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29 killed in Myanmar state riot: Official

Yangon, June 14 (IANS) At least 29 people have been killed and 38 injured in riots in Myanmar's Rakhine state since June 8, the government said Thursday.

 
In Myanmar, the pygmies that time forgot

Yangon, June 13 (IANS) A group of pygmies, forgotten by time, lived among treacherous mountains in the region bordering Myanmar and Tibet till they were 'found' and written on by a wildlife conservationist.

 
State of emergency in Myanmar state

Yangon, June 11 (IANS) The Myanmar government declared a state of emergency in coastal Rakhine state Sunday night following unrest.

 
Myanmar gas exploration contract inked

Yangon, June 11 (IANS) A contract has been inked on exploring gas at an onshore block in Myanmar, official media reported.

 
Curfew imposed in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Yangon, June 10 (IANS) Myanmar authorities Sunday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in four places in the western Rakhine state, after a riot in a town led to the death of seven people and the burning down of around 500 houses, state media reported.

 
Australia to double Myanmar aid

Yangon, June 10 (IANS) Australia will double its aid to Myanmar to about $98 million by 2015, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said.

 
Myanmar puts off special gem sale

Yangon, June 9 (IANS) Myanmar has put off its annual special gem sale in August following the suspension of jade mining in Pha-Kant, an area in Kachin state, a media report said Saturday.

 
Myanmar to introduce new 10,000 kyat banknotes

Yangon, June 8 (IANS) The Central Bank of Myanmar has announced it will put currency notes of 10,000 kyat denomination into circulation June 15. The new 10,000 kyat banknote is another larger-value currency note to be introduced nearly three years after notes of 5,000 kyat were put into circulation Oct 1, 2009.

 
Myanmar, Voice of America ink pact

Yangon, June 6 (IANS) Myanmar's state-run radio and television (MRTV) and the Voice of America (VOA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), official media reported Wednesday.

 
No turning back on democratic reform: Myanmar media

Yangon, May 31 (IANS) There will be no turning back on the process of democratic reform of the country, Myanmar's official media said Thursday.

 
Land of white elephants and gold pagodas - Myanmar musings

Yangon, May 31 (IANS) It's a mix of the old and the new, of wide expanses and quaint tree-lined avenues, of lofty buildings and ancient gold pagodas glinting in the sun. Myanmar's new capital Nay Pyi Taw and its old one Yangon, which Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited this week, are an enchanting study in contrasts. Some vignettes:

 
Mynamar's rare earth: China's monopoly

Yangon, May 28 (IANS) China enjoys a monopoly on rare earth that is needed as much in your smart phone as in hybrid cars. The world is now looking at Myanmar to have an alternate source of this precious commodity.

 
Nepal deadlock: India hopes for consensus, dialogue

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) With the Nepal deadlock over a new constitution persisting, India Tuesday hoped that the political parties of the Himalayan republic would continue to be guided by the spirit of consensus and peaceful dialogue to transform the country into a democratic nation.

 
An India-educated democracy beacon in Myanmar

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) India-educated Aung San Suu Kyi, who didn't leave Myanmar even when her huband was dying of cancer as she feared she may not be allowed to return, is to her country what Nelson Mandela was to South Africa -- a powerful symbol of democracy.

 
Yangon's gilded pride - the bejewelled Shwedagon Pagoda

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) The gold-plated Shwedagon Pagoda, which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Tuesday, is a sight to behold as over 4,500 diamonds dazzle in the sun. And at its very tip is a massive 72 carat diamond.

 
Suu Kyi lauds India ties after meeting Manmohan

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) Myanmar's iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that she was "very happy at the prospect of closer ties with India". She also promised to deliver a lecture in India after an invite from Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

 
Manmohan meets Suu Kyi, hails India ties

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that she was "happy at the prospect of closer ties with India".

 
Aung San Suu Kyi - also a style icon

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) At 66, Aun San Suu Kyi is not just an enduring inspiration for millions in Myanmar but also a style icon with her elegance and sheer simplicity.

 
Where India's last Mughal emperor lies buried

Yangon, May 29 (IANS) India's last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, lay buried here for nearly 130 years in a forgotten grave until 1991 when his final resting place was chanced upon during digging.

 
Ties with India important, says Myanmar's state-run daily

Yangon, May 30 (IANS) Myanmar's official media said Wednesday that the country attaches importance to relations with India and stressed that "India needs Myanmar, and Myanmar also needs India, and that is the common ground".

 
Doing trade, driving down to Myanmar just got easier

Yangon, May 30 (IANS) Indians may soon be able drive down to Myanmar and do business with a country that is perfectly situated to play the role of an economic bridge between India and China and between South and South-East Asia.

 
Two trucks blown up on Myanmar border

Yangon, May 22 (IANS) Armed members of an ethnic group have blown up two trucks near Myanmar's eastern border with Thailand, state media reported Tuesday.

 
1,500 tourists enter Myanmar every day by air

Yangon, May 23 (IANS) After its progress towards democracy following years of military rule, Myanmar has seen a huge inflow of tourists, with 1,500 people arriving every day by air, a media report said.

 
US, Japanese firms to build power plants in Myanmar

Yangon, May 23 (IANS) Myanmar plans to build more power plants in the country with companies from the US, Japan and South Korea in an effort to address the electricity shortage, state media reported.

 
Negi maintain lead in Asian Chess

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), May 12 (IANS) Indian Grand Master Parimarjan Negi crushed the French Defense of Chinese GM Ding Liren in only 30 moves to keep his lead in the Asian Chess Continental Championship here Saturday.

 
Myanmarese living abroad again allowed to import vehicles

Yangon, May 15 (IANS) Myanmar has again allowed its people living abroad to import vehicles, said official sources Tuesday.

 
Myanmar economy set to boom: Report

Yangon, May 20 (IANS) Myanmar's economy looks set for rapid expansion although concerns over inflation, infrastructure and political stability remain, according to an international report.

 
Myanmar to rebuild Death Railway

Yangon, May 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Myanmar will restore a 105-km section of the notorious "Death Railway" to Thailand which was built by Japanese-held prisoners of war during World War II, it was announced here.

 
Suu Kyi to visit Britain, address parliament

Yangon, May 21 (IANS) In a historic first trip outside the country in 24 years, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Britain and address both the houses of parliament next month.

 
UN to provide $144 mn aid to Myanmar

Yangon, May 18 (IANS) The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has offered to provide $144 million aid to Myanmar to implement a three-year project starting 2013, official media reported Friday.

 
Myanmar forms peace group to deal with ethnic insurgents

Yangon, May 18 (IANS) A high-level peace group headed by President U Thein Sein has been formed in Myanmar to carry out peace negotiations with ethnic armed groups in the country, the presidential office website said Friday.

 
Myanmar gets over $270 mn investment

Yangon, May 16 (IANS) Myanmar drew over $270 million in the first three months of 2012, a media report said.

 
India's Negi is Asian chess champion

Ho Chi Minh City, May 14 (IANS) Indian Grand Master Parimarjan Negi and Irene Sukandar of Indonesia emerged champions of the Asian Continental Open and Women's championships respectively here Sunday.

 
Myanmar 'slaves' rescued in Thailand

Yangon, May 19 (IANS) Nearly 150 Myanmar migrant workers locked up inside a shrimp factory near Bangkok have been rescued by Thai police.

 
Ban ki-Moon urges Myanmar rebels to join peace process

Yangon, May 19 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Myanmarese rebels to end violence and join a government-led peace process.

 
Myanmar government, armed ethnic group reach accord

Yangon, May 19 (IANS) The Myanmar government and an ethnic armed group Saturday reached an agreement during the second round of central level peace talks.

 
Myanmar seeks NGO help in relief missions

Yangon, May 3 (IANS) The Myanmar government will seek help from the civil society organisations to provide aid in insurgency-hit areas, President Thein Sein has said.

 
UN chief meets Suu Kyi

Yangon, May 1 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and hailed her efforts for bring democracy in the country.

 
Suu Kyi's party to attend parliament for first time

Yangon, April 30 (IANS) All 43 lawmakers-elect of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), including its long-incarcerated leader Aung San Suu Kyi, will Wednesday attend the ongoing session of parliament for the first time since the April 1 by-election, the party confirmed Monday.

 
Ban arrives in Myanmar

Yangon, April 29 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived here Sunday on a three-day official visit to Myanmar.

 
Myanmar to buy electricity from China

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Myanmar will buy back 100 megawatts of electricity from China, a major investor in the country's hydro-power projects and receives bulk of the power generated from these plants.

 
Myanmar gas export revenue up

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Revenue from Myanmar's natural gas exports rose by $640 million to $3.5 billion in the fiscal year 2011-12.

 
Natural teak forests declining worldwide: UN

Yangon, April 26 (IANS) Natural teak forests are in decline worldwide, almost half of which grow in Myanmar, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has said. Such forests grow only in three other countries today -- India, Laos and Thailand.

 
WHO expands steps to fight non-communicable diseases

Yangon, April 25 (IANS) Aiming to tackle the high occurrence of non-communicable diseases in southeast Asia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said here Wednesday that it would expand technical competence and resources in its action plan for the region.

 
Suu Kyi wants word changed in oath

Yangon, April 19 (IANS) Myanmar's pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) Thursday asked the government to change a word in the oath of office taken by new parliamentarians -- opting for the word "respect" (the constitution) instead of "safeguard".

 
It's victory of people, says Suu Kyi

Yangon, April 2 (IANS) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi called it a "victory of the people" after her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said she had won a seat in the Myanmar parliament.

 
Suu Kyi wins landmark Myanmar by-polls

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Sunday scored a momentous victory following a decades-long fight for democracy by winning a parliamentary by-poll for a seat in Myanmar's lower house.

 
Myanmar votes to elect Suu Kyi

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Thousands Sunday voted in Myanmar's parliamentary by-elections in which Nobel laureate and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is contesting for the first time.

 
Myanmar holds landmark votes

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Polling began Sunday in Myanmar's by-elections that promise to be the most open contest in decades, with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi among those standing.

 
60 percent Myanmarese in favour of Suu Kyi's party: Survey

Yangon, March 31 (IANS) A day before the crucial elections in Myanmar, around 60 percent of respondents in a countrywide survey said they will vote for Nobel laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

 

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