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  • April 11, 2014

    Actions needed to maintain reform momentum

    ... basis in the past two months, demanding for the amendments to the 2008 Constitution which safeguards the military's controlling power and consequently bars the full rise of national heroin, Aung San Suu Kyi. Believed to standardise data, necessary for the full integration with the world, the national census has been widely criticised as minority Muslims were not allowed to identify themselves as the...

  • April 10, 2014

    Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Merkel, receive German award

    During her trip to Germany, Suu Kyi, 68, will also meet President Joachim Gauck and be awarded the International Willy Brandt Prize, which is handed out to people or institutions promoting international understanding between people. Launched in 2011 in honour of former German chancellor Willy Brandt, previous winners include Berlin-based conductor Daniel Barenboim and Egyptian author Lailia Soliman....

  • April 8, 2014

    Farmers and protesters flock to Suu Kyi's home seeking help

    More than 20 farmers, relocated due to the development of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone on their plots, asked for but failed to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in front of her residence. These farmers are from the 400-hectare Thilawa SEZ. Despite a long wait from 10.30am to 12.30pm, they received no reply on their request for a meeting. "The farmers' aim of going to Suu Kyi's house was...

  • April 7, 2014

    A land in need of a good book

    ... everyone," says Tin Htwe, 43. He's a father of three who lives on the outskirts of Yangon. The trend away from reading is worrisome not just for book renters but also opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate, who has taken steps to revive the country's once-flourishing reading culture. "We must create a literature atmosphere for our people, especially among the youth, for the sake...

  • April 7, 2014

    Suu Kyi and govt discuss opening rule of law centres

    Parliament's rule of law committee chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi met with senior government officials in Yangon to discuss opening rule of law centres in Mandalay and Lashio townships. "The discussion on the issue is still inconclusive. It will continue at the April 22 meeting," said Win Myint, secretary of the Lower House Committee for Rule of Law, Peace and Tranquility. Attending the meeting were...

  • April 6, 2014

    A man with all the moves

    Glancing at the middle-aged foreigner as he strikes blows and lands kicks on a karate training dummy near the pool in his spacious downtown home, it's tempting to pass him off as just another Westerner obsessed with kung fu or Thai kick boxing. Closer scrutiny of the man in the white karate outfit with a black belt around his waist however reveals that Enno Drofenik in no ordinary martial art lover...

  • April 4, 2014

    PTTEP makes an inroad into Brazil

    "This is PTTEP's first step in expanding investment in petroleum exploration in South America," said Tevin Vongvanich, president and CEO of the company. On April 3, its subsidiary, PTTEP BrasilInvestimentosemExplorao e Produo de Petrleo e Gs Ltda, signed the Farm-in/Farm-out Agreement with BG E&P Brasil Ltda (BG Brasil). The company did not reveal the investment cost. The 4 petroleum exploration...

  • March 27, 2014

    New players emerge in oil and gas exploration

    ... however, be required to enter into a production sharing contract with the state-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). MOGE has come under fire in the past from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi among others for lacking transparency, and the government has pledged openness in an effort to reassure investors over corruption concerns. Several foreign companies have already partnered with...

  • March 27, 2014

    More rallies in Yangon seeking charter amendment

    ... by the military government to oppress the people. All of our people want genuine democracy. This is why we are protesting." The protesters' demand focuses on Section 59 which bars Aung San Suu Kyi from running for public office, as well as Section 436 that constricts amending the military-drafted charter. In Magway, the protesters wore T-shirts and held placards expressing their desire to exclude...

  • March 21, 2014

    Myanmar opposition to contest 'all' by-elections in late 2014

    ... UEC chairperson Tin Aye said. "We are now preparing to contest in all 30 constituencies," said Nyan Win, spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It will be second round of by-elections since the quasi-civilian government led by President Thein Sein took power in March 2011. DPA