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Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire. Some 700,000 members of the Rohingya community had recently fled the country amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In March, […]

For Bengalis in Yangon, memories of a long-gone era

  RECENTLY IN YANGON: “Nearly a dozen Durga pujas are held in Rangoon, but ours is the best,” 84-year old Murari Mohan Lodh declared proudly. “We offer ‘bhog’ (the vegetarian Bengali meal offered to the gods) to thousands, including many Burmese, during the Puja days,” he added. It was a Sunday afternoon in September. Lodh […]

India: Myanmar visa fee removal boosts prospects of healthcare tourism

KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 17: India’s recent decision to remove $80 visa charge for Myanmar nationals (except in e-visa) improved prospects of healthcare tourism in India. West Bengal may be a major gainer as Kolkata has the best flight connectivity to Myanmar among all major Indian cities. Advantage India India controls the expanding pharmaceutical products market in […]

Initial Census Results to be Released in August

Myanmar authorities will release in August the initial results of this year’s nationwide census conducted in March-April, U Khin Yi, minister for immigration and population, said. U Khin Yi made the disclosure at a press conference on the 2014 Population and Housing Census Enumeration at Yangon Regional Parliament building. The preliminary results will include the […]