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Investment Commission Racks Up Hong Kong Investment Interest in Myanmar

Myanmar is keen to see a rise in responsible and quality investments from Hong Kong as part of their plan to raise $200 billion in foreign investments over the next 20 years. The post Investment Commission Racks Up Hong Kong Investment Interest in Myanmar app
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Investment Commission Racks Up Hong Kong Investment Interest in Myanmar

Myanmar is keen to see a rise in responsible and quality investments from Hong Kong as part of their plan to raise $200 billion in foreign investments over the next 20 years. The post Investment Commission Racks Up Hong Kong Investment Interest in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Villagers in Shan State Petition Govt to Cancel Coal Mine Plans

Locals say about 600 of them signed a letter opposing the mine's development, which they fear will pollute their streams and farms. The post Villagers in Shan State Petition Govt to Cancel Coal Mine Plans appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Villagers in Shan State Petition Govt to Cancel Coal Mine Plans

Locals say about 600 of them signed a letter opposing the mine's development, which they fear will pollute their streams and farms. The post Villagers in Shan State Petition Govt to Cancel Coal Mine Plans appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

MoMo, the Hardest-Working Elephant in Show Biz, Turns 65

Thousands turn out as Yangon Zoo throws jumbo-sized birthday bash The post MoMo, the Hardest-Working Elephant in Show Biz, Turns 65 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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MoMo, the Hardest-Working Elephant in Show Biz, Turns 65

Thousands turn out as Yangon Zoo throws jumbo-sized birthday bash The post MoMo, the Hardest-Working Elephant in Show Biz, Turns 65 appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Yangon Gov’t Demands Apology from Eleven Media

City yet to fully comply with order from President’s Office to have Press Council mediate its dispute against three journalists The post Yangon Gov’t Demands Apology from Eleven Media appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Yangon Gov’t Demands Apology from Eleven Media

City yet to fully comply with order from President’s Office to have Press Council mediate its dispute against three journalists The post Yangon Gov’t Demands Apology from Eleven Media appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Anti-Corruption Commission Rejects Request to Probe Yangon Govt Losses

The commission said a probe would be premature as the government and auditor general were still following up on the audit findings; reaction from lawyers and lawmakers was mixed. The post Anti-Corruption Commission Rejects Request to Probe Yangon Govt Losses
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Anti-Corruption Commission Rejects Request to Probe Yangon Govt Losses

The commission said a probe would be premature as the government and auditor general were still following up on the audit findings; reaction from lawyers and lawmakers was mixed. The post Anti-Corruption Commission Rejects Request to Probe Yangon Govt Losses appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Angry Mob Pelts Stones at Police at Site of Indian Rail Accident

An angry mob threw stones at police near the site of a deadly railway accident in north India, demanding immediate financial compensation for the families of the victims. The post Angry Mob Pelts Stones at Police at Site of Indian Rail Accident appeared fir
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Angry Mob Pelts Stones at Police at Site of Indian Rail Accident

An angry mob threw stones at police near the site of a deadly railway accident in north India, demanding immediate financial compensation for the families of the victims. The post Angry Mob Pelts Stones at Police at Site of Indian Rail Accident appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cambodia Talks Fail to End Trade Sanction Threat, EU Says

Cambodia failed to allay criticisms of authoritarianism and rights abuses that threaten the country's duty-free trading access to the European Union. The post Cambodia Talks Fail to End Trade Sanction Threat, EU Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Cambodia Talks Fail to End Trade Sanction Threat, EU Says

Cambodia failed to allay criticisms of authoritarianism and rights abuses that threaten the country's duty-free trading access to the European Union. The post Cambodia Talks Fail to End Trade Sanction Threat, EU Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Aging Japan: Unclaimed Burial Urns Pile Up in Japan Amid Fraying Social Ties

In Japan, where funerals can cost $17,800 or more, many elderly—especially those living on social welfare with no close relatives—do not leave enough money for a proper burial. The post Aging Japan: Unclaimed Burial Urns Pile Up in Japan Amid Fraying So
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Aging Japan: Unclaimed Burial Urns Pile Up in Japan Amid Fraying Social Ties

In Japan, where funerals can cost $17,800 or more, many elderly—especially those living on social welfare with no close relatives—do not leave enough money for a proper burial. The post Aging Japan: Unclaimed Burial Urns Pile Up in Japan Amid Fraying Social Ties appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Young Entrepreneur Putting Myanmar’s Food Industry on the Fast Track

May Thin Kyu started Kreate Food in 2015 to provide much-needed business services for a fledgling market. The post The Young Entrepreneur Putting Myanmar’s Food Industry on the Fast Track appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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The Young Entrepreneur Putting Myanmar’s Food Industry on the Fast Track

May Thin Kyu started Kreate Food in 2015 to provide much-needed business services for a fledgling market. The post The Young Entrepreneur Putting Myanmar’s Food Industry on the Fast Track appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

The UK’s new ambassador to Myanmar shares his experiences in office so far, current Myanmar-UK relations and his thoughts on the referral of military leadership to the ICC. The post UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State appeared firs
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UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

The UK’s new ambassador to Myanmar shares his experiences in office so far, current Myanmar-UK relations and his thoughts on the referral of military leadership to the ICC. The post UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Looks East to Revive Flagging Foreign Investment

Agency plans to invite East Asian investors to major summit in December The post Gov’t Looks East to Revive Flagging Foreign Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Looks East to Revive Flagging Foreign Investment

Agency plans to invite East Asian investors to major summit in December The post Gov’t Looks East to Revive Flagging Foreign Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Naked Truth: Exhibition of Paintings, Photos Explores the Human Form

Painter Harn Lay, photographer Sai Kyaw Khaing challenge social mores with their nude studies The post The Naked Truth: Exhibition of Paintings, Photos Explores the Human Form appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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The Naked Truth: Exhibition of Paintings, Photos Explores the Human Form

Painter Harn Lay, photographer Sai Kyaw Khaing challenge social mores with their nude studies The post The Naked Truth: Exhibition of Paintings, Photos Explores the Human Form appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

West’s Call for Sanctions Is ‘Utter Nonsense’: Japanese Ambassador

Workers would pay the price for withdrawal of trade preferences, which would destabilize the country, Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama says. The post West’s Call for Sanctions Is ‘Utter Nonsense’: Japanese Ambassador appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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West’s Call for Sanctions Is ‘Utter Nonsense’: Japanese Ambassador

Workers would pay the price for withdrawal of trade preferences, which would destabilize the country, Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama says. The post West’s Call for Sanctions Is ‘Utter Nonsense’: Japanese Ambassador appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Alibaba Affiliate Announces Huge Online Sale Next Month in Myanmar

As EU mulls sanctions, Chinese online shopping giant scales up activity here amid murky e-commerce laws The post Alibaba Affiliate Announces Huge Online Sale Next Month in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Alibaba Affiliate Announces Huge Online Sale Next Month in Myanmar

As EU mulls sanctions, Chinese online shopping giant scales up activity here amid murky e-commerce laws The post Alibaba Affiliate Announces Huge Online Sale Next Month in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

EU Cultivates Asian Leaders on Trade, Climate in Message to Trump

The EU sought Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and fighting global warming at a regional summit that included China, Japan and Russia. The post EU Cultivates Asian Leaders on Trade, Climate in Message to Trump appeared first on The Irrawadd
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EU Cultivates Asian Leaders on Trade, Climate in Message to Trump

The EU sought Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and fighting global warming at a regional summit that included China, Japan and Russia. The post EU Cultivates Asian Leaders on Trade, Climate in Message to Trump appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Go Fish! Minnow ‘Nutrient Bombs’ Deployed to End Malnutrition

The NutriFish1000 campaign aims to improve family nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life by getting pregnant women and children to eat small fish grown in ponds and paddies. The post Go Fish! Minnow ‘Nutrient Bombs’ Deployed to End Malnutritio
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Go Fish! Minnow ‘Nutrient Bombs’ Deployed to End Malnutrition

The NutriFish1000 campaign aims to improve family nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life by getting pregnant women and children to eat small fish grown in ponds and paddies. The post Go Fish! Minnow ‘Nutrient Bombs’ Deployed to End Malnutrition appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Hindu Groups Return to Indian Temple to Block Women from Entering

Conservative Hindu groups returned to an Indian hill temple to block women from entering for a second day, in defiance of a court ruling that says banning them is illegal. The post Hindu Groups Return to Indian Temple to Block Women from Entering appeared fir
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Hindu Groups Return to Indian Temple to Block Women from Entering

Conservative Hindu groups returned to an Indian hill temple to block women from entering for a second day, in defiance of a court ruling that says banning them is illegal. The post Hindu Groups Return to Indian Temple to Block Women from Entering appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

6 Rohingya Died in Fire at Sittwe IDP Camp

The fire also displaced 882 people from 141 households, who have been temporarily accommodated at the houses of their relatives. The post 6 Rohingya Died in Fire at Sittwe IDP Camp appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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6 Rohingya Died in Fire at Sittwe IDP Camp

The fire also displaced 882 people from 141 households, who have been temporarily accommodated at the houses of their relatives. The post 6 Rohingya Died in Fire at Sittwe IDP Camp appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

More Than 170 Rohingya Refugees Resettled in Northern Rakhine, Govt Says

A district official said the 177 returnees have been allowed to move back to their homes or been resettled with relatives. The post More Than 170 Rohingya Refugees Resettled in Northern Rakhine, Govt Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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More Than 170 Rohingya Refugees Resettled in Northern Rakhine, Govt Says

A district official said the 177 returnees have been allowed to move back to their homes or been resettled with relatives. The post More Than 170 Rohingya Refugees Resettled in Northern Rakhine, Govt Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Orders Yangon Gov’t to Follow Law in Eleven Media Case

Directive to city officials makes clear they failed to adhere to Media Law in prosecution of Weekly Eleven reporters for critical coverage. The post President Orders Yangon Gov’t to Follow Law in Eleven Media Case appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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President Orders Yangon Gov’t to Follow Law in Eleven Media Case

Directive to city officials makes clear they failed to adhere to Media Law in prosecution of Weekly Eleven reporters for critical coverage. The post President Orders Yangon Gov’t to Follow Law in Eleven Media Case appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

No Development Without Rule of Law, Mon State MP Says

Daw Khaing Khaing Leh said the government needs to strengthen the rule of law and that it has not made good on most of its pledges since the 2015 elections. The post No Development Without Rule of Law, Mon State MP Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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No Development Without Rule of Law, Mon State MP Says

Daw Khaing Khaing Leh said the government needs to strengthen the rule of law and that it has not made good on most of its pledges since the 2015 elections. The post No Development Without Rule of Law, Mon State MP Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Connections, Differences and Hungry Cats

Painter Kyaw Kyaw Lwin’s surreal preoccupations will be on display in his first solo exhibition on Oct. 20-24 in Yangon. The post Connections, Differences and Hungry Cats appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Connections, Differences and Hungry Cats

Painter Kyaw Kyaw Lwin’s surreal preoccupations will be on display in his first solo exhibition on Oct. 20-24 in Yangon. The post Connections, Differences and Hungry Cats appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Switzerland Joins EU in Sanctioning Myanmar’s Military Generals

The fresh sanctions come four months after the EU imposed the same asset freezes and travel bans on seven top members of the military and security forces. The post Switzerland Joins EU in Sanctioning Myanmar’s Military Generals appeared first on The Irrawad
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Switzerland Joins EU in Sanctioning Myanmar’s Military Generals

The fresh sanctions come four months after the EU imposed the same asset freezes and travel bans on seven top members of the military and security forces. The post Switzerland Joins EU in Sanctioning Myanmar’s Military Generals appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Official Suing Journalists for Incitement Tells Court Their Article was Wrong

U Aung Kyaw Khaing said Weekly Eleven was wrong in reporting that the local planning and finance minister had shares in a company majority-owned by the Yangon government. The post Official Suing Journalists for Incitement Tells Court Their Article was Wrong a
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Official Suing Journalists for Incitement Tells Court Their Article was Wrong

U Aung Kyaw Khaing said Weekly Eleven was wrong in reporting that the local planning and finance minister had shares in a company majority-owned by the Yangon government. The post Official Suing Journalists for Incitement Tells Court Their Article was Wrong appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Dutch Gov’t Lifts Travel Restrictions to Southern Rakhine, Tourism Industry Wants More 

Those in the tourism industry say the Dutch government’s travel warning for Mrauk-U should also be lifted as it is peaceful and located 100 miles from conflict-torn Maungdaw. The post Dutch Gov’t Lifts Travel Restrictions to Southern Rakhine, Tourism Indu
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Dutch Gov’t Lifts Travel Restrictions to Southern Rakhine, Tourism Industry Wants More 

Those in the tourism industry say the Dutch government’s travel warning for Mrauk-U should also be lifted as it is peaceful and located 100 miles from conflict-torn Maungdaw. The post Dutch Gov’t Lifts Travel Restrictions to Southern Rakhine, Tourism Industry Wants More  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UN’s Special Envoy Discusses Peace Process with Kachin Officials

The UN special envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, held meetings with Kachin State government leaders in Myitkyina focusing on the ongoing peace process. The post UN’s Special Envoy Discusses Peace Process with Kachin Officials appeared first on The Irrawa
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UN’s Special Envoy Discusses Peace Process with Kachin Officials

The UN special envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, held meetings with Kachin State government leaders in Myitkyina focusing on the ongoing peace process. The post UN’s Special Envoy Discusses Peace Process with Kachin Officials appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

US Senate Leader: Congress Should Not Join ‘Pile-On’ On Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

«The pile-on has been quite obvious. It’s also noteworthy that it hasn’t done any good,» US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The post US Senate Leader: Congress Should Not Join ‘Pile-On’ On Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appea
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US Senate Leader: Congress Should Not Join ‘Pile-On’ On Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

«The pile-on has been quite obvious. It’s also noteworthy that it hasn’t done any good,» US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The post US Senate Leader: Congress Should Not Join ‘Pile-On’ On Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

EU Pushes for Approval of Trade Agreement with Vietnam

Following concern over Vietnam’s rights records, the free trade agreement was submitted with a related accord to promote democracy and human rights in the country. The post EU Pushes for Approval of Trade Agreement with Vietnam appeared first on The Irrawad
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EU Pushes for Approval of Trade Agreement with Vietnam

Following concern over Vietnam’s rights records, the free trade agreement was submitted with a related accord to promote democracy and human rights in the country. The post EU Pushes for Approval of Trade Agreement with Vietnam appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Cambodia’s Garment Workers Fear EU Trade Threat But Producers Optimistic

The repercussions of trade sanctions could devastate garment exports, which account for about 40 percent of Cambodia's GDP, and industries such as sugar. The post Cambodia’s Garment Workers Fear EU Trade Threat But Producers Optimistic appeared first o
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Cambodia’s Garment Workers Fear EU Trade Threat But Producers Optimistic

The repercussions of trade sanctions could devastate garment exports, which account for about 40 percent of Cambodia's GDP, and industries such as sugar. The post Cambodia’s Garment Workers Fear EU Trade Threat But Producers Optimistic appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Trump to Nominate Former Air Force General as Top Asia Diplomat

The post of assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs has been vacant since the previous incumbent, Daniel Russel, stepped down in April last year. The post Trump to Nominate Former Air Force General as Top Asia Diplomat appeared first o
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Trump to Nominate Former Air Force General as Top Asia Diplomat

The post of assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs has been vacant since the previous incumbent, Daniel Russel, stepped down in April last year. The post Trump to Nominate Former Air Force General as Top Asia Diplomat appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Thai Army Chief Says No Need to Intervene if Politics Stable

«If politics does not create conflict like in the past, there is no need for us to intervene,» General Apirat Kongsompong said. The post Thai Army Chief Says No Need to Intervene if Politics Stable appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Thai Army Chief Says No Need to Intervene if Politics Stable

«If politics does not create conflict like in the past, there is no need for us to intervene,» General Apirat Kongsompong said. The post Thai Army Chief Says No Need to Intervene if Politics Stable appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Open Drug Rehab Center in Myitkyina

State Counselor will also visit an IDP camp, a monastery and flood victims during her visit to Kachin State on Friday The post Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Open Drug Rehab Center in Myitkyina appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Open Drug Rehab Center in Myitkyina

State Counselor will also visit an IDP camp, a monastery and flood victims during her visit to Kachin State on Friday The post Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Open Drug Rehab Center in Myitkyina appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Food Fiesta: Celebrating Spanish Simplicity at Olea

Indulging in a special menu of Spain’s favorite tapas and paella dishes being served for the month of October at Melia Yangon’s Mediterranean restaurant Olea. The post Food Fiesta: Celebrating Spanish Simplicity at Olea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Food Fiesta: Celebrating Spanish Simplicity at Olea

Indulging in a special menu of Spain’s favorite tapas and paella dishes being served for the month of October at Melia Yangon’s Mediterranean restaurant Olea. The post Food Fiesta: Celebrating Spanish Simplicity at Olea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Chinese Security Forces Alarmed by Market Construction Near Border

“They came to complaint about the new market because they said we built it on the borderline,” said U Okkar, a deputy administrator for Shan State's Muse Township. The post Chinese Security Forces Alarmed by Market Construction Near Border appeared first
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Chinese Security Forces Alarmed by Market Construction Near Border

“They came to complaint about the new market because they said we built it on the borderline,” said U Okkar, a deputy administrator for Shan State's Muse Township. The post Chinese Security Forces Alarmed by Market Construction Near Border appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Observers Urge Parties to Heed Code of Conduct Ahead of By-Election

The observers said they witnessed six rallies at which speakers disparaged another group or person based on their race, religion or gender. The post Observers Urge Parties to Heed Code of Conduct Ahead of By-Election appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Observers Urge Parties to Heed Code of Conduct Ahead of By-Election

The observers said they witnessed six rallies at which speakers disparaged another group or person based on their race, religion or gender. The post Observers Urge Parties to Heed Code of Conduct Ahead of By-Election appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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