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Plant power offers hope for green energy in Burma

By Agence France-Presse Dutch scientists have developed a revolutionary system that could one day help isolated villages in countries such as Burma steadily generate electricity from water-logged plants such as rice growing in paddy fields. “It’s based on the principle that plants produce more energy than they need,” said Marjolein Helder, co-founder of Plant-e, which […]

June 3, 2015  •  Read more ➤

Yoma Strategic chief executive talks leadership transition

By Jeremy Mullins Yoma Strategic Holdings chief executive Andrew Rickards is stepping down next month after a nearly four-year term, though remains bullish on Myanmar’s long term prospects. As the best-known Myanmar-focused company listed on a foreign exchange, Yoma Strategic has attracted business and investors eager to participate in what’s sometimes touted as the last […]

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Central Bank urges government to reduce dollar use

By Aye Thidar Kyaw The Central Bank is urging government organisations to only use kyat payments to reduce US dollar demand and prevent dollarisation of the economy. The Foreign Exchange Management Department of the Central Bank last week announced that the kyat only should be used in domestic payments at national, regional and state-level organisations. […]

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UEC defends errors on draft voter lists

Draft voter lists recently published across several townships last week were expected to contain inaccuracies, Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has said in response to criticism from opposition party the National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD last week highlighted discrepancies in the voter lists released by the UEC on 25 May for 14 townships […]

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USDP lawmaker calls for hard line on ‘boat people’

By KYAW PHYO THA RANGOON — Burma’s Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday heard an urgent proposal to limit the detention of “boat people” rescued from Burmese waters. Hla Swe, a member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), submitted the resolution, urging lawmakers to swiftly implement a “precise policy” for dealing with […]

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Mutu Say Poe: Ethnic leaders ‘must be courageous’

As leaders of ethnic armed organisations meet in Karen State for a summit to hash out the fine details of a draft ceasefire deal agreed with the government at the end of March, key figures at the meeting have emphasised the need for a speedy conclusion to a peace agreement. Host of the summit and […]

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Ethnic military leaders urged to sign ceasefire accord

By Wa Lone Leaders of armed ethnic groups meeting yesterday to debate the closing stages of the national ceasefire process were urged to lay down their arms and take up political negotiations. Karen National Union chair Saw Mutu Say Poe called on the leaders to approve the draft ceasefire agreement text provisionally approved in March […]

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Burmese Monks Recognized for Interfaith Peace Efforts

By NOBEL ZAW RANGOON — The century-old organization known as the Parliament of the World’s Religions gave the World Harmony Award to three Buddhist monks from Burma on May 27 in recognition of their efforts to save Muslim lives during the riots of 2013. The recipients of the interfaith peace award were U Withudda, an […]

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Former ‘White Card’ Holders to Get a Turquoise Alternative: Official

By NOBEL ZAW RANGOON — Burma’s Immigration and National Registration Department says people living in the country who lack identity documents after handing over their temporary ID cards in recent weeks will be issued an alternative form of documentation beginning on Friday. The plan appears to be an attempt to deal with hundreds of thousands […]

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Myanmar lands over 700 migrants from seized boat – Reuters witness

By Simon Webb Myanmar on Wednesday landed a boat with 727 migrants on board in the country’s western Rakhine state, after keeping the vessel at sea for days, a Reuters witness said. The migrants were found drifting in the Andaman Sea on Friday in an overloaded fishing boat that was taking on water. Scores of […]

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