Space to Live: Rangoon’s Squatters Place Housing Hopes in NLD Govt

RANGOON — A mother of two children, 34-year-old Thuzar Moe originally hails from the Irrawaddy Delta’s Hinthada Township. She has been living for almost two decades in an industrial zone in Hlaing Tharyar Township on the outskirts of Rangoon, since her family migrated to the area when she was 16 years old. She spoke to […]

Shell Inks Contract to Explore 3 Offshore Oil and Gas Blocks

RANGOON — Royal Dutch Shell and its Japanese partner Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. (MOECO) signed an exploration and production sharing contract with state-owned firm Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) in Naypyidaw on Thursday for three offshore deep-water blocks. The contract allows Shell to assess the potential of deep-water blocks AD-9 and AD-11 off […]

Govt attempts to restart railway project through Mrauk-U

The government plans to restart a stalled railway project that will pass through Mrauk-U, an ancient city in northern Arakan State, although authorities and locals are unable to agree on where exactly the railway will traverse. The project, which started in 2009, will travel 154 kilometres between Sittwe and Mrauk-U, but has stalled because of […]

China Cutbacks Put Burma Oil Terminal, Pipeline in Doubt

The future of China’s multi-billion dollar investment in an oil terminal and transshipment pipeline in Burma may be in doubt, after a major processing refinery project in China was delayed. The controversial refinery in the Yunnan Province capital of Kunming, which sparked angry street protests last year over pollution worries, will not now be built […]

British Ambassasor: British Investors Interested but Cautious about Myanmar

RANGOON — British investment in Burma is on the rise, but problems on the ground in the Southeast Asian frontier market have some investors reluctant to commit, UK Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick said at a press conference on Thursday. Patrick, who took up his post in September, said that even though Burma’s transition to […]

Myanmar Removes 1,000 Doctors From Blacklist

Burma’s government has removed more than 1,000 Burmese doctors from a blacklist that stripped them of their medical licenses and prevented many who lived abroad from returning home. As Burma attempts to overhaul its long-neglected health care system and address a major shortage of doctors, the government on Thursday removed 1,010 doctors from its blacklist […]