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May 08, 2013 (English Version)


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Govt, Companies to Build Rangoon ‘Mega City’ of 10 Mln People

The government and private construction firms plan to turn Rangoon into a “mega city” of 10 million inhabitants by 2040, doubling the city in size. Read More


Human Rights the Focus of Burma Film Festival

Burma gears up for an international film festival that will start in Rangoon and travel to cities across the country. Read More


Former Thai PM Chavalit Discusses Investment in Naypyidaw

Former Thai Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh pays a visit to Naypyidaw to talk about opportunities to invest in Burma with Vice President Sai Mauk Kham. Read More


Land Rights Activists Sued for Protesting Without Permission

Two leading land rights activists have been charged with organizing unsanctioned protests to demand back their expropriated lands. Read More


The Secretariat’s Second Chance

Some of Myanmar’s defining political moments played out in a Victorian building which now lies in shambles but may get a new lease on life. Read More


Burma Cancels Amnesty for Former Political Prisoner

After being released as part of a mass amnesty, a Burmese activist is back behind bars again to serve the remainder of his sentence. Read More


Dalai Lama Decries Buddhist Attacks on Muslims in Burma

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama decries Buddhist monks’ attacks on Muslims in Burma, saying killing in the name of religion is “unthinkable.” Read More


Bangladesh Garment Disaster Death Toll Reaches 761

The death toll from a collapsed building housing five garment factories rises to 761 as authorities start disbursing salary and other benefits to the survivors. Read More


China Calls US the ‘Real Hacking Empire’ after Pentagon Report

China accuses the Washington of sowing discord between China and its neighbors after the Pentagon says Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernization. Read More


Signs of Coming Genocide in Burma?

Sai Latt argues the groundwork has been laid for organized killing in Burma on a large scale, comparing the current situation to Rwanda in 1994. Read More


Myanmar Times’ Failure to Get Daily License Down to Internal Squabble

The Myanmar Times on Tuesday wrote it was due to begin daily publication on May 3, coinciding with World Press Freedom day, but majority shareholder Dr Tin Tun Oo’s company, Swesone, refused to sign off on the license. Managing director Ross Dunkley said the paper was faced with “the somewhat absurd situation of [The Myanmar [...] Read More


Eleven Media Responds to China’s Accusations Over Arms Deal to Rebels Report

Eleven Media on Tuesday said it holds an official policy that Chinese investment in the Kunming-Kyaukphyu railroad project and Kyaukphyu port China’s “complete control” over the projects “can harm [Burma’s] state sovereignty”. The statement follows a Chinese denial that it had sold weapons to Wa rebels in eastern Burma, a claim originally reported by Jane’s [...] Read More


New Light of Myanmar Says ‘No to Narcissistic Leaders’

Since President Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government took charge in 2011, recent violence against Muslims and claims the violence was instigated by a hardline faction in the government has raised questions over whether reforms will be sidetracked by hardliners. In an editorial, the state-run New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday wrote a less than masked warning [...] Read More


Former Obama Asia Diplomat Writes Burma’s ‘Baby Tiger’ Is Ready to Roar

Kurt Campbell, former US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, called in a Monday op-ed in the London-based Financial Times for sustained Western investment in Burma. In “Asia’s newest baby tiger,” he wrote, “power has shifted dramatically and rapidly from the people still wearing uniforms to those in the civilian sphere [...] Read More


Earthquake Hits Shan State

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Burma’s Shan State early Tuesday morning, according to a report by the Bangkok-based newspaper The Nation. The Thai Meteorological Department’s Seismological Bureau said the quake began at 3:17 am and lasted several seconds. The epicenter was 29 km north of the Thai border town of Mae Sai, opposite Tachilek in Shan [...] Read More


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