World’s Biggest Jade Measuring 18ft and Worth £145 MILLION is Unearthed by Stunned Miners

The 175-tonne rock will appear its distinctive green once cleaned – it will then be carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures in China Stunned miners have unearthed the world’s most valuable piece of jade – an 18ft monster worth £145M. Workers were excavating rare gems at a remote mine in Kachin State, Burma, when they stumbled […]

Military Officials, Cronies Released from US Blacklist

RANGOON — Burma’s former dictator Snr-Gen Than Shwe was among individuals removed from the US Treasury’s blacklist following the lifting of Burma sanctions on Friday. Another 16 senior military officials, including former Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye, have been removed from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. Apart from senior military officials, military-related businesses […]

Southeast Asia’s First ‘Book Plaza’ to Open in Rangoon Early Next Year

RANGOON — A complex of businesses and event spaces aimed at book lovers, which developer U San Mon Aung has called Southeast Asia’s first “book plaza,” is set to open in downtown Rangoon’s Chinatown in early 2017. The Yangon Book Plaza will occupy a 100×200-foot space on the fifth floor of Than Market in Lanmadaw […]

Two-Thirds of Disabled Children Not Enrolled in Formal Education

RANGOON — A joint report published by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has stated that Burma’s national education law needs to be amended, as two-thirds of the country’s 232,000 disabled children do not obtain a formal education. A 122-page report by Unicef and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement was launched in Naypyidaw on […]

Burma’s Sanctions Gamble

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi has emerged on the world stage this month with a visit to the White House and a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. She’s also taking her biggest gamble so far as de facto democratic head of state by agreeing to the U.S. decision to lift sanctions imposed during […]

Special Report: Investigation reveals gold mining destruction in Myanmar

A lengthy investigation published by Radio Free Asia is putting the spotlight on the disastrous effects of the poorly regulated gold mining industry in Myanmar. From unprecedented environmental destruction to the human toll of low-paying and hazardous jobs, RFA’s multimedia story delves deeply into the consequences of the country’s decision to open its mines to both multinational firms […]

Following Groundbreaking Development, Burmese Coffee Arrives on US Soil

Following two years of development, Burmese specialty coffee is officially alive and thriving in the U.S. consumer market. Last week, representatives of Winrock International, USAID and the Coffee Quality Institute — three partners in the Myanmar coffee initiative under the U.S. Government’sFeed the Future program — gathered to celebrate with a public cupping at the 900 6th St. location of La Colombe Coffee Roasters in […]

E-Visa Holders Permitted to Enter Burma Overland

RANGOON — Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will allow tourists from 100 countries holding electronic visas to enter Burma through three cities on the Thai border, starting on Sept. 1. The electronic visa application was introduced in 2014 and allowed tourists holding “e-visas” to enter the country only via airports in Rangoon, Mandalay or […]

Myanmar’s golden pearls outshine rivals

NAYPYITAW — Hillary Clinton wears them, and so does Aung San Suu Kyi. They nearly disappeared for decades under military rule, but the world’s most sought-after pearls are once again to be found in Myanmar. Two international auctions this year — in Hong Kong in March and Naypyitaw in late June — saw traders bid […]

With Sanctions Eased, US Sees Economic Potential in Myanmar

STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. officials are looking to boost economic engagement with Myanmar, a country that has been dubbed by some as “the final frontier” because it is one of the last markets largely untouched by Western companies. The United States imposed heavy economic sanctions on Myanmar in 1997 over the ruling military junta’s repression […]