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Myanmar dam overflow floods 100 villages

Monsoon rains caused a central Myanmar dam to overflow early Wednesday, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country’s biggest highway, a government official said. No casualties have been reported but thousands were displaced and took shelter in temporary camps. Swar Chaung dam’s spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke […]

Public Shares in Thilawa SEZ to Go on Sale Next Month

YANGON — Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings Public Ltd announced it will issue shares for sale next month in order to raise about US $21 million to fund the first phase of the Burmese-Japanese Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Yangon. Set Aung, a government official who chairs the Thilawa SEZ Management Committee, and Win Aung, […]

Tracing the Last of Myanmar’s Once Influential Armenians

YANGON — A hand-drawn map showed the way to the colonial teak house that my Armenian grandmother’s family left behind when the Japanese captured Yangon in 1942. My relatives are thought to have hidden jewels in the well before fleeing the family home that was reportedly turned into a brothel during the Japanese occupation. Last […]

Myanmar sends back extradited Chinese citizens after their re-entry

MANDALAY—Myanmar authorities have returned six Chinese citizens who were found to have re-entered the country via Mandalay International Airport after being extradited to China for violating visa rules, according to a government official. The director of Mandalay Region’s Immigration and National Registration Department said the Chinese citizens in question were blacklisted for violating visa rules […]