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by Pear
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Social Issues and Conflict
Topic: Could the Burmese Navy Attack Malaysia's Food Flotilla?
Replies: 0
Views: 2459

Could the Burmese Navy Attack Malaysia's Food Flotilla?

As a Malaysian organization pledges to send a “food flotilla” to Burma’s conflict-ridden Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, President’s Office spokesperson U ZawHtay told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that such a gesture could be met with a warning or with violence. The aid program is being organized b...
by Pear
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Business and Commerce
Topic: Rice exports drop
Replies: 0
Views: 2599

Rice exports drop

Until mid-December this fiscal year, nearly 600,000 tonnes of rice have been exported, about 110,000 tonnes down on last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. From April 1 to December 16, the country exported around 590,000 tonnes of rice compared with more than 700,000 tonnes last year. Myan...
by Pear
Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: History and Culture
Topic: Women tattoo their faces to 'make them less attractive to kidnappers'
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Views: 2193

Women tattoo their faces to 'make them less attractive to kidnappers'

With a variety of styles and designs the detailed markings have a deep rooted cultural significance to the largely Christian community. Photographer and cyber security expert, Teh Han Lin took the intimate pictures on a recent trip to Myanmar. face.jpg He said: “When I planned to visit Myanmar (form...
by Pear
Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: History and Culture
Topic: Myanmar's lost royals
Replies: 0
Views: 2097

Myanmar's lost royals

More than a century after Burma's king was banished, his descendants are stepping into the spotlight again - and raising the question whether his remains should be taken from their resting place in a foreign country and reburied at home, says Alex Bescoby. In the grey dark before dawn in Ratnagiri, ...
by Pear
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Business and Commerce
Topic: Fourth Burma Telecom Company Expected to Launch
Replies: 0
Views: 2193

Fourth Burma Telecom Company Expected to Launch

A fourth major telecom operator is expected to enter the Burma mobile phone market before the end of the year. Since 2014, only three mobile telecom companies—Norway’s Telenor, Qatar’s Ooredoo, and the partly state-owned MPT—have operated in Burma with permission to sell low-cost SIM cards to Burmes...
by Pear
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where is the good news about Myanmar?
Replies: 0
Views: 5354

Where is the good news about Myanmar?

The country is making progress despite global media focus on the sectarian divide. Myanmar has the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, clocking more than 8% annual growth for 2016, according to some estimates. The country's growth trajectory is likely to continue ...
by Pear
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Social Issues and Conflict
Topic: Cardinal Bo appeals to Burmese
Replies: 0
Views: 2363

Cardinal Bo appeals to Burmese

Cardinal Bo appeals to Burmese to make 2017 the Year of Peace Myanmar’s Cardinal, Charles Maung Bo, has issued an appeal to all religions and all ethnic groups in the nation to make 2017 the Year of Peace. The Archbishop of Yangon’s plea comes as the UN and other human rights groups are accusing My...
by Pear
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Travel and Tourism
Topic: Tourists seeking Orwell's Burmese Days
Replies: 0
Views: 2121

Tourists seeking Orwell's Burmese Days

In the 1990s, Nyo Ko Naing noticed that the handful of foreign tourists who made it to his remote hometown of Katha in central Myanmar were carrying their own maps and looked like they were searching for something. Someone, it turns out, by the name of George Orwell. Katha was Eric Blair's last post...
by Pear
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Tourism
Topic: Graphic designer vows to make Burma town a tourist hub
Replies: 0
Views: 2196

Graphic designer vows to make Burma town a tourist hub

In the 1990s, Nyo Ko Naing noticed that the handful of foreign tourists who made it to his remote hometown were carrying their own maps and looked like they were searching for something. Someone, it turns out, by the name of George Orwell. Katha was Eric Blair's last posting in the Imperial Police b...
by Pear
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Business and Commerce
Topic: Burma can overtake Singapore in 20 years
Replies: 1
Views: 2403

Burma can overtake Singapore in 20 years

ALTHOUGH Burma has been wracked by decades of civil unrest and is now said to be edging on a full-blown “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslims, its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has trotted out an ambitious plan to have her country overtake Singapore’s economy in two decades. Speaking at a bu...