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2 hrs ago | The Nation

PTTEP earmarks $3.3 bn for Myanmar

PTT Exploration and Production will invest a total of US$3.3 billion in Myanmar through to the end of 2018, president and CEO Tewin Vongvanich said after celebrating the listed company's 25th anniversary of successful operations in the neighbouring country. The silver jubilee celebration, held in Yangon yesterday with guests of honour including U Zay Yar Aung, Myanmar's energy minister, and his Thai counterpart, Narongchai Akrasanee, marks a new milestone in a cooperation that serves the best interests of both countries, said the chief executive.

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7 hrs ago | Burmanet

DVB: Burma's teachers chime in on education reform

The Myanmar Teachers Federation has joined the long list of students and educators that oppose the legislation. "We would like to announce to the people that we strongly believe the National Education Law affects not only the education sector but the entire country and the people," the MTF said in a statement released on Monday.

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11 hrs ago | Fodor's

Opening Soon: Kempinski Hotels' First Myanmar Property

Intrepid travelers heading to Myanmar will soon have a new luxury lodging option when Kempinski opens the doors of its first property there, Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw . Located in Myanmar's capital, the 141-room and -suite hotel will begin welcoming guests on November 1, 2014.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

ABC News

A Look at Myanmar's Struggling Clay Pot Industry

In this photo taken on Aug. 29, 2014, a man puts a decorative edge on a clay flower pot in Twante township, southwest of Yangon, Myanmar. For generations, the Myanmar town of Twante has been known for its thriving pottery industry.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Laborers work at a construction site in downtown Yangon.

As Myanmar embraces democratic governance, people are aspiring to equal opportunities in all aspects of the country's political economy, which at the moment remains dominated by a small group of elites. Myanmar's long-term stability depends on how effectively the government is able to translate its reform program into far-reaching economic benefits.

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Burmanet

Myanmar Times: Government, parliament abstain from proposed alcohol plan- Shwe Yee Saw Myint

Dr Than Sein, head of the Public Health Foundation, which helped organise the seminar, said Myanmar urgently needed a national action plan to tackle what he described as a growing culture of excessive drinking, particularly among young people. "The report will give suggestions on how to reduce alcohol consumption and point out the alcohol problem among young people," he said.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

A Bid for Better Health Care

A silent auction for traditional Burmese parasols splashed with colorfully painted designs is offering Rangoon's philanthropically inclined the chance to help build a sustainable health care system for local communities in the commercial capital. Organized by Better Burmese Health Care , "The Parasol Project" at Pansodan Scene in downtown Rangoon presents 91 vibrant parasols painted by 37 Burmese artists.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Northern Thai Style

"As the youngest of six children, the kitchen was my playground," said the owner of Yangon's Nacha Thai Restaurant, Panida Ponlabute, who goes by the nickname "Air" . For 30 years, Air's mother ran an ever-expanding restaurant in Chiang Mai and Air asserts that Nacha's dishes are as authentic as any to be found in the northern provinces of Thailand.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Bangkok Post

Bell hunt claims ring hollow

After announcing the long-lost Dhammazedi Bell had been found, even key members of the search team cannot answer basic questions about it At night, the small wharf near the confluence of the Yangon and Bago rivers is quiet and dark. The team searching for the mythical Dhammazedi Bell is resting, certain in the knowledge it will not be found in the next few hours.

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Burmanet

The Statesman: MCCI business team to visit Myanmar

The MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry is sending a delegation to Myanmar which will visit 400 Myanmar businessmen and two chief ministers during 15 to 19 September. Speaking to reporters here today, Mr Sanjay Agarwal, MCCI president, said the chamber delegation, in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Yangon and the Consulate General of India in Mandalay, will be meeting senior officials in the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

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Channelnewsasia.com

Myanmar suspends work permits for maids heading to Singapore

An employment body in Yangon said the country has banned its women from working as maids in Singapore amid concerns over abuse and exploitation. YANGON: Myanmar has temporarily banned its women from working as maids in Singapore due to concerns over abuse and exploitation, an employment body in Yangon said on Saturday .

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Burmanet

Eleven Media Group: Thilawa SEZ says it has signed up 18 companies so far

Eighteen local and foreign companies have signed deals with the management committee for Thilawa Special Economic Zone to open plants in its first phase, which covers 400 hectares south of Yangon, a member of the committee said. "We have sighed deals with 18 companies, including companies from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States as well as three Myanmar companies," the executive said.

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Bangkok Post

China joins search for missing mountaineers

A Chinese rescue team joined the search for two mountaineers missing in northern Myanmar for 12 days, an official said Saturday. The Blue Sky team, Chinese largest civilian rescue service, was heading to Kachin state in the hope of finding the two missing Myanmar mountaineers, said an official from the Chinese embassy who requested anonymity.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

The Dangers of Reporting on Nepotism

Prospective land buyers visit a village in Twante Township on Aug. 25. A plan to expand Rangoon by 30,000 acres, taking in farmland west of the city, including in this township, was kept secret from the public until late August. Recently, The Irrawaddy disclosed information that the government wanted to keep hidden from the public, and as a result we are now on the "blacklist" of Rangoon Division's chief minister.

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Burmanet

Democratic Voice of Burma: Black market banking brings billions from China

As the illegal trade in jade, timber and drugs along the Sino-Burmese border appears unstoppable, black market banks have become a major channel for laundering criminal assets, according to insiders who are familiar with the business. Cross-border trade between Burma and its superpower neighbour to the north is thriving.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Workers assemble motherboards in an electronics factory in Taiwan.

Tiny Taiwan is bidding to upstage its giant neighbor by investing heavily in Burma while the Southeast Asian nation's relations with China remain cool. After a series of recent small-scale Taiwanese investments, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association has announced plans to spend nearly half a billion dollars developing an industrial park in the Irrawaddy Delta.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

The cover of "An Unexpected Long Journey" by Myint Thu shows the late Prime Minister Soe Win.

When former dictator Snr-Gen. Than Shwe removed Gen. Khin Nyunt as prime minister of Burma in 2004 on corruption charges, he asked one of the few men he trusted to take over: Gen.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Burmanet

The Myanmar Times: Nestle looks to commit to Myanmar market

Swiss food giant Nestle SA has confirmed that it is preparing to invest around US$50 million in Myanmar's food and beverage industry over the next six years, in the latest sign yet of the Myanmar consumer market's attractiveness to international firms. A statement from the President's Office issued on September 8 said that the investment will be focused on "coffee, milk and dairy products, drinking water and beverages".

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Activist's Prison Term Rises to More Than a Decade

A township court in Rangoon has extended the prison term of democracy activist Htin Kyaw to more than a decade, despite calls for mercy from an international human rights group. During his final hearing at Shwe Pyi Thar Township Court on Thursday, Htin Kyaw, a leader of the Movement for Democracy Current Force , was sentenced to two more years in prison under Section 505 of the Penal Code for "public mischief," after he demonstrated against President Thein Sein's government.

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Burma Must Invest in Education to Boost Growth: ADB

Burma needs to invest more than US$80 billion if the country is to reach its economic potential over the next 15 years, the Asian Development Bank said in a new report, which highlighted the economic case for boosting funding forschools. The 217-page report-titled "Myanmar: Unlocking the Potential"-was launched in Rangoon on Thursday.

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