Thailand’s premier said on October 29 that police will allow two Myanmar men accused of killing a pair of British tourists on a Thai island to have another DNA test, as questions mount over the murder probe. (more…)

In what is being heralded as one of the biggest foreign company acquisitions in Myanmar, Colgate-Palmolive has stepped in to snap up Laser Brand Toothpaste for a rumoured US$100 million, according to a media report. (more…)

Protesters took to the streets of Banmauk in Sagaing Division this weekend, calling for official measures to tackle rampant drug problems in the region. (more…)

Foreign investment volume, up until October in this fiscal year, has reached nearly US$2 billion in hotel sector in Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. (more…)

The embassies of the United States and Britain have called on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist by the Burma Army. (more…)

Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on the country which addresses the government’s “backtracking on human rights” in light of a report by UN Special Rapporteur Ms Yanghee Lee. (more…)

Foreign investment volume, up until October in this fiscal year, has reached nearly US$2 billion in hotel sector in Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. (more…)

For years Pearl Condominium, a complex of four high-rise buildings towering over one of Yangon’s busiest roads, was shunned by prospective commercial tenants. Demand was low in the sanction years, so it didn’t make sense for its owner, Asia Express, to invest in improvements. (more…)

The exiled Burmese activist Aung Din recently returned to his native country for the first time in 16 years. Many formerly exiled activists have returned since President Thein Sein’s government began introducing political reforms in 2011. (more…)

Efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire appear to have stalled in recent months, despite several meeting between ethnic leaders and the government, raising concerns about Burma’s peace process prospects. (more…)

Every morning, before the start of the day’s parliamentary session, military representatives arrive at the hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw in buses. One after another they alight from the buses, their uniforms perfectly pressed and hair neatly groomed, army briefcases bulging with documents under their arms. These members of parliament are ready for another day on a job for which they did not enlist. (more…)

Drug dealers from across the country are increasingly setting up shop in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, police say, taking advantage of its large and ethnically diverse population, access to wholesale markets and thriving nightlife to peddle illicit substances. (more…)

A strengthening US dollar on global currency markets, coupled with Burma’s growing trade imbalance, has pushed the local currency’s exchange rate above 1,000 kyats per US dollar this week. (more…)

One of the chief financiers of hydroelectric dams planned on Burma’s Salween River is accused of investing in countries where there is “oppression and limited transparency” in order to achieve its objectives. (more…)

A large number of legal migrant workers in Thailand who are about to complete four-year employment contracts are opting to go through a fresh nationality verification process alongside illegal migrants to extend their employment, even though the practice could cost them their social security benefits, reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

At least two armed speedboats, which will be used to patrol Myanmar’s western border with Bangladesh, have arrived in the border town of Maungdaw according to a defense official, reports Narinjara News. (more…)

Burma’s lower house of parliament began debating on Monday the eight voting systems proposed by the Electoral Review Commission. (more…)

Draft by-laws for the News Media Law will require government ministries to reply to media enquiries within 24 hours and take action against staff who do not respond in time, a senior Myanmar Press Council (Interim) official says. (more…)

The 7 Day Daily and Mizzima newspapers misreported defense budget for military operation in 2013-2014 fiscal years in their papers issued on October 28, it was learnt. (more…)

A pilot project to assess the citizenship credentials of IDPs in Myebon township has been suspended, sources say, following complaints that the program had enabled “Bengalis” to gain citizenship by saying they are ethnic Kaman. (more…)

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