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  • January 26, 2015

    Overwhelming interest in sustainable hydropower practices

    It should be so given that the workshop was hosted in cooperation with International Hydropower Association to help set environmental and social standards in the hydropower sector for Myanmar, which plans massive hydropower projects to satisfy the energy thirst. Other participants were mainly from...

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  • January 26, 2015

    Siam Wellness set to penetrate Yangon spa market

    Assistant managing director Narun Wiattanakrai told The Nation that the company expected to sign a memorandum of understand with an international hotel chain by the middle of this year before opening its spa outlet in the hotel. Making inroads into Myanmar is in line with the company's plan to capitalise...

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  • January 26, 2015

    WTO pushes for compliance in agriculture

    Among the six areas of priorities that the Myanmar government has been advised to focus on are assistance to formulate regulations; intellectual property regulations; strengthening trade statistics; assistance in completing new legislation on customs valuation and competition policy; and education and...

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  • January 26, 2015

    Strife-torn Rakhine State in spotlight again

    During her tour on January 10-16, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, stopped at Sittwe, the capital city of the state, where many camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are located. Her visit as well the UN resolution that Myanmar give citizenship to...

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  • January 26, 2015

    Saving Yangon's heritage

    In the first quarter of 2014, Myanmar approved 340 high-rise projects nationwide on top of 705 low-rise projects, most of them to be erected in Yangon - the largest commercial city. Amid the construction boom, concerns for the health of old buildings built before 1960 are rising. On the list completed...

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  • January 26, 2015

    30 Philippine police feared dead after clash with rebels

    The death count from the gun battle on Sunday was based on reports from local officials and rebel fighters on the ground and subject to confirmation, Moro Islamic Liberation Frontโ s chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told AFP. The bodies of at least six policemen have been recovered Regional...

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  • January 25, 2015

    Experts call for providing more public spaces in Yangon

    "Some streets in Latha Township [Yangon Chinatown] are meant for two-storey buildings. But for now, these places are overcrowded with six- and seven-storey apartments. There's almost no consideration for social wellbeing," argued Hlaing Maw Oo, an expert in civil planning from the Ministry of Construction...

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  • January 25, 2015

    No coup for now: Commander-in-chief

    When he broke his silence last week, he touched on two important issues - amendments to the 2008 Constitution and a possible military coup. While politicians including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi criticised the military's reluctance to amend the Constitution, the chief commander said he did...

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  • January 24, 2015

    Ministers firm on ICT use to narrow gap in development

    .... The ministers agreed to complete the remaining measures in AIM2015 to facilitate the timely realisation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by the end of this year. Thailand's ICT Minister, Pornchai Rujiprapa, said the ministers had applauded efforts to promote a networked society and economy...

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  • January 24, 2015

    Thein Sein urged to hold talks as soon as possible

    The meeting will be attended by the president, the lower house speaker, the upper house speaker, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), a representative for all ethnic groups and the commander-in-chief of the defence services. They will brainstorm on how to make the Constitution...

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