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  • September 15, 2014

    Jobs for 4.4m migrant workers planned

    ... the latest parliamentary session. Some MPs said the ministries' remedy to address the exodus of workers was feeble. On Friday, Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, told reporters in Nay Pyi Taw that inadequate employment and security, along with political instability...

  • September 10, 2014

    Myanmar enters mortal combat against corruption

    ... anti-graft commission will be. The World Bank and Transparency International define corruption as "abuse of public power for private gain". Aung San Suu Kyi takes a slightly different angle: "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of...

  • September 9, 2014

    Myanmar's nationwide ceasefire: A second chance at peace

    ... with, given uncertainties concerning the upcoming election, and also capitalise on the government's predicament. The EAGs also desire for Aung San Suu Kyi to play a prominent role in the political dialogues which will follow the signing of the NCA. While a host of issues will need to be addressed after...

  • September 8, 2014

    Election commission scraps this year's by-elections

    ... close to the general elections. There's no political gain to be reaped," Tun Tun Hein said. Tin Aye said he met with NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on September 6 to discuss the upcoming elections and other issues.

  • September 4, 2014

    Merkel vows backing in return for minority rights

    ... with the introduction of vague media laws and the prosecution of several local journalists. Opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi warned on a visit to Berlin in April that her country, despite the reforms, "is not yet a democracy". Thein Sein, whose visit to Berlin also marks the 60th...

  • September 2, 2014

    Reforms on the right path: President

    ... goodwill for the benefit of the nation," he said. His monthly address follows a meeting on August 25 between opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and about 100 artists and writers where she urged them to use their skills to ensure the country moved in the right direction so that the transformation from...

  • September 1, 2014

    Suu Kyi warns farmers not to rush into selling their land

    Suu Kyi, a Lower House MP and chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), met with farmers from Kawhmu Township in Yangon on Saturday. Farmland in Kawhmu has been in demand after news that a new town will be developed in Yangon. "Farmers are requested not to rush into selling...

  • August 30, 2014

    Chocolate on a 'doki doki' morning

    Japanese pop-metal group Babymetal have toured with Lady Gaga and attracted monster crowds in America and Europe with their sugar-coated hard rock, but the schoolgirl trio have even bigger plans - to conquer the world. Dressed in 'Lolita-style' frilly red skirts and their hair in pigtails, the teenagers...

  • August 30, 2014

    Thaksin has done nothing for Thailand

    ... like a billionaire. That is why he failed to bring unity to the country. If he had done any good he would have won the Nobel Prize, just as Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and Mohammad Yunus of Bangladesh did for their contributions to their countries. Vint Chavala Bangkok

  • August 26, 2014

    Suu Kyi makes another artful move

    ... groups. More than 100 artists and writers joined the meeting where author Maung Moe Thu as the chair said the artists and writers have been on Suu Kyi's side since the 88 uprising. "Artists love freedom. We can create only if we're free," said author Maung Moe who chaired the meeting. He reminded...