Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013 (English Version)


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Cyclone Approaches West Burma, Raising Alarm for IDPs

A tropical storm expected to hit Arakan State next week raises concerns of possible disaster for tens of thousands of displaced people. Read More


Aung San Suu Kyi Says Burma to Amend ‘World’s Most Difficult’ Constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi announces Burma will amend its constitution in Rangoon on Friday. (Photo: J Paing / The Irrawaddy) RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi announced Burma will amend its constitution to change the role of the military in politics, strengthen federalism and reform the judiciary, in Rangoon on Friday. But [...] Read More


Govt to Provide Monastic Schools with 3 Billion Kyat

The Burmese government says it will provide 3 billion kyat (US$3.3 million) in financial support to monastic schools across the country. Read More


Drug Trade a ‘Significant Threat’ to Region: Mekong Nations

Burma and five other countries of the Mekong subregion sign an agreement to cooperate in the transnational war on drugs. Read More


Burma Govt Accused of Participating in Genocide

At a panel discussion in Thailand on recent anti-Muslim violence in Burma, one panelist compares what is happening in the country to Pol Pot’s Cambodia. Read More


Electricity Supply Cut at Burma’s Manufacturing Hubs

Manufacturers in Burma’s two biggest cities face steep increases in costs and possible job losses after the government shut down their electricity supply. Read More


The Dictators: Part 10—Than Shwe Enjoys Absolute Power

With his rivals dispatched and predecessor Ne Win under house arrest, Snr-Gen Than Shwe is free to enjoy the pleasures of absolute power. Read More


Bangladesh Factory Collapse Death Toll Hits 1,021

The death toll from a garment factory building that collapsed more than two weeks ago outside the Bangladeshi capital soars past 1,000. Read More


Chinese Foreign Minister Stumbles on Asean Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ends his tour of four Asean countries by reaffirming his country’s recalcitrant position on the South China Sea, sowing mistrust. Read More


Huge Cyber Bank Theft Spans 27 Countries

A global cybercrime ring steals US$45 million from two banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries. Read More


China, India Gloss Over Border Incident at Meeting

The foreign ministers of China and India gloss over a recent border standoff in an apparent sign that the incident will not harm future relations. Read More


Burma’s Gas Export Rose to $3.7 Bln Last Year

The export of natural gas has earned Burma a US $3.7 billion last year, up from $3.5 billion the year before, Eleven Media reports. Government trade figures from the Ministry of Commerce show that gas export has risen sharply since President Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government took over from the military regime in 2011. According to [...] Read More


Burma Govt Suspends 12 Migrant Worker Agencies

Burma’s Ministry of Labor has suspended 12 recruitment agencies because of alleged corruption and exploitation of migrant workers, The Myanmar Times reports. The ministry informed the agencies on April 25 that they were under investigation and should cease sending workers to Thailand. There were no further details on the extent of the investigation. Ma Khin [...] Read More


Burma to Receive $36 Mln for Agriculture Development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development will offer Burma’s government US $36 million in soft loans, which will be used to boost growth and development of the country’s farming sector, government mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar reports. The funds will go towards mechanizing the farming sector. Agriculture contributes 36 percent of Burma’s GDP and [...] Read More


Wa Army Landmines Killed 9 in Shan State

Landmines along the border between Burma’s Shan State and northern Thailand have killed at least nine people since mid-April, including several children, Burma News International reports. The news agency quoted an unnamed Thai security officer, who said that the United Wa State army (UWSA) had planted more mines recently in Mongton Township. “They told us [...] Read More


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