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Foreign Investment in Myanmar on the Rise: Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance

Despite slowing interest and international boycotts, foreign investment as a whole is actually on the rise under the NLD, according to U Set Aung. The post Foreign Investment in Myanmar on the Rise: Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance appeared first on T
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Foreign Investment in Myanmar on the Rise: Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance

Despite slowing interest and international boycotts, foreign investment as a whole is actually on the rise under the NLD, according to U Set Aung. The post Foreign Investment in Myanmar on the Rise: Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD to Discipline Karenni Chief Minister over Land Grab

Party’s Central Executive Committee finds that L Phaung Sho’s use of Catholic church land violated its internal rules. The post NLD to Discipline Karenni Chief Minister over Land Grab appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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NLD to Discipline Karenni Chief Minister over Land Grab

Party’s Central Executive Committee finds that L Phaung Sho’s use of Catholic church land violated its internal rules. The post NLD to Discipline Karenni Chief Minister over Land Grab appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

A Burmese Tycoon You Can’t Find Today

As far as Myanmar tycoons go, Nar Auk — who died 115 years ago after a storied life resisting British colonial rule — was one of a kind. The post A Burmese Tycoon You Can’t Find Today appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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A Burmese Tycoon You Can’t Find Today

As far as Myanmar tycoons go, Nar Auk — who died 115 years ago after a storied life resisting British colonial rule — was one of a kind. The post A Burmese Tycoon You Can’t Find Today appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Special Guest Chef Presents Exciting Italian Food Week Menu at Olea

Olea’s Italian Food Week is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine through delectable dishes and wine. The post Special Guest Chef Presents Exciting Italian Food Week Menu at Olea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Special Guest Chef Presents Exciting Italian Food Week Menu at Olea

Olea’s Italian Food Week is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine through delectable dishes and wine. The post Special Guest Chef Presents Exciting Italian Food Week Menu at Olea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Karen State Residents Urge Govt to Stop Factory’s Switch to Coal

Locals who live near the military-run, gas-fired factory say the coal piles are poisoning their farms and fear the emissions will pollute the environment. The post Karen State Residents Urge Govt to Stop Factory’s Switch to Coal appeared first on The Ir
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Karen State Residents Urge Govt to Stop Factory’s Switch to Coal

Locals who live near the military-run, gas-fired factory say the coal piles are poisoning their farms and fear the emissions will pollute the environment. The post Karen State Residents Urge Govt to Stop Factory’s Switch to Coal appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Warnings of a ‘Domino Effect’ of Protectionism as Asian Leaders Meet

Asian leaders gathered for a summit amid warnings that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing could trigger a «domino effect» of protectionist measures by other countries. The post Warnings of a ‘Domino Effect’ of Protectionism as Asia
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Warnings of a ‘Domino Effect’ of Protectionism as Asian Leaders Meet

Asian leaders gathered for a summit amid warnings that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing could trigger a «domino effect» of protectionist measures by other countries. The post Warnings of a ‘Domino Effect’ of Protectionism as Asian Leaders Meet appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Defending the Indefensible’: Malaysia’s Mahathir Slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya Crisis

Malaysian PM said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was trying to «defend the indefensible» over alleged atrocities committed by the country's military against minority Rohingya Muslims. The post ‘Defending the Indefensible’: Malaysia’s Mahathir Slam
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‘Defending the Indefensible’: Malaysia’s Mahathir Slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya Crisis

Malaysian PM said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was trying to «defend the indefensible» over alleged atrocities committed by the country's military against minority Rohingya Muslims. The post ‘Defending the Indefensible’: Malaysia’s Mahathir Slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya Crisis appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar’s Neighbors to Call for ‘Accountability’ in Rakhine Crisis: Draft Statement

It was not clear if all members of the grouping would back the sternest statement to date from ASEAN on the Rohingya issue. The post Myanmar’s Neighbors to Call for ‘Accountability’ in Rakhine Crisis: Draft Statement appeared first on The Ir
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Myanmar’s Neighbors to Call for ‘Accountability’ in Rakhine Crisis: Draft Statement

It was not clear if all members of the grouping would back the sternest statement to date from ASEAN on the Rohingya issue. The post Myanmar’s Neighbors to Call for ‘Accountability’ in Rakhine Crisis: Draft Statement appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UN Will Not Help Myanmar with Long-term Camps for Rohingya: Document

Rohingya and UN officials alike fear the resettlement centers which refugees are expected to return to may become permanent internment camps. The post UN Will Not Help Myanmar with Long-term Camps for Rohingya: Document appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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UN Will Not Help Myanmar with Long-term Camps for Rohingya: Document

Rohingya and UN officials alike fear the resettlement centers which refugees are expected to return to may become permanent internment camps. The post UN Will Not Help Myanmar with Long-term Camps for Rohingya: Document appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Top UK Fashion Brands Team Up with Law Enforcement to Combat Modern Slavery

Unless laws are complied with, clothing companies working at eradicating labor exploitation may be undercut by others profiting from cheap labor. The post Top UK Fashion Brands Team Up with Law Enforcement to Combat Modern Slavery appeared first on The Irra
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Top UK Fashion Brands Team Up with Law Enforcement to Combat Modern Slavery

Unless laws are complied with, clothing companies working at eradicating labor exploitation may be undercut by others profiting from cheap labor. The post Top UK Fashion Brands Team Up with Law Enforcement to Combat Modern Slavery appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Five Arrested for Violent Abduction, Robbery in Yangon’s Ahlone Township

Six men were hired to forcefully retrieve debt owed by a currency dealer. The post Five Arrested for Violent Abduction, Robbery in Yangon’s Ahlone Township appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Five Arrested for Violent Abduction, Robbery in Yangon’s Ahlone Township

Six men were hired to forcefully retrieve debt owed by a currency dealer. The post Five Arrested for Violent Abduction, Robbery in Yangon’s Ahlone Township appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Newly Amended Law Helps Officials Seize Land, Critics Warn

Rights groups urge gov’t to scrap Vacant Land Law, which they say leaves IDPs and ethnic landholders particularly vulnerable. The post Newly Amended Law Helps Officials Seize Land, Critics Warn appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Newly Amended Law Helps Officials Seize Land, Critics Warn

Rights groups urge gov’t to scrap Vacant Land Law, which they say leaves IDPs and ethnic landholders particularly vulnerable. The post Newly Amended Law Helps Officials Seize Land, Critics Warn appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Transparency in Delayed $2B Development Project Requested in Lower House

The project agreement was signed by the outgoing government just one week before the handover of power to the NLD in March 2016. The post Transparency in Delayed $2B Development Project Requested in Lower House appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Transparency in Delayed $2B Development Project Requested in Lower House

The project agreement was signed by the outgoing government just one week before the handover of power to the NLD in March 2016. The post Transparency in Delayed $2B Development Project Requested in Lower House appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Iconsiam Cements Bangkok’s Shopping Mecca Status With $6M Opening Blowout

Shopaholics planning a trip to Bangkok have a new mecca in Iconsiam, a 525,000-square-meter luxury shopping mall that opened its doors to the public on Saturday. The post Iconsiam Cements Bangkok’s Shopping Mecca Status With $6M Opening Blowout appeare
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Iconsiam Cements Bangkok’s Shopping Mecca Status With $6M Opening Blowout

Shopaholics planning a trip to Bangkok have a new mecca in Iconsiam, a 525,000-square-meter luxury shopping mall that opened its doors to the public on Saturday. The post Iconsiam Cements Bangkok’s Shopping Mecca Status With $6M Opening Blowout appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Shan State Coffee Producer Wins ASEAN Business Award

Genius Shan Highlands Coffee named among region’s top sustainable social enterprises The post Shan State Coffee Producer Wins ASEAN Business Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Shan State Coffee Producer Wins ASEAN Business Award

Genius Shan Highlands Coffee named among region’s top sustainable social enterprises The post Shan State Coffee Producer Wins ASEAN Business Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

State Counselor Pushes for ASEAN Investment in Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi cited improvements to investment policies, economic reforms and plans to improve the ease of doing business as reasons for ASEAN investors to look to Myanmar. The post State Counselor Pushes for ASEAN Investment in Myanmar appeared first
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State Counselor Pushes for ASEAN Investment in Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi cited improvements to investment policies, economic reforms and plans to improve the ease of doing business as reasons for ASEAN investors to look to Myanmar. The post State Counselor Pushes for ASEAN Investment in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cheers to Traditional Kayan Rice Wine

This weekend, knock your bamboo cups together in celebration of the traditional brew warming bellies across rural Kayah State at Yangon’s unique Kayan rice wine festival. The post Cheers to Traditional Kayan Rice Wine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Cheers to Traditional Kayan Rice Wine

This weekend, knock your bamboo cups together in celebration of the traditional brew warming bellies across rural Kayah State at Yangon’s unique Kayan rice wine festival. The post Cheers to Traditional Kayan Rice Wine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Amnesty International Strips Myanmar’s Suu Kyi of ‘Conscience’ Award

Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses. The post Amnesty International Strips Myanmar’s Suu Kyi of ‘Conscience’ A
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Amnesty International Strips Myanmar’s Suu Kyi of ‘Conscience’ Award

Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses. The post Amnesty International Strips Myanmar’s Suu Kyi of ‘Conscience’ Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Millions of Small Asian Farmers Miss Out on Seeds Resilient to Climate Change: Study

Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change. The post Millions of Small Asian Farmers Miss Out on Seeds Resilient to Climate Change: Study ap
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Millions of Small Asian Farmers Miss Out on Seeds Resilient to Climate Change: Study

Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change. The post Millions of Small Asian Farmers Miss Out on Seeds Resilient to Climate Change: Study appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Junta and Thaksin-Backed Populists Face Off Before 2019 Poll

The junta last month ordered the Election Commission to investigate whether Thaksin is still controlling the popular Puea Thai Party from exile abroad, and possibly disband it. The post Thai Junta and Thaksin-Backed Populists Face Off Before 2019 Poll appeare
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Thai Junta and Thaksin-Backed Populists Face Off Before 2019 Poll

The junta last month ordered the Election Commission to investigate whether Thaksin is still controlling the popular Puea Thai Party from exile abroad, and possibly disband it. The post Thai Junta and Thaksin-Backed Populists Face Off Before 2019 Poll appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan

A Ta'ang woman died after her motorbike drove over an explosive in Kyaukme Township. In Muse Township, a 13-year-old Mong boy died from an explosive he was playing with. The post Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan

A Ta'ang woman died after her motorbike drove over an explosive in Kyaukme Township. In Muse Township, a 13-year-old Mong boy died from an explosive he was playing with. The post Explosives Kill Two in Northern Shan appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                 

Ruling party’s Executive Committee reviewing Nov. 3 poll results, announces ground-level revamp to prepare for 2020 election The post By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                  appeared first on The Irrawadd
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By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                 

Ruling party’s Executive Committee reviewing Nov. 3 poll results, announces ground-level revamp to prepare for 2020 election The post By-Election Disappointment Prompts Internal Reforms at NLD                  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment

Amid Myanmar's economic slowdown, U Win Myint has asked Parliament to approve a new ministry charged with boosting local and international investment. The post President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment

Amid Myanmar's economic slowdown, U Win Myint has asked Parliament to approve a new ministry charged with boosting local and international investment. The post President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints

Police mistook Ko Aung Soe Htike, a travel company director, for a thief who was captured on CCTV stealing a phone and detained and beat him without explaining their motives. The post Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints appeared fi
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Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints

Police mistook Ko Aung Soe Htike, a travel company director, for a thief who was captured on CCTV stealing a phone and detained and beat him without explaining their motives. The post Man Wrongfully Detained and Beaten by Police to File Complaints appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks

Standing Committee statement repeats objection to Tatmadaw’s “new” conditions for implementing the NCA The post Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks

Standing Committee statement repeats objection to Tatmadaw’s “new” conditions for implementing the NCA The post Analysis: KNU Reiterates Hiatus in Peace Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses what lessons the ruling party can draw from its underwhelming performance in last week’s vote, which saw it win just seven of the 13 seats it contested. The post For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020 appeare
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For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses what lessons the ruling party can draw from its underwhelming performance in last week’s vote, which saw it win just seven of the 13 seats it contested. The post For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for greater integration between Southeast Asian countries at a time when multilateralism is under threat. The post Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat appeared first on The Irra
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Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for greater integration between Southeast Asian countries at a time when multilateralism is under threat. The post Singapore Calls for Closer SE Asia, Says Multilateralism Under Threat appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body

Finance to provide electric power to nearly 1 billion people who live without it is rising — but too slowly to meet a global goal to reach everyone by 2030, a new report says. The post Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body appear
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Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body

Finance to provide electric power to nearly 1 billion people who live without it is rising — but too slowly to meet a global goal to reach everyone by 2030, a new report says. The post Finance For Electricity Access Too Little, Too Dirty: Energy Body appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction

The jacket, worn by the star during his “Bad” world tour, sold for $298,000 at a New York auction. Part of the proceeds will go to the charity MusicCares. The post Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction appeared first on Th
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Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction

The jacket, worn by the star during his “Bad” world tour, sold for $298,000 at a New York auction. Part of the proceeds will go to the charity MusicCares. The post Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ Tour Jacket Sold at Auction appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued

Workers say police sued the four protest leaders on Thursday even after they called off the protest when the factory agreed to rehire the 207 employees it fired in August. The post Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued appea
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Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued

Workers say police sued the four protest leaders on Thursday even after they called off the protest when the factory agreed to rehire the 207 employees it fired in August. The post Mandalay Textile Factory Rehires Fired Workers, But Protest Leaders Sued appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land

The Catholic church says L Phaung Sho stole a piece of its land in 2014 and was now preparing the build a fence in front of its entrance. The post Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land

The Catholic church says L Phaung Sho stole a piece of its land in 2014 and was now preparing the build a fence in front of its entrance. The post Church Accuses Karenni Chief Minister of Stealing its Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State

Local residents accuse RCSS of starting the blaze; group rejects claim, says novices were ‘playing with fire’ The post Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State

Local residents accuse RCSS of starting the blaze; group rejects claim, says novices were ‘playing with fire’ The post Fire Kills Two Novices at Monastery in Southern Shan State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit

“How can we apology for something that we didn’t do wrong?” said Eleven Media Managing Editor U Kyaw Zaw Lin. The post No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit

“How can we apology for something that we didn’t do wrong?” said Eleven Media Managing Editor U Kyaw Zaw Lin. The post No Apology From Journalists as Yangon Govt Drops Incitement Suit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Haven for Sea Turtles

Home to one of Myanmar’s three turtle conservation centers, this Andaman Sea island was once a safe haven for the green sea turtle. But overfishing and sand-mining have seen its hatching and mating areas dwindle. The post Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Have
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Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Haven for Sea Turtles

Home to one of Myanmar’s three turtle conservation centers, this Andaman Sea island was once a safe haven for the green sea turtle. But overfishing and sand-mining have seen its hatching and mating areas dwindle. The post Thame Hla Island: a Vanishing Haven for Sea Turtles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Thu said Myanmar has struggled to block the illegal import of precursors from China and India, the country's main suppliers. The post Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports ap
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Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Thu said Myanmar has struggled to block the illegal import of precursors from China and India, the country's main suppliers. The post Home Affairs Ministry Admits to Challenges Blocking Drug Precursor Imports appeared first on The Irrawaddy.