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In Suu Kyi's Myanmar, Concern Rises Over Press Freedom

The arrests, combined with the prosecution of critics Date : July 20, 2017 Reporter : Big News Network YANGON - In the old, military-ruled Myanmar, it would not have been a surprising scene: three journalists, bound together in chains, raising shackled hands in unison and speaking out against their repressive government. But this moment, captured on video by a local news organization, the Democratic Voice of Burma, was not from another era. It was recorded Tuesday, and it underscores how little has changed in the Southeast Asian country since the party led by Nobel Peace Prize ...Full Story

POLITICS

In Suu Kyi's Myanmar, Concern Rises Over Press Freedom

Date : July 20, 2017 Reporter : Big News Network The arrests, combined with the prosecution of critics YANGON - In the old, military-ruled Myanmar, it would not have been a surprising scene: three journalists, bound together in chains, raising shackled hands in unison and speaking out against their repressive government. But this ...Full Story

BUSINESS

Finland to improve ties with Myanmar

Date : January 19, 2013 Reporter : FTimes.fi Finnish government has planned resumption of bilateral cooperation with Myanmar   Helsinki, January 18 - The Finnish government has planned resumption of bilateral cooperation with Myanmar (Burma) after 15 year with the once-isolated Southeast Asian nation beginning liberalization towards democratic ...Full Story

INDUSTRY

The Economist: Banking in Myanmar

Date : October 24, 2014 Reporter : burmanet Myanmar 24 banks four of which are wholly state-owned Spend a few days in Yangon, and you can almost believe you are in a country with a functioning financial sector. ATMs, completely absent just a few years ago, now dot the city. Credit cards are increasingly (though still not widely) ...Full Story

SOCIO-CULTURE

Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar's remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns

Date : May 23, 2017 Reporter : BNN Children in need of better humanitarian assistance 23 May 2017 -- The benefits of Myanmar's economic growth, reform and reconciliation efforts have not yet reached children in the country's remote, conflict-affected areas, leaving an estimated 2.2 million children in need of ...Full Story

HISTORY

Temples, pagodas in ancient Myanmar city damaged by earthquake; death toll rises in Italy quake

Date : August 26, 2016 Reporter : Big News Network 200 temples and pagodas were damaged NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - More than 200 temples and pagodas were damaged in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit central Myanmar on Wednesday, and at least four people have been reported dead.> Big News Network According to reports, ...Full Story

HUMAN RIGHTS

UN convenes Rohingya abuse investigation, but Myanmar says it won’t cooperate

Date : April 4, 2017 Reporter : Big News Network High Commissioner for Human Rights The UN's main human rights body is assembling a team to probe alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya, even as the government appears set to deny investigators access to areas where crimes against humanity may have ...Full Story

ENVIRONMENT

China Nudges Myanmars New Government to Restart Controversial Dam Project

Date : March 20, 2016 Reporter : Big News Network 3.6-billion $ Myitsone Dam project China is pushing the Myanmar government to restart the controversial U.S. $3.6-billion Myitsone Dam project, which was temporarily halted in 2011 by outgoing President Thein Sein amid fervent opposition mainly because of the ...Full Story

EDUCATION

Recently Detained Boat People Will be Moved to a "Safe Place"

Date : June 4, 2015 Reporter : BigNewsNet Myanmar Official More than 700 boat people detained at sea by Myanmar's navy last week will soon be moved to a "safe place," with refugees from neighboring Bangladesh sent back to that country if they wish to return, a government spokesman ...Full Story

TECHNOLOGY

Opium poppy cultivation in ‘Golden Triangle’ hits new high in 2014 - 8211 UN report

Date : December 8, 2014 Reporter : BigNewsNet Myanmar will remain Southeast Asia’s top opium producer 8 December 2014 - Cultivation of opium poppy crops in Myanmar and Laos rose again for the eighth consecutive year, nearly tripling the amount harvested in 2006, according to a new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs ...Full Story

TRAVEL

Massive operation launched after aircraft carrying 120 people mysteriously disappears over the Andaman Sea

Date : June 9, 2017 Reporter : BNN Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane YANGON, Myanmar - In a baffling incident, a military aircraft, that left from a coastal town in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon, with 120 people on board, mysteriously vanished over the Andaman Sea. > BNN   The army ...Full Story

SPORTS

Burma Constructs New Border Checkpoints With Bangladesh

Date : March 21, 2014 Reporter : BigNewsNet The Home Ministry told parliament Thursday Burma, also known as Myanmar, says it is building new checkpoints along its border with Bangladesh in volatile Rakhine state. The Home Ministry told parliament Thursday the government is also resuming the construction of a fence ...Full Story

ENTERTAINMENT

Myanmar´s protest China-backed dam project

Date : March 25, 2014 Reporter : taiwannews.com.tw The vast majority of Burmese do not have access to electricity. Dozens of protesters gathered together on Sunday in northern Myanmar, calling for the cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam project over environmental concerns, rports taiwannews.com.tw. The $3.6 billion dam along ...Full Story

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