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  • August 30, 2015

    Making the right connections

    Named Japan's ambassador to Thailand in March this year, Shiro Sodoshima has been kept busy since his arrival undertaking his stated mission of boosting valued Thai-Japanese relations amidst China's growing influence in the region. A former ambassador to Bangladesh and a keen amateur painter, he recently...

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  • August 28, 2015

    Regional giant still ambivalent towards AEC

    These 18-year-olds are at the forefront as Astra, Indonesia's largest carmaker, gears up for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) next year. "We hold seminars on AEC and emphasise the idea during lessons, to stress to them why they need to continuously improve themselves," says the polytechnic's director...

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  • August 28, 2015

    Myanmar airport project delayed by four years on fund shortage

    A South Korean company first planned to build the Hanthawaddy International Airport on an old World War Two Japanese airfield near the town of Bago, about 100 km (60 miles)north of the commercial city Yangon. However, the project was abandoned in 1994, soon after a groundbreaking ceremony...

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  • August 28, 2015

    Myanmar spirit festival offers rare space for gay community

    The six-day spirit or "nat" celebration in Taungbyone village, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the central city of Mandalay, draws thousands of revellers each year in search of karmic reward as well as all-night parties. A belief in the power of spirits has long co-existed with religion in Buddhist...

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  • August 28, 2015

    Myanmar movie star turns funeral provider

    Kyaw Thu, 55, spent the first part of his adult life as Myanmar's most popular actor, a heroic heartthrob who starred in more than 100 local productions. But in 2001, inspired by a conversation with a monk, he began offering free funerals, attending numerous services and making the final arrangements...

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  • August 28, 2015

    UEC criticised for limited media coverage of election

    In the letter to Myanmar Press Council (Interim), the UEC specified that only three press members from a media in respective townships are allowed to cover the election. "The election is a change for the country. Such limitations on press coverage should not be made in the transitional period to...

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  • August 27, 2015

    Myanmar Arakan Army attack BGB patrol team

    BGB Nayek Jakir Hossain was shot during the gunfight that started around 9:30am, said Col Waliur Rahman, sector commander of Bandarban BGB. He was taken to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Chittagong by helicopter, sources in the BGB said, adding that he was out of danger. Soon after...

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  • August 27, 2015

    Bangladeshi expatriate workers feel the pinch of slowdown

    The value of the ringgit has gone down to a 17-year low against the US dollar amid political uncertainty. This has started to eat away the Bangladeshi migrantsāš‚ savings and the amount they can send home every month. Now it takes more than 4.2 ringgits to buy one dollar. It was a little over...

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  • August 27, 2015

    Taiwan Bake Culture's star opening in Brunei

    What's even more out of the ordinary were the owners of the store - the nation's very own international celebrity Wu Chun, Asia's Got Talent Judge Vanness Wu and Taiwanese singer and actor Calvin Chen - who, with the exception of another owner President of Taiwanese Bakery Association Yves Chiu Shih...

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  • August 27, 2015

    Improving Vietnam business climate a need: Experts

    At a seminar on improving business environment to raise competitiveness held in Can Tho City on Tuesday, Cung told participants yesterday that improving the business climate would be vital to ensure businesses remained competitive. Cung said currently over 50 per cent of legal document dealing with...

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