Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Trial phase of KNU hydropower dam to cost $1 million

IT is anticipated that $1 million will be used in the preliminary trial phase of a Karen National Union (KNU) construction of Baw Ka Hta hydropower dam project, located in Nyaunglebin district of Bago Region, says Saw Tar Doh Moo, the chair of the KNU central economic committee. As well as working to have a […]

Roads can convert Myanmar from economic void to hub

  YANGON — Once regarded as “Asia’s missing link,” Myanmar is undergoing a road construction boom. Seen as vital for economic development, arterial roads are being planned and built with greater urgency, and advances in democratization as well as cease-fires with ethnic minority rebels have sped projects along. The construction of roads connecting Myanmar with […]

Controversial palm oil project sparks arguments

Letters were exchanged between the Taninthayi regional government and the Karen National Union (KNU) over a palm oil production project run by Myanmar Stark Prestige Plantation Co Ltd, in cooperation with a Malaysian company. The debate started when company officials sent a complaint letter to the regional government claiming that the KNU demanded they shut […]

Fight against malaria unites old foes in Myanmar

In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar’s Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop of blood for a malaria test. A scene unthinkable a few years ago is now commonplace in an area once blighted by armed conflict between the government and […]

Trial of Traders Hotel bombing suspects continues

The trial of suspects allegedly linked to the spate of bomb blasts in Yangon last October, including a blast at the former Traders Hotel, is continuing, sources from the Western District Court said. Three men are on trial at the court for a plot to bomb the Western Park Ruby Restaurant in Ahlone Township. The […]

Myanmar Police Say Karen Businessmen Plotted Bombings

RANGOON — Rangoon Division’s police chief says a group of ethnic Karen businessmen allegedly planned the recent string of bomb blasts in Burma to scare off foreign investors from their resource-rich Karen State. The police have detained eight suspects following bomb blasts in several states and divisions over the past week, the police chief said […]

Bombs aimed at scaring foreign investors away from lucrative areas of country

YANGON – A series of bomb blasts in Myanmar over the past week was intended to scare away foreign investments in the country, authorities said on Friday. Since Oct 9, there have been at least 10 small explosions or attempted bombings that have killed two people and injured several, including an American woman who sustained […]