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Myanmar’s English proficiency ranked bottom 10% worldwide

Myanmar is ranked 82 out of 88 countries in English proficiency ranking for non-native speakers, according to a survey by the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI). It is the first time the country appeared on the annual index, which has been published for the eighth consecutive year. Six ASEAN member states were ranked higher […]

Southern Shan co-op exports $35,000 worth of coffee to Europe

A Shan-based co-operative involving almost a thousand local farmers has exported its first container of coffee worth US$35,000 to Europe. The Green Gold cooperative (co-op) exported its first container of select coffee to the European market on Friday. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the export represents a positive development in […]

Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies

TANGYAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Zhou Xing Ci’s family have farmed poppies for as long as anyone remembers, scraping the flowers’ sticky brown sap to produce opium. Along with many other farmers in the hills of eastern Myanmar, the crop – much of which ends up as heroin sold on foreign streets – has in recent […]

Indefinite Xi Jinping rule in China: India needs to move on many fronts now

NEW DELHI: China’s move to scrap presidential term limits is expected to give a major boost to Xi Jinping’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, much to India’s discomfort. The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to scrap the two-term limit for China’s President was indicated in October last year when Xi was […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]

Rapid Migration and Lack of Cheap Housing Fuels Yangon Slum Growth

YANGON — Ei Cho Khine once had dreams of becoming a tour guide. As a student back in her village in Magwe Region in central Myanmar, she would often encounter groups of foreigners being led by tour guides while helping her parents at their Bein moke snack stall. “My dream was to be a tour […]

Myanmar most improved for ease of starting business

Myanmar has leapt up the World Bank’s ranking for ease of starting a business – moving from 189th out of 189 countries (or last place) last year, to 160th in new numbers released yesterday. This makes it the most improved country in the world in this category. For overall ease of doing business, Myanmar has […]

India Says China Using Myanmar and Pakistan to Expand Foothold

(Bloomberg) — China is using its influence in Myanmar and Pakistan to strengthen access to the Indian Ocean, India’s Defense Ministry said in its annual report, vowing to take steps to ensure security in a region it has long dominated. “India remains conscious and watchful of the implication of China’s increasing military profile in India’s […]

Myanmar becomes a major producer of heroin: TNI

The Transnational Institute’s recent report says Myanmar has become a major producer of heroin and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and drug injection has been blamed for the spread of HIV/ AIDS. According to the report, drug production and consumption trends have changed over the years. Myanmar, currently the second largest producer of raw opium after Afghanistan […]

Myanmar Fighting Poses Dilemma for China

YANGON— There are ongoing clashes along the Myanmar-China border between Kokang rebels, led by the 85-year-old ethnic Chinese warlord Peng Jiasheng, and Myanmar’s military. Peng has long been suspected by the United States as a major trafficker of opium and methamphetamines. At least 130 people have been killed in the recent fighting and as many […]