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  • September 19, 2014

    To succeed, AEC needs moves for gender equality

    Sanchita Basu Das offers a realistic assessment of the current labour policy by stressing that the advent of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by December 31, 2015 is not going to change anything for the Asean labour market immediately. From this perspective, one problem to be recognised on the list...

    Opinion
  • September 19, 2014

    Typhoon Kalmaegi leaves 10 dead in Vietnam

    Six men were buried in a landslide on Wednesday triggered by a day of heavy rain in the northern province of Lang Son, the National Committee for Search and Rescue said. A five-year old girl was killed and her mother injured when their house in the province's Cao Loc District collapsed in the storm,...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    China to build dam in Shan state

    The Electric Power Ministry has granted permission to IGE Co and China Three Gorges Corporation to construct the dam on the Salween River, deputy minister of electric power Maw Thar Htwe told Parliament on Tuesday. He was responding to a question from MP Nan Wah Nu, who represents a constituency...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    Sihasak urges nations to uphold democracy and human rights

    Established in 1967, Asean has focused on nation building by developing the economy, promoting economic cooperation and shared prosperity, all of which have underpinned lasting stability. Now it is time for Asean members to start focusing on a new agenda, Sihasak said in his keynote speech at the "Insight...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    An emperor's grand canal

    Yangzhou in China's Jiangsu province has always flourished as a city of water transportation, as it is located on the Yangtze River. The canal that runs through the centre of the city is iconic. Originally built in the 5th century BC, it was expanded and developed into a grand canal by Yang Guang, the...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    Best Western joins road to Mandalay

    The Mandalay launch will continue Best Western's recent expansion in Myanmar, which commenced last year with the opening of the Best Western Green Hill Hotel in Yangon. The opening made the chain the first US-based hotel group to reenter Myanmar since the country opened up to the international community...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    Surging land prices, opaque tender process 'deterring foreign investment'

    Cyrus Pun, executive director of Yoma Strategic Holdings, said surging land prices were causing foreign investors to exit Myanmar's housing sector. "They are not leaving because they are uninterested in this sector but because land prices are skyrocketing. The major cause of land prices skyrocketing...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    Seventh anniversary of Saffron Revolution observed

    "Our speech today is aimed to remind the new generations of the Saffron Movement. The government should have listened to the voice of the people. Instead they suppressed monks and demonstrators brutally. The responsible persons ought to apologise and commit their sins now," said Sayadaw Seinsita, a local...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    Govt advised to avoid coal, mega dams in energy strategy

    "Myanmar needs more electricity, but the energy needs to come from clean sources," Parami Energy Group CEO Pyae Wa Tun said. Coal-fired plants planned for coastal and northern areas will destroy the environment around them within a decade, he said. "That's why we are urging the use clean energy," he...

    aec
  • September 19, 2014

    Myanmar to seek world heritage title for natural Spirulina lake

    New Light of Myanmar reported recently that environmentalists and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry are joining forces for the nomination. The lake in Sagaing Region is where very rare Spirulina is found and which is also on the verge of extinction. "Twin Taung is a heritage...

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