internally and on the Thai-Burma border after more than six decades of civil war with government forces.
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