Can Coffee Replace Opium in Southern Shan State?

In the hills in southern Shan State surrounding Taunggyi, in Myanmar, up a tangle of roads barely passable in a Hilux, deep into an ocean of opium poppy fields barely clinging to the hillside, a few islands of other crops have sprung up. They are most prominently coffee and rubber – all part of a […]

Old power cables in Yangon to be replaced next year – YESB

YANGON—The Yangon Electrical Supply Board is planning to replace old power cables currently used in the city with new ones in the 2014-15 fiscal year, the YESB’s deputy chief engineer, Ye Myint Htay, said yesterday. “Most cables installed in Yangon are more than 30 years old and need replacement. We expect to replace them soon,” […]

As Myanmar Modernizes, Old Trades Are Outpaced By New Competitors

YANGON, Myanmar — For years they poured out their hearts on the broken pavements of Myanmar’s cities and towns, young lovers desperate for privacy yet with no choice but to use what the Burmese call roadside phone shops. Daw Myint Myint Than, who rents out her two phone lines in central Yangon, has heard it […]